The Baltimore sports scene is blessed with a bunch of talented bloggers who bring their unique perspective to the conversation. Each week, I hope to chat with one of them in a regular feature called Blogger on Blogger. This week, I exchanged emails with Joe Polek, who blogs about the
MV: How important do you think it is that the Orioles get off to a good start like they did a year ago?
JP: It's Opening Day and the Orioles need a big win. They have won their last two Opening Days, 10 of their last 12 and overall are 64-42 when Opening Day is in April. It's crucial for the Orioles to get off to a great start to their season. The team needs it to boost their confidence early on and the fans need it to show that last year wasn't a fluke. They need a good start to keep the stadium packed in the first half of the season.
MV: What are your thoughts on
JP: Like Ravens fans say, “In Ozzie We Trust.” Well, until Buck gives us a reason not to trust him, Orioles fans must say “In Buck We Trust.” He wants to give Brian Roberts a confidence boost and not have him worry about leading off, as he gets back into playing every day again. Plus, the way
MV: The Orioles have a lot of pitching depth, but do you have faith in the starting rotation to stay afloat in the A.L. East?
JP: The Orioles’ pitching stayed afloat last year, not only in the A.L. East but also in the
MV: Who is one Orioles player you think will have a much better year than expected? And which player might disappoint?
MV: How many wins will it take for the Orioles to get back to the playoffs? And do you think they will get there?
JP: The A.L. East is the most unpredictable division in baseball. For years, it was the most predictable. But now who knows? The