Saturday, March 31, 2012

Tillman Optioned to Minors...

This afternoon, the Baltmore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates played to a 6-6 tie in Bradenton, Fla and pitcher Jake Arrieta has a rough day; however, the news of the day involved Chris Tillman.

Well, the young hurler was once again demoted as he was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk.

According to the press release by the team, “Tillman posted a 2.92 ERA (12.1IP, 4ER) in five games (one start) for the Orioles this spring.”

That being said, it’s hard to determine why Tillman got sent down; however, it might have been a numbers game with the Orioles, struggled and knowing that he has options – perhaps that’s why the decision was made.

Overall, he has been an extraordinarily inconsistent pitcher with the franchise (at least in the majors) and fans – along with executives – have been wondering “will this guy ever figure it out?

Is Tillman a major league-caliber pitcher, or a Four-A guy?

Tillman has had problems being efficient on the mound witLinkh his pitches, making it to the fifth inning, walking batters and confidence on the mound. Not good.

It drove people crazy to see Tillman pitch like an ace in one game, and look painful the next.

I was watching “Wall-to-Wall Baseball” on MASN today, and panelist Dave Johnson brought up an important point – why don’t the Orioles just allow Tillman to pitch in the majors for an extended period of time?

Good question. I don’t know.

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