This is what you saw.
That is why they won 93 games - because they managed their players and games the way they needed to be. They put players in the best situations to succeed.
They also rode the hot hand.
By sitting on players early in the season, they almost cost their team a playoff spot - they were .500 at midseason despite (at the time), running the top 2 bullpen in baseball and a lineup that had a couple of all star players, all because they stuck with Arrieta, Matusz, and Hunter when all three clearly didn't have the capability to fix their issues.
This season, they are going to use the same strategy. They have crowded starting staffs set up for Norfolk and the O's. They may have to stash some guys at AA - and DD has proven that he knows how to pick projects - and Peterson has shown that he and the minor league coaching staffs can develop players to perform to their capability.
If I were to pick players for progression (I'm hoping I'm wrong about these guys), I would pick AJ (WBC effects), Chen (tired arm - probably later in the season), Gonzalez (how did he get guys out?), and Strop.
I see some regression in record, but they will still win. They will be 10-15 games over .500.
I don't think it was a choice between Davis or Reynolds. because the O's had both players for most of last year (accounting for time missed to injuries). I think the more accurate description is to say they chose Betemit over Reynolds. with MR gone, Davis will get the same amount of ABs. the only difference is, he'll be getting them at 1B rather than DH. Betemit will be getting MR's ABs. this is where it gets ugly. Betemit has never been able to produce as an everyday player. so he's rarely managed to get 300 ABs a year. but in 250-300 ABs he usually strikes out ~100 times. that's just as bad as MR, but without the power, defense, or good eye for walks.I just don't think the team can carry as many Ks as they did last year. It seems clear they decided it was either Davis or Reynolds and Reynolds was the odd man out probably because he makes much more money and it just happened that his contract could be bought out cheaply.
I have to say I feel offended as a fan if the team chooses to go to war in the AL East with the current lineup. It's a pretty cynical response to last season's success to assume that if they were good enough last year they will be this year as well. The only thing they did to improve offensively is get rid of Reynolds. I think that is such BS that I cannot believe they will not do something more, but if they stand pat, I will be really disappointed.
someone said something interesting on MLB radio. he said, the O's are sitting tight with what is essentially their 2012 team. and that team is good enough to compete for the division. but if they start off slow in their first 30 games, they will lose all those fans that came back in the 2nd half of last year. and those fans would be justified to walk away. he estimated that 20% of their fanbase will turn back away from the team if they stumble coming out of the gate. and he attributes this to the decision to stand pat.
Go ahead and lose them again, and maybe for good this time. Some say who cares about those fakey fans ???? I'm not buying that at all. All those losing seasons and ownership is going to let them down again.
With many of the pieces in place, why wouldn't they go get that 1 bat they need ? Did they not enjoy last season? I know I did.....
I know, I know fans can't possibly know what they're talking about.... I call BS and can't tell you how much I disagree with that train of thought...We have some very knowledgeable fans here,
Not too mention.......see Cam Cameron and the Ravens. Fans called for his arse for the last 2 years. AH...guess we we're right their also. Even Cam admitted that one..
score one for the fans
end of rant
I think last year did nothing but convince him that he was right. also, at no point do the fans enter into the equation. he has his deal with MLB, and he has MASN. he doesn't need you or me.
DD & Buck did amazing things with the team. they've been forced to win on the cheap, at least they were able to do it. no one else was managed to.
looks like you're still having fun stirring the pot with that one.
One of the biggest reasons they haven't spent is the raises the arb eligible guys are going to get, i heard around 10 mill but maybe not idk. That has figured big time into not pursuing a costly free agent imo. I really think the AL East had a bad year, O's couldn't hit in the playoffs, Yanks couldn't hit in next round. Was a good year to be in the east. Tampa will be healthier, Soxs still in rebuild mode but spending and Toronto has all the good Marlins left. I see Tampa and Toronto upgrades leaving the O's to compete for third unless Davis, Jones, Machado, Wieters and Hardy have career power numbers and one pitcher steps up and grabs 18 + wins.
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