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  1. JR Oriole

    Thoughts About Tonights 2nd Game With Boston

    And actually, it doesn't matter what you and I think bc we are just fans. The real question is whether opposing teams buy it and whether it affects them in any way. I don't think people fully grasp the ridiculousness of the Twins-Yankees run over the last 17 years. Minnesota is 31-82 (.274) against NY....a 113 game sample which doesn't even count 2-13 in the playoffs. 31-82 versus being above .500 in those same 17 years against the rest of the majors. Even better.....in the years the Twins were actually an above .500 team, they went 17-49 against NY....a .258 winning percentage! So yes the Twins have a distinct monetary disadvantage to the Yankees.....but the stats above seem to indicate it is much more than that. They are apparently full buyers into the mystique of the pinstripes!
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    Thoughts About Tonights 2nd Game With Boston

    I agree. But the Yankees did go 6-0 in the playoffs at home last year. And 1-6 on the road. Small sample size perhaps, but I don't think home field should mean that much. Houston went 2-2 in Dodger Stadium in the World Series last year, including winning Game 7 there. Dodgers have a ton of money also. You may not think that there is anything tougher about winning in Yankee Stadium in October than in any other road venue, but it certainly feels that way to me as a pure observer.
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    Thoughts About Tonights 2nd Game With Boston

    So that money works in New York but in Houston last year where the Yankees went 0 and 4 in the ALCS, the money doesn't work there? Shouldn't money work everywhere?
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    Thoughts About Tonights 2nd Game With Boston

    It feels like it doesn't matter once the bright October lights shine in the Bronx. The Twins are one thing, because their .274 winning percentage against the Yankees over the last 17 years proves they can't beat them no matter where and when the games are played. But even the world champion Astros seemed unable to handle the Bronx last October, winning the ALCS simply because they got to play 4 games in Houston instead of NY. I guess in a one game playoff anything can theoretically happen, but Yankee Stadium is a very intimidating environment for a young team to overcome in the playoffs.
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    Thoughts About Tonights 2nd Game With Boston

    Ha! Orioles maybe. Seattle or Oakland.....not so much. Esp. Oakland. Of course, everybody has a better chance than the Twins would of winning a game in New York.
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    Thoughts About Tonights 2nd Game With Boston

    I do not think a major league baseball team can give maximum effort and win fewer than 30% of their games over a full season.
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    Thoughts About Tonights 2nd Game With Boston

    While they will be a WC, I don't see Seattle or Oakland having the chops to go into NY and win a one game playoff. Seattle maybe, but Oakland no way. I don't even know how the As are over .500. So I think we will see NY and Houston in the divisional round.
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    Thoughts About Tonights 2nd Game With Boston

    So at the current rates, the Red Sox are projected to go 114-48 and the Os 48-114. That would be 66 games out of first place......and 54 games behind the 102 win pace of the Yankees. That is truly amazing. And perhaps even more amazing than that is the AL Central has FOUR terrible teams and one of them may actually finish with a worse record than the Os despite having to play within that terrible division 70+ times a year.
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    Bundy is Broken

    I would like to think so, but I also think that work environment does impact work performance to some extent. It is human nature and although it might be more obvious in office type environments, I think even in sports it can happen. And if he is injured, then he should not be pitching anymore.....period. I assume if he is out there he is healthy and can pitch....a very reasonable assumption for a terrible team that has nothing to gain in a lost season by throwing an injured man out on the mound.
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    Bundy is Broken

    Gausman pitched great last night and I suspect Bundy would do the exact same thing in a new environment. I think he is just much worse on the Orioles than he would be on a contending team because it has become completely acceptable to stink and underachieve on this team. Another team and manager might actually hold him accountable to be better and I think that would help him dramatically. I am not buying the injury excuse.....there is no way he should be this bad.
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    Coaching Staff

    If you can be as terrible as we are and not fire coaches, it really makes me wonder whether there is any real value in their jobs anyway. If you have a hitting coach and your team can't hit, then what exactly is that coach doing? What value is he adding to merit that paycheck? I do agree that at this point, you might as well wait until season's end. There is no harm in just riding this out for less than 2 months.
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    50 games left - call the record

    57-105, closing with a 23-27 record. Royals go 53-109.
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    50 games left - call the record

    The only thing more ridiculous than our current record is the fact that there is another team out there that is equally as terrible. Nobody is even within shouting distance of the O's and Royals, which goes to show you how ridiculous both teams have been this year. I think we end up with the No. 2 pick, as KC continues to torture us by always being just one step ahead.
  14. I could have done without the defensiveness honestly. Reporters are paid to ask questions just like he is paid to play baseball. Adults know this.... Wasn't one of the trade options to Philadelphia? Which is 100 miles from Baltimore? I do understand what his rights are but I would have thought that having a chance to play for a contending team this close to Baltimore and to exorcise his horrific October past would have been worth it....especially for all of three months. But perhaps not. Either way, what is done is done and I suspect in the offseason we will thank him very much for his service over the last decade and move on.
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    Where does our MILB system rank after

    It better be ranked way higher. I am sick of hearing about other teams having such good farm systems and hearing about us always near the bottom. This has gone on for too long. If we can't be the best at the major league level, it would be nice to be the best...or just really good....at SOME level.
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