Bottom half is bottoming out for O’s

April 26, 2009 | Keith Melchior

Not that anyone noticed last night, but the Orioles dropped a 6-5 heartbreaker to the Rangers falling short of tying the game with 3 in the bottom of the 9th. Mark Hendrickson couldn’t get out of the 5th inning, but hey look on the bright side, Brian Bass lowered his ERA to a respectable 7.20.

The O’s are now 8-10 after starting out at 6-2. The bottom half of the lineup STINKS. It’s time to make some changes.

Gregg Zaun is close to falling below .100. Something is wrong with this guy and either he’s not saying what it is or the Orioles aren’t telling. He’s definitely sitting out today as Dave Trembley will use his “final game or Sunday” lineup. Last time I looked, the Orioles are 0-2 on Sundays.  Here we go again!!!

If Moeller goes 2-4 with an RBI, I’d have to keep him in there.  Felix Pie is batting .156 and is more like Felix PU. Andy McPhail really sold us a bill of goods on this guy, didn’t he?

Cesar Izturis was touted as a slick fielding SS.  Well, he has made 2 errors and is barely hitting .215 . I’ll take the 2 errors over 18 games but the average needs to come up.

The top 5 hitters are holding their own and with Ty Wigginton producing, Trembley cannot afford to have 3 slugs at the bottom of the lineup. They have no bench strength at all.

So this afternoon if it comes down to needing a pinch hitter, who does he have to choose from? Try these, .109, .156, .215..

If I am the opposing pitchers facing the 4,5,6 batters, I intentionally walk the bases loaded to get to the 7,8,9 hitters and take my chances, at least until these raggamuffins show up and prove  they can get the job done.

Speaking of showing up, were there really 41,160 there last night or do they now start to count the empty seats? At least today the home fans get another chance to see Brad Bergeson and a chance to actually win a game on Sunday.

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