There’s not really much to say about Jake Arrieta’s start in Detroit on Monday night except the obvious: it wasn’t very good.
Lots of folks in town have their fangs out for Arrieta, which is fine. Given the opportunity – on multiple occasions – to seize one of the team’s starting rotation spots, he’s generally failed to live up to his billing.
That doesn’t mean, however, the club should just give up on him.
It would be prudent for Buck and/or Dan Duquette to now begin phase two of Jake’s career and see what kind of usefulness they can get out of him from the bullpen. No more spot-starts or anything of that nature. Like they’ve done – successfully – with Tommy Hunter, the Orioles should now just use Jake Arrieta as a relief pitcher and that’s that.
Arrieta might not approve, which means he’ll either have to accept it like a man or potentially be traded somewhere…if anyone wants him, that is.
Just because he apparently can’t be a quality major league starter doesn’t mean he can’t contribute to the success of the Orioles.
It’s up to Duquette and Showalter to figure out how to get the best out of Jake Arrieta.
At the beginning of the season, I picked the Orioles and Dodgers to go to the World Series.
Just a reminder.
I love seeing Boston teams fail almost as much as I enjoy watching any Philadelphia team fall flat on their face, but I have to admit this Bruins hockey team is about as complete of a squad that I’ve seen in a long time.
Their 2-0 win on Monday night in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals was about as clinical as you’ll ever get.
They could still be playing at 5:11 am on Tuesday morning and Chicago wouldn’t have tied the game.
I’m still taking the Blackhawks in seven games but Boston looks awfully solid right now.
I’m not sure what those three sports talk guys in Atlanta were thinking about yesterday when they put together a “bit” that made fun of former Saints player Steve Gleason, who is currently battling ALS.
They were canned, naturally, in the aftermath of their decision to make fun of a guy battling for his life.
I guess they’ll argue about their right to free speech and all — and in that regard only, they have a legitimate argument to make, I suppose.
But…they had to assume going in there was a chance the whole thing could blow up in their face.
Making fun of a guy with ALS?
That’s the funniest thing you could put together on the air?
They should have just stuck with the thing most people in Atlanta are now laughing at these days: The whole debate about whether or not Matt Ryan is better than Joe Flacco.
In the aftermath of last weekend’s U.S. Open and yet another major that didn’t feature Tiger Woods as the winner, I offered my own analysis in a blog HERE yesterday at WNST.net. In that blog I linked a great piece authored by Rick Reilly on Monday who touched on the very subject I’ve been focused on with Tiger for the last year — his nerves.
Speaking of golf, Drew’s Morning Dish is taking a one-day hiatus tomorrow, Wednesday, as I attempt to qualify for the U.S. Senior Open.
Yes, you read that right: S.E.N.I.O.R.
Don’t laugh, you’re not exempt from getting old.
I’ll be back on Thursday.