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The Official Baltimore Orioles Thread of Hope and Change (Yes We Can!)

Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by Douglas, Aug 12, 2010.

  1. Slopho

    Slopho Senior member

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    Baltimore Baseball is in a sad state of affairs. When I watch Red Sox play at Camden Yards it seems like there are more Sox fans then O's fans.

    There usually is, there is also an increase in the crime rate in the city when Red Sox fans come down. They wander around Baltimore like they own the place in Red Sox shirts and get mugged.
     
  2. guster

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    That was good!

    If the O's were in another division or the Nl, things might be very different. Seems like the Sox are the favorite but how can you discount the Yankees? They now have 2 last year's best closers for the 8th & 9th innings. rest of the bullpen got stronger. That lineup is still killer and if they get Petite back mid-season, they will be a force in the playoffs. Plus the Rays are still loaded in minors and still have a good staff. They need bullpen help and they should be OK.

    Sure Red Sox had injuries last year but they also lost their 2 best hitters over the course of the '09 season. They should have kept Martinez but then maybe they would not have had the money for the other 2. Veritek was awful hitter when he was full time and Saltimacchia has been bad at major league level. Drew had his worst season and now a year older. Lester and Bucholtz were great last year but rest of the staff was avaerage at best. Which Ortiz will show up? Does Paplebon continue his downward slide

    I am not a Yankees fan but they were a better club than Red Sox last year and it looks like they only added. Galarraga is excellent but Beltre had a monster year last year. They upgrade this year by getting injured guys back. It is silly at this point to think that Red Sox are clear favorites. And come July - who do the Yankees pick up. They have excellent pitching talent in the minors and money to spend.
    Again, I don't like the Yankees at all but I think you can make an arguement that they should be the favorites over the RedSox.

    It is tough to see the the Orioles competing at that level this year.


    There usually is, there is also an increase in the crime rate in the city when Red Sox fans come down. They wander around Baltimore like they own the place in Red Sox shirts and get mugged.
     
  3. Slopho

    Slopho Senior member

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    I just read that Ernie Tyner passed away. Sad day for Baltimore. [​IMG]
     
  4. Slopho

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    Well, it looks like its time to dust this thread off since its almost that time of year again. The O's just got rid of Hendrickson and Riske and sent Reimold down to the minors because he has options and Pie (who sucks) doesn't. I've been paying attention to spring training and already have some questions.

    1. Who will start in the 5th spot? I think it should be Zach Britton. Tillman, who should be, just isn't ready yet.

    2. Baseball Prospectus rated Matt Weiters as the biggest flop in Baseball history. Really? After they hype surrounding Delmon Young and Rickey Weeks? This should be the season he puts most if not all of it together.

    3. Derek Lee. Should we count on him for 80 games? I don't think so. The sad part is I don't even think it'll make that much of a difference.

    4. When are we all getting down to Camden boys? I have a feeling one of those Tuesday afternoon Businessman's specials may be up our alley.
     
  5. gort

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    I always be an Orioles fan at heart. Haven't been to a game since I was in college since I live so far from Baltimore now. Can't really bring myself to be a Nats fan. My home teams will always be the O's, the Redskins, and the Caps.
     
  6. in stitches

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    As much as I love Buck as a manager, as long as Angelos is heading this luxury liner it'll always be headed straight for the iceberg.

    Such a shame too.


    +1

    Angelos doesnt care enough about sport to go the distance. he only cares about $ and he is making shit tons (this is slightly more than fuk loads) of it. he has some insanely lucrative deals going on. untill winning becomes important from a sporting perspective the o's have an uphill battle regardless of who is at the helm or on the field.
     
  7. Ambulance Chaser

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    I just got back from the Yankees game. The Orioles' fielding is pretty good. Unfortunately, their hitting is weak and their pitching (particularly middle relief) is horrendous. It's going to be a long season.
     
  8. Slopho

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    I just got back from the Yankees game. The Orioles' fielding is pretty good. Unfortunately, their hitting is weak and their pitching (particularly middle relief) is horrendous. It's going to be a long season.

    Yeah. My Co-worker who is a Yankee fan was out there last night too. Josh Rupe and Kevin Gregg both suck.
     
  9. Ambulance Chaser

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    Yeah. My Co-worker who is a Yankee fan was out there last night too. Josh Rupe and Kevin Gregg both suck.
    I was sitting in the middle deck along the left-field line. I thought I was in Yankee Stadium. Where are the O's fans?
     
  10. Slopho

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    I was sitting in the middle deck along the left-field line. I thought I was in Yankee Stadium. Where are the O's fans?

    I was just talking to a friend of mine about what I thought was a distinctive difference between Red Sox and Yankee fans. That being Yankee fans don't really travel up and down the coast following their team like Red Sox fans do because Red Sox fans are so use to losing that they want to see their team beat up on weaker teams in the division just to see the win. I was surprised by the amount of Yankee fans I saw on TV.

    Some people have vowed not to come to a game until Peter sells the team. In any event, Douglas was supposed to try to organize something but I'm either out of the loop of it or he's too busy with the baby.
     
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    Matt Weiters is going to have a huge season. Now he's hitting lefties, too.
     
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    I"m calling it, either Tillman or Britton will throw a no hitter or a perfect game with in the next 2 years.
     
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    The Os have perfected the rare art of turning strikeouts into runs!
     
  14. Slopho

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    This has got to be the shittiest bullpen I've ever seen. Worse than the shitty Mariners bullpen of the late 90's with Charlton and Slocomb. There isn't a single guy I have faith in when a starter has to bow out before the 8th inning with a 5 run lead. Gregg and Gonzalez should be unemployed tomorrow. I'll take Alan Mills, Jessie Orosco and Jorge Julio over them 6 days a week and twice on Sunday.
     
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    This has got to be the shittiest bullpen I've ever seen. Worse than the shitty Mariners bullpen of the late 90's with Charlton and Slocomb. There isn't a single guy I have faith in when a starter has to bow out before the 8th inning with a 5 run lead. Gregg and Gonzalez should be unemployed tomorrow. I'll take Alan Mills, Jessie Orosco and Jorge Julio over them 6 days a week and twice on Sunday.

    O's should not have lost that game with DiceK stinking up the place and Sox stranding all those runners. Is there anyone close to being ready in the minors? I don't think they should chase anything at the trade deadline bacause they still have too many missing pieces for a serious run this year. But you would think scouring the waiver wire for guys that are out of minor league options would get them something a little better than what they have out there now in the pen.
     
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    Nick Markakis is playing first base today. This move will become permanate at some point next season. His arm cannon is gone. He's also hitting like shit this season. This horrible season can be traced to the following things:

    1. Markakis is batting .230 with no XBH is over 60AB. This is our number 3 hitter.

    2. Brian Roberts is injured. I remember a few years ago I didn't think Roberts would even be a Major Leaguer let alone an All Star. He was in AAA actually racing a horse. Not riding on one, but actually running next to one in a race. His concussion issues are serious I don't know if he'll ever be 100% again honestly.

    3. Kevin Gregg. This guy has 2 yrs and 10 million dollars. He has to go. Mike Gonzalez. He also has to go.

    4. Mark Reynolds for David Hernandez trade - We lost probably the second best bullpen guy we had for a guy who can't even hit his weight. This was a stupid trade. What they wanted from a guy who was hitting in the high .100 and who strikes out a lot is beyond me.
     
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    ^^ Why you so mad?
     
  18. Ambulance Chaser

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    I invite everyone who posts regularly in this thread to switch their allegiances to the Nationals. After Strasburg and Harper become regulars, Washington will be competing for the NL East title.
     
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    I invite everyone who posts regularly in this thread to switch their allegiances to the Nationals. After Strasburg and Harper become regulars, Washington will be competing for the NL East title.
    I invite you to send me some of whatever it is that's gotten you high enough to post the statement "Washington will be competing for the NL East title."
     
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    Bump.

    Baltimore Orioles lose to community college team

    Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter termed the event a "controlled scrimmage." The opponent used pitchers (including left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada) and a catcher from the Orioles roster. Major league stars such as J.J. Hardy, Adam Jones and Matt Wieters took only a couple of turns apiece at the plate and played about five innings. And the adversaries played for eight innings total, not a full regulation game.

    With that context — perhaps you call it "spin" — understood, there's no other way to put this: A community college team beat the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday.
    State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota chapter, edged the O's 2-1 in a charity game at Ed Smith Stadium. The O's look like a charity case, all right. If this were European soccer, or if baseball did relegation, Nick Markakis might be carrying a book bag and a class schedule around Camden Yards this spring. And he didn't even play!
     

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