Monday, April 20, 2009

So much for 6-2

Now the O's are 6-6 and the starting pitching is as bad as we first thought. Adam Eaton will probably give up a run per inning, Alfredo Simon, a home run per inning (plus he's injured), and Mark Hendrickson is an average long reliever starting in the toughest division in baseball. Luckily, the O's are bringing up Brad Bergesen. I'm cautious, because he reminds me of Brian Burres and Josh Towers with his below-average fastball. Hopefully Eaton will be gone soon and they give a shot to David Hernandez.

The Orioles top 3 hitters (Brian Roberts, Adam Jones, and Nick Markakis) are looking legit, and could each score 100 runs this year. The middle 3 (Aubrey Huff and a combination of Melvin Mora, Ty Wigginton, and Luke Scott) is looking pretty decent as well, even with Mora injured. The bottom 3, however is looking pathetic (Gregg Zaun, Felix Pie/Ryan Freel, and Cesar Izturis). They are all hitting less than .200 and have no power. Robby Andino and Chad Moeller have been solid backups. Freel has not and is complaining about his playing time (that should be a hint for the O's to trade him).

A quick Hayden Penn update: in 4 games with the Marlins, he's thrown 6 scoreless innings, striking out 5 while allowing 5 hits and 2 walks.

3 comments:

ali said...

You know what I'm going to say --- you probably knew as soon as you wrote that last sentence...

The Orioles management obviously struck out (pun very much intended) again when they traded Penn.... boo for them.

Matt said...

Oh well, back to earth. We have some good pitching in the works (deep minors), but I worry that the blooming of our young pitchers won't coincide with our young hitters.
If we had decent pitching, our hitting would be good enough to carry us to a wild card. The pitcher, unfortunately, isn't anywhere near decent...

Tim said...

I don't know if the hitters are as good as we think, Matt. Sure The top half of the lineup is solid, but Pie, Izturis, and Zaun are looking pretty bad. I guess with Wieters coming soon and now Montanez being called up creates a little more surge at the bottom of the order.