After five games last season, the Orioles had a 3-2 record. Fans would take that about right now after the team fell to 1-4 with Saturday’s loss to Detroit.
The one thing to keep in mind is that the O’s have played just three percent of their season. Three percent.
Yes they need to pitch better and the bats need to get going. Maybe we saw the beginnings of that in the ninth inning on Saturday.
As I wrote yesterday, their start so far, while frustrating to the fans, is not too damaging. At least not yet. But if 1-4 turns into 2-8 and/or 5-15, the Orioles will have to climb out of a potentially big hole.
After today - when they face Detroit’s Justin Verlander - the Orioles play 16 straight games against American League East teams. So far, just one East team is over .500 and this is Tampa Bay at 4-2. But that will certainly not stay that way.
Would a win today calm those that are already very concerned and nervous among the fanbase?
Last September, Tim Berry was pitching at Single-A Frederick. In October, he went to the Arizona Fall League. In November, he was added to the Orioles’ 40-man roster and last month, he was pitching for the Orioles in spring training.
Last night, he made his Double-A debut for the Bowie Baysox and it was a strong one for the 23-year-old left-hander. He got a no-decision in a game that Bowie would win 4-3 in 11 innings to improve to 3-0.
Berry pitched seven innings, allowing just three hits and one run - an unearned run. Berry walked one with seven strikeouts. He threw 82 pitches. It was quite an outing for the lefty that went went 11-7 with an ERA of 3.85 for Frederick in 2013. Berry went 7-3 with an ERA of 3.27 in 14 starts after the All-Star break for the Keys.
A few days ago at Bowie’s media day, I asked Berry about making his Double-A debut.
“Excited, man. Excited to see how I stack up,” he said.
Well, quite well I’d say. In two games in March for the Orioles, Berry pitched three innings, giving up two hits and one run with no walks and three strikeouts. He pitched two scoreless innings March 8 against Boston.
It sounds like Berry put his time at big league camp with the Orioles in Sarasota to good use.
“It was the best,” Berry said. “So much better than minor league camp. I wanted to just eat up every minute there. I want to get back.
“Mostly, it was watching and listening and seeing how they do it. Some guys took me under their wing. Evan Meek and Bud Norris really helped me out, just talking to me about different things and watching the game with them. It was a good learning process and the more you are around better players, the better you will become.”
Berry, by the way, was a 50th-round draft pick in 2009. They don’t even have that round anymore. He had Tommy John surgery as a senior in San Marcos, Calif. The Orioles signed him away from a University of Oregon commitment for $125,000.
Berry is now the Orioles’ No. 6 prospect according to Baseball America. For at least one night in Bowie, he made that lofty ranking look good.