What they're saying about the Orioles: April 21

Here's a look at what other media outlets have said about the Orioles in the past week:

For a profile of Orioles left fielder Luke Scott, ESPN's Amy K. Nelson spoke with Scott in spring training about his offseason comments about President Barack Obama not being born in the United States.


During a three-hour drive from a spring training game to the home in De Leon Springs, Fla., just north of Orlando, Scott talks about politics, race and religion. His tone is professorial, but the new mandate has had an effect: Scott says he can't talk about anybody by name, that he doesn't want to cause a distraction to his team.

Still, he talks.

"I felt tremendous about what I said, and I was proud of it," Scott says of the Obama comments. "If I could rewind and turn back the clock and go do it again, I'd say the exact same thing. I'd go home and put my head on the pillow and feel wonderful about myself. But certain things were taken and twisted."

Scott says that his overall message about accountability was missed, and it's all quite simple: He lives his life by certain principles, and chief among those is accountability. He believes in people working hard for their lot in life; he was raised very poor with little means. His family worked hard for its money, living off the land and not accepting any government assistance.

"Our forefathers got it; they got it, man," Scott says. "They took godly principles and they put them into action, and they developed our Constitution -- the land of freedom where each man is accountable and responsible for his actions. By the sweat of his brow and the effort he makes he can mark out his future, regardless of opportunity."• NESN's Tony Lee says the recent struggles of the Orioles' rotation were expected.

Nobody expected the O's pitching staff to keep up its early pace. Baltimore allowed one run in each of its first four games of the season and then had a shutout against high-powered Texas last weekend. Since then, opponents are averaging seven runs a game and the young arms that impressed so early have become hittable.

The bloom came off the rose when Jake Arrieta gave up eight runs in 3 1/3 innings two Saturdays ago. Chris Tillman was then rocked in a start in Yankee Stadium that lasted just 1 2/3 innings. The promising Zack Britton had his first non-quality start Friday at Cleveland, one day before Jeremy Guthrie, the one veteran in the rotation, had his first of that variety, as well.

Overall, a team that has had pitching problems for over a decade has seen its ERA soar to 4.63. That's saying something, considering where that mark was a week into the year.


There's promise in this group, but there will be some growing pains along the way, and all those that had the Orioles tabbed for 90-plus wins after their extremely fast start should expect some bumps in the road.

PressBox's Stan Charles writes that the Orioles could save money by extending Jeremy Guthrie now.

Talk about a yin and yang start to a season for Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie.During one four-day period, No. 46 went from pitching perhaps the best game of his big-league career to being hospitalized with pneumonia. And when he got out of the hospital, Guthrie didn't skip a beat.

On April 10, Guthrie threw six innings and allowed just a solo home run to Adrian Beltre, even though the Orioles lost to Texas, 3-0. During his first two starts of 2011, Guthrie pitched 14 innings, allowed one run, struck out seven and walked just two batters. He pitched to an ERA of only 0.64, and batters have hit just a paltry .143 against him.

What gets me about Guthrie is that no matter how he seems to perform and comport himself, the team just doesn't seem inclined to want to make sure he is around for the long haul. Call him the black and orange Joe Flacco -- who just this month went public with his unhappiness about the Ravens not initiating a long-term deal while the game is shut down, and he has two years left on his current deal.

You won't hear a peep out of Guthrie, however. He lets confidence in his performance speak volumes and also raises the ante for his first foray into arbitration eligibility after this season.


• ESPN's Jayson Stark thinks the Orioles will be "one of the most active teams" at the trading deadline.

One AL exec says he expects the Orioles to be "one of the most active teams" at the trading deadline -- but probably not the way you think. If their hot start doesn't last, they could be the most popular sellers in either league. By loading up on players in the last year of their contracts, they could potentially dangle Vladimir Guerrero, Derrek Lee, J.J. Hardy, Luke Scott, Koji Uehara, Mike Gonzalez and possibly Jeremy Guthrie. "If they decide to sell," the exec says, "they've got a lot of attractive pieces."

• Josh Land of The Carroll County Times writes that Orioles catcher Matt Wieters isn't a bust yet.

Granted, his offense is slow-developing, but just as [Baseball Prospectus writer Steven] Goldman pointed out, Wieters is less than a month into his age-25 season. He's a veteran of just 236 major-league games and in only his second full year in the bigs.

The talent is there. It's seen every time he crushes the ball with minimal effort. Wieters was expected to do that with more frequency and to be past the rare-glimpses-of-high-end-talent stage by now. Otherwise, he wouldn't have been branded the switch-hitting Jesus by teammates who marveled at his ability.

He's coming along at a molasses-like pace at the plate, but writing him off now would be a mistake.

Just look at how far he has come on the other side of the ball. Wieters' defense and game-calling draws raves. Baltimore manager Buck Showalter praised Wieters' handling of the pitchers during the first homestand.

[Compiled by Matt Vensel]