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  1. I think RZNJ tried pretty hard not to dismiss Hart based on his first season or two.    But Hart never really improved.    

    I thought it was BP, not BA, that kept Hart highly ranked for a long time despite lack of performance.  I remember Stotle (who did some work for BP at the time) making some posts trying to defend BP’s ranking, although he wasn’t the one who had done the ranking.    

  2. 3 hours ago, Ridgway22 said:

    Zimmerman's stuff, I was impressed enough. Command, quite another conversation. If he can command that stuff, I think he's okay. Good stuff, no command, see, Cabrera, D.

    I did not think Z had good command last night, but it’s premature and wrongheaded to put him in the same sentence as Daniel Cabrera, who walked 5.2 per 9 in the majors and 4.6 per 9 on the minors.    Z walked 3.2 per 9 in the minors.    I realize that a pitcher can have decent control but poor command, but Cabrera proved over many years that he had little idea where the ball was going, to an extent few Oriole pitchers ever had.     There’s no way I’m putting Z in that category given his track record.    I know that’s not exactly what you were saying, but I wouldn’t even propose it as an analogy because they are completely different types of pitchers.

    (And Drungo, sorry for the Z thing but Zimmermann is a lot to type.)

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  3. 14 minutes ago, Philip said:

    Well, I was using past tense.

    Fair enough.  I’m hoping Mancini is healthy enough to play next year.   I feel he worked hard at becoming a decent 1B and had pretty much gotten there last year despite playing the position in only about 1/3 of the games.    Of course, the most important thing is for Mancini to be healthy for his own sake.   

  4. 12 minutes ago, Philip said:

    I have been comparing these infielders to Ryan Flaherty. They don’t hit much better than he did, but his defense was superior to any of them. He was a worthy replacement for Manny when he had his knee problems. I don’t feel the need to see most of these infielders again, and Mountcastle need some real work at first. Whatever his sins with the Bat, Davis was a competent 1b.

    Not this year.   Three errors in 13 starts.

  5. Chuck is a day or two behind on these, but before the day passed, I wanted to note that on this day in 1970, the Orioles clinched the AL East title.    They backed into it, losing 2-0 but clinching anyway when the Yankees lost to the Red Sox 5-4.    That left the O’s up by a whopping 13.5 games up (14 in the loss column) with 13 games left to play.   

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  6. 3 hours ago, MurphDogg said:

    Mountcastle enters play today with 83 at-bats. There are 11 games left in the season so he needs to average fewer than 4.28 at-bats per game for the rest of the season.

    It seems highly likely he will be able to manage this. He is averaging fewer than 4 at-bats a game. And between today's 7-inning double header and the new extra innings rule it seems fairly unlikely he will threaten 130 at-bats unless he stops walking entirely.

    Stay tuned to this thread for daily updates!

    In his previous 11 games (including three 7-inning jobs and one 10-inning game), Mountcastle had 43 PA and 38 AB.   Throw in one extra PA/AB for having one less doubleheader game in this next 11 and he’ll get 44 PA.    If he never drew a walk, had an HBP or a sac fly, he’d reach the 130 mark exactly.   My guess is he’ll have a couple of those events and fall short of 130 AB by just a few.


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  7. 7 minutes ago, SteveA said:

    Yes.   But we don't have to catch both of them, just one of them.   There are TWO wildcards.

    And to get within 2 of Toronto before the series next weekend, us going 5-3 and Toronto going 3-6 would suffice.   

    OK, I misunderstood the OP.   

    Fangraphs has our chances of making the playoffs at 1.7%, and Toronto’s at 96.4%.    The Indians are at 98.5%.    So, I’m not holding my breath.    


  8. Terrific outing from Akin.   He’s definitely got stuff that can miss bats.    I have a feeling he’s going to be mostly a 5 inning pitcher, but these days that’s not that unusual.  

  9. 7 minutes ago, Frobby said:

    Mussina struck out 10 in his 3rd major league game.  Not sure if that’s our record.   

    Nope.   I just figured out that Mike Boddicker struck out 12 in 1983.   He was still a rookie though he’d also gotten into games in 1980, 1981 and 1982.  

    There could be someone who topped Boddicker, but I’m not going to spend any more time looking.   

  10. 4 minutes ago, SteveA said:

    John Parrish, Dave Ford, and Sammy Stewart all Kd a bunch in their debut games, I believe.

    For any rookie?  No idea but I'll bet someone like Moose or Palmer or McNally hit double digits as a rookie.

    Mussina struck out 10 in his 3rd major league game.  Not sure if that’s our record.   

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