What they're saying about the Orioles

A look at what some other media outlets are saying about the Orioles:

* Jonah Keri of Grantland.com has dropped the Orioles from No. 4 to No. 10 in his MLB rankings and says the team is being victimized now by the "Veep" Curse:

A episode of the HBO show "Veep" airs Sunday, May 27, with several Orioles past and present features.

The next day, Tommy Hunter, one of three players with speaking roles in the episode, gets rocked for six runs on nine hits in three innings, earning himself a demotion to the minors.

The day after that, "Veep"-featured starter Jake Arrieta gives up seven runs and nine base-runners in 4 1/2 innings. In his following start, he walks four and cedes four runs in 4 2/3 innings, throwing 42 balls to just 41 strikes in his outing.

Hall of Famer Jim Palmer was the other pitcher with speaking lines in the episode. Hey, Jim, hang onto to those undies.

* A Sports Xchange report on Yahoo.com says the Orioles are being undone by a curse of their own making -- sloppy fielding:

Adam Jones made an errant throw in the fourth inning, allowing an extra run to score on a sacrifice fly. Matt Wieters was errant on a throw. Steve Tolleson booted a ground ball.

Errors at third base and first base have been the norm in 2012. . . .Run support has been an issue of late, particularly with a patchwork lineup like the one that was on the field Sunday. In the last eight games, the Orioles have scored 20 runs.

But the facts are there to support the defense-first concern: the Orioles are 14-8 in games without making an error, and 16-16 in games in which they make at least one error.

* Nick Fleder of The Hardball Times lauds the recent contract extension of Adam Jones and credits the Orioles pitching staff for keeping the team in contention:

Next, the team should extend the underrated Jason Hammel, who has been a rock in the starting rotation . . . and has been vastly underrated throughout his career.

With four solid starting pitchers (Jason Hammel, Jake Arrieta, Wei-Yin Chen  and even Brian Matusz, who is following up the worst season of anyone's career with a more respectable 4.41 ERA), a luck-aided, lights-out closer in Jim Johnson and a young group of offensive talent (Nick Markakis, Nolan Reimold, Jones, Chris Davis and Matt Wieters, plus the wrongly-underappreciated  J.J. Hardy), the Orioles, shockingly, have the makings of a contender in the coming years.

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