• Apr
    17

    Don't look now

    What a game last night. You have to give the O’s credit, they never gave up despite playing some of their worse ball of the year through the first four innings.

     

    You have to imagine one of the things that helped keep them in it was the fact the Rays bullpen is just plain terrible. Besides their 37-year old closer Al Reyes (five shutout innings) and journeyman reliever Gary Glover (who has a 2.84 ERA despite allowing 10 runners in six and third innings), they don’t have a reliever with an ERA under 5.13.

     

    Of course they only have one starter (Kazmir at 4.95) with an ERA under 5.40, so they knew they could hit the starters too.

     

    This brings me to our new and improved bullpen. In comparison, the Orioles don’t have a reliever with an ERA over 5.00 on the current roster with Chris Ray’s 4.70 being the highest. Of course all of that damage came off the A-Rod grand slam, and if you take that appearance away, Ray has only allowed one other base runner in his other seven appearances, so I’ll go out on a limb and say that ERA will be on the way down.

     

    The funny thing, despite Ray’s dominance so far this season minus the Yankees debacle, he’s not even the best reliever so far. That has to go to the amazing John Parrish who has been just about unhittable this season.

     

    The 29-year old left-hander has pitched six and third innings without allowing an earned run. Parrish has always had tremendous stuff, but injuries and bouts of wildness have held him back. Right now, he’s throwing the ball better than ever and with a 12:1 K:BB ratio I’d say his wildness appears to be behind him.

     

    Although manager Sam Perlozzo has treated him with kid gloves by having him pitch in one inning or less in seven of his eight appearances this season, Parrish has the ability to go multiple innings. You can’t argue with his success so far though in his current role and Perlozzo is starting to use him in more and more crucial roles, like the man on second and third with two out, up by one situation he put him into last night.

     

    Don’t be surprised to see him used in more and more crucial situations even over guys like Jamie Walker (1.50) and Danys Baez (4.05) despite the fact that both have pitched quite well this season also.

     

    Don’t Look Now

     

    • Batters have hit just .146 off of Steve Trachsel in his first two starts
    • The four free agent relievers the Orioles brought in this off season (Baez, Walker, Bradford, and Williamson) have put up a 2.53 ERA in 21.1 innings and have allowed only one home run.
    • Left-handed reliever Walker has allowed four of eleven lefties (.364 OBP) to reach base but has held righties to just a .077 OBP. Parrish, another left-hander has done even worse against lefties (.400 OBP) but has dominated righties (.067 OBP). Ray (.125 vs lefties) is the only reliever with a batting average against by lefties under .300 .
    • Kevin Millar leads the Orioles in batting average (.308), OBP (.440) and SLG (.564) and OPS (1.004). He has as many walks (10) as Miguel Tejada, Melvin Mora, and Jay Gibbons have combined.
    • Thirteen games into the season, Paul Bako and Freddie Bynum have more home runs this season then the homerless Jay Gibbons.
    • The Orioles 3.82 ERA is good for only 7th in the American League.
    • The Orioles have a 2.02 ERA at home compared to a 5.58 ERA on the road.
    • At 7-6, the O’s are above .500 for the first time since April 29, 2006.


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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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