With a week-and-a-half left in the 2012 regular season, the Orioles – who have the first wild card spot in hand for the time being – can ill-afford to lose games.
As we all know, the Toronto Blue Jays are playing out the string and are a last place team in the division; therefore, the Orioles need to beat them when possible.
The two teams split the doubleheader on Monday night, with the Orioles easily taking the first game, 4-1, thanks to the arm of Steve Johnson and the bullpen; in addition, Adam Jones had four hits and hit a homer to power Baltimore.
Speaking of Jones – he is definitely an MVP candidate. Will he win? No. Then again, in light of what Miguel Cabrera is doing for Detroit and Mike Trout for the Angels, Jones has definitely stepped up his game this year and is more than capable of carrying the Orioles for a stretch.
However, in the second game, the Orioles got lit up 9-5, as Wei-Yin Chen had a poor start and reliever Jake Arrieta poured fuel on the fire as he allow...