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  1. Schoop’s OPS is now lower than Gentry’s. Mancini’s OPS is now lower than Rickard’s. 23 games out of the Wildcard slot. Never did I imagine I would be writing those things in mid-June.
  2. Ripken seemingly buried everyone else at short from '84 and onward.
  3. Agreed. For every halfway decent signing like Scott Erickson, it seems like there are three or four Sid Fernandez disaster stories.
  4. I specifically taught myself to switch hit because of Eddie. But I remember the story with him and his brothers was learning to hit the curve by throwing Crisco lids to one another, which broke like a Whiffle ball.
  5. Agreed, although any majority opinion would have fit my definition. I just didn’t know if there was general talk about him on the broadcasts or such that I missed. Apparently not, and everyone seems equally unsure about the reasons behind his regression. Non-tendering Schoop, though... Leave it to OH to continually shock and amaze me.
  6. That’s mostly why I posted this, to see if anyone has been talking about what’s behind Schoop’s lack of productivity and whether he’s truly healthy or not. If he’s been playing through something (AJ style), then his season might not get all that much better. I thought he was poised to explode this year. I somewhat suspect Mancini got a little lucky last year and has been a little unlucky this year, as I think he’s made more hard-hit outs than any other Oriole. I suspect he should be somewhere in the middle, like a .260 hitter with occasional pop. He was already iffy in LF even with a plus bat. Now, there’s not much argument to keep him there if a(ny) better option comes along.
  7. Amidst the wreckage of a train carrying burning Dumpsters that is our 2018 season, Jonathan Schoop’s slow start has gone pretty much under the radar amidst so many underachievers. I haven’t had the chance (or gone out of my way) to watch many full games, but he looked so good last year. So far in ‘18 his line drive/hard hit ball numbers are down, pop-ups are way up, walk rate is down — not that it was ever very high to begin with — and he’s basically playing at replacement level, like he’s turned into Ryan Goins. Is the feeling that he’s still dealing with his oblique strain from April? Or is he just pressing like several others?
  8. I’m starting to think we should go the Eddie Gaedel route for the rest of the season over Davis. He’d get his walks and the power wouldn’t be much different.
  9. I honestly don’t either. It’s only half serious. But I legitimately see no benefit to the club being a 63- or 70-win team other than being only slightly less painful to watch for the next hundred games. And if we have no shot, then whether we play .500 ball for the next four months is utterly irrelevant to me. If the season is well and truly hopeless, let them get the consensus best player available next year. Let them see that things need to change. Let them look an international talent. Let them stress pitching, defense, and a solid grasp of the fundamentals.
  10. As long as we can keep playing teams who average about a run a game offensively, I think we'll be just fine.
  11. Get the 1st pick. Better a bride than a bridesmaid. Plus I'm worried if they start to play decent ball for the next month, they might get it in their heads that they're only one or two pieces away from a potential postseason shot, and trade away prospects rather than the established veterans for the 2018 version of Scott Feldman or Michael Morse. Please, no.
  12. Yikes. I think their updated record since that day is 22-62. Coincidence? Sure. Interesting? Sure.
  13. Bring it on. Bring it all on.
  14. I didn’t watch the game, but was Valencia unavailable to pinch-hit against Doolittle?
  15. Agreed, the service members and Jackie Robinson and such all deserve their recognition in general. Yet I roll my eyes every time MLB brings out new special-event unis. For one recipient a year, maybe, fine. But Mother’s Day and Father’s Day with equally garish colors? What next, National Pet Adoption Day unis with paw prints on the sleeves? Please, make it stop.
  16. Ha ha. He just comes across so stiff and serious sometimes. If he had been a member of the Ramones, I imagine their band line up would have read: “The Ramones are: Joey Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone, Tommy Ramone, Mark Trumbo.”
  17. Right. I mean, Taylor Teagarden used PEDs just to be at the weak-hitting backup catcher level of Taylor Teagarden. But as for the good players, it is worrying. It makes me wonder if it’s still a lot more widespread than any of us will ever know.
  18. Right. If anything, it could be argued he looks like someone who used to be on the juice — but then stopped. I simply don’t understand why his bat (and exit velocity) has been slowing down steadily since 2015.
  19. At this rate I doubt Davis would be penciled in enough to get 500 ABs. At least Deer had an OPS of .700 and hit 25 HR. At his current pace Davis would hit 15 homers and knock in 51 runs.
  20. I agree offensively he’s had a lot of hard-luck outs. So did Mancini. The hits will come for both of them if they stay healthy. But the elephant in the room is more on the defensive side. Jones should (but won’t/can’t) go to RF. Mancini should (but won’t/can’t) go to DH.
  21. Like a maligned priest being reassigned to another parish.
  22. Right, but Matusz had one season of 2+ WAR in his career when they cut him. Tillman had a 5-year stretch where he averaged over 2 wins per year. That buys you a lot of good will.
  23. That’s sadly true. At least Ubaldo would usually get into the 3rd or 4th inning before handing over the ball. If it weren’t for those seven shutout innings he threw against Detroit, Tillman would have already long been out of the rotation.
  24. Only recently did my girlfriend learn about my ‘system’ — I wear a classic orange cap after the Birds win, and a black-on-black cap “O’s” cap if they lost (“out of mourning,” I told her). Earlier today she asked, “Black cap day?” ”Black cap year,” I replied.
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