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The Orioles haven't been to the playoffs since their star studded team in 1997 that lost in the ALCS to the Indians. I work with people who can't even remember 1997. Its been more than a long decade to be an Orioles fan. Remember Albert Belle? The Palmeiro/Tejada incidents? From high priced veterans past their prime to the coaching carousel, nothing seemed to work. Or at least it seemed like ownership didn't want it to work. Local radio stations even organized raucous walkouts of Orioles' games in hopes Peter Angelos would sell the team. Things have been bad, ugly bad.

Enter 2011, and the O's start out 4-0. Pitching has been phenomenal and the young star Brian Matusz hasn't even pitched yet. So should we get our hopes up(if you are an O's fan)? No, we shouldn't This happens every year where a bad team starts out hot and flames out soon after. However, there is a rare occasion when a former horrendous team will step it up to the next level to start out the year and maintain it throughout the season. It appears manager Buck Showalter has this team going in the right direction. Since he took over the team on Aug. 3rd they have a record of 38 - 23. That is the best winning stretch in the AL East during that time period. So maybe there is something to this year's O's. If not, there is certainly some legitimate signs of things to come.

O, and the team is apparently shopping around for a fifth starter right now because of injuries. Rumor has it Jeremy Bonderman is an option.

Check out this link for a good story on the team:

http://sports.espn.go.com/fantasy/baseball/flb/story?page=60F6I110405

 


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