What does 6-6 really mean?

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The Orioles rainout on Sunday gave me the chance to examine their brief season so far. You see, regardless of the rainout we needed an O’s story for the show and that seemed the logical direction.

What have we learned so far?

Clearly the pitching has improved. 12 games hardly makes for an adequate sample, but a staff E.R.A. of nearly two runs less per game doesn’t feel like a fluke. Young guns Erik Bedard, Daniel Cabrera, and Adam Loewen have lived up to expectations, in some cases exceeding them. And the 42 million dollars spent on the bullpen has just one blown save in two weeks.

Somewhat muted bats leave the record at just 6-6. Studying the lineup the other day, Sam Perlozzo sent out a nine hitters, none of which were hitting .300. Cold, windy weather doesn’t help, but it also doesn’t explain the three straight losses in the Metrodome.

So yeah, they seem improved over 2006 but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Whoops, too late. This article in the Examiner has the Orioles 6-6 record somehow proving the team is well on its way to.. I don’t know.. something much better than we’ve seen since 1997. But remember, in 2004 Baltimore actually climbed to 14 games above .500 before plummeting like Enron stock.

I don’t want to harp on the “How did they get to .500” article, but the much shorter answer is that they played the Kansas City Royals the last three games. Prior to that, against playoff teams from 2006 they posted a .333 winning percentage. Wait till July before clamoring about

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