Walking the Walk

Showalter has the Orioles off to their best start in years. photo credit:susanshan.com

It’s early, let’s say that again, it’s early.  That said, things are going really well in Baltimore this week.  The Orioles are out to a 4-0 start, their first since 1997, and are looking down at the rest of the A. L. East.  They haven’t done it with their hitting, their bats are still pretty cold.  They are batting .237 as a team, only 11th in the American League.  They have made up for it with pitching and defense.  Opponents are batting .152 against them, and their team ERA is a paper thin 1.00, both are tops in the league.  Their fielding percentage is .993, again tops in the league, and they have only made one error thus far.

The schedule to start the season has been friendly as well, the Rays are a mess right now, and Detroit is struggling early as well.  The next two series will tell a better story, they get Texas at home for three games and then go on the road for a three game set with the Yankees.

Another component that doesn’t show up on the stat sheet is manager Buck Showalter.  The effect his confidence has on the team can’t be measured.  He finished the season strong last year and has picked up where he left off this year.  He’s not afraid of anyone either.  During spring training he called out Derek Jeter for jumping out of the way of balls just off the plate and wondered aloud if Red Sox GM Theo Epstein would be so smart if he was working on Tampa Bay’s payroll.  His players will no doubt feed off of that and when they face the power teams Buck will have them believing they can compete.  Believing after all,  is a huge chunk of the battle.

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My name is Vinny Hardy. I am a freelance sports blogging correspondent for the John Boy & Billy Big Show. I'm from Lynch Kentucky. I currently live in Morristown, Tennessee. My wife Katie and I have been married for 10 years and we have a 3 year old son, Micah. I would like to thank Will West of WNML in Knoxville for urging me to start blogging and the Big Show's very own Terry Hanson for his unbelievable mentoring and support. Without him absolutely none of this is possible. I hope you enjoy the blog. The articles can also be seen on theisn.net, check out that site too. Leave a comment and definitely come back regularly and see what's new.