More Moves Made, Penn Roughed Up, Tejada

Today, the Baltimore Orioles got shelled 11-6 by the Marlins, and it looks like Hayden Penn’s chance to start has taken a huge, huge hit. The hurler only lasted 2 2/3 innings and gave up seven runs.

From Roch’s Blog: Penn was charged with seven runs, and manager Dave Trembley doesn’t blame faulty mechanics.

“He fell behind. He didn’t throw enough strikes, especially first-pitch strikes,” Trembley said. “He was off to a great start in the first inning. He had a real nice sharp curveball. All of his pitches were clicking for him, and then it was completely the opposite.”

Penn might get one more opportunity to pitch before the Orioles break camp. How much of an impact will today’s game have on his chances to make the rotation?

After pausing for a few seconds, Trembley replied, ‘Obviously, you have to evaluate what you saw today.”

That isn’t good if you’re Hayden Penn.

Trembley didn’t use the defensive lapses behind Penn as an excuse for the right-hander’s horrible line.

“I don’t think that had anything to do with it,” Trembley said. “He just didn’t throw enough first-pitch strikes and fell behind and walked people. You’re going to have situations where plays aren’t made. You’re going to have four-out innings. You’ve got to have enough to minimize the damage and he didn’t have it, for whatever reason. I don’t think it was his stuff.”

I say he still gets one more chance to make an impression; however, if he fails to do anything on the mound, I see him being waived and possibly sent to Triple-A assuming he doesn’t get claimed. He’s still only 24 — young, but certainly away from the prospect stage — therefore, he’s still got time to get better and become consistent. He’s had some back along with immaturity issues, so I hope he gets a chance in the majors.

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Former Oriole Miguel Tejada was sentenced to one year of probation, fined $5,000 and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service for lying to Congress about his knowledge of performance-enhancing drug use in baseball. He got off easy because he didn’t have a record; however, the damage to his reputation because of his involvement with PED’s in baseball is irreversable.

 

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