Don wrote:Home Runs are an overblown statistic and the real factors are runs scored. In order to be a first place team, you need to have a lineup that can score 800 runs in a season. Teams that hit 200 homers in a season have an easier time making that mark, but there are plenty of ways to skin a cat.
Did the additions of Lee, Reynolds, Hardy, along with bounce back seasons for Markakis, Roberts, Jones, and Wieters add 200 more runs to the lineup? This will be the true test to see how the club performs in 2011.
Agree they are overblown, but lets face reality here. This team is not ready to overtake Boston or NY unless an awful lot of things go the O's way including significant down years for multiple players on both those clubs. The question is can they compete day to day, be entertaining enough to bring fans back and continue to lay a foundation for the near (hopefully) future. The youngsters must continue to show the development that we all saw in August and September additionally, the top members of the minors (Givens, Macchado) need to make significant strides towards developing into solid major leaguers. Making the team approach respectability in order to be able to attract a solid free agent or two at the key moment and a commitment from the front office to invest at that time will be when we see a return to the top.