After Wright’s miserable road debut, the Orioles hope he can bounce back at home as Baltimore (3-4) and the Detroit Tigers continue a three-game series on Tuesday.
Wright (0-1, 15.43 ERA), who struggled with shoulder problems in 2005 with the Yankees, went 11-7 with a 4.49 ERA last season before New York traded him for relief pitcher Chris Britton and $4 million.
“The fact that we can get a starter of Jaret’s quality is great for us. It gives us a veteran presence. He pitched in New York under all kinds of pressure,” Perlozzo said after the trade in November. “Jaret should help the ballclub.”
Wright is 3-0 with a 4.11 ERA in five lifetime starts at Camden Yards, including 2-0 with a 2.95 ERA last season.
Wright lasted just 2 1-3 innings in his debut with the Orioles on Wednesday, allowing six runs and four hits in a 7-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins. He walked five, including three in the third, and gave up back-to-back singles before he was pulled
“I thought it was terrible,” said Wright, who did not pitch more than 6 1-3 innings in 27 starts in 2006. “The stuff was OK, I just didn’t know where it was going. Got myself in trouble and didn’t get out of it.”
Wright is 5-4 with a 3.39 ERA in 11 starts against the Tigers, whom the Orioles beat 6-2 on Monday. Daniel Cabrera allowed two runs in 7 2-3 innings, while Kevin Millar homered during a four-run third inning. Baltimore has won three of its last four overall and three straight over the Tigers.
The Orioles play their next six games in Baltimore, where last season the team was 40-41 - one of only three AL teams to have a losing home record.
“This is a great baseball city. We’ve got to win some games and win these fans over,” Millar said. “This is a new club and we’re excited about the things we can do this year. But we’ve got do that in the win column, and develop a swagger as a group.”
Chad Durbin, making his Tigers debut, lasted just 4 2-3 innings. He gave up six runs and nine hits and didn’t receive much support offensively as the Tigers managed just seven hits Monday and are hitting .231 overall.
“We haven’t really swung the bats really well,” manager Jim Leyland said. “In the last few games, we haven’t had much going. Hopefully, that’ll change.”
Robertson is 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA in five starts against the Orioles.