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Morning Reaction Orioles 10-Game Scorecard (Games 21-30)

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Luke Jones
Luke Jones is the Ravens and Orioles beat reporter for WNST BaltimorePositive.com and is a PFWA member. His mind is consumed with useless sports knowledge, pro wrestler promos, and movie quotes, but he struggles to remember where he put his phone. Luke's favorite sports memories include being one of the thousands of kids who waited to get Cal Ripken's autograph after Orioles games in the summer of 1995, attending the Super Bowl XXXV victory parade with his father in the pouring rain, and watching the Terps advance to the Final Four at the Carrier Dome in 2002. Follow him on Twitter @BaltimoreLuke or email him at Luke@wnst.net.

During the 2012 season, Drew Forrester and Luke Jones of The Morning Reaction will provide the “10-Game Scorecard” for the Orioles, rating the club in 10-game increments in a number of categories and looking ahead to how Baltimore will fare over the next 10 games on the schedule.

1. Should the Orioles have been better or worse than their 7-3 mark?
Drew: Worse
Luke: Worse

2. Most Valuable Player/Least Valuable Player
Drew: MVP – J.J. Hardy; LVP – Endy Chavez
Luke: MVP – Adam Jones; LVP – Endy Chavez

3. Biggest surprise
Drew: First three-game sweep at Fenway since 1994
Luke: Chris Davis earning his first major league victory

4. Best thing about the 10-game stretch
Drew: Playing over .500 against tough competition
Luke: Completing a 5-1 road trip against the Yankees and the Red Sox

5. Ten games from now…
Drew: We’re going to be concerned about Chris Davis.
Luke: Nick Markakis’ batting average will be 40 points higher (currently hitting .246).

6. Record in the next 10 games (two with Texas, three with Tampa Bay, two with New York, two at Kansas City, one at Washington)
Drew: 4-6
Luke: 5-5

7. Stock rising/falling over the next 10 games
Drew: Rising – Jason Hammel; Falling – Jake Arrieta
Luke: Rising – Nick Markakis; Falling – Chris Davis

8. Grading Buck Showalter in games 21-30
Drew: A
Luke: B+

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