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  1. vab

    The Rebuild Strategy

    It's an interesting question and there's probably no set answer but I tend to think the sink or swim approach in the majors is the best idea overall. Every prospect is going to struggle to some degree in the majors, I don't care how ready they seem to be. Why not let them take their lumps in Baltimore? If you're going to be destroyed permanently by struggling in the majors at beginning of your career you probably just don't have the mental toughness to make it in the majors period.
  2. I'd go ahead and give Davis about a month or so next year. If no improvement - release him. You have to pay him regardless, no need to punish yourself further by keeping him in the lineup.
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    On the verge of infamy

    The 2018 Baltimore Orioles - not only do we lose but we'll probably lose at losing. It doesn't get more inept than that.
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    On the verge of infamy

    Barring a miracle tonight, the Orioles will go into tomorrow on the verge of being the most games under .500 (53) of any Orioles team ever (54-107 on the last day of the 1988 season). A loss tomorrow would also bring Buck Showalter's regular season record as Orioles manager to .500 (659-659). Mind-numbing.
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    Bundy is Broken

    I don't know why clubs keep drafting these high school pitchers throwing high 90s. They're usually just tearing their arms up and they end up throwing high 80s like Bundy is now. I guess it's too tempting to buy that lottery ticket and hope you're getting the rare kid who maintains that kind of stuff but it's a very long shot.
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    vs. BLUE JAYS, 8/21

    I wouldn't do that but he should be skipped the next time through.
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    vs. METS, 8/15

    I live about 20-25 minutes away from Harbor Park. I'll pick Phillips up at the airport and take drop him off right there.
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    vs. METS, 8/15

    Man, Bundy is really struggling. Is he headed for that huge scrap heap of can't miss Oriole pitching prospects?
  9. There's definitely something wrong with the drafting or development or, most likely, some combination of the two but they're just going to have to figure it out. They're not going to be able to trade for the true future aces. Teams just don't give them up so the only way a mid-market team like the Orioles is going to get them is to draft and develop them.
  10. vab

    August Trade Stock Watch

    If Cobb could put together a couple more good starts, maybe? Would have to pick-up some of the salary but that would be a great one to get some relief on.
  11. vab

    50 games left - call the record

    Let's just hope it's the worst. The only thing worse than losing is to lose at losing.
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    vs. RANGERS, 8/05 (Avoiding the Sweep)

    Come get him contenders.
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    Take a Flyer on this guy?

    Why is everybody so hung up on age? If they're available, cheap, controllable and putting up good numbers - give them a shot. What do we have to lose? With injuries and about a million other things that can de-rail guys, you need a lot of bodies to come up with solid pitching staff and without that the rebuild goes nowhere.
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    Take a Flyer on this guy?

    If they can get him why not?
  15. vab

    Tuesday's (7/31/18) Trade Deadline

    Agreed. Let's just hope we finally get some youngsters who are good enough to lock up for that long.
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