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Connolly's Bar: What do you make of the 2012 Orioles?

The Baltimore Sun

The Orioles just finished their tough nine-game homestand by going 4-5.

There were some obvious cracks that formed this past week-plus. The starters put up a 6.75 ERA before Wei-Yin Chen twirled an impressive two-run, seven-inning performance against the New York Yankees on Tuesday night.

The Orioles’ defense has been shoddy – the most errors committed in the AL. And injuries are mounting. Left fielders Nolan Reimold and Endy Chavez are on the disabled list. So is third baseman Mark Reynolds and reliever Matt Lindstrom.

Yet, with all that, the Orioles are 23-14 and are tied for first place in the American League East. They went 9-6 in a 15-game stretch against clubs that won 90 or more games last year.

I’m not sure how they are doing it. But they are doing it. And their confidence is building.

I’m not sure what to think at this point. This team is playing better than I expected. That’s for sure. It’s also a long season, and 37 games isn’t quite a quarter of the schedule.

I want to know what you’re thinking about these Orioles as we near the quarter-pole of the season.

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