Friday, February 29, 2008

Thoughts on the Thumping

I don't put a lot of stock in Spring Training results and nobody should. But it was diappointing to see very little positive on the field, let alone the box score, as the O's dropped their spring opener 16-3 to the Marlins.

Adam Loewen couldn't find the plate. Adam Jones couldn't run the bases. Ramon Hernandez couldn't field. Not good.

One of the bright spots was Brian Roberts (of course). The O's have scouts in Mesa, Arizona looking at the Cubs and the Cubs had some scouts at yesterdays game in Ft. Lauderdale. They didn't cross the continent for sheer amusement, I assure you.

Jay Gibbons got 3 AB yesterday before he was lifted in the 8th and is back in the starting lineup today. Make no mistake, the front office is going to give him a lot of at bats this spring to see if he has anything left or if they just want to eat the remainder of that bad contract.

Rocky Cherry pitched two scoreless innings and struck out two. Another bright spot.

Lots more to watch...hopefully some of it looks better than this.

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