O’s Week in Review: Just Sort of Hovering
The O’s followed up their sweep of Houston by dropping 2 of 3 in Milwaukee, taking 2 of 3 at Wrigley Field, then losing 2 of 3 in Washington over the weekend.
Huff and Puff and Make Us Forget All About “Bubba the Love Sponge”
Aubrey Huff, he of the eventful offseason, has been on an absolute tear lately, batting over .400 with 5 HR and 9 RBI in the previous 8 games (heading into the weekend). He now leads the team in RBI with 45 and is tied with Luke Scott for the HR lead with 14. With the Birds floating right around the .500 mark, and still not much of a threat in the loaded AL East this year, Huff may be one of the teams’ most valuable trade pieces as the deadline approaches.
Lots of Arms, Just Not Healthy Ones
Jaime Walker was placed on the 15 day DL with left elbow inflammation. This news on the heels of Matt Albers being diagnosed with a torn labrum after his spot start on Wednesday in Chicago, when he only made it through 5 batters. Albers is said to be seeking a second opinion before he decides whether or not to have surgery on the injury, which would shelf him for the season. Albers came to the O’s from Houston along with pitcher Troy Patton, who suffered the same season-ending injury last spring.
Albers is currently 3-3 with a 3.49 ERA.
To take Walker’s spot on the roster, the team recalled Adam Loewen from Bowie, where he just had his last (and worst) rehab appearance. Loewen pitched 2/3 of an inning, giving up 2 hits, 1 HR, 1 BB, and hitting a batter. Manager Dave Trembley says that Loewen will pitch from the bullpen for the remainder of the season, and there is no chance he will be reinserted into the rotation this year.
Seriously, That’s Enough of This Sunday Bullshit
With yesterday’s two-out, two-strike walk-off home run off the bat of Ronnie Belliard, the Birds have now lost TWELVE STRAIGHT games on Sundays. It’s gotten so bad that team brass is stepping in and offering free tickets to any fan at this Sunday’s game if they win.