Sunday, October 11, 2009
2009 Orioles Season Recap.
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).