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  1. The mystery of Ubaldo..it may be the first inning

    Ubaldo has a track record of first inning struggles, and did poorly in relief last season.. That's not a pitcher you bring into an extra inning game when you have three better options available (Hunter, Bundy, Britton), so I don't know what evil entity was controlling Buck's brain when he made that move. But, dang, when Ubaldo the starter has his pitches working and repeats his delivery, he can dominate.
  2. Brad Brach

    I had the same thought. This was the Brach that dominated most of last season, and in his first four save opportunities after Zach went down. He went after the hitters, and didn't allow the long at-bats he'd been allowing, which tired him out and made him easier to hit. 11 pitches (10 strikes) to retire three straight hitters.
  3. Was It Over When The Germans Bombed Pearl Harbor?

    To think this all started with Asher and Brach blowing what was a 6-2, two outs in the eighth inning lead against the gNats... I'm hoping that this week they remember how they played against the A.L. East earlier this season, and play that way again.
  4. I Have A Take On Manny's "Hotdogging It".

    I was hoping we'd see Manny in spring training and the start of the season revert back to the hitter he was before last season's ASB, when he was hitting over .300 with an OBP in the upper.300s. That hasn't happened, unfortunately. He's still hitting for a poor average, and not walking much. He has to go back to hitting the ball where it's pitched, and not trying to clobber every pitch.
  5. The O's were sitting pretty at 22-10. They had spent the first five weeks or so finding ways to win. Then came the game against the gNats, which the O's led 6-2 in the eighth, but Asher with a two run homer in the eighth, and Brach with batting practice in the ninth, gave the gNats a 7-6 win. After that, the O's found ways to lose four straight one run games, as we all know. They didn't find themselves after that streak. Today's game was a perfect example of losing a winnable game, which they've done too often since DC. After Tillman allowed four runs in the first two innings, pitching settled down to shut out the Twins the rest of the way. The O's offense put up three solo homers, each ironically by someone who was a goat at other portions of the game - 1) Hardy, who made the last out of the game watching three straight fastballs, 2) Davis, who hit a first pitch popup with two on when we trailed 4-1 and in the eighth inning with two on, down 4-3, took three pitches off the plate to get ahead 3-0, then watched three fastballs to strike out pathetically. and 3) Schoop, who, down 4-1 with the bases loaded, struck out on a check swing at a ball in the dirt. Why offer at that and give the ump the chance to say you swung? In the ninth, down 4-3, following a leadoff hit, he grounded into a DP. Re Davis - does Coolbaugh talk with him about the huge overabundance of strikes he takes, how he doesn't protect the plate with two strikes, and why he refuses to try to hit against the shift?
  6. The Defense Thread, 2017

    Our pictures too often don't do a good job of picking up their teammates after an error. We've seen examples the last two games in which errors that merely placed a runner on first were followed by the pitcher allowing a single, followed by a home run. On the other hand, our offense isn't that good at taking advantage of free baserunners.
  7. They get a lead, they blow it. Starter or reliever, it doesn't matter. The pitchers allow way too many free baserunners via walk, and let too many of them score. Some pitch calls are moronic. The O's put together a six game winning streak, then gave away a 6-2 eighth inning lead to the gNats for a 7-6 loss. They then lost four more one run games which were all winnable, before winning a 13 inning game in which they blew a 7-1 lead in regulation, then blew a three run lead in the 12th. Today, they went back to losing a one run game in which they blew a 3-0 and 4-3 lead. In the first five weeks of the season, the O's found ways to win one run games. In the last eight days, they've instead found ways to lose those games. Sad.
  8. Nats flagship station takes low blow at O's fans

    Baltimore only sought an existing team after being royally scr*wed in the rigged NFL expansion farce, in which Baltimore had the best offer, yet was passed over because a) the NFL wanted one team in a new market, which is understandable, so Carolina got it, and b) the NFL wanted the second team in St. Louis, despite it never being a football town, and not having a better offer than Baltimore, but it was the home of Anheuser Busch. So, despite their totally inept attempt at putting together an ownership group, the NFL bent over backward to help them, even extending the deadline an extra month for them. When they still couldn't get their act together, the team was given to Jacksonville, the 55th TV market, which had no business getting a team. I didn't watch the NFL from the time Irsay stole the Colts until we got a team. The NFL tried to force the Redskins down our throats after the Colts left. When Baltimore did wind up with an existing team, it stunk that it was the Browns, a team from another rabid football town. Baltimore didn't keep their name and colors, so they were there when the NFL gave Cleveland an expansion team a few years later. Back to baseball <grin>. I hate interleague play - I think it's just a gimmick MLB came up with so NY and Chicago teams could play each other. As for the gNats, I don't like them. It was better for the O's when there was no team in D.C. - it's why they were able to draw over three million fans a year. I also think their name is dumb (what is a National?), and their logo always makes me think of Walgreens. That said, I believe I read the gNats' owner is the wealthiest MLB owner, and they've built a good team and farm system.
  9. Nats flagship station takes low blow at O's fans

    Baltimore only sought an existing team after being royally scr*wed in the rigged NFL expansion farce, in which Baltimore had the best offer, yet was passed over because a) the NFL wanted one team in a new market, which is understandable, so Carolina got it, and b) the NFL wanted the second team in St. Louis, despite it never being a football town, and not having a better offer than Baltimore, but it was the home of Anheuser Busch. So, despite their totally inept attempt at putting together an ownership group, the NFL bent over backward to help them, even extending the deadline an extra month for them. When they still couldn't get their act together, the team was given to Jacksonville, the 55th TV market, which had no business getting a team. I didn't watch the NFL from the time Irsay stole the Colts until we got a team. The NFL tried to force the Redskins down our throats after the Colts left. When Baltimore did wind up with an existing team, it stunk that it was the Browns, a team from another rabid football town. Baltimore didn't keep their name and colors, so they were there when the NFL gave Cleveland an expansion team a few years later. Back to baseball <grin>. I hate interleague play - I think it's just a gimmick MLB came up with so NY and Chicago teams could play each other. As for the gNats, I don't like them. It was better for the O's when there was no team in D.C. - it's why they were able to draw over three million fans a year. I also think their name is dumb (what is a National?), and their logo always makes me think of Walgreens. That said, I believe I read the gNats' owner is the wealthiest MLB owner, and they've built a good team and farm system.
  10. vs. RED SOX, 5/03

    I just have to say something-even if Kevin wanted to hit a Red Sox better at some point in this game (which I seriously doubt he would want, as it's not what we do), why the heck would you hit a leadoff batter of an inning?
  11. vs. RED SOX, 5/03

    I just have to say something-even if Kevin wanted to hit a Red Sox better at some point in this game (which I seriously doubt he would want, as it's not what we do), why the heck would you hit a leadoff batter of an inning?
  12. Britton injury finally bites

    Why did Buck switch the order of Brock and O'Day? One bad appearance by Brad? Darren isn't a closer. I was worried when I saw Brad in the bullpen for the eighth-inning. Darren didn't even go after Headley.
  13. In 1986, Earl Weaver was back as manager. The Orioles were 59-47, 3.5 games behind the Red Sox. They were playing the Rangers. The Orioles hit two grand slams in one inning, by Jim Dwyer and Larry Sheets, to take a big lead. They still led 11-6 in the eighth inning. They then gave up six runs on the way to losing the game 13-11. From then on, they went 14-42 the rest of the season. I fervently hope this season's team doesn't follow the example of that team. Today's start by Ubaldo looks too much like 1986. He's given up five runs in two innings, including allowing to walks the score (last night, the last five walks the Orioles allowed scored.)
  14. That Loss Was On Buck but Wilson must go

    Buck's bullpen choice wasn't good, like in the wildcard game. The main responsibility for the loss, however, like in that game, falls on the offense. In that game, hitters up and down the line-up were consistently swinging at pitches well out of the strike zone, and helping the pitchers. There was some of the same today, particularly in at-bats with runners in scoring position. Jones and Trumbo, to name two, got themselves out on balls when they were up in rbi opportunities. Need to be more selective.
  15. What can Buck and our hitting coach do to prevent a recurrence, let alone the offense starting this season like they played after last year's All-Star break? Quite a few hitters, led by Manny and Jonathan, became less selective at the plate (in some cases, much less selective), leading the teams' run-scoring to decrease. Averages and on-base percentages tumbled. Why they changed their approaches is a mystery. They still hit some home runs, because that's what they do. In my opinion, the decreased offense was the main reason the team finished as a wildcard, rather than the division winner (also the main reason they lost the wildcard game.) To name a few, Jonathan went from a .300 hitter before the break to someone lost at the plate until the last week or so of the season. Manny stopped accepting walks, and swung at more non-strikes. Trumbo hit quite a bit worse after the break.I, like my fellow Orioles fans, am hoping for improved starting pitching this year, but even improved pitching requires run support to win consistently. Our first half 2016 offense would likely be sufficient, but I don't think our second half offense would be enough.
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