The starting pitchers deserve better

The starting pitchers deserve better
Of all the problems the Orioles have right now, here is one you can't put a stat on: teammates losing faith in one another. As in the starting pitchers wondering when the offense will provide them some support. It's the pitcher's job to get the hitters out no matter what, but besides the fans, I wonder who has noticed the O's lack of offense most? Probably the pitchers. Lowest run support in the AL: 1st - David Hernandez - 1.46 2nd - Kevin Millwood - 2.30 8th - Jeremy Guthrie -...
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Wigginton and Reimold on another night with little offense

Wigginton and Reimold on another night with little offense
For the Orioles hitters, it was another night getting asked about the lack of offense the team is producing and another night to talk about a loss. The O's offense has produced just two runs and 18 hits and a batting average of just .188 over the past three games after losing 5-1 to Seattle on Tuesday night in front of 12,614 at Camden Yards. Ty Wigginton was asked how hard it is to try and stay confident and upbeat as the losses mount and the runs are not coming. "I think right after a...
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For Hernandez, it starts well, but didn't end that way

For Hernandez, it starts well, but didn't end that way
O's starter David Hernandez must be wondering what he has to do to get a win. He began tonight with some of the best stuff he's had all year, at times dominating stuff. But he couldn't keep it going and, as usual when he pitches, there were not many runs to work with either. He remains winless on the year as the Orioles lost 5-1 to Seattle to begin an eight-game homestand. "I just talked to Matt (Wieters) right now and he said 'that's the best stuff you've had in the first four...
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No offense so far tonight (updated)

No offense so far tonight (updated)
You may have missed a stat I had in a post earlier today. In six of their last seven games, the Orioles do not have a single hit with runners in scoring position. Now in some of those games, they did not have many chances, but are a collective 0 for 21 with RISP in the six games. In the other game, game one of Saturday's doubleheader, they went 8 for 16 and scored seven runs. Tonight, they trailed 2-0 after five and are 0 for 2 in those situations, failing to score when they had runners on...
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Reimold improves and left field playing time increases

Reimold improves and left field playing time increases
If it seems like Nolan Reimold has been playing more regularly in left field, that is because he has. Reimold has started seven of the O's last 11 games in left and manager Dave Trembley said you can expect to see more of Reimold in left. "That's an indicator that we have to find out if he can do it or not. He's been able to respond health-wise. Now he needs to respond production-wise. He's passed the one hurdle, now he needs to break through on the other." Coming off last...
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Posting some stats before the start of O's vs. M's

Posting some stats before the start of O's vs. M's
Checking on some O's and Mariners stats as those teams begin a three-game series tonight at Camden Yards. The Orioles scored just one run and hit .161 (10 for 62) in losing the last two games of the Minnesota series. The Birds have scored two runs or less in five of the last seven games. The Orioles have gone without a hit with runners in scoring position in six of their last seven games. They went 8 for 16 with RISP in the other game which was the first game of Saturday's...
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Looking closer at the Adam Jones enigma

Looking closer at the Adam Jones enigma
O's outfielder Adam Jones is struggling at bat, and the worry for fans - and for team officials as well - is that this could be more than just a slump. It hasn't been only a series, road trip or month where Jones has been not great at bat, but all season, and his struggles date back well into last year. This time in 2009, Jones was looking great at the plate, just like the All-Star he would soon be. But the story has been different since the first of June last season, after Jones' torrid...
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Cooney on working with pitching coaches on the farm

Cooney on working with pitching coaches on the farm
Earlier today I wrote about Frederick Keys reliever Brandon Cooney. The hard-throwing right-hander is Frederick's closer and off to a great start. He is 2-0, 0.60 and tied for the Carolina League lead with five saves. Cooney, a 30th-round pick in 2007 out of Florida Atlantic, has pitched 15 innings for the Keys and has allowed 12 hits and just one earned run on the season, with seven walks to 18 strikeouts. Cooney seems like someone eager to learn and says he has gotten solid instruction...
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Hard throwing Cooney off to great start at Frederick

Hard throwing Cooney off to great start at Frederick
After pitching very well late last season for Frederick, right-handed reliever Brandon Cooney is using his plus 90's fastball and an amazing ground-ball ratio to put up numbers there again. Cooney, a 30th-round pick in 2007 out of Florida Atlantic, is 2-0, 0.60 with five saves for the Keys. Over 15 innings, the Keys closer has allowed 12 hits and just one earned run on the season, with seven walks to 18 strikeouts. "I feel really comfortable this year. I walked a few early, but I...
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O's lose at Minnesota as offense fires blanks again

O's lose at Minnesota as offense fires blanks again
Scott Baker had an ERA of 5.35 and Nick Blackburn 5.79. But those two pitchers shut down the O's over the last 24 hours as the Orioles lost the last two games in Minnesota, scoring a total of one run on ten hits. Gary Thorne and Mike Flanagan discuss the O's 6-0 loss with Dave Trembley Today the final was Twins 6, O's 0 as Brian Matusz allowed six runs over 3 2/3. Blackburn had given up 21 hits over his last two starts and opponent hitters were batting .338 against him. But the O's...
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The offense remains the biggest problem (updated)

The offense remains the biggest problem (updated)
You can make stats do a lot of things and you can twist them a lot of ways. But if you look at the stats from the Orioles 9-22 start, here's a simple one that tells the biggest story of this season. O's record when scoring four or more: 7-4 O's record when scoring less than four: 2-18 Asking a Major League team to score four runs per game is not a lot, in fact an average offense scores more than that. No one feels the O's offense was great last year. But the 2009 Orioles averaged 4.6...
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O's bats silenced Saturday night at Minnesota

O's bats silenced Saturday night at Minnesota
Well, every time you think maybe the O's offense is coming to life, it doesn't happen. They could not follow up the seven run, 12-hit win over the Twins and Francisco Liriano on Saturday night. Scott Baker, who had pitched to an ERA of 7.56 over his previous three starts, shut down the O's in Minnesota's 6-1 win that split the doubleheader. Tonight he gave up just three hits over eight innings. Luke Scott's solo homer to right in the fifth snapped his 1 for 20 drought, providing the...
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Norfolk roster moves (Jim Johnson to the DL)

Norfolk roster moves (Jim Johnson to the DL)
Reliever Jim Johnson has been placed on Triple-A Norfolk's disabled list due to right elbow inflammation. The move took place before last night's game. Pitcher Alberto Castillo, who was optioned to Triple-A from Baltimore, took Johnson's roster spot. Johnson was 1-1. 6.52 in ten games with the Orioles and had allowed 15 hits in 9 2/3 before being sent to Norfolk. He pitched one scoreless inning for the Tides, on May 4 vs. Scranton. That was his only Norfolk appearance before the DL...
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Notes from the O's 7-3 win in game one at Minnesota

Notes from the O's 7-3 win in game one at Minnesota
The Orioles are now 7-5 over the last 12 games after beating Minnesota 7-3 today in game one of a day/night doubleheader. They improve to 9-21 on the year, 2-3 on this road trip and 5-13 in road games on the season. A win tonight or tomorrow would give the Orioles just their second series victory of 2010. The O's overcame their 2-0, first-inning deficit to win and won for the first time this year (now 1-11) when their opponent scored first in the game. Gary and Eddie talk with Dave...
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Some stats to ponder before today's doubleheader

Some stats to ponder before today's doubleheader
Some notes, stats and facts to ponder while we await the start of a long day of Orioles baseball. The Orioles are 6-5 since their 2-16 start. In those 11 games, the team average is .258 and they have scored 44 runs. The team ERA is 4.18 during that run. O's runs scored on the year: *78 in 21 games vs. AL East, 3.7 per game. *21 in 8 games vs. everyone else, 2.6 per game. They are scoring less right now in a small sample, outside of the division. That is skewed somewhat by their 36 runs...
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The 2010 Orioles: Is the worst over?

The 2010 Orioles: Is the worst over?
There should be no doubt that the American League East remains the best division in baseball. It's not an excuse, but playing so many division games early has been a factor in the Orioles poor start. Not only have they played more games within the division than any other AL East team, they have played the most road games of any division squad. AL East games played so far: 21 - Orioles 16 - Boston & Tampa Bay 12 - New York 9 - Toronto Most road games played by AL East squads: 17 -...
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Millwood sizes up the O's clubhouse

Millwood sizes up the O's clubhouse
Has there ever been a pitcher that deserved a win on his record more than Kevin Millwood? The Orioles had a game recently where they beat Boston 12-9 with Brad Bergesen as the starter. Meanwhile they have scored 3,2,2,1, 5 and 3 in the games started by Millwood. That's 16 runs in six games. Yet he has allowed 2 ER or less in four of his six starts and gave up 3 ER and 4 ER in the other two. He always seems to keep his team in the game. At the same time, he is showing the younger pitchers...
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Some post-game thoughts after Bergesen and Wigginton lead the O's past Minnesota

Some post-game thoughts after Bergesen and Wigginton lead the O's past Minnesota
Well, you won't win many games when you score just two runs, but the Orioles did it tonight at Minnesota. The O's had been 0-12 this year when scoring two runs or less. By far the best news of the night was seeing Brad Bergesen look like the Bergesen of 2009. He did get behind more hitters tonight than he did then, but he still got them out. The sinker was diving down in the zone late and he hardly threw anything besides that pitch. It goes to show that Bergy can have Major League...
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Pitching leads the O's past Minnesota

Pitching leads the O's past Minnesota
The Orioles had another night with little offense. This time the O's pitching had enough to win. Brad Bergesen pitched shutout ball over 6 2/3 and Alfredo Simon got the save in the ninth as the Orioles beat Minnesota 2-0 Thursday night in game one of a four-game series. Bergesen improved to 2-2, 7.36 as four O's pitchers combined on a six-hitter. It's the O's first shutout of the year and first since beating Texas 7-0 on 9-6-09. Will Ohman struck out Jim Thome with the bases loaded in...
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Wiggy homer notes

Wiggy homer notes
Ty Wigginton's two-run homer in the second inning tonight at Minnesota gave the Orioles a 2-0 lead. He becomes the first Oriole this year with 10 homers. He is now one homer shy of his 2009 total. Wiggy homers: (through four innings tonight) 2010: 10 in 85 at bats (1 every 8.5 AB's) 2009: 11 in 410 at bats (1 every 37.3 AB's) He has hit nine homers in 57 at bats vs. right-handed pitching and one in 28 at bats vs. lefties. Wiggy, 2010 homers by month: April: 6 May: 4 He has now...
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