Tejada vs. Yankees

When Miguel Tejada kept demanding a trade, and complained they were going in the wrong direction, days like today were why.

Miggy had four hits against the Yankees.

The Orioles had four hits against the Yankees.

7-1 the final as New York takes two of three in the Bronx.

The bats though will likely recover, but the starting pitching. Yikes! Outside of Erik Bedard (4-0) and Kris Benson (2-2)(maybe it’s the K instead of the C in their names that works) Oriole starters range from mediocre to flat out bad.

Bruce Chen (0-3), the darling of the staff last year with 13 wins continues to throw batting practice. Jason Giambi tagged Chen for two more homers today, running his total of souvenirs created to eight on the season. Tough to keep your Chen up.

Baltimore needs to find another starter in a hurry.

They’ll keep Daniel Cabrera (1-2) in the rotation because he has so much freakin’ talent and is so young. And Rodrigo Lopez (1-1) will eat enough innings to help the bullpen rest even if he gives up four to five runs an outing.

But they need to send Chen to the pen for long relief and either bring up another starter (preferably Hayden Penn) or make a trade.

This team can’t win the A.L. East. It can’t even really compete for a wild card berth. But it can end the streak of eight losing seasons. That’s the critical mark for the franchise. Reach 82 wins and you prove the club’s going in the right direction, and then you can sign free agents. Until then, they’ll stay away, and so will any prospects for prosperity.

So, just 19 games into the season the Orioles find themselves at a critical juncture. Act now or the spiral downward goes on.

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