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A few things:

- Darren O'Day is starting to be remind me of a former O's closer who use to routinely walk the bases loaded so he could get to batters he could strike out. This was the practice of Don Stanhouse and it earned him the nickname of "Full Pack" for the number of cigarettes that that Earl Weaver would smoke while he was on the mound.

If you look a Buck while O'Day is doing his thing he bows his head and almost doesn't look. His anxiety is evident. Maybe O'Day should be called "Prozac".

- Stepping up - Interesting that the O's scored 13 yesterday with Adam Jones on the bench. Jones has been making a practice of getting big hits to keep the O's in games this year but yesterday it was a three run homer by Jimmy Paredes and a two run triple by the speedy Flash. Of course Flash is a misnomer because Ryan Flaherty speed is average. Congrats to both these guys.

- Confidence Builder - When the O's can take two out of three versus the Yankees and Blue Jays in June its a good sign and makes for a good feeling on the off day.

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A few things:

- Darren O'Day is starting to be remind me of a former O's closer who use to routinely walk the bases loaded so he could get to batters he could strike out. This was the practice of Don Stanhouse and it earned him the nickname of "Full Pack" for the number of cigarettes that that Earl Weaver would smoke while he was on the mound.

If you look a Buck while O'Day is doing his thing he bows his head and almost doesn't look. His anxiety is evident. Maybe O'Day should be called "Prozac".

- Stepping up - Interesting that the O's scored 13 yesterday with Adam Jones on the bench. Jones has been making a practice of getting big hits to keep the O's in games this year but yesterday in with a three run homer by Jimmy Paredes and a two run triple by the speedy Flash. Of course Flash is a misnomer because Ryan Flaherty speed is average. Congrats to both these guys.

- Confidence Builder - When the O's can take two out of three versus the Yankees and Blue Jays in June is a good sign and makes for a good feeling on the off day.

DoD is giving me the Sherrill feeling this year "Never in doubt Georgie!"

Definitely a good sign beating those two, especially the way they beat the Blue Jays. Two late wins is great, planting seeds of doubt in their minds about their bullpen and whether they can hold a lead against Baltimore is better.

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- Darren O'Day is starting to be remind me of a former O's closer who use to routinely walk the bases loaded so he could get to batters he could strike out. This was the practice of Don Stanhouse and it earned him the nickname of "Full Pack" for the number of cigarettes that that Earl Weaver would smoke while he was on the mound.

If you look a Buck while O'Day is doing his thing he bows his head and almost doesn't look. His anxiety is evident. Maybe O'Day should be called "Prozac".

Sorry, WC, but this may be the single most ridiculous thing you have ever posted on the board.

Darren O'Day has a 0.83 WHIP this season, and a 0.93 WHIP in his four seasons as an Orioles. He has never had a WHIP higher than 1.00 since joining the Orioles. You'd be hard pressed to find another Orioles reliever who played here for four years and had a WHIP under 1.00. I certainly cannot think of one.

Don Stanhouse had a 1.47 WHIP in his 3 years as an Oriole. The lowest he had in any season for us was 1.38.

Don Stanhouse walked 103 batters in his two full seasons in Baltimore, 1978-79. O'Day has walked 55 batters in 3.4 seasons.

I mean O'Day is nothing at all like Stanhouse.

As to Buck bowing his head, he does that all the time in the late innings of close games, no matter who is in the game. I'm quite sure he has as much confidence in O'Day as any reliever he has ever managed. And he should.

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Sorry, WC, but this may be the single most ridiculous thing you have ever posted on the board.

Darren O'Day has a 0.83 WHIP this season, and a 0.93 WHIP in his four seasons as an Orioles. He has never had a WHIP higher than 1.00 since joining the Orioles. You'd be hard pressed to find another Orioles reliever who played here for four years and had a WHIP under 1.00. I certainly cannot think of one.

Don Stanhouse had a 1.47 WHIP in his 3 years as an Oriole. The lowest he had in any season for us was 1.38.

Don Stanhouse walked 103 batters in his two full seasons in Baltimore, 1978-79. O'Day has walked 55 batters in 3.4 seasons.

I mean O'Day is nothing at all like Stanhouse.

As to Buck bowing his head, he does that all the time in the late innings of close games, no matter who is in the game. I'm quite sure he has as much confidence in O'Day as any reliever he has ever managed. And he should.

You are being way, way, way to analytical. The WHIP numbers between O'Day and Stanhouse don't match because you are trying to compare what O'Day has started to do lately with what Stanhouse did his whole closer career. That is why the WHIP numbers don't match.

It is fairly unusual for a late inning reliever to be successful by walking players to get to batters he can strike out. It does happen but it is not a practice that a manager would routine endorse. And I don't remember O'Day doing it in the past with the frequency that he is doing now.

Stanhouse intentionally walked batters to get to the ones he wanted to pitch to. That is where my comparison to what O'Day is currently doing stops. I didn't take it an further.

Yes, Darren has be a excellent reliever for the O's for several years and now he is the dean of the O's relievers. Buck has great convince in his judgement and his ability. However, that does make O'Day's recent practice of walking the bases load to get out of an inning any less tense. For Buck or anyone else.

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You are being way, way, way to analytical. The WHIP numbers between O'Day and Stanhouse don't match because you are trying to compare what O'Day has started to do lately with what Stanhouse did his whole closer career. That is why the WHIP numbers don't match.

It is fairly unusual for a late inning reliever to be successful by walking players to get to batters he can strike out. It does happen but it is not a practice that a manager would routine endorse. And I don't remember O'Day doing it in the past with the frequency that he is doing now.

Stanhouse intentionally walked batters to get to the ones he wanted to pitch to. That is where my comparison to what O'Day is currently doing stops. I didn't take it an further.

Yes, Darren has be a excellent reliever for the O's for several years and now he is the dean of the O's relievers. Buck has great convince in his judgement and his ability. However, that does make O'Day's recent practice of walking the bases load to get out of an inning any less tense. For Buck or anyone else.

According to his game log, O'Day has allowed multiple hits in the same inning 3 times in 29 appearances, and had never allowed more than 2 hits in an appearance. He has walked more than one batter one time all year, and he's only walked 7 on the entire season. He has allowed more than two baserunners exactly twice all season. To suggest that he frequently is pitching himself into trouble from which he then has to extract himself is just not an accurate portrayal. Two times in one month does not make it a "recent trend."

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According to his game log, O'Day has allowed multiple hits in the same inning three times in the same inning 3 times in 29 appearances, and had never allowed more than 2 hits in an appearance. He has walked more than one batter one time all year, and he's only walked 7 on the entire season. He has allowed more than two baserunners exactly twice all season. To suggest that he frequently is pitching himself into trouble from which he then has to extract himself is just not an accurate portrayal. Two times in one month does not make it a "recent trend."

I have liked the way O'Day has pitched carefully lately. He had some issue with allowing some home runs late last year and early this year. He appears to have figured out a way to limit that. As a cerebral pitcher, he has created his own matchups. Walking who HE wants to.

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Did you see the Navarro foul home run yesterday?

Yes I did. And had that been fair a lot of threads today and this weekend would have a different bent. That said a hit by Davis Friday and the brooms photos would be in every other post. I am glad Darren walked Bautista.

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According to his game log, O'Day has allowed multiple hits in the same inning 3 times in 29 appearances, and had never allowed more than 2 hits in an appearance. He has walked more than one batter one time all year, and he's only walked 7 on the entire season. He has allowed more than two baserunners exactly twice all season. To suggest that he frequently is pitching himself into trouble from which he then has to extract himself is just not an accurate portrayal. Two times in one month does not make it a "recent trend."
He did it in the last two games. That's frequently to WC's attention span.
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