Now Pitching for His Future... Alfredo Simon
Well Hayden Penn's make or break outing last week certainly didn't go well as he gave up seven runs in 2 2/3 innings and pretty much took himself out of the running for a spot in the rotation.
Hoping for a better outcome while placed in a similar situation is Alfredo Simon who will get the start tonight against the New York Mets. Simon is just one of five pitchers expected to make the bus trip to Port St. Lucie for the game so it would stand to reason he's expected to go long.
Simon, who arrived late to camp due to some visa issues, put his name on the map with a sterling performance against the Nationals where he went four innings and allowed just one hit and one walk. For the spring, Simon is sporting a 0.90 ERA allowing just one earned run and four hits in 10 innings.
Obviously these are spring training stats but when a rotation is in tatters, you cling to whatever you can. As a result, the former Mexican leaguer could be just one good outing away from being the fifth starter.
The main thing that has tripped up Simon in his relatively short stint with the Orioles has been some occasionally erratic mechanics, as Manager Dave Trembley stated a few days ago:
"He's got to command his fastball, not walk people and show me and (Rick) Kranitz the (same) arm angle. You guys saw it last year. I saw breaking balls at four or five different slots. We don't want him to do that. We want him to be consistent with his delivery, consistent with his release of all his pitches and show that he can throw strikes."
As Hayden Penn proved last week, pitching with pressure (even in March) isn't easy and the fact that the Mets will be throwing out most of their regular starters wont help either. So do you guys think Simon will handle his business tonight and stake his claim to a rotation spot?
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