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June 2, 2009

Hill in the rear view

Manager Dave Trembley was understandably beaming after Rich Hill allowed just two hits over seven shutout innings in last night's 1-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field.

"I don't know if we're going to see a better-pitched game than that all year,'' Trembley said on the postgame show. "Great job by Rich Hill, but Rick Kranitz and Alan Dunn spent a lot of time with Rich this spring, and that's about as good as it's going to get. You can just see the confidence of Rich up there."

Trembley also gave some of the credit to the young catcher who was behind the plate and seemed to be on the same page with Hill all night long.

"No one will ask me for awhile whether Matt Wieters can call a game,'' he said.

Next up: It probably was not lost on Seattle fans that the winning run was scored by former Mariner Adam Jones and the save was registerd by former M George Sherrill. They can only hope that the guy they got in exchange for those two (and three other players) will give as good an account of himself in the second game of the series tonight. Erik Bedard, who ranks fourth in the American League in ERA (2.48), will face rookie David Hernandez (1-0).

Posted by Peter Schmuck at 6:13 AM | | Comments (16)
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And Erik Bedard is a free agent the end of this year. Pete, do you think Bedard has the makeup to play in New York or Boston when they throw all that money at him next year?


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Pete's reply: Yes, but I wouldn't be totally shocked if the Orioles were interested, too.

1-0 games are going to be pretty rare this year with the O's, heck they're rare with any club. Great outing by Hill! Three great starts in a row now for the staff. As happy as I was to see Wieters come up, it's the progression of the pitching that is starting to fill me with hope. Maybe, just maybe, the O's can defy recent history and play a strong second half. I'd love to hear the shock in the voices of the Sox and Yankee announcers when they suddenly realize in late August that the Orioles haven't had their normal late season collapse. Just try and imagine the AL East as a genuine 5 team division!

Peter- Oh, I wanted to say, there is one stat that really can be the tell all if a player will have success in the majors. Markakis, Weiters, Tex, Mauer, Utley, and so on....Its there bb/k ratio. Plate Discilpine.
Grant Green has NONE of it. He strikes out way to much. Almost 5 to 1. K/bb.
That is horrible. Whats worse is, when you look at Alverez, and Alonzo, they struck out but at least had a ton of power. Green's power has faded dramatically.
He is way to HIGH risk for the O's.
Take Ackley if he is available for many reasons, mostly because he is a good kid.
If Ackley is gone as predicted, than they have to take Crow who is lighting up the Independant leagues. Scheppers is too.
They will be on the fast track, and remember, Crow is who many thought the O's would take last year. It would be funny if they got the best Left and Right handed pitchers in the 08 draft. Just a little later than people thought.

Win or lose, I think it's great to see these 1-0, 2-1 ball games. Good baseball and a good sign for the club.

What is Koji's status? I read that he threw a side session on Sunday.
Do you think he returns as a starter or will he go to the bullpen?

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Pete's reply: I think he'll return as a starter.

Is it a coincidence that the same year Curt Schilling retires the O's finally appear to have pulled a reverse Glen Davis deal? For all those years it haunted the O's that they dealt Schilling, Finley and even Harnish. Now it appears they have a superstar in the making and a solid closer for a guy that will be a free agent after this season. I love it.

They (Mariners Fans) may hope but we don't. I hope that Bedard gives up at least one more run than Oriole pitchers do tonight!

They (Mariners Fans) may hope but we don't. I hope that Bedard gives up at least one more run than Oriole pitchers do tonight!

Great game last night. I had planned to watch the first few innings but couldn't resist watching the whole thing. Just amazing what some quality pitching can do.
One little thing I noticed that concerned me a little... In the first inning when Ichiro hit that double, it seemed to me that Adam, as the quarterback of the outfield, should have been yelling at Reimold to throw to third. I didn't get a clear view of him in the replays but isn't that his job?

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Pete's reply: I didn't get a clear view either, so I don't know what he did or didn't do. Everybody's supposed to be talking out there.

Peter,

Doesn't Bedard's contract run out at the end of the year? I'm sure he'll pitch his butt off all season, including not taking himself out of games early, knowing that his next address might be the Bronx or Yawkey Way.

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Pete's reply: Yes, he is a free agent after this year.

Pete,
With the way Bedard is with the media and the fact he doesn't like the spotlight, wouldn't you think the Yankees, Mets or the Red Sox would be the last place he would go? I would see Toronto, or maybe Milwaukee, a team in Texas, or even Atlanta.

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Pete's reply: Yeah, but didn't we say the same thing about Mussina.

Pete - Any idea on how they determine identity of the PTNL that we will give the Cubs for Hill?


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Pete's reply: I believe it depends on how many starts and innings he totals for the whole season, though I'm not entirely sure.

Pete,

Any word on Moeller's status?


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Pete's reply: I've been at Ravens camp, but I think that comes down today.

Pete,

First the O's moved Billy Rowell to OF now Waring is moving to 1B. Who do the O's plan to play 3B in 2010 and beyond? I can't imagine they would pick up Mora's $9M option, or will they?


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Pete's reply: I think they will if he doesn't fall off the planet in the second half.

I think it is really important to give a lot of credit to Matt Weiters for the pitching since he has come up. He is quick with signals which keeps everyone in the game and doesn't allow the pitchers to think too much. His hitting will come but I am really impressed with his game management (so different from Hernandez)-do you think?


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Pete's reply: Yes, I agree.

Pete:
I thought the trade for Hill was conditional; how good he does determines the sort of player we send the Cubs. Shouldn't we have tried to settle that debt before he became good? Would anyone every ask Hill to go out there and toss batting practice?
Tom


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Pete's reply: I don't know if it depends on how good he is. Probably based on innings and starts, since usually qualitative stats are not allowed into the business equation. But I'm not certain of that.

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