Monday, April 13, 2009

O's Week 1

The O's bashed their way thru Week 1 taking 2 of 3 from both the Yankees and the Rays to complete the opening homestand at 4-2. 

The O's hit .289 and scored 6.5 runs/game.  Kudos to hitting coach Terry Crowley for having the lumber ready for Opening Day.

O's pitching had a 5.67 ERA for the week.  The starting pitching performed surprisingly well, posting a 3.73 ERA.  The bullpen was alternately great and awful in posting an 8.34 ERA.  Danys Baez and Jamie Walker were untouched.  George Sherril, Dennis Sarfate, Matt Albers and Jim Johnson pitched so-so.  Chris Ray struggled and Brian Bass was outright awful.  

To the pitching staff's credit, only the Kansas City Royals issued fewer walks in Week 1 than O's pitching. 

It's off to Texas and then Boston in Week 2.  Hopefully, the bullpen rounds into form and it remains too early for hitters to expose the O's starting pitching weakness.  That and continued hot bats will make for another fun week to be an O's fan. 

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