Is it possible that Charm City could have two championship caliber ball clubs in the same year?
The Orioles have shocked the entire world with this one…
Information provided by The Baltimore Sun & Mike Preston
Heading into this year, the Orioles hadn’t finished with a .500 or better record since 1997, a string of 14 consecutive losing seasons. There won’t be a 15th. The Orioles guaranteed that Thursday with a spine-tingling, 14-inning victory over the Tampa Bay Rays that brought their season win total to 81. But decent no longer cuts it. The Orioles, and their fans, want to beat the New York Yankees and win the big, bad American League East.
But on the other hand…
It’s early in the season, and usually there are questions about the offense, but my how times have changed.
“Overall, I was really pleased the way we played the second half,” Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees said. “I was not particularly pleased with way we played the first half, especially against the run. We have to play better against the run than what we did in that game.”
Stopping the run wasn’t just a problem against Cincinnati, but in the preseason as well. No player consistently stood out among the front seven.
The bad buzz is about the Ravens’ defense, especially against the run. The Ravens allowed Cincinnati to rush for 127 yards in the season opener and that would not be a big deal in most cities except during the last decade few teams have rushed for more than 100 yards against the Ravens.