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Dead Bats

Posted: 10/12/2012 11:36 AM

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We certainly know all about how badly our hitters are going--but wow--this is unreal:

Reynolds  3-16  .188
Hardy      3-18  .167
Machado  2-14  .143
Wieters    2-17  .118
Jones       2-19  .105
Thome      1-12  .083

and then we have the Yankees
Martin      3-14   .214
Ichiro       4-20   .200
Swisher     2-15   .133
ARoid        2-16   .125  (9 k's)
Cano         2-18   .111
Granderson 1-16   .063  (9 k's)

Those 6 Orioles are a collective 13-96 (.135)
Those 6 Yankees are a collective 14-99 (.141)

Who would have possibly predicted that those 12 excellent hitters would be that bad over the post season. So while we lament how badly our guys are going, the same can be said for the other guys. A good part of it is great pitching....but that isn't the whole story. One theory is that they are all going for the fences. Another is that the hitters aren't making the pitchers throw strikes...they are swinging at anything. (note: Davis last AB last night..he swung at pitches about 100 miles south of the strike zone)

Somewhere in this crew---somebody is going to step up tonite. Its inevitable. Who's it gonna be???
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Posted: 10/12/2012 11:39 AM

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Tonight will be a higher-scoring affair. I don't think it will be a shootout, as it were, but should be something like 5-4 or 5-3 (in favor of the O's, of course).
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Posted: 10/12/2012 11:50 AM

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insagt1 wrote:
Somewhere in this crew---somebody is going to step up tonite. Its inevitable. Who's it gonna be???

Call me an optimist, but I see Flaherty pulling something off. Don't ask me why!

I smell tacos...

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Posted: 10/12/2012 12:03 PM

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Unless he is DH,Flaherty will be on the bench tonight. Andino will get the start.
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Posted: 10/12/2012 12:07 PM

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sczepp wrote: Unless he is DH,Flaherty will be on the bench tonight. Andino will get the start.

Or a late game replacement. wink

I smell tacos...

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Posted: 10/12/2012 12:16 PM

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Yeah Flaherty and Andino have been one of the few pleasant surprises, might need to find a way to get them both in the lineup at the same time rather than constant shuffling


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Posted: 10/12/2012 12:56 PM

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ripken4prez wrote:
Tonight will be a higher-scoring affair. I don't think it will be a shootout, as it were, but should be something like 5-4 or 5-3 (in favor of the O's, of course).

I agree

That's usually how baseball works. As soon as you think you've got trends figured out everthing goes haywire and baseball reminds you that nothing is predictable.
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Posted: 10/12/2012 3:41 PM

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if Thome doesnt infield single before his replacement runner gets picked off... he would be batting a big fat goose egg
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Posted: 10/12/2012 5:32 PM

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The umpiring gets some credit too. The strike zone has been so bizarre that it is very very difficult to not swing at a lot of bad pitches.  If you think its going get called anyway might as well whack at it.
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Posted: 10/12/2012 6:35 PM

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We need Jobu
"You can't hurt this, I'm a machine - jerk!" Ray Lewis

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Posted: 10/12/2012 8:12 PM

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What upsets me is that I didn't think the Yankee Starters were that dominant. Yet they all made it deep into the game.
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Posted: 10/12/2012 8:50 PM

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Reynolds and Mclouth both jut said they want to come back next year. I sure hope they are.
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Posted: 10/12/2012 9:17 PM

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Never saw a team's offense go as flat collectively as the O's were in this series. They got GREAT starting pitching and if one or two players heated up or simply got a timely hit they could have won this series. Was it a case of nerves? JONES, WIETERS, REYNOLDS, THOME never showed up for 5 games. WIETERS didn't look the same behind the plate. Miscues in the field by JONES and FLAHERTY. I know we should all be grateful for a GREAT season and I am BUT this series against the hated YANKS will leave a bad taste in my mouth for a long time because it definitely was winnable.crazy
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Posted: 10/12/2012 9:19 PM

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I kept watching that lardass SABBATHIA and thinking that he's the reason NICK didn't get to experience the playoffs for the first time!crazy
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Posted: 10/12/2012 9:39 PM

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ItsmeRP wrote: Never saw a team's offense go as flat collectively as the O's were in this series. They got GREAT starting pitching and if one or two players heated up or simply got a timely hit they could have won this series. Was it a case of nerves? JONES, WIETERS, REYNOLDS, THOME never showed up for 5 games. WIETERS didn't look the same behind the plate. Miscues in the field by JONES and FLAHERTY. I know we should all be grateful for a GREAT season and I am BUT this series against the hated YANKS will leave a bad taste in my mouth for a long time because it definitely was winnable.crazy
We just have too many players that run either extremely hot or cold. Davis, Hardy, Reynolds, and Wieters.....everyone was cold this series. Adam Jones is our most consistent batter and he was cold too. When the batters filling in the gaps are Flaherty, Lou Ford, Nate McClouth (good as he's been for us), and a rookie Machado it's just not enough to get us by. We really missed Markakis in this series. I really believe he would've been the difference. 

I think we'll be in good shape next season now that our players got some playoff exposure and a taste for winning. They'll come in hungry and wanting more. Markakis will be back. Machado will mature and make the whole lineup better. We need heavy upgrades at 2B and DH....Lou Ford and Flaherty/Andino just ain't cutting it. Now that we have a contender and popular manager in Buck hopefully D.D. can attract some players here.
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