Orioles starter Jake Arrieta didn’t point fingers and he didn’t make excuses. He took full blame for today’s 7-4 loss to the Dodgers at Camden Yards.
“Really feel like the Dodgers didn’t beat us today, I beat us. It’s unacceptable,” he said.
He later added, “I’m so close to being so good and everybody knows it. And that’s what’s frustrating.”
Arrieta stood at his locker following the game. Whether he’s there on Monday, or whether someone from Triple-A Norfolk is there, was being discussed inside manager Buck Showalter’s office as reporters circulated around the clubhouse.
Asked about a possible roster move, Showalter said, “I’ve got some thoughts on that, but until I talk to Dan (Duquette) and Ned (Rice) and Rick Adair ... I’m sure we’ll talk about whether there’s a need for that in the next hour or so and see where we are. I know Norfolk started at 5 o’clock, so we’ll see.”
One possibility is calling up a reliever for the next few days and replacing him with a starter for Wednesday night.
“That’s a way it could possibly be,” Showalter said. “I’m open to suggestions. I think we’ve got an idea going into the game what we hoped to be able to do, and we’ll see whether today’s game changed what we hoped we wouldn’t have to do.”
Arrieta had three dominant innings and two extremely poor ones, though he only allowed one run in the third.
Emotions affect mechanics,” Showalter said. “Everybody wants to know if things are mechanical or something else. Just like Jonesy (Adam Jones) takes emotions out of an at-bat, he’s a tough out. Emotions affect putters, you know, from 4 or 5 feet in.
“(Arrieta) got out of that one inning with only one run, but obviously he created a lot of his problems. It’s tough on guys playing behind him. The tempo goes away.
“He had that first tough inning, but he got a big strikeout against (Matt) Kemp, and helped him a little bit out of the zone. But that’s something that everybody has. You have to have emotions to play this game. You have to care, you have to want to, but to be able to funnel those under control sometimes. You should go down and watch his work day. It’s there. It’s up to him and us to get it out of him.”
Can the Orioles afford to keep running him out there?
“There’s a lot of guys like that. He’s not the only one,” Showalter said.
“We hope he eventually will (figure it out). He has at times. Just hasn’t found that consistency. When you play that many innings in that short of time and you use your whole pitching staff except for the two other starters, it taxes you.”
It already was an extremely emotional day for Showalter. He took the field before the first pitch as the Orioles honored three fallen military heroes by presenting the families of Army Cpt. Sara M. Knutson of Eldersburg, Navy LTJG Valerie Cappelaere Delaney of Ellicott City, and Marine Lance Corporal William Taylor Wild IV of Severna Park with an Orioles jersey.
Showalter spoke to the family members. He embraced them. And he could barely talk about it after the game.
“Very hard. But for me compared to them? It’s not even close,” Showalter said, his voice lowering.
“It’s an honor to be asked to go out there. It’s an honor to be in their presence. But I can’t imagine how families feel when a sacrifice like that has been made. Reminds you in the whole scheme of things what we’re doing out there for three hours or whatever is not really that important.
“One of them pointed out to me where their son sat to watch our games.”
Showalter paused with his head lowered. There were no more words.
None were necessary.