Who needs starting pitching when all you need to do is hit home runs? The Baltimore Orioles have that mentality as they blasted 4 home runs in a 9-1 rout of the Kansas City Royals tonight. Although Orioles starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez pitched a great game, it did not even matter because of the run support that was provided. The Orioles are the best hitting team in baseball right now and have already belted 83 home runs this season. With this pace, the Orioles have a chance to break the 1997 Seattle Mariners record of 264 home runs in a season.
It is almost a shame to be sitting anywhere that is not in the outfield at Camden Yards. I do not think I will ever be buying another ticket in foul territory again. The Orioles are putting on the best show in baseball right now and lead the majors with 19 comeback wins. In the last six games alone, the Orioles have had 4 comeback wins in the 6th inning or later. How can you be bored when watching the Orioles?
The crazy part is that the Orioles starting pitching has been mediocre at best this season. Tyler Wilson, Mike Wright, and Ubaldo Jimenez have .500 or lower win percentages so far this year. Relief pitchers Brad Brach and Mycheal Givens are both 5-0 on the year, that's how good the Orioles have been in the later innings this year. This formula makes absolutely no sense but it seems to be working for the Orioles right now. As long as they are winning I guess it does not really matter. As an Orioles fan it does scare me once the bats to cool own, if that ever happens.
They say pitching wins championships.. well I sure hope hitting lots of home runs can produce the same result.