For the O’s, Monday’s 8-3 win over Toronto was refreshing. It didn’t have much drama late (making it 2 games in a row, counting Sunday’s beatdown the Tigers put on the O’s) but it’s nice to see the team win a game that isn’t decided in the final inning or two. With 3 more against Toronto, the goal has to be taking 3 of 4 from the Jays.
Radhames Liz proved again to be effective at times, as he moved his record to 4-2. His ERA still has to bother some but he gives a quality 5 to 6 innings out there from time to time. He has stablized the back end of the rotation in his short time with the ballclub I look for the O’s to keep him up throughout the rest of the season. He certainly has the stuff to have a future starter for the team and this year is a good test for him to get his share of starts.
The offense has looked much better in the past month, as the O’s have “exploded” for 8 and 11 runs in 2 of their last 3 games. While Justin Verlander brought the O’s back to Earth Sunday, the team continues to hit the ball well. Moving an improving Adam Jones to the #2 spot in the lineup, allowing Nick Markakis to move back to his tradtional #3 spot has given the O’s some pop at the top of the lineup. The next three games will show us what the O’s really are about as they will face Shawn Marcum, AJ Burnett and Roy Halladay. This will be followed by a 3 game weekend series against the Angels. 6 games against two good pitching teams should give an indication on whether the O’s offense has really arrived.