Checking in with my Orioles Magic 8-Ball

The All-Star Break is a perfect time to check in with my Orioles Magic 8-Ball to see whether it’s still speaking the same language that it was prior to the season.

Here’s a review of my thoughts and predictions for the Birds in 2009 along with the appropriate Magic 8-Ball responses.

Did see it coming
: Matt Wieters promotion to the big club early in the season and lots of associated hype.

Didn’t see it coming: Brad Bergesen operating under the radar but still becoming an honest-to-goodness Rookie-of-the-Year candidate. Bergesen is 6-3 at the break with a 3.54 ERA and 10 quality starts in 16 games pitched.

Magic 8-Ball says: “Outlook Good.”

Did see it coming: A log-jam in left field including the likes of Felix Pie, Lou Montanez, Ryan Freel, and Luke Scott.

Didn’t see it coming: Nolan Reimold taking over the spot, earning June Rookie of the Month honors, and entering the Rookie-of-the-Year conversation before a recent slump.

Magic 8-Ball says: “Cannot Predict Now.”

Did see it coming: Lots of at-bats in the designated-hitter spot for Luke Scott. At the break Scott has 180 at-bats and 203 plate appearances as the O’s DH.

Didn’t see it coming: What Scott has done with those at-bats: .305, 18 HR, 51 RBI, .976 OPS, AL Player of the Week in June after homering in four straight games, seven RBIs against Seattle in July.

Magic 8-Ball says: “It is Decidedly So.”

Did see it coming: A scuffling O’s rotation.

Didn’t see it coming: Jeremy Guthrie’s 5.35 ERA.

Magic 8-Ball says: “Outlook Not So Good.”

Did see it coming: Adam Jones taking the next step toward becoming a legitimate star.

Didn’t see it coming: That there would be an “All” next to the “Star” this season.

Magic 8-Ball response: “It Is Certain.”

Did see it coming: A win total in the low-to-mid 70s and a run at the Blue Jays for fourth place.

The Birds (currently 40-48; 36-45 at the season’s midway point) are on pace to win 70 or more games and are within shouting distance of the Jays.

Magic 8-Ball Says: “Ask Again Later.”


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