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April 9, 2009

Two out of three ain't bad

The Orioles aren't coming back in this one. The game came unraveled on that comebacker that was botched by reliever Brian Bass and it's been all downhill from there. But Orioles fans have to be happy with the overall performance of the team in the series.

Manager Dave Trembley was talking before the game about the importance of winning divisional games in April and the Orioles won a series against one of the division favorites. Mission accomplished.

Trembley also acknowledged, however, that the going could get rough this weekend because starters Mark Hendrickson (Friday night) and Adam Eaton (Sunday) figure to be rusty after waiting so long to get into their first regular season games.

Making waves: I'll be riding the airwaves later this evening as host of Sportsline on WBAL (1090 AM). We'll rehash today's game and take your calls, starting at six. If you're not in radio range, go to WBAL.com and click on the "Listen Live" icon.

Posted by Peter Schmuck at 4:23 PM | | Comments (11)
Categories: Just baseball
        

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Looks like Chris Ray got lit up for the second time in three days (admittedly in some mop up work). Has Trembley expressed any concern or given an indication of why Ray is having problems?

Steve Severn
Amarillo, TX

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Pete's reply: No, it's a little early for that. The guy is coming back from major arm surgery. He might need a little time to get going.

So much for 162-0. Will have to wait till next year for that when the youg studs arrive.

I agree, better start than any one could have asked for with this team.

Probalby going to get lots of posts not being positive.

If you polled everybody on Sunday and asked what our W/L record would be today, 2-1 would not have been a high choice.

Watch Wieters goes 0-5 in his TBA debut later this summer, people will probably call for his head also. "Over hyped jerk, that actually is a Yankee Fan!!"

And now back to the real world!

Two outta three in any series ain't bad, especially when it's in the division and against a tough team like the Yanks. Bass's bad throw was a killer, if they get out of that inning 4-2 they're still in it. But errors are going to happen. They're 2-1 to start the season, and very few people expected that, least of all the Yankees.

Uh, no Dave...the going WILL get rough this weekend because Mark Hendrickson and Adam Eaton ARE your starters!

This is the first time that I can recall where Trembley is giving his excuses in advance. One of those "you have been warned" moments.

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Pete's reply: Maybe so, but if you were paying attention in spring training, you didn't need to be warned.

Is Trembley kidding, or is "rusty" another word for stink? Let's face it, it"s bottom of the barrel time. Hendrickson and Eaton .......Oy

The most hated man in Baltimore, had a pretty good game....Not Tex, but Felix Pie. The fans wont even give this guy a chance, but he looked good at the plate and in the field.

Pete, do you think with regular ABs at the MLB level, Felix can reach his potential? He has the size, speed, etc., to be special, so not sure why fans don't want to wait to find out what we might have in Felix?

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Pete's reply: People who are smarter than I am are gambling that he can, but it will be quite a triumph for Terry Crowley if he can get Pie's average into the upper .200s.

We are to be concerned because Hendrickson and Eaton "figure to be rusty"? My God, does this imply that when these guys are well-oiled machines they mow down the competition? Hey, rust, even verdigris, may be the answer.

Rusty didn't work so well for Kuntz, Tillman, and Greer. But for Staub? Rusty was just right for him.

Pete, I'll take it!! If we can win 2 of 3 in the next three series, I'll be jumpin for joy!!

Might get a little ugly the next two games. We are going to need runs this year, and lots of 'em!

We actually were outscored for the series, believe it or not,


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Pete's reply: The Orioles have to hope the next two games don't go badly, since Guthrie pitches on Saturday. He's staying on his regular rest and Eaton will go Sunday.

I'll take the two. It would have been sweet to sweep, but I really didn't think we'd keep the Yankee bats contained for the whole series. My only real concern is that in all three games, the bullpen, which we have been expecting to be one of the better ones in the league, has been less than impressive so far. Hopefully it's just a matter of them getting some innings and finding their grove, but it is a bit worrisome.
The other concern is that the O's have been making a number of stupid mistakes, like Huff getting caught trying to steal third in game two, or Bass' mess up yesterday. For this team to be at all respectable with the weak pitching they have, they have to be nearly flawless in their execution, and they have been far from it so far.
Lets hope they play better as the season progresses.

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