Bird’s House: There’s good news and bad news

Written by on June 18, 2014 in Orioles, Sports - No comments
Bud Norris is helping pick up the slack in the Orioles’ pitching rotation. - Photo by Keith Allison, via Wikimedia Commons

Bud Norris is helping pick up the slack in
the Orioles’ pitching rotation. – Photo by Keith Allison, via Wikimedia Commons

The Baltimore Orioles were dealt a big blow this week.

Catcher Matt Wieters will miss the rest of the season as he will undergo reconstructive surgery on his UCL. While that is bad news, barring any setbacks, he should be ready to go for the beginning of the 2015 season.

With that being said, let’s check out some more good news and bad news.

Good news: Zach Britton has been pitching well in the closer role, saving both of his opportunities and allowing only one hit in three innings last week. That comes as very good news, especially considering…

Bad news: …Tommy Hunter has not been pitching well since coming off the DL. Last week Hunter gave up three earned runs on three hits and three walks in only two innings. That’s definitely not good, but at least…

Good news: …Bud Norris, Kevin Gausman, and Wei-Yin Chen have been picking up the slack in the starting rotation. Last week that group went a combined 3-0 and allowed only five earned runs in 24 2/3 innings. The pitchers need to stay on high alert when you consider…

Bad news: …J.J. Hardy and Jonathan Schoop have combined to make 15 errors so far this season. Last year, Hardy and all second basemen combined made only 16 errors. Sure, last year was a record breaking season in the field for the O’s, but they need to improve in that area. On the bright side, you don’t need to catch the ball when…

Good news: …Nelson Cruz keeps hitting the ball over the fence. Cruz has 21 home runs and 56 runs batted in, both of which lead all of baseball up to this point. While that is impressive, it is also impressive that…

More good  news: …The O’s have three hitters who are in the top 14 in batting. Cruz is batting .306, Adam Jones is batting .299, and Nick Markakis is batting .297.

Not too shabby.

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