Roch around the clock

ROCH AROUND THE CLOCK

The Kickoff

May 09, 2006|By ROCH KUBATKO

Nice road trip, huh? If the Orioles are licking their wounds, they'll need a tongue the size of Gene Simmons' from Kiss.

Did they really lose Sunday to Lenny DiNardo? The kid's good, though. If he plays his cards right, he could be another John Koronka.

Why can't this team ever beat lefties? Different year, different players, exact same problem.

No, Sam Perlozzo's job isn't in jeopardy. It's way too soon for that kind of speculation.

Check with me at the All-Star break.

At this point, I'm really not sure what he could be doing differently. Leadoff hitters are 4-for-35 since Brian Roberts' injury. The team probably had no idea how much it would miss David Newhan in the second slot. The starters are struggling, and the bullpen is full of guys he is forced to trust because he has little choice.

Did you see where former Oriole John Maine went on the disabled list over the weekend with inflammation in his right middle finger? That's the same malady suffered by Mets fans each time Jorge Julio enters a game.

Shame on me for neglecting All the Right Moves on my list of favorite sports flicks. Might not be a top three, but it deserves mention. Very underrated.

Maybe Charles Barkley wasn't exactly going out on a limb - at his size, that would be dangerous - but he was dead-on when proclaiming during TNT's halftime show Saturday that the Suns would blow out the Lakers in the second half. And that the Pistons were going to run all over the Cavaliers in their series.

roch.kubatko@baltsun.com

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