Thursday, April 5, 2007

O's Lose Ugly

There is not much positive to take away from last night's game as the Twins completed the sweep the O's with a 7-2 victory.

On the bright side, the bullpen looked good again. Only Jeremy Guthrie was not particularly sharp but he pitched out of jams and limited the damage.

Jaret Wright got shelled but did most of the damage himself issuing the 5 walks in 2.3 innings. you won't win a lot of games with that lack of control.

Play in the field was sloppy. Jay Gibbons dropped a sure out in foul ground and then Miguel Tejada missed the ensuing chopper hit his way. Add a bad throw from Corey Patterson and you have 3 errors. You're not going to win a lot of games that way either.

It's only the first series of the year but it has already exposed some weaknesses for Baltimore. The lack of depth, especially at catcher and the outfield positions, the poor (and short) bench and the weaker links in the pitching staff. Jaret Wright needs to regain his control or he will be the second coming of Russ Ortiz.

The lack of offense is a bit concerning too but the Twins do have a good staff and a great bullpen. It's not completely unexpected that the Orioles were held in check.

This team needs a better showing against the Yankees this weekend.

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