Orioles: Looking forward

Am I the only one who thinks the Orioles' 2010 schedule is front-loaded with a lot more soft teams this year. I'm comparing this year's April and May schedule with next year's and I'm starting to think the O's could get off to a pretty decent start if the young pitchers are for real.

This year, the O's opened against the Yankees and played almost all contending teams through the first quarter of the season. Next year, there's a string of 12 straight games against the Yankees and Red Sox in late April and early May, but the first two months are packed with the lesser Al West and Central opponents.

Guess you never know how tough the schedule is until you see how good those teams will be, but the early season outlook looks a little more promising.

Tonight's radio plug: Tune in at seven for Sportsline tonight, immediately following the John Harbaugh Show on WBAL (1090 AM). Jamison Hensley will join me as we look back on Sunday's game between the Ravens and Chiefs and look ahead to the upcoming road matchup against the San Diego Chargers. If you're out of signal range, go to WBAL.com and click on the "Listen Live" icon.

All Schmuck all the time: I take a look at the Chargers in my column for tomorrow's print edition, but you can read it right now right here.

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