I spent the weekend not in Baltimore and was thus spared from what looks like a horrendous weekend of Orioles baseball. In case you wonder how I can possibly get through a weekend without watching substandard baseball, fear not. I spent Saturday in Queens watching the Mets beat the Nationals 3-2. I had hoped to see all sorts of crappy team hijinx, and I wasn't let down. Poor John Lannan was averaging under 10 pitches per inning for six innings but was losing 1-0 for most of the game. But then the poor defense picked up. Adam Dunn singled in Cristian Guzman, who was only on third due to a passed ball, to tie the game. In the bottom of the 7th, David Wright was on 2nd via a legit double, when Jeff Francoeur hit what should have been a routine fly ball to right. Whatever sub-replacement level Nat was in right field sprinted in only to have the ball land over his head where he was originally standing. Then Adam Dunn booted a ground ball at first and the Mets were back on top 3-1. They tried to give it away with some incompetence of their own as their pitcher took what should have been an easy ground out and instead fired the ball 100 mph to the first baseman who couldn't catch it and let it go all the way up the right field line. It was great.
But enough of that. You're all probably thinking, "I can't take it anymore! This is an Orioles blog, not a Mets or Nats blog!" I'm pretty much choosing to pretend like this weekend never existed. I mean, if the O's get swept and nobody watches (except poor Nina at the game today), do they still lose? I will mention that Brian Roberts had 2 doubles this weekend to increase his team record to 54. With 13 games left on the season he has a chance to get to 60, which would be just awesome.
The O's next two series are on the road against the Blue Jays and the Indians, both teams they have much better success against than the team that is rumored to have been in Baltimore this weekend.