Orioles: Simon sunk
Don't know how you all viewed last night's come-from-ahead loss to the Tigers, but I came away with a couple of impressions -- the first being that Miguel Cabrera is absolutely unstoppable. The guy apparently has his life straightened out, and now there isn't a crooked pitch he can't turn into a straight line. Just ask Alfredo Simon.
I guess nobody should be surprised, since the Orioles have an amazing penchant for turning an uplifting first seven innings into a huge downer, but I'm not going to bail on Simon, whose ability to throw in the high 90s so soon after Tommy John surgery is just short of a medical miracle.
Will he grow into a great closer? Who knows. But I think the Orioles ought to give themselves a chance to find out. Post-TJ pitchers usually don't hit their stride until they are two years removed from the procedure, so it's possible that Simon has some untapped potential. Last night notwithstanding, he's done a pretty good job since moving into the closer role, so let's not start in on him just yet.