I like it after seeing it Saturday night. That was very exciting! EVERY half inning was suspenseful. Of course it could be brutally painful... but still would be edge of your seat baseball.
MUCH better to be the home team. Even more so than the traditional format.
C (2014): Wieters only played 26 games in 2014. Joseph logged 82 games, the rest split between Nick Hundley and Steve Cleveinger. The highest OPS of that group is .625. Wieters himself OPS 839.
C(2020): both Severino and Sisco OPS'ing over .850 so far.
I'll call this one of a win for the 2020 Orioles. Severino/Sisco >> Joseph/Hundley/Clevenger.
1B: Davis. Although he did have a down year in 2014 with only a .700 OPS. 2014 Davis >>>> 2020 Davis. However, its unclear he will get the majority of starts for the rest of the season. But I'll count this as a win for 2014 Os regardless. We don't know if/when Mountcastle gets called up.
2B 2014 Schoop had a terrible year, OPS .598. Alberto the clear winner hear
SS 2014 Hardy OPS 682 vs 2020 Iglesias 1316. Clear win for 2020
3B 2014 Machado OPS 755 vs 2020 Ruiz 1112. Win for 2020
LF 2014 David Lough OPS 694 vs 2020 DSJ 808. DJ Stewart has more games, but I'd venture he's not going to get much more chances. I'm gonna call this one for 2020.
CF 2014 Jones OPS 780 vs Hays 300. Win for 2014 obviously
RF 2014 Markakis OPS 729 vs. Santander 734. I'll call this one a tie.
DH 2014 Cruz OPS 859 vs. Nunez 955. I''d venture that Nunez doesn't finish better than 859, so I'll call this one a win for 2014.
Final score 2020 O's 5, 2014 Os 3, 1 tie.
It is very difficult to imitate the Rays (and the As) because those two franchises move good players pre-free agent because they (mostly) have to. To a lesser extent, these teams do the Bedard trade over and over and make that trade with popular players. One can say, as I probably have, that we should have a hybrid model where we imitate the Rays, but also keep and sign a few more players to LTCs than the Rays would. That would be great in theory, but over time it seems the Rays success has been related to a single-minded focus to deal players a year too early than a year too late.
This board has shown little stomach to deal our star players pre-FA over the last 10 years. There are many examples of guys we should have traded around the beginning of their arbitration years when their trade value was highest, but our FO kept the players too long from Johnson (reliever), Wieters, Machado, Mora, Hardy, Davis and others. Some of these guys we signed to LTCs instead of dealing at the right moment. The Rays would have dealt each of these guys instead of waiting as long as the Os FO did.
Before we start worrying about that, however, we need to build the scouting and development infrastructure of the Rays.
They've been hitting well so far and it's been fun to watch.
C Wieters 1B Davis 2B Schoop 3B Machado SS Hardy LF Pearce CF Jones RF Markakis DH Cruz
C Severino 1B Davis 2B Alberto 3B Ruiz SS Iglesias LF Smith Jr. CF Hays RF Santander DH Nunez
Still seems like a resounding 9-0 or 8-1 for 2014 to me.