You hear a lot of baseball fans use the term “Its only April” when talking about teams this time of year because the baseball season is so long. For the most part that is correct, you should never get to high or to low in April because come September the good teams who deserve to be in the post season most of the time end up there. This April, however, could be very important to the Orioles not only in the standings, but mentally as well.
Major League Baseball was not very kind to the Orioles when making the schedule for the 2013 season. In the first month alone the O’s play every division team with Boston and New York series being on the road, where last year they Orioles played extremely well against The Sox and The Yanks. They will also have a 3 game set at home against the A’s who won the AL West last season. Let us not forget with the year round interleague play this season (which is the dumbest thing ever but that is another article for another day) the Orioles will also have Matt Kemp and the LA Dodgers coming to town. With those types of games early, we are going to find out fast if the 2013 Orioles are for real.
Last year the Orioles got off to a 14-9 start in April. If they can pull that off against the teams they play this go around then they will be sitting in a good spot going into May where they will gets series with the Padres, Royals, and Twins. Regardless of who the Orioles play however, their objective needs to be what it was last season and that is just to win 2 of 3 games of every series. When you do that the wins will end up where they are supposed to be by the end of the season. It starts with April, and setting the tone early for the O’s could be extremely important.
-Brian Roberts is expected to be out 2-3 weeks with his hamstring. Personally I am shocked, since when does Brian Roberts ever get hurt……..
-Big time prospect Kevin Gausman was roughed up in his first outing of the season giving up 8 hits over 4 innings of work for the AA Bowie Baysox.
-Dylan Bundy is still shut down with elbow stiffness. This is the right move with the MRI showing no big time damage the O’s are using caution with their top prospect. He should start minor tossing sometime this week.