In my opinion the next 2 or 3 weeks will be the most important part of the 2012 season for the O’s and could go very far in determining whether or not we will be playoff contenders come August and September. Everybody knows what has happened so far. The O’s got off to a really hot start and shocked the entire MLB by taking the AL East lead and even owning baseball’s best record for a short time. Their starting pitching was solid, the bullpen fantastic, and their offense was one of the best in the league. Lately however the Orioles have gone into a skid losing 10 of their last 13 prompting O’s fans to go into their usual “here we go again” mentality. My advice to Orioles fans: just hold on.
Just about a year ago, Brian Roberts dove head first into first base, and got a concussion. It has been a long year since then, and Roberts is now ready to start making rehab starts in Bowie in the near future. Roberts is expected to be back with the Orioles in 3-4 weeks. Usually you would think that Roberts would come back and start at second base like he did before. But, it isn’t so easy now that Robert Andino is playing well. Give Andino credit, he got an oppurtunity to be an everyday player, and he really made the most of it. Now the big question is, what do the Orioles do with Roberts? They certainly have a lot of options. Here is a list of a few of them