The 2014 season for the Baltimore Orioles has been nothing short of a roller coaster ride. At times the team has looked awful and at other times they’ve looked like World Series contenders, and the same can be said about their offense. However, recently, the Orioles’ offense is starting to become a consistent threat.
The team is finally healthy and producing, J.J. Hardy is starting to produce despite not hitting any home runs, Chris Davis is on a tear and Manny Machado looks like the guy we saw last season. Their health played a large role in the inconsistent offense, but now that they’re healthy the offense is being much more productive.
Earlier in the year the offense would break out in a huge way and then go cold again, but coming into Saturday afternoon’s game against the Cleveland Indians the O’s offense had looked great. In five games prior to Saturday afternoon, the Orioles’ offense scored 39 runs and scored at least six runs in five consecutive games. But then, on Saturday, the Orioles offense was shut down as they lost 9-0. Would Baltimore’s offense recover or would they continue to slump?
The answer came on Sunday afternoon when the Orioles beat the Indians 4-2. It wasn’t a beat down by any means, but it was a solid offensive showing which is what the Orioles need to win games. If the offense can consistently score at least four runs per game then Baltimore should have no troubles making a pennant run.