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About turtlebowl

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  1. I still hold out hope that Bundy could be better than just a number 4 of 5 starter on a good team. Even with an average major league fastball he still gets a fair amount of swing and misses and along with that, strikeouts. His command is just all over the place though. He will miss the width of the plate with a fastball as he did several times tonight. Actually think the command is even worse with the secondaries. You just don't see the consistently missing of spots from other quality major league pitchers. This doesn't mean he is walking a ton of guys, just you can't effectively set up hitters if you are missing spots as badly as he does. Is it still possible to get better at at this point in his career? If he could he could in my opinion elevate to a totally different level.
  2. This was a great post!! I agree 100% that Davis being on the team is senseless at this point. Any attention he gets is typically negative attention which is exactly what this team doesn't need.
  3. The thing that isn't clear to me is did Hyde call him out for lack of hustle but was not intending on pinch hitting for him until Davis's reaction in the dugout? Not that it matters all that much but I would love to know the order of the incident.
  4. For years I had to watch Machado's lack of effort and all I ever heard was it would be taken care of behind closed doors. Well whatever happened behind closed doors obviously had zero impact on Machado because he never changed. Davis looked lazy in the game last night defensively. Hyde has stressed from day 1 that he would not tolerate lack of effort. Hyde was likely frustrated last night because the Yankees are making his team look like they don't belong on the same field. He see's his highest paid player showing minimal effort and he called him out in front of his peers. Could he of handled it a little better, probably. Did he get his point across to Davis and the whole roster, absolutely.
  5. You would think we have a pretty good scouting report on the guy. Why would we throw anything besides low and away sliders?? lol
  6. The guy is what 28 years old? He has probably been pitching since he was 7. He went to a top D1 school and came through a minor league system. My point is he has had top coaches working with him, probably since he was in his early teens. If he hasn't come up with an effective breaking pitch at this point I wouldn't hold my breath that he eventually will.
  7. I think Ricky Vaughn is still on the open market!
  8. I have to say I was okay knowing that the O's would be bad this year. I was however excited to watch the young guys battle with the hopes that we can at least have a little excitement about the future. Watching this group though really doesn't interest me in the least. I will start paying attention again when they actually have a player on the team that may be here 3 years from now.
  9. I actually thought he got a little lucky. Some fly balls Boston hit were just missed. My biggest take still was fastball command was marginal at best. I saw on several occasions where the catcher was sittting on the inside corner and he yanked the fastball a foot outside. I just wonder if he has no trust in throwing a fastball. Has to be tough knowing at 1 point he could throw it by people and now he has a below average major league fastball.
  10. Lets not forget being the most popular player on the team but blowing off fan fest 2 different years.
  11. This is how I have felt. How many guys in the steroid Era have gotten a big contract and then started losing weight (and power). They say they are getting in better shape but truthfully they are losing mass.
  12. Most quality teams are putting bullpens together that have 3 or more plus arms. From the 6th inning on its almost like you are facing a new closer every inning. These guys are typically high strikeout percentage types. It’s not a good trend for teams that are all or nothing. This bullpen trend is indisputable and now the offensive side has to make adjustments. Some teams have started that, the Orioles haven’t. The old theory of trying to knock a starter out to get to the bullpen is just not the case as much anymore. Game is always evolving.
  13. I think the game is slowly going back to that approach. Watching teams like the Red Sox and Braves having success by putting the ball in play will likely lead to other teams following that method. I think the bullpen arms and usage of them requires a change in philosophy. These power arms take advantage of one trick pony hitters that fill the O’s roster. Chris Davis is obviously the poster child. I really hope the new leadership changes the organizational approach to hitting.
  14. Did anyone see the Rich Hill at bat in game 4 tonight? First 2 strikes he let it fly (for him). Once he got down to 2 strikes he choked up and crouched over and actually made pretty solid contact grounding out to 3rd. Now if some 38 year old pitcher can do this you would think someone like Chris Davis could shorten up and put the ball in play much more than he does. It just shouldn’t be as hard as he makes it look.
  15. As I said during the season, it looked like he quit the last couple of months. There were some defensive plays where he put very little effort out. I just can't sympathies with a guy that was doing something that was regarded as cheating, come backs from suspension and gets a monster contract (not his fault), and then seems to have little ambition to work extra hard to make changes in an approach that is obviously flawed. Personally I think he is done but I at least could root for the guy if I really felt he was willing to work on his craft. I just get the sick feeling that he cheated the system to put the numbers up that he did and now is okay with collecting the money.
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