Monday, April 20, 2009

O's Week 2

The O's went 2-4 in Week 2 taking 2 of 3 from Texas and losing 3 straight to Boston, all on the road.

The offense continued to bash while in Texas but immediately cooled once reaching Boston.  No big surprise there, however, Adam Jones left Sunday's game in the 2nd inning with right (ugh) hamstring soreness.   Melvin Mora is on the DL already with a hamstring problem.  

The starters were awful in Week 2, completing only 25 2/3 innings of the 51 pitched and logging a 9.81 ERA.  Alfredo Simon went on the DL after completing 1 1/3 innings in his start at Texas.  Brad Bergesen (1-1, 2.45 ERA at Norfolk) is expected to take Simons' start on Tuesday.  At least there is that to look forward to.

The bullpen showed signs of rounding into form while posting a 5.68 ERA in 25 1/3 innings.   10 runs in 4 1/3 innings in Game 3 against Texas was the only sore spot for the week.

The defense was shabby and currently ranks 10th in the AL.

So, game 4 in Boston today and then back home to face the White Sox and Rangers.

A weakened batting order, poor starting pitching and a shaky defense does not bode well for Week 3.

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