After starting with three straight victories over the
failed their first test of the young season by being swept by the
They played competitively with the Bronx Bombers -- taking two games to extra innings before losing -- but that won't help the team in the standings. Wins and losses are what count. Right now, the Orioles have three of each.
Now they'll need to get ready for the next obstacle -- an extended 10-game road trip against the
With that lengthy venture away from Camden Yards looming, I know there are a lot of Orioles fans out there thinking that today is the last day in the 2012 season that the team will see the .500 mark.
And, yes, it's a very possible scenario. Following the sweep by the Yankees, the Orioles could bury themselves in the basement of the
The Blue Jays sit in second place in the division, behind the
It's worth noting that the Blue Jays haven't had much offensive production from right fielder
The White Sox dropped two of three to the
In 95 career games against the Orioles, Konerko is batting .300 with 20 home runs and 65 RBIs. He hit .310 with two home runs and six RBIs against them in 2011. A lifetime .285 hitter in 15 major league seasons, Pierzynski's batting average in 66 career games against the Orioles is over 40 points higher at .329. He batted .419 with two home runs and seven RBIs in eight games against the Orioles last season.
Despite the offseason additions of
They lost two out of three games to the
Six or more wins during this stretch would keep fans optimistic for a little bit longer in 2012 -- and it would give the Orioles a winning record when they come back to town to face the Blue Jays on April 24. Judging by the level of competition, four or five wins is probably a realistic goal, but anything less than four victories will set fans up for another disastrous year in Charm City.