Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Low Point

Last night, the Orioles played in front of the smallest crowd in Camden Yards history. Though the team has won four of its last five games, the club is yet again mired in last place, and I think it is safe to say that this is the low point in Orioles history. And I think it also marks the turning point. We found out yesterday that uber-prospect Matt Wieters will join the team on Friday, and today we learned that David Hernandez will make his major league debut on Thursday night. For those keeping track, that puts three rookies in the starting rotation: Hernandez, Brad Bergesen, and Jason Berken; it is not unreasonable to expect some success from that trio, and yet none of those guys are even among the top four pitching prospects in the system. Throw in a dash of Nolan Reimold with a tablespoon of Adam Jones breakout season and top it off with continued excellence from Nick Markakis, and the stage is set for an Orioles turnaround. Not this season--there are still growing pains to come--but in the very near future. Orioles fans, you are free to resume hoping.

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