The Baltimore Orioles 2021 Update: Birds flash through first month

Jackson Williams

Oriole fans from all around are excited and for good reason. The once worst-in-the-league Orioles are slowly climbing up the ranks of Major League Baseball.

To this point only a month in the season, the team has shown flashes of what they will be in the near future.
Headlining the 2021 squad is third year center fielder Cedric Mullins. The beginning of his season saw him batting in the .400 range for the first few series of the season.
Since then that number has obviously dropped off, which is to be expected. Mullins continues to rake at the plate batting a current .333 and in the top ten hits leaders in the league. He, however, is only a part of what has many optimistic.
Starting pitcher John Means has been lights out in his first starts of the season, flaunting a 1.52 earned run average. The southpaw seems virtually unhittable, especially throwing his nasty curveball. This was no more evident than in his May 5th start where he recorded the first solo no hitter for the Orioles 1969 when Jim Palmer did the same.
After a hot start to the season seeing the Os trounce the Red Sox, they have been painfully inconsistent. Pitching has been good even great at times but mediocre in others.
On the other side, the Oriole offense is unpredictable from game to game. Both sides of the ball need to put it together at all times to see success. The Orioles hope to see more consistency from their pitching staff and batters as the season progresses.
Injuries have also taken a toll on the Orioles. Outfielder Austin Hayes was placed on the 10-Day Injured List with a hamstring strain that he suffered sliding back into a base. Upon his return Anthony Santander, another outfielder, sprained his ankle stepping onto first after a pickoff move against Miami and is expected to miss a few more weeks.
Santander is a cornerstone of the team and his injury is big news. This, however, will give some of the young prospects some more looks until Santander returns. If the Orioles want to see more success through the latter half of the year, they will have to find a way to stay healthy.
From what the Orioles have shown thus far, there is a lot to be happy with. The young pitching staff overall looks good and even great at some point headlined by ace John Means. The batting order seems to find more and more consistency as they progress with Cedric Mullins continuing to terrorize opposing pitchers.
The Orioles currently hold last place in the American League East, and all Orioles fans hope to see them climb higher and higher up those rankings before the year’s end.