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  1. o THURSDAY, AUGUST 13th *************************** VINNY & HAYNIE:)l What about Chance Sisco and his offensive resurgence ??? TONY PENTE:)l Yeah, there is no doubt that he has been locked in as of late, and he appears to be supremely confident at the plate. He is really seeing the strike-zone well, and laying off of some close pitches that are just missing the strike-zone. In the past, he has had trouble seeing the spin of the ball and not chasing bad pitches. He has added a little more strength to his body this season, and increased his launch angle. He
    5 points
  2. I try to not be a homer. There’s a lot to complain about on this team, but you know, maybe I’m starting to turn into a believer. I am not a member of Wildcard’s cult just yet, but I’m standing outside the door listening to the music, and it sounds pretty good. Maybe I’ll read a pamphlet....
    3 points
  3. o Keep in mind that when I post radio interviews of Tony Pente and Roy Firestone, I am paraphrasing ...... subsequently, there may be a thing or two in my transcriptions that may be somewhat amiss. o
    3 points
  4. Rio, Sisco, and Santander heating up. Article does not even mention Alberto who is absolutely on fire and Nunez who is mashing even relative to his usual production. https://www.mlb.com/news/orioles-ride-homers-extend-win-streak-phillies Team hitting stats: .262 AVG (#2 MLB), .331 OBP (#6 MLB), OPS .797 (#3 MLB). #22 in BB. Huge improvement so far vs last year when we were ranked in the 20's in most categories, and that was with Mancini and Villar! We are only #12 in runs scored but we've played fewer games than most of the teams ahead of us. Seems like everyone is improving in
    3 points
  5. Ok, fine. I'll grant you the assumption that this is a good team and that they can make the playoffs this year. But to think that this franchise is all of a sudden on the upswing because some players who were below average got marginally better or are enjoying career years and outplayed their peripherals is silly. It's very simple, the 1988 Orioles went 54-107. The 1989 team, as everyone knows, went 87-57 and went down to the final weekend in the playoff hunt. 1990, they were 76-85. And in 1991, they slid back even further to 67-95. While that 1989 team was great and a lot
    3 points
  6. Seems like a good day to see Akin’s debut.
    3 points
  7. I know this doesn't belong here. So move it when necessary. Just really thought people would like to see. This article is free btw. https://theathletic.com/1989076/2020/08/12/mostrong-the-boy-who-inspired-athletes-and-rallied-a-city/
    2 points
  8. o In 2019, the Orioles had a team batting average of .205)with the bases loaded. In 2020, the Orioles have a team batting average of .417 with the bases loaded. SOURCE: ) Jon Sciambi 2019: lllll .205 ll (23 for 112) 2020: lllll .417 ll (5 llfor ll12) o
    2 points
  9. Just love watching Hanser spray line drives all around the outfield. Old school AF!
    2 points
  10. Yes. It was a story that got passed around and around. The Orioles were not a pro cutter team at that time because it has been proven that throwing it takes away velocity of the 4 seam fastball. But some pitchers are great because of their cutter and they obviously would not thrive in an organization that was not in favor of it's top pitching prospects throwing it.
    2 points
  11. We just don't have enough pitchers available today to play those games. Phillips was going to pitch to that mostly righty section of the lineup no matter what. Now Bruce is due and Fry will be in. You put guys in to do a job and they either do it or fail.
    2 points
  12. Knowing I was working til 7 I didn't expect to see any of this game but I'm here know. Listened to our big inning on the drive home. So it wasn't bad judgement for Rio to make the first out at 3rd? Ruzious says so, but he's got "Ruiz" in his name so he might just be standing up for his distant cousin.
    2 points
  13. It was nothing like that. He threw seven different pitches as an Oriole. Was completely uncoachable. Never listened to a single coach until the Orioles gave him away and the Cubs sent him to the minors and said "you'll do this" Ask Scott McGregor or Mike Bordick if you don't trust me. He listened to Boras and would not go to the Orioles informal offseason strength program that even helped Chris TIllman.
    2 points
  14. Required a perfect throw and that is what they did. Can't be too upset.
    2 points
  15. A Delmon from Santander!
    2 points
  16. Wow, Valaika looking like a real major leaguer there! Great AB!!! Absolutely fantastic! Gutted out the run to first so we could score, too!
    2 points
  17. I like it. Thought it was really a fun vibe in Philly. I like their phony crowd noise too, complete with random horn blasts. Overall, I think the sound engineers are getting better at what they’re doing with experience.
    2 points
  18. Regarding Sisco re: Tony's take - It seems easy to me, that Sisco can get plenty of plate appearances as a left handed C/1B/DH that gives Severino (R), Nunez (R), and eventually Mountcastle (R) and Rutschman (S) days off. The backup catcher doesn't have to be a defensive specialist if the primary catcher is good (ie Rutschman), and even so, the Orioles can carry three C if need be.
    2 points
  19. Thank you for posting this interview. I missed it this time. I was a little bit surprised about the comments about Cisco behind the plate. I thought I heard the other night he ranked 8th behind the plate in pitch framing. He seems okay to me. He has less passed balls than Severino who seems to have one every game.
    2 points
  20. I’m just saying, what upside does Eshelman have and why does he deserve to start over Akin? Is it merely because he has been worked more and can throw more pitches? I believe we heard that Akin was up to the 70s in terms of pitch count while down at Bowie.
    2 points
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  22. o The Orioles have 13 innings to cover tomorrow when the two teams meet in addition to this afternoon's game ........ so in addition to getting jobbed because of the incompetence of the Nationals' grounds-crew, the Orioles' bullpen is going to have a pretty tall order in terms of continuing to find a way to scrape by over the next few days until their next day off on Monday. o
    2 points
  23. The benching of Davis would be a good start to contention.
    2 points
  24. There's a few potential all-stars in there.
    2 points
  25. Let's hope the tarp crew is up to the challenge.
    2 points
  26. Big Ben is insanely good. It’s amazing. “Finally,” he days after Sulser finally gets a call from the ump to end the game. Love it. Captured my feelings entirely.
    2 points
  27. Absolutely atrocious. Never seen umpiring that bad. 8th inning, tying run on second, Castro should have had Quinn struck out on #4. Phillies announcer said "3-1...I think? That looked right down the middle." Also given a free ball on#1. Game on the line, Sulser should have had Harper struck out on #4. Perfect pitch painting the corner.
    2 points
  28. Horn blasts arent phony. There's a group of 10 or 12 real fans who go to a gate of the stadium where they can see a tiny sliver of the field through bars and they sit in lawn chairs and stand on ladders and follow the game and blow horns and do some chants. They wear masks and say they social distance. The Phillies even turned on TVs over concession stands in their view so they can watch the game. They call themselves the Phandemic Crew or something like that. Aaron Boone and the Yankees actually complained about them saying the horn blasts were timed with pitches just like fans w
    2 points
  29. Tuned into the game late and then napped after 5 innings. I resumed on MLB-TV and am just now in the 8th. I noticed when Harper hit that triple in the 8th, with his hemet off and with that head band, he looks a lot like Kirstie Alley.
    1 point
  30. They let Bundy throw it when he got to the majors. Didn't Hunter have a trash one?
    1 point
  31. I missed first 10 minutes of game so I missed the Intro I think one of them is Chipper (ex-Brave).
    1 point
  32. Beats home plate to dugout baseball.
    1 point
  33. O’Day was a waiver claim. McLouth was signed after being released. Hardy was traded for Carlos Gomez then a year later we got him for Jim Hoey and Brett Jacobson. Davis was 25 when traded and probably where Stewart is now, on the verge of being a failed prospect. Tommy Hunter was nobody. Miguel Gonzalez came out of the Mexican league. Machado was a highly rated rookie who couldn’t even dominate AA. Jim Johnson was Mychal Givens without the strikeouts. Buck didn’t trust Tillman for the playoffs. I’ll grant you Jones, Markakis, and Wieters are more established than anything this year outside Igl
    1 point
  34. Doesn't look like there is any rain in the forecast after 7:00. No reason they can't delay the game until the showers move through.
    1 point
  35. I don't say much nice about the Athletic but kudos for them for not putting it behind a paywall.
    1 point
  36. Nick picked up his 500th double a couple of days ago and is now at 501. He’s 62nd on that particular list and the next five are all Hall of Famers: Dawson 503, Alomar 504, Perez 505, Ruth 506, Henderson 510. Nice company!
    1 point
  37. Akin would be a good follow up to Eshelman. Hopefully Eshelman can give them five innings and Akin can give them two.
    1 point
  38. I just checked the radar, I'm wondering if they play. At the earliest looks like they could play around 7:15 or so.
    1 point
  39. With Arrieta on the mound, I can not think of a good reason not to have Sisco in the lineup. This is not your normal day game after a night game with a 4pm start time. Although, taking a step from my Sisco fandom. Who was catching the suspended game against the Nats? I'm sure that Sisco will play in one of the games tomorrow. Just want this kid - he's still young even though he's been in the system since the 2013 draft - to get the most at bats at catcher.
    1 point
  40. His OPS was .726 3 days ago. And his career minor league OPS is .750. I don't think he has any value with his terrible defense.
    1 point
  41. Scoring 5 runs per game right now...….2nd in the AL in OPS. Keep it up boys! IDK how sustainable a pace this is but I choose to not even care!!!!111 woot!
    1 point
  42. In some areas of private industry, there's a (fairly brutal, honestly) performance management process called "stack ranking." In stack ranking, everyone's performance is compared against each other, using a combination of objective and subjective metrics. The elite few at the top get raises and/or promotions; the solid contributors get to coast along undisturbed; the struggling end up getting "help" to try to improve their performance; and the worst of the worst get fired. This happens on a monthly, bi-annual or yearly cadence depending on the company. Stack ranking of umpires would be ba
    1 point
  43. I've been harsh towards him in the past but I am happy to eat crow. What I've grown to appreciate is his plate discipline.
    1 point
  44. Not currently. This is a resurrected old thread without a title change. Last time Valaika was DFA'd was February to my knowledge.
    1 point
  45. 3B 1966 Brooks Robinson OPS 777 vs 2020 Ruiz 1112 so that's another win for 2020.
    1 point
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