Moss at a loss
Damian Moss was at a loss for words last week.
The 26-year-old, left-hander had no comment for reporters when he found out he was being dealt from the NL West-leading San Francisco Giants to the Baltimore Orioles for Sidney Ponson.
Can you blame him? The O's sit 14 1/2 games back of the AL East-leading Yankees. That means Moss went from having the postseason on the horizon to booking tee-off times.
By Friday, Moss had cooled down enough to comment on the deal. He told the San Jose Mercury News after the Orioles 2-1 win over Boston that it was "going to be a different experience pitching in the American League, another hitter to face. There are no easy outs. I'm looking forward to getting my feet wet."
He's not just going to get his feet wet – he's going to be thrown directly into the deep end of the pool.
Moss comes to an Oriole team that has only a marginally better offence than San Francisco's. The major difference between these two teams is pitching. The Giants have a sixth-best 3.84 ERA, while the Orioles sit 20th in the league with a 4.77 ERA.
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