Well, like I said, If he stays flat he has a chance. Of course, if he doesn’t improve against lefties he will find his PA dropping and you can’t score runs when you didn’t come to the plate (pinch running aside).
From Roch today:
When you say the Orioles aren't shopping in the top tier of free agency, does that include Carlos Rodón?
He’s in the top tier. The Orioles may float some offers, as I’ve said, but they’ll be much more aggressive on the second and third levels. Upgrades are available. To say they’re “fishing in the deep end” of free agency doesn’t mean they’re ready to break the bank. It means they’re talking to agents and getting an accurate read on the prices. Never hurts to do that.
Does Roch actually know anything? Is he being told this by the club? Or is he just stating his opinion? I believe the latter. Doesn’t mean he’s wrong.
I agree the run producers behind him will be better but its going to be hard for him to score 100 if he doesn't hit lefties any better than he did in 2022. The league has found a hole in his plate coverage and he has to adjust to hit lefties better.
Call me a Neanderthal, but I have trouble getting into a sport where a 0-0 tie is considered exciting. I follow the World Cup but can’t sit and watch it for hours at a time.
The US can’t sleep on the Iran game. They have to win, and you know that for Iran this is their Super Bowl, Ohio State-Michigan and Duke-UNC all rolled into one. Knock the US out of the World Cup and what they do the rest of the tournament doesn’t even matter.
As you probably know, the average AL OBP was .309 last year, down from .323 as recently as 2019. So, the O’s were a bit subpar at .305 but it’s not like they were bottom-scrapers.
I think the O’s are pretty well positioned to improve this year with Adley and Gunnar on the team all year and Odor (.275) gone. My guess is the league will improve on the whole by 5-10 points with the new anti-shift rule yielding some hits.
With all that said, I don’t disagree with your point that putting up a decent OBP should be something of a gateway issue for this team.
I think Cedric’s chances of scoring 100 runs are improving because the lineup behind him is improving. It was fairly amazing to me in 2021 when Mullins reached base 242 times with 30 HR, 37 doubles and 30 stolen bases and yet didn’t score 100 runs. That’s a real indictment of the batters behind him. Last year he was on base 29 fewer times with 14 fewer homers and 5 fewer doubles, yet only scored 2 fewer runs. I think with Adley and Gunnar here all season, and maybe another offensive upgrade, Mullins might score 100 runs this year even if he stays flat from 2022.