Raul Valdes was optioned to Triple-A. Why? Certainly not because of his performance, because he is one of the few stabilizing forces in the bullpen. Nope, it's because of the ineffectiveness of Michael Schwimer and Chad Qualls. See, Schwimer and Qualls are right-handed and they each suck. That leaves the only quality RHP in the bullpen as closer Jonathan Papelbon. Valdes is a lefty, so he goes. Can't wait to see the crap Amaro calls up to replace Valdes. Brian Sanches? Phillippe Aumont? There's nothing down on the farm screaming "give me a chance!" Funny/sad thing is, Valdes held right-handed batters to a lower average than lefties (.130 vs. .200). Not sure why fellow lefties Joe Savery and Jake Diekman stay over him, but I'm not GM, just a wannabe, so...
Valdes: 2-0, 11 G, 12.2 IP, 13 K, 2.13 ERA, 0.63 WHIP.
Joe Savery: 13 G, 17.1 IP, 9 K, 3.12 ERA, 1.04 WHIP.
Jake Diekman: 1-0, 10 G, 8.2 IP, 15 K, 4.15 ERA, 1.38.
*All of you Freddy Galvis fans need to brace yourselves...Freddy Galvis will likely be in a brace for roughly 6 weeks due to a back fracture. Oh, no!!!
*My boy Mike Fontenot is not wasting his chance. He clubbed a homerun last night and is batting .394/.989 in 17 games.
*Are you ready for a 2 game winning streak? Of course you are. With Tommy Hunter on the mound for the O's, this is a good time to make it happen. A 5.59 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, .301 AVG against. On second thought, he might toss his first career shutout.