Saturday, June 02, 2007


Another Orioles Rant

The Orioles went into last night’s contest riding a 6-game winning streak. In those 6 games, the O’s outscored their opponents 40-12 and the starting pitcher got the win in each game. In other words, the manager wasn’t faced with a lot of tough decisions.

All that ended last night as the O’s dropped one to the Angels 3-2.

Now the Angels are a pretty good time and last night’s pitcher, John Lackey, is on anyone’s short list of top AL pitchers but…

Well, let me turn it over to Orioles Hangout:

“An astoundingly erratic Daniel Cabrera, after miraculously escaping a boatload of early-inning jams, finally reached his breaking point in the seventh. A Gary Matthews bases-loaded single-- following a preposterous non-pitching change by manager Sam Perlozzo-- plated the tying and go-ahead runs for Anaheim.”

Later, he explains why it was “a preposterous non-pitching change”:

*Cabrera had thrown 103 pitches, and on many, had no idea where the ball was going.
*Cabrera had allowed 12 baserunners in 6 2/3 innings, and probabilities dictated that he couldn’t keep weaseling out of jams forever.
*Here’s the big one: Matthews is batting just .211 with a .613 OPS against left-handed pitchers, in contrast with a .314/.856 line against righties."

Anybody watching on TV or listening to the radio would have known all this so I’m going to guess Mr. Perlozzo did too. And my question to him then is: If John Parrish doesn’t come in then, why do you have him warming up at all?

To be fair, this was not down to the level of his previous infatuation with Danys Baez but my disillusionment with our manager continues to fester.

While last night's game was upsetting, I place the blame with the Orioles offense, who had a Freddie Bynum on second with no outs in the 9th.

I also can't be upset with the O's for doing so well recently against a team with such a dominating record. For all of Cabrera's issues last night, he dealt with Guerrero well.

A tough loss, but nothing to be ashamed of. Too bad we missed a chance to chip into the Red Sox's lead though.
Go Nats!
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