.500 for Another Day

We can glow in the fact that the Orioles are .500 for another day because tonight’s game is postponed for rain. We might not see another game til Sunday because rain’s in forecast til Sunday. It’s been a rainy day down here, I was going to go to Greenville Drive’s Opening Night, but it’s raining here….so I’m not fighting downtown to sit in a rainout. Anyway, a doubleheader for Sunday would be nice.

Guess we’ll have to wait and see Steve Trachsel’s season debut another day.

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Tuesday 4/2

Its first pitch as Daniel Cabrera starts with a ball (surprise), not doing a live blog but wanted to mention a few things O’s related and MLB related.

-I expected the thinness of the Mets rotation to bite them this season, but not on the season day of the season. I was watching the Mets and Marlins and saw Pedro Martinez come up lame with his pulled or popped hammy. Heard one of the Mets beat writers on XM with Charlie Steiner today say it’d probably be Memorial Day before he’s back. That’s going to hurt. Joe Blanton would help them out, but they emptied out their farm system for Santana and what they have left, they’d like to keep. They might have to do a garbage signining and sign Jeff Weaver or someone like that. What’s Rodrigo Lopez doing right now? Seriously. What is he doing?

-Daniel Cabrera went from 6’7 to 6’9 before last season. He’s 27, I just turned 27 and I haven’t grown in years. What’s up with that? Delayed puberty? Anyway, he just issued his first walk of the season. The more things change…the more they stay the same.

-Oh man. Cliff Floyd just hit a 3 run homer off Cabrera. Adam Jones made his best effort to catch it, but it was a hit a hair too hard. Welcome back Cabrera.

-Sam Perlozzo (and Erik Bedard) makes his return to Baltimore this weekend. I wanted Perlozzo to succeed as manager because he seemed to really love the team and came across as a good guy. The problem was that he was given a lousy roster and couldn’t manage well. The bullpen was misused, the love of the bunt, didn’t platoon well, etc. All that aside, things didn’t work. Glad he landed on his feet and got another coaching job.

-Brian Roberts leads off with a solo homer. He’s starting the year on fire. Next play Melvin Mora hits a liner and hap-hazardly trots to first base, stopping midway between to the boos of the crowd. Does he even care anymore?

-Gary Thorne has said he’s never seen ‘American Idol.’ Figures, I always thought he was more of a WWE Smackdown kind of guy anyway.

-Pat Sajak threw out the first pitch and stopped by the booth. Didn’t know he was a fan. Always find stuff like this out. Gary Thorne told him that he didn’t watch his show either because that was when he watches ‘My Super Sweet 16.’

 Pat left a puzzle to solve.

                       M_lvi_   Mo_a   ha_   _o  hu_ _ le

Pat, I’d like to solve the puzzle.

 I’m starting already, bench Mora. Start Scott Moore.

-Cabrera walks another. Trembley’s talking to Thorne and Palmer and said its time to get Moore and Fahey some playing time. Moore, definately….Fahey…well, its a push with him and Luis Hernandez. So why not. They had said earlier that Trembley wants Cabrera pitch to speed things up on the mound, but I’m confusing Cabrera with Steve Trachsel at this point.

-3rd walk for Cabrera in the 3 inning. Trembley’s talking about needing to get the bullpen some work tonight. Don’t worry, Dave, they’re going to get it tonight. 55 pitches through 2.1 innings. I’m through with Daniel Cabrera

-Intentionally walking Cliff Floyd to load the bases, that makes it 4 for the night. But I’m expecting him to strike out Floyd since he’s actually trying to walk him.

-Adam Jones gets his first hit as an O and an offensive rally ensues. Luis Hernandez walks. Melvin Mora and Nick Markakis both drive in a run apiece and now we’re tied up at 3-3.

Crunch time for Roberts to Cubs?

It’s time for Brian Roberts to go to the Cubs if it’s going to happen.

The Cubs are the eager bystanders in the whole affair, frothing as they wait for a chance to pounce on Roberts. But if a Bedard deal is indeed a litmus test of MacPhail’s autonomy in deal-making, as has been widely suggested, then any holdup by Angelos, a meddlesome headache for his GMs for years, could doom any possible deal for Roberts, one of Angelos’ favorite Oriole players.

Please….please…please, let this circus be over.

Angelos’ foot holding up the trade?

Apparently what held up the trade yesterday was that Peter Angelos had a minor procedure done on his foot.

Why this still isn’t done today though is the question.

Baker adds (in a very good article)

1. The Erik Bedard-Adam Jones deal is not dead
2. Jones is not to be blamed for the deal being hung-up

As for the rumor about Jones having a degenerative hip, treat it as just that. It’s been making the rounds in Baltimore all day because some guy went on a radio station and threw it out there. We’ve stuck to the facts and what we know on this story thus far and I’d like to keep it that way. From a logic perspective, I doubt Jones would be playing winter ball if he had a degenerative hip. Anyway, that’s the kind of thing you schedule a physical for. You don’t cancel one. This one goes in my rubbish bin for now

MacPhail Denies Trade, toys with my emotions

Great…some rain on our parade.

“We do not have an agreement with the Mariners,” MacPhail said.

Meanwhile, the actual Mariner’s website is reporting the trade. 

The Mariners apparently would send Jones, left-handed reliever George Sherrill and Minor League pitcher Chris Tillman, along with one more Minor League player, to the rebuilding Orioles for Bedard.

Here’s what Adam Jones said:

“GM [Bill Bavasi] called me yesterday and told me the news. I’ve got to go to Baltimore tomorrow morning and handle things there,” Jones told a reporter from Diario Panorama in Venezuela. “I’m the centerpiece of the deal on the Mariners side. It’s an honor to get traded for such a highly talented pitcher as Bedard is. He’s one of the best. Last year, he finished up as an arguably one of the top candidates for the Cy Young. He’s that good, so for me it’s an honor. You know, I like Seattle, but if I am in Baltimore, as I think now I am, I’m going to embrace it and have the best time of my life in Major League Baseball.”

Guess we’ll have to wait and see. This is frustrating. MacPhail in somewhat frustrating with the lack of information that he gives out. All I know is that the Seattle Times went with this. Ken Rosenthal said things were close. Adam Jones said he was flying to Baltimore because he was being traded for Erik Bedard. MLB.com has this as a story. Either it’s happened, its extremely close to happening, or this is a massive cruel joke on Oriole fans.

I dunno. I’m going to bed.

Taking the wrong exit

It’s Friday night and I’m sick, so I’m staying in. There’s nothing to really post about the O’s at the moment. I’m taking a self-imposed break of talking about the following:

-Erik Bedard trade rumors

-Brian Robers trade rumors

-The Seattle Mariners

-The Chicago Cubs

If something legit comes up then I’ll break it.

I try to stick to talking about the O’s and baseball on here. I don’t like diluting it by going off topic, but I did think this merited meaning because it was so absurd.

In December, me and my sister went to Missouri to see our Grandma and the rest of relatives. It’s not an easy drive. If you leave at night like we did, you can do the 800 mile drive in 12 hours (that’s with the time change). The trip out there was uneventful except for hitting snow in the North Carolina mountains and seeing mile after mile of interstate. The trip itself was good. Nothing to complain about except for not enough time.

On the way back, we were going to meet up with some relatives in Tennessee and eat dinner with them. Maybe about an hour and something outside of Nashville I needed to stop. We took my sister’s car out there because it has a better track record than my car. Since I do have the bad habit of smoking, I needed (or rather wanted) a cigarette. I didn’t want to smoke in front of my relatives, so I wanted to do it before hand. Since it was her car, she didn’t want me stinking up her car. That’s understandable and I’d be the same way if I didn’t.

We got off on the exit for Bucksnort. Great town name. Should have took that as a sign right there. There was this gas station that we would stop at for a few minutes and then be on our way. It was dark at this point. Maybe around seven o’clock. As we pull in, I see this rather stereotypical bunch gathered around the back of a pickup truck. Thinking I was smarter than them, I pulled around to the other side of the gas station. I parked in the far end of the parking lot. Away from the pumps and away from everyone else. I was still congratulating myself as I got a drink out of the ice chest and lit me one up. So I was standing there and I see these two guys in their 40’s standing near the front of the store. One of them had his shirt pulled up exposing a rather large beer gut. He was pointing to something. I assumed it was a knife wound or maybe a tatoo of Elvis (Graceland is in Tennessee). Feeling replused at the sight, I turned the other way.

I looked behind me and what I saw was much worse. The building beside it was painted bright red and had the huge words on the side ‘adult bookstore.’ That’s great” I thought. It wasn’t that replused me. There’s plenty of those around, but it was what else was ajoined to it. Apparently, It was a perfect trifecta business or a rather unforunate locations. I think it was the trifecta. It was the bookstore, a hotel, and an all you can eat catfish buffet. For a minute I laughed. They were so close together that I think they were all connected. It was dark, so I didn’t get a great look. After a quick laugh, I was replused. You can understand why and I’ll leave it at that. I looked across the street and saw a bar called ‘Country Hooters.’ Besides their clever name, they had a clever slogan; which was ‘good food, brew, and babes.’ I believe they would be correct only on the fact that they have brew. I doubt from the looks of it that there’d be good food in there and I seriously doubt that that place has any babes there. At this point, I get in the car and tell my sister “let’s get far away from here.”

We met my relatives and I was at one table with some of my cousins and she was at the other with our aunt, uncle, and another cousin. Unknowingly,We both told the same story and they all said the same thing ‘Oh…you stopped at Bucksnort’ and laughed.

I’m not stopping at Bucksnort again, not even if I’m really craving some catfish.

O’s in holding pattern, talking to scrubs

Andy MacPhail has extended his self-imposed deadline for trading Erik Bedard and Brian Roberts from the end of the month to Febuary 13th. Obviously, he’s holding out for the best deal, but dang….I’d like these trades to happen at some point. I want the best deal too. I don’t know what the other teams are offering. If they’re trying to pull one over on the O’s, then I’m fine with waiting. I don’t like it, but I want the best return possible.

On a bad note, MacPhail is talking to agents for possible stopgaps in anticipation that we don’t get an Adam Jones or a player who can be penciled in now.

Who are they?

Corey Patterson….hooray.

Steve Traschel….double hooray.

Shawn Chacon

Kyle Lohse

Ron Villone

None of these names excite. Lohse is the only one who remotely sounds lukewarm appealing. Having sad that, Loshe is a career 63-74 pitcher with a 4.82 ERA. He might be a decent 4 or 5 pitcher, but I’m afraid what he might get paid. Maybe it’s a one year deal. Villone and Traschel…well, we’ve been down that road with Traschel and his amazing tightrope 6 innings, 10 hits, 5 walks, and 1 strikeout games. I don’t want to have to endure that again. Frankly, Ron Villone scares me. Shawn Chacon is a very medicore pitcher. Hey, Rodrigo Lopez is still a free agent.

Needing something encouraging after reading that?

Patterson’s agent, Scott Boras, said he and MacPhail have had talks about six or seven of Boras’ free-agent clients, including Patterson, starting pitcher Kyle Lohse and left-handed reliever Ron Villone.

“Andy and I are talking,” Boras said. “At this point, that’s all I want to say about it.”

Hey, we’re talking to Boras again.

Octavio Dotel signed a 2 year 11 million deal with the White Sox. So after signing him and overpaying Scott Linebrink, the White Sox clearly did not pay any attention to the Orioles’ bullpen last season. I think Walker is better than both of these guys and Bradford is better than Dotel and probably as good as Linebrink. Baez…ugh.