As in, another instance and you'd want him gone? Elias and the FO are building a foundation that will enable them to be a team I haven't witnessed in my lifetime - a consistent competitive team. I have 100% confidence in the process of the FO. Will every decision pan out? Of course not. But has the FO helped the organization more than any other FO in my lifetime? Without a doubt. My much greater concern is that Elias, Sig, et al leave because another organization realizes how valuable they are.
Opening Day Is a 3:05 gane start at Csmden Yards.They are going to open the gates three hours before the game? Have not heard this but you may be right. Fenway which usually does an 11/2 gate opening ,is doing a 2 hour gate opening for Opening Day.
On balance I think it's fair to expect the improved rotation and regressed bullpen will even out, so pitching overall for the team will remain about the same.
Meanwhile the hitting should definitely improve!
At 76.5 I'll take the over on the O's and pass on betting their place in the standings. While I'm pretty upset with this past off season, I'm not quite ready to grab a pitchfork. Given that Westburg and Cowser and several others could all be ready to contribute soon, Elias should have a fair amount of flexibility at the trade deadline. Was that his strategy all along? Beats the heck out of me, but if that's the case and we sit and watch another failure to launch (liftoff v2.0 anyone?) then most of the goodwill I have toward him evaporates overnight.
Bottom line? The 2022 O's earned a bigger investment than they've received so far but it's not too late to fix it.
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