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Well, that didn’t last long.

In typical fashion last night the bullpen made Matusz’s outing look worse than it was and he was pretty solid but still lost. The Orioles couldn’t score against Vin Dies..er Mazzaro last night and their winning streak was snapped at 4. The updates have been rather scarce lately since it gets old writing negative entry after negative entry. Now, there are some positive things to talk about. The most important is this:

Dustin Pedroia is hurt.

Please watch the video. It brings a tear of happiness to my eye every time. As most of you are aware by now, Dustin Pedroia is the least favorite player of every single writer on this blog. I hope his foot never heals…better yet I hope his foot becomes gangrenous, falls off, takes on a life of its own and kicks him in the crotch repeatedly until he is unable to procreate. Then I hope his foot goes Greyhound to New York and continues it’s rampage on.. well, everyone in New York.

Some more good news to report, we will likely never see Garrett Atkins again. I blasted that signing from the get go and this was long overdue. Atkins performed exactly how everyone but Andy MacPhail expected and I fully expect him to be out of major league baseball for the remainder of the year. I don’t even think Japan would have him at this point. Seriously, we would have been better off going with this guy in his place, or seriously even this guy may have done better. Garrett Atkins was awful, just awful and there is no excuse for his signing when there was every warning sign that this was what to expect. We jumped all over him early in the offseason for waaaay too much money and guys like Troy Glaus signed for less.  I can’t believe it took them this long to finally cut him loose. This is a guy that was losing playing time to Rhyne Fucking Hughes, how did he almost make it to July. Oh yeah, 4.5 million dollars. I guess it is unlikely the Orioles pick up that 8.5 million dollar option they had attached to it. They were really expecting the 2006 version of Garret Atkins huh? We still don’t have a home run hit by a first baseman this year, that has to be a record, thanks Garrett.

Zach Britton has been promoted to Triple A Norfolk after a dominant stretch at Bowie. We likely wont see him until next season but he is worth being excited about. After him however, our next best pitching prospects are probably two years out so he is it as far as starting pitching close to the majors goes. Felix Pie went 4-5 in his rehab game at Bowie last night and it appears he will be activated for the weekend series against the Red Sux. I am excited to see him, but I know some people aren’t. Pie is a controversial player it seems. He plays excellent defense, runs and throws well and his bat has really come alive since the first half of last season. The guy has loads of talent despite the occasional mental error. He is fun to watch and I am all for anything that puts Corey Fucking Patterson on the bench where he belongs.  I would just like to see them move Pie to center and put Adam Jones in left. Felix is the better defender and the advanced metrics bear that out.

There was a super sweet article in the Sun about the Orioles’ All Star game representative where Juan Samuel proved that he, much like Rick Dempsey, is an idiot. Juan Samuel declared that he would select Adam Jones as the Orioles representative. Really? Sorry Juan, Nick Markakis has clearly been our best player this season. Besides him, Ty Wigginton, and even Luke Scott have been more valuable players than Jones.  Jones had a mostly abysmal first half but was hot in June. His defense has looked pretty bad, and unfortunately his current hot streak will be unsustainable considering he is still showing downright laughable plate discipline. Sorry Juan, a guy with a on-base percentage of  .295 isn’t getting it done. Jones has walked 9(!!!!!!) times on the season. His strikeout to walk ratio now stands at 64/9. Until that improves this is what he will be. An overall poor hitter who will have a few hot weeks here and there. Jones still looks awful way too often swinging at terrible pitches. For me, the Orioles don’t have anyone worthy of being an All-Star, but in reality the teams are always littered with guys who shouldn’t be there (usually the ones voted in). But since we have to have one, Markakis is the guy for me. Yes, the average fan will wonder how a guy with 3 homers and 24 RBI made the team, but those people aren’t terribly smart. Markakis slash line of .306/.398/.431 looks pretty good to me. Yeah, you would like to see more homers but he is hitting plenty of doubles and is in range of his career numbers in everything else. I’ll call it a fluke. RBI? We still judge guys by those? Markakis has hit very well with runners on base and with runners in scoring position. The problem? The guys in front of him aren’t on enough for it to matter. The four guys leading up to Markakis on most nights are Julio Lugo (.299 OBP), Cesar Izturis (.279 OBP), Corey Patterson (.327 OBP), and Miguel Tejada (.313). How do you expect him to drive in a ton of runs if the only guys who get on base at a reasonable clip hit behind him? Not to mention that Adam Jones and Garrett Atkins also spent time in spots leading up to Markakis. The reality is that Markakis is not a middle of the order hitter anyway, he would be much better suited at number 2 or even 1 but we don’t have a better option on this team, so he is being judged unfairly. Not being a middle of the order hitter does not mean you are not a good one. By WAR, Markakis ranks first among all Orioles with 1.6, and by VORP he is also first on the team at 16.4, followed closely by Luke Scott at 16.2. I’m sure Juan Samuel is old school and looks at Jones’ homers and RBI and sees someone who has been more productive but it simply is not true. Jones has driven in more runs solely because he hits behind Markakis (.398 OBP), Wigginton (.351 OBP), and Scott (.335 OBP). This isn’t rocket science.

In other news, Carlos Zambrano is still crazy, B.J. Upton is still lazy and underperforming his talent level, and Yankee fans are getting what they deserve.

Most of the gang will be at tonight’s game. Come and find us out in right field if you are in attendance.

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Unfamiliar Feeling

That’s a fucking winning streak folks.  For those of you not watching the O’s, we just took it to the Natinals minus Strasburg.  To those of you who are actually still watching, thanks.  The team needs us.

What?  Atkins isn’t on the team anymore?  That’s more fucking amazing news.  Long overdue I might add.

We have some guys coming back from injury.  Jones is coming around.  Wieters  hasn’t been as shitty as of late.  Dare I feel good about Orioles baseball?

And to top it all off, despite the breath sucking humidity that is mid-summer Baltimore, Camden Yards is still the shit.  Just ask our boy Jeff at Funkyball.  Who is that Jason character he’s talking about?

Oh shit.  Then there’s this.  The black cloud hanging over the warehouse.  Tony should take over MASN.  Dude knows how to market a story like crazy.  Thanks for bringing me crashing back down to earth.

I’m hoping Tom or Jjaks will throw their thoughts in the mix regarding the more technical side of the O’s as of late.  I’m sure they have an opinion on the roster moves that just happened or hopefully will happen.

I love you, O’s fans.  Even the stupid ones.

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The Harbor Park Hooligans

The other day we discussed changing the name of our site to show our allegiance to a real baseball team, the Norfolk Tides.  It was half joke/half serious.

Quick question, who would win, the O’s or the Tides?

Regardless, I don’t think it matters much.  Especially with the scrap heap of pitchers we have down there.  Check out this line from Alberto Castillo, courtesy of Roch.

Norfolk update: Alberto Castillo allowed five runs and five hits, walked a batter, committed a balk and hit a batter in one-third of an inning in Triple-A Norfolk’s 11-0 loss to Columbus.

Now that’s a fucking line worth writing about.

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Reality: An Editorial

Things have gone really poorly this season.  Bordering on historically poor.  Roch mentioned today that we were racing the 88 team for the worst season ever in franchise history.  And this, coming on the heals of one of the most optimistic off season’s in a long time.  Intelligent fans didn’t expect a pennant but, we all set our realistic goals of .500 baseball.

But then our young stars hit sophomore slumps, Reimold, Wieters, Matusz, Bergessen.  Jones is under performing.  Markakis is playing about average for his career and could possibly be stunted by the lack of production around him.  Millwood was doing well until recently.  Injuries to B-rob, Pie, The Save Siduation didn’t help.  And so on.  The list goes on.  Wait…we signed Atkins, that was a problem too.

So things are butt awful in Baltimore.  Really bad.

But it’s not because of Oriole baseball.  Read some of the shit here.  Those are problems.

And it’s not just Baltimore folks.  We got unemployment rising, we have an economy that’s being bought up by China.  Our population is outgrowing our natural resources.  Lest we forget about that fucking oil spill.

So having Atkins on our team for the rest of the season is not a disaster.

Not having a strong second half is not the end of the world.

Wieters not winning the triple crown and Matusz not winning the Cy Young are not fucking catestrophes of epic proportion.

And if Peter Angelos is still the owner of the team for another 100 years, it will not kill you.

Odds are, a stray bullet or some asshole on a dirt bike will take care of that for you in Baltimore.

The Orioles having a bad year is not making me hate them.  Listening to these whining, idiot fans is making me hate the Orioles.

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Arrieta, and dumb ass fans

As you all know, we don’t think all that highly of most Orioles fans and baseball fans in general. Most people who consider themselves to be baseball fans are what I file under “casual” fans. This means they have little to no understanding of the game, don’t know the names of the players on the team they “root” and know nothing at all about the other teams and players in the league. I won’t even get into their lack of understanding on elementary statistics and what they mean. In other words, these people are idiots, not unlike most of the American population in general.

Turn on 105.7 or read the standard idiotic comments on any MASN blog and you will hear many angry “fans” calling in to express their anger at the the Orioles calling up Jake Arrieta to start against the Yankees tonight. These same people will also be blowing up the phones to tell the radio announcers what a great manager Rick Dempsey would make. That’s all you need to know to know that someone has no idea what they are talking about. Anyone who has paid attention to the Orioles over the last few years know what idiotic things come out of Dempsey’s mouth on a daily basis. The guy may have been a contributing player on great Orioles teams but he clearly knows very little about today’s game, it’s players, and strategy. This is the same guy who said Reimold would hit 40 home runs this year and that Luis Hernandez was going to be a good hitter, much better than he was in the minor leagues, because big league pitchers throw more strikes. I’m not making that up, he really said those things. Rick Dempsey is a fine cheerleader, leave him be. His campaigning for the job is bordering on pathetic.

Back to Arrieta, is it ideal for him to make his debut against the Yankmees? Probably not, but the effects of this are being way overblown. The Orioles want to give Guthrie an extra day of rest and they need a starter. Arrieta has an ERA under 2 at AAA, he is 24, and he has about 1 full season of pitching at AAA under his belt. They feel he is ready and he is our best option right now. It is that simple. In reality, the Yankees are the best offensive team in the AL, but that really only means they score about 1 run per game more than an average team. That is significant, but not significant enough to shy away from starting a pitcher against them. The effect of one start, debut or not,  is minimal in the scope of an entire career. If Arrieta gets bombed, it is one start. If he has a successful debut, it is still one start.  A young player’s debut does not make or break his career. Far too many of these people are pointing out the Nationals debuting Stephen Strasburg against the Pirates. Guess what so knowing baseball fans? The Nationals were waiting to be past the super 2 date to save money. This date was estimated to be June 6th this year. What was the Nationals first game after that date? the June 8th game against the Pirates. The move was purely coincidence. There is a very logical reason that Stephen Strasburg debuted for the Nationals, and Mike Stanton debuted for the Marlins on the same night and it has zippy to do with the competition they were facing. So let’s all stop being a bunch of whiny bitches who are scared of the Yankees and send our best option out to face them. Arrieta is not a player that even remotely lacks confidence and I’m sure he would rather debut against the Yankees than anyone else.

What I am interested in is who gets moved to make room for Arrieta on the roster. The Orioles were talking of moving Bergesen to the bullpen for the time being and have now said that Ohman will be moved back to a situational role. That most likely means that Castillo being shuttled back to Norfolk is likely, you could also make a strong case for finally getting rid of Fat Albers. I think what we may see in another surpisie move to go with many is that Bergesen is moved back to AAA to start. I could not argue much with that decision as Bergesen has pretty much thrown batting practice all seasn and now has lost his command as well. I would still like to see some shuffling in the bullpen. Gambino and Sarfate have been pitching well at Norfolk and Hendrickson, Albers, and Castillio have all been getting bombed in Baltimore. At least something is worth watching tonight…

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They Do Exist

By they, I mean us.  And, by us, I mean Orioles fans who can actually get excited about something.

Our boy, Jjaks, is finally going to see the man, who he named his fantasy team after, pitch in an Orioles uniform.

Go get ’em, Jake.  Mr. Arrietable Underwear himself.

Look at the cavalry there. All growds up.  The big three in the back, looking over what is to become their kingdom.  Maybe it’s one of those things, like Captain Planet, where they all need to be together in order for them to be super special awesome!?

Let’s fucking hope so.

P.S. Hat tip to myself for referencing Captain Planet…he’s our hero.

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Draft Results

Here is a recap of the Orioles draft through the early rounders, since I can bet all 3 of you who will read this don’t care much about 30th round draft picks. I will include scouting information fro MLB where available. I’m also linking to some great writeups they did over at oriolesprospects.com. Go check the site out.

As expected, the Orioles took Manny Machado with the third overall pick in the draft. I have already given information an a link to his scouting report in the earlier post so we will skip him.

2nd round: As noted, the Orioles did not have a second round pick this year because they prudently signed Mike Gonzalez, a type A free agent, to a 2 year 12 million dollar contact. It is working out very well so far.

3rd round: Daniel Klein, RHP, UCLA

4th round: Trent Mummey, OF, Auburn

5th round: Connor Narron, SS, C.B. Aycock HS

6th round: Dixon Anderson, RHP, Cal

7th round: Matthew Bywater, LHP, Pepperdine

8th round: Wynston Sawyer, C, Scripps Ranch HS

9th round: Parker Bridwell, RHP, Hereford HS.  Not much info available on this kid, unless you want his football scouting report. He is a top college football QB recruit. He has a pretty sweet myspace page though.

10th round: Clayton Schrader, RHP, San Jacinto College North

After reviewing the later round picks it appears that the Orioles are going pitching heavy in the draft once again which was to be expected. We also appear to have taken a lot of junior college players, as well as players with two last names. It is an interesting strategy and one to keep an eye on over the next couple of seasons. I think that sort of innovation is what we need.

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2nd Annual Draft Day Report

Draft day is upon us once again and it comes on an off day for the O’s. I will be watching the draft on the MLB network again. I’m hoping to be a little more enthused by our draft than I was last year. Last year we selected high school right hander Matt Hobgood with the fifth overall pick. I have expressed my opinion on that pick in several blog entries which you have probably read. Hobgood is looking more and more like a flop everyday and most analysts agreed with me that the pick was a reach and a pure “signability” pick to save some cash. He clearly was not the best player on the board. We then used our second rounder on another pick most analysts did not like in high school shortstop Mychal Givens, who had questionable offensive skills. Givens struggled early this season and then suffered an injury which required surgery and his season is most likely lost. Our 3rd round pick Tyler Townsend, a college first baseman with power potential has struggled since his debut and has also not stayed healthy for any significant time. Last year’s draft is not shaping up well so far.

This year’s draft is also looking to be a little bit disappointing already as well. Bryce Harper, the 17 year old phenom, is a lock to go first overall to the Washington Nationals. Early concerns about his character were said to be overblown and the Nationals have said they have seen absolutely no reason not to take him. I will say however that it is quite clear the kid is a bit of an asshole (as shown here and here), which makes me like him more. It was long predicted by most analysts that the Pittsburgh Pirates would pass on the consensus second best talent, high school pitcher Jameson Taillon with the second pick due to cost concerns and they were leaning towards picking high school shortstop Manny Machado or college left hander Drew Pomeranz instead.  New reports from the last couple of days have all but confirmed that the Pirates will select Taillon with the second pick. This pretty much confirms that the Orioles will go with Machado at no. 3. Machado is still a very promising prospect and has all the tools to eventually be an impact player. However, there are concerns that he will not be able to stay at shortstop and that his power may not develop enough to be a great bat as a corner infielder. I would definitely prefer the early reports that suggested Taillon would fall to us.

From there things really go south. As most of you probably know, the Orioles do not have a second round pick this year as it was given away to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for signing their Type A free agent, Mike “The Save Siduation” Gonzalez. We all know that I hated the signing when it occurred due to cost and the loss of the pick. It looks even worse now. Hopefully, the O’s can score some early round talent later in the draft with some overslot bonus’s to coax some kids out of school. I will probably be tweeting my thoughts on everyone’s draft live if you want to follow me. I’ll post something about the results shortly after.

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It’s about damn time

As most of you have heard by now, the Orioles have officially dismissed Dave Trembley as manager of the ballclub. I wish Dave well, he seems like a pretty decent guy and has said all the right things during this ever continuing downward spiral but this was way overdue. I didn’t like it when he was originally named the manager and his interim tag was removed, and then I really didn’t like it when he was given an extension. Trembley’s in-game strategy and tactics were awful. His management of the bullpen bordered on straight up insanity. He played matchups far too strictly and cemented pitchers into roles despite saying he didn’t want to do that. Cases in point: Jason Berken has been an effective reliever this season, one of our most effective. He was cast as a long man and would go long stretches of not pitching at all because he would only be used in early exits by the starter (which we haven’t had that many of this season). Matt Albers, Mark Hendrickson, and Cla Meredith have not been effective relievers this season. Matt Albers seems to have a spot on the roster cemented and he keeps being brought into high leverage situation despite continued failure. He leads the fucking team in appearances! Really?!?! Matt Albers is your relief ace Trembley. This organization needs to sack up and start converting some failed starters into relivers. We don’t have room on the big club for all the starting prospects that are on their way anyway. They did a good thing by finally moving Hernandez there as Jjaks pointed out. At first it looked like he was going to assume the splinter-ass role that Berken had been in until they did bring him into a tight situation against New York on Monday. He pitched well enough to get them out of the jam but Miguel Tejada pulled a Miguel Tejada and threw a routine ball into the dirt and Ty Wigginton did his best Ty Wigginton and couldn’t pick it. Prior to that he had barely been used and other less effective guys were getting more work. Hernandez has power stuff and he can be a dominant force in the pen, they need to take off the kid gloves and find out. I think they will like what happens. Despite that we are getting about league average innings pitched per start out of our our starters, Trembley was still leading the league in pitching changes last I checked, he continually found ways to find the reliever that was going to be ineffective that night. No matter how good a guy looked as soon as a guy came to the plate on the opposite side that pitcher was getting pulled. It became quite ridiculous. When you get 5 different pitchers into every game you are going to find at least one who just doesn’t have it that night. It is the nature of pitching, especially relief pitching.

Stolen from the epic Trembley meme thread from OH

Dave Trembley’s lineup tendencies have also been on the crazy side as well. Nick Markakis is a 2 hitter. His career numbers profile best as a top of the order hitter, not a middle of the order hitter. Granted, Trembley doesn’t have much as far as middle of the order threats this year since what was supposed to be our middle of the order hitters going forward (Wieters, Reimold) flopped big time. We do have two hitters that would be better suited than Nick in Wigginton and Scott. They are also opposite handed hitters which would make it easier to hit them 3 and 4 respectively. Trembley however finds it much more logical to bat them in the bottom half of the lineup most of the year and now has seen fit to bat Tejada at 2 instead of at 4 where he has been most of the year, despite that he is a double play machine and can’t get on base. Ideally, Tejada is at the bottom of the lineup or not playing for the Orioles at all (my preference since I blasted his and Atkins signing). In the end lineup order doesn’t make that much of a difference but it’s still mildly frustrating. what is really frustrating is having to watch Lugo and Izturis in the same lineup ever. Brian can’t get back soon enough, luckily it appears he is on track for a return in the middle of June. that will force out Atkins and Lugo. I hope it actually means the end of Atkins roster spot altogether, he is as horrible as everyone but Andy MacPhail expected. I don’t expect the team to fare much better under Samuel but they may just by getting guys back from injury in the coming days. At this point I’ll take Anthony Rendon in the 2011 draft, fuck it. Speaking of the draft, how awesome a time did the Nationals pick to be brutally bad? Getting two once in a lifetime type prospects in consecutive drafts? That has to feel pretty good right now.

With Trembley now gone I’m sure it will take me no time to start bitching about Juan Samuel, the good news is he probably won’t have the job long enough for any real outcry from me. That is my hope anyway, I also hope to see some urgency from the players, someone get a little pissed off that you got a decent human being fired and do something about it. I also hope that Terry Crowley’s position is really being looked at as well. This teams approach at the plate is beyond bad and has been for years. Is the cause that Crowley teaches an overly aggressive style or is it that the Orioles target overly aggressive hitters? I think it is probably a combination of both. Either way I think it time for a change in philosophy organization wide. You get on base, you score runs, it is a simple concept. The Orioles are last in the league in pitches per plate appearance, they are also last in runs per game…

What is most depressing about the team this year is it wasn’t just Orioles fans that were optimistic as in most past years. Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus both had us taking big steps forward. Our recent prospects are getting national attention like never before, and we are failing worse than ever before. What the fuck is going on?

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What’s Wrong With the O’s?

I hope you have a couple of weeks to read this list, cause it is a long one.  I was excited about the team this year, I told you to be patient when they started off terribly.  I apologize.  They suck.

Not everything has been bad.  Kevin Millwood has pitched solidly and above my expectations.  David Hernandez will develop into a solid bullpen possibly end of the game arm now that he is where he belongs and out of the starting rotation.  He wasn’t terrible, but it was and always has been obvious he struggles the second time through the lineup but was dominant at times the first time through, exactly what you want in a bullpen guy.   The injury to Roberts gave Ty Wiggington an opportunity to get into the lineup and he has taken advantage of it.  And despite what most casual fans (who have no idea what they are talking about anyway) think, Nick Markakis is having a good year.  Nicky is among the AL leaders in walks and on base percentage while batting over .300.

But while those things have been bright spots, they are far outweighed by the negatives.  Let’s start on the field, and let’s start with what isn’t really a big surprise.  Julio Lugo and  Cesar Izturis are bad.

Julio Lugo is batting .225!  I think that batting average alone is an overrated stat, but by any account, that’s bad.  If you are batting that poorly, you better at least be getting some extra bases, and just so you know of Lugo’s 18 hits this season 18 of them are singles.  Ok, well if all you are going to do is hit singles then you need to be able to stretch some of those and get into scoring position with a stolen base every now and again.  Hey, look at that Lugo has done that 3 times this year.  That isn’t often enough to justify him being in the lineup based on steals, especially when you factor into it that he is 3 for 5, so not only does he make a ton of outs at the plate but in the small percentage of times he gets on (which thanks to his 3 walks this year) is 25% of his at bats he still manages to make outs on the base paths as well.

Cesar Izturis is very similar.  Batting .222 with 3 doubles an OBP of .289 and 5 for 10 stealing bases.  As if having one of these guys in the lineup isn’t bad enough, they are, on a regular basis, both in the lineup at the same time.  There is no excuse for that.  But it takes more than 2 players to make a team awful so let’s move on.

Garrett Atkins.  I shouldn’t have to say anything more than that, but I will.  He is a joke. He has NEVER performed well outside of Coors Field, and hasn’t even done that the last few seasons.  We hated this move since before the ink was dry on the contract.  His .214 average, 1 homerun and 8 walks proved us right.  That is inexcusable.

Miguel Tejada has been a liability at 3rd base and continues to ground into double plays whenever possible.  He has 12 extra base hits in almost 200 at bats.  And he doesn’t seem to be a fan of walking either, he has done so only 8 times this year.

And last but not least, Adam Jones.  Corey Patterson could teach him a thing or two about patience, and I don’t even think Patterson knows a thing or two.  Adam has walked 5 times in over 200 at bats so far this season.  As Brady Anderson said last night in the radio booth “that’s hard to do.”  In addition to swinging and looking and looking silly while doing it, swinging at bad pitches does not help you get hits.  Why does any pitcher ever throw him a strike?  This guys chases balls like they are being driven by Al Cowlings.  You’ll notice a common theme among these players, and that is a lack of patience.  That brings us to the next area of suckage in the Orioles season, the coaching staff.

How has Terry Crowley avoided blame for so long while his hitters have consistently performed so poorly?  In his current stint as hitting coach (1999-present) has any batter improved under his watch?  More importantly has anyone gone up in walks  (not named Markakis)?  It’s a rarity and thus suggests it is being taught that you should swing at pitches that are not strikes, increasing your chances of making less than ideal contact.  He has to go because obviously his philosophy on hitting is not working, and for the last 10 years has not worked.

While we are getting rid of coaches, let’s do something about the manager.  He is limited by the players he has available (as I showed above)  but his ability to make a lineup and utilize a bullpen is staggeringly incompetent.  You can’t stack the bottom 5 of your lineup with sure outs and expect to get anything accomplished.  You can’t bring in Alberto Castillo in a lefty situation even though batters are hitting .450 off of him.  He manages games like they are in spring training still, as if he has a script he has to follow and will do so no matter what the outcome is.  Also, in what is rumored to be his last game as O’s skipper he has tabbed Julio Lugo to lead off.  Dusty Baker called and said that is a dumb move.

My final point that is wrong with the O’s is their player management.  Who makes the decisions on who stays on or off the 40 man roster? Who makes the decision to keep bringing up Alberto Castillo with his awful statistics?  As much as I dislike Trembley, if he is not making these decisions then he is being set up to fail anyway and it may not matter.  I’m not saying Justin Turner is a future all star, but exposing him to waivers while keeping or re-promoting Castillo to the majors is an awful idea.  I understand that we only have 2 lefties in the pen without him but how is having a lefty specialist that can’t get out lefties any worse than having a right handed relief pitcher not get lefties out?  But, this goes back to the managers tendency to play the match up game no matter what.

There it is, an actual, real post for the first time on this site in about two months.  And it is just for you, Joe Zimmerman.

See you at the yard.

~Jjaks Clayton

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