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  1. This is not our next contending team.   Could it fluke into a .500ish season and have a shot at making a 16-team playoff?    I wouldn’t rule that out completely, and I’d enjoy it, but I don’t think that makes them a contending team by my definition.    

    Trading a pitcher like Richard Bleier is never a radical move, regardless of when it happens.    I liked the guy but he’s hardly an integral piece for a contending team.    On a good team he might be your 5th/6th best option out of the bullpen.

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  2. 11 hours ago, Moose Milligan said:

    It's certainly not a terrible lineup.  I think that they might be prone to extended slumps and run scoring droughts and there aren't a lot of OBP guys.

    It’s pretty terrible if you ask me, 36 runs in 7 games notwithstanding.    It’s pretty much the same lineup that finished 11/15 in runs scored last year, minus its best two hitters.    I’m glad some guys have started hot, but I don’t expect it to continue.    

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  3. 53 minutes ago, MurphDogg said:

    I too am disappointed that Chance Sisco's on-base percentage is a paltry .556.

    His AB with one out and a runner on 3B in extra innings last night was pretty awful.   Swung right through two pitches that looked pretty hittable.   But overall, yeah it’s good that he’s getting on base. 

  4. I know we had some discussion of this rule before the season started, but I can’t find it.   

    Having now seen it in action, I’m a fan.   Both LeBlanc and Hyde said they liked it, too.   Obviously it worked to the O’s advantage last night, but could hurt them on some other occasion.   But I’m in favor of not having extra innings drag on too long.   Maybe not in the postseason, but I think it’s good for the regular season.   


  5. 3 minutes ago, Can_of_corn said:

    He didn't have to try for third.  He could have just stayed and they would have had a runner at second and one out.  Bad baserunning cost them, not the free runner at second.

    You know what I meant.    Obviously you’d rather have a runner on 2B with nobody out than have the bases empty.    But it backfired when Choi was thrown out.     

  6. 8 hours ago, SteveA said:

    And it was the first double play leading off an inning in major league history.

    Yeah, I was thinking about that when it happened. The Rays would have been better off starting the inning with the bases empty.    Then they would have had only one out after that fly out.   Given how the rest of that inning proceeded, the artificial extra out really hurt them.    But those are the breaks.   

  7. 5 minutes ago, Can_of_corn said:

    Here is a question.  Is the fact that Mullins was in the outfield the reason the runner went?

    Great that he got the out there but his arm isn't suddenly an asset.

    I have little doubt that the Rays told their players to challenge Mullins’ arm.     He was up to the challenge this time.     

    As to the OP, it’s disappointing that these young players have started slowly, but it’s only 7 games, and we’re 4-3 so I’m not going to worry about it much.   Keep playing them and let’s see what happens.    

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  8. “Definitely surprised. Caught me off guard there,” he said. “During the game I was just kind of mapping out a situation where I might get in, and then I didn’t get in and I was wondering what happened. And Mike (Elias) called me in after and he was like, ‘You want to know why you didn’t pitch? We traded you.’ So I was like, ‘OK that kind of makes sense.’ But definitely surprised and extremely thankful for Baltimore, the organization and everything they’ve done for the last few years for me.

    “They gave me an extended opportunity in the big leagues and then really gave me another opportuntiy coming off a down year to get back to the status i was at before, so it’s been a really enjoyable ride here in Baltimore and I’m very thankful for that.”

    Bleier lives in West Palm Beach, Fla., and is able to go home. Asked if he requested a trade, Bleier laughed and replied, “No, I had no idea. I didn’t ask for a trade. I feel like, LeBron James asks for trades. Not me.”

    “I’m glad that I have value to another team,” he said, “but at the same time this was such a comfort for me here in Baltimore and I’m going to miss it. I know all the guys, I know all the staff, I’ve been around everybody for years. Before I came to Baltimore I was bouncing around organization to organization, and being the new guy isn’t nearly as fun as being the guy who’s been around for a long time, so it’s definitely something I will miss.”

    Bleier isn’t apprehensive about going to Miami, where more than half of the roster has tested positive for COVID-19 and the team currently is shut down.

    “No, not right now,” he said. “Hopefully, everything is under control and I’m not going into a situation that’s unsafe. But it’s definitely something that I’m aware of. No, I’m not overly concerned. They’re not going to bring me somewhere there’s going to be a problem.”


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  9. 4 minutes ago, Il BuonO said:

    Right. And I never thought he was all that. Just what the peripherals show you could see when he pitched. Not great stuff nor overpowering. I thought it was expected last year when he stumbled out of the gate. 

    I’m not sad.

    I thought Bleier’s stuff and command was objectively worse last year than it had been in prior seasons, especially in the first part of the season before he went back on the DL.   I don’t think he’s anything special, but he’s a decent middle reliever.    

  10. 30 minutes ago, ChosenOne21 said:

    I'm watching a lot more baseball than I usually do because it could be yanked away any day

    Good point.   If they manage to play the full 60, I may watch a lot more of the postseason than I normally do, too.    Usually after 162 and with the Orioles out of it, I’m usually ready to back off watching baseball, but this year I’ll just be getting warmed up!

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  11. ...we sure had a lot of players of Latin descent in our lineup last night.   6 of 9, to be exact.    Around the diamond: Severino, Nunez, Alberto, Velasquez, Ruiz and Santander.   I don’t know if I’ve ever seen that before this season with the Orioles.

    To be clear, Ruiz and Velasquez are US-born, so it’s not like they were signed as foreign amateurs.   And all these guys were originally signed by other organizations.    


  12. 8 minutes ago, Babypowder said:

    Batting average is a hell of a drug. The guy hit .305 last year and was still a below league average offensive player. After a handful of games this year he’s Babe Ruth :)

    Some guys are just fun to watch and Alberto is one of those guys.    27 plate appearances so far and he’s put the ball in play 23 times (1 BB, 2 K’s 1 HBP).    Action!    And, the guy plays good D.   Honestly if he could repeat his 2019 season on a regular basis he could play for a long time.   

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  13. Just now, Babypowder said:

    True, I mean someone who seems consequential at the time of the move. So, a relatively well regarded prospect and not a PTBNL. Richard Bleier is exactly the kind of guy who gets moved for a PTBNL.

    Yeah, I agree there.    Maybe we get another potential relief arm who has good velocity.    

  14. Just now, Babypowder said:

    Richard Bleier is not a valuable piece. He’s a mid 30s reliever who doesn’t miss bats. We were never getting anything of consequence. 

    You never know who will be “of consequence.”    We got Hanser Alberto for Susac.   I’d say he’s “of consequence” even though he’s a flawed player.   

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  15. 18 hours ago, Tony-OH said:

    One game has never really meant anything to any team. How many times have we seen a team with a  great comeback one night get destroyed the next and vice versa.  I'm not saying a team that wins or loses a bunch of games in a row aren't affected with confidence  or lack thereof, but I don't think a win last night was going to suddenly change the course of the season for this team. 

    This team is going to struggle to win 20 games this season most likely and no one win or loss is going to change that.

    You are right that this is what “most likely” will happen, but a 1989ish scenario becomes more likely when only playing 60 games.    Fangraphs has us with a 2.1% chance of making the playoffs, which is way higher than they’d be in a 162 game season.   

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  16. 1 hour ago, Roll Tide said:

    I added a thread to discuss...rant about it.


    Why does it have to be PTBNLs? With Velazquez fine ...but Bleier is a valuable piece imo

    Let’s wait to see who we get.   I liked Bleier and agree we shouldn’t just be doing a salary dump (which if my math is good, saves less than $150 k).    I don’t know what they use the PTBNL device for in this environment where the minor leaguers aren’t playing, rosters are expanded etc.   Maybe we’re getting someone on Miami’s 60 but they don’t want to give him up yet due to their circumstances?


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