Sunday, June 24, 2012

Orioles 2012: Bottom of the 4th

On June 12th, the Orioles got a big boost with the return of Brian Roberts to the roster. Roberts, a two-time All Star, had been out of commission for nearly two years with injuries, most recently a head injury sustained sliding into first base on May 16th of last year.  He's back in the roles he left: second baseman and leadoff hitter.  With the legitimate possibility of playoff baseball for the Birds this season, they'll need all hands on deck.

While much welcomed, Roberts's return has been unspectacular.  His on-base percentage is .295, not exactly what you're looking for from your leadoff man.  He was also caught stealing in his only attempt.  He's been rock solid in the field, though, with a 1.000 fielding percentage.  

It's late June and the Orioles are still in playoff position - crazy.  It won't be easy, though.  Four out of the top six teams in the American League wild card standings are in the East division.

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