Adam Jones Keeping Baltimore Orioles Afloat

By Andy Schmidt
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It hasn’t been exactly the kind of start that the Baltimore Orioles wanted as the team was 7-7 going into Thursday’s play. One of the things that have gone right for this Baltimore lineup, though, is the hot start of Adam Jones, who is hitting .390 with two home runs and 13 RBIs through the team’s first 14 games.

Jones has been hitting well even with Matt Wieters starting slowly behind him in the lineup. I wouldn’t be surprised if Baltimore decides to move Chris Davis into the cleanup spot to give Jones more protection. If Baltimore decides to do that, Jones could continue his torrid April production and may even finish the month with a. 400 average.

Baltimore isn’t exactly lighting the scoreboard up besides the efforts of Jones and Davis, so both of them need to carry the offense until Wieters heats up.

It hasn’t helped that the Baltimore pitching staff is having some issues to begin the season, but I’m sure that pitchers like Jason Hammel will pick it up soon. There shouldn’t be too much to worry about from an offensive point of view especially with Jones leading the charge.

He had a career year in 2012 with 32 home runs, and I know that Jones is likely to get near those numbers again in 2013. Baltimore may be stuck near the .500 mark right now but that will change before we know it.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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