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Welcome the A's to Baltimore, pt 1

Posted: 06/06/2014 5:09 AM

Welcome the A's to Baltimore, pt 1 


The Orioles had a late night, losing a night game to Texas before ending a 10 game trip with an even later flight home, so they may be a little tired tonight. There will be some player moves probably where the Orioles seek to replenish the bullpen, which went seven good innings last night, but was generally overworked in Texas.

This is the start of a big stretch for the Orioles, where 20 of their next 26 are at home. Once the A's leave Sunday, it will end a stretch of 37 games of 40 out of the division. Boston and Toronto will be in for seven following the A's, If the Orioles had played better at home this year, I'd feel better, but they have been sub-500 there so far.

And while the Orioles have been on a 10-14 stretch, during that same time, Toronto has gone 19-4 - that's a 9 1/2 game turn around.

The Orioles are a sabermetricians nightmare. They hit well (second in MLB), they have power (Nelson Cruz with 21 homers leads baseball), but they are dead last in MLB in walks. This makes them 12 in MLB in OBP and runs. With liberated strike zones like Manny Machado, Adam Jones, JJ Hardy and rookie 2B Jonathon Schoop (pronounced Scope), they don't work the count. Chris Davis, he of the 53 home run season last year, has hit 8 and looked lost at times. Shortstop JJ Hardy hit 20+ homers last year; despite a decent Batting average, he has none in 2014. Catcher Matt Wieters was off to his best start before hurting his arm. Tommy John may be in his future.

Their have been a number of games where the Orioles have given up early runs only to come back.  They spotted Texas a 5-0 lead and came back to tie them up, so don't say the game is over if the O's trail or lead early.

Work beckons, The most inconsistent part of the Orioles has been their pitching, especially the starters, I'll be back to discuss that later, hopefully before first pitch.

As always, I hope for close, well played games, and ask if there is anything I should know about the A's?
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Posted: 06/06/2014 9:09 AM

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Hey oltrex, welcome back. Have to admit I haven't seen much on the Orioles this year other than Cruz & Davis' reverse fortunes.
The A's run differential pretty much tells the whole story: they're playing as well as we've seen these past few years, by winning quite a bit and when they lose, only by a run or two. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but hey these teams usually meet in BMore in September, where they're usually rained out.
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Posted: 06/06/2014 9:32 AM

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oltrex wrote: 
....rookie 2B Jonathon Schoop (pronounced Scope)....
Aw c'mon....it's not pronounced Scoop? That would have been perfect for a second baseman. 

Looks like this series will boil down to BABIP. Orioles don't take pitches, A's pitchers throw strikes. If the hits don't fall in, A's starters could turn in some dominant seven-inning performances. 

Always good to read your friendly and fair-minded posts, oltrex.

"Today's one of those days, where the white shoes look a little shinier and feel a little better." --Bob Melvin
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Posted: 06/06/2014 10:44 AM

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It's good to see a case of a foreign name (Dutch in this case) being pronounced correctly through the generations, instead of being "Americanized."  Sch prounounced as in "school."  oo pronounced as in "Roosevelt" (long o).

Kev wrote:
oltrex wrote: 
....rookie 2B Jonathon Schoop (pronounced Scope)....
Aw c'mon....it's not pronounced Scoop? That would have been perfect for a second baseman. 

Looks like this series will boil down to BABIP. Orioles don't take pitches, A's pitchers throw strikes. If the hits don't fall in, A's starters could turn in some dominant seven-inning performances. 

Always good to read your friendly and fair-minded posts, oltrex.
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Posted: 06/06/2014 1:07 PM

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Hey oltrex, what do you think of Jemile Weeks? I guess Schoop has passed him. Orioles fans must feel pretty good about unloading JJ.
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Posted: 06/06/2014 1:36 PM

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AsAsAs wrote: Hey oltrex, what do you think of Jemile Weeks? I guess Schoop has passed him. Orioles fans must feel pretty good about unloading JJ.
And dodging Balfour.

Always nice to have you oltrex! I always pull for the birds in the East (excepting games against the A's, of course).
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Posted: 06/06/2014 1:48 PM

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Last couple of years have dreaded going to Baltimore because the series was usually coming at a time when the A's really needed to do well and it was always a tough series and to me I think this is going to be a difficult series.
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Posted: 06/06/2014 2:12 PM

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I think the A's have an opportunity to beat up on the O's and take advantage of their poor strikezone discipline.  The thing that worries me is our bullpen's tendency to blow leads and the Orioles habit of coming back late.
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Posted: 06/06/2014 4:19 PM

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Donaldson homers in the first.  1-0 A's.
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Posted: 06/06/2014 4:20 PM

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Gentry with a beautiful diving catch!
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Posted: 06/06/2014 4:28 PM

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D NO!
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Posted: 06/06/2014 4:33 PM

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oh. We're going to suspend hand-wringing over the draft long enough to enjoy a ballgame?
So bring your good times and your laughter too
We're gonna celebrate and party with you
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Posted: 06/06/2014 4:39 PM

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A's announcers need to STFU about how Davis and Hardy aren't hitting any homers this year.

"Today's one of those days, where the white shoes look a little shinier and feel a little better." --Bob Melvin
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Posted: 06/06/2014 4:46 PM

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Angel Hernandez: Our Pal
So bring your good times and your laughter too
We're gonna celebrate and party with you
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Posted: 06/06/2014 4:57 PM

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Damn, JD just got under that one a bit, 400 foot out to CF.
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Posted: 06/06/2014 5:08 PM

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Machado hating on Donaldson because he's jealous...
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Posted: 06/06/2014 5:08 PM

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Donaldson laughed in Machado's face
So bring your good times and your laughter too
We're gonna celebrate and party with you
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Posted: 06/06/2014 5:17 PM

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What a whiny little brat.
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Posted: 06/06/2014 5:17 PM

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Wo-manny Machado doing his best be put on my Eff Ewe list. 
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Posted: 06/06/2014 5:19 PM

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Kev wrote: A's announcers need to STFU about how Davis and Hardy aren't hitting any homers this year.
What did I tell you?

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