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Sunday, April 30, 2006

 

13-13

Welcome to the big leagues, Brandon Fahey. How did he do? Read on.

Fahey didn't get off to a good start at short stop today. After Ichiro grounded out to Melvin, Fahey was tested on a grounder up the middle. He showed good range, Miggy probably wouldn't have gotten to the ball, but on the throw his foot slipped causing the ball to fly 5 feet over Jeff Conines head. Raul Ibanez smashed a single to right, putting 2 on with one out for Richie Sexson. After several pitches, ball 4 came, loading the bases with one out. A running catch in shallow left by Nick Markakis gave the O's 2 outs, and a chance to get out of the early jam. Well, Roddy took adavantage of that chance, forcing Adrian Beltre to line out to right, ending the inning*Wipes sweat off forehead*.

The O's (for the 4th straight game) took an early lead, on a Melvin Mora homer. It was just over the wall, and got a little help from the fans(though it would have gone out either way). 1-zip O's.

But that lead didn't last long. Rene Rivera(who?) hit his first homer of the year, tying up the game at 1.

That didn't last long either. With one out in the 2nd, Jeff Conine lifted-off, giving the O's a 2-1 lead.

In the bottom of the third Brandon Fahey knocked his first hit of his ML career. A Corey Patterson bunt single gave the O's 2 on with no outs and Melvin Mora coming to the plate. A sac fly sent Fahey to third, and Corey Patterson stole second to put 2 in scoring position for Miggy. Miggy was walked, and Jay Gibbons hit a sac fly, scoring Fahey and making the score 3-1 O's with 2 on(1st and 3rd) and 2 outs for Ramon Hernandez. Ramon then popped up, ending the inning. 3-1 O's.

The speedster Jeff Conine showed off his swift base running in the 4th, when after he poked a single to left he stole second, and adavnced to third on a grounder to Sexson. A Chris Gomez ground out to 3rd held Conine there, and a pop out stranded him. Wow, Jeff freaking Conine does all that and they can't give him a sac fly at least? Talk about leaving a guy hanging...

In the top of the 5th, Ichiro smacked a grounder off Rodrigo, allowing him to reach on an infield single. He then stole second, and was advanced to third on a Luis Lopez grounder to second. A Raul Ibanez single up the middle scored Suzuki, and made the score 3-2 O's. A wild pitch and a walk put 2 on with 1 out, and Carl Everett at the plate. Everett smashed a double into the gap, but Patterson fielded it perfectly, and Fahey threw a strike to home plate, but a terrible tag attempt by Ramon let the run score, making the game 4-3 Mariners. But a tapper 2 feet from home ended the inning for the M's.

Fahey had a heck of a game. With one on and one out, Ichiro hit a line shot low and to short. Not only did Fahey make the diving catch, but he also tagged out the runner to get the DP. I'm starting to hope he plays over Gomez at 2B after Miggy comes back...

That marked the end of Rorigo's night, and here's his line:
6 IP, 4 ER, 9 hits, 2 BB's, 2 K's. Not horrible, and kept us in the game.

In the bottom of the seventh, Brandon Fahey got a 1-out bloop single, and after a C-Pat pop up, he was pulled. Here is his line:
6.2 IP, 3 ER, 6 hits, 2 BB's, 1 K.
JJ Putz relieved him, and hit Melvin, Melvins 5th HBP of the year. But it was all for naught, as Miggy grounded softly to short.

In came Eddie Guardado in the ninth, and Nick Markakis gave him a rude welcome. On the 3rd pitch of the AB he smashed a doubled over Jeremy Reed in center field, putting the tying run in scoring position. Gomez grounded to 2nd and advanced Nick to third, but Fahey choked in the clutch, striking out to force C-Pat to get a single. Corey hit a short nubber down the line and was very close to beating it out, but Beltre, who was playing for the bunt, threw him out to end the game.

That was absolutely ridiculous. Man on third, 1 out, and you can't get the tying run in? Having Chavez on the team absolutely kills us, as we had no capable pinch hitters for Fahey to simply lift the ball into the outfield. Pitiful, pitiful loss.
Game notes
-Melvin's home run in the first was his 5th of the year. He went 1-3 today.

-Miguel Tejada's hit streak was stopped today.

-Corey Patterson is 7/7 in stolen base attempts.

-Jeff Conine is on fire. He not only got a homer today, but he also stole a base and went 2-3 . Keep it up, Niner.

-You know who else is on fire? Raul Ibanez. He was 3-5 today, and got an RBI.

-Todd Williams pitched again today, and pretty well. He only gave up one run(though it was a triple). Another scoreless inning for Todd.

How did we lose 2/3 to the Mariners? How did we make Eddie Guardado look like Mariano Rivera? Oh yeah, we are the Orioles. But, don't panic. The Red Sox lost so we are still only a game and a half out of first place.

Tomorrow the Jays come to town, 7:05 start. First game of a short 2 game series. Bedard vs. Lilly. Tuesday is Benson vs. Janssen.

O's vs. Lilly.
Conine and Javy hit him well, but that's just about it.
Jays vs. Bedard.
Rios hits well vs. him, but thats about all to read into there.

Remach from Tuesday, when the Jays stole one from us. Hopefully we can return the favor tomorrow, but it will be tough with all the injuries in the lineup.

Go get 'em tomorrow, Go O's!

 

Injury updates, Lineup

This is all from Roch.

Miguel Tejada: Is in the lineup today, and is going to be OK after a few days at DH.

Kevin Millar: Is out for 2 or 3 days due to his bruised hand, but will probably be back when we go to Texas(Wenesday).

Javy Lopez: Is also out for "a few more days" according to Sam Perlazzo. He had back spasms yesterday, causing him to miss the game.

And now for the bad news...

Brian Roberts: Is on the 15-day DL, due to his hip-flexor and groin. They knew he would be out at least 10 days, so decided to plop him on the DL.

Roster move: When Brian Roberts got sent to the DL, he needed a replacement. That came in the form of Shortstop Brandon Fahey, who I said earlier was one of the expected call-ups. They probably picked him over Ed Rogers.

Lineup:
Corey Patterson, CF
Melvin Mora, 3b
Miguel Tejada, DH
Jay Gibbons, RF
Ramon Hernandez, C
Conine, 1b
Markakis, LF
Gomez, 2b
Fahey, SS

Brower: Is still on the team?!?!?!?!? We have so many better options in the minors it's crazy, yet management thinks we should "Give him another chance" or whatever they say.

DFA BROWER!

Saturday, April 29, 2006

 

Tomorrow's lineup/Injuries

I don't have the lineup for tomorrow, but I know most of who will be in it. And a roster move is going to happen. Here are my random notes, info per Roch.

Roch says(indirectly) a pitcher from the bullpen will probably be sent down, and a middle infielder will be brought up. Brower down/Ed Rogers up? Thats what one of the sources on Orioles Hangout says. PLEASE do this move, Flanny!

Players who will most likely be in the lineup tomorrow:
Miguel Tejada, DH
Melvin Mora, 3B
Corey Patterson, CF
Jay Gibbons, RF
Ramon Hernandez, C
Chris Gomez, 1B
Brian Roberts, 2B

Players who are toss-ups:
Kevin Millar
Jeff Conine
Nick Markakis
Ed Rogers(if he's called up he'll be at SS)

Not in the lineup:
Raul Chavez(most likely not)
Luis Terrero(probably not)
Javy Lopez(Definitely not, has bad back spasms and was getting treated in the training room during the game today)

My predicted lineup:
Brian Roberts, 2b
Melvin Mora, 3b
Miguel Tejada, DH
Jay Gibbons, RF
Ramon Hernandez, C
Corey Patterson, CF
Jeff Conine, LF
Chris Gomez, 1b
Ed Rogers, SS

Couple more things from the Sun:

Kevin Millar(who is hillarious) came up with this gem-

"It's sore as hell," he said. "He smoked me right in the wrist area."

Sam also said Millar, B-Rob, and Miguel are all day-to-day.

When in comes to Melvin that link says that the deal is agreed upon, and all thats left is for PA to agree to it. Here is a piece of the article:

"A three-year contract extension for Mora is on hold, as it awaits approval
from Orioles principal owner Peter Angelos, according to sources close to negotiations.The two sides have agreed to the general framework, of the deal,
which if finalized, will pay the All-Star third baseman $24 million over three
seasons with a $1 million buyout for a fourth option year, sources said. The
deal will also likely include some no-trade protection for Mora, who has made
clear his desire to remain in Baltimore."

The article also says it could take a few days to get the deal done. The 4th year option is a shocker to me, but the 24 million is less than most sources said it would be. Both sides got their way:Melvin got his no-trade clause, and the O's only have to pay him 24 mil.(Melvin wanted 27). All-around good deal, get it done Pete!

O's vs. M's tomorrow, 1:35, OPACY, The ex-O Jamie Moyer vs. Rodrigo Lopez

Go O's!


 

13-12

Tough loss to take today for O's fans, but here it is.

For the third straight game, the O's scored in the early innings of the game. In the second, Nick Markakis singled home a run, but with bases loaded and one out Melvin and Miggy couldn't bring home a second run. 1-0 O's.

In the third inning, the O's extend their lead on King Felix Hernandez of the Mariners. After 2 men reached base, Corey Patterson went deep, making the score 4-0 O's.

But, in the 6th inning it all unraveled. After the Mariners got within 3 in the 5th, Hit after hit, walk after walk, made the score 7-4 Mariners. 5 hits, 3 walks, and 1 bad inning for Chen, Brower, and Eddy Rodriguez. Here is Chen's line:
5 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 5 hits, 1 walk, and 3 K's. He was nearly perfect until the 6th...
Hernandez was also pulled that inning, and here is his line:
5 IP, 4 ER, 10 hits, 2 walks, and 2 K's. Talk about an escape artist...

The O's started to chip away at the Mariners lead in the top of the 7th. Brian Roberts led of the inning with a single up the middle, his second of the game. Brian then got his 8th steal. Melvin continued his not so clutch play by grounding to the mound, and Brian had to stay put. But, Brian took matters into his own hands and stole third, his 9th steal of the year. Miguel then punched a single to right, scoring a run and cutting the lead to 7-5.

Then the injury bug hit. Javy Lopez had been scratched before the game due to back spasms. Kevin Millar was hit by a pitch off is hand, causing him to get pulled(he'll most likely be fine). Miguel Tejada's knee caused him to be taken out, and same for Brian's groin. This is what the defensive lineup looked like:
C:Raul Chavez
1B:Ramon Hernandez
2B:Melvin Mora
SS:Chris Gomez
3B:Jeff Conine
LF:Luis Terrero
CF:Corey Patterson
RF:Jay Gibbons.
Gibbons and Patterson were the only people to stay in their position all game.
The only good news from that inning-Todd Williams came in and pitched a perfect inning.

In the 7th the O's got something going. Ramon was hit by a pitch, and after Gomez flied out to left, Corey Patterson pulled a single past Sexson, getting Ramon to third(yes, even with Ichiro's arm out there). JJ Putz then relieved Rafael Soriano, and came in to face Jeff Conine. Conine grounded it slowly to second, allowing Patterson to reach second, and score the run(even though Conine got out). Nice team AB. A Markakis pop out ended the inning, but it was still only 7-6 Mariners.

But, in the 8th, the Mariners got that runs back. Sendy Rleal(who is pitching horribly of late) gave up a jack to Adrian Beltre, making the score 8-6 M's. He got out of the inning scoreless after that blemish, though.

The 1-2-3 hitters came up in the bottom of the 8th, and this was like the modern day murderers row. This would strike fear in any pitchers eye's(No disrespect to Melvin, he's the only good player of the 3)
1.Raul Chavez
2.Melvin Mora
3.Luis Terrero
Wow. Punishing lineup.
Terrero got an infield single, so Gibby came up as the tying run, with 2 outs. Oh, were you expecting a hit? Well, there should have been. He hit a Bawlmer chop to second and probably beat it out, but he was called out and that's all that matters. Still 8-6.

Sendy then came in and pitched a perfect ninth. I may have spoken too soon on that "horrible" thing.

In came "Everyday" Eddie Guardado. Single up the middle for Ramon. Bloop single to right for Gomez. C-Pat sacrificed them over, and up came Jeff Conine(who I voted for on the All-Star ballot. Prove me right, Jeff!) Well I'm not sure if he proved me right, but he drew a walk, loading the bases for Nick Markakis. K. Nick looked horrible in that AB, and I'm starting to think he needs to go to Ottawa. Anyway next up was Raul Chavez. Ground ball to second, and the O's blow it.

Horrible game today. We had this game locked up at the start, blew it, then had a legit shot to win it late, and still couldn't do anything. We need that game tomorrow.


Game notes:
-Corey Paterson is completely on fire. He got another home run today, his third of the year. He also had his third straight multi-hit game.

-Miguel Tejada went 2-4 today, extending his hit streak to 14 games.

-Melvin Mora went 2-5 today, and it was his 3rd straight multi-hit game.

-Starting in the second inning, Bruce Chen retired 9 straight batters. Wish he could have used some of that good pitching in the 6th.

-Chris Britton was sent down today, and Todd Williams was(finally) recalled.

-Brian Roberts got his 8th and 9th steals of the year, and the O's are now 20/20, the all-time record for consecutive steals to start the season. But Luis Terrero was caught stealing in the 8th, ending the perfect streak. Darn you, Luis Terrero!

-Sendy Rleal has allowed a home run in 4 of his last 6 games.

-Over 34K people at the game today...

Tomorrow: Moyer(former O)/Lopez, 1:35. Deciding game of the series.
Lopez vs. Mariners.
Fair amount of AB's, but nothing that jumps out at me.
Moyer vs. O's.
Looks like he pitches pretty well vs. the O's, and we're facing another lefty tomorrow. I don't like our chances too much...

By the way...Like the new template?

Go O's!

 

Want to get back at the yanks and sox?

Do you think that Mark Loretta deserves to start the All-Star game over Brian Roberts? How about Jeter over Tejada? Or Jorge Posada over Ramon Hernandez? I certainly don't, but every year the sox and yanks stuff the ballot box when it comes to the all-star game, and get much worse players starting spots on the team. This year I think we should try and fight back. Go to www.orioles.com, click on the "vote for the all-star game" symbol, and vote til your email gets maxed out. Heck, even when that happens, add a number to the end of the email(ex. Yankeessuck at aol.com, change to Yankeessuck1 at aol.com), and keep on voting!

Get Brian, Miguel, Melvin, and all your other favorite O's on the all-star team!

On the side-bar, right below the links, I'm going to have a section that will count how many times I've voted for the O's. I'm doing my part, you do yours!

Go O's!

Friday, April 28, 2006

 

13-11

The O's picked up another W tonight, and today it went by the perfect(Mazzone) blueprint...

The O's got an early lead tonight when Jay Gibbons singled home Miguel Tejada, giving the big, hard-throwing righty Daniel Cabrera an early lead.

And that early lead was extended when Corey Patterson knocked a solo shot off Gil Meche, entending the lead to 2-0.

The pitchers settled down, and no runs were scored until the top of the 6th, when Ichiro Suzuki double over Jay Gibbons head to right field. The next batter, Jose Lopez, took adavantage of the base runner and homered, tying up the game. 2-2.

The O's got their lead back, though, and quick. Kevin Millar was hit by a pitch, Corey Patterson reached on a bunt single, and Jeff Conine got a bloop single leading the bases with no outs. Nick Markakis didn't help out the cause, striking out, but B-Rob's sac fly gave the O's the lead, and Corey Patterson advanced to third(which turned out to be big). On a wild pitch, Corey came in to score, giving the O's a 4-2 lead.

And in the 7th that lead was extended. Guess who? Miguel Tejada went deep, making the lead, and the final score 5-2.

Nice to see the O's pick up a win, and will probably only be 1/2 game out at the end of the night.

Game notes:
-Miguel Tejada extended his hit streak to 13 games, but Brian's 9 gamer was broken.

-Speaking of Miguel Tejada, he had another good game. 2/3, 2 runs scored, an RBI, and his 6th big fly of the year.

-Jay Gibbons also had 2 hits, but best of all was Corey Patterson, who went 3/4 today. I can't explain how nice it is to see C-Pat hitting again.

-The pitching lined up perfectly today. Daniel Cabrera went 7 innings, giving up 2 runs. Hawkins came in to pitch a scoreless 8th, and Ray closed the game down. Just like last night...

-Daniel picked up the win tonight and he is now 2-2. Gil Meche picked up the lose, and dropped to 1-2. Ray got his 7th save of the year, and he's still perfect in save ops. Here is Daniels line:
7 IP, 2 ER, 4 hits, 1 BB, 6 K's. Not only did he have more IP than baserunners he let on, but also more K's. Great game for Daniel, as the only runs he gave up were on a home run just over Markakis' outstreched arm. This would be Meche's line:
5 IP, 2 ER, 8 hits, 3 BB, 3 K's.
Ray(from how it looked on gameday) was wild again tonight, but still went 1-2-3. I'll take it...

-Yesterday I said Gil Meche owned Tejada. Well, I guess sometimes the stats lie(or I'm just stupid).

-The O's will be within a half a game tonight, as the Red Sox dropped one to the D'Rays. The Blue Jays will now be tied for first, as they beat the Yankees, which means the O's passed the Yanks. Woosh, yo comprende?

O's vs. Mariners tomorrow.

Hernandez vs. Chen.
O's vs. Hernandez.
Not much there.
Mariners vs. Chen.
A few high OPS's, but other than that not too much in their either.

Go O's!

 

Trade rumor

I've got a quick trade rumor.

Since Derek Lee went down the Cubs have been searching for a 1B/OF who can spell Todd Walker vs. lefties, and they have talked to the O's about Jeff Conine according to Bruce Levine.

We all know Levine spewed alot of crap during the offseason about Tejada, but hopefully he's right on this one. Tod Walker's name was mentioned in the Sun, but I would be shocked if we could get him for Conine without adding a little bit to the deal. Levine said we would recieve minor-leagers, but don't be shocked to see us end up with a reliever if the deal happens.

Meche/D-Cab tonight at 7:05, finally back at OPACY.

Go O's!

Thursday, April 27, 2006

 

12-11

Finally! The O's are in the win column! Here is my happy recap...

The O's started the game with a bang. Whether it was because they finally got to face a RHP or because it was a rookie on the mound I don't know, but it was nice to take an early lead for KB. With one out Melvin walked, and that was followed by a Miggy single. The supposed control-master, Casey Janssen, probably had a case of the jitters because he hit the next batter, loading the bases. Ramon Hernandez then, grounded the ball right of the firstbaseman, and he came home with the ball. The throw was off and got past Greg Zaun, scoring 2 runs. 2-zip O's after one.

The second inning the O's extended the lead, and Janssen started to look vulnerable. He started the inning walking Corey Patterson(Yes, Corey Patterson walked!) and Patterson followed that up by stealing second. Conine helped out by advancing CP to third. Nick Markakis then was hit(Janssen's second HBP of the game), and reached second on a passed ball. A Brian Roberts single brought home Patterson, and making the score 3-0. A Melvin pop out, and a Tejada grounder to the mound ended the inning. That 4th run would have been nice...

And this is why. In the bottom of the 2nd, Kris Benson started struggling. After a walk to Troy Glaus, Shea Hillenbrand singled to center and advanced to 2nd on a throw to third. That was followed by a Zaun single, and an Adams sac fly, making the score 3-2 Orioles.

In the bottom of the 4th Benson got into a jam. He loaded the bases with one out, and up came Russ Adams. After a long AB and several pitches, Kris won the battle, getting a K. The next batter, McDonald, got off to a 2-0 start, but Kris sapped any hope away by throwing back to back strikes and then forcing Benson to ground out to the mound. Nice piece of pitching by Kris. 3-2 O's after 4.

4 innings was all the rookie Casey Janssen:
4 IP, 2 ER, 3 hits, 3 BB, 0 K. Not terrible for his ML debut.

In the top of the 7th the O's got some insurance. B-Rob started off the inning with a double, and got to third on a pick-off throw that flew into center field. An infield single by Melvin made it 2 on with no outs, and a Miggy ground out advanced Melvin to second and scored B-Rob, 4-2 O's. A Gibbons single adavanced Melvin to third, and Ramon doubled over Vernon Well's head, making the score 5-2 and seemingly breaking the game open. If that didn't break the game open, then the next AB did. Corey Patterson blooped one to center field, and the ball hit off Vernon Well's bare hand, giving Corey 2nd base, and making the score 7-2 O's.

Benson went 1-2-3 in the 7th, and that was his final inning.
7 IP, 2 ER, 3 hits, 3 BB, 4 K's. Great game for Kris. He was really in control all night, and even retired 11 in a row at one point. He had one bad inning(the 2nd), but after that he really settled down and pitched a gem of a game. One thing that I like about his line is that he pitched 7 innings and only let 6 batters reach base. The Jays 1-5 hitters were 1-17 tonight, which really shows his dominance IMO. Nice game, Kris.

Another Chris came in to pitch the 9th, and not too well. Hillenbrand almost took him out, but instead it hit high off the wall for a double. A passed ball and a walk made it first and third with no outs. He looked rusty, but a 3 pitch K showed no more signs of it, giving the O's out #1. A walk loaded the bases, and Chris was really in trouble(By the way, some guy in the crowd was blowing an air-horn after every pitch. Go watch a hockey game, ya hoser). Another walk came, making the possible 7th run at the plate. 7-3. An Alex Rios sac fly gave the O's a second out, but also made the score 7-4. Vernon Wells then singled, making the score 7-5 with the 7th run on base and Troy Glaus up. After a few pitches, Glaus grounded to Melvin who threw to 2nd to end the game.

Wow, more exciting than I thought it would be, especially with Ray in. Who would have thought he'd give up 3 runs with a 5- run cushion? Hmm, caught me by suprise.


Game notes:
-3 hit streaks were extended today. Miguel Tejada's 12 gamer, and Brian Robert's 9 gamer. And for the Jays, Vernon Wells now has a 7-game streak.

-Shea Hillenbrand made 3 bad plays in the field today, and looks to me like a liability in the field. I wouldn't be shocked to see Glaus moved over.

-The O's had 4 batters get 2 hits or more. They were Corey Patterson(3 hits), Brian Roberts, Miguel Tejada and Melvin Mora. I'm really liking Roberts-Mora-Tejada 1-2-3. Brian is now hitting .333, Miguel is hitting .424(He went 2/5 and his average went down:-O)

-Corey Patterson had a game. Not only did he draw his first walk of the year, but he also doubled, singled to right, and picked up a bunt single. Not only that, but he also stole 2 bases.

-About the steals. The O's are still perfect when it comes to them, and Corey Patterson's 2 makes us 18/18.

-Before his RBI double in the 7th inning, Ramon Hernandez was 0 for his last 14 AB's. This is the night of bad streaks broken...

-Kris Benson really settled in late it the game, and at one point retired 11 straight batters.

-Kris Benson got the win today, and Janssen pick up the L. Janssen is obviously 0-1, and Benson is 3-2.

-My guy Chris Ray pitched for the first time since the Yankee game on Friday. Well, I guess you could call it pitching if you want, but I centantly wouldn't. He gave up 3 runs, which will definitely shoot up his ERA, but I guess that all that matters is the W. Way to make it exciting, Chris. BTW-Here's his line:
1 IP, 3 ER, 2 hits, 3 BB, 1 K, 34 pitches.
The pitches is the worst part for me. Hopefully we can win easily tomorrow:-)

-The O's not only gain a game on the Blue Jays, but also on the Red Sox. They got crushed by the Indians tonight, and most importantly Josh Beckett got shelled. The Yankees won, though, so they are still ahead of us.

-This was a much needed win. Not only does it break the 4-game slide, but it gives us some Mo for the Seattle series.

Next series:vs. Mariners. The M's are at a huge adavantage pitching-wise, as they don't have to face Bedard or Benson. Should be fun either way.

Tomorrow:Meche vs. Cabrera.
O's vs. Meche
He OWNS Miggy.
Mariners vs. Cabrera
Not many AB's, but not looking too good either way.

Go O's!

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

 

11-11

The O's dropped another one today, and are starting to show they can't hang with the big boys of the East...

Today the game accually got off to a good start. B-Rob singled, stole second, and got to third on a balk. 2 batters later, Jay Gibbons(who hit clean-up tonight), knocked him home, gvining the O's a 1-0 lead.

The Jays responded in the second, scoring firdt on an error(Tejada threw it past Bedard on a 3-6-1 DP attempt. A double, a passed ball, and a fielders choice scored 2 more runs, giving the Jays a 3-1 lead thru 2.

The O's offense finally showed signs of life(outside of 2 or 3 batters)with a Jeff Conine line-drive shot home run to left-center. 3-2 Jays.

In the 6th inning, the Jays broke it open. Alex Rios knocked a 2-run jack off of Bedard, and that was his last batter. Here's his line:
5 2/3 IP, 5 ER, 10 hits, 2 BB, 1 K. The line looks bad, but he didn't pitch THAT badly.
Then Sendy Rleal came in, and he didn't do much better. He gave up another homer to Vernon Wells, making the score 6-2, and the game out of reach.

Wells homered again in the 8th off Eddy Rodriguez, making the final score 8-2.

Tough game, and we're back at .500. Bensonvs. TBA tomorrow, and we REALLY need this game.

Game notes:
-Miguel Tejada got a hit in the 8th inning today, extending his hit streak to 11 games.

-Vernon Wells hit 2 home runs today, his 8th and 9th.

-Erik Bedard, who picked up the loss, is still at an impressive 4-1. Ted Lilly improved to 2-1. Here is Lilly's line:
5 IP, 2 ER, 6 hits, 2 BB, 3 K's.

-The O's loss doesn't push them back anymore from first, as the Red Sox lost 7-1 to the Indians. 2.5 back going into the game tomorrow.(Note:The D'Rays are leading the Yankees in the 10th inning, but it ain't over til it's over)

-Mike Flanagan talked during the broadcast today, and said Todd Williams would likely come back on Saturday. When asked about Melvin's contract, he declined comment, but the way he said it made it seem like a deal was done.

-The O's saw BJ Ryan for the first time since he left the team, and he set them down 1-2-3. Javy gave him a run for his money, though...

Benson vs. a Rook (that hasn't been announced yet) tomorrow. Rogers Centre, 7:07. It will be good to not have a lefty/a pitcher who sucks, because the Blue Jays kill pitchers in those categories.

Jays vs. Benson.
Not many AB's which was be expected because he pitched in the NL until now

Go O's!

 

Injured pitchers...

Who are your 2 favorite injured, currently minor-league pitchers? You got it, Hayden Penn and Todd Williams. I got some updates.

-Hayden Penn. He pitched well in Ottawa today, going 5 scoreless innings. Chen, Lopez, watch your back....

-Todd Williams is in Bowie right now, and he is pitching pretty well(though he blew a save today). Expect him in Orange and Black by Friday, also hopefully the day the O's announce the signing of Melvin.

O's/Jays tonight. Bedard/Lilly.We need this one...

Go O's!

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

 

11-10

2 sources of offense for the O's today(better than the one on Sunday), and it wasn't enough to top the fighning Canadians.

The Jays offensive attack started in the 1st inning, when a Catalanotto double was followed up with an RBI single 2 AB's later, making the score 1-0 through 1.

All was silent until the 4th, when offensive source #1 lifted off. What a shock, it was Miguel Tejada. Miggy had another shot down the left field line, and and it tied up the game for the O's. 1-1.

But the Jays had an answer. All of their RBI's came from batters 3-7, and that held true here. Lyle Overbay got an RBI single, and Benji Molina kept their rally going with an RBI double, giving the BJ's a 3-1 lead.

Offensive source #2 struck in the 7th inning. With Miguel on first(after a single, his second hit of the game) Gibby went deep, deep and out to center field. Tie game, 3-3.

But in the bottom of the 7th the Jays would simply put the game out of reach. Rodrigo started the inning with a walk, and that was the end of his night. Here's his line.
6+ IP, 3 ER, 5 hits, 3 BB, 4 K's.
Chacins was yanked in that inning also. He had...
7 IP, 3 ER, 6 hits, 1 BB, 4 K's. Similar lines...
The Jays then attempted a rare bunt(due to their moneyball philosophy) off Jim Brower(the new pitcher), and it showed as Kevin Millar gunned down Russ Adams at 2nd base. That was Browers only highlight, though, as he then walked the next batter and then gave up an RBI double. Then came Halama(a lefty), replacing Brower, and Hillenbrand(a righty) hit for Overbay(a lefty). It payed off, as Hillenbrand singled home 2 runs, and Benji Molina followed it up with another RBI single, making the score 7-3 at the end of the 7th, and the game.

Would have liked to win tonight, but I like our chances tomorrow(Bedard v. Lilly, 7:07), and Thursday(Benson v. some rook, also 7:07). Still got a shot at 2/3...

Game notes:
-Miguel Tejada went 2-3 today, moving his league-leading average up to .434. He also knocked a homerun, his 5th, and his 18th RBI. He kept his 10-game hit streak alive.

-Gibby hit a homer today(#5), had 2 hits and also 2 RBI's. Solid night for Gibby, playing his former team(The O's picked him up in the rule V draft).

-Coming into the game, the O's were 15/15 on steals, and the Jays were 0/11 on throw-out attempts. That held true tonight, as B-Rob stole his seventh base of the season.

-Rodrigo pitched a solid game last night, and he is now 1-2.

-Yankees won, D'Rays lost, Red Sox about to win. Looks like we'll be 2 1/2 out...

Would be very nice to break this 3-game win streak tomorrow with our stopper on the mound.

O's stats vs. Lilly.
Yuck, not too good.
Jays stats vs. Bedard.
Jays stats look pretty good, but look at the lack of AB's for them. Also, Bedard hasn't been pitching this well since the beginning of last year.

Go O's!

Monday, April 24, 2006

 

Notes, notes, notes

-Miguel Tejada's 15 hits last week led gave him the honor of player of the week. He hit .536, got 3 HR's, and racked up 10 RBI's. Brian Roberts was a runner-up.

-Roch also says the O's are close to signing Melvin, and says the deal should be announced this weekend....

Chacin/Lopez tonight, Go O's!

 

O's, Mora, to announce 3-year contract

The O's and Melvin Mora agreed to a 3-year deal today, according to WJZ(Baltimore local news). According to this, Melvin called Peter Saturday and told him to get a deal done, and amazingly PA came through. The specifics of the contract are unknown(to this website), but it says the deal will be announced this week, most likely on Wednesday. Here is a projected lineup for next year(by position, not batting order, and only with players under contract in '07):
C:Hernandez
1b:???
2B:Roberts
3B:Mora
SS:Tejada
LF:Markakis
CF:Matos/Patterson/???
RF:Gibbons
DH:???

Only 2, possibly 3 spots in the lineup the O's need to fill.

I'll have more on the deal when the specifics come out, but if this website is true I'm just happy that PA/the FO didn't drop the ball and let another big-time player walk.

Go O's!

Go Melvin!

 

Injury news....

I've got 3 injured player updates, and I'll probably get into the Melvin thing a little bit.

#1:Hayden Penn is out of extended spring training, and to his dismay he gets to go to Canada after spending a month in Florida:-). He's making his first start of the year tomorrow, and will most likely be the candidate pulled up if Chen keeps pitching the way he has.

#2:John Parrish had recontructive surgery on his elbow, and will be back in the O's bullpen by mid-May. I think Mazzone will really be able to work his magic on him, and we definitely need the extra arm in the pen. Recover quick, John, but don't rush yourself...(we don't want another Grimsley).

#3:Brian Roberts sat out yesterday due to an injured hip-flexor that has been bothering him for a while, especially when he runs. The 2 days off will definitely help him, and hopefully he can get back to full speed by the time we play the Blue Jays tomorrow night.

Melvins deal. The magic number would be 26(were a deal to happen), which is closer to his side of the previous struggle(24 for the O's, 27 for Melvin). A big question would be whether he gets and NTC(no-trade clause) or not, and I'm hoping he doesn't. If he drops off in 2, or almost definitely in 3 years, I don't want to be paying just less than 9 million for a guy I could see hitting .270 and hitting 10HR's(Just throwing a number out there, guys). All in all, though, the O's have 3 organizaltional depth at 3B and need to lock up Melvin. If that is what it takes to do it, so be it. Get the deal done, PAY MORA!

Lopez/Chacin tomorrow, 7:07(wierd start time). Go O's!

Sunday, April 23, 2006

 

11-9

The O's dropped another one, and lost their first series since they were swept by Boston in the first weekend of the year.

Miguel Tejada had a great game today, and on the first pitch of the 2nd inning he lifted off on Randy Johson, making the score 1-0 O's thru 1 1/2.

That lead didn't stand for long though, as the yankees started to hit Chen in the second. A Giambi homer to right-center, and 3 singles made the score 2-1 thru 2.

The next inning Giambi homered again, making the score 4-1.

The next few innings the yanks scored on a sac fly, and then on a Giambi double off Brower, ending the scoring and the game. 7-1. Final.

Game notes:Giambi got 2 jacks today, and 4 RBI's. The home runs were his 6th and 7th.

Miggy went 4-4 today, bringing his average up to .426. He hit his 4th HR, and if Luis Castillo doesn't go off today he'll be #1 in the league in batting.

Chen picked-off his 3rd runner of the season, but he also gave up 2 jacks, his 14,999,999th and 15 millionth.

The Red Sox beat the Blue Jays, so we are still in 2nd, but 1.5 games out now(TB lost also).

Off-day tomorrow, but we're in Canada on tuesday, with Rodrigo facing Gustavo Chacin.

Go O's!

 

Lineup, Good Mora news(finally)

-According to the Sun, the O's and Melvin Mora are close to reaching a deal, for 3 years and 26 million. We need to get this deal done, so it crosses one more need off of next offseasons checklist.

-Here is today's ugly lineup, though it is good that B-Rob gets a day off.

Terrero CF
Conine LF
Mora 3B
Tejada SS
Gibbons RF
Hernandez C
Javy DH
Millar 1B
Gomez 2B

Chen vs. the big Unit. Slight rain delay, so the game will get off to a late start. Go O's!

Saturday, April 22, 2006

 

11-8

The O's snapped a 3-game win streak today, dropping one to the yanks. Here's what went down.

Daniel rolled thru the first 2 innings, but the steady decline started in the third inning. After a Cano walk, he was sacrificed to 2nd by the starting catcher, Kelly Sinnett. With 2 outs and Cano on second, Jeter knocked a single into left-center scoring a run and giving the yankees a fairly early 1-0 lead.

The yanks struck again in the 4th, when they started the inning with a single and a walk. The next play was a routine grounder to first. Millar threw it to second, and whattayaknow, Daniel doesn't cover. Bernie Williamsthen hits a Sac fly that would have been the 3rd out if Daniel had covered. 2-0 yanks.

Then the O's got on the board. Raul Chavez(who started for Ramon today) and Brian Roberts led off the inning with singles. Nick Markakis tried to bunt them over, but Chavez' lack of speed caused him to be thrown out at third. Then came Melvin, and on an 0-2 pitch he was hit, a big break for the O's. Miggy skied one to right field, scoring B-Rob and cutting the lead in half. 2-1 yankees.

After a 1-2-3 5th inning, Daniel cracked. In the bottom of te sixth the yankees led it off with a walk, followed by a single and another walk. Hideki Matsui then doubled, making the score 4-1. That was the end of Daniel's day, but he left 2 inhertited runners for John Halama. Bernie Williams grounded out, and after a walk and a pop out, it looked like Halama would get out of the jam and keep the O's in the game, but no so much. A Johnny Damon infield single scored run #5, and at that point Halama was pulled. In came Eddy Rodriguez, and 4 pitches later, Jeter walked, bringing in a run and making the score(after a Sheffield flyout) 6-1 at the end of the inning.

That was the end of the scoring. The O's 3-game win streak was snapped, as was their chance to take the lead in the division today. Boston lost, though, and we'll get a chance to take the lead tomorrow. Chen vs Randy Johnson. Go O's!

 

11-7

Ok, I wrote one of my long game recaps, and my comp shut down and I lost it. So I'll go the quick and easy way.

O's won 6-5, Benson gave up 4, Hawkins one, Ray came in and got a gutsy save, including a bases loaded, 2 out, 9th inning, full count K on Hideki Matsui, and he had the guts to throw a slider. Way to go Chris.

Chacon vs. Daniel. Right now they are tied at 0-0 in the 2nd inning.

Go O's!

Friday, April 21, 2006

 

Roster updates...

Apparently a lot of stuff happened roster-wise while I was gone, so here's my recap.

15-day DL:Matos, and he's expected to miss more than 15-days.

60-dayDL:Newhan, On 60-day to create roster spot. Had surgery Thursday. Byrdak, also on 60-day to create roster spot on the 40-man roster, Surgery coming soon.

Called-up:Eddy Rodriguez called up for Byrdak, pitched pretty well on Wednesday, pretty nice guy. Raul Chavez, now on 40-man roster, and called-up for Newhan. He willl be used to replace Ramon late for his defenese, and let Perlazzo pinch run for Ramon without losing the DH. Luis Terrero, called-up for Matos, plays CF and probably won't see much playing time with Patterson heating up. Had nice stats at Ottawa.

Sent down:Val Majewski, sent down and didn't even get a chance to join the team. He'll play every day at Ottawa.

Benson/Wang tonight, would be oh-so-sweet to get a W...

Go O's

Thursday, April 20, 2006

 

10-7

O's won the 2 final games of the Cleveland series, making them 4-1 in the series they've played this year.

Wed. score:18-9, HR's for Gibby, C-Pat, Ramon.

Thurs. score:9-4, Bedard 4-0(16 left til 20), Ray pitched another scoreless inning, HR's for Tejada, Javy.

Benson vs. Wang tomorrow night. Let's kick some yankee arse!

10-7, 1.5 out of first.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

 

8-7

The O's got completely crushed tonight. The score in the 8th inning is 15-0, and Victor Matinez and Grady Sizemore got HR's. Chen got shelled.

There. Done. I don't think I can write anymore.

Only possible bright spot to find:B-Rob went 4-4 tonight.

Final score-15-1.

The O's announced after the game that Byrdak is on the DL and Eddy Rodriguez is called up.

 

Lineup for the first Indians game...

2B Roberts
LF Conine
3B Mora
SS Tejada
RF Gibbons
C Hernandez
DH Lopez
1B Millar
CF Markakis

Conine batting second?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! Wow, a new Roch bottom.

Also, Todd Williams is at Camden and he will throw today.

 

Majewski called-up

The O's replaced David Newhan with Val Majewski today. He will almost surely play, and this shows how little faith the FO has in Patterson and Matos to pick it up and start reaching their potential. This didn't require and another roster move(Majewski was on the 40-man roster). It will definitely be exciting to see Majewski and Markakis together in the OF. The M&M boys are finally united!

 

Replacements, replacements, replacements...

The O's have 2 players probably going to the DL, so the question is...Who should replace them? Here is the run-down and my picks.

Newhan:Newhan fractured his right fibula, and will be put on the DL and out for several weeks.

Possible replacements:

*Val Majewski:He is Roch's pick, and a top 10 prospect in the Orioles system. I don't think he would be a good pick, because he would have to play(letting him rot on the bench would be a huge mistake) and he has gotten off to an extremely slow start at Ottawa. I would give him some more time to adapt, since he missed all of last season with a torn labrum.


Luis Terrero:Waived by the D'Backs, the O's claimed him off waivers. He has significant MLB experience, but hasn't really produced in that time. He plays CF, which is a plus for him, but other than a late inning defensive replacement I don't see a point in calling him up. Also, you'd have to make a 40-man roster move to call him up. I'll pass.

Fernando Tatis:He had a solid spring, and his OPS is over 1.000 so far at Ottawa this year. If the O's intend on getting a guy to spell Melvin once or twice and otherwise rot on the bench, this is their guy.

Andy Tracy:I am intrigued by this guy. The O's acquired him from the indians in the offseason, and he has inpressed so far at Ottawa. He can play the corner infield and outfield positions, which gives Perlazzo flexibility on how to use him. He has ton's of power(.513 slg% at Ottawa) and is left-handed(something the O's lack at the corner positions). This would be a good guy to bring up.

Keith Reed:He can play all the outfield positions, has solid speed, and from what I have seen plays solid defense. His OPS at Ottawa is .818, so he is hitting pretty well at the moment. Even if he's called up, I don't see him playing that much, so I wouldn't want him pulled up either.

Raul Chavez:This would be a solid pull-up for the O's. He could use his above-average defense to replace Ramon or Javy late in games, and never sniff the batter's box. I think this would be a good call-up.

Note:Jeff Fiorentino won't be called up due to an ankle injury.

Final decision:The O's can go a couple ways with this. If they want a guy that can play several positions and will produce at the plate, Andy Tracy is the way to go. If they want to go with the third catcher for defensive replacements and so Sam can pinch run for Ramon late in games Chavez is the way to go. All in all, I'd call up Tracy.

Tim Byrdak:After struggling to the first 2 weeks of the season, Byrdak expressed a sore left elbow, and the team is pondering whether to place him on the DL.

Possible replacements:

Scott Rice:He has struggled at Ottawa so far, but he is the Post's pick to join the team, and also Roch's. He is #37 on Orioles Hangout's prospect list, and a former #1 pick. The fact that he is left-handed goes in his favor, and he is a ground ball pitcher(always a good thing). He would be the third rookie in the O's pen. His k/BB ratio is 2/2, which leaves a lot to be desired. A whip over 2 also goes against him, and I think that if he gets called up to the majors he would get thoroughly shelled. Hopefully he can adjust to Ottawa, as his statistics at Bowie last year were not too shabby. His spring ERA was 4.50.

Eddy Rodriguez:After an impressive spring, he has continued his success in Ottawa. He has MLB experience, and I think he would be a solid call-up. The fact that he is right-handed hurts him, as the O's pen lacks lefties. His K/BB ratio is 7/2. Solid. His ERA in the spring was a spectacular 1.35. CALL HIM UP!

Winston Abreu:He is pitching well at Ottawa. He doesn't have any MLB experience as far as I know, so that is a mark against the right-hander. He has an outstanding 12/1 K/BB ratio. At spring training he had more spectacular K number(11.05 per 9 innings), but an ERA over 6 has me turned off.

Final decision:If the O's want a lefty, take Rice. If they want a righty, take Rodriguez. I would rather have Rodriguez, because I think he would be more effective with the big club, but if the O's think a lefty is needed, Rice is the way to go. For some reason I see Rice getting shelled when/if he joins the big club, but we shall see.

* signifies that a player is on the 40-man roster, and the teams doesn't need to make an additional move to add him to the MLB team.

Indians/O's tonight. Jason Johnson facing Bruce Chen at 7:05. This is the start of the 2nd series in a tough 10 game span(4 vs. LAA, 3 vs. Cle., 3 @ NYY). A 3-1 start is huge.

Go O's!

Monday, April 17, 2006

 

8-6

The O's won again tonight, and picked up a big series win vs. the Angels. Read on...

For the first time in the series, the O's took the early lead. Newhan started the inning with a single, and stole second(but was injured on the play, update in "Game notes"). Then, with 2 outs, Miggy dropped a bomb, driving a home run to right center field. 2-0 O's.

In the 2nd inning the O's continued their offensive attack, when Javy Lopez doubled down the right field line. Corey Patterson utilized his speed(for the first time in forever) by beating out a grounder that was bobbled only the slightest, and reached second on a steal. With 2 outs, the O's continued their hot clutch hitting with a Brian Roberts double, scoring 2 and making the score 4-0 O's.

Fast foward to the 7th inning, when the Angels had something going with back to back single. A swinging bunt advanced the runners, and a K gave hope that the O's could get out of the game with out giving up any runs, but that hope was immediately crushed when a passed ball gave the Angels their first run. Daniel got out of the jam after that belish, and here is his line:
7 IP, 0 ER, 5 hits, 1 BB, 6 K's. SEND HIM TO OTTAWA. :-)

The 7th inning was also Jeff Weaver's last, and after the first 2 innings he really settled down.
7 IP, 2 ER, 5 hits, 1 BB, 4 K's.

Hawkins came in to pitch the 8th, and the Angels continued to give him trouble. After a fly out, Orlando Cabrera doubled and was advanced to third by a Vlad ground out. A clutch single by Garret Anderson brought the Angels within 2, and made the wiggle room for Chris Ray that much less.

But since when does Chris Ray need any wiggle room? Ray breezed through the 9th inning, and picked up the O's 8th win of the season. It's good to have a little mo going into the Cleveland series, and we are now 3-1 in this tough 10 game span(4 vs. LAA, 3 vs. Cle, 3 @ NYY).

Game notes
-The O's took 3 of 4 from the Angels, and it's good to see that we can play with the big boys(I was a little worried after the Boston series).

-D-Cab evened his record at 1-1 tonight, and he frankly pitched a gem. He topped out around 97, and used his breaking pitch well.

-Chris Ray has been my favorite Oriole since he was called up(for personal reasons), but I have a feeling he would be anyway with how h'es been pitching. He has 5 saves, and in 6 1/3 IP, he has given up 0 runs, 1 BB, 2 hits, and has recorded 7 K's. His walk tonight was his first and only of the season.

-The O's had another unfortunate attendance number tonight, at 15,691. Hopefully the first place and on-fire indians will bring the attendance up a little bit. I'll be at Weds. and Thurs. games, and wil hopefully be blogging from the hotel.

-To the Newhan injury. The O's got the unfortunate news tonight that David Newhan broke his right fibula, and will probably be placed on the DL. Perlazzo just said on Baseball Tonight that Newhan would have an operation on Thursday. Roch's blog, when talking about possible replacements, said Val Majewski is a strong possibility. He also rules out Fiorentino due to a recent ankle injury.

-Another Roch entry says that Tim Byrdak is going to undergo a CT scan. Would explain his struggles of late...

Tomorrow night the indians come to town, and it's the former Oriole(Jason Johnson), versus the current Oriole(Bruce Chen). Game time is 7:05.

Go O's!

Sunday, April 16, 2006

 

7-6

The O's 3 game win streak was brought to a stop today, and here's how it went down...

For the third straight game, tthe Angels got out to an eraly lead. After Kris Benson retired the first 2 batters, Vlad Guerrero crushed a home run to left center, giving the Angels a 1-0 lead.

In te bottom of the second the O's had an answer. After a Miggy single, Javy drove a ball to deep left center, and Darin Erstad went up to bring it down. After several seconds with no call, Miggy thought he ball was caught and retreated to first and javy passed him in the process. Seconds later the umps decided to announce that it was a home run and Javy was out. The umps dropped the ball on this one, no pun intended. Still, though, 1-1.

The next inning, the Angels had first and third when Chone Figgins attempted a steal. He got caught in a pickle, and Izturis dashed for home. Conine threw home and Izturis was safe, and Figgins advanced to second. With 2 outs Vlad blooped one to left, but David Newhan made a nice diving catch to save a run. 2-1 Angels.

The next inning the Angels had something cooking again, but Newhan dove and made his second web gem of the day. He really held his own today.

Benson kept letting people on base, and it came back to haunt him in the 5th inning. Back to back doubles made the score 3-1, and a broken bat Vlad bloop single gave the Angels a 3-run lead. That was the end of Benson's day, and here is his line:
5 IP, 9 hits, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K. The line looks alot worse than he pitched, as the Angels got a bazzillion bloop hits.

The O's tried to peck back into the game, with a Jeff Conine home run to right center, but 2 innings later Sendy Rleal(in his second inning of work) gave that run back by giving up a home run to Vlad(his second of the game).

The Angels really broke it open in the 8th inning, when they scored 4 runs off Tim Byrdak, highlighted by a 3-run shot by Chone Figgins.

One bright spot today was Chris Britton, who pitched well in his second appearence of the season, going 1-2-3 in the 9th. He has been perfect this season.

The O's picked up another run in the 9th off Francisco Rodrgiues on a Gibby single plating Melvin Mora, but that was all they could muster, and the final was 9-3.

Hopefully Daniel can pick up a W tomorrow(at 7 vs. Weaver), but I'm not counting on it. Expect a split.

Game notes:David Newhan had 2 diving catches today, and he probably saved 3 runs...Melvin has a 6-game hit streak going...Nick markakis has hit in 9 of the 10 games he's played in this year, but he has yet to get a multi-hit game...Benson was pulled after only throwing slightly over 80 pitches. I guess Perlazzo thought the game would get out of hand if Benson pitched the 6th...Benson picked up a loss today, going to 1-2. Lackey got the win and he is 2-1...The Red Sox winning today puts the O's 1 1/2 back on them, and either tied with TB for second(If Toronto loses), or tied for 3rd(If Toronto wins). The Jays are down in the bottom of the 5th to the White Sox right now, in the middle of a rain delay.

Go O's.

 

Still no respect

The O's reached a new low today respect-wise in the NY Post. Here is what they wrote today...

One NL GM said he believed that the Marlins, Nationals, Devil Rays and Orioles were the majors' worst teams, stating it "would be amazing if any lost fewer than 95 games." The executive theorized that the Mets and Yankees would be helped by this with the wild card coming out of the two East divisions as the powerful clubs feast on the weaklings.

I'm sure the yankees are having a great time "feasting" on the O's while they're in last place, a game and a half behind the O's, and would be much father back had they not just faced Kansas City, who is apparently much better then the O's, with their 2-8 record and all. Only one team in the league(the mets) has more wins, and they have the best record in the league. Nice call, buddy. Now that Steve Phillips is out of the league, I have no clue who made this comment, but I doubt a team with this genious running it is successful.

Here's today's lineup for the should-be last place Orioles.

Brian Roberts - 2B
David Newhan - LF
Melvin Mora - 3B
Miguel Tejada - SS
Jay Gibbons - DH
Javy Lopez - C
Jeff Conine - 1B
Nick Markakis - RF
Luis Matos - CF

Nice to see Kakes in right field.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

 

7-5

Meet your second place Orioles(They were tied for last 2 days ago). Another close win today, and more great pitching. Here goes nothing..

Just like last night, the Angels got off to an early lead. The speedster, Chone Figgins, poked a seeing eye double past Conine at first base. He was advanced by a ground out to third. Next came Garret Anderson, and he drove the ball to center, but Nick Markakis, who was shading to the other side of the field, had the ball glance off his glove and it became an RBI double. That was all they could get that inning, though.

The Angels kept the offensive attack going in the next inning, as Tim Salmon got a lead-off triple to start the inning. Yes, Tim Salmon got a triple. Bedard, then, displayed his dominiance that would be on display all day with a ground out to the mound, a pop out to shallow center, and a clutch strike out.

All was quiet until the 5th inning, when the Angels struck again. After back to back singles, Chone Figgins was sent up to bunt. He was unsuccessful in that attempt, and then promptly grounded into a double play, giving the O's a chance to get out unblemished. They couldn't, though, as Cabrera double to left-center to make the score 2-0.

The cy-young winner Colon had a gem going, until the fifth inning, when things started to unravel. Hernandez led off the inning with a single up the middle, and after a Millar fly out, Conine(yes, Jeff Conine) drove a double to left-center scoring Hernandez, cutting the Angels lead in half. Markakis retired, but after that it started to get interesting. B-Rob drove a liner to 2nd base which was knocked down by Chone Figgins, and Treb gave the windmill to Conine. He probably would have been thrown out, but the ball popped out of Molina's glove, and Conine scored. More clutch hitting, and it didn't end there. Newhan got a bunt single advancing B-Rob to second, and Melvin cracked a single into left field scoring Brian Roberts and giving the O's a one run league. 3-2 O's after 5.

Both starting pitchers, Colon and Bedard, pitched great games. The former Cy Young winner, Colon, pitched a solid game, and he had great movement on his fastball. He was around the plate all game, and that probably helped by him some calls. Here's his line:
7 IP, 1 ER, 3 runs, 8 hits, 1 BB, 4 K's.
Bedard was great again today, and the Mazzone effect showed on him. He pitched MUCH faster than in past season's, as the game was only 2 hours and 24 minutes long. Here is his fantastic line(I've been saying this alot lately):
8 IP, 2 ER, 8 hits, 4 K's. Similar lines for the 2 of them.

Once again, in the top of the 9th inning, Chris Ray was lights out. He struck out 2/4 batters he faced, and the only one who got a hit had a seeing eye single that glanced off Miguel's glove. BJ who?

Another encouraging, close, 1-run win.

Game notes:Before his double today, Jeff Conine was 0-16 in his last 16 and 1-20 on the season. His average was at .050...The attendance was less than yesterday, and I was shocked to hear this because it looked much bigger. 24,497...Ramon had 3 more hits today, his 5th 3-hit game of the year, and his 6th multi-hit game. This increased his batting average to .526...Chris Ray got the save again today, his fouth of the year. He has yet to give up a run....Erik Bedard got the win today, and he is 3-0. 17 to go....2 hit streaks were broken today, Gibby's 10-gamer, and Newhan's 5-gamer...Javy sat again today(due to minor injuries), but tomorrow Ramon is sitting and Javy is catching. That didn't stop Javy from complaining...Today the Red Sox, Yankees and Blue Jays lost(Note:the Devil Rays were the only other team in the division to win), making the O's pass the Jays and get within a half-game of the Sox. Hopefully tomorrow I can introduce you to the first place Orioles:-)....

AL East notes:The Yankees picked up Carlos Pena today, and he is expected to go to triple-A Columbus...The Red Sox placed David Wells on the DL today, don't be shocked to see Papelbon switch the the rotation.

Tomorrow-1:35-Benson vs. Lackey-Go O's! Take the division from the Sox(I know it's early).

Thoughts, Orioles nation? Has the hot start affected your prediction on where the O's will finish?

 

Lineup 4/5, waivers...

B-Rob, 2B
Newhan, LF
Mora, 3B
Miggy, SS
Gibby, RF
Hernandez, C
Millar, DH
Conine(ugh), 1B
Markakis, CF

Bedard on the mound.

Also, Chavez and DuBose cleared waivers and are in AAA Ottawa.

All from Roch.

Friday, April 14, 2006

 

6-5

More late inning heroics tonight, I'll jump right in...

Rodrigo got off to a rocky start tonight, allowing a 2-run homer to Garret Anderson and a solo shot Juan Rivera in the first inning making it 3-0 after the first inning. The next inning the Angels kept it going with an Adam Kennedy solo shot, making the score 4-0 after 2. Not an ideal start for RoPez, but he would settle down.

The O's started their comeback in the bottom of the second, when Jay Gibbons went opposite field off Ervin Santana. I think this shows the progresstion from Gibbons over the fast few years. Back then he was strictly a pull hitter, but he is doing a great job using the whole field.

Then, in the 4th, the O's kept pecking away, with a David Newhan home run onto the flag court. Melvin followed that up with a double that narrowly missed going out, but he couldn't get advanced by Miggy, Gibby, or Ramon. 4-2 Angels.

In the 5th, the O's kept the comeback train rolling. After a Millar double, Conine(who went hitless again) advanced him to 3rd. Then came Nick the Greek. Then came a 2-run homer to right-center, Nick's second of the year. 4-4 game.

All was quiet until the 8th inning, when RoPez was still on the hill. He struck out Vlad, Garret Anderson, and forced Juan Rivera into a ground out. Great recovery for Roddy, and here was his line:
8 IP, 4 ER, 6 hits, 1 walk, 6 K's. He did a great job keeping the O's in the game.
While I'm giving the starters lines, here's Santana:
7 IP, 4 ER, 6 hits, 0 BB, 2 K's. Pretty similar lines.

The late inning dramatics continued in the bottom of the 8th. B-Rob single and advanced to second on a passed ball. Then Melvin came up with 2 outs. After working the count and making Scot Shields throw several pitches Melvin poked a pitch between the first and second basemen into right field and when Vlad came upthrowing to the plate, B-Rob had too much speed and beat him out, making the score 5-4.

Things got interesting again. Because of Ray's overworking and the fact that Hawkins had already been up, LaTroy came in to pitch the 9th inning and try to get the save. After striking out the first 2 batters, LaTroy got Mathis(the angels backup catcher) into a 2-2 count and threw a pitch that was obviously a strike. Well, I guess it was obvious to everyone except the home plate ump, and the count was full. Next pitch, left field seats. The game was tied, and Hawkins blew the save. After Hawkins was pulled, Byrdak came in and got 1 out in 1 pitch. The bullpen, in all honesty, has been awful(with the exception of Ray and a few other people who have been mediocre). Weather that is because of youth, lack of talent, or just bad management, I don't know, and I'll leave you guys to judge that(it's far too early to be calling for a manager's head:-)).

The late inning heroics weren't over, because with 2 outs in the 9th inning, Ramon Hernandez made contact, flipped his bat, and touched 'em all. He is absolutely scorching the ball, and his batting average is still over .500. Another late inning, exciting win. Go O's!

Game notes:The attendance tonight was 25,415...Jeff Conine's batting average is below .050 right now, and he doesn't have any hits in 11 days...Tim Byrdak got the win today, and he only threw one pitch. This was his first ML win in 93 appearances...Ramon's walk-off home run was the first for the O's since Brian Roberts vs. the Yankees last year. That brings back good memories...I think that beating a 95-win team and ALCS team will boost the confidence of this fairly young(except Conine(-:).

Tomorrow is Colon vs. Bedard, and I like our chances again. Go O's!

Thursday, April 13, 2006

 

5-5

Wow, exciting game tonight, with a peculiar scoring at the end. Here goes nothing....

Yet again, the O's drew first blood. Newhan started with a single, and that was followed by a Mora double. Miggy got an RBI ground out, making the score 1-0.

All was quiet until the bottom of the 2nd, when Ty Wiggington continued his hot streak with another home run. 1-1 after 2.

The game continued to fly by, and no runs were scored until the bottom of 4th. In that inning, Travis Lee got a solo home run to dead center field. That would be the Rays second solo shot of the game.

Waechter continued to roll for the Rays, retiring 10/11 at one point. Magnificent pitching(or terrible hitting).

Whataya know, in the bottom of the 5th the Rays got their 3rd solo shot off Chen, making the score 3-1. This would be the 3rd solo shot of the night.

After pitching the top of the 6th inning, Waechter was pulled, and I'm not sure why(he only threw 81 pitches!). Here's the line:
6 IP, 1 ER, 6 hits, 0 BB, and 1 K. Nice game for him.

The Rays struck again in the bottom of the 6th, and guess how? You got it, another solo shot off Chen. That was #4 of the night, and made the score 4-1 going into the 7th inning.

All was quiet until the O's started their rally. After a B-Rob single, Newhan grounded into a FC, and Melvin grounded out making it man on 2nd with 2 outs. Inning seemingly over. Not so much. Miggy single to RF, 4-2. Gibby single to right. Ramon single to left, 4-3. Finally, though, the rally ended, with a Kevin Millar K.

The Rays fought back though, vs Chen and the O's in the top of the 8th. Chen came out to pitch the 8th(he was at 101 pitches at that point), and retired the first 2 batters. Sam Perlazzo came out, looked him in the eyes, and left him in. Didn't turn out like it does in the movies. Cantu drove a double off the wall and that was the end of Chen's night, and it was a solid game. Here's the line:
7 2/3 IP, 5 ER, 5 hits, 1 BB, 4 K's.
Then came Jim Brower. Oh god. What a shock, a bloop single gets the Rays an insurance run, making it 5-3 at the of the 8th.

Dan Miceli came in for the save in the top of the ninth, and it didn't start out well for him. Javy led off the inning with a walk, and Nick Markakis followed it up with a single getting Matos(Javy's pinch runner) to third base. B-Rob then got a sac fly, making the game 5-4. David Newhan came up to the plate. A long drive to deep right-center field...going, going going into Joey Gathright's glove for the 2nd out of the 9th inning, with Melvin Mora coming to the plate. Baseball, meet the left field seats. O's 6, Rays 5. Talk about exciting.

Then came Mr. Automatic, Chris Ray. K, ground out, fly out, game over.

O's win, here are some notes: The O's have won 5/7 vs. Tampa Bat this season. The Rays had only slightly over 10,000 fans for the third straight game after selling out the home opener. 13,042 tonight. A minor league O's note, Nolan Reimold got 2 HR's today, that guy keeps looking better and better. Chris Ray was given the save tonight on a technicality, here's the rule:
The winning relief pitcher shall be the one who is the pitcher of record when his team assumes the lead and maintains it to the finish of the game. EXCEPTION: Do not credit a victory to a relief pitcher who is ineffective in a brief appearance, when a succeeding relief pitcher pitches effectively in helping his team maintain the lead. In such cases, credit the succeeding relief pitcher with the victory.
Basacally, Ray gets the win because Brower suck and needs to be sent down.

Tomorrow-O's vs Angels, back at Camden. Ervin Santana vs. Rodrigo Lopez. Go O's!

PAY MELVIN!

 

A few notes....

-Todd Williams threw BP today, and should be back in the next few weeks. He should throw a simulated game fairly soon. Hopefully he'll bump Brower out of the pen.

-Newhan didn't start last night because of an injured finger. He is getting X-rays today as a precaution. For some reason I think that result of last night's game would have been different with Newhan in instead of Matos. Wonder what that is...:-)

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Chen vs. Waechter tonight. Go O's! Get back to .500.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

 

4-5

Tonight was a game of F's. Fossum flips(whatever that is), few fans, fancy fetches(in the field), and Freakin' walks! Here's how it played out tonight.

The highlight of the first inning had to be D-Cab's hot start. After striking out Crawford swinging, he K'ed Branyan looking, and followed that one up with a strike out of Gomes. Nice start to the game, and he had seemingly found his control(emphasis on seemingly).

When you pitch well, the offense will start to support you, and that was the case in the 2nd inning of the game tonight. Jay Gibbons led off the 2nd with a double, and 2 batters later Millah homered DEEP to left-center field. 2-0 O's.

Daniel let 2 men on in the 2nd inning, but when one got gunned down trying to steal second and 2 batters got K'ed(making it 5 K's in 2 innings), the scoring threat was gone.

The Rays got on the board in the bottom of the 3rd inning. Daniel got the first batter, walked the 2nd, and K'ed the third(#6). With 2 outs and a man on first, the inning was seemingly over, but you can't take anything as a given with Daniel on the mound. The next 2 batters walked, making it bases loaded with 2 outs. An untimely wild pitch cut the O's lead in half, and Travis Lee kept the rally alive by drawing the 4th walk of the inning. After getting to a full count, though, Ty Wiggington ended the rally with a fly out to Luis Matos.

The Rays threatened again in the bottom of the 4th. Toby Hall led off the inning with a single to center. After a Nick Green K(#7), Hall advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch(#2 of the night). A Tomas Perez K(#8) decreased the scoring chance, but Daniel did his best to bail Perez out. Back to back walks made it bases loaded with 2 outs, but yet another K(#9) ended the inning.

After the top of the 5th inning, the 3 batters that came to the plate's combined batting average was .556. Ramon Hernandez is hitting .520. Conine(who needs to sit, batting .068) started the inning with a fly out to left. Markakis(.238, he's slumping) and B-Rob(.250) ended the inning with consecutive ground outs.

The Rays continued to reach base in the bottom of the 5th inning, with a walk(Gomes) followed by a single(Lee). At that point D-Cab's walk total was at 8. But, like the rest of the game, Daniel comes back with a K(#10, double digits!). Toby Hall drove a gap, but Gibbons made a nice running catch that probably saved a run. A walk made it bases loaded, but Tomas Perez poped out to end the inning. That was the end of Daniel's night, and here's the line:
5 IP, 1 ER, 3 hits, 9 BB , 10 K's.

The O's extended the lead in the top of the 6th inning. Melvin got a one-out double to put a man in scoring position for the O's. Then, with 2 outs, Gibby drove one off the right field wall scoring Melvin, but he would be thrown out going for second. Nonetheless, it was 3-1 O's.

The bottom of the 6th was short but eventful. The Rays, who seemingly can't by a break, hd Carl Crawford tossed. Damon Hollins replaced him in left field. It was seemingly for arguing, but he was thrown out by the 3rd base ump(when he grounded out to the pitcher, not even coming in contact with that ump). Halama looked very good that inning, getting the first to batters to ground out to the mound, and catching Russel Branyan looking at strike 3.

In the top of the 7th the O's got the bases loaded on 2 walks and an E5, but that was all they could muster as Luis Matos lined out with 2 outs and bases loaded. Fossum night was over at that point, and here's his line:
7 IP, 3 ER, 4 hits, 4 BB, 3 K's. Solid game for Fossum.

In the bottom of the inning a Lee single and Wigginton home run tied the game at 3, and that was the end of Halama's night, and the start of Hawkin's. The first batter he faced(Toby Hall) singled up the middle to start Hawkin's night, but a 4-6-3 DP ended the 7th inning and the scoring threat.

Shawn Camp silenced the O's bats in the top of the 8th, going 1-2-3. But the Ray broke the game open in the bottom of the 8th. Sendy Rleal(no clue why he was in and Hawkins was taken out) gave up a grand slam to Jonny Gomes, making the score 7-3. One solid note, though, of the inning was Chris Britton making his ML debut and getting 2 of the 3 batters he faced out.

After a Millar home run, Miceli can in and picked up the save to defeat the Orioles tonight. With 2 on and 2 outs for some reason Perlazzo decided to let Matos hit. What a shock, ground out to end the game. Perlazzo also left Halama in for 1 too many batters, when he should have put Hawkins in. Another mistake by Perlazzo. In the 8th inning instead of pulling Hawkins for Rleal he should have let him be. Another mistake for Perlazzo. I'm going to leave it at that, but definitely not Perlazzo's shining moment.

A couple TB game notes. After 40,000+ on Monday night, Tuesday had only 12,00+, and Wednesday was just over 10,000...The Rays GM said that Aubrey Huff could be out for any time between 4 and 6 weeks...Carl Crawford's ejection was the first of his career(90% sure on this one, correct me if I'm wrong).

Chen vs. some should be AAA pitcher. Still have a shot at 3/4.

Thoughts on Perlazzo? or anything else?

 

Lineup

Roberts(2B)
Matos(CF)
Mora(3B)
Tejada(SS)
Gibbons(RF)
Hernandez(C)
Millar(DH)
Conine(1B)
Markakis(LF)

Daniel on the mound v. Casey Fossum.

Go O's!

 

News....

-The Fredrcik Keys tossed a no-hitter today, with Radhames Liz pitching 5 innings and getting 13 K's. More encouraging stuff from the minor-leagues.

-The O's sent down Cory Morris today, and brought up Chris Britton, who I have heard lots of good things about. I'm excited to see him pitch in the near future. Morris didn't see any game action in his 3-game stint with the O's.

-The Sawks signed Coco Crisp to a 3-year extension today. A bit premature...?

Fossum vs. Cabrera today. Go O's!

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

 

4-4

Welcome to the majors, Jason Hammel. Enjoy your stay, because after tonight's effort, you probably won't be up much longer.

The O's didn't waste any time tonight on the offensive side of things. After consecutive flyouts by Newhan and Roberts, Melvin Mora took Hammel deep. 1-0 O's at the end of the first.

The Rays had an answer, though, and that was Ty Wiggington. In the bottom of the 2nd, Ty Wigginton answered Melvin Mora's home run with a shot off Kris Benson, tying the score at 1.

But before you could say, well, just about anything, the O's broke the game open. The top of the third inning started with a Javy Lopez strikeout, but that was followed by Luis Matos and B-Rob singles, making it first and third with 1 out. David Newhan, then, took a page out of last nights book and got an RBI infield single. Melvin made it 2 outs with a pop up to Travis Lee at first base, but the O's clutch hitting continued with a Miguel Tejada shot to right center that was oh-so-close to a home run. 4-1 O's.

In the bottom of the inning the Rays threatened again. With Crawford on first and 2 outs, Travis Lee took the ball for a ride, unfortunately for Rays fans that ride ended on the warning track and was caught by David Newhan.

The O's struck again in the top of the 4th, leading it off with a Ramon Hernandez double to the right-center field gap. Millar followed it up with a single to make it 1st and 3rd with no outs. The rally kept going when Javy Lopez walked on 4 pitches, but Luis Matos put it in serious jepoardy when he struck out. Call B-Rob Ken Jennings(lame, I know :-)) because he took the team's rally out of jepoardy with a shot down the line extremely close to a grand slam, but he settled for a double. It was at 6-1 O's, until David Newhan knocked a single for right bringing in a run to make it 7-1(Newhan got a little to greedy and got caught hanging off first on the same play). End of the inng, 7-1 O's. That inning marked the end of the day for Jason Hammel, and his line is below:
3.1 IP, 7 ER, 8 hits, 1 BB, 3 K. Tough start for the young guy making his major league debut. Would be shocked if he didn't get sent back down to Durham.

Benson continued his dominance, and was flawless until the bottom of the 6th inning, when he gave up a single to Carl Crawford, who stole second and a throwing error by Ramon got him to 3rd base. Branyan again came close to a HR, but it ended up being a sac fly, making the score 7-2. The run was unearned and that was all the runs TB got off Benson.

The 7th inning was uneventful, but some action returned in the 8th inning. Gibbons got a single up the middle, and Patterson came to pinch run for him. Perlazzo sent Patterson, and that SB turned out to be big. After getting advanced to 3rd, Millar grounded out to SS, making it man on 3rd with 2 outs. The clutch hitting didn't stop, though, as Javy Lopez drove him in with an RBI single. 8-2 O's.

In the bottom of the 8th, Joey Gathright led off the inning with a single, which prompted the pull of Kris Benson. Great game for Kris tonight, and here's the line:
7 IP, 1 ER, 5 hits, 1 BB, and 5 K's
Crawford, then, grounded into a fielder's choice. Russel Branyon continued his hot hitting with a single, getting Crawford to third base. The rally ended there, though as the next batter K'd and 2 batters later Travis Lee grounded out, ending the threat. Nice inning by Sendy Rleal.

The bottom of the 9th is when things got very interesting. Jim Brower walked the first batter, and that was followed by a Josh Paul single. Another walk followed that, making it bases loaded no outs. Joey Gathright hit into a fielder's choice making the score 8-3 with one out and 2 on. Crawford followed up Gathright's FC with one of his own, making the score 8-4 with 2 outs and one on. When Russel Branyan walked, that was the end of Brower's night, and it was yet another bad one for him. Chris Ray came in and Mr. Automatic did guess what? Fan the only batter he faced, earning his 3rd save. Wish we didn't have to use Ray, but I would assume 1 batter won't effect him too much.

Another bad outing for Brower, expect a DFA soon.

The O's guarentee at least a split, and still have the sweep possibility alive.

Tomorrow will be Casey Fossum vs. Daniel Cabrera. I'm confident Daniel will pitch much better than his last time out and hopefully pick up his first W of the season.

Go O's! Back to .500!

Sweeeeeep the Rays!

 

Lineup

B-Rob(2B)
Newhan(LF)
Mora(3B)
Tejada(SS)
Gibby(RF)
Ramon(C)
Millah(1B)
Javy(DH)
Matos(CF)

Benson on the mound.

Newhan is 3 straight games, Ramon inching his way up the lineup.

Thank you Roch.

 

Hendrickson scratched!!!!!

-Looks like we won't have to face the Oriole killer himself, Mark Hendrickson. Hendrickson is experiencing tightness in his shoulder and has landed himself on the DL. In his place, Jason Hammel(from triple-A Durham) will be pitching. Whoooosh:-)

-The Red Sox placed Coco Crisp on the DL today, and purchased the contract of Dustin Mohr.

-AJ Burnett will be back soon, and will make his first start vs. the White Sox.

-When the Jays were seemingly going to be healthy again, the news came that Roy Halladay will miss a start. Stay tuned....

Benson vs Hammel(thank god) tonight. Go O's!

Monday, April 10, 2006

 

3-4

Finally! Something good to write about. Here's the summary.

The first scoring came in the third inning, when the O's bats finally woke up. Newhan started the scoring with a single to center, which brought home Jeff Conine. It didn't stop there, as Gibbons got an RBI infield single, bringing home Newhan, which was followed by a Ramon Hernandez single to center, scoring 2(Mora and Tejada). It was all quiet until the 5th inning, when Gibby hit a HR to right, which madre the score 5-0. The next inning Erik continued his dominance, getting a DP after giving up a single, and then ending the inning with a K(his 5th and final). In the 6th Nick the Greek and B-Rob got back to back hits, but the O's couldn't get any runs out of it, keeping the score at 5-0. The next inning looked like it would be another one where the O's rolled 1-2-3, until Newhan dropped an extremely high fly ball, and a passed ball got a runner on third with 2 outs. All scoring chances were shut down for that inning, though, when a grounder back to the mound ended the inning. In the bottom of the 7th, it really got interesting. Ty Wiggington started it off with a single. Travis Lee popped out, but that was followed by another single by Toby Hall, making it 1st and 3rd with one out. Nick Green then grounded back to Bedard(happened several times tonight) and he cut off Wiggington going home. With 2 outs and 1st and second, Jorge Cantu(previously injured) lined out sharply to Melvin Mora, ending the inning. That was the end of Bedard's night, and here's the line:
7 IP, 0 ER, 5 K's, 4 hits, 2 BB's
Great line for Erik, much better than last weeks. After the O's went 1-2-3 in the top of the 8th, the Rays got another run chance. The Rays started the inning with a walk, to the speedy Carl Crawford. After a K for Hawkins(the new pitcher) and a fly out, Aubrey Huff tripled off the wall to make the score 5-1. That would be all they got that inning. In the top of the 9th, the O's got that run back. After Roberts and Newhan were retired, Melvin got a 2-out single to Center, and Miggy followed it up with an RBI double. Gibby, then, ended the inning with a fly out. Tim Byrdak came in to pitch the 9th, and he didn't start out well. Travis Lee began the inning with a ground ball double down the right field line, and Toby Hall followed it up with a 2-run homer. 6-3 Bawmer. The O's then brought in the automatic Chris Ray, and he started the inning by getting a K. He then followed that one up with another one, but that was where the strikeout streak ended. Carl Crawford, then, got a single up the middle. Next up was Joey Gathright. Strike one. Strike two. Strike three. Save #2 for Ray, and win #3 for the O's.

Tomorrow night we get revenge on Hendrickson, who is facing Benson.

Go O's! Sweeeeeeep the Rays!

 

Lineup/other stuff

Here is the lineup tonight:
Roberts
Newhan
Mora
Tejada
Gibbons
Hernandez
Lopez
Conine
Markakis

Here's some non-Orioles news
-There is speculation that the Marlins are going to trade Dontrelle Willis. Would be soo nice to have him.

-The Sox signed David Ortiz to a 4-year extension, been expected for a while.

-Coco Crisp is out for at least 10 days, and some reports have him out for between 4 and 8 weeks. Not good new for sox fans.

 

Billboard photos, O's vs. TB,

-The "sell the team" billboard was run today, and I've got some photos(courtesy of Orioles Hangout)...
#1
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#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#10
Sorry if I posted any twice.

-In the coming 4 game series vs. Tampa Bay, the O's need to take advantage of the fact that they won't face Kazmir(pitched Sunday), Lugo(injured), Balldeli(injured), and possibly Jorge Cantu for a game or 2(slight injury).

-I said the O's sent down Raul Chavez to Ottawa, but he was DFA'd.

Bedard vs. McClung tonight, important game for the O's.

Go O's!

Sunday, April 09, 2006

 

2-4

The Orioles lost yet again today, this time 4-1 to the Red Sox. That is 4 in a row and 8 straight vs. the Sox. Every looked good at the start of the game, after Newhan(who reached on an error) got singled in by Miguel Tejada. The O's had several more scoring opportunities until the 5th inning, but on all of them they couldn't convert. Rodrio was nearly perfect until the 5th inning when Adam Stern singled in a run and Josh Bard scored on a Chris Gomez fielding error(that would have ended the inning, had he converted). Then in the 6th, Stern got yet another RBI single, which was followed by a Mark Loretta RBI single. That was the end of Rod's day, as John Hallama came in. He stopped the bleeding by getting David Ortiz to ground out. Then in the bottom half of the 6th the O's bats seemingly came alive. Ramon(who went 3/4) led off the inning with a double and it was followed by a Gomez single. 1st and 3rd, not outs. Strike out Patterson. Strike out Newhan. Strike out Matos. In the 7th the O's had 2 on with 2 outs and Ramon grounded out, the only time he was retired all day. In the 9th, Papelbon showed he was a rookie. Matos led off with a double, and Mora got him to 3rd, Man on third with 1 out. Tejada got hit by a pitch, and that made it 1st and 3rd with one out with Gibby stepping to the plate. On a 1-1 count, Gibby popped out to the catcher, the second time he did that with a man on 3rd and less than 2 outs. Millar then fouled out and the game was over.

The lineup was simply horrible today, without Javy, Markakis or B-Rob. The O's needed to capitolize on the fact that Varitek and Crisp weren't in the lineup today. The O's need some stability in the lineup and the constant scambling is already getting Perlozzo on my bad side. If we don't take at least 3 of 4 from Tampa I am willing to say any chance of competing is gone.

Tomorrow is McClung vs Bedard...again. A must win IMO.

Go Orioles.

 

Lineup

RF: Newhan
LF: Matos
3B: Mora
SS: Tejada
DH: Gibbons
1B: Millar
C: Hernandez
2B: Gomez
CF: Patterson

Ugly.

Looks like Crisp isn't starting, and Stern, Snow, and Bard are.

 

Roster change

The O's are going to make a roster move prior to today's game, per Roch's blog. Raul Chavez is going to get sent down, and he thinks Cory Morris is the lucky man getting called up.

He also says C-Pat is in CF, which probably means Nick isn't playing today. Have also heard that Newhan is starting in RF today, and batting leadoff(this means B-Rob gets the day off). Newhan's stats vs. Wakefield leave alot to be desired and B-Rob is solid against him. Also, this means Jay is either sitting or moving to 1B or DH today. Just when he was geting confortable...

Sidney Ponson is pitching on SUnday night baseball tonight(8 pm., ESPN, Cards @ Cubs). The Cubs are up 2-0 in that series and should feel confident that they'll sweep.

Coco Crisp slightly injured his finger yesterday, so he'll be sitting out today. That probably means Adam Stern gets the start as lead-off man. Also JT Snow is expected to get the start today.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

 

2-3

The Orioles lost again today, 2-1 to the Boston Red Sox. We are currently on a 3 game losing streak. The game went several innings scoreless before Jason Varitek doubled and was later hit in by Kevin Youkilis. Sendy Rleal gave up a run(charged to Chen) in the 6th inning on a Jason Varitek double, but then did a great job getting out of a jam. Luis Matos came back in the next inning with a solo jack but that ended up being all the runs the O's got. Even though the offense was terrible, the starter(Chen) pitched a solid game and the bullpen went 4 scoreless innings, highlighted by LaTroy Hawkins and Chris Ray going unblemished in the 2 1/3 innings they pitched.

Tomorrow we've got RoPez on the mound, and we're facing Wakefield(who got shelled last time out). I'm confident we can win tomorrow and get back to .500.

Go RoPez!

Go O's!

 

Rain delay

The O's game scheduled for 4:35 today won't start until 6, but I've got the lineup and a roster move, courtesy of Roch's blog.

Roster move- Eric Dubose was DFA'd today and John Halama was called up. This was expected(by me, at least) and gets some of the trash out of the pen.

Here's the lineup-
B-Rob(2B)
Markakis(LF)
Mora(3B)
Tejada(SS)
Gibby(RF)
Millar(DH)
Lopez(C)
Conine(1B)
Matos(CF)

Chen pitching.

Go O's! Beat the sox!

 

Loewen pitches gem!

In Bowie last night, Adam Loewen had a no-hitter going into the 7th inning. Yes, he gave up a hit, but he had the fantastic line of-
8 IP
12 K's
0 ER's
0 BB's
1 hit

The rotation(RoPez, possibly Daniel) better watch out, because if Loewen keeps pitching like this he is on the fast-track to the majors.

Another note-Roch hinted in his blog that the O's could be going to a 12-man pitching staff. I say send down Chavez and bring up Halama.

Go Loewen!

Go Chen!

Go O's!

Stats courtesy of Orioles hangout.

Friday, April 07, 2006

 

2-2

Ok, It's the 5th inning and I'm updating. It's that bad. Daniel had a magnificent line of 1 1/3 innings, 3 hits, 7(yes, 7) walk and 7 runs. Then came Eric Dubose who didn't do much better. He ate 3 2/3 innings, but that is probably the only good thing I can say about him. 8 hits, 3 walks, and 4 runs.

Guess I spoke too soon. No, the O's didn't win, but they made it close. The rally started in the 7th inning when C-Pat, Ramon, and B-Rob all got RBI singles making the score 11-4. Boston then came back and got 3 runs off Brower(who sucks mightily). Those would end up being crucial. The game started to get a little more serious when in the eigth when Gomez had an RBI single followed by a 3-run homer for David "the Hebrew Hammer" Newhan(Note that at least 1 more run would have been scored were it not for a web gem at 1B robbing Corey Patterson of a double). That was as close as the O's would come, though, as Foulke shut them down in the 9th.

The Red Sox scored 14 runs tonight and only 8 of them were on hits. 4 on walks, 1 on a DP, 1 on a sac fly. Take away those 6 and it's a whole new(tie) ball-game. Red Sox hitting highlights include a Trot Nixon 2-run jack and a Manny RBI single.

14 walks tonight. Dang.

Be patient with the starters who pitched in the WBC. I don't think it's a coincidence that the pitchers who went to the WBC(Bedard, Lopez, Daniel) are struggling and the one that didn't(Benson) pitched a great game. Hopefully Benson can pitch well dispite the pattern formed so far.

Go O's.

Schilling vs. Chen tomorrow.

 

2-0, then 2-1:-(

Wednesday nights game was a blowout. Plain and simple. The O's won 16-6, and if I gave all the highlights I think I would reach some character limit, so I'll just say Nick got his first HR and Bedard pitched shakely but only gave up 2 runs in 5 innings.

Thursday nights game was not so good. I didn't get a chance to watch this game so I apologize if I am off-base at all, but the offense struggled extremely. Mark Hendrickson pitched a complete game, 3-hit, shut out and obviously picked up the win for the Rays. I only got 2 bright spots from the game-Benson going 7 IP and 2 ER's, and Sendy Rleal. He pitched another solid game.

Boston is coming to the yard tonight. Daniel is facing Matt Clement, and I'm ecstatic to see how the Mazzone effect helps Daniel. A win would be so sweet:-)

Go O's! Beat the sox!

Standings
Bal 2-1
Bos 2-1
Tor 2-1
TB 1-2
NYY 1-2

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

 

Tonights lineup, Melvin done talking, RSS!

-Melvin Mora is finished discussing a contract extension with the Orioles, at least until the offseason. This was expected but Roch confirms it. He also announces tonights starting lineup(and Nick batting second!)

-One more note, I know have an RSS feed, so by clicking "subscribe to Why not '06" you can recieve the feed.

Go O's! Beat the Rays.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

 

News and notes...

-Melvin Mora has said he is going to test free-agency, per rotoworld. It's a shame that Angelos is probably going to let another one go, but I think that the current offer is fair. I doubt Melvin will get as much as he was offered in free agency.

-Anna Benson is dropping her divorce petition, according to ESPN.com. I guess all hope that Kris Benson would produce better without the distraction is gone.

-The Flock was on the front page of the Sun today, and here is the pic. Yours truly is a proud member of the Flock, so this made me very excited. Here is their website.

-Finally, congrats to Chris Ray on his first career save. Hopefully many more are on the way.

Go O's! Beat the rays(again)!

Monday, April 03, 2006

 

1-0!

Go O's!

The O's beat Tampa Bay today, 9-6. The hitting really shined today, with 4 HR's. Miggy added a HR early, and a few innings later Matos and Melvin went back to back. Conine capped off the game with a solo shot. Everyone in the starting lineup got a hit, including 3 from Ramon Hernandez, and a triple by Javy Lopez. The bullpen also was flawless, with Hawkins and Ray breezing through the 8th and 9th inning. The only bad spot of the game was Rodrigo Lopez, who gave up 6 runs in 7 innings. All around, a solid game.

Win it again on Wednesday! Go O's!

Sunday, April 02, 2006

 

Extremely quick update-Melvin update

On the Orioles official website, Melvin is quoted saying this....

"I am ready to go play. That's what I think. I am ready to go play and try to make the team win in my final year."

Final year? FINAL YEAR?!?!?!?!?!?! Ok, I guess I'm overreacting, but that is definitely not a good sign. 3/27 is probably too much, and 3/24 is fair, but if I were the O's I wouldn't lose a player like Melvin over 3 million dollars, especially with all the money they have banked. Just a note, but don't be shocked if they announce a Melvin signing during the game tomorrow.

That's all I got, 15 hours and 21 minutes until opening day, GO O'S!!!!!!!

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