Tag:Andy MacPhail
Posted on: April 22, 2010 5:05 am

With a break in Sched, it's time to Vent.

Ok. So the Orioles come into their first off-day since Opening Day with a 2-14 record. Worst in the majors. The O's are getting little to no runs in each game, and that includes games against pitchers like Justin Vargas and Dana Eveland. It's absoutely terrible and I for one am fed up with the way Trembley is running this team.

So, after the M's swept up last night, Trembley decided it was time to vent. Well Tremb, your not the only one.

"I've been in a position where I'm a really nice fella and I'll cover. I'll get questions point blank and I feel like I'm a damn presidential press secretary sometimes instead of telling it what is it. I have to smooth it over," Trembley said. "I'm not smoothing it over anymore."

Really Dave? Maybe this should have started, oh say, a frikin week ago. Teams go through dry streaks. You know, a maybe 5 game period of bad hitting or bad pitching, but not like this. The hitting has been there for 3 games so far that I've seen, and in those games the O's are 2-1. This isn't just any dry streak, its a slump in the middle of the desert. So Dave, Stop acting like such a nice guy. Do that when we are winning, this isn't little leagues. In fact, it's probably the farthest from the Little Leagues considering we are in the hardest damn division in baseball. Get your ass in gear, and motivate these guys.

"The whole thing has gone totally different from what we want. It hasn't been acceptable," Trembley said. "I'm very patient but I will tell you the truth. I didn't have anyone come up to me afterward and disagree with what I said."

Of course it's far from what we want. What we want is to be within striking distance of .500 baseball. What we want is some hits to support these great outings by our pitchers, and they get screwed because they give up 2 or 3 in a game. At the rate we are going, Guthrie and Millwood will become the first 20 game losers to ever have ERA's under 4. I too am a patient person, I kind of just laughed off the first 10 losses, now it's getting very, very annoying. I mean, you have 27 outs to work with. In those 27 outs, you can only manage 1 run and a handful of hits?

Look, unless we go out in this series against Boston and New York that includes 12 games against them total and we become a wrecking ball, I seriously believe it's in MacPhails best judgement to fire Trembley, and fire Crowley. I personally blame them for this start.

Posted on: December 15, 2009 8:20 pm

Millwood fits MacPhails plan

The first priority for the Baltimore Orioles going into the off-season was finding a veteran starting pitcher. It took merely a week, and Andy MacPhail found his guy. During the Winter Meetings, MacPhail dealt reliever Chris Ray and Ben Snyder to the Texas Rangers for Kevin Millwood and $3 million dollars.

Some may ask what MacPhail sees in Millwood, and as too why the O's need him. Well, the O's were headed into the 2010 baseball season with a very youthful pitching staff, including Brian Matusz and Chris Tillman, two former top prospects. Millwood not only delievers that expierence the staff has lacked in recent years, but also a solid innings eater that will take away the wear and tear of a young bullpen. Millwood also becomes the teachers in a situation where he was once a student. A dozen-plus years ago, Millwood grew up with the Braves in a rotation that was anchored with the names of Maddux, Glavine, and Smoltz.

The lessons he once learned with them he will now carry over to guys named Matusz, Tillman, and Bergeson. Even if Millwood has an unsuccessful year in the stat lines, MacPhail didn't truely give up much for him. MacPhail dealt away Chris Ray, who was a fan favorite here in Baltimore for a few years, surfacing from the minors as the potential future closer. In 2006, Ray posted 33 saves in 38 chances, but before too long his career went downhill on a direct slant. He went through Tommy John surgery and in 2009 made his official return, however he ran into some trouble, posting a 7.24 ERA in 46 appearances.

All in all, MacPhail didn't get Millwood just for the stats. It's what lies beyond the boundary of stat and in the area of teaching. Millwood is the guy that MacPhail knew the O's needed, and he got his guy much like he has most of his career as the O's GM. With Millwood anchoring the staff, the potential for Tillman and Matusz will go up, as well as the potential for many happy Orioles fans all across the country.

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