• May

    O's fall again; The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

    With two months of disappointing results in the books, the O's offense is probably more aptly described as 'poor' vs 'underachieving.' It has become difficult to discern when you are seeing a good performance from an opposing pitcher, as opposed to another game with a lack of results from the Birds.

    With the 4-3 loss today in Seattle, the Orioles have dropped all four of their games on the West Coast to fall to four games under .500 at 24-28 overall.

    The Good:

    1) Reynolds crushed a shot in the 3rd, to cut deficit to 2-1.

    2) Coming into the game in relief of Arrieta, Simon did a good job of limiting the bleeding by getting strikeouts of Peguero, and Figgings to end the Seattle 3rd. Simon would pitch 3.2 innings today, allowing 2 hits, 0 er, 1 bb, with 4 k's.

    3) Wieters threw out yet another runner (Saunders) in the 4th.

    4) Scott had a double and a walk.

    5) In a game where Jones was not available, I'm glad that the O's had an option like Pie available to play CF in that spacious Seattle ballpark. Two hits for Pie today.

    6) Good work from Viola in his 1.2 innings. 

    7) After a 12 game hit streak between May 14th and the 26th - Markakis snapped an 0 for 11 stretch with his 8th inning RBI single.

    The Bad:

    1) The first inning error on Wieters was ridiculous. It was not a good throw, but it was certainly good enough for Andino to have knocked down.

    2) For the second straight start, Arrieta was poor with his mechanics. Beginning in the 1st, he was consistently getting behind hitters and unable to locate his fastball.

    3) Down 4-1 in the 5th, Scott led off the inning with a double. Reimold failed to advance Scott. Reynolds, and Andino also made outs without scoring Scott.

    4) After pulling within 4-3 in the 8th, the O's had runners on 1st and 2nd with 1 out. Wieters and Scott were unable to get that tying run to the plate.

    5) I would have liked to have seen Fox bat for Andino in the 9th.

    The Ugly:

    1) In the 3rd, after the Ichiro single (off his leg), and the Ryan single - Arrieta walked Smoak to load the bases with none out, and walked Kennedy and Olivo to walk in runs. Just not acceptable at the Major League level. Could it have been partly the result of the shot off of his leg? Sure, but his control was off before that line drive.

    1a) The at-bat with Kennedy featured a bunch of fouls off of Arrieta's curve. He needs a better strike out pitch to finish hitters. Ball 3 to Kennedy was a curve. I would have liked to have seen both Arrieta and Wieters to have more faith in Arrieta's fastball there.

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Michael Williams

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