Monday, April 20, 2009

Blue Monday

Man, what a Monday.

It’s pouring in Baltimore while the O’s are about to be swept in 4 games by the Red Sox in Boston.

It’s hard to believe this team was at one time 6-2, isn’t it?

Anyway, the injuries are starting to mount. That’s always good. Adam Jones left the game on Sunday due to tightness in his hamstring. It’s the same thing that will delay Matt Wieters’ promotion to the big leagues for at least another week. Thankfully for both Jones and Wieters, it’s only supposed to be a day-to-day injury but who knows.

Then Ryan Freel was plunked in the head during a pick-off attempt, and was motionless on the ground for some time. He had to be walked off the field. If he’s suffered a concussion, he’ll be headed to the DL as well.

At least Mark Hendrickson pitched decently. And by decent I mean it took him 102 pitches to get 15 outs, and allowed 3 ER on 5 hits and 3 walks.

At that point it was 3-1 Boston. And in the top of the 6th, the Orioles had runners on first and second with 1 out. And what does Ty Wigginton promptly do? You guessed it, ground into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.

In the bottom of the 6th the defense promptly choked and Boston did what Boston always does when the other team makes mistakes – they took advantage of it and are now leading the O’s 11-1 in the... scratch that... 12-1 in the bottom of the 7th.

By the way, remember that awesome offense we were supposed to have? The O's have scored 2 runs in the last 22 innings.

The bullpen is a mess. Dennis Sarfate 3 ER... Radhames Liz 6 ER and a trip back to Norfolk. Maybe Liz will pass Brad Bergesen on his way. Bergesen will make his MLB deubt tomorrow against the White Sox at Camden Yards.

At this point, it’s hard to care.

It’s only 3 weeks into the season and the Orioles look like they are in mid-August form.

Bergesen... Wieters... Reimold... are they enough reason to watch?

I really don’t know anymore.

And to make matters worse -- it's still only Monday.

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