Orioles: Perspective check
There's a lot of pitching angst out there right now, which is probably understandable after the Orioles' staff gave up 19 runs last night. It was ugly, but let's keep it in its proper context. Did anybody think, coming into the season, that Mark Hendrickson and Brian Bass were going to be lights out? Did anyone imagine the Orioles would win their first three series against the Yankees, Rays and Rangers?
The tone of some of the posts makes me think some fans would be happier if the Orioles were 3-6 and they had lost by closer scores.
The starting rotation still has some huge holes, but everyone knew coming in that it was going to be a patchwork proposition. Nobody could have predicted Alfredo Simon would get hurt in his second start, but nobody seriously believed four weeks ago that he would even get two starts this year.
Keep in mind while you're picking the operation apart that most of the free agent pitchers fans were clamoring for the Orioles to sign in January are not pitching right now, including Pedro Martinez, who -- for some reason -- has been passed over by 29 other teams, too. MacPhail never lied about the club's intentions this year, but things are actually going pretty well right now and I'm guessing the time fast approaches when prospect Brad Bergesen begins the two-year parade of truly promising young pitchers coming up from the minor leagues.
It was always going to be a sketchy year, so you've got to enjoy the good times while you can. The glass is still half full right now. Might not be next week, so sip it slowly and savor it.
Now, back to last night's game.
Wow, what a beating!