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March 11, 2009

Orioles: Pauley talks

David Pauley acknowledged after his three-inning performance today that he's allowing too many hits, but he tried to put the best face on the fact that he has allowed 22 baserunners in 9 1/3 exhibition innings.

“I threw a lot of strikes... maybe a few too many,’’ Pauley said afterward. “You always want to keep guys off base, but I’m making sure I’m throwing strikes. That’s better than having to find the plate. It’s a work in progress, but it’s definitely getting there.”

He left the game with the score tied, 2-2, so he was not involved in the decision. He is now 2-0 with a 7.71 ERA in three Grapefruit League appearances.

Posted by Peter Schmuck at 3:08 PM | | Comments (2)


Peter, despite everyone's struggles, I still don't see Pedro Martinez as a worthwhile pickup for the Orioles. What they need is innings, even more than quality innings. Pedro might give them 90 or 100 good innings. But there's no way he's going to give them 180. That's why Adam Eaton is more worthwhile for this team.

Here's another point that nobody on the Orioles will admit: If you're going to punt a season, go all the way and really suck, so you get a high draft pick. The O's don't have a chance of making the playoffs this year, so why spend $5 million to try to win 3 or 4 more games? Let Eaton make 30 starts with a 6.8 ERA, and see if we can get one of the first three draft picks next year.

The Orioles are on the right track, but the final destination is in 2011.

He's throwing BP to minor league players at that. He makes D-Cab look like a Cy Young candidate.

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