5 Ridiculous Overreactions To The Baltimore Orioles’ Early Action

5 Ridiculous Overreactions To The Baltimore Orioles' Early Action

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The Baltimore Orioles are off to a decent start as they currently have a 7-7 record and are residing in third place in the AL East. Many wouldn't have been surprised to see the O's at the top of their division due to the fact that they made some very big offseason additions and their core has stayed intact. That said, there is still plenty of time for the O's to turn it around. Here are the five biggest overreactions to the O's 2014 start.

5. The O's Can't Hit

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5. The O's Can't Hit

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The Orioles were expected to have one of the best offenses in all of MLB this year. However, with the exception of the hot starts from Matt Wieters and Delmon Young, the bats have not been showing up the way that they had hoped thus far. That said, the Orioles' lineup is packed with players who have proven track records, and they are bound to start hitting again. Manager Buck Showalter should most certainly not be concerned about his hitters.

4. Chris Davis Is Having A Power Outage

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4. Chris Davis Is Having A Power Outage

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After hitting 53 home runs in 2013, Chris Davis only has one home run through his first 14 games in 2014. He is, however, batting a very solid .292/.390/.438. Pitchers are most likely being a little more careful with Davis this season, and he is simply taking what they give him as opposed to swinging for the fences and getting himself out. That said, the homers should still return. He may not hit 53 again, but he is a lock to hit at least 30.

3. Manny Machado Needs To Get Back

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3. Manny Machado Needs To Get Back

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Orioles' phenom Manny Machado remains on the DL and O's fans yearn for him to be healthy once again. Obviously, the O's do miss the 21-year-old All-Star third baseman who batted .283 with 51 doubles last season and won a Gold Glove award. Who wouldn't? That said, the O's still have more than enough pieces to hold down the fort until he is fully healthy again, and there is absolutely no need for them to rush his return.

2. Ubaldo Jimenez Is A Complete Bust

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2. Ubaldo Jimenez Is A Complete Bust

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After posting a 13-9 record with a 3.30 ERA for the Cleveland Indians last season, the Baltimore Orioles rewarded Ubaldo Jimenez with a four-year contract this offseason. So far, he has yet to live up to the expectations of that contract as he is currently 0-3 with a 7.31 ERA in three starts. The fact that he is just two years removed from a 9-17 record with a 5.40 ERA certainly doesn't help, but it is too soon for the O's to panic.

1. The O's Can't Hang With The Red Sox, Yankees and Rays

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1. The O's Can't Hang With The Red Sox, Yankees and Rays

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In recent history, the AL East has, for the most part, been dominated by the Red Sox, Yankees and Rays. That said, in 2012 the Orioles did finish in second place. They won a Wild Card spot and advanced to the playoffs for the first time in 15 years. Last season, they faded to third place but still had a winning record. With the talent that this team has, there is no reason to believe that they cannot contend for the AL East title in 2014.

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