Last years all-star closer of the Baltimore Orioles, Jim Johnson, has blown 4 out 5 saves.
The Orioles are coming off their best season in 14 years. They made the playoffs in over a decade and “Bucks Birds” are becoming a new power in the AL East. The birds find a way to win game in and game out. Last season they made a living winning one run ballgames.
How does a team win one run ballgames?
They have a strong bullpen. In fact, Baltimore’s bullpen was 72-0 after leading after 7 innings last season. That streak came to an end two weeks ago. The Orioles pen’ has not been the same since. Jim Johnson cant find the strike zone and seems to have lost his stuff. The once dominate closer has given up 12 runs in just 6 innings. He had only 3 blown saves all of last season and has blown 4 in only two weeks. Continue reading
Last June, the Baltimore Orioles drafted LSU pitcher Kevin Gausman.
Since, Gausman has pitched in 13 minor league games and has put up very impressive numbers. In 61 innings he has 62 strikeouts and only 6 walks. His last start in Double-A Bowie he pitched 6 innings and had 10 strikeouts.
His 97 mph fastball has been over powering and untouchable in the minors.
The Orioles have lost 5/6 games and seem to be heading down the wrong path. The starting pitching has been plagued with injuries and its time the O’s make a move. In the very competitive AL East the Orioles are running out of time. They have used 10 different starting pitchers this year and if they do not find a consistent 5-6 pitching rotation the Orioles may find themselves back in the basement once more.
This thursday the O’s shocked the baseball world. After only 11 months in the minor leagues top prospect Kevin Gausman will be making his first major league start. Some experts did not expect him to be brought up until at least September. Continue reading
Lets take a step back to the year 2005 for a moment. The American League all-star game had two Orioles sitting in the middle of the infield. Miguel Tejada was at shortstop and Brian Roberts at second. Roberts was known to be in the top of the league at second base, and was one of the few bright spots to the O’s. He batted .300 every year and led the league in extra-base hits.
He led the team in stolen bases and was the definition of a lead off hitter.
For a baseball player Roberts was on top of the world. Yet, it did last long… B-ROB’s name was on the “Mitchell Report” and that changed everything. The Mitchell Report was a document that showed all the players that took steroids or banned substances. He admitted to using banned substances to get over injury and has been proven to be clean since. This all affected the captain’s psychology greatly and since, Roberts was not the same. Continue reading