Archive for 2011

A short imagined monologue: the “O’s” hat

Ellohay losers. Just wanted to remind you that I’m back for another year of awesome. From Adam Eaton to Sal Fasano, I’ve been worn by some of the all-time worsts, and I’m proud to say, I’ll be ruining your life for at least one more season.

I mean, what do you think, do you think someone actually designed me to look like this? Well here’s a newsflash for you, AC360: I was made in MarioPaint in 7 seconds and I’m more powerful than you will ever know.

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Jeremy Guthrie is still winning in my book

The O’s pitching of late has been greatly improved, posting a 3.12 ERA in the last 12 games. Naturally, Jeremy Guthrie has been a big part of that, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at his record. Unfortunately, that’s a trend Guthrie has become all too familiar with in his time as an Oriole and which, in addition to being disappointing, prevents him from getting recognition as the caliber of pitcher that he truly is.

In Guthrie’s last 3 starts, he has gone at least 6 innings and allowed 2 ER, 0 ER and 4 ER in those games respectively.  And he has a grand total of 0 wins to show for it.  At this point, it must seem like he’ll have to go the distance to get a win.  That feeling can only be compounded by the fact the O’s have never gotten him more than 11 wins for the season, even in a year where he posted at 3.83 ERA.  Aside from being yet another example of why wins are a worthless statistic for pitchers (I’m looking at you, everyone who said CC deserved the Cy Young over King Felix last year), you would think this constant disappointment would start to wear on him.

Indeed, Jim Palmer often mentions during O’s broadcasts how consistently getting little run support makes a pitcher feel like he has to be too ‘perfect’ on the mound, which of course leads to him trying too hard, overthrowing the ball and/or losing command, and ultimately performing worse.  But if that were going to be the case for Jeremy Guthrie, it sure would’ve happened by now.  And in fact, what has happened seems to be the exact opposite.

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Rapid Hope Loss

Yesterday was Easter.  Unfortunately, someone forgot to tell the Orioles.  They thought it was April Fools day again.

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Wieters On Fire

The beginning of things to come, or just a hot streak?

Wieters has been mashing the last two series. He’s displaying power, patience and a flair for coming up with the big hit.  Over his last seven games he’s hit .368 with 7H, 2HR, 2B, and 7RBIs.   If you saw Wednesday night’s game of the Twins series, you probably saw him destroy a pitch to right-CF (411 ft). I remind you, this is April weather where batted balls tend to die on the warning track. Needless to say, watching all of this transpire has been thrilling.

But is it real? Is it sustainable? The only reason we’re all asking this question, after a singly brief hot streak, is because of his pedigree and the reputation that preceeds him. Don’t lie, I know you were thinking the same thing. Certainly other lesser hitters have done more in a short time span (see Wigginton, Ty).  So what are we to make of all of this?

I think we Oriole fans need to be cautious with our beliefs and emotions. Let’s reserve judgement until later in the year…when Wieters wins MVP. Indeed, so far Wieters has more of a track record for a .275/.325/.400 line (see what I did there?).  Not exactly lighting the world on fire.  But let’s look closer at his current numbers. His 2011 slash line sits at .269/.345/.519. Granted, this is a small sample  (we’re not even through April!), but it will be fun to look back later to see if this was the beginning of a trend.

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