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3 hours ago, bobmc said:

Yesterday Christian Walker went deep off Clayton Kershaw (and was pied by AJ to boot) for the third time in eight AB's.  Who let this guy go again?  

https://www.mlb.com/gameday/dodgers-vs-d-backs/2019/06/24/564869#game_state=final,lock_state=final,game_tab=videos,game=564869

 

Love the lamenting of his finally breaking out for a 114 OPS+ while Mancini has no value at 145 at a year younger. 

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2 hours ago, 25 Nuggets said:

High probability this will be Walker's One Career Year, hope it nets him some $$$

This will likely be his 1987 Larry Sheets season. But hoping he sticks around long enough to qualify for a pension. 

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33 minutes ago, OsFanSinceThe80s said:

This will likely be his 1987 Larry Sheets season. But hoping he sticks around long enough to qualify for a pension. 

Larry Sheets made his debut 3 weeks after I was born. I have suspicion I was a World Series baby.

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1 hour ago, Enjoy Terror said:

Larry Sheets made his debut 3 weeks after I was born. I have suspicion I was a World Series baby.

I feel old now since I can remember the 1983 season, but hey at least I was alive when the O's were champions. 😛

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6 hours ago, OsFanSinceThe80s said:

I feel old now since I can remember the 1983 season, but hey at least I was alive when the O's were champions. 😛

I was like two weeks old. Nobody is taking that ring away from me. 

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Josh Hader is the greatest bullpen weapon ever!

We’ve seen many a behemoth stomp out of many a bullpen. We’ve seen Gossage and Fingers, Mariano and Hoffman, Kimbrel and Chapman. But have we ever seen anything like Josh Hader?

Correct answer? That would be no! Halfway through the season, the Brewers’ floppy-locked left-handed dominator is averaging 17.4 strikeouts per nine innings – and 3.1 hits. Who else has ever done that? No one else has ever done that. In any season ever.

Hader is currently on pace for 152 strikeouts and 26 hits in 78 2/3 innings. , which would be absurd for your “MLB The Show” closer, let alone a person who exists in real life. And pretty much every run he’s allowed has been on a homer, incidentally, since he’s also on pace to give up 12 home runs – and six singles, in an entire season.

But maybe most important, Hader is doing all that while also averaging more than four outs per appearance, and racking up more saves of four-plus outs (ten) than saves of three outs or shorter (nine). Just to put that in perspective, no reliever has saved 30-plus games and averaged more than four outs per relief appearance since Doug Jones — in 1992! So it says here Josh Hader is the greatest bullpen weapon ever … for one season, anyway. Go prove me wrong.

“Incredible,” one rival NL exec says. “He’s amazing. And the way they use him is great.”

 

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Hader down to 1.82 ERA. Strop has bulked up and repeatedly called Puig "stupid" after plunking him with a clearly aimed fastball.

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Hader is incredible.  I watched him the other day get six outs to seal a win for them.  

I think that every teams fans sit around and think that ONLY their team is the ONLY TEAM EVER to give up on players to have them go on to find greatness somewhere else.  I'm sure if you talked to a fan of the San Francisco Giants he'd tell you all about the litany of players that have been let go/traded from there to find success elsewhere.  

But man, the Orioles have certainly had their share of doozies over the past few years.  Off the top of my head I can think of:

A 50 homer guy

A Cy Young award winner

Best reliever in the game

A 17 game winner

A consistent .850+ OPS 3rd baseman cornerstone of a consistent World Series contender

I know I'm forgetting others but...man, the Orioles have let go of some good ones.  

 

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7 hours ago, LA2 said:

Hader down to 1.82 ERA. Strop has bulked up and repeatedly called Puig "stupid" after plunking him with a clearly aimed fastball.

Remember when Pedro Strop was last seen in these parts?  22 innings, 15 walks, 2 HBP, a balk and 5 wild pitches.  He couldn't have hit Puig if he tried.  That was a long time ago.  He's had a pretty good career except the three months he totally lost it and forced the O's to dump him.

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4 minutes ago, DrungoHazewood said:

Remember when Pedro Strop was last seen in these parts?  22 innings, 15 walks, 2 HBP, a balk and 5 wild pitches.  He couldn't have hit Puig if he tried.  That was a long time ago.  He's had a pretty good career except the three months he totally lost it and forced the O's to dump him.

It was obvious to me at the time, the dude was tired.  We rode him pretty hard and he threw more innings that year than he'd ever had before.  I was pissed that they gave up on him that quickly.

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21 minutes ago, DrungoHazewood said:

Remember when Pedro Strop was last seen in these parts?  22 innings, 15 walks, 2 HBP, a balk and 5 wild pitches.  He couldn't have hit Puig if he tried.  That was a long time ago.  He's had a pretty good career except the three months he totally lost it and forced the O's to dump him.

I remember and yet, one can still seriously question whether those 22 innings were enough to erase the memory and hope of returning to the level of the 78.67 extraordinary innings Strop had thrown for the O's the previous two seasons. And it's not like he had to go through a 3-5 season odyssey with several teams to find himself again, unlike some of the other Oriole castoffs. It's hard to avoid the conclusion that the O's--not uniquely, of course--just plain stunk at perceiving and fixing the problems of very talented pitchers, whether that was Buck's, his coaches' or Duquette's fault.

The Cubs obviously knew what to do: Strop, without an intervening period of ineptitude, has gone on to rack up SIX straight sub-3.00 ERA seasons in a row as a high-leverage reliever. And we acted as if he was a mere throw-in with Arrieta, based on those 22 innings. (As opposed to how many innings given to Wright, Ubaldo, Gallardo, end-of-the-road Tillman, etc.?)

The Orioles absolutely sucked at judging pitching, it's had very deep and pervasive long-term consequences, and it's going to take a lot to convince me that they've solved the problem, especially since the returns on the late-season dump of 2018 don't seem promising.

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