Wow. That was a crappy way to lose the game. Never being behind until the last pitch of the game, leaving 10 men on base, 7 in scoring position, 1 out at home. 2 outs away, and then the brand spanking new closer decides that he can’t pitch worth a [expletive deleted]. And in the big problem is that the outcome has already started to obscure some real positives. And before I go to bed tonight (and because the 9th inning gave me some serious indigestion and I need some relief) I want to point out a few things…
- Jones and Wieters went deep.
Yes, I know that Luke Scott did, too. But to have two of your cornerstones go deep, and opposite field deep at that, has to bode well for the future, both short AND long term.
- The defense was solid
Especially encouraging was Tejada’s play at 3rd. But I did not see the mental errors that have plagued this team in recent years. Markakis is already in midseason form (if that putout was any indication). And along the same lines…
- The baserunning was good
I was very happy with watching the team run the bases. Baserunning is about more than stealing bases, and seeing players hitting doubles and looking to see if they can stretch it into a triple, the way Izturis legged out the bunt…it was extremely encouraging (and before you go stringing up Atkins for his being out at home in the 9th, the decision of running on contact is not the runner’s decision. That was the decision of the dugout, and there was nothing that he could do about that play).
I did say they would win 79 games this year. That means I was figuring on 83 losses. Now they need to keep it to 82 or less the rest of the season. Jeremy Guthrie pitches tomorrow. Hopefully I won’t need to re-up my Tums supply before the home opener on Friday…
About the Author
Written by Ron Burr
Ron is a lifelong resident of Maryland and has been a passionate player and fan of sports for as long as he can remember. When he is not watching the games or explaining to his lovely wife why he is cursing at the television, he runs an improv/sketch comedy troupe, Drop Three. He can't hit a curveball or run a sub 4.5 40 yard dash, but he knows the games and loves talking about it with anyone. Differing opinions are welcome and encouraged!