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Melewski Interview With Dave Wallace


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Some nice quotes:

On Tillman - "I'm not sure I respect any pitcher I've had over the years as much. This guy has tremendous makeup. We hear that word all the time, but he's a gamer and has that poker face during the course of a game."

On Gausman - "How important is developing that slider as a third pitch for Gausman going forward?

"I'm not going to call it a slider, I'll call it a breaking ball. Sometimes it's a slider and sometimes a slurve. When he has those three pitches working those are the games that are fun because he can go through almost any lineup.

"But on days that he doesn't have either the changeup or breaking ball, we have to navigate our way to get to the sixth or seventh inning. I think that is the next step for him.

http://www.masnsports.com/steve-melewski/2014/12/qa-with-orioles-pitching-coach-dave-wallace.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

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The O's have an "Ace" and his name is Wallace. He will make the O's staff better from day one of the 2015 season. No learning curve like in 2014. He knows his guys and that will make a big difference.

O's 2014 ERA

April - 4.64

May - 4.00

June - 3.43

July - 2.96

August - 3.08

September - 2.67

I am thinking June through September results for the whole season of 2015.

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The O's have an "Ace" and his name is Wallace. He will make the O's staff better from day one of the 2015 season. No learning curve like in 2014. He knows his guys and that will make a big difference.

O's 2014 ERA

April - 4.64

May - 4.00

June - 3.43

July - 2.96

August - 3.08

September - 2.67

I am thinking June through September results for the whole season of 2015.

Well, that would be awesome. Let's not forget how healthy the staff was in 2014. I doubt we'll be that lucky in 2015. It's also hard to guess what the impact of having Wieters behind the plate will be, for better or worse. I do think our pitching will be above average in any event.

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Yea it's quite odd that he doesn't know what pitch is going to come out of his hand

He has a slurve. A slider. And a curve. Depends what they settle on. And watch works best with his other pitches. I would not worry much about Gausman. Maybe someone will just teach him a split finger off the Vulcan.

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I do not find it reassuring that Gausman's breaking ball transitions between a slider and a slurve at this point in time.

"Yes, his breaking ball can be more consistent. That is not that easy and sometimes it takes a couple of years for that happen."

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Well, that would be awesome. Let's not forget how healthy the staff was in 2014. I doubt we'll be that lucky in 2015. It's also hard to guess what the impact of having Wieters behind the plate will be, for better or worse. I do think our pitching will be above average in any event.

Looks like the O's will start the year with 6 starters and McFarland in the minors. There is depth on the pitching staff. They can probably ride through some injuries.

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Looks like the O's will start the year with 6 starters and McFarland in the minors. There is depth on the pitching staff. They can probably ride through some injuries.

Looks like there may be an injury before there is a six man rotation as well.

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