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  1. 21 points
    The back to back outings of Akin and Kremer, and emergence of Mountcastle the last two weeks and even the short outburst of Stewart just has me feeling like maybe this team has a future.
  2. 9 points
    The O's continue their quest to acquire every first rounder from the 2015 draft. They now have 6 of the 42 first rounders (Tate, Fulmer, Richie Martin, DJ Stewart, Mountcastle, and Tyler Nevin). They also have Eshelman who was the 46th player selected in that draft.
  3. 7 points
    Dan Duquette was a good GM for the O's. There is that what you are looking for? Dan had a tough job. Peter Angelos was not easy to work for and did not give Dan a free hand to do what he wanted. Peter sometimes directed player signings. And Buck didn't not report to Dan. Buck could go around Dan any time he wanted to the owner. So the two butted heads at times. It was a different time and a different organizational structure and in spite of that Dan was Executive of the Year in 2014 for getting the O's deep into the playoffs. Elias acknowledges that many of the players now with the O's where drafted by Dan. Elias is not trying to take credit for that. However Dan never had the player development system that Elias has built nor the analytics. That is probably not Dan's fault because the money went for players not infrastructure under Peter Angelos. But acknowledge what Elias is doing. I am happy for Dylan Bundy but trading him was the right thing to do in a rebuild. Dylan's fastball was 96+ in his early years. Injuries took there toll. His fastball now averages 90 now according to Brook Baseball. He is not same pitcher he was and probably not good match for Camden Yards and its 318 down the right field line and 365 to left center. Angels Park is 350 down the right field line and 390 to left center. Most of the other parks in the AL East are small also. Dylan pitched 5 times at home. Twice in Oakland and once Seattle. All much larger parks than in the AL East. And in those 8 starts Dylan has given up 4 homers. In 2018 for the O's Dylan gave up 41 homers in 31 games. Its hard to win that way. And I don't know how you can say that Dylan was traded for nothing. Maybe your scouting ability is really good but three of the players received were 22 and 23 years old. Elias puts them into his player development system and who knows how good they will be. I think Elias probably scouted some of those players for the draft. So Dan was good, Elias is good and Dylan is doing well. And all is right with the world.
  4. 6 points
    The question becomes "where do you play him?" We have a CF in Mullins who is 2 for his last 4
  5. 5 points
  6. 5 points
    This is kinda where I am on this. Basically they are two extra young guys that I'm guessing that Koby Perez liked at some point. Givens is a free agent at the end of the year and Bleier is a 33-year old reliever. It's hard to gauge them off their DSL stats, but they seem to have some body upside and were given decent bonuses that suggest they both have some upside.
  7. 5 points
    How do the Dodgers do it? You certainly don’t need high draft picks to have a good farm system.
  8. 5 points
    Thanks for the tweet-worthy thought, @now
  9. 4 points
    Talk about "lack of imagination..." -- I'm talking about the ZiPS figures, not Szymborski or the Orioles. Hardly seems worth running the projections over five years if there's so little variation from year to year for each of those players. Maybe I'm just spoiled by wildly fluctuating careers in baseball sim games... or reality itself.
  10. 4 points
    The possible emergence of TWO starting pitchers not named D L Hall or Grayson Rodriguez leaves me feeling positively giddy over the future!
  11. 4 points
    Cedric Mullins has seven bunt hits this year, more bunt hits than any other team in the league. As a team, the O’s have 12 bunt hits, twice as many as the second place Phillies. The O’s also lead the majors in successful sacrifice bunts, with 11 in 12 attempts. I have to admit, I’m really enjoying watching well-executed small ball. For years it seemed like the O’s were utterly inept at laying down a bunt. I realize there’s a lot of downside to giving up an out with a sac bunt, but if you’re going to do it, at least do it well. By the way, the O’s are batting .444 when bunting for a hit, led by Mullins with a cool .777 in his 9 attempts to bunt for a hit. Here’s a nice article on the buntin’ Birds. https://www.mlb.com/orioles/news/orioles-bunting-more-than-every-mlb-team
  12. 4 points
    It was a solid haul for Givens. The PTBNL could be a young, lottery ticket, ala the Cashner deal too. We just don’t know yet. That being said, you only had one more year of Givens. Elias said this was the best offer he got for him since he has been the GM. I believe him, even if the service time is less. He hadn’t pitched well since Elias got here but he has pitched well in a SSS this year. Elias has said Nevin will start at first in Norfolk next year. I would say my only issue with the trade is that Nevin appears to be another 1st/DH/COer and we have a lot of those. Vavra has a legit shot at being the starting second baseman long term. Good defensively, good hit tool and knows the strike zone. Can he develop anymore power? That will probably be the difference between him being a UTI player or a starter.
  13. 3 points
    No, they both had to be added to the 60-man squads of their original teams and then put on the 60-man squad of the Orioles. I suppose that since the season is nearly over, it’s easier now to add someone to the 60-man squad and not be concerned that you’d actually need that spot for someone who might be called to the majors. So, that explains why it’s easier to do this now instead of when the trades were made originally. But I don’t really see any advantage to doing it now as opposed to waiting for the offseason.
  14. 3 points
    Austin Hays threw three strikes to 2B from LF today. First one beat Nick Markakis, but Hanser Alberto dropped the ball while applying the tag. Second one almost nabbed Ronald Acuña, who made a good slide and almost got tagged when his hand slipped off the bag. Third time was the charm - the throw arrived same time as Freddie Freeman who lost contact with the bag and got tagged. If anything, the third throw was the least accurate of the three, but still resulted in the runner getting tagged out. Hays came that close to getting three OF assists in one night. His arm is very impressive - both strong and accurate.
  15. 3 points
    We just activated a lefthanded first baseman from the DL!
  16. 3 points
    Jim Callis weighed in on our draft with Melewski today: “I thought it was one of the deeper drafts, one of the best drafts,” said Callis. “If I remember correctly, we had Kjerstad ranked 10th on our draft list. I did hear a lot of Baltimore media getting asked, ‘How could they take the 10th guy at No. 2?’ Well, there was not that big of a gap between 2 and 10. “Now, they got a great deal. They got him for over $2 million under slot, which allowed them to do some other things. Plus, this guy hit from the start in the SEC and was the best lefty power hitter in the draft on the college side. And I think 6 to 10 were jumbled up for a lot of clubs. You could argue they got the sixth-best player. Because he was going to go lower, they got a great deal. You have to get talent and they took a talented guy at 2 and poured that money into Mayo and Baumler. “If they had taken Austin Martin at two, you look at what he got from the Blue Jays, they wouldn’t have saved the money to get those guys. All six of their picks are interesting. You don’t usually get six guys that are close to the top 100 and sign them all.” Callis said there were things to like about each O’s selection. “Kjerstad is the best lefty power hitter in the draft. Westburg, another SEC performer. Shortstop with power, profiles at third base if he doesn’t stick at short. Real interesting guy. Hudson Haskin, a really gifted center fielder. Didn’t fly under the radar, but in a normal year he might have gone higher. He’s a tooled-up center fielder who as a draft-eligible sophomore played a year and change. So, he wasn’t as heavily scouted as guys who had been around for three years. Anthony Servideo really came on this spring. Had a great spring. Slick fielder and showed a lot more with the bat. Coby Mayo has the power and arm strength you want at third base. And Baumler is a projectable, athletic pitcher who no one thought was going to be signable and the Orioles got him. “These aren’t just like interesting guys that go into the top 30. They’re all guys with a good amount of upside. It was a pretty impressive haul.” MLBPipeline.com’s new O’s top 30, rates Kjerstad No. 3, Westburg No. 7, Haskin No. 14, Baumler No. 19, Servideo No. 21 and Mayo No. 25. https://www.masnsports.com/steve-melewski/2020/09/jim-callis-with-props-for-os-draft-plus-other-notes.html
  17. 3 points
    Jim Callis weighed in on our draft with Melewski today: “I thought it was one of the deeper drafts, one of the best drafts,” said Callis. “If I remember correctly, we had Kjerstad ranked 10th on our draft list. I did hear a lot of Baltimore media getting asked, ‘How could they take the 10th guy at No. 2?’ Well, there was not that big of a gap between 2 and 10. “Now, they got a great deal. They got him for over $2 million under slot, which allowed them to do some other things. Plus, this guy hit from the start in the SEC and was the best lefty power hitter in the draft on the college side. And I think 6 to 10 were jumbled up for a lot of clubs. You could argue they got the sixth-best player. Because he was going to go lower, they got a great deal. You have to get talent and they took a talented guy at 2 and poured that money into Mayo and Baumler. “If they had taken Austin Martin at two, you look at what he got from the Blue Jays, they wouldn’t have saved the money to get those guys. All six of their picks are interesting. You don’t usually get six guys that are close to the top 100 and sign them all.” Callis said there were things to like about each O’s selection. “Kjerstad is the best lefty power hitter in the draft. Westburg, another SEC performer. Shortstop with power, profiles at third base if he doesn’t stick at short. Real interesting guy. Hudson Haskin, a really gifted center fielder. Didn’t fly under the radar, but in a normal year he might have gone higher. He’s a tooled-up center fielder who as a draft-eligible sophomore played a year and change. So, he wasn’t as heavily scouted as guys who had been around for three years. Anthony Servideo really came on this spring. Had a great spring. Slick fielder and showed a lot more with the bat. Coby Mayo has the power and arm strength you want at third base. And Baumler is a projectable, athletic pitcher who no one thought was going to be signable and the Orioles got him. “These aren’t just like interesting guys that go into the top 30. They’re all guys with a good amount of upside. It was a pretty impressive haul.” MLBPipeline.com’s new O’s top 30, rates Kjerstad No. 3, Westburg No. 7, Haskin No. 14, Baumler No. 19, Servideo No. 21 and Mayo No. 25. https://www.masnsports.com/steve-melewski/2020/09/jim-callis-with-props-for-os-draft-plus-other-notes.html
  18. 3 points
    Thanks for asking. I still have some swelling in my Maxillary sinuses, it looks like most of my issues were there. Bent down yesterday and had a bit of a nosebleed issue that was a bummer. It's still uncomfortable, thankfully I haven't had any pain issues. I go in for post-op on Tuesday.
  19. 3 points
    Fast guys who can bunt with pinpoint accuracy will become the new moneyball market inefficiency. The Mullins Revolution has arrived.
  20. 3 points
    With Iglesias DH-ing and Valaika and Velazquez at second and short tonight, another infielder was needed.
  21. 3 points
    Let’s get back to baseball. I don’t want to rehash the past.
  22. 3 points
    I know this thread doesn’t really belong here, but since it exists, I’ll mention that the next double Nick hits, he’ll tie some guy named Babe Ruth at 506.
  23. 3 points
    Francisca is from Curacao, turned 18 two weeks ago. Bencosme is from the DR, turns 18 in December. Signed on August 14, according to his Instagram.
  24. 2 points
    Don’t think so. Revenue must be down by a lot more than 3B. Have a look at my thread on last year’s Forbes numbers. The average team has gate revenues of $94 mm — that’s $2.82 bb lost right there. Then consider that local TV revenues (per another Forbes article, $2.3 bb) are probably down proportionally to the number of games — that’s another $1.4 bb down. Then there’s the National TV revenue - whatever portion of that relates to the regular season probably reduced proportionally. So it’s got to be at least a $5 B revenue loss for MLB overall, maybe more. Not sure if it translates to a $3 BB loss, though. MLB had net income of $40 mm per team of $1.2 B in 2018. Subtract $5 BB lost revenue but add in $3 B in payroll deductions and you’re only $800 mm in the hole. I’m sure there are other revenue and cost reductions that I haven’t mentioned that would move the needle from there, but it seems unlikely it would swing $2.2 B lower than what I calculated here .
  25. 2 points
    Yikes, I'm really surprised it wasn't a hybrid between 2019 and 2020. Seems a bit unfair that a 60 game schedule with 7-inning no headers and severely uneven schedules should decide the draft order completely. I guess the only good news is this isn't official yet. The article states, ESPN.com’s Jeff Passan reports that teams’ 2020 records are “highly likely” to be used to determine the order of selection.
  26. 2 points
    Yes, absolutely. Connie Mack was a brilliant manager, with several dynastic teams. His late 20s teams had several seasons where they finished 10+ games in front of the Ruth-Gehrig Yankees. But he was an old-old school owner, in that he had few resources outside of the A's. If they weren't making money there was NO cushion to fall back on, they were in real danger of going bankrupt. So twice he was put in a position where he feared that paying players market rates (which seem comically small compared to today) would put the future of the organization in doubt, so he sold off everyone making much more than a few thousand dollars a year. As I mentioned the first case was during the battle with the Federal League, which paid players much more than the AL/NL to jump. And the second was in the early 30s after the Depression hit. In 1932 the A's were coming off that string of fantastic seasons and drew under 300k fans for the season. A team with multiple HOFers in one of the bigger cities in the country beating the Yanks at their own game, and they were drawing fans like the York Revolution does today.
  27. 2 points
  28. 2 points
    Where did this guy come from? Has he been pitching in Mexico or overseas all these years? According to BB-Ref he pitched in MLB as far back in 2010 and as recently as 2017, without much success and never more than a cup of coffee. He's great fun to watch. I don't think he ever throws a fastball. Everything is slow or slower, but he gets lots of movement and throws strikes. He seems unflappable, befitting a 36-year old baseball lifer who's probably seen it all. I see no reason not to give him the chance to win the closer job for the rest of the year and going into next season. He strikes me as a folk hero in the making.
  29. 2 points
    The Orioles are now 23-31. A whole bunch of us picked 21 and have now been eliminated, as did people who picked 22, and the two people who picked a winning record. Only a few people left who could be right:
  30. 2 points
    Its funny how people want instant satisfaction with MLB call ups and are unwilling to focus on very solid minor league numbers. Not every team is 25 stars, and you have to develop the role players as well.
  31. 2 points
    How about now? Maybe not quite?
  32. 2 points
    Absolutely. I'd rather pick around 11th and have guys like Mountcastle and Kremer look like they're a strong part of the next competitive club than pick 1st and have everyone we brought up look totally lost
  33. 2 points
    Mountcastle, .9 rWAR in 19 games, 74 PA Santander, 1.3 rWAR in 37 games, 165 PA. Mountcastle is younger.
  34. 2 points
    While most guys on the top of the speed list are a hair faster in their mid-20s, their top speed doesn't seem to drastically decrease in the early 30s. Sterling Marte posted the second best average sprint speed of his career at age 31, and he is still able to post >30 fps this year at age 32. I am increasingly feeling like baseball performance degradation with age has more to do with the grind and the risk of injury, rather than an actual loss of skill. I suspect that a player like Barry Bonds could still hit Major League pitching at age 56, assuming his vision is still good. The problem is that he can't do it every day, and he certainly can't do it without risking injury at a much higher rate than a younger person. I've noticed similar things in in football, watching players like Darryl Green outrunning everyone at age 40. I think that's why golfers can play into their 40s - aside from being a lower impact sport, you can take weeks off without really hurting your competitive standing, so if you're not feeling great, you take a week off, play a round, hit a few range balls, rehab any nagging injuries, and go back to hitting the ball 400 yards next week.
  35. 2 points
    So since way back in 2019 there have been 14 instances of a player hitting more homers than games for four or more games. Twice last year players hit six homers in four games. Luke Voit and Aaron Judgt had six homers in five games this year. Nelson Cruz totally legally hit seven in five last year at the age of 73. Rk Name Strk Start End Games AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SO BB 1 Paul Goldschmidt 2019-07-22 2019-07-27 6 24 9 9 0 0 6 13 5 2 2 Bobby Dalbec 2020-09-05 2020-09-10 5 18 6 7 0 0 5 7 8 2 3 Luke Voit 2020-08-17 2020-08-26 5 17 7 8 0 0 6 9 2 3 4 Aaron Judge 2020-07-29 2020-08-02 5 19 9 7 0 0 6 13 7 2 5 Max Muncy 2019-08-15 2019-08-21 5 16 7 5 0 0 5 8 4 7 6 Nelson Cruz 2019-07-22 2019-07-26 5 21 9 10 0 0 7 11 4 2 7 Yuli Gurriel 2019-07-02 2019-07-07 5 21 8 9 1 0 6 13 2 2 8 Jose Altuve 2019-04-08 2019-04-13 5 21 7 9 0 0 6 10 5 1 9 Jeff McNeil 2020-09-06 2020-09-09 4 13 4 7 0 0 4 8 2 4 10 DJ Stewart 2020-09-05 2020-09-09 4 14 8 8 0 0 5 7 4 2 11 Randal Grichuk 2020-08-16 2020-08-19 4 18 6 8 1 0 5 13 3 0 12 Brandon Lowe 2020-08-12 2020-08-15 4 19 8 10 2 0 4 9 4 1 13 Dominic Smith 2020-08-12 2020-08-15 4 17 6 8 3 0 4 8 3 2 14 Bo Bichette 2020-08-09 2020-08-14 4 18 7 9 0 0 4 8 2 2 15 Anthony Rendon 2020-08-10 2020-08-14 4 13 6 6 0 0 4 5 1 5 16 Fernando Tatis Jr. 2020-08-05 2020-08-09 4 16 6 8 0 0 5 7 3 1 17 Eugenio Suarez 2019-08-25 2019-08-28 4 18 6 8 1 0 4 5 4 0 18 Tom Murphy 2019-08-13 2019-08-20 4 16 6 8 1 0 6 10 3 2 19 Aristides Aquino 2019-08-06 2019-08-10 4 16 7 9 1 0 6 9 5 1 20 Ronald Acuna Jr. 2019-08-06 2019-08-09 4 19 8 9 0 0 5 9 6 1 21 Pete Alonso 2019-08-05 2019-08-09 4 14 4 5 0 0 4 6 3 1 22 Jose Ramirez 2019-07-25 2019-07-28 4 19 5 8 2 0 4 8 1 2 23 Cameron Maybin 2019-06-15 2019-06-18 4 16 6 9 0 0 4 4 2 0 24 Nelson Cruz 2019-06-05 2019-06-09 4 17 4 7 0 0 4 6 6 2 25 Roberto Perez 2019-06-04 2019-06-08 4 12 4 5 1 0 4 7 1 2 26 Robinson Chirinos 2019-06-01 2019-06-06 4 15 7 5 0 0 4 6 4 5 27 Renato Nunez 2019-05-22 2019-05-25 4 13 7 7 0 0 4 8 2 1 28 Freddie Freeman 2019-05-16 2019-05-19 4 18 6 8 1 0 4 6 2 1 29 Marcell Ozuna 2019-04-14 2019-04-17 4 16 6 6 0 0 5 9 3 2 30 Mitch Moreland 2019-04-05 2019-04-11 4 18 4 5 1 0 4 7 5 0 31 Daniel Vogelbach 2019-04-02 2019-04-08 4 13 6 8 2 0 5 9 2 4 32 Mike Trout 2019-04-04 2019-04-07 4 11 5 6 0 0 5 9 2 6 33 Christian Yelich 2019-03-28 2019-03-31 4 12 6 6 1 0 4 8 1 6
  36. 2 points
    Valiaka the Rakera is doing fine as a backup 1B. Let Nunez take some time to heal his hamstring. Then he can come back and take over 1B. As long as he keep hitting Valaika can stay in the lineup giving rest to the other regulars. Mancini is next year's 1B. Rio found his stroke just when it looked like he was going to get benched. He now on a streak hitting for a 1067 OPS in September. Nothing wrong with Sisco backing up Severino until AR is ready. Holaday adds experience when needed. But Holaday will not stay on the 40 man roster over the winter. I think Iglesias is the DH two thirds of the time the rest of this season in an effort to keep him in the lineup.
  37. 2 points
    I get that people don’t want to get overly excited because we have had so many failed pitching prospects, just like basically every team has. But these are different pitchers and we have different people involved in the process of developing them...and the people who are doing it have proven themselves in far better organizations than the Os have been. Doesnt mean they will definitely succeed and we have to give these guys far more time to really see how good or bad they will be. For now, I will be excited about them because they do have legit talent and they are trending in the right direction and I trust the plan Elias has in place.
  38. 2 points
    Two games back of the Yankees for the final playoff spot with 20 to play (4 more vs NY). It's just fun to see the Yankees clinging to the 8th and final playoff spot.
  39. 2 points
    o 73% of the outs that Kremer recorded (11 out of 15) came via the Strikeout and the Groundout. Kremer retired 14 out of the final 15 batters that he faced, yielding only 1 Walk in that span. 18 OUTS: ) 7 Strikeouts, 4 Groundouts, 3 Flyouts, 2 Lineouts, 1 Foulout, 1 Popout DEAN JUNIOR "D.J." KREMER )))))))) (FINAL NUMBERS) IP:lll6 H:lllll.1 ) l(1 Single) R:llll 1 BB:ll3 SO:ll7 Pitches: l) 88 )(47)Strikes, )41)Balls) 2020 ERA: l) 1.50 ) 6.00 IP (1 ER)  2020 WHIP: l) 0.667 ) 6.00 IP (4 H/BB)  2020 OPPONENTS BATTING AVG: l) .053 )l (1 for 19) PITCHES BY INNING ******************* 12 ll(71 llStrikes, l.51 l.Balls) 30 lll(13 llStrikes, l17 lllBalls) 91 lll(71 llStrikes, ll21 llBalls) 11 lll(61 llStrikes, lll51 llBalls) 10 lll(61 llStrikes, lll41 llBalls) 16 lll(81 llStrikes, llll81lllBalls) o
  40. 2 points
  41. 2 points
    That is very sad. One of the most dominant pitchers I ever saw, and had great longevity, too. He, Palmer and Carlton really dominated the 70’s.
  42. 2 points
    Ought to be fun for me tonight (I hope so anyway ) As I am an Orioles fan in a family FULL of Mets fans .........Lets Go O's !!!!!
  43. 2 points
    This opens up a spot on the 40-man roster. Note for pedants: it is the 45-day IL, not 60-day this season, as was inaccurately tweeted. Unclear whether Akin will be replacing LeBlanc in the rotation or if it will be Eshelman (or Lopez, although Means would seem to still need a piggy-back partner). I imagine we will find out soon.
  44. 2 points
  45. 2 points
    I guess we should thank the Orioles for playing like crap the past two weeks, opening up the trade talks and closing the door on any thoughts Hyde may have had on trying to talk Elias into keeping the team intact. This is still a rebuilding club and we are still a few years away. While the .500 record through the first 24 games was nice, we can't lose site of the overall long term plan. So, with that said, I certainly hope Elias is not done yet today.
  46. 2 points
    Davies was a much better prospect than that. Going into 2015 (the year he was traded), OH ranked him our no. 4 prospect, BP no. 6, Sickels no. 7, Prospect Digest no. 4. He did nothing to hurt his status in 2015, posting a 2.84 ERA at Norfolk at age 22 before he was traded. I’m not saying everyone was on board, but that was due to Davies’ size, not anything the Orioles had failed to do in his development. He was a valuable prospect who Duquette foolishly traded away for two months of Gerardo Parra.
  47. 2 points
  48. 2 points
    In general I agree with this. That said if you are in this position because younger players are producing that makes it a little different. Still don’t know how draft will work. I assume they wanted to make sure they got thru the season first. That said I can’t see them just going in reverse order off a 60 game season. Have to see.
  49. 2 points
    Babe would have had more, but he kept hitting them over the fence. 😉
  50. 2 points
    Nothing about baseball has made me smile as much as when I watch the video of Joey Bats getting punched by Rougned Odor. His antics, and his outstanding hitting against us, made him my most-hated player for several years.
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