I’ve been trying to tell y’all we are going to be platoon heavy and playing the best match up against whomever we will be facing. We have depth across the board to make that happen. We are going back to Weaver ball baby!
This seems a bit of a harsh take. JA hired Elias and gave him the go ahead on all of this. Louie starts fighting bout money and direction with JA. Surely this started behind the scenes vs in the open. At that point, JA has to do what he can to keep the franchise moving in the right direction with the knowledge that there could be funds issues due to litigation. This is going to lead to prioritizing which could put some other things on hold. I don’t see how that is JA’s fault.
If your theory is JA isn’t willing to spend versus not able to, why haven’t Elias or Sig even hinted at that? Elias just built a great system. He could gat another GM job pretty easily. Sig also has plenty of places he could go. If they thought they were being unfairly hamstrung there would be some sort of leak or comment from them indicating this was a issue. Instead, there has been nothing which leads me to believe they know JA is doing what he can and are willing to wait for it to be sorted out.
Apparently the whole point of moving back the leftfield wall was to put the Orioles in a position to justify acquiring / starting mediocre to below average pitchers (Gibson and Irvin). Based on how OPACY ballpark factor is trending I don't see any reason to believe Irvin's success at home won't continue, even if it's to a slightly lesser extent. So worst case scenario you're probably looking at a possible uptick in ERA to the low 4.00s, which certainly isn't going to be enough to get him bumped from the rotation.
#23 - Oriole Park at Camden Yards (Orioles) - 95.3 Overall Park Factor, 86.0 Fly Ball (24th), 83 Home Run (27th)
Well, the Orioles moved the left field fence way in before the 2022 season, and it clearly had the desired impact. Both its fly ball and home run park factors reached their lowest points over the past decade, and that 83 home run mark marked its first foray below 100 over that span. Even before the fences came in, this park was one of those that yielded homers, but not all that many runs. It hasn’t posted a higher than average doubles or triples park factor over the last decade.
#27 - RingCentral Coliseum (Athletics) - 93.5 Overall Park Factor, 85.9 Fly Ball (25th), 92 Home Run (22nd)
First and foremost, this place is a dump. That said, this marks 10 straight years as a pitchers’ park for RingCentral. When you suppress both homers (8 straight years below 100 HR park factor) and singles (10 straight years), there simply aren’t many avenues to behaving as a hitters’ park.