Rain Delay and Felix Pie

It looks like tonight’s game against the Royals will be played, just much later than expected. It was just announced in the press box here at Kauffman Stadium that we can expect the game to start an hour to an hour and a half late.

There’s a nasty front including a tornado watch passing through Missouri, but after that the radar is clear. Considering Kansas City is in the Central Time Zone, expect the game to start on MASN around 9pm or 9:30pm ET.

Maybe the O’s will catch a break and Zack Greinke will come out cold after a long rain delay.

In other news: Felix Pie is still a work in progress, but had a good game last night against the Royals. Dave Trembley commented on how Pie helped win the game by scoring two runs---one after jump starting the O’s fifth inning rally with a walk, and the other by jump starting the O’s three run sixth inning by hustling out a two out double.

Pie seems to be stepping it up in limited opportunities. Perhaps it’s because he feels the heat with increased competition from Lou Montanez and now Nolan Reimold.

Pie told me competition does make him better, but he credited his improvement to a man who he goes to for advice everyday---the scout who signed him.

Cub’s scout Jose Serra found Pie in the Dominican Republic when he was sixteen years old. Since then Pie says Serra has become like a father figure to him. They speak on the phone everyday.

The Orioles outfielder says he respects Serra’s advice more than anyone because he’s known Pie since the beginning. Serra watches all of Pie’s at bats, and is in tuned to his bad habits. He’ll call the young Oriole and suggest adjustments to make. Pie says he always takes Serra’s constructive criticism to heart, and it has helped him work hard to get better.

It’s important to note though Pie could be the victim of a roster move tomorrow when Rich Hill is activated. The Orioles are more likely to send someone with options left like Lou Montanez or Nolan Reimold down to the minors, but it is possible they’ll take a gamble and try to force Pie through waivers.

In my opinion Andy MacPhail will not risk losing Pie to another team---not this early in the season. The fact that Pie has shown improvement in limited opportunities since being relegated to the bench shows the club he might be able to turn it around. He’s only 23-years-old.