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Mazzone on the Mound

Pitching Coach Leo Mazzone came to the Orioles after 15 seasons with the Braves, where he tutored six Cy Young Winners. Joe DiBlasi talks to Leo about this year's staff and where the Birds are going.

August 28

As the Oriole pitching staff continues to improve, pitching Coach Leo Mazzone had this to say about the three top starters:

On Erik Bedard:
"He's still pitching well. He's not picking up wins due to things he can't control. Erik always gives us a chance to win whenever he takes the mound."

On Daniel Cabrera:
"When he works ahead of the hitters, he can give anybody trouble. When he's in the strike zone, it's lights out for anybody."

On Adam Loewen:
"Adam has a great willingness to listen. He has more confidence in himself and has more concentration now."

"These three will anchor the staff, and it doesn't matter who is No. 1, 2, or 3....if we can trot them out in every series, and have Chris Ray closing, we're going to turn this thing around."

August 24, 2006

On the State of the Staff
"We still need more horses. We'll get better with this group if they concentrate on every pitch and work on location. Two reliable left-handers on the staff would make us much better."

On Daniel Cabrera
"I'm confident that he will blossom. He has a great arm. Cabby has three outstanding pitches. Great fastball, good breaking ball, and very good change-up. He needs to know when to throw the off-speed stuff, to keep hitters off balance They sit on his fast ball. He must work on location, and try to fool the opposition more.

On the starters turning in five good outings in a row.
"Now they will start to try to out do one another." That's the way it was in Atlanta.
One good effort was topped by another, and another, and another. That's what we need to see here."

On Adam Loewen
"Adam is an extremely hard worker and a tremendous competitor."


June 1, 2006

On Erik Bedard:
"He is a quality Major League pitcher and the only time he has difficulty is when he can't find his proper location." 

On Daniel Cabrera:
"He has a lot of promise…If he can find his control and consistency; he will win a lot of games." 

On Rodrigo Lopez's solid pitching May 25 in Seattle:
" was Greg Maddux-like."

On the O's pitching staff:
"Overall, the staff simply needs more work, more innings, more experience...especially the middle relievers."

Issue 1.6: June 1, 2006 - Joe DiBlasi



May 25, 2006

On the starters to date:
"They need to go a little longer...we've been reaching high pitch counts in the sixth inning...we have some good building blocks here...Bedard and Cabrera have been impressive...we need to build on that, and keep them healthy"

On the middle relievers:
"We need some help there."

 On Chris Ray:
"Solid closer in the making."

 On comparing the O's staff with the others in the American League:
"Detroit has some real live arms...they could go a long way."

Issue 1.5: May 25, 2006 - Joe DiBlasi