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  1. So living in Atlanta, I always support the local teams. I know the narrative is that the Braves choked, but the reality is the Dodgers are an absolute nightmare. An endless stream of pitching, a defense that seems to always make the plays, and an offense that has to be the most patient offense I have seen in decades (no offense to the 2015 Royals, who perfected only swinging at good pitches). You can get to two strikes on Dodger hitters pretty quickly but after that, it is a damn nightmare to put them away. They swing at nothing off the plate, they foul off a ridiculous amount of pitches, and they crush everything else. The incredible plate discipline up and down that lineup was incredible, with every inning putting enormous pressure on Braves pitchers. The Braves hitters are not nearly as patient and it cost them. So yes, the Braves had a 3-1 lead that they couldn't finish off. But if the Braves had scored 5 runs last night, the Dodgers would have scored 6. There was no stopping that team. Kershaw is going to finally get his ring because as nice a story as the Rays are, they have overachieved offensively and I think the Dodgers sweep.
  2. When Grichuk goes to the Hall of Fame, I think he should wear our cap.
  3. Hard to argue with the weakness of our pitching. Although we seem to have an easier time with Mike Trout than we do Grichuk. I think the stats over the last several years even bear that out. For whatever reason, Grichuk continues to pound us at an unpleasant and frustratingly consistent rate.
  4. I do from a player confidence perspective, I am guessing you think it is not. And I suspect the Orioles agree with you, which is why we still pitch to him. So here is hoping you all are correct and he goes 0 for his next 57 against the Os to then align him with how he performs against the rest of the majors. I could just extrapolate based on the current Oriole pitchers he just faced this week, but that might look worse! Either way, I am sick of getting beaten by this guy. I think we all can agree on that.
  5. Grichuk has played 33 games in his career against the Os, spanning 129 at-bats....so not an insignificant sample size. Extrapolating to 162 games and comparing his 162 game "basic" numbers to what they look like against all other teams in the majors, we have: Vs. Os: .349 average, 79 homers, 182 RBI Vs. Everyone else: .241 average, 27 homers, 74 RBI No matter how bad we are, that spread is ridiculous. Giving this guy anything at all to hit is just a bad idea at this point.
  6. Grichuk's career numbers against us versus the rest of the majors is staggering. Batting average and power. Stop pitching to that guy. Four fingers....every time. We never learn
  7. That Royals team from 2014-15 was really annoying in that they never swung at bad pitches. You get them down two strikes and they wouldn’t chase anything at all. Three inches off the plate and they still wouldn’t bite. Also their lineup 1-9 was equally dangerous all the way through. No superstars, but zero holes anywhere.
  8. I agree with this. I like the UNC-Clemson comparison, but keeping it in the MLB world, the Twins-Yankees matchups are very similar. Across the last 18 seasons, the Twins have played the Yankees 123 times in the regular season and gone 35-87 (a .287 winning percentage). Against everyone else in the majors over that same 18 year stretch: 1439-1356 (a .515 winning percentage). In the postseason, they are 2-16 against them. Perhaps the most unbelievable stat.....in the years where the Twins were an above .500 team: 19-53 against NY (.264), 974-737 against everyone else (.569). So when the Twins were legitimately good....they actually were worse against the Yankees than they were when they were bad. And these sample sizes are really significant. So while our futility against NY is borderline ridiculous, it is nothing compared to the mental hex that NY has over the Twinkies.
  9. Can we just forfeit all home games against the Yankees until 2023? What have we lost, 16 straight to them in our own park? No matter how bad you are, no major league team should ever lose that many straight to another team at home. I thought the 0 for 9 in 1996 was bad. Yeesh.
  10. I am not quite ready to say the season will be canceled. And in fact, I probably will never say it or think it until it actually happens. And if it does, so be it. While the last 5 or so months of life have been one huge disappointment and let down after another, I would rather just wait to see what happens as opposed to trying to forecast the future. As with anything, we shall see. Go Os.
  11. I think Pillar and J D Martinez would be first ballot hall of famers if they only had to face our pitching. They have spent their entire careers destroying us. So that was totally expected. 13-2 is not a great way to start things off. Hopefully it’s closer today.
  12. If he strikes out swinging, I think folks will be okay. Striking out looking.......different story!
  13. Very glad to see that this site will continue. I think we can all agree that the colors we love most are the orange and black. No matter where we stand politically, all of us on this site love the Orioles and always will. Happy Opening Day everyone......every day I can see my Os play baseball is a good day for me :).
  14. That is a nice break for the Yankees and Gerrit Cole. Soto destroyed him in the World Series last year.
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