Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Orioles Magic

Tuesday, April 28 - Wednesday, April 29

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (7-11) at Baltimore Orioles (9-11)

Pitching Matchups

Tuesday: LAA - Joe Saunders (2-1, 3.51)
BAL - Adam Eaton (1-2, 7.04)

Wednesday: LAA - Matt Palmer (1-0, 6.00)
BAL - Koji Uehara (2-1, 4.56)

The Orioles are looking to rebound against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim after dropping 3 of 4 against the Texas Rangers. The O's pitched decently against the Rangers but dropped three close games.

The Angels have been beset by tragedy and injuries to start the season. There was the tragic death of picther Nick Adenhart a few weeks ago, plus injuries to Vladimir Guerrero and pitcher John Lackey have caused the Angels to stumble out of the gate. The Angels rotation is led by Jered Weaver, and tonight's starter Joe Saunders. Their offense has been carried by free agent pickup, RF Bobby Abreu, who leads the team with a .375 average. CF Tori Hunter is also hitting well, he leads the team in home runs (7) and RBIs (14).

Not much has changed for the Orioles when it comes to offense. The top of the order is still hitting the ball well, while the bottom half of the order continues to struggle. For the Orioles to have any chance to compete they have to get consistent hitting from top to bottom. The call up of C Matt Weiters can't happen soon enough, as C Gregg Zaun is hitting atrociously (.120, 0 HR, 1 RBI).

Tonight's Orioles starter Adam Eaton had an encouraging outing against the White Sox in his last start, and tomorrow' starter Koji Uehara has shown flashes of what he could be. It would be nice if the O's could rattle off a couple of wins here, before they head on the road to Toronto and Tampa Bay.

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