This could be a big start for Bergesen tonight (updated)

Last year, Brad Bergesen gave up 5 ER just once in 19 starts for the Orioles. This year he has allowed 5 ER twice in two starts.

His ERA last year was 3.43 and he went 5-3, 2.49 in 11 starts in June and July. Now he is 0-1, 11.74.

Here is what some must be wondering. Has the league figured out Bergesen? Was last year's success a little bit of a fluke?

Two starts to me does not wash away his tremendous success from 2009 when he was the Orioles best starter.

Bergy contends his mechanics and arm slot are off right now and Dave Trembley said his pitches have been up in the zone without their usual sink.

We begin to find out tonight if that theory is correct.

Bergesen was hit particularly hard last week at home vs. Tampa, when he was charged with eight runs over three innings. He allowed two homers.

On the year, opponents are batting .405 against him with 15 hits in 37 at bats. Ten of the hits have been for extra bases with seven doubles and three longballs.

Are you concerned with Bergy at all right now?

It seems like this is a pretty big start for him tonight. It would be nice to see him get his usual number of ground outs tonight.

Four of the O's five starters have turned in some good outings this year. Bergesen can join that group tonight at Seattle.

Update: Bergy's starts get shorter each time out. He went 4 2/3 IP, then 3 IP and tonight, just 2 2/3. He allowed six hits and seven runs, four earned. He threw just 27 of 54 pitches for strikes. He could have gotten out of the inning trailing just 1-0 if Ty Wigginton, playing third, had cleanly fielded a likely inning-ending double play ball.

Opponent hitters are 22 for 50 with ten doubles and four homers vs. Bergesen on the year.

He threw more sinkers and better ones tongiht, but after the huge error the floodgates opened and he gave up some hard-hit balls.


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