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Morning Reaction Orioles 10-Game Scorecard (Games 61-70)

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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.

(Editor’s note: This does not include the final two games of the weekend series with the Nationals as the end of the 10-game segment occurred with Friday’s game.)

To hear the full explanation from Monday morning, click HERE.

1. Should the Orioles have been better or worse than their 6-4 mark?
Drew: Better
Luke: Better

2. Most Valuable Player/Least Valuable Player
Drew: MVP – Jason Hammel; LVP – Chris Davis
Luke: MVP – Jason Hammel; LVP – Kevin Gregg

3. Biggest surprise
Drew: Brian Roberts staying healthy and playing at a respectable level
Luke: The immense struggles of the offense

4. Best thing about the 10-game stretch
Drew: The starting pitching keeping the Orioles in games despite not scoring many runs.
Luke: Jake Arrieta reemerging after looking like he was on a fast track to Triple-A Norfolk.

5. Ten games from now…
Drew: The Orioles will be tied for first place or better in the AL East.
Luke: The club will eagerly welcome back Nick Markakis from the disabled list.

6. Record in the next 10 games (**1-1 already against Washington**, two with Angels, four with Cleveland, two at Seattle)
Drew: 7-3
Luke: 6-4

7. Stock rising/falling over the next 10 games
Drew: Rising – Adam Jones; Falling – Steve Pearce
Luke: Rising – J.J. Hardy; Falling – Jason Hammel

8. Grading Buck Showalter in games 61-70
Drew: B-
Luke: B

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