Taking on the Tampa Bay Rays with Cy-Young winner David Price on the mound is nothing short of daunting for an opening day task. The Baltimore Orioles and Jason Hammel were equal to the task however and came out on top. This is a huge win for the Orioles not only because it was a division opponent but because if they can hang around and beat the Rays with Price on the mound, they can very nearly beat anyone.
Adam Jones had a huge part in the game as did Chris Davis. Jones was 3 for 5 with two runs scored and two RBI. That part isn’t surprising anyone at all as Jones simply looks to continue being one of the top outfielders in the game. Davis however was the guy that was given another chance to show what he can do. During the game he was put on the big stage as the Rays intentionally walked the batter in front of him to put two runners on for him.
It isn’t an insult really to do that, its playing match-ups. But to the batter it feels like when we played kick ball as kids and everyone yelled for the fielders to come closer because the guy couldn’t kick. Davis proved that this might not be that kind of year as he blasted a three run bomb. All in all the Orioles proved that they are here to play in 2013.
They want to compete for the division and a World Series title. Though they might not be the flashiest team with the most big names, the Orioles very well might be the best team in the American League East by the end of the year. This year, that is saying something. The Orioles however won’t boast or showboat about trying to be the best. They will just simply go out and do it.