Thursday, May 5, 2011

Royals Take Series From Orioles; Tillman Just Plain Awful...

It was an ugly showing for the Baltimore Orioles as they got trounced by the Kansas City Royals, 9-1, this afternoon.

They only got four hits – all singles – and Chris Tillman, who started the game on the mound for Baltimore struggled. Again.

Adam Jones drove in the only run for Baltimore during first inning and the offense was putrid. Enough said.

I don’t know what to say about Tillman. He has the look of a guy who should be stud-like on the mound; however, he’s been so inconsistent as a pitcher in the majors. There have been times Tillman has looked brilliant; meanwhile, during others, he looks like a guy who has no confidence on the mound, or a clue as to what to do when in trouble.

He allowed eight runs in 3 2/3 innings of work and it’s time to wonder if he – instead of Brad Bergesen – will be the odd man out in the rotation, if and when Brian Matusz returns.

At the moment, manager Buck Showalter has given the dreaded seal of approval -- to an extent.

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