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O’s Pitching Bests Red Sox

Posted By Sven Jenkins On Apr 29 2011 @ 11:58 am In Baltimore Orioles | No Comments

The Orioles entered their mid-week series with the Red Sox as losers of two of their last 13 games. Meanwhile, the Sox were coming off a four-game sweep of the Angels that included two shutouts. The O’s are already 0-4 against the hated 1st place Yankees and desperately needed a couple of W’s to stay close to .500.

Thanks to Zach Britton [1] and Jeremy Guthrie [2], they did just that. Britton won his fourth game of the season, out pitching Clay Buchholz [3]. Britton’s sinker has quickly made him one of the better pitchers in the AL East. His groundball/flyball ratio of 1.47 is currently good for 11th place in all of baseball, and behind only Jon Lester [4] among AL East pitchers.


Jeremy Guthrie at Stanford

Jeremy Guthrie weaseled his way through Wednesday night’s game. He pitched out of major trouble in the first inning as Robert Andino [6] ran down a David Ortiz [7] popup in short leftfield. Luke Scott [8] was nowhere to be found and Andino showed some amazing range to make the play. Nick Markakis [9] saved Guthrie in the fourth inning, throwing out David Ortiz at home plate on a base hit by Jed Lowrie [10]. And finally, with a runner at second base, Guthrie robbed Dustin Pedroia [11] by snagging a line drive comebacker to end the fifth inning.

These two starters appear to give Buck Showalter [12] a solid 1-2 punch that can compete with the best offenses in baseball. Also, Jake Arrieta [13] has pitched much better than his ERA suggests. He allowed more runs in his start against Texas (8 ER), than he has in all his other starts combined (7 ER). Arrieta faces the White Sox tonight in the opener of their four-game wrap-around series in Chicago.

The O’s offense scored four runs in Britton’s outing on Tuesday, despite cracking 12 base hits, all off of Buchholz. They seemingly had him on the ropes every inning, but couldn’t get the big hit. O’s hitters had three sacrifice flies in the game.


Luke Scott, one of those douchebags that thinks shooting helpless animals for sport is cool. I doubt he's hunting for food.

Luke Scott and Adam Jones [15] hit back-to-back home runs off Josh Beckett [16] in support of Guthrie, but the bullpen couldn’t hold the lead. The teams showed some guts however, by rebounding to score a run off super-reliever Daniel Bard [17] to win the game.


Kevin Gregg, badass closer

Kevin Gregg saved both wins in the series for a bullpen that is starting to look very vulnerable. Mike Gonzalez [19] is about to get DFA’d if he’s not careful. He can’t get anyone out and there is no point in having a lefty in the ‘pen if that lefty is brutal. Koji Uehara [20] finally got tagged for a HR, but he’s still one of the bright spots. Jeremy Accardo [21] looks good when he’s throwing strikes, but he seems to walk a batter per outing.

We’re almost one full month into the season and you can start to get an idea of what to expect out of the Orioles this year. I believe we’re looking at an improving team, but a team that will still struggle to finish at .500 in the AL East.

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[1] Zach Britton: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/brittza01.shtml?utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker&utm_campaign=Linker

[2] Jeremy Guthrie: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/guthrje01.shtml?utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker&utm_campaign=Linker

[3] Clay Buchholz: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/buchhcl01.shtml?utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker&utm_campaign=Linker

[4] Jon Lester: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/lestejo01.shtml?utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker&utm_campaign=Linker

[5] Image: http://prosportsblogging.com/psb/uploads/2011/04/jeremy-guthrie.jpg

[6] Robert Andino: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/andinro01.shtml?utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker&utm_campaign=Linker

[7] David Ortiz: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/o/ortizda01.shtml?utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker&utm_campaign=Linker

[8] Luke Scott: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/scottlu01.shtml?utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker&utm_campaign=Linker

[9] Nick Markakis: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/markani01.shtml?utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker&utm_campaign=Linker

[10] Jed Lowrie: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/lowrije01.shtml?utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker&utm_campaign=Linker

[11] Dustin Pedroia: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/pedrodu01.shtml?utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker&utm_campaign=Linker

[12] Buck Showalter: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/showabu99.shtml?utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker&utm_campaign=Linker

[13] Jake Arrieta: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/arrieja01.shtml?utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker&utm_campaign=Linker

[14] Image: http://prosportsblogging.com/psb/uploads/2011/04/Luke-Scott.jpg

[15] Adam Jones: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/j/jonesad01.shtml?utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker&utm_campaign=Linker

[16] Josh Beckett: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/beckejo02.shtml?utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker&utm_campaign=Linker

[17] Daniel Bard: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bardda01.shtml?utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker&utm_campaign=Linker

[18] : http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/greggke01.shtml?utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker&utm_campaign=Linker

[19] Mike Gonzalez: http://www.baseball-reference.com/player_search.cgi?search=Mike+Gonzalez&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker&utm_campaign=Linker

[20] Koji Uehara: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/u/ueharko01.shtml?utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker&utm_campaign=Linker

[21] Jeremy Accardo: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/accarje01.shtml?utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker&utm_campaign=Linker

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