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09-12-2013 09:00 AM #1
Why you are so frustrated with the Orioles this season
09-12-2013 09:05 AM #2
The disappearance of this teams hitting and pitching for stretches of the season
I still don't understand why Nate stopped running. When he was running, we were winning more
09-12-2013 09:06 AM #3
Pretty much agree. A Team with this defense and lineup shouldn't be in this position. The pitching has to be addressed, with primary focus on the bullpen.
09-12-2013 09:10 AM #4Hangout Blogger Hall of Fame
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Yeah, it's about as simple as you put it. Add to that the fact that the team was 14 games over .500 on July 22, and has played mediocre baseball ever since then (including going 3-12 in one-run games in that stretch). Every time it seems like they are starting to build a little momentum, it has fizzled.
That said, there are 17 games left and we still have a puncher's chance.
09-12-2013 09:14 AM #5
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09-12-2013 09:21 AM #8
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My frustration began last offseason when we made no upgrades while losing playoff hero Joe Saunders, and August Yankee killer Mark Reynolds.
I wasn't big on resigning either... I wanted to sign two players better than Joe Saunders and Mark Reynolds, we did nothing which led to the frustration of missing the playoffs.
My other big frustration is watching a team that refuses to take a walk. I love Manny and Adam but Adam is a lost caause from an OBP perspective and Manny is following his lead. Somebody needs to sit down with Manny in the offseason and explain to him that OBP is very very very important.
My last frustration is Jim Johnson who I lobbied for trading last offseason, and Matt Wieters who I think the O's should trade now (although his value has plummeted).
I watch Wieters and see a guy who does not set a good low target is horrible at pitch framing and is not being held accountable for a staff that leads the majors in HRs allowed.... and he is pretty close to an automatic out at the plate.
09-12-2013 09:22 AM #9
Lately it seems like following every single inning in which they manage to put up a run, whoever's pitching goes out and immediately craps it away.
I really do believe that the Arizona series took a chunk out of this team emotionally. Losing three consecutive walk offs is an extreme kick in the brain.
09-12-2013 09:24 AM #10
The bullpen is just horrible. People complain about Buck's usage, but what is he supposed to do? Everyone takes their turn choking away should-be victories. Whether it's Johnson, O'Day, Hunter, Gausman...pick one. There isn't one guy who comes out of that bullpen who inspires confidence.
09-12-2013 09:38 AM #11
Everything else we complain about -- some players' approaches at the plate, lapses in starting pitching, hitting slumps -- were present last year too. The only thing really different is the bullpen.
It is what it is. Our bullpen isn't very good, and that is probably going to wind up being the primary reason we miss the playoffs.
It still gets frustrating to read people posting things like "I'm disgusted with this team" or "I'm done with this team". I know it's just frustration and venting, but can you imagine just two years ago how much we would have LOVED to have a team about 10 games over .500 and within 2 games of a playoff spot in mid-September? Even if that team had serious flaws, and was probably going to miss the playoffs due to those flaws... everyone on this board that was here 2 years ago today still would have unanimously said how wonderful it would be to have a team in that position. Everyone. We would have said just being in a pennant race would be an unimaginable nirvana after 14 years of what we put up with. So to hear people now say they are disgusted, or "done" watching this team... is kind of shocking to me. I guess it shows how short-term people really are in their thinking.
09-12-2013 10:02 AM #12
It's just frustrating being so close. So many blown saves and one-run losses. So many innings where they just couldn't get that one hit to win a game or break a game open.
09-12-2013 10:03 AM #13
09-12-2013 10:07 AM #14
It's pretty simple Tony, and you nailed it.
This is probably the most frustrating O's team I've ever watched. The are capable of being the best team in baseball, and none of the breaks are falling this year. Hopefully, this is just evening out last year and next year we can just avoid the Baseball Gods and their making everything even out policy.
09-12-2013 10:14 AM #15
The baseball gods are a funny bunch. They like to remind every one that nothing is certain. As La Russa liked to say, "the baseball gods are cruel, they'll bite you in the @$$, and if you respect the game, they'll still bite you, hopefully not as hard." The Rangers, Rays, and Indians, are being bitten just as hard.