One month of the 2023 season is in the books, and these Orioles continue to be a lot of fun to watch night in and night out. Sure, the schedule they have played thus far has not exactly been a gauntlet of contenders. But you can only play the schedule in front of you, and the O’s have conquered the weary foes that have dared take them on.
It’s not all perfect, of course. The starting pitching isn’t good. In fact, it has been downright bad in recent weeks. Thankfully, Grayson Rodriguez is improving with every start, and Tyler Wells is having himself another impressive first half. Reinforcements will be needed. The internal options are lacking, and that includes the eventual return of John Means from Tommy John surgery. Means has been great in an Orioles uniform, but depending on someone that has been on the shelf for an entire year is a dicey proposition.
But now isn’t the time to dwell on the negative. The reality is that these Orioles are 10 games over .500, which buys them a decent amount of wiggle room for the remainder of the season. You might not clinch a playoff spot in April, but you sure can lose one. At the very least, the O’s have set themselves up to be competitive in the months ahead.
On this week’s show, the guys chat through the good and the bad, the Joey Ortiz debut (and swift demotion), the Yennier Cano phenomenon, and the Jorge Mateo evolution.
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