Orioles in-game thoughts
My Twitter account is down for some reason, so here are a few in-game updates.
*Brian Roberts just hit a three-run homer, his second of the season, to give the O’s a 4-1 lead. Roberts has eight RBIs, far and away the team lead in that category.
*Jake Arrieta has only had one clean inning, but he’s held the Tigers bat to one run through five so far. Detroit has stranded six guys on base.
*J.J. Hardy continues to show why he was a great offensive upgrade this winter. Hardy doubled to start the fifth and was really hustling to get to second base. He plays hard on both sides of the plate and has added a nice spark at the bottom of the order.
*Matt Wieters has been a force out of that five-spot, following Sunday’s two hits with another air today. Wieters has driven in two runs and also has been impressive behind the plate. Pitching coach Mark Connor said he “marveled” at what Wieters did behind the plate in the Tampa series and here’s what manager Buck Showalter had to say about it today.
“One of the things that really caught my eye was how mature Matt was about the importance of catching. I see him in here at 1 or 2 o’clock going over hitters and asking for every little tidbit, and it creates such a confidence in our pitchers,” Showalter said.
“You see the tempo in the game when they’re on the same page, and they just have so much confidence. You know how sharp Jeremy [Guthrie] is when you see he and Matt be so together. We had a situation yesterday where [Jason] Berken came in and his first seven warmup pitches were all well above the belt. Mark said to me, ‘If the catcher’s really thinking here, he’ll start him off with a breaking ball because the guy’s going to be first-pitch jumping the fastball,” just to get Berken’s sites back down and make him throw a breaking ball because you’ve got to finish it down. And sure enough, the first pitch Berken threw in the 2011 season was a slider. He kind of looked at me and said, ‘Wow.’
Mark’s got as good a dossier on hitters. He’s very guarded with it. [Bullpen coach Rick Adair] is, too. To be on the same page with a 24-year-old catcher bodes well.”