The cavalry is coming for the Baltimore Orioles, Dave Trembley said, sitting at the front of the club's team bus as it rolled along to another exhibition game Sunday morning.
The help will probably not arrive in April or May, and it might not all get to the Orioles this season. But rest assured, help is on the way. Trembley says this confidently because he has seen it with his own eyes. He has watched Brian Matusz, Chris Tillman and Jake Arrieta pitch, and he has visions in his mind about what they will be in the major leagues, some day.
"It’s going to start with pitching, and we need to improve our one through five, our starting pitching. I think everything after that will follow suit."
I took a chance that they wouldn't think they were bigger than what my expectations were and what I was asking them to do," Trembley said. "I figured, they've got nothing to lose because the way they've been doing it around here for 10 years didn't work. It was going nowhere. They say timing in life is everything. I think the timing was right to come in here and say: 'Enough is enough. It ain't working, the way you guys have been doing it. The inmates are no longer running the asylum.'
Baltimore manager Dave Trembley lambasted two fans who ran on the field during an Orioles game Thursday night at Seattle.
During the game, two spectators jumped onto the field and ran behind Orioles outfielder Jay Payton.
"It’s embarrassing to baseball," Trembley said Friday night before a game against the White Sox. "I wasn’t happy because I’m a big proponent of respect. I think that’s the epitome of disrespect, when two idiots run onto the field like that.
"They came up from behind two of my players. … I wish I could have taken them in the back room myself. I would have beaten the snot out of both of them."
(Cabrera's) past (the struggles). With all due respect, everybody here needs to start giving him credit and stop talking about the past. What he's done enough now for me to see it, in the past when the wheels started coming off, things would happen. But this is different. He's made tremendous strides. We're not going back to the way it was. There is no reason that when this guy pitches he can't give us seven innings and dominate.
I think we’ll be OK. That’s why we stretched Aquino out. Aquino was in a situation where he had to go. He had to give us as much as we possibility could out of him. I think we’ll be OK tomorrow. Johnson will be available tomorrow. We can bring Sarfate back. I’d stay away from Aquino. Bierd’s probably all right for an inning, and the other guys at the end will be fine – Walker, Bradford, Sherrill. But obviously you can’t afford to have these kinds of games often because, we’ve said that repeatedly, it takes its toll on your bullpen. You need to have your starting pitchers get you to a certain point and place in the game where you’re not overusing that bullpen. This is one game and that’s the way it goes and we’ll be ready tomorrow.
"I think we’re much improved in the bullpen," said Trembley when asked about his strategy. "It also lets your team know you’re not going to rely on the same guy every night. You’re going to need everybody in the long course of a season to make contributions."
Sherrill, acquired from Seattle in the Erik Bedard deal, has stepped into the closer’s role, but Bradford and Walker are the heart of the group. They made 76 and 81 appearances, respectively, last year. Trembley hopes the newfound depth takes some of the workload off of Bradford and Walker.
"Those guys have had a lot of wear and tear. I need to stay away from doing that, but especially in the first couple months during the season," Trembley said after each had pitched in three of the first four games.