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    • 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.
    • MLB and the newly-unionized minor leagues just struck a new CBA.  Doubles AAA salaries with even bigger raises for the lower minors.  Now minor leaguers *almost* make a liveable wage.
    • I won't lie, I'm very concerned about not having Tate in the bullpen for a month or 2. Tate was our most reliable reliever. Hyde could always count on him to get the job done. I thought Givens could fill the gap, but now Givens is injured too. Someone is going to have to seriously step up for the bullpen. I'm also convinced that Tyler Wells has a limited number of innings he can be effective. We've seen what happened last year once he got beyond a certain threshold. (He got injured.) I think that after a couple months, we might see either Voth, Baumann, Hall, or Rodriguez take some starts in that rotation spot. Who it is, depends on how Rodriguez and Hall are doing in Norfolk. If one of them is dominating, that's who will get the call.
    • No chance the Orioles finish behind the Redsox. But…. National media never believe in the Orioles. 
    • Reminds me of the snow game many years ago.  
    • Man, I really really don't want to be a snob, and I know it's ballpark food, but as a Maryland-born son of a long generation of Potomac/Chesapeake waterman (hence the avatar I have here, it's my grandfather's wholesale seafood business...note the big red sign is a crab), the gushing the author does over what ever weird cream goo that is on top of those hot dogs as 'crab dip' kinda makes me sad. If it tastes good to the consumer, go for it, it's just not something I would use expensive (especially in the past few lean years with harvest-closures for certain areas) crab for. But now I sound like a snob and will accept my fate. 
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