No doubt. Lough was terrible and Felix Pie was even worse. On the flip side a guy like Markakis wasn't fast but a very good base runner. I think the point being is that this team for the last 4 or 5 years is strictly a station to station offense. Its won a pile of games, but has come up short in the playoffs A little change up wouldn't hurt. I'm hoping Rickard, Tavarez and/or Bourn can give us that little jump on maybe manufacturing some runs when the power dries up. Really sick of all the games we lose because we only score 0-2 runs. Then we score 10. Whoopee. It still only counts for one win.
I followed you, I just wanted to get another Lough dig in, before the season starts, and he becomes a completely irrelevant reference.
But yes, I was just bored to sleep last season. They were so uninteresting to watch. Power first teams are always exploited and dismantled in the playoffs. Any pitcher that faced the O's could completely ignore baserunners, and put total focus on the batter. Because everyone knew they weren't going to run. And I can only think of one time, where an O's runner realized no one was aware of him, and stole a base. I'm pretty sure it was Trumbo. He crept off the base, then extended his lead, and no one reacted, so he strolled over to 2B. By the time the catcher had the ball, he was already standing there, waiting for the next pitch.
And that doesn't aid the O's hitters, because no pitcher ever has to sacrifice throwing a breaking ball, for fear that an O's runner will steal. So they have their full arsenal for every pitch. With a Tavarez (just an example) on the bases, it really reduces the chances that a pitcher will throw a curve, because it may go in the dirt, and that's as good as a sac. bunt. And a change up...forget it. If he tracks it, he'll be standing on 2B, waiting for the throw down.
One of my favorite baseball sayings is, speed never takes a day off.
"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies, and statistics." - Benjamin Disraeli