Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Orioles Magic

Wednesday, May 6 - Thursday, May 7

Minnesota Twins (13-14) at Baltimore Orioles (10-17)

Pitching Matchups

Wednesday: MIN - Kevin Slowey (4-0, 5.17)
BAL - Mark Hendrickson (1-4, 5.79)

Thursday: MIN - Glen Perkins (1-2, 3.34)
BAL - Brad Bergesen (1-0, 5.17)

The Orioles managed to win a game in Tampa Bay and end their six game losing streak. Besides that, they're still garbage. They begin a seven game home stand tonight, starting with a quick two game set with the Minnesota Twins. This might be an alright matchup for the O's as the Twins offense is anemic and the Orioles may not have to score more than 5 runs to beat them. However, Orioles pitching tends to make just about every offense look good.

1B Justin Morneau is the Twins offense. He leads the team in almost every statistical category. He is hitting .318 with 6 HRs and 21 RBIs. However, C Joe Mauer recently returned from the disabled list and has been swinging the bat very well.

Pitching has also been an issue for the Twins. The Orioles will meet their wins leader, Kevin Slowey, tonight but he has been fortunate that the offense has decided to show up on nights he pitches as he has an unimpressive 5.17 ERA.

From top to bottom the Orioles have no pitching. Their ace Jeremy Guthrie has a 5.05 ERA, their closer George Sherrill has blown 2 saves, forcing Orioles manager Dave Trembley to go to a closer by committee format, between Sherrill, Chris Ray, and Danys Baez (ugh). When you have a closer by committee, it really means you have no closer. The Orioles haven't won a series in 2 weeks, a 2 game sweep here would be nice.

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