Awful Pitching, Awful 8-5 Loss

W – Carlos Villanueva (6-2)     L – Brad Bergesen (2-7)

– What the heck happened to Brad Bergesen? I predicted that he would fall off a bit from his great rookie season but hes just been awful ever since then aside from a very solid last two months of 2010. He got hammered again last night by the Blue Jays giving up six runs (four earned) on six hits and three walks. He didn’t strike out anybody and gave up two homeruns. The only reason he keeps getting run out there is because of the struggles of pretty much the entire opening day rotation. If he doesn’t right the ship soon he could become a permanent member of the bullpen or a trade candidate.
– Mark Hendrickson didn’t fare much better pitching in relief. He gave up two runs over two innings. Chris Jakubauskas, Koji Uehara, and Jim Johnson each pitched a scoreless inning allowing one hit and one strikeout. Uehara and Johnson should be hot commodities with the trade deadline coming up. I’m pretty sure Koji will be dealt and he should land a solid prospect. I think the O’s are making a mistake by reportedly refusing to trade Johnson. They want to try him out as a starting pitcher again but I think he won’t be as valuable in that role. I think we should cash in while his value might be at its peak.
– JJ Hardy keeps crushing the ball even with it not being a contract year for him anymore. He led off the game with his 17th homerun of the season and hit his 18th in the 9th inning. Hes on pace for almost 30 homeruns and he missed about the first month of the season. The Orioles always seem to mess things up with players coming in but they must be doing something right with Hardy. The Twins have to be wondering where this player was for them last year. He also doubled in the game. Vladimir Guerrero hit a solo homerun and singled. Its about time he showed some power. Hopefully he keeps it up and we can move him before August 31st. Adam Jones drove in two runs with two singles. Robert Andino singled and walked. Mark Reynolds and Nolan Reimold each walked.

Player of the game: JJ Hardy – 3-5, 3 R, 2 RBI, double (16), 2 HR (18) (.280 AVG)

I said this last time he started but the same holds true tonight, it could be Jeremy Guthrie’s (4-14, 4.33) last start as an Oriole. The Orioles are in New York to play AJ Burnett (8-8, 4.21) and the Yankees.

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