Time for a first-month O’s report card…

May 03, 2007 | Drew Forrester

Yesterday’s loss in Detroit brought the first month of the baseball season to a close for the Birds.  12-16, going nowhere fast and facing a critical 7-game homestand against Cleveland and Tampa Bay, I figured now was as good a time as any to send home report cards for all of the O’s to review with their parents.  I don’t think Mom and Dad are going to be too happy with what they see, but here goes.

I’ll give a first-month grade, plus a little synopsis of the player’s season to date, a la The Daily Racing Form.

* Jay Gibbons -  Hitting .185, 1 HR, 8 RBI…Grade: “F” – Comments:  There are slow starts and then there are SLOW starts. 

* Freddie Bynum – .214, 1 HR, 4 RBI…Grade: “D” – Looks out of his league at the plate.

* Paul Bako – .222, 1 HR, 5 RBI…Grade: “C” – Was acceptable during the fill-in work for Hernandez.

* Kevin Millar – .225, 2 HR, 7 RBI…Grade: “D” – Doesn’t look as inspired as he did last year.  Is he tired of losing?  Maybe.

* Corey Patterson – .230, 1 HR, 9 RBI…Grade: “C-” – If only he could hit as well as he plays the outfield.

* Aubrey Huff – .231, 3 HR, 13 RBI…Grade: “D” – Really expected a lot more. 

* Nick Markakis – .239, 3 HR, 15 RBI…Grade: “D” – Leads the team in strikeouts with 23.  He needs to get on track, quickly.

* Melvin Mora – .243, 5 HR, 18 RBI…Grade: “C-” – Too much brooding, not enough hitting. 

* Brian Roberts – .257, 1 HR, 7 RBI…Grade: “D” – Too many strikeouts, not enough home runs and not worth that big contract yet.

* Chris Gomez – .303, 1 HR, 5 RBI…Grade: “B-” – Probably should play more.  Always gives an honest effort.

* Miguel Tejada – .345, 2 HR, 14 RBI…Grade: “D” – Not doing enough.  Not even close to enough.  Appears disinterested at times.

No grade because they haven’t played enough: Jay Payton and Ramon Hernandez.

Pitchers -

* Chad Bradford – Grade: “B-” – Has been very reliable so far.

* Brian Burres – Grade: “B+” – See above.  He’s done the job when called upon.

* Jamie Walker – Grade: “B+” – Except for that Ortiz single that drove in the big run, he’s been VERY tough to hit.

* Jeremy Guthrie – Grade: “C+” – Useful.  Might become an important part of the summer if he has to start in place of Wright.

* Danys Baez – Grade: “C” – We’re getting about what we thought we’d get from him. 

* Chris Ray – Grade: “D” – He is SUPPOSED to earn saves.  He’s not SUPPOSED to give up game-winning grand slams.

* Erik Bedard – Grade: “C-” - Has had a couple of good starts and a couple of bad ones.  We need him to be MUCH better.

* Daniel Cabrera – Grade: “B-” – If not for that episode in Detroit on Monday, he might have received a “B+”.

* Adam Loewen – Grade: “B” – He’s been decent, although he’s clearly walking far too many people.  That needs to be fixed.

* Jaret Wright – Grade: “D” – Wasn’t that good when he was healthy and got tagged on Sunday when he wasn’t healthy.

* Steve Trachsel – Grade: “B” – Has been the team’s most reliable starter to date.

Note:  I’ll give Sam Perlozzo a “C-” for his first month’s report card.  Not having Payton and Hernandez hurt him a little bit from a right-handed bat standpoint.  Overall, though, he’s mixed in a bunch of puzzling pitching moves with some other issues such as not bearing down on his players in the midst of this losing skid.

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