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  1. In other news... Castillo's catcher's ERA coming in to tonight was 5.58. Wieters' last year with much of the same staff was 3.98. His was lower than Joseph's last year, and is 0.80 lower than Lobaton's in DC this year. Maybe the guy really did know how to call a game a little bit?
  2. And after Wright faces one batter, Miley has 6 ER charged to his record...
  3. 4 1/3, 8 baserunners, 4 ER, leaves with 2 on after throwing 100 pitches.
  4. I just have a hard time seeing how people don't see that Duquette rode the MacPhail-built foundation as far as he could take it. He got very lucky with a couple acquisitions that produced big seasons and helped tip the scale. But that foundation that turned things around is now withering away for various reasons, and I think we're starting the see the weakness of what Duquette's done (or should I say "not done") to build a "next wave" of talent. There isn't enough of it. Not close. The debilitating failures of most of his starting pitching acquisitions, and his / Buck's reluctance to cut bait and move on, seem like blatantly obvious major contributors to 1) being a road WC team last year instead of maybe a division winner, and 2) why they're limping to the finish line this year.
  5. Should have moved the Rams or Chargers to London, they might draw better there than in L.A.
  6. Yeah, and so does Dan. And as MacPhail's foundation ages / leaves / etc. we'll see the result of Dan's tenure here in the coming years. He'll point to the record of the past 5+ years, but the real evidence of his "track record" here will be the next 4 or 5 years.
  7. The weekend report... Bridwell: 6 IP, 0 ER, W Gonzalez: 5 IP, 1ER, W Rodriguez: 5 2/3 IP, 2 ER, L Davies: 4 IP, 6 ER, L Davies' dud, by the way, was the first time since his FIRST START OF THE YEAR (a span of 29 consecutive starts) that Zach failed to at least get through 5 innings. Think about that... 29 straight outings where Davies pitched at LEAST 5 full innings. Remarkable. Without doing the research, I'd be fairly confident in saying there have been some weeks this season that the Orioles didn't get a starter through 5 full more than 3 times? And Davies pulled it off 29 straight starts.
  8. The football Gods gave us Campanaro for the day, but took Yanda as payment. Cruel, cruel football Gods.
  9. No way, I think Buck's on the same page as me at this point... try to help the Yankees, try to hurt the Red Sox. No need to win today, save their last hot streak for the next series. Plus maybe he figures it'll be a good spot to get Tanner Scott some work... Trailing 6-0 in the 3rd, no pressure, Yankee Stadium, etc...
  10. He's hitting .320 with a .370 OBP since August 20th with the Phillies. That sort of average / OBP without HRs to go with it would get you benched with Team Buck.
  11. Why not? If he can get through 3 or 4 innings and only give up 1 or 2, and get some experience, it's better than Miley, Ubaldo, or Hellickson giving up 6 to 8 in 3 innings.
  12. Just hoping they tank tomorrow too... then get "hot" vs. Boston like they often seem to do.
  13. Not a bad outing there for Dan's latest clever starting pitching acquisition... 3 IP, 8 baserunners, 6 ER. Brings his ERA since joining the Orioles up to a solid 7.29.
  14. They're finally moving, slowly, towards a better football helmet design. See link. And imagine that... the outermost layer is softer, to absorb some of the initial blow. Who'd a thunk it? http://money.cnn.com/2017/09/16/news/companies/vicis-nfl-helmet-concussions-safety/index.html
  15. At this point, I sort of hope the Orioles play in a manner that helps the Yankees take the division, and sends the Red Sox to the WC game... this is how much I loathe all that is Red Sox.
  16. The Bengals O-line is just getting manhandled off the snap WAY too often. We might be saying the same thing about Flacco soon, remains to be seen how the Ravens O-line fares against a few different opponents... but Dalton looks like he'll be hard-pressed to finish the season anywhere but on I.R.
  17. Obviously they're a major league caliber team. The real debate is how good of a major league caliber team they are. You are usually about what your record says you are. It'll be interesting to see what becomes of aces Jimenez and Miley. Sadly I wouldn't be the least bit surprised to see either one or both of them back. Miley's contract number for next year strikes me as our best chance for seeing him bought out and jettisoned. Ubaldo I believe could very well come back on a small deal, knowing that Buck is the only manager in MLB (in my opinion) that would still be starting him regularly after 4 years of the performance he's shown here. And I'm sure he'll log two more great starts the last 10 days of the season, just to leave that "potential" thought in Buck's mind.
  18. Another quality starting pitching performance from one of Dan's jewels...
  19. I've said it many times before and continue to stick by it... the majority of the core of what made the Orioles competitive / contend was assembled by the previous GM. I think the Cruz acquisition was an incredible stroke of good luck thanks to a depressed market and his prior PED suspension (and considering the Orioles like to use "bad luck" so often to explain their misfortunes, I think it's fair to credit dumb good luck for some things as well), and Trumbo had a similar 1 year extra-good spike (and is now back to more of his career norm). He acquired two starting pitchers that performed for a while. That's great, but he didn't build a foundation. I hope I'm wrong, but I think he'll be gone in two years, with many of the most critical / key pieces that helped make the team remotely interesting again also either gone or well in to decline... and what's left behind looks pretty barren. Same old analogy, MacPhail assembled a really nice frame and a nice engine, Duquette took the keys, drove it hard and added some cool accessories... but is on the verge of handing over the keys to a car that needs a lot of work from neglect.
  20. Edsall's Huskies managed to squeak by Holy Cross at home by a TD... after trailing 20-7 at the half. So things are looking up in Storrs!
  21. The D line was consistently, and quickly right off the snap, pushing the Bengals O line back in to Dalton's face. You see so much of that and you start to get jittery and it gets in your head. There comes a point where the QB knows that it's not just a couple bad plays, he's breaking the huddle knowing that his protection is not going to hold up for more than a couple counts. There will be match-ups against other O lines that aren't as one-sided, but this D line is going to be the key for the Ravens to stay in / win games.
  22. Chew on these numbers for a moment... Consider 5 young / young-ish starting pitchers the Orioles have shipped away in the past few years, for debatable at best return... Miranda, Bridwell, Davies, Arrieta, and Rodriguez. This season, those 5 are an average age of 26.5, have a combined 50-31 record, 4.05 ERA, and 1.27 WHIP. Consider 3 starting pitchers the Orioles thought it wise to add to the rotation... Miley, Jimenez, and Hellickson. This season, those 3 are an average age of almost 32, have a 15-26 combined record, a 5.93 ERA, and a 1.59 WHIP. I sort of don't care what Duquette has maybe done in the past to assemble starting pitching, his track record here is incredibly atrocious for the most part. His two best starting pitching acquisitions were both treated as expendable, and were both plucked from foreign leagues (ironic for an organization that now seems militantly opposed to being aggressive in the larger international market). And all this for a team that was until a few days ago just a game or so out of a WC game spot.
  23. Davis will sometimes K looking without even turning his head to follow the ball. It's strange.
  24. At this point I'm sadly not even so sure about that... I'd put the odds at about 60/40 he comes back next year on a 1 year deal. Nobody else is going to give him real money based on his 5.19 ERA and 1.50 WHIP combined through the last 4 seasons. I have little doubt at this point Buck will tell Dan "He's no worse that half the rest of the rotation (even though he is) bring him back for one more year!" “He was on,” Showalter said of Jiménez. “You could tell, he had a real good look about him tonight. He was going to keep us in that ballgame and he did. … We just couldn’t catch a break defensively.” "He was on". Yeah, every single time he pitches he's "on", it's just bad luck, or his defense letting him down, or the wind really caught a hold of those two flyballs and carried them an extra 60 feet, or <insert excuse here>. 8 baserunners in 5 innings isn't "on", it's mediocre to not. 3 ER in 5 IP is a 5.40 ERA... which isn't "on". Though it is an improvement over his season total, so in that light maybe he was sort of "on". 100+ pitches through 5 innings, 3 ER and lucky it wasn't more... and Buck is spinning it like he was in top form last night. I'm not even going to bother with Ustinko's "bad luck" comments... and Buck with the bad break stuff. Spare me...
  25. For the love of God, if Deron Jenkins suits up at CB this year, I'm out...