The Orioles defeated the Blue Jays last night for their second straight win after 13 straight losses. The win also guaranteed that the O’s couldn’t reach the much dreaded 100 loss mark. Maybe Andy MacPhail should have picked up Trembley’s option 2 weeks ago.
Frankly, I don’t see much difference between 99 losses and 100. The fact is this team is dreadful and doesn’t figure to be much better in 2010. I think picking up Trembley’s option was the right thing to do. He seems like a stand up guy and a good man. He has his players’ backs, perhaps to a fault. I’ve heard complaints about his in game management, but I don’t see how anyone can fairly judge him given the complete lack pitching on this roster. And after watching Sam Perlozzo’s bullpen management Trembley looks like Tony LaRussa.
I think Trembley is set up to fail in 2010. The Orioles need a RH power hitter to slot behind Markakis, major upgrades at 1st and 3rd, an innings eater if not an ace, and a couple of bullpen arms. My guess is MacPhail makes a half hearted run at a few bats before settling on an injury risk like Troy Glaus, passes on the available front line pitching and signs a closer coming off a bad year, a la Kevin Gregg. Despite progress by Matusz and Tillman, and the debut of Arietta, the 2010 Orioles are a near lock for at least 90 losses. A total that will likely cost Trembley his job.