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This team won't finish above .500 and they should be sellers!


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Tonight is a perfect example of why this team will not even be able to finish .500. The starting pitching isn't good, the defense is horrible, and if it wasn't for the long ball they would be one of the worst offensive teams in the league. Even with the long ball they aren't a good offensive team.

Adam Jones is the only good hitter on the team. Roberts and Hardy can't get on base, Wieters and Davis are streaky, Reynolds has never heard of a productive out, Betemit and the rest of the guys are all bench players. Markakis coming back isn't going to make a difference.

Defensively the team is a complete joke.

Hammel has been great and Chen has been good. Matusz, Arrieta, and Hunter are extremely inconsistent. Tillman, Gonzalez, and Berken have been very good in AAA this season ... call one of them up to take Hunter's spot in the rotation and maybe another one to take Matusz' spot. Britton is struggling at AAA, not an encouraging sign.

The bullpen has been exceptional. I'd start trying to trade Johnson, O'Day, and Ayala right now while they are doing great and get as much value as I can for them. I'd hang onto Patton and Strop as they are under control for awhile (I imagine they are at least as neither have been in the majors for long), and if Lindstrom has some good outings put him on the trade block too. Who knows, maybe you can get a team desperate for bullpen help to give up a good prospect or two.

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All we have is Hammel and Chen but not sold on chen yet. The rest off this staff gonna start calling them the Three Amigos cause they all suck and can't give 6in at all.

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But if we win tomorrow are we legit playoff contenders? :scratchchinhmm:

Just a reactionary post.

Do you think you can win the wild card with Hunter Matusz and Jake ? Answer is hell no

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I have loved this season, but playoff contention in late August and into September is not going to happen. If you assume leaders in divisions stay that way I still see at least the Angels, Rays, BoSox and Tigers finishing with more wins than the O's. Be sellers and add more pieces for the future.

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I think the O's will wait until close to the deadline before deciding if they are buyers or sellers.

Sure would be nice if they thought more about what they could be with the right additions. Granted, takes two teams to make a deal (or deals) happen, but the O's obviously could use some help right now...and, if they got it, I think they might be able to sustain "winning" this season.

I'm sure I'll look back on this when the team is six games under at the deadline and just...sigh.

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