Season has begun!

So I haven’t posted here because I realized following Britt Ghiroli
is a lot easier and I get my info from there a lot too. Instead I will
post here my opinions on games, some news, and then personal Orioles

So this first post will be about last night.


B. Roberts 2b 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 .000
A. Jones cf 5 1 3 1 1 0 1 0 1 .600
N. Markakis rf 3 0 1 0 0 2 1 0 1 .333
M. Tejada 3b 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 .000
L. Scott dh 3 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 .333
M. Wieters c 4 1 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 .500
F. Pie lf 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 .250
G. Atkins 1b 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 .250
C. Izturis ss 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 2 .500
 Totals 37 3 11 3 3 3 7 1 21

Well, it’s a two-sided issue.  On the bright side, 7 of the 9 guys in
the lineup hit safely.  That is a positive that most of the lineup was
able to produce a hit.  The main negative was being 1-12 with RISP.
That’s just sad. We can hit, but not in the clutch.  I think it’s not
only up to the players to produce at those times, but to the coaches,
specifically Shelby and Samuel, to give the right signals for the
situation and the guys at bat to give them the best opportunity to

Update:  I did just hear Roberts talk.  He brought up a good point. 
Three times (Tejada to LF in 9th, Roberts to SS, and Jones to 2B) there
were hits with RISP that were great defensive plays.  Jones’ hit
would’ve gone through by most 2B, then Roberts and Tejada just got
unlucky because both of theirs were beautiful hits every day except the
guy happened to be RIGHT THERE. Hopefully the ball location can be
better now!

Cesar Izturis went 2-4.  That’s a stupid stat to read too much into. 
Both hits were blooper infield taps that were both just played badly by
the shortstop.  Don’t expect him to be a consistent hitter, although I
wish he was.  Put Lugo in there!

Pitching:  Looked quite good through 8. Millwood came out and pitched 5
innings of 2 run ball.  With a solid 6:2 K:BB ratio, he will want to
work on inducing more ground balls for DP and some fly balls too. He
allowed 9 hits in those 5 innings, which means he leaves his first game
with a horrendous WHIP of 1.83.  The bullpen proved to be great in
middle relief last night.  Albers threw 1.1, Ohman 0.2, and JJ 1,
allowing only one hit between the 3 in those 3 innings and no runs. 
The issue came with Mike Gonzalez.  Throughtout Spring he had said he
was down in speed and with health but would show up in the regular
season.  He told the truth about the speed, breaking 90 and hitting 93
at his max for the night.  The whole health thing, I guess he was
healthy enough to pitch, didn’t look in pain.  But about showing up to
play well, he didn’t exactly do that.  Gonzalez had his big debut in
the 9th.  The Orioles had the 3-2 lead, and although that wasn’t a huge
lead, it should still be enough to hold a win for our much touted new
closer.  He struck out the first batter of the inning.  From there,
without going into details, he walked one, allowed 3 hits, 2 runs, and
got the blown save.  Lost it on a 2 run scoring single by Carl
Crawford.  He said in post-game interviews that he is disgusted by his
performance.  I guess he gets by with that response, but I didn’t need
to hear it.  It was known to all.

The O’s come out tonight to battle again at the Trop.  My hopes for tonight:

-Guthrie throws some good stuff and keeps the hits down.  The Rays only
scored their first two runs last night because of so many hits, not
much slugging except Longoria’s 437 ft. blast. Can he please return to
’07 form?  I just want 6 innings of low run count baseball out of him!

-Clutch hitting needs to show up.  When there’s men on second and third
with no outs (happened last night), don’t pop up, strike out, then
ground out.  Get some guys in!

-Bullpen needs to continue to be solid.  We saw some last night, so expect Hendrickson and/or Berken to make their debuts.

-I know the bottom of the lineup sort of produced, but I much rather
see some production from Roberts.  He leads off and even Adam Jones
said in a pre-game interview how Roberts sets the tone right from the
beginning. Tejada too.  Come on.


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