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  1. Ubaldo Jimenez Today, 2017

    I have one last thing to say about this: I can't wait for the Ubaldo era to be over. What a disaster. 4 years, 1 WAR, cost a first round draft pick, ~$50m.
  2. Will you be pleased with this season if...

    I had low expectations going into the season. That said, with them close to a WC...I'd be disappointed if they don't at least make it to the WC game. And I'd be crushed if they lose it. Probably not as crushed as I was last year considering Buck made one of the most idiotic pitching changes I've ever seen...but still.
  3. 2 x 250

    Cool record, but only matters if they end in Ws.
  4. vs. YANKEES, 9/05

    Down 5 versus a lefty? Turning it off for now.
  5. vs. YANKEES, 9/05

    What a disgraceful and utterly pathetic outing.
  6. vs. YANKEES, 9/05

    Kim might be able to pitch better.
  7. vs. YANKEES, 9/05

    Jeremy pitching like Hell...ick, son.
  8. Dylan Bundy 2017

    I disagree. 100%. Here's the kicker: We have an expanded roster. We just called up Ynoa (on Sunday). There's an off day on Thursday. Castro was warming up in the 4th. If Bundy was pitching so piss-poorly that Castro would have came in the 4th if one more reached...what is Buck's rationale to letting Bundy start the 5th? Did he truly not want to use Castro *again*? If so...why warm him up? Is it because he doesn't trust Ynoa to pitch 2 games in a row? Is it because he doesn't trust Richard Rodriguez? Yacabonis 2 games in a row? If *1* inning with an off day on Thursday is worth pushing Bundy another inning after throwing *37* in 1 inning when we showed he was clearly gassed...then shame on both Buck and Duquette for not being able to piece together even mop up duty bodies *the first week of September*. It's disgraceful. Hell, put Ubaldo in. He last pitched on August 30th. And has no business being in the rotation. But I digress.
  9. Dylan Bundy 2017

    The rosters are expanded....and we have same old Buck. Here we have a starting pitcher who essentially has the Orioles with a 6 man rotation to manage his innings...and Buck is out there leaving him in there for 37 pitches in the 4th inning to get his pitch count over 90. And then what does he do in the 5th? Trots him back out there. WHY? It was clear Bundy didn't have it. He completely fell apart in the 4th. And while he had Castro warming up in the 4th...he doesn't bring him in until right after the damage was done in the 5th when the ballgame was now 5-3 Yankees. I ask you again...why? Because Buck loves the win rule. He'd rather force his pitcher through 5 innings if at all possible...rather than reading the situation and the performance of his starter. Especially one that shouldn't be throwing near 40 pitches in a single inning. It was irresponsible. Even more irresponsible because this club just called up a fresh arm. And has expanded rosters.
  10. Enough is enough, Tillman does not need another start

    I'm so torn on this. On the one side, if you're of the camp that thinks this team isn't a playoff team because it contains guys like Hellickson, Ubaldo and Tillman in it...then I can't really fault the Orioles for trotting him out there every 5th (6th?) day...because really...there is zero depth in the minors and Tillman is a consummate professional and career Oriole (majors). So you let him play out the season with dignity instead of DFA'ing him with a month left in the season. On the other hand, if you are of the camp that thinks this team is a playoff team...can somebody please tell me what business this rotation has with both Ubaldo and Tillman in it? Ubaldo's last 11 (July and August): 7.36 ERA, .975 OPS against, 5 IP/game. If the goal is to effectively not give your team a chance to win 33% of the starts...then I think Buck and Duquette are doing an admirable job. If the goal is to give your team a chance to win every start, then maybe it's time to relegate Tillman and Ubaldo to the bullpen and leave them in mop up duty. Now that said, the Orioles have zero impact starting pitching depth in the minors. So maybe it truly is a..."But who else?" type of situation. But man, what a terrible situation to be in.
  11. My problem with Duquette's strategy this year? It's essentially the 2014 offseason, but at the trade deadline. There was a huge opportunity to do 1 or 2 things: Plan 1 : Sell (for the future) Trade the rentals: Castillo, Smith, Kim Trade the bullpen pieces: Brach, Britton I'd be living in imagination land by suggesting the O's should have explored trading Trumbo or Davis, but they have unmovable contracts. So that's a no. Plan 2 : Buy Acquire 2 starting pitchers DFA Ubaldo DFA Tillman The Orioles...well...did neither. They went the half in/half out route. They traded Kim and others to get Jeremy Hellickson (he of a 90 ERA+ and 5.48 FIP with the Phillies). And kept Ubaldo in the rotation. They traded a young/promising hurler in the minors for Beckham. And while I think the Beckham acquisition was a fine move for the future....the two moves just seem at odds with one another. And here's the thing. Yes, they sort of went for it before the non-waiver trade deadline. But then they had an opportunity to take an extra step (which now is more warrantable than back on July 31st, FWIW) since they're in the thick of things and already dipped their feet in....and they did nothing. Zero. Nothing. Instead the plan is seriously "Well I hope the offense outperforms the near historically awful starting pitching". Guess what? Tillman is still in the rotation. Ubaldo is still in the rotation. And Hellickson has pitched like Hell...ick, son.
  12. Ubaldo Jimenez Today, 2017

    Well, there is a reason to cut him. To prevent Buck from using him in extra inning games.
  13. Ubaldo Jimenez Today, 2017

    I'm not mad at Ubaldo. I'm mad at management. It is beyond unacceptable that it's September 1st and he's still on the roster. He had a piss poor July. He's had a piss poor August. What is the excuse here? Angelos ate Norris's contract pretty quickly into the season. So why the hell is Duquette holding on to Ubaldo so much?
  14. Go Get Tommy Hunter

    I'm for ABU. Anybody But Ubaldo
  15. The Sting of Losing Winnable Games

    But that's the issue. The rosters are expanded. Basically any number of pitchers should have been available tonight.
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