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ESPN: The O's will finish in last place

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I don't have the issue, so I didn't get to read the article or see how they explain why they will finish in last. but it seemed like something worth posting

 

http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/orioles/blog/bal-espn-the-magazine-is-quite-confident-the-orioles-will-finish-in-last-place-20130225,0,4330560.story

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I wonder how much analysis they had to do to figure out that Andrew Luck has better legs than RGIII? Maybe just watch the video of the Haloti Ngata hit a few times?

 

As far as the Orioles finishing last...I don't doubt it could happen. I think places one through five is the AL East are all up for grabs this year.

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I guess there is no need to waste my time watching the games on MASN then, since the outcome is already etched in stone. ESPN was really good at predicting the late-season swoon the Orioles exhibited last year, touting how lucky they were in the earlier part of the season. And the Orioles did indeed drop like a hot potato after the All-Star Break...

 

...oh wait! :D

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I wonder how much analysis they had to do to figure out that Andrew Luck has better legs than RGIII? Maybe just watch the video of the Haloti Ngata hit a few times?

 

As far as the Orioles finishing last...I don't doubt it could happen. I think places one through five is the AL East are all up for grabs this year.

 

I agree. But ESPN has no inside track on the fate of the Orioles this year, any more than you or I. They are still trying to prove they were right all along last year and if the Orioles fall this year, the network will have their big-mouths claiming, "I told you so."

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Not that ESPN needs me to defend them, but I can certainly understand why they would pick so. The Orioles have done almost nothing to improve the team, on paper at least. If I were the Orioles, I would certainly take this as motivation to be the very best team in baseball. While I am disappointed in the offseason stagnation, I certainly won't say it can't be done. There's nothing better than rooting for the underdog and having them come out on top.

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I guess we don't need to worry about watching all 162 games on MASN (and other networks), miss all those commercials selling us things like Jack Daniels and Toyotas....

 

I suppose we don't need to go to games this year, since the all knowing yappity yaps at espn have deemed the Orioles as losers!

 

I don't know what I will do with all my summer evenings now that I am no longer concerned about how the O's do this year after PROVING EVERY TALKING HEAD WRONG LAST SEASON.....

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The O's really didn't improve this off season,the fact is they might be a little weaker. The one bright spot will be a healthy Reimold. Time will tell,I don't think the Yankees will be that strong either.

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ESPN should have asked me how I felt

 

I would have told them that the Yankees will finish last

 

BOOK IT

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The O's may not have done much this off season but other than the Blue Jays neither did anyone else in the division. We do know Duquette won't sit on his hands if things go poorly.

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The Yankees are a walking disaster area. The Rays didn't do much but they are always competitive. I think the O's are marginally better this year than last and if the pitching takes a step forward they could be very good. A lot rides on BRob. If he's healthy, he's definitely an upgrade over Andino.

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The Yankees are a walking disaster area. The Rays didn't do much but they are always competitive. I think the O's are marginally better this year than last and if the pitching takes a step forward they could be very good. A lot rides on BRob. If he's healthy, he's definitely an upgrade over Andino.

 

Take away the 16-2 extra inning record and replace it with something much closer to .500. How are they better again?

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Take away the 16-2 extra inning record and replace it with something much closer to .500. How are they better again?

 

Compared to April of last year...

 

They are better defensively and offensively at 3rd.

 

Davis is an offensive upgrade over Reynolds and we'll see what he brings defensively

 

Roberts is better at 2nd and in the order than Andino

 

An outfield of Reimold, McClouth, Markakis, and Jones is a better outfield than what we were able to field last year.

 

We're getting Wada at some point this year and generally have very good pitching depth. Like I said, we're marginally better.

 

Our extra inning record reflects an excellent bullpen and very good defense. That hasn't changed. What has changed is that we are better offensively.

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Isnt this the same sports network that was full of so called experts in December and January saying the Ravens could not beat the Broncos, Patriots and 49ers?

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Isnt this the same sports network that was full of so called experts in December and January saying the Ravens could not beat the Broncos, Patriots and 49ers?

 

This!

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While I don't think the O's will finish last, the truth is that the division is strong enough that the last place team could still have a winning record.

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Reimold has speed and power,he needs to play daily to be effective. That platoon crap dosen't work for everyone and he's one of those who it dosen't work well for.

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While I don't think the O's will finish last, the truth is that the division is strong enough that the last place team could still have a winning record.

 

Agreed. As I said earlier, any team finishing in any spot 1 thru 5 in the AL East wouldn't surprise me, nor would all five finishing over .500. Anyone making any "analytical" prediction of the 2013 AL East is full of ****. They're just guessing.

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Agreed. As I said earlier, any team finishing in any spot 1 thru 5 in the AL East wouldn't surprise me, nor would all five finishing over .500. Anyone making any "analytical" prediction of the 2013 AL East is full of ****. They're just guessing.

 

And the timing is also an issue. Spring Training just started and teams haven't made decisions on their players - who will make it on the opening day roster, who will be sent to AAA, who will be sent packing, who will start the season healthy, who will start on the DL, etc. To make a declaration of where teams will finish is a fool's game that ESPN is all too eager to participate in. The people at ESPN need to feel relevant and important.

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Reimold has speed and power,he needs to play daily to be effective. That platoon crap dosen't work for everyone and he's one of those who it dosen't work well for.

 

I'm not sure we've seen enough of him to make that judgement. Unless he has a remarkable spring and early regular season, I think platooning him with Mclouth in LF for much of the season is highly likely.

 

Of course, on days when he's not in LF, DH is also a possibility.

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I'm not sure we've seen enough of him to make that judgement. Unless he has a remarkable spring and early regular season, I think platooning him with Mclouth in LF for much of the season is highly likely.

 

Of course, on days when he's not in LF, DH is also a possibility.

 

agreed

 

Reimold at DH....

McLouth in LF...

 

lots of question marks here....Can Reimold stay healthy ? I think DHing him would help with the injury problem.

 

Can McLouth hit lefties on a regular basis ? He is clearly the better outfielder.

Speed and a great glove.

 

I think Buck will do some mix and matching them at times but McLouth will be the regular left fielder.

 

Just my take

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Take away the 16-2 extra inning record and replace it with something much closer to .500. How are they better again?

 

I'm not really sure how this indicates the O's are better or worse.

The O's upgraded at 2b.

They will have a full season of several players who should make a strong impact, such as Machado, Reimold, and McLouth, Markakis, Tillman, and Gonzalez.

They have also cut back potential strike outs on the team, while adding potential OBP.

Most of their stars are young and/or coming into their prime.

 

What is your point?

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Take away the 16-2 extra inning record and replace it with something much closer to .500. How are they better again?

 

1) Markakis is healthy and on track to start 155+ games

2) Reimold and Roberts are both healthy

3) Wada, Bundy and Gausman are all projected to push for rotation spots by late summer.

4) The core of the team is reaching it's peak statistical year (age 27, Wieters, Jones, Davis,etc.)

5) The rotation has double digit starter candidates and lots of depth!!!!

6) Machado has stabilized the hot corner and is poised to play 155+ games there this year.

7) The defense with McLouth, Machado and possibly Roberts back is as good as any in the league....just like the bullpen is.

 

I could go on and on about the positives but I know many of the woe is me folks will dismiss each without much thought.

 

In recent years spring training has started more than once with a completely overhauled rotation or infield. For the first time in many years, the team is filling in rather than starting from scratch.

 

Bottomline is we all wish a big hitter was obtained to anchor the RBI role but there are still plenty more good things to look forward to in '13 beyond my initial six but why bother with that when the caustic crowd would rather self flagellate

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