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Can Brad Bergesen Be The Next Jim Palmer? 3

Posted on June 15, 2010 by Dean Hybl

After a solid rookie season, Brad Bergesen has struggled in 2010.

Considering that he has just been demoted to the minors, it might seem strange to now be comparing struggling Baltimore Orioles pitcher Brad Bergesen with Hall of Famer Jim Palmer. However, it is often forgotten that like Bergesen, after early success Palmer also struggled before eventually becoming the best pitcher in Orioles history.

In 1966, the 20-year-old Palmer won 16 games and pitched a shutout against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series. Yet by 1968, Palmer ‘s future was in question due to arm troubles. He pitched only 49 innings in the majors in 1967 and didn’t appear for the Orioles the following season.

Fortunately for Palmer and the Orioles, the tall right-hander was able to regain his form in 1969 and won 16 games as Baltimore reached the World Series. In 1970, Palmer began a string where he won 20 or more games in eight of nine seasons and captured three Cy Young Awards.

Though Bergesen’s first period of success in Baltimore didn’t include a World Series title, he was without question one of the best rookie pitchers in the game during 2009 and the most promising among a cast of rookie pitchers for the Orioles. Read the rest of this entry →

David Hernandez, Brad Bergesen and Quality Starts 0

Posted on August 12, 2009 by Matt Taylor
David Hernandez looked strong in registering the victory over Oakland.

David Hernandez looked strong in registering the victory over Oakland.

David Hernandez recorded his fifth quality start in his last seven outings on Tuesday to lead the Orioles to a 3-2 victory over the A’s. It was the 42nd quality start of the season for the Birds, who are last in the A.L. East in that category.

Toronto leads the division with 60 quality starts followed by Boston (56), New York (52), Tampa Bay (51), and the Orioles.

Roy Halladay and Josh Beckett are the individual division leaders in quality starts – each has 16 such starts in 22 games pitched. Jon Lester and A.J. Burnett have 15 quality starts while teammates Matt Garza and James Shields each have 14.

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Baltimore Orioles: From Bad to Worse 3

Posted on August 01, 2009 by Dean Hybl
Brad Bergesen was put on the disabled list after being hit on the shin by a line drive.

Brad Bergesen was put on the disabled list after being hit on the shin by a line drive.

Been a very rough week for the Baltimore Orioles. Their newest phenom struggled in his major league debut, their surprisingly great rookie hurler got hit in the shin and will miss at least a couple weeks and the offense still can’t hit the Red Sox.

Let’s start by discussing Chris Tillman. I don’t know if people expected him to throw a perfect game in his first start, but the letdown that seems to have occurred following his initial major league start makes it clear that expectations were higher than they probably should have been.
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Baltimore Orioles Need To Provide Young Pitchers With Offensive Support 2

Posted on July 25, 2009 by Dean Hybl
Rookie Brad Bergesen has pitched at least six innings in 14 of his first 18 major league starts.

Rookie Brad Bergesen has pitched at least six innings in 14 of his first 18 major league starts.

The Baltimore Orioles couldn’t ask for much more from rookie hurler Brad Bergesen than what he has given them in his first 18 major league starts, but the right-hander sure should expect more from his teammates than what they have given back to him.

It is inevitable that every season each team will have one pitcher who goes out every start and provides a quality performance, but for some unlucky reason seems to always be out there his team forgets to bring their bats to the stadium.

In recent years, the unlucky pitcher for the Orioles has usually been Jeremy Guthrie. However, this season that distinction has fallen to the young rookie.

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Baltimore Orioles: Five Key Players For the Second Half of 2009 1

Posted on July 17, 2009 by Dean Hybl
A strong second half by second baseman Brian Roberts is a key for the Orioles.

A strong second half by second baseman Brian Roberts is a key for the Orioles.

The second half of the 2009 season for the Baltimore Orioles isn’t necessarily about wins and losses, but it is about changing a negative aura that has been more than a decade in the making.

Baltimore has posted a winning mark in the second half of the season only three times since 1998 and not since 2004.

But the struggles have gone beyond just registering losing seasons. Almost every year, the Orioles have sleep walked through the last two months of the season.

Over the last four years, the Orioles have posted a .355 winning percentage after August 1 and since 1998 the team has won only 40.8 percent of their games over the last two months.

In comparison, in the first half of those same four seasons, the Orioles had a winning record twice and a .488 winning percentage.

Even this season, though Baltimore has a losing record at the All-Star break (40-48), the team has played with great intensity and had some dramatic come-from-behind wins.

If the Orioles really want to be competitive in 2010 and beyond, they need to show that they can play with that same level of intensity for the entire season. The Birds cannot have another second half of the year where they look like a team just playing out the string.

So, for the Orioles to start building for 2010 today, these five players need to lead the way and have a big second half of the season.
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