A New Record for an O’s Pitcher

April 20, 2009 |

As I was sitting there watching the Oriole game on Sunday vs. Boston, I was in utter awe.  It’s like I’ve seen the eighth wonder of the world.  One of our starting pitchers had actually made it out of the 6th inning.  Koji Uehara pitched 7 innings and, of course, in good ol’ Orioles’ fashion, he gets no run support.  He got the loss, but at least he lowered his ERA (even as we watch these games and the horrible pitching/losses that go with them, we do need to find some positives.)  The pitching is unbelievably atrocious, and watching today’s early game in Boston, just confirms that.  It will be a very long season if this cannot be addressed somehow.  Going into this year, our expectations were: bad starting pitching, pretty decent bullpen, great offense, and great defense.  Well, we only have one of these going for us.  The offense has definitely been there (except for the past 2 games), but we now only have 2 starting pitchers that have made it into/past the 6th inning, the defense has allowed 15 unearned runs, and the bullpen is just falling apart.  The 15 unearned runs is worst in the league, with the next worst just sitting at 5.  The bullpen’s ERA is averaging 8.94, including a 36.00 ERA by Liz, and I believe the pitching staff has given up the most homeruns in MLB.  So, where do we go from here?  I don’t think MacPhail, Trembley, and company were thinking that they needed to address this matter quite this soon, but to keep the fans holding on to watch, they need to make some effort in keeping them afloat.