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  1. Two out rally! Way to go, Beef!
  2. Every team has a mop-up guy for those situations. You don't want to waste your bullpen in those instances. But I'd still rather see someone else who perhaps has a bit more upside than Ubaldo, which should leave the Orioles with a wealth of options.
  3. Rob, I doubt if Ubaldo is going to be seeing many close games out of the pen. He'll most likely be the mop-guy who takes it in the ERA for the team when the game is completely out of hand and the rest of the bullpen is hiding under the grandstand.
  4. We agree! Even with Ubaldo exiled to the bullpen and (presumably) consigned to long relief, he's still occupying a roster spot which could be better utilized.
  5. From Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, who covers way more baseball than either you or myself. Rob Antony, then an assistant GM for the Twins, said that the Twins did indeed make Santana a three-year offer at that time because "we were looking to build, and not just keep him for one year?" (Um, that's two "jilted" GMs, if you're scoring at home.) From Jeff Sullivan of fangraphs, which also dabbles in baseball just a bit: Sullivan also goes on to say that "it appears as though Santana based his decision, at least in part, on the Braves' park -- which is much more pitcher-friendly than Baltimore's Camden Yards or Toronto's Rogers Centre." See how it makes sense for Santana to try and prove with the Braves that 2013 wasn't a fluke? What better place than Atlanta? Want more proof? At the time Santana signed with the Braves, the Orioles had a homer factor of 110, while in Toronto it was 107. In Atlanta it was 97, an important consideration for a pitcher who doesn't strike out a ton of hitters and is prone to giving up the long ball. Also at that time, Oriole starters had allowed 30 homers per 200 innings, while the Blue Jays checked in at 27. For the Braves, it was merely 19. Atlanta may have only offered one year, but what they did guarantee Santana was a softer landing spot and the potential for better long-term earnings, something that would have been tougher to come by in either Baltimore or Toronto. How did Gallardo get into this conversation? I thought we were talking about Ervin Santana.
  6. As I said, I think the hitting will eventually come around, such as it is with the Orioles. They're going to have stretches, of course, where they're absolutely maddening to watch; that's just the nature of the beast. I also think if the pitching comes around, the hitters may relax a bit more at the plate. Tonight was a microcosm of the recent bad stretch. Bases loaded with no one out in the eighth and a good contact hitter in Seth Smith at the plate. So what happens? He makes no contact whatsoever. When you're going like crap, you're going like crap.
  7. Yeah, I knew he was one of the Russell Street staffers. I don't know if it was him or someone else, but last year (I think) someone started a thread over there regarding greatest Baltimore football players by jersey number, be it Ravens, Colts, Stallions, what have you. I couldn't contribute because I'm not a member, but I think I read every damn post. One of the most enjoyable threads I've ever come across. Come to think of it, that'd be a pretty cool thread to start on the Ravens forum here. Could provide for some interesting ongoing discussion, particularly now with not much else going on football-wise.
  8. Now he makes my head spin! If I actually analyzed that much film, my eyes would just glaze over.
  9. A free agent is a free agent regardless. Practically every GM has come up with a turd in the free agent market. Ubaldo hasn't been Duquette's finest hour, but other GM's have paid more and gotten even less.
  10. All true, but I'm looking forward to football and making your head spin with salary cap discussions.
  11. Andrew Miller was (is) a legitimate talent. It was going to take a legitimate prospect to get him.
  12. How about Chen and Gonzo? Chen might have been the greatest pitching value in the majors during his time here.
  13. How many rentals re-up with the team which acquired them for the stretch drive? Not very many. The Cubs paid a big price for three months of Aroldis Chapman, who later signed with the Yankees. But the deal accomplished what they wanted in that it solidified the back of their bullpen. The Royals essentially gutted their farm system in 2015 for rentals such Johnny Cueto and Ben Zobrist, who helped them win a Series. Neither re-signed with Kansas City, but the deals helped put the Royals over the top.
  14. I agree. Moving him to the bullpen just defers the disaster to the later innings.
  15. Right back atcha!