By Steve Buchanan @sbuchanan24 on June 26, 2014
The Orioles are very much in the hunt for a playoff spot this year. Here are 5 things we've learned about the team midway through the season.
This was over before it even begun. It wasn't a bad move to sign the former Cy Young award winner. However, right before making a minor league rehab assignment, he tore his Achilles tendon. If healthy, he could have been a real difference maker.
When the Orioles traded Jim Johnson, it was unclear who exactly the closer would be. It started off with Tommy Hunter, and that didn't go too smoothly. Britton has come in and seems to have the job on lock down.
The starting pitching staff for the Orioles has been less than stellar. Their team average ERA for the starters rests at 4.20 which is not exactly a scary stat for opposing hitters. An elite No. 1 or 2 starter would really put this team over the edge. Bud Norris has been decent, holding a 3.62 ERA so far.
Coming off a career year in 2013, Adam Jones is proving that he's arrived in the majors. Batting .297 with 14 home runs and 47 RBIs, Jones is entering his prime as we speak. It's scary to think what he will produce in the years to come.
I realize Davis has spent some time on the disabled list, but his lack of power this year is quite evident. Hitting only 13 home runs thus far had to be expected. Anyone who thinks that Davis was going to come close to 50-plus home runs this year probably feels quite silly right now.
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