Happy Memorial Day

Lost this post in translation earlier today, so its time to fix it.

  • I hate it when people think a young pitcher is not going to pan out after a handful of starts. After Olson’s bad start against the Yanks last week, I saw some downer stuff on Olson. Stuff like “He’s not going to cut it,” “He was overrated anyway,” ” I knew his stuff wasn’t that good.” It’s going to take the season before we know what we might have with Olson. All young players are that way. Take Adam Jones. He’s going to progress at the season goes along and hopefully, he’ll closer to what we hope he might be. You can’t judge a player who’s used to playing against the Bucksnot Warthogs or the Podunk Mudturkeys and put them against the Yankees and Red Sox and immediately expect the same results.
  • Olson went 7 innings against the Yanks and completely shut them down. 7 K’s, 3 hits, 0 R, and 4 BB. The walks are a little high, but that’s something to work on as the season goes on. The fact that he got back on the horse against the same team that knocked him down hard the last time out and shut them down is huge for a young player. Hopefully this gives him so confidence that’ll translate into some more good outings. I’m not expecting Olson to be an ace, but I think he can be a good middle order pitcher. With an outing like this, he’s heading in the right direction.
  • Nick Markakis was slumping badly. He’s not getting much to hit and he was striking out a ton. Today he went 3 for 4 with 2 RBI. One of the RBI was a solo shot. Markakis as gunned down Johnny Damon at home. Kid’s got a cannon for an arm.
  • Aubrey Huff hit a 3 run HR. That’s good. But I fear now he’s going to go 0-16 for the next 4 games.
  • Jamie Walker gave up the only run. He’s not the same guy he was last season at this point, but I like Jamie Walker and think he’ll get himself straighten out.
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  1. After Olson’s bad start against the Yanks last week, I saw some downer stuff on Olson. Stuff like “He’s not going to cut it,” “He was overrated anyway,” ” I knew his stuff wasn’t that good.”

    When I lived in New England, there were a lot of admirable qualities of Red Sox fans (pre-2004) but Oriole fans are beginning to develop one of the bad one’s that used to driive me nuts. The never-ending wallowing in the despair and losing. It becomes a natural reaction when anything goes bad and you are always waiting for the other shoe to drop.

    The pathetic thing is that this type of fan starts to enjoy the losing. They bask in it. Their lives aren’t complete unless they can gripe about the game.

    Skim some of the blogs. There are literally people who won’t comment at all when the O’s are on a winning streak but they show right up at the first dropped series…

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