One of the things I always found interesting about the 2012 Orioles is that they were never below .500 on the season. You can certainly have a successful season even if you fall below .500 early - look no farther than last year's Orioles, who won their opener and went on to lose four straight games. That's just April. They went .500 or better for good on April 23 and of course they ended up with 96 wins on the season.
So if they lose today it doesn't mean too much as far as all that goes. You'd rather be 3-2 than 2-3, but being 2-3 isn't so bad. It would be nice if they could at least look good in losing. Yesterday's effort in the home opener, after all of the pregame excitement, was not so good. And if you're looking for a rebound after what happened there, a game started by Ubaldo Jimenez is maybe not the first thing on your list.
Maybe it's the Ubaldo who's turned over a new leaf compared to last year, though. He supposedly had worked on some things through the spring. It'd be nice to see those start to take effect in real games that count. And hey, maybe the Blue Jays used up all their runs for the weekend in yesterday's game, right? It would be nice if it worked like that.
|TORONTO BLUE JAYS||BALTIMORE ORIOLES|
|Jose Reyes - SS||Alejandro De Aza - LF|
|Dalton Pompey - CF||Steve Pearce - RF|
|Jose Bautista - RF||Chris Davis - 1B|
|Edwin Encarnacion - DH||Adam Jones - CF|
|Josh Donaldson - 3B||Travis Snider - DH|
|Russell Martin - C||Manny Machado - 3B|
|Justin Smoak - 1B||Jonathan Schoop - 2B|
|Kevin Pillar - LF||Everth Cabrera - SS|
|Devon Travis - 2B||Caleb Joseph - C|
|Aaron Sanchez - RHP||Ubaldo Jimenez - RHP|