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I'll be on the 'FAN 105.7" (TODAY 2 pm on)

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Every Monday for a while for that matter.Im going to be a "regular" on SCOTT and JEREMY at 5:20 pm every Monday. I'll also be plugging our Costa Rica vacation which opens Monday to the public. Just 100 tickets or so available. Go to Icontrips.com and use the code word "Hangout" for a discount.

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MONDAY, MAY 11th:

 

SCOTT GARCEAU: ORoy, you are coming to town on Wednesday, and staying until Monday. Are the Orioles finally going to get themselves in gear since YOU are going to be here ???

ROY FIRESTONE: OThey had better !!! :laughlol: I'm coming to town, and I'm going to be seeing with Ross Grimsley, who will also be there.

 

SCOTT GARCEAU: ORoy, what in the world is going on with this team ???

ROY FIRESTONE: OYou know, aside from Manny's 9 errors, what REALLY has been bothering me is the fundamentals ...... BOTH on the field (defense) AND on the base-paths. It's not just Manny and his errors. It's Delmon Young (on the base-paths, and sometimes in the field with communication.) It's Alejandro De Aza getting picked off of first base at the worst time. In the past, you just took defense and (AT LEAST) decent baserunning for granted. They just can't keep making these mistakes, because it is flat-out killing them. Buck will not stand for this (faulty fundamentals), and he won't let it continue to happen without making some changes.

With Pineda, he was going to shut us down. OK. But the other 3 games against the Yankees were all winnable. In fact, even the Pineda game may have had a different complexion to it if the Orioles had gotten AT LEAST decent starting pitching, and they (the Orioles) had put a little pressure on them. They didn't.

 

SCOTT GARCEAU: OThe starting pitching ???

ROY FIRESTONE: OIn the starting pitching's last time through the rotation (5 starts), Chen was the only one who pitched a good game. Tillman, Norris, Jimenez, and even Gonzalez struggled pretty badly.

I mean, just prior to that, the Orioles had something like 7 or 8 consecutive quality starts, and had gone 5-2 over a 7-game period ...... and it looked like they had turned a corner. But then (except for Chen), they fell apart again. And guess what that is a PRIME example of ??? It all begins (and usually ends) with getting decent (or better) starting pitching. The Orioles go as their starting pitching goes ...... it was true last year, the year before, and the year before that. 2015 is no different. In fact, it's pretty much true of just about EVERY major league baseball team. The 2015 Orioles are no exception.

I don't know what you tell you about Norris, but he has not been good all year, save for one solid game (7 innings, 3 runs) against a Mets team that had no DH, and isn't particularly good on offense in the first place.

 

SCOTT GARCEAU: OThe Orioles' inconsistency and lack of continuity ???

ROY FIRESTONE: OIn addition to the starting pitching having been erratic, the team overall is inconsistent, including the lineup. From game to game, guys don't know if they are playing, DH-ing, or on the bench.

But what concerns me the most in this particular area is THE CORNER OUTFIELDERS, especially on defense. And the departure of Nick Markakis immediately jumps out at me. And it isn't so much Nick's bat that we are missing, but rather his defense, and the OVERALL CONTINUITY of him being in the lineup every day.

Before this season, you had two-thirds of the outfield that were always solid, steady, and dependable ...... and that was having Adam Jones in centerfield, and Nick Markakis in rightfield. Now, there is Adam Jones in center, and THAT IS IT. There has been a major residual effect on the Orioles' outfield defense with the departure of Markakis. On numerous occasions, I have seen bad communication out there between Delmon Young and Adam Jones ...... you didn't see that when we had Nick.

And again, I want to stress that it is not so much Nick's bat that we miss, but rather his defense, his stability, and the continuity of the Orioles outfield overall.

 

SCOTT GARCEAU: OGausman's injury ???

ROY FIRESTONE: OIf Gausman is out for a couple of months, that will potentially be another big problem, because Norris is not pitching well, and they have no backup.

So, the Orioles' may be forced into a situation in which they might be functioning out of desperation. If Gausman is down and Norris does not turn it around, do we bring up Zach Davies sooner than we would have liked ??? Do we bring up Dylan Bundy sooner than we would have liked ??? Will we bring up and use Mike Wright, perhaps as a starter instead of a reliever, which I suspect that the Orioles may have been prepping him for and expecting from him ??? It's all very up in the air, and it may force the Orioles' hand in terms of making premature moves ...... it could make them pull the trigger on some of these youngsters before they are ready.

 

SCOTT GARCEAU: OAre the Orioles still in it ???

ROY FIRESTONE: OAbsolutely. In my heart of hearts, I still believe that the Orioles have the best starting rotation in the division, in spite of their very erratic start to the season (and Bud Norris' flat out horrible start to the season.) Although the Yankees are currently in 1st place, nobody is scared of C.C. Sabathia anymore. Pineda and Tanaka are their 1-2 punch, but Tanaka's health is still questionable at the moment ...... BUT, they have to pitch better, AND they have to find out what is going on with Norris. The Orioles will have A LOT of trouble if Norris consistently cannot get out of the 4th or the 5th inning(s).

 

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Thanks OFFNY. Great synopsis. Please OH fans please come by Friday night at Dempseys. Id love to say hi to all of you. And if you are interested please make a reservation to our trip to Costa Rica we will be there to take any orders. See you then. Go O's...

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Thanks OFFNY. Great synopsis. Please OH fans please come by Friday night at Dempseys. Id love to say hi to all of you. And if you are interested please make a reservation to our trip to Costa Rica we will be there to take any orders. See you then. Go O's...

Are you going to be at the game on Wednesday?

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MONDAY, MAY 11th:

SCOTT GARCEAU: ORoy, what in the world is going on with this team ???

ROY FIRESTONE: OYou know, aside from Manny's 9 errors, what REALLY has been bothering me is the fundamentals ...... BOTH on the field (defense) AND on the base-paths. It's not just Manny and his errors. It's Delmon Young (on the base-paths, and sometimes in the field with communication.) It's Alejandro De Aza getting picked off of first base at the worst time. In the past, you just took defense and (AT LEAST) decent baserunning for granted. They just can't keep making these mistakes, because it is flat-out killing them. Buck will not stand for this (faulty fundamentals), and he won't let it continue to happen without making some changes.

With Pineda, he was going to shut us down. OK. But the other 3 games against the Yankees were all winnable. In fact, even the Pineda game may have had a different complexion to it if the Orioles had gotten AT LEAST decent starting pitching, and they (the Orioles) had put a little pressure on them. They didn't.

OOo Ugh. o:bangwall:

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Im in town promoting the trip with Adam Jones, Cal Ripken and Jim Palmer in November (ICONTRIPS.COM) . We would love any and all hangouters to join us at Dempseys on Friday night. I will be thee from about 4;30 until just about game time. Looking forward to meeting all of you and catch us on the Fan both tonight and tomorrow night.

Heres another look at the trip:

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It looks beautiful.

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I got this covered, Roy.

But if it's OK with you and Weams, perhaps we could merge this with your original thread, for continuity purposes.

Patrick

http://forum.orioleshangout.com/forums/showthread.php/147477-Ill-be-on-the-FAN-105-7-quot-Monday-at-5-20-pm

For future reference, not everything has to be merged together. We are on top of things. Thanks.

As long as redundant threads aren't clogging up the front page, it doesn't cause us a problem which is better served with a merge.

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