Friday, August 10, 2007

Olson Recalled

With Brian Burres pitching two innings in mopup relief last night the Orioles were in need of a starter for Saturday's game against the Red Sox so they called up lefty Garrett Olson from Norfolk. I've talked about the need for Olson to return to the Baltimore rotation before so hopefully this move is permanent. Olson threw only three innings in his past two starts, both cut short after long rain delays, so we'll see whether that rest has him extra fresh or just rusty on Saturday.

Erik Bedard takes the mound tonight in what could be a great pitcher's duel with Boston's Daisuke Matsuzaka. Bedard enters the game having won eight straight decisions and is putting together a season that should legitimately contend for the AL Cy Young Award. He's second in the AL in VORP behind Dan Haren of the Athletics. His ERA sits at 3.09 and he's still leading the majors in strikeouts by a wide margin with 192. If Erik can stay on the roll he's been on the Orioles will be able to snap this pesky three game losing streak.

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