• Apr
    03

    Time to forgive Huff

    Ah, the first win of the season is always sweet. The fact that it was a nice 8th inning comeback made sweeter. The fact that Aubrey Huff was the offensive hero made it even more sweeter.

     

    Don’t get me wrong, I was upset with Huff’s off season comments and I was not upset to see him booed in his opening day introduction. To me, that should have been the end to it. He’s apologized over and over and even wore an “I love Baltimore” shirt at Fan fest. I knew however until he did something on the field it would probably continue, even from the few thousand that braved the cool weather to watch the O’s play the D-Rays last night.

     

    From my perspective the Huff situation is over. He’s an Oriole and we should be cheering him as long as he’s giving 100 percent on the field. And from what I’ve seen, that’s exactly what we’ve gotten all spring and through the first two games.

     

    Ok, admit it, when Cabrera melted down in the fifth inning and left with the bases juiced, no outs, and down 5-3, you were getting depressed. Hey we’re human, and we’re fans, so of course things were not looking good. But then, in the year of development, Randor Bierd came on and showed me a little glimpse of the future. Using an outstanding changeup he induced a 6-4-3 double play before getting out of the inning. He added another scoreless frame the next inning before giving way to Chad Bradford in the 7th.

     

    By my mind, his performance changed the outlook of the game. He kept the O’s from getting buried and Huff’s stick did the rest of the damage. I tell you what, look at that change up, you have to wonder why the Tigers didn’t protect this kid. If he can get enough stamina, I’d like to see what he could do in a rotation eventually.

     

    Of course looking at the Orioles current rotation, that eventually may not be too far off.

     

    It has to make you feel good that the Orioles bullpen has been money so far allowing no runs on two hits over 8.2 innings. Closer George Sherrill allowed the relief corps’ first two walks, but he also struck out two in his debut. Of course a the same time it has to make you concerned that we’ve used our two long relievers already in the first two games of the season and only Dennis Sarfate and Greg Aquino have not been used yet. Expect to see those two tonight.

     

    The Orioles need six or seven solid innings from Steve Trachsel tonight. That’s asking a lot from a pitcher that average 5.4 innings per start last year and especially on what looks like will be a cool, rainy evening at the Yard.

     

    BTW, Norfolk opens up their season at home against the Buffalo Bisons with Hayden Penn taking the mound. The first 10,000 fans into the park will receive a magnetic schedule, courtesy of Bank of the Commonwealth and ESPN Radio 1310.

     

    Other opening day starters around the system will be:

    Chorye Spoone – Bowie
    Jake Arrieta – Frederick
    John Mariotti – Delmarva

     


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Tony Pente

Tony has owned and operated Orioles Hangout since 1996 and is well known for his knowledge of the Baltimore Orioles organization from top to bottom. He's a frequent guest on Baltimore-area sports radio stations and can be heard regularly on the 105.7 FM The Fan. His knowledge and contacts within the Orioles minor league system and the major league baseball scouting industry is unparalleled in the Baltimore media and is known as an expert on the Orioles prospects.

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