I certainly don’t think everyone on the team stinks. I expect the team itself to be pretty awful when it’s all said and done (though I’m hoping to be surprised), but that doesn’t mean everyone on the team is awful. Alberto was worth 2.9 rWAR last year and this year his job is to back that up and show it wasn’t just a high-BABIP (.318) fluke. He’s off to a good start offensively and I’ve always liked his D at 2B.
On this day in 1970, the Baltimore Orioles won a fourth game in a row by beating the Boston Red Sox by a score of 5-2.
It was another complete game pitched by a Baltimore hurler. This time, Dave McNally won his 15th game of the season by allowing 2 runs, 1 earned, on 6 hits with 2 walks and 3 strikeouts..
Paul Blair came up big with a 3 for 4, 2 homerun, 2 runs scored and 3 RBI game.
Of note, the game was played in 2 hours and 10 minutes.
On this day in 1970, the Orioles completed a three-game sweep of the Kansas City Royals. The Orioles won by a score of 10-8.
Mike Cuellar won his 15th game of the season with a 5.1 inning, 8 hit and 5 runs allowed effort. He also walked 2 and struck out 5.
Paul Blair and Curt Motton were the offensive catalysts for the Birds. Blair went 4 for 5 with 2 doubles and 2 runs scored while Motton went 2 for 4 with a homerun, 2 runs scored and 5 RBI.
No, Cashner’s value is based on what the market says it is.
No one was willing to give up any top prospect for him..or even organizational top 10-15 prospects.
Some of the complaint about the deal revolved around the timing of the trade. Elias traded him early, likely because he wanted to deal him before his value plummeted. Had he waited and Cashner had done the same thing in Baltimore that he did in Boston, Elias would not have been able to trade him for anything more than some salary dump deal where they got nothing back but salary relief and even then, he may not have been able to do it.
Fact remains that we need quality pitching to raise to the top. And especially in Camden Yards quality starting pitching is hard to find. IMO its better to acquire a quality starter whenever you can. Hitters are much easier to find with a home park like Camden.