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Simon Shines in Final Spring Start

For the better part of the spring, outside of The Calvary Cavalry, none of the more than three dozen pitchers in Orioles training camp showed they could be effective in the back end of the team's rotation. That changed Monday night.

Alfredo Simon, who put himself on the team's radar with an impressive performance against the Nationals nearly two weeks ago, dazzled while facing a decent facsimile of the Mets' Opening Day lineup in a 2-1 Orioles loss.

Simon went six innings, giving up one earned run (a solo homer to Daniel Murphy) on four hits while striking out three in what amounted to a one-game tryout for a spot in the rotation. Of course Manager Dave Trembley wouldn't admit as much following the game, simply commenting on how well Simon pitched without discussing the implications.

"He pitched good. He got our attention," Trembley praised. "He used all his pitches, challenged people, went right at them."

Simon's performance was exactly what the Orioles needed out of someone contending for a rotation spot and the antithesis of what Hayden Penn did with a similar opportunity last week as Penn got battered for seven runs in less than three innings.

But all is not lost for Penn who gets one last chance to redeem himself today against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Since he's out of options, Penn's performance today seems irrelevant in terms of making the major league roster but should he pitch particularly well, do any of you think both Simon and Penn could be in the Orioles rotation?

By CJ Holley  |  March 31, 2009; 9:58 AM ET
Categories:  Mets , Orioles  
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The Calvary? Getting all Holy Week on us?

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | March 31, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Haha, not quite. While Trembley may see them as his saviors, The Calvary is the term he came up w/ the young talented guys in the minors.

"I think it sends a message to the other guys. The cavalry is coming. There are guys on the way and they're going to get here quickly. Competition is a wonderful thing. Wonderful. Those guys are going to be here, I'm convinced of it, at some point in time."

Posted by: CJ Holley | March 31, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

We all have our cross to bear.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 31, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

er, no offense

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 31, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

I just always look on the bright side of life.

Posted by: CJ Holley | March 31, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

I LOL'd, CJ!

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 31, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

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