As we all well know, the last month and half has been nothing short of horrific as the Orioles have only 67 wins on the season; therefore, they have a good shot to finish worse than they did in 2006.
They’ve only won 9 out of their last 34 games; thus, being in the final week of the season, everyone within the organization and fans are looking towards 2008.
In the Baltimore Sun this morning, manager Dave Trembley said a few words that could change the course of the off-season. Unless you have been under a rock, the thin Oriole pitching has been exploited thanks to key injuries to the staff. Erik Bedard, Kris Benson, Jaret Wright, Adam Loewen, Chris Ray, Danys Baez, and most recently Jeremy Guthrie have spent time on the shelf.
Now, the Oriole manager made this proclamation last night after the loss to the Blue Jays:
“The roll call for next season includes starters Erik Bedard, Jeremy Guthrie and Adam Loewen. Trembley mentioned Burres in a group with relievers Jamie Walker and Chad Bradford.
“Other than that,” he said, “I think its pretty open.” Trembley later included Daniel Cabrera, who has given the team innings but not much more.
“We’re not going to win here or be able to compete here just because somebody gives you innings. They’re going to have to be successful. They’re going to have to go out there and give you a chance to win.
There becomes a point in time where potential goes out the window. It’s results now. Results have to get better,” Trembley said.
“That’s prospect status. And prospect status should be over in your third or fourth year in the big leagues. You should be producing. You should be producing and helping the team to win.”
Notice Trembley did not say Daniel Cabrera’s name initially. I guess some guys here in the organization need a fire lit underneath them as seemingly just because you might have a jersey on, your job is guaranteed.
Take note of last night, or perhaps four nights of the week with this team. It’s simple, the rotation is thin, pitchers cannot hit their spots, and it looks like some guys are just throwing rather than pitching.
The numbers don’t lie, and the game against the Jays speaks for itself. We are no longer losing one run games thanks to a bad bullpen, we are being blown out consistently because our pitchers lack basic command, confidence and are just simply not getting the job done.
Well, I don’t know if Trembley said what he did to rile up the corps, but after his experience being hired as manager of the Orioles, I’d be pissed off to.
So, we may not change a decade of losing over night, but last night the Oriole manager made one thing certain — it looks like the guys on the team, most notably, the pitching staff will be held accountable to a degree as to how they perform on the field.
I, for one am glad to see it, and it’s a good thing for Trembley to have made his thoughts public.
I don’t know if fans are reassured; however, at least he’s trying.
Look forward to my season in review next week, it will not be for the faint of heart and perhaps will enlighten as well upset.
It is what it is.
Oh, by the way, the Baltimore Orioles lost to the Toronto Blue Jays, 11-4 last night. Frank Thomas beat us around, homered; Buress was ineffective, the bullpen once again made people want to put paper bags over their heads - ugh, the humanity.
Four more games.
Danys Baez is out for next year - oh joy and will most likely have surgery. Getting paid for doing nothing and just being horrible, eh? I wish Major League Baseball contracts mirrored what we people get in the real world.
I know Danyz Baez is hurt, but he getting $12 million plus for 2 years of not doing his job properly and sucking is analagous to the CEO of a company having no clue what to do in his job capacity, and then being exposed as a complete alcoholic, but the able to keep his job if he goes to rehab; meanwhile, losing money for the company hand over fist.
I just know, I'd love the paycheck. Danys has been the object of much scorn here, and while it's been unfair and he might have been doing the job to the best of his ability; however, he's been nothing but a disappointment -- an expensive one!