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February 23, 2009

Orioles: Leading off

oriole.jpgNon-roster pitcher Brad Hennessey played down his assignment to be the starter in the Orioles' exhibition opener against the New York Mets.

"It's spring training,'' he said. "I guess you just try to go with it. Not a big deal."

Got to disagree with him on that. He's getting the first opportunity to open some eyes in a very crowded camp. It's probably good that he doesn't think he needs to try to do too much, but it's a meaningful juncture in his audition for the starting rotation.

"It'll be nice to get the first one out of the way and get going,'' he said. "I just going to try and command the strike zone ... take it cool and not rush yourself to be Opening-Day-ready."

Baltimore Sun photo by Doug Kapustin

Posted by Peter Schmuck at 9:26 AM | | Comments (6)
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Pete- This Hennessey fella must be ahead of the curve with that attitude =)

I hope he makes the club

Good to see that Hennessey hasn't been lost in the shuffle. I don't think he has a chance of making the roster purely because he has an option left, but maybe he will be amazing and force the team's hand.

Pete,

Hennessey is going to make the team. I envision him having the same role Albers had (I also assume Albers' shoulder won't allow him to pitch - will eventually require surgery)

Did you know my fiance's nickname is "turtle?" Just thought you might find that hilarious.

Oh, and if you want my fearless prediction; the Orioles will win 83 games this year

Hennessey has had some success as a starter and in the bullpen. If he has an option left, I'd use it and go North with Penn, Pauley or someone else without an option. If they can't get ML hitters out, cut them loose and bring up Hennessey. Getting hitters out in ST only means so much. I'd hate to give up on a guy like Penn without seeing him in the regular season.

The odds are that at least one pitcher who the O's are not expecting to make the opening day roster will play well enough in the Grapefruit League to earn a place on the ML club. Who this player (or players) will be is impossible to know from a distance. That's for Mr.Schmuck in Florida to tell us without equivocation.

O'sss: there's no way Baltimore wins 83 games this year. O's win totals have declined the past four seasons, from 78 in '04 to 74 in '05 to 70 in '06 to 69 in '07 to 68 in '08. They may be better in '09, but 15 games would be a huge improvement.

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