Is anybody else having as much fun as I am? I got to watch the Baltimore Orioles play the Blue Jays for 1st place in the AL east tonight. And they won. I keep saying it; enjoy it as long as it lasts.
13 hits and only four runs? Not good. Adam Jones looked great last night. So did Matt Albers. Will he force his way into the rotation?
OK. Brian Burres data:
AVG OBP SLG
1st PA in G .256 .344 .421
2nd PA in G .301 .400 .393
3rd+ PA in G .340 .411 .490
See? First time through the order, he's fine. A nice swingman and long reliever. Nothing to be embarrassed about.
Desert O of Weaver's Tantrum will be taking a hiatus from the Oriole blogging as he hikes from Georgia to Maine on the Appalachian Trail!
Good luck to Desert O on his journey, that is no easy undertaking. You can follow his progress on the trail at his other blog, right here.
Blackbird Rising will be keeping Weaver's Tantrum warm until Desert O's return.
Welcome back Gabe Kapler! A look at Kapler's improbable success early this season over at FanGraphs.
I was stationed in Jacksonville when Gabe Kapler played for the AA Jacksonville Suns and my wife and I had a lot of fun watching those games. There were a few players on that team who ended up playing in the majors (Matt Anderson, Robert Fick, Dave Borkowski, Willis Roberts, Jose Macias) but only Francisco Cordero and Dave Roberts have gone on to have any careers of note. But I would have sworn that Gabe Kapler was going to be a star. Some Kapler stats from 1998 at the age of 22: 139 games, .322 AVG, 28 HR, 47 doubles, 146 RBI.
I've always pulled for Gabe and he's probably the only Red Sox player I was genuinely happy for when they won the World Series.
Finally, a nice pull (again) for Anthony over at Oriole Post as he plays five questions with nobody special. Only Brooks Robinson!
Millar photo courtesy of Reuters