Monday, April 20, 2009

Glad To Be Out Of Fenway

Nothing like a four-game sweep at the hands of the Boston Red Sox to bring an O's fan back down to earth after a solid start to the season. Just a quick recap of the horror:

Game 1: 10-8 loss, with Jeremy Guthrie (4.2 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 4 BB, 5 K) blowing a 7-0 lead.

Game 2: 6-4 loss, with the O's coming back from the 6-0 hole that Adam Eaton dug (4 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 4 K) but not making it all the way.

Game 3: 2-1 loss, with Jon Lester (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K) being just a bit better than Koji Uehara (7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 5 K). Koji became the first O's pitcher to get out of the sixth inning this year. Adam Jones had to leave the game with a sore hamstring.

Game 4: 12-1 loss, with Mark Hendrickson being decent (5 IP, 3 R, 6 K) but Dennis Sarfate (1 IP, 3 R) and especially Radhames Liz (1 out, 3 H, 1 BB, 2 HBP, and 6 R) not so much. Jones didn't play, and Ryan Freel had to leave the game after getting hit in the head with an errant pick-off throw.

The O's have a 6.43 ERA (6.21 FIP) from their pitchers, which can't possibly continue, and -7.6 UZR with the gloves (with Jones, Pie, Markakis, and Izturis all joining Huff as below average thus far), which shouldn't continue, and yet they're still just 6-7 on the season. A lot of that has to do with a .277/.363/.429 team batting line, but that's not quite as far off from what it should be. They win 6 out of every 13 games for the rest of the year and that's a 75 win season, which I think most people would be pretty happy with.

The O's come back to Baltimore for an eight-game homestand, starting off with the Chicago White Sox tomorrow night.

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