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Sounding Off After O's Worst Series of 2013

Posted: 9/13/2013 8:33 AM

Sounding Off After O's Worst Series of 2013 


Sorry--can't hold it in. From 1998 thru 2011, last nights game and perhaps the last 3 games would have just been another 'oh well' for the Orioles and their faithful.
But in 2012, the O's enrolled in the 'We are Contenders' Club and everything changed. After a gut-wrenching 3-2 series loss to the hated Payroll in the playoffs, we all expected another year of growth and excitement in 2013 as the O's continued their march to a long awaited trip to the World Series.

Thud.

I can't think of a more disheartening, aggravating, horrible 4 game series in 2013 than the one just completed. After winning game 1, (the tease) the O's went on to blow two games late; and then last night with a nice comeback within their grasp, their alleged 'closer' completely blew the game single-handedly in a choke for the ages. What Jim Johnson did last night should not happen to a contender, in a hugely important game, against a detested rival, this late in the season, with so much on the line. And this wasn't just an outlier performance. He has been doing this all season long.

Giving up a leadoff line drive hit to as Michael Kay described 'the Yankees automatic out' was red flag #1 that Johnson was about to have yet another of his terrible outings at the worst possible time. Then throwing away a lousy bunt with a lob to nowhere trying to get the easy out at 2nd. After a successful sacrifice, he then procedes to throw a terrible wild pitch to baseballs biggest creep, Alex Rodriguez to plate the winning run. Game set and match.

Come on Johnson, if you didn't want to pitch to AFraud, walk him intentionally. Watching this game, was like a root canal without novocaine; fingernails scraping a chalkboard; falling off a cliff in a dream and worrying that you won't wake up before hitting bottom. The late inning heroics of Markakis and Valencia all gone poof because the 2013 Oriole bullpen has gone from best to worst in the AL in one short season.

The math says, yeah, the O's are still in the hunt, along with 5 other teams; and yeah we get to play hapless Toronto (we'll see about that won't we) while the Yanks take on Boston; But the Yanks came into Baltimore with a bullpen that had been strafed by the Red Sox and a lineup that had continually been modified by one injury after another. Yet they prevailed--no they embarrassed the inept Orioles at every corner, in front of surprisingly small crowds,given the opponent, the lateness of the season and the importance of the games. Still the 'let's go Mo' chants were overpowering the 'let's go O's chants in the 9th innings of the last 3 games.

Watching Hunter cough up a leadoff HR in the 9th of a tie game; watching Jones confusing route in trying to track down Granderson's triple; and last nights complete epic fail by Jim Johnson was too much for this O's fan to take. You wonder how many more ways can the Orioles invent new ways to lose ugly; to stab their fans in the heart with yet another loss to a team that among other things gets to use a cheater and a bum every night.

Just had to vent. This has been awful. Just plain awful. Feel free to pile on, or tell me I'm nuts. I really don't care. As a heart-on-sleeve O's fan, how much more of this torture can one take---if making the playoffs is the goal and not just making excuses that the team is fine because they are over .500 for the 2nd straight year. Well, yaaa-hooo to that.bangheadbangheadbangheadbangheadbangheadbangheadbanghead

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Last edited 9/13/2013 10:21 AM by insagt1

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Posted: 9/13/2013 9:26 AM

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I'm right there with you buddy! Mrs. RP has all sharp and pointy objects locked up around our house!!
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Posted: 9/13/2013 9:41 AM

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.................you couldn't have written it any better.
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Posted: 9/13/2013 10:05 AM

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Yup......nuff said. redface
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Posted: 9/13/2013 10:20 AM

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thanks guys, I was hoping I was not alone in my total frustration. (not basing, not negativity, just total frustration and disappointment)
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Posted: 9/16/2013 8:51 AM

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Kinda the mood from me the 2nd half of the season. I dont know if there has ever been such a sloppy 10 game over .500 team in the history of the MLB. The lowest errors. The most Home Runs hits. Lots of sound baseball. All offset by the fact of the many blown saves in the 8th and 9th inning. The high # of LOB's especially against lefties. Just an odd season. No matter what happens these final 14 games and lord knows they still have a shot to get in the front office needs to make a couple of changes before the 2014 season.
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Posted: 9/16/2013 10:01 AM

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insagt1 wrote: thanks guys, I was hoping I was not alone in my total frustration. (not basing, not negativity, just total frustration and disappointment)
The team just doesn't  seem to have that "CAN DO" spirit that they had in 2012, don't know why.




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Posted: 9/16/2013 10:16 AM

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Orioles record from Sept. 9-15 - 3 Wins, 4 Losses
Yankees record from Sept 9-15 - 3 wins, 4 losses

The problem is that there are a large number of teams chasing two wild card spots, and both Orioles and Yankees just wasted a week. If you look at the schedule Cleveland has or the Yankees do, it looks a he** of a lot easier than the Orioles.

The optimistic side of me says we didn't lose any ground to the Yankees over the week.

The realistic side of me says you wasted a week where both Texas and Tampa Bay were showing the wobblies, and a golden opportunity to move up in the standings was wasted.

The negative side of me says those seven games you played are gone forever. You can't be treading water this time of the year!
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Posted: 9/16/2013 10:46 AM

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so tonite the O's will gain a half game on one of the WC's and lose a half game on the other since TB is playing Texas and they are tied. Problem is now Cleveland is solid in the mix and we trail THEM by 2 games. but its good that both WC's are now up for grabs.
I think the O's are still the longest of longshots...due to their sked and the fact that they play the scorching hot Red Sox now unfortunately.

but since they are still in it, at least for the next few days...we can still dream of a wild finish.
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Posted: 9/16/2013 3:18 PM

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Realstically the team is only a couple games out of the wildcard....

who would have envisoned Hammer going from a 3.40 era to one well over 5.00 -- sure there is bound to be some regression from 3.40 but add those 2-3 wins for a 4.30 era vs. over 5.00 and the O's are in the wildcard lead right now
Losers whine about their best...... Winners go home and        %##%# the prom queen.
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