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  1. Congrats to Wildcard for being the 1,111,111st post in Orioles talk. I'm honestly not sure how many years of posts that is since we don't delete them like we used to do, but I thought it was cool to see. Kind of like one of those Odometer pictures you see. Thanks to everyone for making our community a special place on the internet.
    11 points
  2. Astros 4th year of the rebuild, 2015 Finished 2014 with a 54m payroll and a record of 70-92 Began 2015 is a 72m payroll and finished with an 82m payroll 86-76 Finish 2nd Postseason: Lost AL Division Series (3-2) to Kansas City Royals Won AL Wild Card Game (1-0) over New York Yankees Prospects arrived Carlos Correa 20, 1st rounder arrives in the majors, Shortstop Preston Tucker 24, 7th rounder arrives in the majors Leftfielder Free Agent signings Signed Colby Rusmus 28, Outfielder 1/8m Signed Roberto Hernenadez 34, Starter/Rel
    8 points
  3. Were it not for SG’s return, we wouldn’t have hit this mark until sometime in 2029.
    8 points
  4. I took a photo of my odometer with 111,111.1 miles on it, at 11:11 am on 11/11/11. It took some planning.
    7 points
  5. Ryan Mountcastle played in his 162nd major league game last night. Here’s the tale of the tape after the equivalent of one full season: 656 PA, 597 AB, 80 R, 165 H, 28 2B, 1 3B, 33 HR, 103 RBI, 4 SB, 46 BB, 170 K’s, .276/.328/.492, 118 OPS+. Not too shabby for a rookie. I think it’s realistic to think he can be an .850+ OPS guy in his prime, and maybe threaten .900 in his best seasons.
    6 points
  6. Like Frobby, I am a lawyer. Unlike Frobby, I wonder when the hell he sleeps, and how he writes great messages. On to Weams. As I have mentioned in previous threads, the man was so good to my autistic triplets. More than you know. So, the point of my message is, I gave to the Orioles Advocates in memory of Weams. They were so gracious in their response, another donation had to be made from the triplets. Here comes the difficult part of the message. I feel so good making those donations. Weams was such a wonderful soul, and I hope he and D can take comfort in making their m
    6 points
  7. Bringing misery to others is the only thing that brings me joy.
    5 points
  8. From David Laurila’s Sunday column: Ryan McKenna grew up in Maine and attended high school in New Hampshire, so playing at Fenway Park is an especially big thrill. Doubling off of Chris Sale in his first-ever start at the historic ballpark, which he did on August 14, was therefore a moment he won’t soon forget. I asked the Baltimore Orioles rookie outfielder about it on Friday. “He got me the first time, but I thought I saw him pretty well,” recalled McKenna, who chose humility over bravado when addressing the subject. “He’s got such a deceptive angle to his pitches, because he’s so
    5 points
  9. Long time reader, first time poster. I'll preface this by saying I'm not normally the type to throw out wild trade scenarios, and I love Mullins, so these deals are more in line with "selling high", but I'm bored, so here it goes: #1: Mullins to MIA for Max Meyer, one of Luzardo/Cabrera + Khalil Watson Why this makes sense for both squads: There was a rumor that the Marlins offered Meyer as a 1 for 1 at the deadline for Brandon Marsh of the Angels and LAA balked. MIA is eager to compete in the weak NL East and want some bats to go with some of their established, elite, young pi
    5 points
  10. Not JUST service time clock. 1) A 40 man roster spot in the offseason... once you add him he is on there so that could cost you another Zack Pop or something. 2) If there is a major league work stoppage guys on the 40 man won't be able to play in the minors in April. Guys not on the 40 will,.
    5 points
  11. Interestingly, none were true 1st round (first 30 picks) who have outplayed the Orioles actual 1st rd pick of that draft. Mountcastle (36th overall pick - $1.3 mil vs DJ Stewart 25th - $2.06 mil) - 2015 draft Hays (3rd round - $665,800K vs Cody Sedlock 27th - $2.097 mil) - 2016 draft Mancini (8th round - $151,900K vs Hunter Harvey 22nd - $1.947 mil) - 2013 draft Mullins (13th round - $100K vs DJ Stewart 25th - $2.06 mil) - 2015 draft Jordan's later picks tended to outperform his top picks.
    5 points
  12. This is fun to watch because I love the game within the game, but Ray is way off base. The sliders that weren't being swung on were uncompetitive and he was getting a lot of swings and misses. And besides, there was no one on second base so if you are tipping your pitches somehow or the catchers doesn't mask his signs well enough it's fair game to call pitches.
    5 points
  13. Terrific outing by Means tonight. I think he’s especially tough for teams that don’t see him a lot. Glad to see Sulser strand his runners and then have the bullpen close it out without incident. The O’s had lost Means’ last 8 starts even though he pitched pretty well in 6 of them. Nice to see them finally win one for him even though the offense went to sleep after the first inning.
    4 points
  14. This guy is better than Austin Martin
    4 points
  15. I saw this today on r/baseball. I was surprised.
    4 points
  16. My plan is always not to waste the Adley and Grayson years. Instead of trading the O's best players, the O's spend 40m and make the team more competitive in 2022. Add a starter 2/30, spend 1/7m each of 2 relievers and a 2B/3B, spend 1/2m on a UIF. Mancini 7m DH/1B - 2/14m; His value has dropped in the 2nd half along with his numbers Means 5m Santander 5m Severino 3m Backup catcher for 50 games. I am resting Adley Scott 2m Lopez 2m as reliever Davis 6m settlement Plus 15 players at 600K each. 9m 39m before FA Starter 15m; 2/30
    4 points
  17. I think this is where your opinion goes off track. There is value in learning as you go up the chain. At each level they will see better stuff, command, pitch sequencing, and pitching awareness (reading of the bats, controlling running game, etc). Like in anything, if you develop the right building blocks you have a better chance of success when you reach the major leagues. Getting thrown into the big leagues when they are not ready is not good for anyone. I don't think service time will have anything to do with Gunnar spending 2022 in the minors unless he shows up next year and te
    4 points
  18. I will say this, when you look at his statcast data you have to scratch your head and wonder what in the world the Orioles are doing with Lowther. Lowther's best pitches in the minors leagues were his fastball and breaking balls, with the change being a distant 4th best pitch. Some days his curveball was better and sometimes his slider was better, but they both missed bats. In the majors this year, Lowther has thrown the following: Fastball: 57.1 % of the time despite averaging 91 MPH Change: 19.9% of the time despite well below average movement and only about an 8 MPH differ
    4 points
  19. Happy to see Hyde, no matter how bad this team is, not taking anything from anybody. Hopefully that spreads down to the players, too.
    4 points
  20. Entertaining video! If Camden Yards doesn't "Andele!" this guy for the rest his career I'll be very disappointed. His argument is essentially "how dare you not swing at this pitch out of the strike zone.....you must be cheating".
    4 points
  21. I think Mayo has a chance to be better than Mountcastle, perhaps significantly better with his plate discipline. I saw a good hitter in Mountcastle with some special plate coverage, but Mayo just looks different.
    3 points
  22. Mountcastle deservedly got a lot of attention for breaking Cal’s Orioles rookie home run record. But I’m focused on another mark he is about to tie and then hopefully break. With one more walk, Mountcastle will tie Adam Jones’ career high of 39 walks, and with two, he’ll surpass Jones’ high with 40. I figure that, if as a rookie Mountcastle has already managed to walk more than Jones ever did in a season, that bodes well for him putting up reasonable walk totals and showing reasonable selectiveness as he gains experience. Edit: also, he had only 15 walks in the team’s first 81
    3 points
  23. Gametime: 1:10 pm Forecast: 73 degrees, no precip Matchup: Zac Lowther (L) vs NIck Pivetta (R) Lineups 1. Cedric Mullins (L) CF 2. Ryan Mountcastle (R) 1B 3. Anthony Santander (S) LF 4. Austin Hays (R) RF 5. DJ Stewart (L) DH 6. Pat Valaika (R) 2B 7. Kelvin Gutierrez (R) 3B 8. Richie Martin (R) SS 9. Austin Wynns (R) C 1. Enrique Hernandez (R) CF 2. Hunter Renfroe (R) RF 3. Rafael Devers (L) 3B 4. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS 5. J.D. Martinez (R) DH 6. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF 7. Bobby Dalbec (
    3 points
  24. Gotta give Elias some love today. First, Mayo. Enough said. Second, Cowser over Watson and the SS w/torn labrum looks like Elias made the right call. Plus we were able to draft essentially that whole juggernaut lineup in Delmarva with the savings.
    3 points
  25. There is an obvious “that’s what she said” joke here. But I’m too classy for that.
    3 points
  26. The Shorebirds are 19-9 since the 2021 draft class arrived. They were 48-42 before that. They’d actually been playing a lot worse since Westburg/Mundy/Henderson got promoted. You could say their season had four phases: Westburg/Mundy/Henderson 17-6 Just Henderson 8-8 No star players 23-28 Cowser/Mayo etc. 19-9
    3 points
  27. Rom reached 40 Double-A innings last night, a mark attained by ~125 Northeast pitchers this year. I get him 15th in Estimated K-BB%, 29th in K%, 20th in BB%. Glenn Otto, Kutter Crawford, Roansy Contreras, Logan Allen, Jose Butto, Kyle Brnovich and Jhon Romero are the only others in Top 25% at both K rate and BB rate, Grayson has a few too many walks for that particular cherrypick. Obviously Rom's personal setting is more on Yield HR's not Walks, and his HR/9 is right on the Bottom Third borderline, making the ERA a little high. But he's throwing his strikes to AA hitters at an e
    3 points
  28. RIP Weams. We had some great conversations and you were always incredibly kind and warm to me and everyone else on the OH. I wish we had gotten a chance to meet in person over the years. Next time I'm at OPACY I will grab a cold one and raise it to the sky. My respect and best wishes to your family. God Bless. MSK
    3 points
  29. I ****ing hate algebra, dude. The minute they started introducing letters into numbers, I lost all interest. "Solve for both X & Y" Answer: Who gives AF. Solve for A&F. Yes, we disagree on the return, provided we're agreeing that Y is two top flight prospects. I disagree that he can net us that return because he's not an elite starter. However as I said before, the market will tell us what his value is if he's moved. I like the depth, too.
    3 points
  30. He was one of my pet players when he came up to the majors. Very dynamic. It’s a shame that injuries prevented him from being the player he could have been.
    3 points
  31. They grew Bedard, saw that he had value and durability issues, then flipped him for Adam Jones, Chris Tillman, and others, laying the groundwork for the successes of 2012-16.
    3 points
  32. Weams would've really loved today's game I'm glad he got to see the Orioles beat the Yankees one last time on his last day, it seems appropriate. I might think of him every time it happens. I didn't know him at all, I just interacted with him on the internet, and he was relentlessly pleasant. That's enough to be memorable. Guy was endlessly kind and even-keeled even on a medium as toxic as the internet (no offense to the Hangout, this place is far better than most). I don't know how you develop that kind of personality, I wish I did. Hope his family is doing well.
    3 points
  33. Also, you are still selling tickets for Major League prices. You need to have a few actual Major Leaguers on your roster.
    3 points
  34. Currently resting 50th in "RBI's in the 2020's", a competition I think he has a shot to fare well in if Orioles run production goes according to plan. Young-ish rivals above him currently in this junk stat: Rafael Devers, Matt Olson, Manny Machado, Vladimir Guerrero, Fernando Tatis, Kyle Tucker, Juan Soto, Bo Bichette, Austin Meadows. 1000% this will be a MASN graphic circa 2026.
    3 points
  35. For an organization that hasn't in my opinion been very prolific at drafting and developing position players, I have a soft spot for Mountcastle, Mancini, Mullins, and Hays. And the stable of prospects in our system now. Just think how Mountcastle would be perceived if he had been able to stick at SS. He's a plus bat with a promising career ahead of him.
    3 points
  36. https://pressboxonline.com/2021/09/15/terps-te-chig-okonkwo-thrilled-to-be-back-after-bout-with-myocarditis/ This article is not about Kjerstad. It's about a MD tight end who missed all of last season with myocarditis. I obviously don't know how similarly severe his affliction was to Kjerstad's, but the upshot is he's back and playing for MD football this season. Gives some hope that maybe this whole thing will pass for Kjerstad.
    3 points
  37. It's not cheating to steal signs unless you are doing it electronically or through some kind of technology or spying with a camera or person from CF. If it's done from a tell or a catcher that doesn't hide his signs well, it's part of the game. Always has been.
    3 points
  38. If that's the case, why hasn't Ryan Ripken been called up: he's a son!
    3 points
  39. I don't care about the bad language, big deal. I LOVE the way Hyde steps RIGHT UP for his players. In a millisecond. I'm sure ALL the players noticed and appreciated it too.
    3 points
  40. That was Mike. (Don't know why, I always called him Mike. ) He was always calm and level-headed, always the voice of reason or just calm. I miss my friend.
    3 points
  41. I know what you mean about Roch. I don't think I would call him a shill, but he definitely engages with the fanbase in a way that is dismissive and sort of "if you are unhappy with 'X' aspect of team, you just can't understand the intricacies as to why that is lacking or the overall strategy." Maybe there are some Roch fans who disagree, but that has always been my read of him, wrong or right. I think on some level though, the reporting falls to the macro vs micro level as well. So on the macro (national), is it good to see a team clearly not doing everything it can to win, as to improve
    3 points
  42. Over his last 8 games Henderson is batting .290/.421/.710/1.131 with 3 HR and a 7-10 BB-K ratio. I'm guessing they are giving him a little taste of AA and gets him out of a tough hitters park in Aberdeen to end the year. Fun fact, Gunnar has hit against one pitcher for one plate appearance that was younger than him and hit hit a home run in that PA.
    3 points
  43. I view a trade of Mullins similar to that of Bedard. There were many who wanted to keep the 28 year old ace as we had finally produced home grown pitching talent, he was still under team control and had shown improving abilities each year. But the O’s needed a shot in the arm talent wise in more than 1 position. That trade propelled the franchise to a multi year magical run as it provided multiple pieces that connected the dots of talent the Orioles already had in place. I love Mullins and without him we probably would have won 35 games this year, but a trade of Mullins has the potenti
    3 points
  44. I like the system as is. It rewards the division winners and avoids a situation where the best team in baseball isn’t shut out because the Giants won one more game.
    3 points
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