Reasons for hope

It’s been a rough season, but over the past two weeks things have looked up. Last night was a shot in the arm for me, as was Cabrera’s shutout this past week. So I’m going wrap myself in orange and look for the good in this team.

1. Nick Markakis. What a tear he’s been on. Here’s his splits from MLB.com.

Mar and Apr     Baltimore Orioles 20 66 8 12 1 0 2 5 19 7 16 0 0 .270 .288 .182
May     Baltimore Orioles 21 71 8 18 4 1 0 8 24 8 10 0 0 .329 .338 .254
June     Baltimore Orioles 20 65 9 22 2 1 0 6 26 5 11 0 0 .403 .400 .338
July     Baltimore Orioles 22 77 14 31 6 0 2 10 43 6 9 1 0 .440 .558 .403
Aug     Baltimore Orioles 18 64 17 22 5 0 7 18 48 6 8 1 0 .400 .750 .344
Before All-Star     Baltimore Orioles 67 224 29 60 8 2 2 21 78 20 38 1 0 .335 .348 .268
After All-Star     Baltimore Orioles 34 119 27 45 10 0 9 26 82 12 16 1 0 .435 .689 .378

His game last night was something really special. I never thought of him as a masher. I don’t think he’ll be one. By that I mean, I think he’ll be a 25-30 homer guy a year and he’ll drive in a lot more runs on singles and doubles. Now that he’s in the 2 spot, he’s shot off like a rocket. I’m looking forward to his encore tonight.

2. Adam Loewen. He looked shaky when he was called up. Now that he’s got some starts under his belt, faced some teams twice, and a trip to the minors, He’s taken off.

again from MLB.com

AUG 05 NYY 1 0 5.72 1 1 0 0 0 0 6.1 1 0 0 0 5 8 101-55 6-4
 AUG 11 @BOS 0 1 6.41 1 1 0 0 0 0 2.1 6 6 6 0 2 3 76-41 2-2
AUG 16 @NYY 1 0 6.12 1 1 0 0 0 0 5.2 4 2 2 0 3 5 107-70 8-4
AUG 22 MIN 1 0 5.57 1 1 0 0 0 0 8.0 4 1 1 0 0 7 108-72 11-6

It’s a been a good month for Loewen aside from the Red Sox game.

3. Daniel Cabrera

He’s an enigma. Once he gets his control right and cut down on the walks, he will be an anchor of our rotation. I’m not sure when that will happen, but after Saturday, it could be soon. I think the trip to Ottawa was a smart move. Since he’s been back..

 yet again MLB.com

AUG 08 @TOR 1 0 4.95 1 1 0 0 0 0 7.0 5 2 1 0 1 7 92-66 6-8
AUG 13 @BOS 0 1 5.40 1 1 0 0 0 0 4.0 5 7 7 1 5 3 83-40 3-5
AUG 19 TOR 1 0 4.94 1 1 1 1 0 0 9.0 5 0 0 0 2 10 121-78 10-7

Again, throw out the Red Sox game and in 2 out of 3 starts since coming back, he’s only walked a total of 3 batters. Has there been a breakthrough? His remaining starts for the season will be interesting to watch.

4. And of course, Chris Ray.

29 out of 31 in save opportunities. Last night seeing him strike out Tori Hunter on 3 straight pitches to get a one out save was awesome. Did I mention what an awesome game that was?

it’s great seeing this young talent we’ve been hearing about producing for the big club. I want to Hayden Penn up soon. According to the Sun, Penn should be up in September as the team will have a 6 man staff. I don’t think this is bad idea. Bedard’s never pitched a full healthy season, so why wear him out. Benson’s been banged up. Give Penn a little experience.

Tonight’s game pits Matt Garza (0-2 11.74) of the Twins against our own Rodrigo Lopez (9-12 6.03). I’m hoping the good Rodrigo shows up and Nick can hit go 4-4 with 4 HR tonight.

I HAVE ONE WINNER FOR THE DVD SO FAR. CONGRADS AARON. I’VE GOT 2 MORE STILL HERE! IF YOU HAVE NO IDEA ABOUT WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT, CHECK MONDAY’S POST.

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2 Responses

  1. Things really are looking up. Question is… how do you make those tables?

    http://orioles119.wordpress.com

  2. I just cut and pasted the stats and then use WordPress’ blockquote function on my post. Turned out better than I thought.

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