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  1. I like the WAR stat and its one of the first things I look at. That said, I do think it somewhat overrates defense. I think about someone like Craig Gentry. In 2018 he only had 169 PA. He put up a .668 OPS/85 OPS+. He hit just 1 HR and recorded just 11 RBIs. Defensively he played in 62 games, 30 of which he started. He recorded 2 assists and committed 2 errors. His DRS was 7. His WAR was 1.1. Versus someone like Adam Jones. Jones played in 145 games that year. He had 613 PA. He put up a .732 OPS/101 OPS+. He hit 15 homers and 63 RBIs. Defensively he played in 139 games, 138 of which he started. He recorded 5 assists and committed 2 errors. His DRS was bad, -25. His WAR was 0.2. I get that Gentry was a better defender, but was he really worth more than five times what Jones was that year? What would Gentry's stats have looked like if he had played 145 games? What would Jones' have been if he's just played RF/LF (where the stats looked a lot better)? Seems off to me.
  2. Nationals are about to get rocked in this World Series
  3. I think Buck would be a good choice for Philly.
  4. Yea. It was mlb.com’s click baity title, not mine. That’s why I put it in quotes.
  5. I would love to see Buck become the manager of the Angels. There was an MLB.com article recently about Bruce Bochy becoming the "Latest and perhaps last manager to reach 2000 wins." They mentioned that one of the people who could theoretically also get to 2,000 was Buck. He currently has 1,551 and is 63 years old.
  6. Yea the bullpen stunk. 2018 ERAs: Givens: 3.99 Bleier: 1.93 Castro: 3.96 Fry: 3.35 2019 ERAs: Givens: 4.57 Bleier: 5.37 Castro: 4.66 Fry: 5.34
  7. I think 2022 is the goal too. .500 by 2021. Wild card by 2022. Division champs in 2023. Dare to dream.
  8. The 2019 Orioles had a team OPS of .725. This was a big improvement from their .689 team OPS in 2018 and obviously part of the reason they won seven more games. What's interesting is that OPS is up all around baseball. In 2018, the average MLB OPS was .727. In 2019, that jumped all the way up to .757. In fact, that .757 OPS is the highest its been in MLB over the past 10 years. You have to go all the way back to 2007 (when the average OPS was .758) to find a year that beats this one. ERA has followed accordingly. In 2018, the average ERA in MLB was 4.14. In 2019, it shot up to 4.49. So, is this evidence that balls were juiced this year? Or are batters and their new launch angles just slipping ahead of pitchers in the never ending race to outsmart each another?
  9. Alberto is the man... Hell of a season for a 26 year old making the league minimum.
  10. Can't we just cut Davis loose, and have Mountcastle and Mancini split 1B and DH? Why do either of them need to be part of the crowded OF picture?
  11. I know Means is probably not going to win Rookie of the Year. But take a look at how his numbers this year (so far) stack up against one of the other recent AL starters to win the award, Justin Verlander in 2006: rWAR: Means- 4.1 Verlander- 4.0 ERA: Means- 3.47 Verlander- 3.63 ERA+: Means- 136 Verlander- 125 WHIP: Means- 1.114 Verlander- 1.328 IP: Verlander- 186.0 (30 G, 30 GS) Means- 137.1 (28 G, 24 GS) Now, Verlander had a sexier record and the 2006 Tigers did make it all the way to the World Series... but still, when you look at their numbers side by side, Means has definitely put together a ROY-type season.
  12. Heard that as well. I love it. Means is the man, looking great tonight too. When he gets the start in the 2022 AL Wildcard game, this will be remembered...
  13. Man I was so pissed when Hyde pulled Hess midway through the seventh while he had a now hitter going in the 4/1 game... I mean, I get it, but still. As a fan, that was tough.
  14. Nick Markakis "could be activated as soon as Friday." I don't know about you guys, but I'll be cheering for Atlanta and Arizona (if they make it) in this year's postseason. I'd love to see Jones or Markakis in a World Series. The Diamondbacks have won 11 of their last 13...
  15. I know its only been two appearances in the bigs, but I like Chandler Shepherd so far. Seems to have a confident presence out there. 3 ER in 7 IP (Yankees and Rangers), with 5 Ks and 3 BB. Plus these numbers would have been even better were he not the victim of some crappy defense by Dwight Smith Jr.
  16. He started some games for us in 2016, he started some games for us in 2017, and he just made his tenth and best start of the year for us in 2019... I think it’s a pretty safe bet that he gets some starts in 2020.
  17. Alberto and Santander have become some of my favorites to watch. When you talk about things that went well this year, I think this list of players who have a lower WAR than Alberto is pretty funny: Edwin Encarnacion Andrew Benintendi Shohei Ohtani Chris Sale Yu Darvish Trey Mancini Paul Goldschmidt Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Lorenzo Cain Zach Britton Charlie Blackmon Joc Pederson Mike Yastrzemski Rhys Hoskins Nick Markakis Adam Jones To name a few...
  18. O's Team ERA: 5.78 (30th in MLB) O's Team OPS: .722 (25th in MLB) It is true that our offense hasn't been that bad. We're not bottom 5 in OPS, Runs, HRs, OBP, AVG, anything.
  19. And happy birthday to him! Was just looking at his baseball reference page and he's 27 today.
  20. I don’t feel sympathetic for this multi-millionaire, at all.
  21. No, not really. But there are teams that I like more than others. I tend to cheer for the underdog organizations once the playoffs roll around and the Os are out. Or for teams that have former Orioles that I like, like Jones and Markakis. Not a fan of the Nats at all, though. I’m 29, so I was in high school when they came to town. I lived in the DC metro area and it sucked watching some of my friends jump ship to become Nats fans. It felt like most of the Nats fans I knew had abandoned the O’s while they were down. Never sat right with me.
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