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May 26, 2009

Postgame Dave

Trembleymug.jpgManager Dave Trembley was very impressed with the performance of young Jason Berkens, even though Berkens took some body blows during the early innings of his first major league victory.

"Boy, it's fun to watch a kid come up here and pitch like he did,'' Trembley said. "He (kept the ball) down and he really had very, very good poise. The tempo was good. i thought his changeup was one of his best pitches.

"To me, that was the most important thing, his poise. We've had guys before come up and they've had just as good as stuff, because we expect everybody to be able to play at this level, but there's more to it than just having stuff and having toolsd. It's the ability to focus, the ability to not get out of control, stay in your lane and body language, poise, looking like you fit, not getting rattled. Berken was very good."

Trembley said that Berken will get more opportunities, though the makeup of the rotation remains a bit unclear. It looks like David Hernandez will come up to pitch Thursday, then Trembley will have to decide who goes back when Koji Uehara is ready to return to the starting rotation.

Berken didn't even get an invitation to major league spring training, but he got called up ahead of some pitchers who did.

"It should give a lot of other people a shot in the arm and some incentive,'' Trembley said. "That it's not where you start, it's how you end up. The direction that we're going is opportunity, and I think we've said that. I think Andy has echoed that. It's about opportunity. You can feel sorry for yourself, and all that kind of stuff. Or you can get the job done. Show us. Show people. Obviously Berken did."

Posted by Peter Schmuck at 10:29 PM | | Comments (20)
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Excellent start by Berken. Saw Berken's pitch count was pretty low (high 80s I think). I didn't see the game, but any reasons (or speculation) why he didn't go out for the 6th? Was he struggling? The bullpen really scares me at this point.


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Pete's reply: Because they didn't want him to.

Pete...Albers has looked really good since coming back.

Any big reason for the change?

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Pete's reply: I think he did some video work and replicated last year's mechanics.

Jason Berken pitched a nice 1st game. It's so nice to see these young pitchers throw strikes and stay in the game. The Jays had him on the ropes, but he didn't go down. Congrats to Jason on win number one.

I think O's fans will be patient with the young guys. Look at how many years most of us were willing to wait for Daniel to see the light (he is still looking). It's easy to get upset at guys like Eaton when they are struggling because they've been around the block a few times, and there isn't any upside.

I've been reading a lot of comments about the Koji signing as a huge error on Andy's part and I find that laughable. Koji has been the best starter and if for some reason he does end up in the pen, I don't see how another good arm in there could hurt because no way the team extends Baez for what he will want so it's more options which is what Andy is doing throughout the entire origination.

Pete, do you think Markakis should be playing every day? I know it's hard to keep him out of the lineup, but they can always use him in the DH role. I know he and Brian want to play everyday, but a little rest goes along way. Curious what you think?


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Pete's reply: I think Nick is fine. He's not the kind of player who can sit on the bench.

This Organzation has nothing to lose and everything to gain with this Youth movement...It's a good time to be an O's fan. The Magic was lost long ago but its starting to spark up again. I see it in Bergesen, Berken, Reimold and there's more on the way!

Matt Wieters makes his debut on Friday for the Orioles and also No Roids, Just Booze (my fantasy team.)
I am happier than a puppy with 2 peters.

I got it figured out...... since the last 4 O's pitchers making their major league debut were winners all we have to do is sign 90 pitchers and bring them up one at a time and we can win the pennant!!!

so can people now start going to games in masses? My dad and I were two of the 10,000 at the game tonight and it was embarrassing. Obviously, the weather was TERRIBLE, but the crowds have been light for 3 years now. Let's get back behind this team like the old days guys come on. Remember when camden used to rock even when the team was mediocre?

The best news is that this is just the beginning.

I spent the weekend in Norfolk. Tillman is the best of the lot (although he had an injury shortened outing). Hopefully he gets some starts in Baltimore in Aug-Sept to prepare him for a rotation spot next Spring.

Patton looked really good at Bowie last Tuesday, but he needs another year - a perfect pace for a mid-2010 callup. His fastball topped out at 88, but a wicked curve and left handed. He looked calm and in control.

Matusz and Arrieta have looked good this year, but they feel like 2011 at the earliest to me. It will be nice if they both play AFL this year to get their inning count up.

The cup is finally more than half full!

Just curious as to your thinking on why the O's are so coy about reach of the pitcher callups but announce the Wieters arrival 4 days ahead of time. Everyone knew about Bergy and Berken but it wasn't confirmed until that day or the night before. Any of them would increase ticket sales, with some decent weather, though Wieters is obviously the biggest name/draw.


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Pete's reply: Only Wieters is a real draw. They did the right thing to pump up attendance this weekend.

Pete - Obviously a lot of good buzz going on right now. It's hard to believe that an entire generation of fan base here knows only failure. Do you think we can get fannies back in the seats again soon? It's downright depressing to go to a game these days and see the place 1/3 to 1/2 full.


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Pete's reply: I think it will help some, but I don't see a real dramatic upturn unless the team goes on a big roll.

Manager Dave Trembley was very impressed with the performance of young Jason Berkens, even though Berkens took some body blows during the early innings of his first major league victory.

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You're calling him BERKENS just like Buck Martinez kept doing on MASN last night....

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Pete's reply: Sorry, pretty busy last night. Perfection is unattainable.

I'm very happy for the young pitcher Berken. But, as i have stated--I'm concerned we can't get a starting pitcher that can go even 7 innings??
I know Guthrie did the other day.

Publicly the Orioles, whether it is Trembley or Macphail, seem pleased but very reserved in their assessment of Nolan Reimold so far.

Pete, what are the Orioles thinking? Is Macphail so disappointed that Pie didn't take advantage of his opportunity that he won't commit that left field belongs to Reimold for the rest of the year?

It would make no sense to send him back to Norfolk.

Also, when are the Orioles going to release Jamie Walker? He is done and the League knows it.


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Pete's reply: I think they've made it clear that Reimold is here to stay.

Hey Peter,

Have you noticed that everyday there is a baseball game story recap. After Berken's debut not a peep on the Oriole front page! Just Weiter stories. Wow talk about insulting to the rookie. I am glad you had a little piece.


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Pete's reply: Not true. The story was at the bottom left of the front page of sports, but Wieters clearly was the bigger story.

Pete,

With all the excitement here lately, changing gears, what are the rumors/talk on having a first baseman going into next year? Huff seems to be in several trade rumors recently and is in his final season. Is Snyder a serious contender for the job?


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Pete's reply: Don't know that yet.

Pete,

Is Snyder a serious prospect to take over first base next year? If not, what are your thoughts on bringing back Huff or putting Wiggington there full time?

Yikes fund article on the rookie's victory. Buried among the Matt stuff.

My wife noticed something last night during the post game and after I thought about it, I kind of agree. Trembley looks kind of drained. If you didn't watch the game and turned on post game you couldn't tell who was the winner. Berkens pitched well and the hitting was timely but there wasn't a smile to be found. It looks like all this firing talk has taken its toll on him. He was so lively last year and at the start of this year but he really seems to be wearing down. I hope not, because I really like Dave and want him to continue on for a long time. Pete - have you noticed anything in your conversations with him lately?


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Pete's reply: He probably was drained. It was a cold, rainy night and he's a very intense guy.

Pete's reply: Because they didn't want him to.

Excellent insight. I am underwhelmed.


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Pete's reply: Sorry, but I can't always read their minds for you, and that really wasn't a sarcastic answer. Berken's start wasn't excellent. He was poised and tough, but he wasn't dominant and it was his first major league start. They like to get guys like that out of the game feeling good about themselves. Dave is arbitrary like that. So, I was correct in saying that he pulled him because he didn't want him to go any further. Simple as that.

No prob...Berken "labored" and Dave did what we expect Dave to do. Thanks.

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