After getting swept in four games by the Red Sox, the Orioles should be furious with their performance in Boston. But they should also put it behind them and move on to the home stand at Camden Yards.
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It’s a new day. A new series. And it’s time to think with a different mind set.
Maybe I got caught up in the first week’s success and forgot about this team’s expectations. Let’s not forgot, the Orioles are built to win in the future and 2009 should be determining the best pieces for that future squad.
If Felix Pie is a part of that puzzle, 2009 should determine it. Realistically, the Orioles are 4th or 5th place team in the east. So what’s the harm in giving him a shot for a few months? He’s out of options and if he fails here (not looking good thus far) then we know what Lou Montanez can offer the team in left field. Nolan Reimold is another prospect in that position. Rather than being frustrated with the Orioles for holding back Montanez, we should be grateful to have depth at left. If one doesn’t work out we have two other options.
As a side note, the injury to Ryan Freel (while painful) might provide one of these two a spot on the O’s roster.
The pitching has sucked… and that’s putting it kindly. But rather than paying attention to the outings by Adam Eaton and Mark Hendrickson we should be eager to see what Brad Bergesen will do today or what Jake Arrieta, Chris Tillman, and Brian Matusz will offer the club in the upcoming seasons. These guys are the future and that stellar rotation that silenced us in Boston will be in place here in Charm City if we’re patient and wait for these guys to properly develop in the farm system.
One of the most exciting parts of the future is that we get to see a sneak preview of these arms tonight against the White Sox. Bergesen takes the hill after an outstanding couple weeks at AAA Norfolk and a great spring with the O’s. That being said, if he gets shelled tonight it’s not the end of the world and the Orioles aren’t doomed.
Let’s welcome the O’s home tonight against the White Sox. Go out to the yard despite the rain, get your Koji t-shirt, and cheer for Bergesen as he takes the hill. The future is bright.