What they're saying about the Orioles: May 26

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

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• Ben Penserga of DelmarvaNow.com says that Matt Wieters is no Buster Posey, but he's not a bust.

People can say some dumb things sometimes.

Granted, Wieters has not had the same early success at the plate as Giants catcher Buster Posey or the Twins' Joe Mauer. And because he didn't, people started turning on him.

What I want to know is, whatever happened to patience? What happened to actually waiting for a prospect to develop a little bit before throwing him out with the trash? I mean, Wieters has only been in the league for less than two full seasons. Wasn't it a little quick to dismiss him?

Anyway, Wieters is proving people wrong in the best way this year -- with his performance. Since May 11, he's raised his batting average 35 points to a respectable .273 and, going into Wednesday night's game, was tied for the team lead in RBIs. Yes, it'd be nice to see his power numbers continue to go up (15 to 20 home runs at the end of the season would nice), but all the signs point to a guy who's development is still on the upswing.

• Dan Daly of The Washington Times writes that Baltimore and D.C. are worlds apart in sports rivalries.

Sunday at Camden Yards, before a Little Leaguer-infested crowd of 33,626, the Orioles beat the Nationals 2-1 to take the series by the same margin. It was Danny Espinosa's first exposure to interleague play and, except for the outcome, the Nats second baseman rather liked it.

"A different kind of baseball," he said, "but I enjoyed it a lot."

The teams will resume hostilities next month at Nationals Park, the same weekend the U.S. Open is being contested at Congressional (June 17-19). Now there's a lovely bit of scheduling. Couldn't somebody - anybody - have arranged it so that Jayson Werth didn't have to go head-to-head with Charl Schwartzel?

But back to this Baltimore-Washington thing. It's amazing, given the rivalry between the two metropolises, how seldom their teams have met in a game that really mattered.

 • ESPN’s Jayson Stark reports that there is interest in Jeremy Guthrie, but the O’s don’t want to trade him.

It's fascinating how many clubs hunting for pitching mention the name of Baltimore's Jeremy Guthrie. But scouts covering the Orioles remain skeptical that their president of baseball operations, Andy MacPhail, has any serious interest in trading Guthrie.

"I don't see him looking to move Guthrie," one of those scouts said. "If somebody blew him out of the water, he might do it. But I don't see that happening."

 • On Tuesday, MLB.com's Hal Bodley believes the race for the AL East will come down to the wire.

When Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said during Spring Training that "the demise of the Rays has been greatly exaggerated," he could have been talking about the entire American League East.

At last glance, fewer than four games separated the five teams. Only the last-place Orioles have a losing record, and they're just three games under .500.

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If the first two months of the season are an indication, one thing is certain: No team in the Major Leagues' toughest division will run away and hide.

 • Anthony Amobi writes that Zach Britton's future is uncertain, but his present is certainly enjoyable.

Most thought that Britton would be solid, perhaps go through the school of hard knocks at the major league level. Rather than coming off as a fresh-faced rookie -- which Britton basically still is --- he's pitching like a tenured, proven major league veteran at the moment.

To win four games in April is an accomplishment, but for a rookie -- who, by the way, wasn't even supposed to be on the team to start the season -- in his first month in the majors is unbelievable.

Britton uses an assortment of pitches -- cutter, fastball and curveball -- to get batters out and so far, he's been able to make life difficult for opposing hitters. Even when Britton's stuff isn't on, he's fairly effective, still gets batters out and manages to at least keep his team in the game.

[Compiled by Matt Vensel. If you enjoy reading these posts about the Orioles, Ravens and other Baltimore sports, check out Vensel's Coffee Companion posts every morning, Monday-Friday.]

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