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Flaherty on bench today

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Ole Buck wakes up and has Flaherty grab some pine today even against a RH pitcher.  Lombardozzi starts at second again.  Be interesting to see if he can put anything together for a stretch.  Guess he had two hits yesterday.  Flaherty is a black hole in line-up and I'm convinced he will never be anything more than a .220 hitter at best.  He is useless against LH pitching.  When Machado gets back be interesting to see who has seat on Norfolk express!

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I'm glad Markakis out of lead-off spot again, but he is batting fifth.  Hope he proves me wrong, but he needs to be in the bottom third of line-up.  I'm not seeing anything different from 2013.

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Yeah, Flaherty shouldn't come off the bench at all.  At least that's my gut reaction.  Then when you realize their other options at 2B are either terrible or unproven (and maybe terrible) it's not a likely option.

 

 

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Yeah, Flaherty shouldn't come off the bench at all.  At least that's my gut reaction.  Then when you realize their other options at 2B are either terrible or unproven (and maybe terrible) it's not a likely option.

I actually think Lomdardozzi looks like a pretty decent player.  I didn't know much about him, thinking he was just a scrub utility guy.  But he actually got some decent playing time with the Nats in 2012 and 2013 logging 675 ABs and hitting a combined .265.  Plus he was a .300 hitter every level in the minors.  And he has a good glove,  With that being said, Flaherty can forget about being being an everyday player with the O's.  He is totally worthless against LH pitching.  Not all his fault as I wonder  how many ABs he has against LH pitching at AA/AAA ball.  He only has 400 ABs in the bigs with a combined .220 avg.  And only 42 ABs against LH pitching with a .190 avg.  So when Manny comes back Lombo is staying and either Schoop or Flaherty catch the Norfolk Express.  Flaherty is who we thought he was.  Brandon Fahey with a little bit more pop.

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Schoop will go to Norfolk when Manny comes back.  The O's are going to want him to play every day down there rather than ride the pine up here.  Unless, of course, they decide that he's the starting 2nd baseman!  But he doesn't look ready to me....

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  Flaherty is a black hole in line-up and I'm convinced he will never be anything more than a .220 hitter at best. 

 

Same here. No idea why the Front Office considers Flaherty to be a "Major League" baseball player.

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Same here. No idea why the Front Office considers Flaherty to be a "Major League" baseball player.

he's a +defender, back up who can play all 4 infield positions. that's valuable. he can't hit breaking pitches. if he could,  he'd be in the starting line up for most teams.

 

I think the only reason the O's penciled him in as the every day 2bman is because Schoop was projected to be up next season, if not sooner. so there wasn't any reason to go out and sign a FA for the position. 

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