Brad Bergesen came to bat yesterday in the top of the sixth inning yesterday having thrown 98 pitches. There were two men on and two outs in the inning, and the Orioles held a 6-3 lead. Inexplicably, Dave Trembley let Bergesen hit; Bergesen grounded out and the rally was snuffed out. In the bottom of the inning, Bergesen gave up a single, a triple and a single and was pulled from the game.
What the hell was Trembley thinking? Yes, I realize the bullpen was shortstaffed thanks to Koji's elbow soreness. But this is why they carry two long men! Berken was unavailable after Brian Matusz's short outing on Thursday, but Mark Hendrickson hadn't pitched since taking David Hernandez's turn on May 16. It is simply inexcusable that Trembley would allow his struggling starter to bat in that situation in the 6th inning and then immediately turn to that very same long man just 3 batters later.
Which is why I'm flabbergasted that the O's MLB.com beat writer penned this: "Was it the right move? No. But it was his only move." False. Mark Hendrickson has a spot on this roster for this exact situation. Pinch hitting for Bergesen and going to your long man is not only the right move, it is the only move. What game was she watching?
On another note, if Koji had elbow soreness that originated during his outing in Texas, what the hell was the team doing adding another bench player instead of a pitcher when they called up Scott Moore on Friday? I understand if you don't want Alberto Castillo in the 'pen, but does it really make sense to go shorthanded, especially after Matusz only lasted 2.1 IP on Thursday and Hernandez and Bergesen are the next two starting pitchers?
This season has become an unmitigated disaster. Between the Garrett Atkins signing, the fiasco of Mike Gonzalez's injury, Brian Roberts being pushed to come back quickly from his back injury, Matt Wieters never getting a day off, a plethora of ridiculous bullpen decisions, and the complete and utter failure of the young hitting to make progress, it's time for change. Dave Trembley needs to go. Now. And that he isn't is another strike against Andy MacPhail. I've been patient, realizing that rebuilding from within takes time. The young pitching is oh-so-very-close to making a real impact. But the rest of the club? Wow. They can't hit, they can't play defense, and the coaching staff doesn't seem equipped to help them improve. What are you waiting for, Andy? This is unacceptable.