Darn you, Cesar Tovar; taking 3 of 4 from the Twins

Caleb_Joseph_on_June_30,_2014Yes, I’m stealing this story from my book, “Tales from Orioles Nation.” And no shame of taking 3 out of 4 from the Twins. That’s a good thing.

Now on to more one-hitters. And for this story, we need to look at the career of long-time Minnesota Twins infielder Cesar Tovar. He was a lifetime .278 hitter in a 12-year career. I didn’t even know that he passed away back in 1994 at the age of 54. Read more about Darn you, Cesar Tovar; taking 3 of 4 from the Twins

Player Profiles: Miguel Gonzalez

300px-Miguel_González_on_July_1,_2012The Baltimore Orioles had trouble finding starters all throughout the 2000’s, all the losing seasons could point to that.  That changed in 2012 and Miguel Gonzalez was one of the members of the Orioles rotation that really made it stable.  Gonzalez really helped the Orioles make the postseason with a 3.25 era and a nine and four record in his rookie season.   Read more about Player Profiles: Miguel Gonzalez

Orioles recall Gonzalez option Guilmet

The Baltimore Orioles have recalled Miguel Gonzalez and have optioned Preston Guilmet today. Gonzalez is starting tonight and will likely be in the Orioles rotation until Ubaldo Jimenez returns. Gonzalez has pitched well of late and the Orioles optioned him so he could get in a start during the All-Star break to stay on track. Here is the Oriole press release. Read more about Orioles recall Gonzalez option Guilmet

Orioles need to send Gonzalez to the pen

The Baltimore Orioles had yet another short outing by Miguel Gonzalez today, he only managed to go 4.2 innings.  Gonzalez has struggled with his consistency and not been aggressive this season.  Gonzalez being timid has caused him to throw a lot of balls and he is walking way too many batters. 

Gonzalez is a good pitcher but has struggled to stay healthy and the Orioles know he needs more rest than other starting pitchers.  Having a six-man rotation does not work, pitchers like Chris Tillman and Kevin Gausman are sharper when they pitch on regular rest.  Read more about Orioles need to send Gonzalez to the pen

Jones, Pearce Stay Hot But O’s Fall 4-2

The Chicago White Sox took game two of the three-game set at Camden Yards Tuesday night, 4-2. Baltimore’s starting pitcher, Miguel Gonzalez, went into the game winning three of his last four starts; however, the fringe starter struggled on the night. Gonzalez was only able to throw 5 innings of work, giving up 9 hits, 3 runs, 3 walks, while striking out 1 Chicago batter.
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An amazing Rays game: And taking two of three

Photo From Greg Mac
Photo From Greg Mac

Hey, a salute to the Tampa Bay Rays. Hey, we are Orioles fans, why would we do that? The Rays aren’t the evil empire nor the Red Sox nor the Jays. Rather, they do things the right way by building up their farm system and dont invest too much cash in the free agent market. Don’t know what to make of their terrible start this year.

It was Sept 28, 2011 and the Rays needed a win over the Yankees to get into the playoffs. Of course that’s big day in Orioles history as well. The Red Sox simply needed to knock off the last-place Orioles to grab a playoff spot. That was the Curse of the Andino game (Robert). Read more about An amazing Rays game: And taking two of three

Orioles activate Gonzalez DFA Stinson

The Baltimore Orioles have activated Miguel Gonzalez from the disabled list and have designated Josh Stinson for assignment. Gonzalez is starting tonight for the Orioles but I think he would be better suited in the bullpen because of his lack of endurance.

Stinson has not pitched much for the Orioles and has been sent down to Triple-A Norfolk already this year. I expect Stinson to clear waivers and go back to the Tides.

Here is the tweet from the Orioles about the move. Read more about Orioles activate Gonzalez DFA Stinson

What a great trade for Cuellar and Astros series review

There some signs to his upcoming stardom. Like the year we won the World Series in 1966. Off in Houston was a Cuban left-hander named Mike Cuellar. He won just 12 games for the Astros but his ERA was a sparkling 2.22. On June 25, the Astros were in the Astrodome and the Cardinals were in town. The great Lou Brock struck out 3 times that night. Cuellar struck out 15 that evening and went home with a 3-2 win. Read more about What a great trade for Cuellar and Astros series review