Smell That? It’s The Stench Of The Birds Bullpen Wafting Down From Toronto.

Featured, Sports and Bets — April 23, 2014 at 6:26 am by

The Run Down

After watching an exciting and emotional weekend series up in Boston, I was hoping the O’s would decompress with a nice Blue Jay beat down.  There was a beat down last night, but the Birds were on the wrong end of it.  Coming into last night’s game the O’s had a .229 team batting average on the road.  The O’s also had the second least amount of quality starts in all of baseball.  But at least the bullpen was solid right?  Well, usually, but not last night.  Miguel Gonzalez went five strong before getting himself into a jam in the sixth. (The jam was aided by a Steve Lombardozzi error on a routine grounder to second.)  And then the inevitable happened, and tell me if you’ve heard this before, Gonzalez would not get out of the sixth as he let up a 3 run shot to Edwin Encarnacion.  (The ball from which may or may not have yet landed, it was a goddamn moonshot.)  But Gonzo did leave with the game tied at three, and pitched pretty well, even though he couldn’t get out of the sixth.

But therein lies the problem.  Starters on this club don’t usually get out of the sixth, and that leads to atired bullpen, which ultimately leads to that bullpen getting hammered once in a while.  And the O’s pen got leveled last night.  After a shaky two walk, TJ McFarland appearance, the game remained tied going into the bottom of the eighth.  Then Evan Meek, who has been great so far this season, and Josh Stinson, opened the flood gates.  The Blue Jays pounded out a six run inning, and my television was lucky to escape injury from my angry remote.  A close and well contested game ended in a blow out, and now the Birds have been outscored by Toronto 20-6 in their last two meetings.

It was ugly. and the bullpen sucked ass, but we’ve got to give them a pass here.  They’ve been worked a lot this season and one of these blow ups was bound to happen.  Maybe our ace, Chris Tillman, can give them a much-needed rest tonight with at least seven strong.

The pen needs a rest because as of 10:30 p.m. last night they stunk…..

Other Game Notes:

Nelson Cruz hit an Earl Weaver last night in the top of the sixth.  He leads the team in home runs (4) and RBIs (16)

Adam Jones, who happens to be my favorite player and IMO is the best player on the team, had a three pitch, same pitch, swinging strikeout with the bases loaded in the seventh.  It was a horrific at bat.  Every pitch was a breaking ball out of the strike zone.

 

Lombardozzi had three hits.

Chris Davis’ nightmare April continues.  He was 0-4 with two strikeouts last night.

Next Up For The Birds:

In Toronto 7:07 start:

Tillman (2-1) vs McGowan (1-1)

Let’s Go O’s!

 

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