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About caljr

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  • Birthday 6/22/1984

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  • Favorite Current Oriole
    Brian Matusz
  • Favorite All Time Oriole
    Cal Ripken Jr
  1. It appears that we have interest in him. I think it could be a good target for us. It appears he is finally starting to get healthy and had a great start in his last outing. With three years of team control left, he probably won't come cheap. Would Trey Mancini be a good starting point for trade discussions? Logan Morrison is not setting the world on fire with his bat. The rays may be looking for a good young 1st baseman to take his place.
  2. caljr

    Dylan Bundy Thread

    So far tonight in his first start he has pitched 1 inning, with 0 hits, and 3 Ks. Looks like no opening day jitters for this kid!
  3. Tim Kurkjian is currently in Sarasota with the O's and had some good reports about both Jake Arrieta and Brian Matusz. He says that both are at 100% and that Arrieta has been clocked at 95 and Matusz has been clocked at 91.... Good to hear. http://twitter.com/#!/Kurkjian_ESPN/status/176001254315667457 http://twitter.com/#!/Kurkjian_ESPN/status/176001820546699264
  4. More fuel for the fire... MLBInsideNews Scott Swaim Source: #Orioles and #Braves are making progress on an Adam Jones deal. Hearing Jurrjens is involved. This could mean Crisp to Baltimore. http://twitter.com/MLBInsideNews
  5. That was my first thought as well. The two seem to be pretty close.... makes you wonder.
  6. http://espn.go.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/7338271/ryan-braun-milwaukee-brewers-tests-positive-performance-enhancing-drug
  7. I know a lot has been said about Showalter's experience in building the Diamondbacks (positive and negative), but he also played a big role in rebuilding the Yankees in the early 90s. When Steinbrenner was banned from baseball back in 1990, the Yanks were a bad franchise. In Steinbrenner's biography, Bill Madden writes about how Showalter and GM Gene Michael worked side by side in building what would become the dominant Yankee team that we know today. I know that was 20 years ago and things have changed a lot in the game, but he knows what it takes to rebuild a struggling team. He has done it before, and I believe he can do it again.
  8. Yeah - I am not sure. I was having this same discussion and had to run it back and listen to it a couple of times. I still think he said "fool", but like you say, it was funny either way.
  9. Talking about Andino and how he is not wearing his hat as big since Showalter got here. "He's not from the school of fool anymore" LOL!
  10. Seems like there has been a lot of talk about trading one of Pie/Reimold, but I really don't think that is the way to go. In my opinion, the best strategy will be to have a competition between the two for the 4th outfield spot and send the other one to the minors. I think then you wait and see who has the best 1st half between Guerrero and Scott and trade whoever has the most value for a young 1st baseman who is being blocked. Then you bring up Pie/Reimold and go from there. I don't think Randy Winn is the answer for 4th outfielder this year. He will be 37 and has had a big downward spiral in offensive production over the last few years.
  11. I believe that there is a better chance that we don't win the wild card than that we do, but I don't think every single thing has to go right for us to accomplish a playoff birth. I think that if most things go really well for us, we will have a good chance at contending. Think about it, what if Wieters hit .330 with a .950 ops and 35 hrs; Matusz pitched to a 2.75 era and had 210 IP; Hardy hit 25 hrs and had a .850 ops; and Koji stayed healthy all year and converted all but a couple of saves. If all these things happened, we could afford a couple of minor disappointments and still have a chance at the wild card. Thing is - this is baseball - and the unpredictable happens from time to time. We have a chance, not a great one, but we do have a chance.
  12. I don't see why Cal wouldn't be able to head a group to by the O's. I would think that if Nolan Ryan has the resources to do it, Cal should have enough.
  13. This piece by ESPN gives an interesting statistic about Mark Reynolds. In 2010, he was 7th in all of baseball last year with a .732 slugging percentage when making contact. I haven't really heard much about this statistic before, but it is interesting that Buck used to talk about it on Baseball Tonight - referring to it as a "contact to damage ratio". One thing about it - Reynolds is going to give us some much needed pop to our lineup. Lets hope that the contact to damage ratio stays high and the strike outs drop. http://espn.go.com/blog/statsinfo/post/_/id/13545/reynolds-much-needed-upgrade-for-os
  14. I think what makes it even more difficult is the fact that we have another guy in Brian Matusz who has also had a disappointing season. The way they have been playing this year, I think Matusz has a better chance of living up to his potential, but it still is difficult to see him having a season that is so disappointing.
  15. Looks like Mahoney was taken out of tonight's game. Anyone know anything about this? Hope he is not hurt.
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