Not Back to Earth Already?
The O’s have hit a bit of a skid after their 6 game winning streak, losing two of three in both Arlington and Tampa Bay, before splitting the last 2 2-game series against the Blow Jays (yes, Cito, we still remember – click that and scroll down to “All-Star Manager” if you don’t) and White Sox. They remain above .500, though, and are in 2nd place in the AL East at 9-7.
Also, the bullpen has been showing some chinks in the armor. After that great start, the boys in the pen have seen Dennis Sarfate’s ERA balloon to over 7, Greg Aquino’s to over 12, and Jaime Walker’s to above 6. George Sherrill, despite allowing his first 2 runs of the season Monday, is nonetheless 6-for-6 in save opportunities.
Where’s the offense?
Is it just a Baltimore thing? Much like our beloved football team, our baseball team has been struggling to light up the scoreboard. The O’s are last in the AL East (and 10th in the AL) with 69 runs scored. In all but 1 of their 7 losses, they’ve been held to 3 runs or fewer.
Makes you wonder why in the world Houston wasn’t playing this guy every day, huh? Luke Scott is leading the team in average (.380), slugging (.600), OBP (.456), hits (19), doubles (8), and total bases (30). Could he see himself moving up in the lineup in the near future?
Getting on Track
After last nights game, in which they came from 2 runs down not once, but twice, the Orioles have now won half as many games when trailing after 8 innings as they did in all of 2007. You read that right….after 16 games, they’ve came from behind in the 9th inning twice, and last year they did it 4 times in 162 games. This is a great sign as the team is showing much more fight than they have in years past, and they are not simply folding up shop when they see the opponent’s closer warming in the pen.
Manager Dave Trembley expressed this newfound confidence, saying, “Once we tied it, we knew we were going to win.”
The New Yawk Yank-offs and their legions of cockroach-esque fans come to town for a 3 game set this weekend. The Evil Ones are 9-8 after splitting a 2 game series with the Red Sux. Daniel Cabrera vs. Phil Hughes in game 1, Ian Kennedy vs. Brian Burres in game 2, and Andy Petite vs. Steve Trachsel in game 3.