Friday Night – O’s Shutout
A-Rod returned to visit Camden Yards for the first time this season and promptly crushed a three run homer. It must be the start of new cycle for him as it was the end of a cycle for Mannywood.
I was glad to see O’s fans giving him the business because he deserves it.
Unlike Opening Day CC Sabathia was on his game. Much to my surprise he pitched a complete game shutout against the birds. Sabathia has been relatively ineffective thus far but the best cure for a slumping team, or a slumping player is to see the Orioles come up on the schedule.
Jeremy Guthrie gave the Orioles an adequate start for the first time in a while. His lone mistake was giving up the homer to A-Rod as he struck out eight over six innings. He certainly gave the birds a chance to win. McCrory gave up a run in two innings in relief as he has been decent filling in for the injured Dennis Sarfate. Sarfate will be out at least six weeks with a circulatory problem so McCrory will have a chance become a staple in the pen during his absence.
It was good to see Brian Roberts break out of his mini-slump with two hits albeit in an Orioles loss.
Saturday Night – O’s dominate Yankees
The Orioles chased Phil Hughes in the second inning by scoring eight runs. It was awesome to see that type of offensive outburst considering they were shutout the night before.
Adam Eaton was not impressed however because he tried to give the game away by walking the bases loaded in the fourth. He was only able to muster a five inning performance even though he was staked to an eight run lead. He managed to give up four runs and walk five. I personally can’t wait to see this guy leave as he was lucky to win this game based on his performance. Eaton possesses an apparent desire to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory virtually every start he makes.
The offense came alive again and it was great to see the bottom half of the lineup contribute to sealing the win. Montanez appears to have recovered from his thumb injury as he hit a two-run shot last night.
The bullpen should not have had to work so hard with such a lead but our veteran “innings eaters” have proven ineffective in their roles. I just hope that we don’t burn out any more arms this season with Sarfate and Albers (key contributors last season) already out of commission with injury trouble.
Greg Zaun’s bat has also started to come around which is good to see. Maybe now the public outcry for Matt Wieters will subside for a bit.
Jones and Markakis are still raking. I imagine that they are pushing each other to higher levels of performance with the anything you can do I can do better routine. I want to state again that I am excited with Markakis’ development into a solid RBI guy having only eclipsed 100 once in his brief career.
Danys Baez has proven to be the O’s best option out of the bullpen so far this year. The rise in his level of play has significantly affected the Orioles in a positive way as he has had a hand in many of their wins. I still don’t trust him over the long term but he is finally healthy from his elbow surgery so maybe he will continue to be effective. I refuse to go as far as to apologize to him for my previous negative criticisms just yet as he still has a lot to prove.
As Aubrey Huff continues to deliver his price tag continues to grow. I would sign him to a two or three year deal now Mr. MacPhail unless you have a plan in place to deal him at the deadline for a younger power hitter.