Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Clipped Wing Award: 2009

To the Oriole that demonstrates outstanding ability in fucking up the game.

t1.Jeremy Guthrie6

David Hernandez6
t2.Rich Hill5

Jim Johnson5

Jason Berken5

Douchey Matt Albers5

Aubrey Huff5
t3.Bob McCrory4

Melvin Mora4

Chris Ray4

Peter Angelos4

Cesar Izturis4
t4.Mark Hendrickson3

George Sherrill3

Ty Wigginton3

Luke Scott3

Matt Wieters3

Nick Markakis3

Brian Bass3

Chris Tillman3

Adam Eaton3
t5.Brian Roberts2

Danys Baez2

Adam Jones2
t6.Gregg Zaun1

Angel Hernandez1

Koji Uehara1

Brian Matusz1

Chad Moeller1

Nolan Reimold1

Sean Henn1

Felix Pie1

Sunday, October 11, 2009

2009 Orioles Season Recap.

This picture sums up the O's season rather nicely.

So there you have it. The O's finished the 2009 season with a 64-98 record. That is 5 more losses than the previous season and it makes for a 12th straight losing season. Overall, it was season of disappointment. In the end it was the pitching that did the Orioles in.

Looking at the BWP Clipped Wing Award leaderboard, 6 of the 7 top award winners were pitchers. Jeremy Guthrie and David Hernandez tied for the CWA championship, fucking up 6 games apiece. Guthrie entered the season as the staff "ace" and finished the season with 17 losses and a 5.04 ERA so I give him the nod as the ultimate winner (or loser).

Looking forward to 2010, Brian Matusz and Chris Tillman must make noticeable strides in their sophomore seasons and show that they are capable of taking the reigns as the top 2 pitchers on the O's staff. It will be interesting to see what the O's do in the offseason to improve their bullpen and the team as a whole.

With Matt Wieters, Nick Markakis, Adam Jones, Nolan Reimold and the young O's pitching there is some hope for the O's future. But when you are in the same division with the Red Sox, Yankees, and Rays, it is always going to be an uphill battle. Unfortunately I feel that things might be pretty bleak for the O's until Peter Angelos is killed in a bloody coup.

See you again next season (maybe).

Alright Let's Get This O's Season Over With.

Let's be honest. This blog is dead. I doubt we will continue to write for it much more in the future. But I feel like I owe it to myself to finish off this O's season.

Here's the deal. I'm going to do the rest of the recaps in this post and then I'm going to make another post with a full season recap. I hope you enjoy. I am depressed about the Ravens so it will actually be nice to write about the O's one last time before next year (I can't believe I just said that).

Anyways, lets rewind back to the end of September.

9/28: The O's got a decent starting pitching effort from Mark Hendrickson, as he surrendered 3 runs in 6 innings. Melvin Mora and Brian Roberts each drove in 2 runs for the O's, but the bullpen sucked yet again, as the O's were handed a 7-6 loss at the hands of the Tampa Bay Rays.

The BWP Clipped Wing Award winner for this game is... Douchey Matt Albers!

Douchey! It's been awhile. A stint in the minors wasn't enough to straighten out his below average abilities. He gave up 3 earned runs in 2/3 of an inning.

9/29: Jeremy Guthrie was handed his 17th loss of the season as the O's lost 3-1. Not much to say about this one. The O's bats were silenced by Wade Davis and the Rays squeaked out enough runs to get the win.

The BWP Clipped Wing Award winner for this game is... Peter Angelos!

God I hate this guy so much. Thanks for making baseball depressing.

9/30: David Hernandez continued his spectacular season, surrendering 5 runs in 4 1/3 innings as the O's lost 5-3. Ty Wigginton drove in 2 runs with a pinch hit home run.

The BWP Clipped Wing Award winner for this game is... David Hernandez!


10/1: The O's avoided the sweep as they won 3-1. Jeff Fiorentino, Melvin Mora, and Nick Markakis drove in the O's runs and Chris Waters threw 5 solid innings, surrendering 1 earned run. Jim Johnson earned his 9th save of the season.

10/2: Jason Berken pitched horribly, but the O's pounded David Purcey for 7 runs as the O's won 13-7. Michael Aubrey had 2 homers and Matt Wieters had a HR as well for the O's.

10/3: Mark Hendrickson turned in another decent outing, giving up 3 runs in 6 1/3 innings to earn a 6-3 win for the O's. Jeff Fiorentino drove in 2 runs for the O's.

10/4: The O's earned the series sweep and ended the season on a positive note with a 5-4 victory. Jeremy Guthrie threw 7 2/3 solid innings and the Blue Jays committed 2 errors, allowing the O's to score the game winner in the bottom of the 11th inning.

And with that, the O's season mercifully came to a close. Stay tuned for a season recap. Yikes, Baltimore sports are depressing right now.