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Everything posted by GuidoSarducci

  1. From I recall, didn't seem like a knuckleball so much as an eephus pitch.
  2. But seriously, I wonder what our record was with Davis and without. It seems like it was ironically better with him in the lineup Edit: Ok, we were 7-9 with Davis, and'we're current 22-31, so that means without Davis we were 15-22. Record with Davis: .438 (7/16) Record without Davis: .405 (15/37) Edit2: Even better, in 2 of the games Davis had one PA or less, which were both losses. So really in games where he got at least 3 PAs, we were .500.
  3. I didn't appreciate how Hyde burned him by letting him face Voit again, with a fairly predictable result. Yes, game was lost at that point, but still he could have let him off the hook.
  4. After the Alex Cobb experiment, I think not
  5. I think there's only been about 30 or so players to lead all of MLB in homers more than once. And Chris Davis is one of them.
  6. I know the game is over and we probably don't make the playoffs now. Still not really an excuse for burning your relievers like Hyde has been doing.
  7. Hyde burned Wojo. Should not have had to face Voight again there.
  8. If the Yanks can get healthy, they will be incredibly dangerous down the stretch and probably into the playoffs. So probably root for the Jays over the Yanks to prevent that.
  9. Its good they had nice starts but I still think its early to judge, especially the pitchers. Daniel Cabrera's debut was 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R.
  10. I would like to see some splits for Sulster for his first inning appearance vs. afterward It seems to me the majority of his ERs have come when he gets trotted out for a second inning. This of course limits his usefulness in the bullpen, but if he could hypothetically post a 3.50 ERA if has limited to only a single inning, thats stil pretty useful and borderline setup material.
  11. I have no idea why Hyde thought Nunez at 3rd was somehow better than keeping Alberto at 2nd. Sometimes he makes real headscratcher moves.
  12. DJ Stewart had 22 PAs, and got 0 hits, 6 walks and struck out 8 times. It was enough for Elias/Hyde to send him to Bowie. Objectively speaking, D. Smith was a less worse player, on a per game basis.
  13. I referring to this year, on a per game basis. DSJ -0.4 bWAR in 21 GP,. DJ Stewart -0.3 bWAR in 8 GP. Chris Davis -0.9 bWAR in 15 GP.
  14. We suffered way more from having Chris Davis at first base, and DJ Stewart at LF, neither of which could hit, at all. As for lousy fielding, BBref has his Rfield at a whopping -2. Thats not even a 0.2 games swing. His WAR of -0.4 was more due to his lack of production at the plate - but in that department, Davis and Stewart were much worse. I've seen members of NFL secondary almost singlehandedly lose games for their teams. When a CB/S gets exploited to the tune of 150 yards/2 TDs thats a much worse problem than only having a marginal left fielder.
  15. I don't think baseball is really any more of a team sport than other sports. In fact I think fluid sports like hockey and basketball are more team sports than baseball. In hockey and basketball you have to be on the same page with your teammates, as far as individual responsibilities and people being where they need to be in a certain place at a certain time. And if they aren't, scoring opportunities, and defensive assignments are missed. Especially in hockey. In baseball, this is only true on defense and even then, its usually about individual efforts and less about coordination. Half of baseball is individual matchups - (pitcher vs. batter). And fielding only accounts less than half of defense (its mostly about the pitcher), so its probably more like 80-85% individual matchups.
  16. For me, the only saving grace of losing to the Jays in 2016 WC, it wasn't Bautista that did us in. I would have vomited if that happened.
  17. "Nobody else is really producing" is a bit harsh. We have 6 hitters with OPS > 800. I think thats pretty good production. The Toronto series was of course, disappointing, but one of those was a coin flip game. Eovaldi owns us, so today's result was not surprising. I still think this team can be around .500 at the end of the year.
  18. This has come up multiple times with Davis. He was done 2 years ago and wouldn't take a buyout. I don't think he would take one now. Although in hindsight the O's saved themselves a good chunk of money if they weren't able to get an aggressive buyout (<90%). But I'm not convinced its the money, I think CD still thinks he can somehow be a productive major leaguer. Or at minimum at least likes actually being on the roster/around the clubhouse/etc. Personally, I wouldn't be able to admit I was no longer good at my job, even if you offered me 90% of my salary to pound sand, I'd probably want to keep doing what I'm doing, if money wasn't an issue.
  19. Yeah but you have to have the discipline to not swing - it could be that Hyde through Davis was the better bet there, whereas maybe Mullins would be more eager to swing to try to get a hit to somehow prove he belongs up in the bigs, a walk doesn't really help his case as much. Davis pitch recognition has actually been fair - I've seen a good chunk of his at bats and he didn't often swing at balls or watch strikes, at least not like he used to. Just for some reason the contact or placement wasn't there, and also obviously definitely not the power - like against the Nats last weekend after Santander and Severino home-runs, Davis tried the same thing and hit the warning track.
  20. Also remember, Chris Davis drew a walk to leadoff in the 9th against the Phillies last week when the O's were down by 1, and he did (eventually) cross home plate to tie up the game. So there's that. Hyde might have been thinking that Davis somehow walks, then Alberto and Santander have two chances between them to try to tie up the game (if Alberto doesn't ground into double play)
  21. We actually went into the 8th inning of game 2 leading 3-1, then Johnson walked the first batter and is replaced. Kevin Hickey comes in, walks the batter, is replaced by Williamson. Sac bunt, now runners on 2nd and 3rd, just 1 out. Mookie Wilson singles to score the runner on 3rd. Another by McGriff single ties up the game, and advances a Wilson to 3rd. George Bell sac fly. Jays now up 4-3. But had we won that game (and proceeded to win Sunday), we would have been tied with the Jays at 88 wins a piece- do we take the AL East in that scenario? So we went into that series not just having to win 2/3, but having to sweep the Jays?
  22. Manfred has more New Rules than Bill Maher.
  23. That final weekend was one the biggest heartbreaks of my childhood. Man was I pissed when we lost game 2. The other being Notre Dame vs. Boston College.
  24. The 2005 team was long in the tooth, for the lineup at least. Raffy and Surhoff were both 40. Mora and Tejada were > 30, a 36 year old Sosa and 34 year old Javy Lopez. Way more talent on paper, but it also had some low-character guys, juicers and bums like Ponson. So its no surprise they fell apart.
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