If the first three games of the season are any indication, the Orioles should have a few Cy Young candidates come September. One can only assume that Jason Hammel will get those final six outs and pitch a no hitter this season and as Jake Arrieta builds up his arm strength he should be in the same conversation as Cliff Lee and Justin Verlander.
Unfortunately, three games isn’t an indication of anything in baseball. There’s 159 games left. In football terms, the Orioles are just approaching halftime of their week one matchup. They have a nice lead, but hope that as they enter the locker room, they can keep the momentum against a better second half team who is pissed off about a bad start.
Still, the feeling is different in Baltimore and fans have embraced it so far. Opening Day always brings good crowds to Camden Yards and while they were a bit more sparse in games two and three, the fans were into the action on the field more than the crab shuffle and hot dog race.
Nick Markakis is calling the five starters in the Orioles rotation “bulldogs,” according to Brittany Ghiroli. There’s an inner competition between them and each guy wants to go out and perform better than the previous. Brian Matusz has a lofty task ahead of him tonight against the Yankees. Can he pitch 8 no-hit innings?
Soak it in O’s fans. Enjoy it right now. That’s all I can suggest, keep the season in perspective and hopefully the birds can take a series from New York before a long ten game road trip.