The Orioles have made a roster move today calling up Corey Patterson (the one and the same Corey from a few years past). It seems like the one who will be sacrificed will be Nolan Reimold. And, I couldn’t like this move any less. Sure Reimold was struggling, but he is a future piece of the puzzle, and he deserved to get at least another 200 at bats before the Orioles pulled the plug on a guy like this. Add to it there are people on this club doing FAR worse then Nolan. Oh…add to it Nolan was on a three game hit streak. If someone were to go back and look at his past six games played they would see a guy with the line of .300 with 1 HR, 2 runs scored, and 2 walks…go figure the Orioles take someone who may actually be coming out of a slump, and place them somewhere else. Add to it Reimold was a patient hitter who worked pitchers when he was at the plate. The Orioles have only one guy in the lineup that can tax a pitcher now (Nick Markakis). This move is being done because Nolan had one bad game last night in some pretty unfavorable conditions. If this was Andy McPhail’s call then I’m just plain disappointed by his lack of research into the situation. If this was Dave Trembley’s decision it wouldn’t suprise me. He needs to be fired, and fired now. I am more then tired of Dave talking in circles whenever he is asked a question in a news conference. I’m tired of seeing him mismange his players constantly. I’m just plain tired of him, and I refuse to give in anymore to a team that puts its blind faith behind a manager who can’t win in the majors, and couldn’t even win in the minors. Oh, don’t let me forget about his attention to detail. We all can see how funamentally sound the Orioles are.
It’s time for a major overhaul. The only coach that stays in my book is Kranitz. The rest…See ya don’t let the door slam on your way out. Or let the door slam, I don’t care. Just as long as Dave Trembley, and even Terry Crowley are both terminated.
How much do people want to say the odds of the Orioles scoring more then 1 run this game? I’m going to say 10-1. This team is lead by the most worthless manager in the major leagues. Dave may be worse then Kansas City’s Trey Hillman who is beyond bad. I guess we can see a common denomenator between Kansas City (bad team), and the Orioles (bad team). They each have horrible managers in place. I can care less how great a man Dave is, when it comes to baseball Dave don’t know (but Bo knows, that’s for sure).
If I have any fans who are loyal readers, I apologize. I have to take a break from this team. They have finally pushed my buttons in such a fashion that I can barely even think of writing about them. I’d rather be kicked repeatedly in my man parts then have to listen to anything else regarding this team and how poorly run they are. Option Nolan Reimold…sure…HORRIBLE. A goat could run this team better then Dave Trembley could.
Paging Andy McPhail:
If you want to make a statement, FIRE YOUR MANAGER. Or, you could always sacrifice Luke Scott instead. See, those moves would make sense. Optioning Nolan makes NO SENSE. Andy, quick words of advice for you:
Remove head from sphincter
Look around, the sky is blue and the grass is green!
Oh, and fire Dave Trembley. K Bye.
The Orioles won the first game in the series against the Twins. There wasn’t much offense to speak of for either side, but Ty Wigginton continued his onslaught against anyone who is throwing a baseball towards him. He hit a two run home run, and those would be the only runs needed. Brad Bergesen picked up his second win of the year in dominating fashion. He went 6.2 innings of shut out baseball. He didn’t strike anyone out, but he didn’t need to. The Twin hitters were drilling the ball into the ground batter after batter. Will Ohman came in to the game in the 7th to face Justin Morneau and Jim Thome. Ohman walked Morneau, but struck out Thome in dramatic fashion. Koji Uehara, in his first appearance of the year, put the Twins down in order in the 8th. Alfredo Simon recorded his third save of the year. It was a fantastic pitching performance for the Orioles.
Well, after a sweep of the Red Sox, all the promise and hope seems to have been sucked out of the Orioles after being on the wrong end of a sweep in New York. The O’s lost 4-1, 4-1, and 7-5 in the three games against the Yankees. It’s getting progressively harder to write things concerning the Orioles due to how horrid this season has gone. It’s like I’m writing the exact same things over and over again. The O’s start a four game series against the Twins, who are very good as well. Hopefully, they will be without Joe Mauer for all four games.
Andy McPhail came out and put the players on notice with his words about the offense. Everyone can find the article…here…
I’m not entirely sure where McPhail’s logic is coming from seeing as how the options at Triple A Norfolk in the hitting department aren’t stellar. There is one move I would like to see the Orioles make (aside from replacing Dave Trembley as manager with a high energy guy) is to send Luke Scott and Lou Montanez to Triple A for Jeff Salazar and Corey Patterson. Neither Patterson or Salazar are great options, but at least this would send a message to the club. Luke Scott has been a horrendous of late, and needs a change. Give him two-three weeks at triple A to see if he can recapture both his confidence and his talent with a bat. The good thing about Patterson and Salazar is that they both have major league experience so they could provide depth on a bench that has been taxed by injury so early on in the season. Actually, thinking about it more, Salazar and Patterson actually provide better outfield defensive options off the bench then Lou Montanez does, and provides a shot of speed to a lineup that is last in the majors in steals. Patterson is hitting right now, which doesn’t say much, but at least he may actually show the ability to put bat to ball.
Koji Uehara will be back soon, and Alberto Castillo is returning to Norfolk to open a spot on the roster for Koji.
This season is a trainwreck so far, and there aren’t many choices the O’s can make to improve. As I’ve said all along, Dave Trembley has to be replaced. He is a good guy, just not the guy for this job.
Would anyone like to postulate on how to get a guy like Prince Fielder, or Adrian Gonzalez? I would like to see Prince in an O’s uniform. He gets paid a lot more at present, but Gonzalez is due a huge payday. I think it would take a combination of this to nab him: Arrieta/Erbe/Britton, Guthrie, Snyder/Reimold/Pie. I would throw in David Hernandez as well making the ideal package:
1) David Hernandez (shows promise with live fastball, major league experience, can be a future reliever, or starter. Probably will do better in the NL)
2) Jeremy Guthrie (MLB, solid back end of the rotation pitcher)
3) Zach Britton (AA, Top 50 prospect in the Major Leagues)
4) Brandon Snyder (AAA)
1) Prince Fielder (MLB, Brewers, 1B)
2) Joe Inglett (solid backup infielder)
3) If possible ask for a minor league position player with promise ((Lorenzo Cain(OF)/Logan Shafer(OF)/Scooter Ganett(SS), or even if possible Mat Gamel(3B) would be the options))
I guess the title of this entry shouldn’t be “It’s Alive” rather “They’re Alive”. The Orioles have won their first series of the year, and have a chance to sweep the Boston Red Sox today. Brad Bergesen came back from his short one start tune up at triple A Norfolk to go 5 innings allowing 4 runs on 7 hits while striking out 2. It wasn’t a great day for Bergy, but compared to his earlier starts this year this one was head and shoulders better. I thought he could have pitched the sixth inning after holding the Sox to no runs in the fifth, but Dave Trembley had other ideas. It’s probably best he didn’t send Bergy back out, but I like that type of vote of confidence. Bergy picks up his first win of the season.
The Yankees have come, and gone, for the first time this year. They left Baltimore with two wins out of three. If you’re an Orioles fan, I guess you should be thankful for that one win the O’s were able to squeek out during this series. AJ Burnett stymied an already struggling Oriole offense allowing 3 hits and no runs in his 8 innings of work. Brian Matusz went 6 innings giving up 9 hits and 3 runs. He wasn’t as sharp as we’ve grown accustomed to this year, but he was still on top of his game. Alberto Castillo has ended his streak of appearances without giving up a run. He went 1 inning while giving up 2 hits and 1 run. The main statement from this game, on the pitching front, came from Matt Albers. Apparently, he wants to stay in the majors. He went an inning and a third of no hit shut out baseball, but this performance seems to be coming a little bit too late for him to maintain that roster spot seeing as how the Orioles will have to make a roster move for Brad Bergesen who is starting tomorrow night. Jason Berken rounded things out by going two thirds of an inning without allowing a hit or run lowering his ERA to 1.32. You can’t say pitching was the problem last night. It’s all the offense, or lack thereof. I think my old metro baseball team could hit more consistently then this group of Orioles.
Offensively, it seems like there is just no end in sight to these struggles. The Orioles managed three hits total: one each from Jones, Izturis, and Wigginton. That was it. If anyone has a sure fire pick me up idea for this offense I would suggest contacting the Oriole dugout, or front office. Nothing is working with these guys. It’s painful to watch. Thankfully, I fell asleep during this game so I didn’t have to suffer through the misery of watching the Orioles sink any farther down the drain.
Were there any stars of the game last night? Yes, but not for the Orioles. And, in no way will I praise anyone wearing pinstripes in this space.
I’m not quite sure what the problem is, but this team shows zero will to win on a nightly basis. It’s becoming rare to see them play with such tenacity required to win a game at the major league level. The O’s have now lost every series in April. If they lose today, they will have gone 4-19 in the first month of the season. Right now the Orioles are on pace to win 28 games. Hopefully, that won’t happen. I originally predicted this team could challenge the 90 win mark, but after witnessing what has transipired over this month, I highly doubt they can top 70 wins. I’ll have to get on my horse to pay off the debt created through my now foolhardy bets with friends about these Orioles. Maybe we just need to get out of April and into May before we actually get to watch real baseball. I’m holding out hope for that.
The Orioles begin another series with the Red Sox. We played them quite close earlier, so maybe we can use the Sox as the tipping point back to respectability. It seems, right now, that the Orioles will be instrumental in determining who will win the AL East. I don’t mean this in a good way. Basically, whoever beats up on the Orioles the most will win this division.
I don’t know if we can expect them to win tonight seeing as how the Orioles are 0-13 in David Hernandez’ starts dating back to last year. He gets virtually zero run support on a nightly basis. Seeing the Oriole offense struggle in the Yankee series doesn’t inspire confidence in me that they can actually turn the tide tonight against the Sox. We’ll see though.
The Orioles won today 7-6 in 10 innings. There isn’t much else to say about this game other then it was a total team effort. David Hernandez pitched well today, but only could last 5 innings. He must be pleading to the Oriole offense to get him some run support. In his starts this year, the Orioles have scored exactly 4 runs total. You won’t get many chances to get a win with such low run support. Mark Hendrickson did not impress in his 2/3rds of an inning. He allowed two inherited runners to score, and another was charged to him when Jason Berken couldn’t hold off Mike Lowell. Berken started off rocky, but turned out a solid outing by limiting the damage in his one inning of work. Alberto Castillo also impressed out of the bullpen going 2/3rds of an inning recording a strike out. Jim Johnson pitched somewhat inconsistently. He went 2 innings while giving up 5 hits and 2 runs. He was being asked to go almost three innings total which is not his game. He came in and got out of the 8th inning without a problem. He also had no problem in the bottom of the ninth. It was his appearance in the 10th inning where the Red Sox really started to hit Johnson hard. In retrospect, Johnson was probably asked to pitch too long. Cla Meredith came in and recorded the save. I totally forgot Cla was on this team! He is a guy I’d like to see used much more. He has a deceptive delivery, gets ground balls, and throws strikes. It was great to not see Matt Albers or Kam Mickolio enter the game. Dave Trembley really managed the game well today. He can only put his players in the correct positions, and then it’s up to the players to perform. Dave’s decisions today were great.
ion type guy.
Ty Wigginton led off with a single up the middle. Rhyne Hughes then was robbed on a ball to left field on a diving catch by Bill Hall. Matt Wieters came up as a pinch hitter for Craig Tatum, and then proceeded to strike out. Garrett Atkins came up for Cesar Izturis, and flew out to center field to end the Oriole half inning.
This game is getting out of hand. The Orioles have been able to plate one run against Tim Wakefield. It’s quite depressing to watch. The offense has had two chances to plate more runs, but they have been unable to perform. The score should be 4-3 right now, but we are blessed with a team that has no idea what to do when runners are on base with nobody out. David Hernandez pitched OK today. He came out after he struggled in the 6th inning. At that time he had only allowed one run. Mark Hendrickson was called on, and failed. Victor Martinez singled to right to score a run. A hit from David Ortiz scored another run. J.D Drew hit a sacrifice fly to score yet another run. Jason Berken came in and allowed a double to Mike Lowell that scored yet another run. Boston leads 4-1 into the top of the seventh.
The Orioles almost gutted this one out. They end up losing 7-6. Brian Matusz pitched effectively again going six plus innings while giving up 6 hits, 3 runs and striking out 4. The offense was very good tonight as well. The difference was the bullpen. Dave Trembley went to the well after Brian Matusz seemingly fatigued in the 7th, and put in Matt Albers. After Albers blew last night’s game, he was poised to do it again (or come out the hero). If anyone has seen Albers pitch I guarantee they know what the usual outcome is: a poor outing. Albers struck out David Ortiz, but then gave up a 3 run home run to Marco Scutaro. At that point, Boston led 4-3. Kevin Youkilis added another 3 run home run off of Kam Mickolio also in that seventh frame to bring the score to 7-3. The score stayed this way until the 9th inning where the Orioles were able to score 3 runs. Adam Jones hit a solo home run after Lou Montanez grounded out. Nick Markakis doubled off the wall in left-center field following Jones’ homer. Tejada singled moving Markakis to third. Matt Wieters singled in Markakis, and Luke Scott singled in Tejada after. Ty Wigginton and Rhyne Hughes each struck out against Jonathan Paplebon to end the game.
Last night, the Orioles continued their April swoon. They lost the series opener to Boston by a score of 4-3. Jim Johnson walked in the winning run for Boston. Adam Jones hit a two-run home run in the loss. Luke Scott also had an RBI. The Orioles walked seven total as well. Garrett Atkins struggled ending two innings with the bases loaded, and bunted into a fielders choice. In total, Atkins went 0-4 with runners in scoring position. The Orioles only went 1-10 with runners in scoring position on the game. Miguel Tejada, Nick Markakis, and Matt Wieters all had two hits for the Orioles. “Sweet” Lou Montanez also had a hit (just wanted to point that out. He’s a lot of fun to watch).