I'll be brief. Blame our hitters. Blame them for not coming through at all in the clutch. Blame the fact that we had 12 hits but almost none of them actually mattered. Blame them for leaving 13 guys stranded on base. Blame Eric Hinske especially for going 0-3 with RISP. It was bad, it was frustrating, and it was indicative of how we play when we are faced with tough opponents at home. For some reason we're not a good home team this year, and I have no idea why. Maybe because half the stadium was Yankee fans?
Braves are 14-15 at home this year. Only Philly and the Chicago Cubs have fewer home wins. Also, Miami is the only other team that's over .500 with a sub .500 home record. Oh, and in case you haven't noticed, Washington is starting to run away with this division. If we don't do something here in June to keep this thing close, there's a very real possibility that the Nats could be 10 games up on everyone in July. They catch the Yankees next, however, so we'll see how THEY handle them.
We grab the Orioles next after an off day today. Guess what? They've won 4 straight. Yippee. They did it over cellar-dwelling Phillies and Pirates, however, so I'm not anywhere near as scared of them as the Yankees. Only one of the pitchers they are throwing against us have more than 3 years experience in the league, so we'll be on equal footing with our young guns. I like our chances in the series. I also like taking a day off to get the bad taste of that series out of my mouth.