It reminds me of a line from Hoosiers where Cletus says to Gene Hackman’s character (Norman Dale), “Norm, I’m trying hard to believe you know what you’re doing here.”
Even as an eternal Orioles optimist- especially on April 1st- even I’m having to try hard to believe Dave Trembley knows what the hell he’s doing.
If I’m not mistaken, the Orioles play exhibition games today, tomorrow and Saturday in Florida. I would imagine they fly to Baltimore on Saturday night, get a day at home on Easter Sunday, stretch it out at OPACY on Monday morning, and then head to Tampa to open the season on Tuesday night.
Keeping that schedule in mind, why in God’s name did Dave Trembley send Jason Berken out there to start yesterday’s game? Better yet, why is he sending Jake Arrieta out there to start today? At this point shouldn’t the starting five be in their regular rotation?
Brad Bergesen made his last outing of the spring on Tuesday. If he is indeed the number 4 starter, he would next pitch a week from Friday in the home opener against Toronto. On Tuesday he got roughed up for 6 ER in 5 IP. He gave up three homeruns.
So instead of keeping his guys in rotation, Trembley is going to let Bergesen sit on THAT outing for a week and a half?
I understand they got rained out on Sunday and everything got pushed back, but having Jake Arrieta pitch against Tampa Bay today is just a waste of innings.
Maybe I don’t know what I’m talking about. I’m sure there is some grand plan here to make sure everyone is well rested for Opening Day and the stretch of 16 consecutive games that the Orioles open the season with, but I’m just not getting it.
According to the MASN website, Brian Roberts, Adam Jones, and Cesar Izturis have stayed behind in Sarasota today rather than make the trip to Port Charlotte to get some AB’s against the Rays.
Today’s lineup includes lineup against the Rays includes Scott Moore and Brandon Waring. Ty Wigginton is batting second and playing second base. Craig Tatum is catching. Felix Pie is leading off. Nolan Reimold is hurt and hitting fifth.
In years past, it seemed that guys were champing at the bit to get the hell out of Florida and on with the regular season. This year it seems like they could use another three or four weeks down there.
It really is starting to feel like they’re crossing their fingers and just hoping that the pieces of the puzzle all magically come together by Tuesday. Or maybe there’s some magical switch that they flip when the calendar turns to April.
Don’t count on it.
I mentioned that 16 game stretch to open the season. It’s really a pretty brutal stretch. After nine divisional games with Tampa and Toronto, the Orioles wing out west without an off day, for a seven games in seven days stretch with Seattle and Oakland. Rest for the weary? Nah, after that they get twelve, yes twelve, straight against the Yankees and Red Sox.
The point is that trying to make adjustments on the fly is going to be hard in April. They can’t simply figure it out as they go. Unless, of course, they don’t really care about winning this year.
They don’t have the luxury of being able to string 8 or 9 wins in a row together like the Yankees do. The Orioles simply don’t have the pitching for those kinds of streaks.
The pitching matchups in Tampa are not favorable. The Rays send Shields, Garza, and Niemann. The Orioles counter with Millwood, Guthrie, and Matusz.
Starting slow out of the gate could be devastating to this team. If the Orioles come out of that 16 game stretch something like 6-10, things could get really ugly in a hurry.
In my estimation, March was a fiasco for the Orioles. Maybe it’ll come together in April. Just pray it’s before 7:05 Tuesday.