Should Simon have been yanked? And what arm is on the way?
De facto closer Alfredo Simon was charged with his first blown save of the season in Saturday’s 8-2 loss, spurring a ton of booing from the Camden Yards crowd and calling into question whether manager Dave Trembley should have yanked Simon earlier.
Simon came on for the ninth and allowed his first runs of the season, surrendering a three-run homer to Austin Kearns as part of a four-run frame. The Indians first run came via a one-out RBI single from Shin-Soo Choo, who scored Asdrubal Cabrera. Simon recorded the first out of the inning before Cabrera singled and Mark Grudzielanek walked. Following Kearns’ homer, Simon was replaced by sidearmer Cla Meredith who yielded four runs.
Trembley was questioned by the media about Simon’s pitch selection (a splitter that hung) and his decision to leave in Simon. Here’s his response…
(on the splitter to Kearns being the smartest option)
“Publicly I would never say yes or no. I don’t think that’s the way to go, to come out publicly and give an answer one way or the other. I don’t think that’s the way to do it. That’s why I have a pitching coach and I’m the manager and we’ll talk to Simon about that.”
(on leaving in Simon after he gave up a one-out single and walk)
“For me right there, he’s the best guy for that situation, facing Kearns. He got himself in trouble, you get yourself out of it. I think you go power against power. It’s worked. He made a bad pitch.”
***With the Orioles decision to option back Rhyne Hughes to Norfolk, if the team makes a move within the organization you would think it would be to call up an arm. There’s no one hitting in the Minors to justify a trip to the big leagues, making Alberto Castillo or Kam Mickolio both options.