first_imgDuring the 2014 season, Drew Forrester and Luke Jones of The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction will provide the “9-Game Scorecard” for the Orioles, evaluating the club in nine-game increments in a number of categories and looking ahead to how Baltimore will fare over the next nine games on the schedule.(Editor’s note: Since this nine-game scorecard officially ended on Saturday night, it does not include the final game of the Astros series, which will be included as part of the next nine-game increment.)To hear the full explanation of the “Orioles 9-Game Scorecard” during Tuesday’s show, click HERE.1. Should the Orioles have been better or worse than their 4-5 mark?Drew: BetterLuke: Better2. Most Valuable Player/Least Valuable PlayerDrew: MVP – Nelson Cruz; LVP – Manny MachadoLuke: MVP – Nelson Cruz; LVP – Chris Davis3. Biggest surpriseDrew: Chris Davis’ inability to get on a roll offensivelyLuke: Chris Davis getting back in a major funk after returning from paternity leave4. Best thing about the nine-game stretchDrew: Steve Pearce continuing to contribute whenever called uponLuke: The starting pitching stabilizing during the Houston series5. Nine games from now…Drew: The Orioles will be under the .500 markLuke: The Orioles will stand alone in second place in the AL East6. Record in the next nine games (1-0 at Houston, three at Texas, three with Oakland, two with Boston)Drew: 4-5Luke: 6-37. Stock rising/falling over the next nine gamesDrew: Rising – Bud Norris; Falling – Ubaldo JimenezLuke: Rising – Manny Machado; Falling – Nelson Cruz8. Grading Buck Showalter in games 46-54Drew: B+Luke: B-last_img