After a slow start to the Grapefruit League season, the Orioles are now 8-11 after a rain-delayed Sunday afternoon win over the Philadelphia Phillies. The Birds had 5 runs off of 11 hits in the 5-4 victory.
Many of the hitters the team is counting on to anchor the lineup are off to a rough start. Most problematic are Brian Roberts’ back woes, which will likely be ongoing.
But as the season approach, regular old rust is becoming a concern as well. That’s why it’s good to see the club pick up a few hits today. Young hitters Matt Wieters and Nolan Reimold may finally be nearly ready for the season. Reimold had his first hit on Sunday after an 0-22 start.
Also encouraging was Kevin Millwood’s 5 inning, 5 hit, 1 run performance. The veteran, brought over in a swap with Texas to steady the rotation, was rocked in his first two starts.
With a little over two weeks before Opening Day, it was an opportune moment for Millwood to have a positive outing.
Spring Roster Moves
Caleb Joseph, Miguel Abreu, Blake Davis, Matt Angle, Luis Bernardo, and Michel Hernandez have been sent to the O’s minor league facilities for the rest of the Spring season. None of these moves come as a surprise.
Very few hard decisions need to be made between now and Opening Day. The club may be able to carry an extra position player if Roberts begins the season on the DL, and one or two relievers will go home disappointed.
Don’t get too comfortable, Dennis Sarfate.