Woke up to another beautiful day in the Palm Beach area, and am sitting in the press box at Roger Dean Stadium pondering the upcoming exhibition appearance by St. Louis Cardinals left-hander Rich Hill.
Maybe I can't wait for the game to begin because I no longer have to watch Hill for a living. He's a nice guy and I wish him all the best in his new endeavor, but he was a human soap opera during his 2009 season with the Orioles, and there were times when he couldn't have gotten Susan Lucci out.
He's not knocking anybody's socks off in Cardinals camp either, apparently. He is 1-1 with a 6.43 ERA in Grapefruit League action, but he's left-handed and he has one of the nastiest curveballs on the planet when he can throw it for strikes.
I'm sure the Orioles aren't looking forward to facing him, because he's either very tough or very erratic, which can make it a lose-lose situation for the hitters, though an erratic Rich Hill is good for your on-base percentage.
The Orioles will send Brian Matusz to the mound for his fifth exhibition appearance. He's throwing the ball better than anybody in camp, and has 18 strikeouts in 14 1/3 innings to prove it.