1 Down…..161 To Go. O’s Notes Here and Beyond….

Featured, Sports and Bets — April 2, 2014 at 1:35 pm by

Seabass already broke down what a terrific game Monday’s Opener was.  I know It’s only been one day but here’s what we have learned already  in this very young season.

Nelson Cruz- Thank God We Signed That Guy

As fans chanted Cruuuuuuuuuz the slugger’s impact had already been felt in his first game for the Orioles.  Cruz Scored both runs in the 2-1 victory, including his first Orioles Home run.  Nelson Cruz seems to have already won over the Baltimore fan base.

Different Jersey- Same Story for Jim Johnson

 

Jim Johnson made his impact felt in Oakland’s home opener Monday night. He entered with the game tied 0-0. Johnson was pulled with a home crowd booing  him later that inning after giving up two runs and earning the loss. We know how you feel Oakland fans, and I for one don’t miss this guy.

Ryan Flaherty- The Kid Can Play Third

Orioles third baseman Ryan Flaherty twists his body to make a catch in the ninth inning against the Boston Red Sox.

I spend a lot of time complaining about Flaherty, so let me give him credit where credit is due, and while I still can. Ryan made some very nice plays at third base, and with Manny not likely back until May, the Birds are going to need that out of him. His 0-3 at the plate doesn’t surprise me, but maybe he’ll pick it up. (But I’m not holding my breath.)

 

 

Zach Britton= Great Britton

Orioles left-hander Zach Britton pitches against the Boston Red Sox on Opening Day.

Britton, who has struggled for a lot of his career and was out of options this season, had a fantastic Spring and made the ball club. Zach seems to like his new role as a reliever as he gave the Birds two scoreless innings and earned the Opening Day W.  If he keeps pitching this well he will be a huge asset for the ball club.

 

Closing Isn’t Easy Baby- Tommy Hunter

Orioles closer Tommy Hunter runs in from the bullpen before the start of the top of the ninth inning against the Boston Red Sox.

Just because I like giving Jim Johnson a hard time about blowing saves doesn’t mean it’s an easy job. I think Tommy Hunter is the best fit for the closing position, and he has earned a shot at. I am expecting a great season from Tommy, but with only a one run lead to hold onto Monday afternoon Tommy saw just how hard being the closer can be. Hunter didn’t have a 1-2-3 inning, but he got the job done.

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