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Posted: 1/18/2013 12:14 AM

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The Orioles starting rotation posted the fifth best ERA after July 15 and fourth best ERA from September 1 to the end of the season?

Throw the 2 seamer for strikes dammit.
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Posted: 1/18/2013 7:02 AM

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It's amazing what having a defense who can actually make plays behind you does for a pitching staff.

I'm generally not a fan of dicing stats this way because you can always find some stretch where you were above average and some where you weren't, but I'm impressed with the July 15 figures, because I think that represents from the All Star game on, which is SSP - sustained superior performance.
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Posted: 1/18/2013 8:50 AM

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Considering how poor our rotations have been over the past several years, that was sure a refreshing change and I hope it continues. I do believe a much better 'd' second half contributed somewhat, but overall our pitching staff was pretty darned good. I hope they try and sign Joe Saunders...but right now it doesn't appear they are that interested. He really contributed nicely at the end of the season and I thought deserved another shot. We'll see.
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Posted: 1/18/2013 8:56 AM

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But we haven't overpaid for a free-agent so we'll probably finish in last - just ask the 'experts'
...and don't call me Shirley
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Posted: 1/18/2013 3:42 PM

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I heard that Saunders was looking at a large multi-year deal - 3 or 4 years at over $10 million per, and the Orioles were looking at at most two years, or one and an option at 15 million.
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Posted: 2/2/2013 7:55 PM

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Bumping for another Did you know...

Everyone in the Orioles projected opening day lineup has hit 20+ homers in a single season except for Brian Roberts (18) and Manny Machado (18 between minors/MLB). Even fourth outfielder Nolan Reimold has done so twice (in minors and split between minors/rookie season).

Throw the 2 seamer for strikes dammit.

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Posted: 2/3/2013 8:45 AM

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oltrex wrote: I heard that Saunders was looking at a large multi-year deal - 3 or 4 years at over $10 million per, and the Orioles were looking at at most two years, or one and an option at 15 million.
I just threw up in my mouth.... eek1
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Posted: 2/3/2013 9:06 AM

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I hate when that happens! Leaves a bad taste in my mouth for the rest of the day!!crazy
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Posted: 2/3/2013 11:27 AM

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OsMagik wrote:
 Even fourth outfielder Nolan Reimold has done so twice (in minors and split between minors/rookie season).
Where was it stated by DD or Buck that Reimold was the 4th outfielder? I didn't know that it had been decided where he was going to play.




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Posted: 2/4/2013 12:40 AM

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DrBNic wrote:
OsMagik wrote:
 Even fourth outfielder Nolan Reimold has done so twice (in minors and split between minors/rookie season).
Where was it stated by DD or Buck that Reimold was the 4th outfielder? I didn't know that it had been decided where he was going to play.
most would project nate mclouth as the opening day starter and if it were a platoon situation, he'd still get the bulk of the ab's with more rhp than lhp in baseball.

reimold has to prove healthy and much better at this point to knock out the incumbent who is much better than him defensively.

Throw the 2 seamer for strikes dammit.
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Posted: 2/13/2013 11:30 PM

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I like McLouth's defense as much as anybody, but if he had hit below the Mendoza line as he did for Pittsburgh before they released him last year, or repeated his futility from Atlanta, we wouldn't be talking about him as an Oriole. Because it was his first sustained exposure to the American League, did the pitchers not know how to get him out? Or were their some adjustments he made at Norfolk that helped bring him back?

As far as Reimold goes, if he is healthy (big if, given his history), I think he'll be the right handed hitting DH paired with Wilson Betemit, and he may get some starts in the outfield as they give McLouth, Adam Jones and Markakis a day off. And it's not impossible that injuries may raise their head again, or Chris Davis has trouble defensively at first base, or any number of scenarios.

I hope this isn't a repeat of what happened after Reimolds rookie year where he struggled so badly he was exiled to the minors for most of the year, struggling with bat as well as glove. I think his chances of getting 550 at bats to prove himself are pretty slim, and the other thing is his surgery is not a walk in the park. My wife had the same thing done to her neck and it has never been the same.

I guess my wish is that he comes out of spring training like he did last year, with all guns firing, and force the Orioles to find a place to play him as often as they can. But we'll see how things develop...
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Posted: 2/15/2013 2:48 AM

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oltrex wrote: I like McLouth's defense as much as anybody, but if he had hit below the Mendoza line as he did for Pittsburgh before they released him last year, or repeated his futility from Atlanta, we wouldn't be talking about him as an Oriole. Because it was his first sustained exposure to the American League, did the pitchers not know how to get him out? Or were their some adjustments he made at Norfolk that helped bring him back?

As far as Reimold goes, if he is healthy (big if, given his history), I think he'll be the right handed hitting DH paired with Wilson Betemit, and he may get some starts in the outfield as they give McLouth, Adam Jones and Markakis a day off. And it's not impossible that injuries may raise their head again, or Chris Davis has trouble defensively at first base, or any number of scenarios.

I hope this isn't a repeat of what happened after Reimolds rookie year where he struggled so badly he was exiled to the minors for most of the year, struggling with bat as well as glove. I think his chances of getting 550 at bats to prove himself are pretty slim, and the other thing is his surgery is not a walk in the park. My wife had the same thing done to her neck and it has never been the same.

I guess my wish is that he comes out of spring training like he did last year, with all guns firing, and force the Orioles to find a place to play him as often as they can. But we'll see how things develop...

McLouth had an absurdly low BABIP back in 2010 with the Braves, his worst season.

Last year he was about on par with his career there, and his average overall was closer to his norms.

The guy isn't a .300 hitter, he isn't even a .280 hitter, never has been. The guy is more of a .260-.270/.340/.420 type hitter (solid for center fielder, but now he's all 3/corner). the value he adds is on the bases when he gets there.


Throw the 2 seamer for strikes dammit.
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Posted: 2/15/2013 9:18 AM

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perhaps an intanglible would be his enthusiasm...which needs to replaced since the departure of reynolds. McLouth may be one of those guys just grateful for the chance to play somewhere regularly. I hope he has a good season and plays the role of sparkplug.
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Posted: 2/15/2013 12:21 PM

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oltrex wrote:  My wife had the same thing done to her neck and it has never been the same.
Payton Manning also had the same surgery and played a full season of football so we will only know as the season progress.
I hope McLouth doesn't regress back to his days with the Braves. His lifetime average including the couple of strong years he had in Pittsburgh is only .248 which is real strong for a corner outfielder. For the O's last season he had the most homers and stolen bases that he has had since 2009.
Personally I'd love to see Reimold finally fullfill the potential that he showed back in '09 and at the beginning of last season.
I would love to see them both have career years as it would be great for the O's.




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