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Series: O's @ Rangers (April 13th - 15th)

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How will the Orioles perform on their first road-trip series of the season?

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Series: O's @ Rangers (April 13th - 15th) 

Post#1 » by miller31time » Mon Apr 13, 2009 4:32 am

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Game 1: Monday, April 13th, 2009
First Pitch: 8:05pm (EST)
Probable Starters: Koji Uehara (1-0, 1.80), RHP (Orioles) / Vicente Padilla (1-0, 4.76), RHP (Rangers)

Orioles: Uehara was impeccable in his big-league debut, throwing first-pitch strikes to nine of the first 13 batters and keeping the powerful Yankees lineup in check. Uehara allowed five hits in five innings on a night when he couldn't really grip the seams of the baseball, a fact that forced him to ditch his curveball. The right-hander survived just fine with his fastball and split-finger and got seven of his 15 outs on fly balls. But in Texas, a well known offensive playground, those fly balls might not come back.

Rangers: Padilla snapped a six-game winless streak at home with an 8-5 victory over the Indians on Wednesday. He allowed three runs on four hits, walked three and struck out five. His curveball was erratic and the Indians laid off his split-finger fastball but Padilla had an excellent fastball. Padilla lost two starts to the Orioles last year while allowing 14 earned runs on 17 hits in 6 2/3 innings. He is 2-5 with an 8.60 ERA against the Orioles in his career. That's his highest ERA against any American League team.


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Game 2: Tuesday, April 14th, 2009
First Pitch: 8:05pm (EST)
Probable Starters: Alfredo Simon (0-1, 7.20), RHP (Orioles) / Brandon McCarthy (1-0, 5.40), RHP (Rangers)

Orioles: Simon pitched three shutout innings in his season debut, but then he allowed a pair of home runs in the fourth that turned the game around. The right-hander mostly used his fastball in that game after his off-speed offerings deserted him. Manager Dave Trembley said that Simon can get by with his fastball, but only when he's able to keep it down in the strike zone. Simon will be tested in his next start, which comes against the Rangers in one of the league's toughest offensive environments.

Rangers: McCarthy is pitching again, that's the big thing. He wasn't his sharpest in his season-opening start Thursday against Cleveland, but he did get the win, allowing three runs in five innings. He threw 105 pitches, a big improvement over seven in his most recent start, Sept. 15, 2008 against Detroit. His slider got him through a tough-hitting Indians lineup. His fastball will have to better against the Orioles. McCarthy had seven strikeouts against Cleveland -- he credited his slider -- but he had four walks and a hit batter.


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Game 3: Wednesday, April 15th, 2009
First Pitch: 8:05pm (EST)
Probable Starters: Mark Hendrickson (1-0, 1.69), LHP (Orioles) / Kris Benson (0-1, 12.60), RHP (Rangers)

Orioles: Hendrickson's debut as an Oriole on April 10 wasn't flashy, just effective. He held the Tampa Bay Rays in check, allowing only one run on six hits and two walks over 5 1/3 innings and remained unbeaten in April since his last setback on April 27, 2006, while with the Rays. It'll be Hendrickson's first start at The Ballpark at Arlington, and he's got a lifetime 1-2 record with a 9.42 ERA in five games, including three starts, against the Rangers.

Rangers: Benson made his first start against the Tigers on Friday and allowed eight runs on 10 hits and two walks in five innings. The Rangers lost, 15-2. It was his first Major League appearance since Sept. 27, 2006. He will be making his first career appearance against the Orioles. Benson pitched for the Orioles in 2006 and went 11-12 with a 4.82 ERA. He also made his only start at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on Aug. 30 of that year.


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Re: Series: O's @ Rangers (April 13th - 15th) 

Post#2 » by Rafael122 » Mon Apr 13, 2009 1:49 pm

I think Game 1 and 2 will be tough. Game 3...I'd go with the O's. Hmm, tough, I think we'll go 1-2, but I wouldn't be surprised if we go 2-1.
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Post#3 » by WizStorm » Mon Apr 13, 2009 3:57 pm

I know it's a cop out, but I can see the O's taking all 3 all the way to losing all 3. Every game in this series will come down to whom can score the most runs with timely hitting. I'm not confident that any of the 6 starting pitchers or bullpens will have much success. Uehara might be the best bet, but still way too early to judge how consistent he'll be.
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Post#4 » by miller31time » Mon Apr 13, 2009 6:53 pm

Unfortunately, I think this is the series where reality sets in - I see 1-2 as our probable outcome. It's a whole new/different world outside the friendly confines of Camden Yards.
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Re: Series: O's @ Rangers (April 13th - 15th) 

Post#5 » by miller31time » Tue Apr 14, 2009 12:13 am

Quick start for the O's against Padilla.

Double by Markakis that brought Jones (who was at 1st) in for the run.

Huff with the base hit that brings Markakis home.

Still 2 outs left, too.
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Post#6 » by miller31time » Tue Apr 14, 2009 2:04 am

10 runs through 5 innings....wow.
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Post#7 » by miller31time » Tue Apr 14, 2009 2:42 am

Ugh....Uehara gives up 7. Baez just gave up a 2-run homer.

Our once titanic lead is down to 1.
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Post#8 » by miller31time » Tue Apr 14, 2009 3:22 am

Heart-Attack George.....he never fails.
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Post#9 » by Rafael122 » Tue Apr 14, 2009 12:44 pm

I think he does it on purpose. I turned it off when Kinsler hit that double, I was like "this is not going to end well" but he closed it out.

Tonight's game is going to be brutal though. I'd be surprised if Simon lasts 2 innings.
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Post#10 » by miller31time » Wed Apr 15, 2009 3:03 am

2-run homer by Adam Jones, aka, the future superstar.

Double by Luke Scott which brings in 2 more.

Looks like it will be a 4-run lead going into the bottom of the 10th inning.

The question is - how will George Sherrill find a way to make this unnecessarily close, then win the game?
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Post#11 » by WizStorm » Wed Apr 15, 2009 3:08 am

Wow ... Adam Mf'ing Jones.

The top 3 strike again with back to back to back hits.

Sarfate with a nice outing today taking over for an injured Simon. Can't believe the bullpen held the Rangers scoreless.
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Post#12 » by miller31time » Wed Apr 15, 2009 3:15 am

And Sherrill has now given up 3 straight singles and a run....no outs.

Are you friggin kidding me?
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Post#13 » by miller31time » Wed Apr 15, 2009 3:17 am

Make that 4 straight base hits. Bases loaded. Still nobody out.

Seriously, this is ridiculous.
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Post#14 » by WizStorm » Wed Apr 15, 2009 3:19 am

I swear ... if he lets a 4 run lead get away in the 10th.
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Post#15 » by miller31time » Wed Apr 15, 2009 3:21 am

Jesus...I thought that was out of the park.
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Post#16 » by miller31time » Wed Apr 15, 2009 3:24 am

Holy crap. I thought THAT was out too.

Sherrill...you never cease to amaze me (in both good and bad ways).
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Post#17 » by WizStorm » Wed Apr 15, 2009 3:24 am

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Post#18 » by miller31time » Wed Apr 15, 2009 5:12 am

Alright, someone has to say it.....

8 games through the season, the Orioles are tied for the best record in the American League and tied for the 2nd-best record in the MLB.

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Post#19 » by WizStorm » Wed Apr 15, 2009 1:18 pm

Uggg ... Here's where the O's lose 5 in a row.

Thanks miller.


Funny thing on ESPN ... they had a poll for most surprising MLB so far this season. The O's didn't even make the poll of 6 teams. Don;t know if that's a good thing or bad.
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Re: Series: O's @ Rangers (April 13th - 15th) 

Post#20 » by miller31time » Thu Apr 16, 2009 1:55 am

WizStorm wrote:Uggg ... Here's where the O's lose 5 in a row.

Thanks miller.


Funny thing on ESPN ... they had a poll for most surprising MLB so far this season. The O's didn't even make the poll of 6 teams. Don;t know if that's a good thing or bad.


I don't take responsibility for today's imminent loss.

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