BOSTON -- It's a thought that most Orioles fans can't imagine, but it's true.
The Orioles really miss
You don't know how much you miss things until they're gone – or they're out six to eight weeks.
I've seen many comments and tweets since last season berating the Orioles' acquisition of Betemit two offseasons ago. And while the idea of giving Betemit – who isn't a great defensive player – a two-year guaranteed deal with a vesting option for a third doesn't pass a first-glance litmus test, the Orioles could definitely use him in the designated hitter slot these days.
In case you missed it, Orioles designated hitters are 1-for-23 through the first week of the season.
The dilemma could be solved soon if
Yes, Betemit does do most of his damage from the left-handed side –his .302 average against right-handers is much better than his woeful .140 average against lefties – but it would be a hard argument to make that you wouldn’t rather see him in the Orioles lineup at DH over
That's no disrespect to Pearce, but Showalter said it himself when Pearce first made the team out of camp – that he was the best fit for what the team needs, which back then was a right-handed bat off the bench that can provide some power and play both first base and the corner outfield positions if needed.