• Apr

    O's lose 1st series; The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

    The cliche that during a 162 game season you can not get too high or too low is correct, but the Orioles' 3-0 loss to Texas today was still deflating.

    Baltimore had a chance to take 2 of 3 from the defending American League champion Rangers, but were unable to generate any offense. In the process a quality outing from Guthrie was wasted.

    The Good:

    1) In the 1st and 3rd innings, Guerrero took a couple of pitches to RF.

    2) Good outing from Guthrie. Obviously there was question of what he was going to be able to bring today. 6 innings, 4 hits, 1 er, 1 hr, 1 bb, 1 k. Ended both the 2nd and 6th innings having helped himself by fielding his position well.

    3) For the 3rd time on the homestand, Wieters took a walk. As a rookie in 2009, Wieters had 28 bb's, and 86 k's. Last year, Wieters had 47 bb's, and 94 k's. Currently he has 3 bb's, and 4 k's.

    4) Markakis took away extra bases from Hamilton to end the 3rd. Probably prevented multiple Texas runs.

    5) Gonzalez looked much better today than he had against either Tampa or Detroit.

    6) Two hits for Lee today.

    7) In the 8th, the O's were down 3-0 and needed runners. Reynolds  and Jones both worked walks.

    8) Izturis made a good play with the double play in the 9th.

    9) Pie got a hit off the bench against Feliz.

    The Bad:

    1) Reynolds ranged far to his left on the grounder to start the 2nd, but had an errant throw for the error. His day got personally worse when he he was hit by Holland in the 6th.

    2) For the second consecutive day the O's were overwhelmed by a young Texas lefty. Harrison and Holland had impressive stuff, but Markakis was the only lefty in the lineup today. Was expecting better results.

    3) In the 7th, Wieters tried to backhand a ball and did not do a good job of blocking with his body. This allowed Torrealba to advance into scoring position. He would be knocked in with the homer, but it what was a 1 run game, this could have been of greater importance.

    4) The homerun Johnson allowed to Kinsler really broke open the game. It was the 2nd HR Johnson has allowed in his 4.2 ip this year. In '10 he allowed 5 in 26.1 ip, and in '09 he allowed 8 in 70 innings. Fairly high numbers for a guy known for his power sinker.

    The Ugly:

    1) Wieters has been rightfully praised for what he is doing behind the plate, but he has to start producing with the bat. He came into Sunday just 5 for 23, with only 1xbh on the season. He went 0 for 3 today. We recognize that 26 ab's to begin a year is just a blip on the radar, but for this team to have major improvement this year we believe Wieters has to be a factor. If not 'Mauer with Power', than certainly at a Varitek level. Hitting like Paul Bako is not going to work. We pointed out above some early signs that Wieters plate discipline is improving. That is encouraging and something to build on.

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