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  1. 5 points
    How could any player that Elias has traded be part of the future core?
  2. 3 points
    All three of Valdez' blown saves were of the one-run variety. An average team wins 86.7% of games when they're the home team going to the ninth with a one-run lead. 81.8% going to the bottom of the ninth as the visitor. Presumably some of that 86.7% is allowing a run and then winning in the bottom of the ninth or later. So average save percentage in those situations are... maybe 80%? 75%? It just so happens that all the earned runs he's allowed have come in one-run chunks with a one-run lead. In any case, 72.7% of 11 save opportunities in mid-May of 2021 is not a concern. One save difference on either end is a 25% swing. Not a concern unless finishing in 4th place instead of 5th is a huge deal this year.
  3. 3 points
    First of all, Valdez has been solid so far. Yes, small sample size and all that. But no closer converts 100% of save opportunities. I don't think Tanner Scott is ready to take over the closer spot, there's also not another really valid option at the moment. Valdez wasn't sharp tonite and it remains to be seen if he can close at a consistent clip. I don't see the harm in letting him keep getting save opportunities until he shows he's not the guy for the job. This year, anyway.
  4. 2 points
    According to this article, Camden Yards can increase to 50 percent capacity on May 17. I haven't seen the Orioles make an announcement yet. https://www.southbmore.com/2021/05/13/maryland-and-baltimore-city-to-end-most-covid-19-restrictions/
  5. 2 points
    The one thing we know about Chris Tillman is he is a quality individual. A class act. I think Cressey Sports is in Palm Beach. Across the state from his home in Sarasota. I have no problem with Chris signing a minor league contract and working with the O's rehab personnel in Sarasota if that helps him. I wouldn't spend much money on the chance that he might come back but having a good person like him workout with the O's young players doing rehab is a plus in my book. I can't think a better person for Carter Baumler to be around.
  6. 2 points
    https://www.orioleshangout.com/2021/05/03/orioles-minor-league-depth-chart/ As of May 13th Orioles minor league depth chart AAA Norfolk Tides AA Bowie Baysox A+ Aberdeen A- Delmarva C Brett Cumberland C Adley Rutschman C Maverick Handley C Jordan Cannon 1B Tyler Nevin 1B J.C. Escarra 1B Andrew Daschbach 1B J.D. Mundy 2B Jahmai Jones 2B Terrin Vavra 2B AJ Graffanino 2B Darell Hernaiz 3B Rylan Bannon 3B Patrick Dorrian 3B Andrew Martinez 3B Jordan Westburg SS Richie Martin SS Cadyn Grenier SS Joey Ortiz SS Gunnar Henderson LF Stevie Wilkerson LF Zach Jarrett LF Johnny Rizer LF Mason Javrin CF Ryan McKenna CF Jaylen Ferguson CF Zach Watson CF Hudson Haskin RF Yusniel Diaz RF Robert Neustrom RF Kyle Stowers RF Dylan Harris DH Chris Shaw DH Willy Yahn DH Shayne Fontana DH Trevor Kehe Bench Bench Bench Bench 3B Seth Mejias-Brean IF Malquin Canelo IF Toby Welk INF Anthony Servideo IF Mason McCoy IF Alexis Torres IF Adam Hall C Ramon Rodriguez C Taylor Davis C Chris Hudgins C Cody Roberts OF Doran Turchin C Austin Wynns C Christopher Burgess OF Christopher Cespedes 1B Ryan Ripken OF JC Encarnacion Starting Pitching Starting Pitching Starting Pitching Starting Pitching SP Zac Lowther SP DL Hall SP Grayson Rodriguez SP Zach Peek SP Josh Rogers SP Kyle Bradish SP Garrett Stallings SP Jake Lyons SP Spenser Watkins SP Cameron Bishop SP Kyle Brnovich SP Brandon Young SP Konner Wade SP Kevin Smith SP Drew Rom SP Shane Davis SP Bruce Zimmermann SP Ofelky Peralta SP Blaine Knight SP Noah Denoyer SP Alexander Wells SP SP SP Relief Pitching Relief Pitching Relief Pitching Relief Pitching RP Mickey Jannis RP David Lebron RP Kade Strowd SP Leonardo Rodriguez RP Tom Eshelman RP Cody Sedlock RP Morgan McSweeney SP Adam Stauffer RP Cody Carroll RP Nick Vespi RP Ryan Wilson SP Griffin McLarty RP Dusten Knight RP Diogenes Almengo RP Easton Lucas RP Ignacio Feliz RP Isaac Mattson RP Gray Fenter RP Nick Roth RP Houston Roth RP Jay Flaa RP Steven Klimek RP Kevin Magee RP Thomas Girard RP Marcos Diplan RP Tyler Joyner RP Connor Gillispie RP Kyle Martin RP Evan Phillips RP Luis Perez RP Felix Bautista RP Xavier Moore RP Fernando Abad RP Tim Naughton RP Ryan Conroy RP Shelton Perkins RP Manny Barreda RP Tyler Erwin RP Garrett Farmer RP Jack Prizina RP Claudio Custodio RP RP Clayton McGinness RP Ryan Watson RP Conner Greene RP RP Jonathan Pendergast RP Ryan Conroy RP RP IL Dallas Litscher - RP RP Jensen Elliott IL Michael Baumann -SP IL Brenan Hanifee IL Heston Kjerstad - OF IL Nick Ciuffo - C IL Reed Hayes IL Eric Hanhold
  7. 2 points
    Predictable. Home run and double? Stay under the bridge. Two strikeouts? Come out and scream that the sky is falling. LOL
  8. 1 point
    I would honestly like to see the evidence to support the decision. I think they are guessing. If they aren't I'd be interested in what data they have collected.
  9. 1 point
    Did the O’s bring back Tom “green light” Trebelhorn as third base coach?
  10. 1 point
    Poor baserunning team. SMH
  11. 1 point
    You mean saying he 'looks like a little leaguer" is gross exaggeration?
  12. 1 point
    Gilbert gets the start and Kellenic no doubt will be in the lineup. Can you imagine the hype around here if we called up Rutschman and DL Hall and started them in the same game? This is basically the same thing. (MLB.com has Kellenic the #4 prospect in MLB, and Gilbert #43).
  13. 1 point
    I think it is far more likely that Mancini is traded than he is extended. If we are one RH 2 WAR DH from contention in 2023 I am sure we can find one without needing to pay Mancini in '22.
  14. 1 point
    Even though the Padres signed Manny a year before they were really ready to compete, they had a spectacular farm system with a bunch of high ceiling guys very close to the majors. Our farm system is much improved but not at that level, so I tend to doubt the O’s will make that type of investment this offseason. But, maybe things will look different at year end.
  15. 1 point
    And what international financial disaster were the Astros dealing with at the time? Context matters. Unless it interferes with the narrative.
  16. 1 point
    Is this just a shtick, or do you honestly think that the O’s don’t plan on adding payroll when they think their young players provide a foundation to compete? Certainly we saw in 2012-17 that the O’s ramped up their spending to try to win. That’s certainly what Houston did once they felt the team was ready. So what makes you think this is likely to be different? Or is that even what you think? If your answer is, the sons are cheaper than the father, we’ll see about that. Maybe they will be a little cheaper due to economic factors that have affected the team, MASN and the law firm. But in general, I expect them to ramp up when the timing looks right in Elias’ professional judgment.
  17. 1 point
    Blame? The reason we've gotten to shifts and three true outcomes and eight relievers a game is that people decided to follow the information and the facts and the analysis. You get lots of money and fame for winning more, plus you don't get fired as often. It was inevitable. If people don't like the outcomes of discovering the truth, then change the game so that those truths aren't as relevant.
  18. 1 point
  19. 1 point
    Given that the minds and the financial books of the Angelos family are unavailable to us... none of us come to the discussion with anything but our interpretation of events with which to make out points. That includes you.
  20. 1 point
    The Angelos family owned the team before. And they own them now. The premise being asserted seems to be that the Sons are Cheapskates, and the Father was not. I offered an alternative explanation. That perhaps the father spent recklessly. And the sons are not cheapskates, but are attempting to learn from their father's mistakes... And will spend when they deem it prudent and sustainable. It would seem to me that this is a more likely explanation. I guess time will tell.
  21. 1 point
  22. 1 point
    Almost everybody now has these upper cut swings, whether they have power or not. The problem with this approach is guys without legitimate power are not going to see major increases in power, but there averages are going to tumble and the strikeouts are going to rise. I watched Adam Hall last night strike out three times with his new upper cut approach. I'm seeing it from the opposition as well. Guys who don't really have stuff to be striking out a guy an inning are doing so because everyone seems to be trying to hit home runs. The other thing is all the pitchers are maxing out effort because they know they are only going 5 innings at most, and three or less for relievers.
  23. 1 point
    Elias wants to push a narrative to the fan base to make it look like ownership isn’t a bunch of cheap SOBs.
  24. 1 point
    This game is about as much fun as watching paint dry. Ho hum Harvey and a sleeping offense is not good baseball.
  25. 1 point
    If he has good command and isn’t walking guys, he is probably amongst the top 5 pitching prospects in baseball.
  26. 1 point
    https://www.masnsports.com/school-of-roch/2021/05/updating-flaa-and-baumann-orioles-and-mets-lineups.html Also, some positive news on Baumann.
  27. 1 point
  28. 1 point
    No Mr Garceau, the pitcher spot isn't third. The whole point of the double switch was to move the pitcher spot. Urias is third this inning.
  29. 1 point
  30. 1 point
    FWIW, they are bringing the only LH bat on their bench in to replace Almora. So the pinch hitter for the pitcher starti g the bottom of the inning has to be a righty, as is the second batter. So probably we stick with Plutko for 2 more batters
  31. 1 point
    It's like golfers complaining how a course is mowed and set up.... IT PLAYS THE SAME ON BOTH SIDES! Deal with it. Change. Evolve. Don't change a 150 year old game because some stupid commish thinks HE can MAGICALLY make it better all of a sudden.
  32. 1 point
    Glad Flaa finally got to make his ML debut, but, no, I doubt anyone will agonize over this loss.
  33. 1 point
    Can we fix the thread title to spell his name correctly?
  34. 1 point
    I for one LOVE this idea. I’m sure it will come with it’s own challenges, but it always feels (in normal times) like prospect lists are antiquated after a month or so. I’m sure this year it will be even more variable.
  35. 1 point
    I see a lot of potential in Lopez. Fortunate that the O's can afford to be patient with him.
  36. 1 point
    The league batting average is lower than any year in the modern era so far this year, even 1968. There have been 4 or 5 no hitters and over a dozen no hitters into the 6th or 7 innings. There have been two games in the last 5 days in the majors that were 0-0 into extra innings.
  37. 1 point
  38. 1 point
  39. 1 point
    Gametime: 7:05 PM Forecast: Cool. Scattered showers during the day, should mostly be gone by night. If one does pop up during the game it will be minimal. Promotions: -- 6:42 PM Pregame Ceremony honoring John Means No HItter -- Negro Leagues Night: all fans receive a Baltimore Elite Giants Cap. (I like the cap, but question the timing of giving away a red and blue cap with a B on the front on a night when we are playing the Red Sox) Roster Move: Zac Lowther recalled from Norfolk; Isaac Mattson optioned to Norfolk Matchup: Garret Richards (R) vs Zac Lowther (L) -- Lowther's first major league start Lineups 1. Michael Chavis (R) 2B 2. Alex Verdugo (L) CF 3. J.D. Martinez (R) DH 4. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS 5. Rafael Devers (L) 3B 6. Christian Vazquez (R) C 7. Marwin Gonzalez (S) LF 8. Hunter Renfroe (R) RF 9. Bobby Dalbec (R) 1B 1. Cedric Mullins (L) CF 2. Austin Hays (R) LF 3. Trey Mancini (R) 1B 4. DJ Stewart (L) RF 5. Ryan Mountcastle (R) DH 6. Freddy Galvis (S) SS 7. Maikel Franco (R) 3B 8. Chance Sisco (L) C 9. Rio Ruiz (L) 2B Orioles Bench Pedro Severino (R) Ramon Urias (R) Pat Valaika (R) Orioles Bullpen (last used) Available Shawn Armstrong (0.1 IP, 12p Monday) Paul Fry* (0.2 IP, 11p Tuesday) Travis Lakins (0.0 IP, 12p Tuesday) Adam Plutko (1.2 IP, 30p Tuesday) Tanner Scott* (1.0 IP, 7p Tuesday) Cesar Valdez (1.0 IP, 10p Monday) May be available: Dillon Tate (1.1 IP, 13p last night) Probably Not available: Cole Sulser (1.2 IP, 21p last night) Tyler Wells (1.1 IP, 16p last night) *Lefthanders indicated by asterisk
  40. 1 point
    That has always been true, welcome to the party.
  41. 1 point
    Given that he has no options, and has pitched well in the minors and in the past in the majors, and has a decent fastball, I think Armstrong isn't going anywhere soon. But he has already been "demoted" to lower leverage bullpen innings. I think they will keep working with Lopez for now. We've already seen some up and down between the majors and minors with the likes of Zimmerman, Akin, and Lowther and I think that will continue all year. So, honestly, I don't expect to see many heads rolling anytime soon.
  42. 1 point
    They want to keep payroll down and delay starting as many service time clocks as they can. You need cheap arms to eat innings to do that. Holt and company aren't Rumpelstiltskin, they are not capable of weaving straw into gold. Frankly they have more important things to be working on.
  43. 1 point
    I’d sign for that in blood. That’s the 2021 version of a quality start.
  44. 1 point
    I disagreem. Mustard + relish on my dogs.
  45. 1 point
    Depending on when you went to school, a C hasn't ever really been average. The average GPA in college was about a 2.3 in 1920, and about 3.0 now. The average high school GPA was about 2.7 in 1990, which tracks reasonably well with colleges at the same time period. So "average" has ranged between a C+ to a B in the past 90 years.
  46. 1 point
    I think the average fan (or at least the average fan who posts on a site like this) would grade out their team's manager and GM at about a C-/D+. Like my Dad, who is a more casual fan, but believes the average professional manager/GM is about one or two brain cells removed from not being able to find their way home at night.
  47. 1 point
    John Means one pitch better than HOFer Mike Mussina. https://www.nytimes.com/2001/09/03/sports/baseball-mussina-misses-yankees-4th-perfect-game-by-one-pitch.html One thing that I never expected is to see was Severino calling a no hit game. But he did. Means barely shook off Severino's calls all game. Sevy is getting a lot of grief for not catching a catchable wild pitch but no one will ever take away that he called a no hitter.
  48. 1 point
    I am quite familiar with your posts and I know you love a good fight. I am not interested in a fight. This is a message board on the internet, I posted my thoughts. Regarding your referenced article, do you believe then the Orioles got a deep understanding of what makes him tick & overall background from that single zoom call? I guess you do.
  49. 1 point
    It was very hard to get information as even some of my contacts seemed leery on giving up much info, especially anything about injuries or who wasn't pitching. I'm guessing this comes from above. I got the same thing as some of the Orioles press about Ortiz gaining some weight and really hitting the ball with authority. I saw on some video posted on Twitter that Zach Peek was hitting 94 MPH this spring and supposedly pitching 92-94. Felix Bautista was hitting 100 MPH. Heard Conner Greene started slow but has thrown the ball much better of late and that Fernando Abad and Eric Hanhold both could help the team this year in some roles if needed. I'm just glad the season is getting started so we can see for ourselves finally.
  50. 1 point
    And if this doesn't have to do with Balmer I don't know what does. [video=youtube;sjzZh6-h9fM] Jimi's take. Be ready for the O! It comes right after some feedback and dive bombers and explosions and stuff.
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