The first month of the Baltimore Orioles season was driven by the hitters. Baltimore was not shut out in April and has scored a good amount of runs.
The top third of the lineup has been nothing short of outstanding. Brian Roberts, Adam Jones and Nick Markakis have gotten on base consistently for the middle of the order.
The middle third has done good enough job of getting runs home. Aubrey Huff and a mixture of Melvin Mora, Luke Scott and Ty Wigginton produced enough runs to help the Orioles get some early series wins over New York, Tampa Bay and Texas and off to a 6-3 start.
However, the lower third of the batting order has been terrible. Gregg Zaun has been known more for his defense, Felix Pie can’t seem to get his skills to work at the Major League level and Cesar Izturis has struggled at the plate.
Manager Dave Trembley has tried other combinations at the bottom of the order that have begun to work.
So how would I grade the Orioles hitters?