Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Quick Hits - The Red Sox are in Town, and Oriole Stuffage...

Well, the Boston Red Sox are in town, and that will probably mean that the Inner Harbor may be painted red and blue for a few days with fans, and there will be incessant chants of, “Let’s Go Red Sox” abound at the Yard.

However, the game in between the lines is what counts. Hopefully, we can reverse the trend of the Red Sox winning so often against us.


Wednesday: Curt Schilling (2-1, 3.81 ERA) vs. Daniel Cabrera (1-1, 4.10 ERA)

Thursday: Josh Beckett (4-0, 2.55 ERA) vs. Adam Loewen (2-0, 3.72 ERA)

Well, in this series, we’ll probably be facing two of the Red Sox’s best pitchers, and we’ll need to be ready for them.

The matchup that intrigues me the most is tonight’s matchup, Schilling and Cabrera. Schilling, the wily veteran looks as good as ever (though he was shelled by the Yanks), and Daniel Cabrera has been solid, though at times he’s had to deal with inconsistency.

The Red Sox have a lineup that can mash with anyone, and Daniel will need to be on.

On Wednesday, the Orioles counter with Josh Beckett, who is having a heck of a start to 2007. He’s got his makeup back that made him such a force in Florida, and he’ll be tough to deal with if he’s on.

Adam Loewen takes the mound for us, and we know what he’s done against the Yankees – can he do the same with the Red Sox. He’ll need to be consistent and locate his pitches where he wants it to be, or there could be longballs hit all night.


Jeff Zrebeic has a recap from last night’s game and as we all know, the Orioles made quite a few mistakes that cost them yesterday’s game. Zrebeic gets quite a few words from players such as Jay Payton and the starting pitcher, Jeremy Guthrie.

The Orioles placed reliever Scott Williamson on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday because of tightness in his right triceps tendon, and have called up pitcher James Johnson from Triple-A Norfolk.

As we are on the cusp of the Red Sox series this evening, much of the Yard and the Inner Harbor as well as the surrounding area will be awash in red and blue. Well, as much as hate them coming to town, they help out the economy.

Even though Camden Yards has been sagging in terms of attendance, the Orioles are still making money – thanks to the passion of Red Sox and Yankee fans that follow the team.

Rick Maese of the Baltimore Sun takes a look at the impact of Red Sox fans and how they impact the Baltimore economy, mainly around Camden Yards. It’s a piece worth reading.

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