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March 9, 2009

Orioles: It ends badly

The Orioles have had a pretty good spring, from a won-loss perspective, but today's game did not end well. Left-hander Alberto Castillo came on in a save situation with the bases loaded and the O's leading 8-4 in the eighth inning and gave up a grand slam to pinch hitter Nick Evans.

If that wasn't bad enough, he came back for the ninth and gave up a walkoff homer to catcher Rene Rivera.

Not a good day when you're trying to win one of the left-handed relief slots in an already crowded bullpen.

Posted by Peter Schmuck at 4:31 PM | | Comments (17)
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If you can't handle the pressure...twice...in spring training, how on earth are you going to do it when it counts? Seems to me Castillo has taken himself out of the running to join the 12 or 13 man staff.

Wasn't Castillo a 33 year old rookie last year? Has to be a reason for that. Anyway he isn't in the plans,Perez has to be a better option. Still this is the third loss in a row and it's getting to be worrisome because Koji got raked.Sherill isn't going to have as good a year this year as last.Probably lose the closer job.

I don't see how they ca start cutting anybody with all the injuries.

If the Orioles had managed to win that game, who "gets" the win? Does the official scorer have the latitude to deny him the win since he blew a four-run lead?

I'm still p***** off my high school coach changed my legitimate single to a bogus error on the Gophers SS the day after a game against Glen Burnie 27 years ago...so these things matter to me.

BTW - I just realized that if you make a typo when spelling "Burnie", the computer offers "B urine" as an alternate. Just thought you'd like to know.


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Pete's reply: Thanks for that info. I think I know more about you from that post than your wife. I think the guy gets the BS (blown save) and the win in that situation.

Ahh.... 2008 , er,uh, I mean 2009.

Pete-

Castillo just earned his stay of permanence in the minors with his performance today...

You think the Orioles might package an minor league OF and maybe a pitcher for another utility guy who CAN play SS? So far I think it is obvious you don't Freel to play SS (and it isn't his position anyhow) and it looks like Gomez doesn't have anything left.
Or is Cabrera the likely solution? I know Montanez seems to be a fan favorite (or at least bloggers) but I don't see him ever getting a chance here with his questionable defense, his age, and the other prospects.

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Pete's reply: I disagree with you on Gomez. He has played very well defensively this spring and, admittedly, is off to a tough start at the plate. If he makes the team, he'll hit .280 in a reserve role, which isn't easy to do.

Pete, It's only a Spring Training loss early on, but the way Castillo lost is something that's going to stick in Dave Trembley's mind--it's got to. From here on out I'm guessing Castillo is going to be next to perfect after losing ugly.

I watched today's game on MLB.com and was pretty impressed with the way Chris Ray and Dennis Sarfate pitched. It looked to me like they were really bring it, both of them.

I was surprised, then, when the radar gun never had them (or anyone else that I can recall) above the high 80s. That can't be right, can it?

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Pete's reply: It's probably right. It's still early in the exhibition season.

The O's should have a 4 man bench to begin the season and wait to see what happens since there are so many off days right off the bat. I would rather have the guys that are here get to pitch since early on, it's always an issue to get everyone a few innings.

Pete, any of the reserves other than the obvious, impressing you in FL to make the team or at least have a chance at being one of the first call-ups from the minors?


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Pete's reply: Scott Moore has been really good at the plate. He's had some tough plays at third, but he's probably the next man up if there's an injury to one of the infielders.

Lord,knows I want to be optimistic,but that should pretty much solidify his spot in the bullpen,lol.On a brighter note,seems like Jamie Walker has looked good thus far,your take?


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Pete's reply: I'm not surprised. Jamie is the kind of pitcher who gives hitters fits in spring training. He's also healthier than he was last year, so he might be back to his old self.

With Koji's poor outing yesterday,the O's have to be worried sick about starters 2-5. No one is really emerging except Baez and most people would rather just see him banished.Having to carry Gomez who is basically redundant to Wiggy because he can play short is absurd. This will cost us a pitcher we didn't want to lose.Even if Hill comes back from the injury,there's no gaurentee he can throw strikes.The bottom line is the O's are going to have to rush the kids whether they like it or not.Matuz and Tillman need to be in the rotation to give the other team a different look. You can't have all soft tossing righties in the rotation behind Guthrie.


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Pete's reply: I don't think they're worried sick about Koji. It's just one appearance in the middle of spring training.

I must admit I don't get the purpose of the blog when it comes to the past few posts. Like who cares!!!!

Are you going to be doing this during the season?

If I am interested enough to read your blog during the games why wouldn't I be listen to the game on the radio or watching on the tube?

What value is this to me the fan?

Perhaps you could use your time in Florida wisely and dig into the depth of a story instead of sitting in the stands and giving us the lineup of both team....like who cares.

Of the last 10 posts maybe 2 were of any use, do you actually get paid for this dribble?


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Pete's reply: The word is drivel, George, so you might want to scrap that superior tone. The reason we do updates during spring training is because the games generally aren't televised or on radio and people at work like to know what's going on. Since you don't, why don't you travel down here and show me how to do my job better. To every body else on the blog, I apologize for my arrogant, angry tone, but maybe George could go around the Web site and see that I wrote several more in-depth stories for the newspaper yesterday afternoon. The reason it's called a blog is because it includes various thoughts at various levels of importance. He just doesn't get it, but you can tell he doesn't want to.

I guess that kind of answers my Castillo question from the other day. I guess the amount of bullpen pitchers (seven or eight), starting rotation (three, four and five), backup shortstop, backup catcher and is Pie ready for left are the only question marks. Seems to me the backup shortstop is going to be real important because I am sure in tight situations where Trembley needs someone to get on base he would prefer to go to his bench. That means you need someone that is very good with the glove to come off the bench to play shortstop.

Pete: What do you see down there? does Freel look sharp enough at shortstop to cover it well?


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Pete's reply: Fortunately for Chris Gomez, no.

George,

You're really Jack, aren't you? Either way, you're an idiot.

I have to disagree with George as I rather enjoy the blog as I am at work and can't watch or listen to a game. The other thing about the blog that I enjoy is that, with so many positions in the air during Spring Training, it is great to get up to date info and a vast amount of info in spurts, rather than wait until the following day for a story to be printed on just one guy.

Keep up the good work Pete, and if anything, I would love to see posts more often, but I guess a lunch break is allowable.

No, George isn't Jack. In fact, he doesn't know jack.

Pete, by the time this gets put up it will be old news , but .... You shouldn't have to defend yourself about your reporting . Obviously some don't know the definition of a blog . Obviously some don't recognize your respected background . I'm sure I speak for many that enjoy your frequent updates and the manner in which you bring them to us . Your years of experience and mix of humor makes for good reading . If "some" commentors don't like it , they don't have to read it . Most of us give you a big thumbs up . Thanks Pete .

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Pete's reply: Thanks, I appreciate that.

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