Orioles manager Buck Showalter liked what he saw from Jake Arrieta this afternoon.
“[His] tempo was a little better which is really good to see,” Showalter said of Arrieta. “[It’s] something we have talked about. Presentation, everything else. That was the first timeout there. [He got] a little anxiety out of the way with the first few hitters, settled in pretty good.”
Showalter also commented on Arrieta’s charged run- which was an infield pop-up that Nick Green lost in the sun.
“I think that’s a great example of a team error,” Showalter said. “That’s the little [stuff] that keeps me up at night.”
With today’s 6-2 win the Orioles are now 4-1 this spring. It doesn’t count, but does it mean anything?
President of baseball operations Andy MacPhail commented prior to the game that in his experience, a good Spring Training record usually leads to a good regular season. Showalter agreed.
“We’ve played five games and so far so good, ” he said. “I agree with Andy, I hope that’s the case. But you got to figure if we lose our next 18 or so games, I’m probably going to spin it a little differently.”
The O’s were led by home runs from Jake Fox and Nolan Reimold, who each went yard for the second time this season. Showalter was asked what he’s liked about Reimold, who has showed up to camp light years ahead of last spring, when he was slowed by Achilles heel surgery and off-the-field issues.
“His contact-to-damage ratio has been pretty good,” Showalter said. “He and Jake are colliding with some fastballs and hitting them a long way. So far, so good. I’m trying to get [Reimold] some games under his belt. This guy hasn’t played a whole lot of games since the year before last.”
Finally, since the Orioles young arms have all gotten a start, Showalter was asked if he’s starting to see that these guys might be exactly what Baltimore has been hoping.
“The final piece of that is how they handle success if they have it,” Showalter said. “The carrot’s out there. Establishing yourself in the big leagues is one thing, but how you handle it…I hope that happens, where we get a chance to see it. But they’ve had a taste of it, and we’ll see if they continue to bite.
“They’ve gone through their share of failure, too, but they also know there’s an area they can get into if they follow certain guidelines and they continue to try to hold themselves to high standards. They feed off each other a little bit competitively, too, in a good way.”