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  1. No, Little Steven is in the E Street Band
  2. Han Solo says, "Hey, that's my line."
  3. Recently, I asked Weams who would want to take Dan's place? He correctly noted that there are 30 assistants in baseball who would like a promotion. Logically, that makes sense, but I don't remember a swarm of applications from that small cadre of professionals when we had the last opening and went with a man who had been out of the game for nine years. Have things changed that much to get the phone ringing off the hook in the law offices of Peter G. Angelos? I agree with Tony's take that Brady is a leading candidate, at least, I assume, from Angelos' perspective. A lot of frustrated people want to kick Dan to the curb, but I'm open to hearing specific names who you'd like to see take his place. "Anyone but Dan" is not an answer.
  4. Without putting Manny on the table, I don't believe there is a trade that can bring us help in the rotation for next year. (Feel free to tell me where I'm wrong about this.) What arm(s) in our system, if any, would you plug into what could be 3 openings in the 2018 rotation? At the media event last month, I asked Dan if the Orioles would "buck" the trend and go to a "buy the arms" approach this offseason. He deferred and noted there were other ways to get arms, referencing Chen and Gonzalez. Before people jump all over Dan, ownership has stayed away from acquiring top free agent pitching, and Buck has publicly agreed with this approach. We are going to need to buy some pitching, but it will likely be bargain shopping. If you could convince Buck and Angelos to buy some arms this winter, who would you recommend? From https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2016/08/2017-18-mlb-free-agent-list.html It's easy to complain about where we are, and how we got here. That's not going to change a thing, so instead of doing that, tell us what your plan is for 2018.
  5. With a rotation giving up more runs, one of the consequences is that Buck has had to use the BP more. As expected, the extra workload combined with the extended absence of Britton, has seen the BP ERA go up this year. O.K., this is the last bunch of numbers I'm going to throw your way for a while. Bullpen ERA (league rank) 2014 3.10 (3) 2015 3.21 (3) 2016 3.40 (1) 2017 4.06 (7) IP Rotation/Bullpen 2014 953.2 / 507.2 2015 915.2 / 519.0 2016 886.0 / 546.0 2017 468.0 / 341.1 IF 2017 continues at this pace, the rotation/BP split will be 833.0 / 608.0. This means the rotation will provide 50 less innings (-6%) than 2016 and a huge 120 inning drop (-12.67%) since 2014. 2014 had 3 complete games pitched by Tillman, Gausman, and Gonzalez. Since then, the team has only one CG and it was from........... Ubaldo Jimenez Sept. 5, 2016.
  6. Updated through today's game. Since May 10th, the Orioles are 20-39 (.339). The rotation has only 13 QS in the past 59 games May 10-July 16 Aquino 1 GS 3 ER, 5.1 IP, 5.07 ERA Bundy 11 GS 41 ER, 62.1 IP, 5.92 ERA Miley 13 GS 48 ER, 61.0 IP, 7.08 ERA Gausman 12 GS 43 ER, 62.0 IP, 6.24 ERA Jimenez 8 GS 37 ER, 40.0 IP, 8.33 ERA Tillman 10 GS 43 ER, 44.0 IP, 8.70 ERA Asher 4 GS 19 ER, 17.1 IP, 9.87 ERA totals 59 GS, 234 ER, 292 IP, 7.21 ERA
  7. Ubaldo's "performance" today bumped the staff ERA for the season to 6.02. Of course, he had help in reaching this dubious mark. Gausman, Miley, and Ubaldo pitched to an ERA of 16.68 against the Cubs. For giggles, I went and looked at the numbers of the 50s Orioles; even as bad as those teams were, 2017 is the only staff with an ERA above 6. The worst mark of the 50s Orioles was 4.30 (1956) Tillman tomorrow. What could go wrong? SMH
  8. And with that last run, the starters' ERA for the season is 6.00 and counting.
  9. He also knows what are not only non-starters but will get Angelos to push the Mr. Burns model, "release the hounds" button under his desk.
  10. Those pieces could be flipped over to us so I don't assume the market to them is closed. I'd rather we sent our bullpen assets to them than any other playoff contending team. (I'll take unpopular opinions for $1,000, Alex) Which makes the above moot.
  11. If you trade most or all of them, add Jones to the list because he is going to be very unhappy here in a rebuild. His OPS+ numbers have been on a straight downhill path since 2012. I doubt it will happen because he is a big fan favorite. However, I never thought the Orioles would let Markakis leave and a trade of Machado would be a dagger to the fan base, so why get sentimental about Jones if that happens?
  12. Alright, I went back further to 1988. 30 years of data should be enough. League rank is important to consider. One example is 1996, an ERA of 5.47 was middle of the league when the average was 5.39. To make a short story long, 2017 is the worst year for our starters in a very long time, as Roy thought they might be. It's also the 4th time in the last 10 years that the rotation is dead last in the league. 1988 4.84 (14) 1989 4.20 (7) 1990 4.35 (6) 1991 5.29 (12) 1992 4.09 (3) 1993 4.57 (6) 1994 4.54 (2) 1995 4.22 (3) 1996 5.47 (7) 1997 4.19 (1) 1998 4.89 (7) 1999 4.71 (3) 2000 5.28 (10) 2001 4.83 (9) 2002 4.95 (9) 2003 4.86 (10) 2004 5.45 (10) 2005 4.82 (9) 2006 5.40 (13) 2007 4.86 (10) 2008 5.51 (14) 2009 5.37 (14) 2010 4.67 (13) 2011 5.39 (14) 2012 4.42 (9) 2013 4.57 (12) 2014 3.61 (5) 2015 4.53 (14) 2016 4.72 (13) 2017 5.95 (15)
  13. Miley gave us a QS in 5 of his first 11 games. In the 8 games since, he has failed to get out of the 5th inning 6 times with an ERA of 10.18.
  14. Lollygaggers I went for the comic relief, but actually I don't think they're laying down on the job, not under Buck. What's gone wrong with Tillman (has to be hurt) and Gausman are the biggest question marks in what comprises an epic fail of a rotation.
  15. This has been a problem for quite a long time for a franchise that used to pride itself with one of the top pitching staffs in the league. 6 times Orioles pitchers have won the Cy Young, but the last was Steve Stone way back in 1980. The closest we've had as a winner since was Mike Mussina who finished a very distant 2nd to Pedro Martinez in 1999. Here are the SP numbers since 2000 and (league rank). Notice in the last 18 years, the rotation has been in the bottom half of the league 17 times, including 13 times ranked 10th and below, and this is the 4th time the Orioles are dead last. Yes, 2017 is the worst in quite a while, but its also the 7th time since 2000 the staff has had an ERA above 5.25. 2014 ranked 5th with a rotation that included Tillman, Gausman and Jimenez (the latter being the only one in the rotation with an ERA above 4). This year, only Bundy has an ERA below 5.40...for now 2000 5.28 (10) 2001 4.83 (9) 2002 4.95 (9) 2003 4.86 (10) 2004 5.45 (10) 2005 4.82 (9) 2006 5.40 (13) 2007 4.86 (10) 2008 5.51 (14) 2009 5.37 (14) 2010 4.67 (13) 2011 5.39 (14) 2012 4.42 (9) 2013 4.57 (12) 2014 3.61 (5) 2015 4.53 (14) 2016 4.72 (13) 2017 5.95 (15)