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Santander out. Time for Diaz?!?!?!?!?!?!??!!?

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I will rejoice if Yusniel here this weekend as a regular, but all offseason I sort of figured Stewart/Mullins would be an offense/defense platoon until Diaz, and Mountcastle/Mancini/Hays/Santander would be four regulars at 1B/OF/DH.

With both Mullins and Stewart running well, it could be these few weeks are a time for them to get Ripken level reps.    A Yusniel promotion means benching one of the five generally because he should play a lot wherever he is; McKenna I feel it is less harmful if he's a couple times a week reserve.

We are past the Year 7 thing this week, but I kind of feel like all 30 clubs are wallflowers at the 8th grade dance waiting for somebody to go first.   My guess is whenever the ice finally breaks on Kelenic, Kirilloff, Gilbert, etc, we end up with a few debuts in the ensuing week.

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34 minutes ago, OriolesMagic83 said:

Hays can hit, he's just always hurt.

Hays hasn't had a complete season with hitting numbers significantly above average since 2017.  I agree that I think he CAN hit but, largely due to injuries, he hasn't really shown it for a while.

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16 hours ago, Can_of_corn said:

The team is built to lose. 

Elias is probably sitting back doing mock 2022 drafts.

Probably checking out the guys ranked 30-60 to see who he is going to draft at 5th overall to save 200k

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12 hours ago, Can_of_corn said:

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I agree with SG, Hays is probably going to get hurt again in the next week or so.  I just like giving him a hard time.

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For right now, I like Stewart in LF, Mullins in CF, Hays in RF, Mancini at 1B and Mountcastle at DH with McKenna as your fourth OF, pinch runner, defensive replacement. Stewart can get on base and can be pinch run for and replaced defensively later innings. 

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17 hours ago, Sports Guy said:

He is on the taxi squad.  My guess is no.  We just have such a glut of OFers right now.  

McKenna makes sense because he doesn’t have to play.  You want Diaz playing everyday. 
 

Give this another 4-6 weeks to shake out.  Mullins is slumping and Hays is about to get hurt again.  So, we will see where it goes from there.

This is an important post.  Well the bolded anyway.   Hopefully the Hays part is just frustration and doesn't come to fruition.

 

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19 hours ago, Moose Milligan said:

Santander is out, surprise surprise.  Two to four weeks.  I'd lean closer to four weeks.

Are we going to finally see Diaz?!?!?!?!??!?!?!  I don't know what they're thinking with McKenna but obviously Diaz should be up.  

They would have called him up, but aren't out of spite for your unhinged overuse of exclamation and question marks.

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19 hours ago, BirdinBama said:

Agree with Ripken. Man, this team can't hit! Bring on anybody, please!

I'm not sure Diaz is the answer to the offense. 

I'd take a look at Jones pretty soon though. 2B is a black hole offensively. 

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21 hours ago, Moose Milligan said:

Santander is out, surprise surprise.  Two to four weeks.  I'd lean closer to four weeks.

Are we going to finally see Diaz?!?!?!?!??!?!?!  I don't know what they're thinking with McKenna but obviously Diaz should be up.  

I'm fairly certain it's built into the Orioles fabric that Hays, Stewart and Santander can not all be healthy at the same time.

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21 hours ago, Legend_Of_Joey said:

When does his service time start?

I don' think it's about service time with Diaz but it more about whether he can get every day PAs. Hays will now go to RF, Stewart to LF and Mullins in CF everyday. McKenna is better as a 4th/5th outfielder anyways so it works out. Mountcastle can DH and play some LF when Stewart needs to sit for a tough lefty. 

Now if/when Hays goes down, then Diaz is coming up to play RF everyday.

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20 hours ago, Can_of_corn said:

The team is built to lose. 

Elias is probably sitting back doing mock 2022 drafts.

I do think Elias has his sights set solely on the future, but he will bring up guys when he thinks it's best for their development and readiness to contribute to a winning team in the future.

I do believe we will see Diaz this year in Baltimore but it won't be until he can get everyday PAs.

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4 minutes ago, Tony-OH said:

I do think Elias has his sights set solely on the future, but he will bring up guys when he thinks it's best for their development and readiness to contribute to a winning team in the future.

I do believe we will see Diaz this year in Baltimore but it won't be until he can get everyday PAs.

I agree. I don't think that Diaz has proven that he deserves MLB at-bats over Stewart at this point (and Stewart hasn't proven that he isn't a MLB hitter at this point), so unless/until one of Stewart/Hays/Mullins/Mountcastle/Mancini is hurt or traded, I don't think we see Diaz.

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23 minutes ago, Tony-OH said:

I'm fairly certain it's built into the Orioles fabric that Hays, Stewart and Santander can not all be healthy at the same time.

It's a total lock.  These guys can't get out of their own way.

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21 minutes ago, Tony-OH said:

I'm fairly certain it's built into the Orioles fabric that Hays, Stewart and Santander can not all be healthy at the same time.

I am positive that Hays and Santander are the same person. 😜  

15 minutes ago, Tony-OH said:

I do think Elias has his sights set solely on the future, but he will bring up guys when he thinks it's best for their development and readiness to contribute to a winning team in the future.

I do believe we will see Diaz this year in Baltimore but it won't be until he can get everyday PAs.

Yep, we will see Diaz when he is ready to play every day.  Otherwise it is best for him to be where he is. 

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