Archive for June, 2010

Ken Hamlin…Why Does that Name Sound Familiar?

June 10, 2010

With the news that the Ravens have been holding tryouts for a few veteran defensive backs, namely Ken Lucas, Walt Harris, and Ken Hamlin, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to reminisce over this:

Hamlin makes his appearance at about the 38 second mark, when he tries to tackle Pain Train’s forearm.

You think they’ll just line Hamlin up against #33 and tell him, “if you can tackle this guy, the job is yours?”

SHOUT OUT TO GYM!

The Cavalry is all here

June 10, 2010

Get excited, Baltimore! Today is Jake Arrieta day in Bird Land!

So yeah, there’s that…

With Arrieta’s arrival, the third and final of the original three “Cavalry” that was supposed to help save Baltimore baseball is finally here at the “Major League” (the Orioles can barely call themselves that these days) level.

How are the other 2 members of the Cavalry doing? Do we have to go there?

Chris Tillman: 0-2, 5.54 ERA, 13.0 IP, 19 H, 6 K, 7 BB
Brian Matusz: 2-6, 5.10, 67.0, 79, 57, 27

Um..yay?

To be (more than) fair, Tillman had a decent start last night against the Yankees, pitched out of some jams, and kept the team in the game. However, he still walks too many, doesn’t strike out enough, and some MLB scouts have greatly soured on just how good the kid can be. It’s worth mentioning, he’s still just 22 years old.

Matusz has shown flashes of brilliance in 2010, but too often gets undone by 1 or 2 bad-to-awful innings that have been killing his ERA. The 2-6 record is definitely more of a reflection on a team that can’t hit it’s collective way out of a wet paper bag than on Matusz’s performances to date. Brian Matusz will be just fine.

Of course, back when we were anxiously awaiting some decent pitching to grace B’More with it’s presence, things were a bit different. Yeah, that was back in the “good ol’ days” when the team could actually score some runs. In the doom and gloom Oriole-dom era of 2010, pitching isn’t the problem. The aforementioned lack of bats is what has the team in the MLB basement, not the arms. So, no offense to Mr. Arrieta, but there might be a little more fanfare for his arrival were he a power hitting first baseman.

Arrieta at AAA Norfolk this season:
6-2, 1.85 ERA, 73 IP, 48 H, 3 HR, 64 K, 34 BB, 1.12 WHIP

O's Draft "ARod Light"

June 8, 2010

In tonight’s First-Year Player Draft, the Orioles selected SS Manny Machado. The O’s first pick and third overall in the draft is currently playing high school baseball at Brito High School in Miami, Florida.

Machado’s baseball talent is unquestionable; however, he probably sucks at laundry because he committed early to college down the street from his home at Florida International.

Much hype has been made around his frame (6′ 3″ 190 lbs) and his body style has been compared to a hispanic version of Cal Ripken Jr.- oh wait that would just be Alex Rodriguez, right? I hope he has Cal’s dedication to this franchise and doesn’t have ARod’s taste in women.

As of late, the Orioles have been doing a pretty decent job in the draft so there is no real reason to question this pick – many people have said he’s the best overall player in this year’s draft (I disagree-Bryce Harper is a monster). The only red flag for us in Birdland is that Machado is a client of Scott Boras and will definitely cost the Orioles a pretty penny (not to mention a full salary for someone to just fold his laundry).

So Manny Machado, welcome to Baltimore. I’m sorry you have to play for a shitty team but at least you’ll be up to the big leagues in no time…that is unless Cesar Izturis or Miguel Tejada are the answer for all of our problems.

O's Fire Trembley

June 4, 2010

Finally, the powers that be at the warehouse have decided to put poor Dave Trembley out of his misery. I’m sure it pains Peter Angelos to no end that he now has to pay somebody for not working, and pay two men to do the same job, but it just couldn’t be put off any longer. Trembley should have been canned about a month ago, but after this latest 8-game losing streak, his tenure mercifully comes to an end. The O’s are currently the worst team in MLB, with a pathetic record of 15-39.

There is a school of thought out there that says this mess isn’t Dave Trembley’s fault, and he shouldn’t be held responsible. I can agree with the former part of that statement, but certainly not the latter. Sure, it’s not his fault that his leadoff hitter got hurt and the rest of his team just forgot how to hit, nor is it his fault that Andy MacPhail made such astute offseason moves as signing the corpse of Garrett Fatkins. However, Trembley did little to get the most out of the pile of crap he was given. His head-scratching management of the bullpen and pick-a-name-out-of-a-hat lineup cards have cost the team a handful of games so far in 2010, and it would be hard for anyone to make the argument that he was doing all he could to get the most out of his team, regardless of the fact that he was being forced to manage a AAAA team on the MLB level.

Juan Samuel has been named interim manager, but the O’s are said to be starting the search for a more permanent replacement immediately. The entire coaching staff SHOULD be fired, but that probably isn’t the most practical move in-season. If Samuel can squeeze some victories out of this team to the point of preventing them from a historically bad season, then shit…that will have to be considered a success, right?

This is turd land.


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