Jump to content

Axford rising on Orioles' wish list


Greg

Recommended Posts

Apparently he has some connection to Rick Peterson. This scares me. This reminds me of when Peterson had a lot of input with the Mets and they traded Kazmir to the Rays because Peterson though he could "fix" Victor Zambrano.

There was a video online a few years back where Peterson was speaking with a large group in a conference room setting about biomechanical analysis and a good portion of the discussion focused on Axford and the changes instituted in his delivery which RP was crediting for his big season. So, there is some type of history there.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Replies 73
  • Created
  • Last Reply
It never got old! I am still reading to this day in amazement of last year.

http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/08/15/jim-johnson-is-making-a-run-at-all-time-blown-saves-record/

Relievers, especially closers not named Rivera, tend to be very volatile. And unreliable year to year. Especially when their sinker comes in belt high for no reason. Other than reoccurring back problems. And probably a good bit of wear and tear to the shoulder capsule.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

There was a video online a few years back where Peterson was speaking with a large group in a conference room setting about biomechanical analysis and a good portion of the discussion focused on Axford and the changes instituted in his delivery which RP was crediting for his big season. So, there is some type of history there.

I was there during that presentation. It was interesting stuff.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Apparently he has some connection to Rick Peterson. This scares me. This reminds me of when Peterson had a lot of input with the Mets and they traded Kazmir to the Rays because Peterson though he could "fix" Victor Zambrano.

They were in Milwaukee together a few years ago.

Obviously he's been terrible pretty recently but I heard on MLB Network Radio the other night that Axford looked good for the Cardinals last year (I didn't see him pitch there at all so I don't know). Take it with a grain of salt but I would definitely like to get Axford in our pen, just not as the closer.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

There was a video online a few years back where Peterson was speaking with a large group in a conference room setting about biomechanical analysis and a good portion of the discussion focused on Axford and the changes instituted in his delivery which RP was crediting for his big season. So, there is some type of history there.

That does make this guy more interesting.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I think Axford would be a good signing, but I agree the closer's role should be a competition between him, Hunter, and whoever else is in the pen next year. (I still think O'Day works best as a matchup reliever in the late innings.)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I think Axford would be a good signing, but I agree the closer's role should be a competition between him, Hunter, and whoever else is in the pen next year. (I still think O'Day works best as a matchup reliever in the late innings.)

Depends on the price tag. I still prefer Jesse Crain.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Archived

This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.


  • Posts

    • Sending Jackson down does nothing, there is nothing left to prove down there. He is taking good ABs, he is working counts, he looks fine in the field etc. I have used the Cowser comp, not to say he should be sent down, in the sense that Cowser looked particularly lost at times during his callup last year. Jackson is facing some professional adversity for the first time as a professional keep running him out there.    The fortunate thing is he isn't hurting the team in a significant way right now, and when it finally does click the Orioles will be just that much better. 
    • Actually move Westburg to 7th so there’s not so many lefties in a row. 
    • I’ll go with: Gunnar SS Adley C O’Hearn 1B Tony RF Westburg 3B Mullins CF Cowser LF Kjerstad DH Holliday 2B  
    • The question is, can he be productive playing just 1-2 times a week? We don't know because he's never really been in that role. Not everyone can stay productive in a part-time role. I think the Orioles will find a way to get him in the lineup 4-5 days a week. He can play corner outfield (except I would not play him in LF in Camden), DH and 1B. He still does not look great at 1B, but he can be serviceable if it means getting his bat into the lineup. That's a decent amount of ways to keep him and others fresh. Santander probably is at risk to sit a bit more than usual, but this also gives the Orioles an opportunity to have a very left-handed heavy lineup against righties at times, with Mountcastle sitting. The Orioles left-handed heavy lineup could be: 1. Henderson - SS 2. Rutschman - C 3. O'Hearn - 1B 4. Santander - RF 5. Cowser - LF 6. Mullins - CF 7. Westburg - 3B (R) 8. Kjerstad - DH 9. Holliday - 2B Imagine having to face that lineup and then have Mountcastle, McCann, Urias and Mateo for pinch running as a bench. Now don't get me wrong, Mountcastle is not going to be benched all that much, but Kjerstad could give Santander, Cowser, Mullins (with Cowser moving to CF), O'Hearn, Mountcastle, and Rutschman when he DHing a day off.  That's a lot of ways to keep him fresh and get his bat in the lineup.  
    • If so, probably just for 2 days or so.  
    • Well, there are now 8 days left in April, so 8 days based on last year.  After that, if I recall correctly, he turns into a pumpkin until October.
    • Kjerstad also has had pretty good success vs. LHP in his career.  
  • Popular Contributors

×
×
  • Create New...