Game 100: Orioles 0, Blue Jays 3

The Good:

  • Alfredo Simon did a fine job again; 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 7 K, 1 HR. He sat consistently 94-95 with his fastball, had some nice sink on it. He threw both some cutters (which had a 50% whiff rate) and a whole bunch of sliders (~37% whiff rate, it looks like), while going to the splitter more sparingly (and he left it up in the zone a little too often). With the slider coming in at only around 80 mph, the splitter at 85, the cutter at 90, and the fastball at 95, Simon has four pitches at different enough velocities that he really could hang around as a non-terrible starter. In 4 starts now, Simon has a 3.86 ERA, 3.28 FIP, and ~3.97 xFIP. That’s not bad at all.

The Bad:

  • Felix Pie got the start in left-field versus Ricky Romero because, apparently, Romero has reverse platoon splits. You know, a .281 batting average against by lefties in 2011, and a .211 batting average against by righties. Except career for Romero: vs. RHH: 3.81 xFIP, vs. LHH: 3.67 xFIP. O’s lefties went 0-8 against him.
  • It seemed like JJ Hardy had a tough time tracking the ball from Romero, since he repeatedly swung at junk and K’ed 4 times. Not that anyone else did much either.

The Final:

The Orioles threatened in the 9th inning, but a day after putting 12 on the board they were shut out. And they didn’t trade anybody today either.