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Breaking down the (subpar) O's offense

Updated: May 20, 2011, 1:26 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
When talking about American League East offenses, there are four teams that hit well enough to win many nights … and then there are the Baltimore Orioles. Buck Showalter's bunch enters the weekend ranked 22nd in baseball in runs scored, and there are myriad reasons why. The new veteran infield has been a bust, with Derrek Lee and Mark Reynolds struggling and J.J. Hardy missing a month following an oblique injury. Brian Roberts seems to be a shell of his former self; Nick Markakis might never get his power stroke back; and Vladimir Guerrero, while hitting .303, is on pace for 62 RBIs and is already being discussed as late-July trade bait.

That said, I'm interested in seeing how this offense performs over the next few weeks, because there's some new blood in town and a few roles might be changing, and that can be a good thing. Here are a few questions surrounding the Orioles offense:

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