Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Bye Bye, Brandon

The Orioles made a roster move, sending down Brandon Fahey (thankfully - why do they need three of the same player?) and designating Greg Aquino for assignment (I had higher hopes for Aquino, but it was clear Trembley didn't trust him and he was going to be the first guy to go), and calling up Garrett Olson (to start today, as was to be expected) and Bob McCrory (hard-throwing reliever - 1.80 ERA, 10 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 5 BB, 6 K).

I like the move. Olson earned the right to make the start by striking out over a batter an inning - hopefully he won't nibble on the corners and go after hitters this year. If he pitches well, then he may be up for good. Fahey looked worse than the Pelican (if only by a little) and Eider Torres should get a long look now. It's really only a matter of time before Alex Cintron is up, and he's hitting pretty well in AAA so far (295 / 340 / 455 with 2 HR in 10 games). McCrory is a guy that (like Dennis Sarfate) that could be pretty good if he can harness his control. The guy throws in the mid-to-upper 90's and has four pitches at his disposal.

Despite the winning record so far, this year is about finding out who will contribute to the O's in the future. Aquino probably wasn't going to, but McCrory may. A Sarfate, McCrory, Hoey, Mickolio back of the bullpen is a hard-throwing bunch (even if they don't always know where it's going).

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