Sunday, December 8, 2013

Orioles Offseason Needs

I know its still early in the offseason and we haven't gotten to the winter meetings yet but some of the offseason moves have me worried about the Orioles 2014 baseball season. The Jim Johnson trade along with Nate McClouth and Scott Feldman aka Mr. Slow windup, should raise concern. In my opinion, the Orioles number one need is a true starting pitcher. We need a guy in the rotation that can go 6 to 7 innings a game. Right now, besides Chris Tillman, it feels like out starting rotation is only good for 5 1/3 innings,then its on to the bullpen.  If we can get one proven starter, that would make a huge difference. Unlike most Orioles fans, I agree with the Jim Johnson even though it feels we didn't get much in return. The money we would have paid Jim Johnson will be better used to fill needed holes. Besides a quality starter we still need a left fielder, DH, and who knows whats going on a 2nd base. O'Day, Brian Matusz, or even Tommy Hunter can fulfill the closer role for much less than what Jim Johnson costs.

While it feels like free agents are flying off the shelf, I believe most of these players are way over paid. The A-Rod, Albert Pujols, Carl Crawford, Josh Hamilton, Matt Kemp, contracts have shown that paying today almost always never pays off tomorrow. We'll have to see what happens with Jacoby Ellsbury and Robinson Cano and their gigantic contracts. I'd much rather pay Chis Davis(53 HRs) and Matt Wieters(Best Defensive catcher in baseball) to long term deals NOW rather than have them test free agency which we know big market teams will throw big money at them. Then there is right fielder Nick Markakis who's free agency starts in 2015. Hopefully the Orioles front office can land a quality free agent without breaking the bank.
Friday, October 25, 2013

Best Play of the Orioles 2013 Season

It's no doubt Manny Machado's throw to first from foul territory was remarkable. One of the best defensive plays I've seen in recent memory.

Luis Cruz(Right Handed) of the New York Yankees pulled a ball down the 3rd base line which ended up in foul territory after crossing over the bag. Manny fielded the ball above the coaches box in foul territory then made an off balance throw to first base for the out. Does anyone know the distance of this throw? I'm guessing around 140 feet. The distance from 3rd base to first is around 127 feet, the same length from homeplate to 2nd base.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Why the Orioles failed to make the 2013 Playoffs

Chris Tillman - Finished the season. with an  ERA  - 3.71,
16 wins, 7 losses
After a 2012 playoff appearance the Orioles failed to make a 2013 post-season appearance despite being in contention all season. The Orioles finished 85-77, tied with the Yankees. So what went wrong? Depends on who you ask. The fact remains that the Orioles pitching staff is a complete disappointment. The starters, the bullpen, the closer were all a disappointment as it has been in past years. Why can't we grow pitchers that can go more than 6 innings!!!?.... Chris Tillman might be the silver lining in our our starting rotation. He finished the season with an ERA of 3.71 with 16 wins and 7 losses. Not bad for the 25 year old with a promising future. The Orioles need to focus on acquire pitching to compliment Tillman this fir the 2014 season.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012

2012 American League Cy Young Award Goes to...

David Price
... David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays. Price finished with season with 20 wins, 5 losses, and an ERA of 2.56. The runner up, Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers, finished the season with 17 wins, 8 losses, and an ERA of 2.64.

2012 National League Cy Young Award goes to...

R.A. Dickey
... The 37 year old knuckle ball hurler, R.A. Dickey of the New York Mets. Dickey finished the season with 20 wins, 6 losses, and a 2.73 ERA. Runner up, Clayton Kershaw of the LA Dodgers, finished the season with 14 wins, 9 losses, and a 2.53 ERA.