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About btownoriole

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  • Birthday 6/3/1971

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    Bloomington, IN
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    O's, Ravens, Hoosiers
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    Marketing Director
  • Favorite Current Oriole
    Adam Jones
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    Cal Ripken & Eddie Murray
  1. I don't know but I think it's plausible with the increase in TV ratings. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. The whole CTE thing has really dampened my enthusiasm for football. Being aware of what the sport is doing to the players long-term has made it hard for me to watch the sport with a clear conscience. I still check on the Ravens but I don't plan my life around the Ravens and Sunday Ticket anymore. As for the state of TV, I really think at some point in the next 20-30 years that there will be very few, if any, TV channels the way we know them now. I watch shows, sports, and news pretty much whenever I want to, not necessarily when they are broadcast. In fact, I honestly have no idea what time or what days the shows I like to watch are actually broadcast. It's very different from the late 90's when I would plan my schedule around when my favorite shows were on. Even with the O's I usually follow the games on At Bat while I'm doing other things and tune in as action develops and my schedule permits.
  3. Buck did pretty much the same thing in the 2014 ALDS Game 1. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. If everyone is healthy I think Bundy is in the pen for at least the first month or two. They'll still want to conserve his innings. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Did 1990's Peter Angelos start this thread? The one who fired Johnny Oates? The one who forced Davey Johnson & Pat Gillick out after 2 playoff appearances? The one who fired Frank Wren for not holding a plane? Firing Buck for one bad decision, when few other managers would have even had this team in that position, would be similar to those ill-fated decisions.
  6. I think the Jays will go with Liriano, given the way he pitched last week and the O's struggles vs. lefties. I'd probably go with the hot hand but I'm not vehemently opposed to Tillman. While Tillman's career stats at Rogers Centre are not good, he did have a 2.38 ERA this year and the O's were 2-0 in his starts there. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Good thread. Just by the straight odds I think the right choice is to play the first road game. But I can see the logic of the O's choice. You are now rested, at home, and you get to play a team coming off a loss in a different city the night before. In all likelihood that team "went for it" and aggressively used their bullpen. Meanwhile you have a fully-rested bullpen and have all of your top starters (except Gausman) available. Perhaps the O's think their odds in the one-game home scenario are higher than usual and their odds in that second road game would be lower than normal. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. I like this approach. Then he could be available to pitch the final weekend in NY. Even then they could skip him if their postseason spot is locked in (or they've been eliminated). At this point on 4-5 days rest he's not much better than Miley/Gallardo/Wilson/Worley, so the marginal benefit is not worth the risk. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Really need a split to keep a secure hold on the wild card. Detroit has 3 in Minnesota this week. Houston has 3 in Oakland followed by 4 at home vs. the Angels. Seattle and Toronto have 3 on the west coast. If the O's lose 3 or more in this series a hot week from any of Seattle/Houston/Detroit makes the wild card chase a final 10-day dogfight. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Great post. By my calculations, if they want to get Bundy 5 days of rest, they need a 6th starter two more times - 9/18 vs TB and 9/24 vs AZ. That would also set up Bundy/Gausman/Ubaldo/Tillman vs. Boston and Gausman/Jimenez/Tillman at Toronto. It would also make Gausman available for the season finale if necessary with Tillman available for a one-game playoff. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Good post. Another thing that makes this so interesting is that there are four teams from the same division within 2.5 games of a playoff spot. While the Yankees are still a bit of a division long-shot, it's certainly possible that any of the top 4 teams could finish anywhere from fourth to first place. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Yes, although I realize it's a pretty big risk. With Wieters and Trumbo off the books next year and Ubaldo/Miley/Gallardo off in 2018, there should be room. Angelos seems willing to invest to keep the core together, although Manny will be the biggest test of that. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. This is correct. Or if there is a tie between the two Wild Card teams, like 2012, when the Rangers hosted the O's by virtue of winning the season series. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Honestly I think mediocrity is kind. The O's are 24-30 (72 win pace) over the last 54 games, which is full 1/3 of the season. I'm really hoping the return of Tillman, O'Day, and Jones can give us one last shot in the arm, but the O's have been struggling for nearly two months now with Tillman & Jones available for most of that time. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. This is a good point. To me the biggest indictment of Duquette is his failure in building a decent rotation. He has $33M committed next year in 3 pitchers next season who are currently the #4, #5, and demoted long-reliever in a bad rotation. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk