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Ohhhhh what a comeback: Oriole Magic percolates at The Yard after the rain…

Posted on 30 June 2009 by Nestor Aparicio

It isn’t hype to say that a miracle happened at Camden Yards tonight. It isn’t hyperbole to say that this was truly the greatest comeback in Orioles history. It really was.

I’m sure this morning many of you will awake to read this and say what most of the city (or the few who were watching to begin with will say): “They were losing 9-1 when the rain came. How the hell did they win that game?”

Well, the box score will tell you all about the comeback — an amazing display of perserverance that saw them get five runs in the 7th inning and five more in the 8th to overcome the Red Sox in an 11-10 win before a stunned contingent of mostly Red Sox fans, who stayed to celebrate what looked to be a rout at 10:45 p.m. after a lengthy and wet rain delay that came in the fifth inning.

In the 7th, Aubrey Huff, Nolan Reimold and Luke Scott heroics were all upstaged by Oscar Salazar’s big home run off of Hideki Okajima.

In the 8th, it was Nick Markakis’ big two-out shot off the left field wall that highlighted a firestorm offensive display against Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon. Everyone got in on the act. They managed 13 hits and 10 runs in two innings against the best bullpen in the game and on a night when all but a handful of their fans walked out of the ballpark during a rain delay.

Afterward Dave Trembley said (without joy): “That’s about the best ballgame I’ve ever been involved in. You play all 27 outs. It was calm. But every time we scored it got a little bit more wild. I guess the word would be: believable. Very impressive.”

Well, for all of Trembley’s relative lack of enthusiasm, at least the MASN boys were in great spirits. Jim Hunter looked like he was going to pee himself. Rick Dempsey couldn’t stop smiling. The remaining Red Sox fans were looking for more cold beer. Jim Palmer looked stunned. Gary Thorne was screaming like it was Game 7 Avalanche-Red Wings on ESPN circa 1998. (I love Gary Thorne!)

Former Baltimore Sun writer David Steele commented on my Facebook thread with this amazing observation: With the biggest win in Orioles history “they quieted their own ballpark.”

That’s a scary thought — but it’s true. The more the comeback came, the fewer the people who were cheering in the stands in red shirts. There was one rowdy group of orange over the O’s dugout, the heartiest of hearty souls after 11 p.m. I’m sure they have some great stories to tell. MASN had one cutaway of a Red Sox fan jawwing with an O’s supporter in the box seats and it looked like a fight was about to throw down.

What a night! These crazy kids are so up and down it’s impossible to know what you’re getting. Lost in this amazing win will be the dreadful start of Rich Hill, who managed to give up 9 runs in less than four innings before the magical rain that changed the O’s fortunes tonight.

You gotta admit that what happened tonight takes a certain amount of chutzpah and stones. It was a comeback for the ages. Like Bills-Oilers. Or Maryland-Miami. Or Len Bias at the Dean Dome. (Or sadly, Duke-Maryland 2001!) That Flacco effort in Cleveland last year didn’t suck either.

It was memorable and hopeful. Like Jimmy V, these guys never gave up. You have to respect that. It makes them likable and heroic in many ways. The Markakis at bat could be a “defining moment.”

The Orioles and Sox have a quick turnaround. They play the cap of the three-game series at 1:35 p.m. with Josh Beckett facing Brad Bergesen.

11:26 p.m. — If you are watching the Orioles game right now, you’re one of the few lost souls who have returned. After trailing the Red Sox 9-1 when a brutal rainstorm entered the city early in the evening, the Orioles have come back in the “second half” and brutalized Boston pitching in various ways to take an amazing 11-10 lead in the 8th inning.

There appear to be about 10,000 Red Sox fans still in the ballpark and a handful of rowdy Orioles fans who are truly the last rats on the ship.

A longer blog will follow, but we’re up and we’re paying attention and we’re stunned in amazement at the greatest comeback in Orioles history.

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Bird watching & no hoisting of goblet in Pittsburgh

Posted on 09 June 2009 by Nestor Aparicio

10:42 p.m. — Bring on Game 7! The Pittsburgh Penguins have been plenty feisty daing back to Game 7 in Washington, D.C. in what feels like a lifetime ago. It wasn’t the most exciting first period in Stanley Cup history, but the third period tonight at The Igloo was spectacular. Action, back and forth and up and down the ice. The game almost was tied with just 13 seconds remaining on a close one.

It was Stanley Cup magic. The Penguins and the city of Pittsburgh are 60 minutes away from a second civic championship in five months. Disgusting!

Meanwhile, Brad Bergesen did a nice job tonight against Seattle. The Birds won 3-1. Nolan Reimold hit a big fly. Melvin Mora had one interfered with in the first inning. It was a good, necessary win for the Birds.

8:40 p.m. — I’m in the midst of a typical spring night of wearing out the “previous” on my Comcast remote as I go back and forth between the Orioles-Mariners and Red Wings-Penguins.

The sky is a beautiful blood orange over downtown tonight and the Orioles game has been strange and the Red Wings look poised to hoist Lord Stanley’s chalice on enemy ice once again. Imagine these cockroaches from Pittsburgh having to watch the Red Wings raise The Cup at the Igloo for the second year in a row in front of the Steel City faithful.

Imagine the indignity! (But, it couldn’t happen to nicer folks that our neighbors in Pittsburgh!)

As for the Orioles, if you didn’t see the fan interference in the first inning on a near-home run for Melvin Mora (coincidentally, the kid was wearing an orange Mora No. 6 freebie giveaway that apparently no one knew about) you need to check it out. It was a Jeffrey Maier special, but when the umpires reconvened they rescinded a two-run homer call and the Orioles were suddenly only up 1-0 instead of 3-nil.

It looks like there’s less than 10,000 in the park tonight and the storm that rolled through town at dinner was biblical. Just horrendous where I was in Towson and White Marsh.

I don’t know if I’ll blog all night but I’ve been watching and I just felt like writing. It’s been a long week already and we’re making a lot of changes at WNST and you’ll see this site really come to life over the next few weeks.

Lots of work behind the scenes lately.

But tonight — for a beautiful Tuesday night — I’m watching hockey and baseball and enjoying it immensely!

Nolan Reimold just turned on one and the Birds are up 2-0. Also, my buddy Ed Frankovic keeps texting me from Hershey with Bears-Manitoba updates. Apparently, the Bears are losing.

Red Wings and Penguins are nil. Been a sleepy first period by Stanley Cup Finals standards.

A big night of fun sports…

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Sloppy, sloppy, sloppy: Birds give finale away in 3-2 loss to Seattle

Posted on 04 June 2009 by Nestor Aparicio

While we’re all drinking the orange Kool Aid these days in hopes of “better days ahead,” it’s losses like last night’s in Seattle that keep anyone who appreciates good baseball scratching our heads in disgust. After a series of boneheaded baserunning blunders and mental mistakes, the Orioles finally succumbed to the Mariners in a 3-2 loss at Safeco Field when Adrian Beltre hit a seeing-eye single past Cesar Izturis off Jim Johnson in the 9th inning to win the game.

Aubrey Huff – allegedly a veteran – not only got picked off of third base by Mariners catcher Rob Johnson in the sixth inning to kill a rally but was also caught stealing in the ninth to thwart any chance of a go-ahead run. To his credit, Huff faced the music afterward, telling The Sun: “There’s no reason to get picked off right there. That’s just a stupid rookie mistake by a veteran guy. It can’t happen. There’s no reason for me to be off the base that much. If Wieters gets a hit, I’m scoring anyway. It was really, really stupid.”

At least he’s showing some accountability for his losing behavior.

Perhaps sometime soon someone will ask Dave Trembley why the team insists on “hit and run” situations with the game on the line?

But aside from the general lack of offensive production and oppotunity, there were plenty of goats to go around in the Pacific Northwest. Nolan Reimold also got caught stealing earlier in the game and the situational hitting has been non-existent. Matt Wieters hit into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded early in the game and Brian Roberts is now mired in an 0-for-17 slump heading into Oakland for tomorrow’s series with the A’s.

So how bad has the offense been since Friday night’s “Matt Messiah” game?

The Orioles have stranded what few runners they’ve had over the past week and have scored only five runs in 27 innings in Seattle and were 2-for-17 with runners in scoring position. Add in the weekend brilliance of the Detroit staff and they’ve now scored only five runs in their past 39 innings and have scored three or fewer runs in 9 of the past 19 games.

Hitting slumps are acceptable. Mental mistakes are not.

Trembley, who is usually dour even when the team wins, looked downright distraught last night during a terse post-game press conference because he knows this was a very winnable game that got away.

The whole team might want to hit the cage in Oakland with outfielder Luke Scott, who continued his torrid pace with a home run in the second inning and an RBI double in the sixth. He’s now registered five home runs this week while no one else on the Birds has hit a homer since last Friday.

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Orioles finally give the call to Nolan Reimold

Posted on 14 May 2009 by Nestor Aparicio

Outfield prospect Nolan Reimold will finally be joining the Orioles in Kansas City today as the team will recall him and send pitcher Bob McCrory back to Norfolk after a rough outing last night against the Rays in a 8-6 loss.

Reimold’s numbers at AAA have been staggering. He’s hitting .394 with 9 home runs, 11 doubles and 27 RBI in just 109 at bats and 31 games.

The Orioles brass has been adament that Reimold would only be recalled when he could play every day in the big leagues. With the injuries and various ailments to Luke Scott, Felix Fie and now Adam Jones this week, this call-up isn’t as much a “reward” as it is a necessity for the organization who have played the last two games short on the bench.

Here is Reimold’s year in stats…

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O’s Lucky To Get The Win In Spite Of Poor Base Running

Posted on 12 May 2009 by Neal Bortmes

The Orioles won tonight despite their best efforts.  First off when a team starts Mark Hendrickson it is basically like forfeiting.  The Orioles also continued their abysmal base running which almost cost them a chance to win the game.

 

The Orioles received some good news in the form of Luke Scott not having to go on the DL as well as the fact that Pie may have a serious stomach problem.  All kidding aside I never want to see anyone get hurt or sick but the Pie experiment is over.

 

His diving attempt tonight just wasn’t good enough.  He got a poor jump on a ball that should have been caught but instead went for a double.  I assume that is the play that Pie was injured on but Amber Theoharis reported that it was an ailment which leads one to believe it may be a sickness and not an injury?  Either way Pie is a clown, his play is downright comical in every aspect.

 

Regardless, it is Nolan Reimold’s time as he hit another homerun and two doubles tonight for the Tides and he deserves a call-up.  I could see him manning leftfield for a long time in an O’s uniform.

 

Ty Wigginton was forced to sub for the injured Pie in left and he looked pretty bad.  This only furthered the argument for recalling Reimold instead of Oscar Salazar.  Wigginton came into the game batting only .182 against righties this year but did manage to hit a double off of Howell in the sixth.

 

What saved the Orioles tonight was the fact that Andy Sonnanstine’s performance was as bad, or worse than, Hendrickson’s this evening.  The Orioles should have had a much larger lead but the poor base running cost them an even bigger inning than they mustered in the second.

 

I often wonder if Juan Samuel even knows the Oriole’s stop sign because he consistently gets runners gunned out at the plate.  Samuel sent Montanez in the second with no outs and he was thrown out by a mile.  Montanez had no chance to score on the play and it makes one wonder what Samuel was thinking down by four runs.

 

I also questioned Samuel when he sent Huff home in the third.  The play was far too close as Samuel once again chanced it but this time with a key contributor.  What if Huff had pulled something trying to stretch the play, what then?  Oscar Salazar as the starting first baseman that’s what, no opposing team is going to be concerned with that turn of events.  Samuel needs to go.  He coaches third base in the same fashion Melvin Mora runs the bases which is half-assed and haphazardly while not paying attention to the game situation.

 

Caesar Izturis also had a base running blunder this evening when he was thrown out at second base on a Brian Robert’s bloop single in the second.  Any little leaguer knows to go halfway on a hit like that so if it drops in they can advance, or if it is played they can avoid being doubled off.  He could have at least slid or made an effort to get there before the ball. 

 

Izturis’ head was clearly not in the game tonight because he also goofed up an easy double play chance.  Luckily for him the double play cannot be assumed so he didn’t add to his escalating error total.  Izturis is known for his glove work but has yet to deliver.  Although he is better than last year’s collection of stiffs at the position I am beginning to not like his signing.

 

Adam Jones was the hero of tonight’s game with two homeruns.  However not even he was immune to the bad news bears theme which has been plaguing the Orioles recently.  Jones dropped a can-o-corn in centerfield because he was displaying how not to catch a ball for all the kids present in the Yard on Aubrey Huff t-shirt night.  Using two hands Mr. Jones will help you avoid embarrassment and age is not an excuse.

 

Jones does appear to be more worried about blowing bubbles in the outfield just prior to attempting to make catches than he is about making a sure handed grabs.  All that being said I believe that he is well on his way to an All-Star appearance this year.  My only hope is that the Orioles send more than one representative so that Markakis doesn’t get snubbed.  Poorly performing teams don’t often get to send more than their mandatorily allotted single representative to the game.

 

I am glad the Orioles won tonight but the lackadaisical play must be put to an end.  Dave Trembley you are a AAA manager so please teach the team some base running fundamentals because they are severely lacking.  Maybe the punishment for boneheaded plays and errors should be increased to discourage the wave of woes that have befallen the Orioles as of late.

 

I for one can’t wait until Rich Hill returns so we don’t have to endure any more starts from Hendrickson.   Sherrill still scares me every time he comes into a game.

 

On a positive note if the O’s can win tomorrow then they will no longer be in the AL East basement.  Let’s try and look on the bright side Wieters may be called-up soon.

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Insight On The Freel Deal

Posted on 10 May 2009 by Neal Bortmes

Ryan Freel was traded to the Chicago Cubs on Friday for Joey Gathright.  The birds also sent cash considerations in the deal.  Like many of you I predicted this about a week ago in a previous blog.

 

Freel’s tenure as an Oriole was short but not at all sweet.  I for one am glad that it is over because Freel had nothing to offer the 2009 version of the Baltimore Orioles.

 

The Orioles already traded for Robert Andino this season to supplant Freel from his intended role as an infield utility player when Freel demonstrated an inability to play shortstop during spring training. 

 

Our outfield platoon was established once the Orioles dealt for Felix Pie in the off-season.  Pie was intended to see the majority of the playing time in leftfield with Luke Scott filling in as needed.

 

Inevitably Freel had no defined role on a team that was surely going to finish well below .500.  The Orioles play in the AL so pinch-hitting opportunities are at a minimum, especially when the options aren’t hitting very well.  Dealing him was another case of addition by subtraction much like the trade Andy MacPhail made to bring him to Baltimore in the first place. 

 

The Ramon Hernandez deal has proven to be beneficial to the Orioles in many ways, and I foresee this move having an equally positive impact on the clubhouse.  I for one could not stand to watch another game where Hernandez and his lackadaisical work ethic put the Orioles in jeopardy of losing.

 

Hernandez refused to block the plate and to run out ground balls all the way to first base.  He would not backup throws and his incessant ole tactic behind the plate lead to an overabundance of passed balls, errors, and opportunities for opposing team’s runners to advance.  Hernandez was tabbed as a defensive catcher but I viewed his play as purely offensive, offensive in the sense that it offended me that he was a major league ballplayer.

 

In much the same way Freel was touted as a no-nonsense hustler who came to the ballpark each day and went to work.  However Freel became a subversive force in the locker-room and a liability in the lineup.  He will in no way be missed by the team, and his classless statements upon arrival in Chicago cement his legacy as a spoiled whiner.

 

Since when did career backups and utility players develop a sense of entitlement?

 

The Orioles added Joey Gathright a 27 year old AAAA outfielder who really has only one dimension, speed.  Of course this wasn’t an ideal trade but the Orioles once again called on their favorite trading partner, the Chicago Cubs, who came through with a reasonable deal.  The actual benefit of this trade is the clearing of a roster spot because Gathright was optioned directly to Norfolk.

 

This move could be a precursor to calling up either Nolan Reimold or Matt Wieters, or potentially both.  If Wieters is called up the Orioles will look to slide Chad Moeller through waivers, so an opening on the 40 man roster may become a key to their future plans.

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If I Were In Charge Of The O’s

Posted on 04 May 2009 by Neal Bortmes

If I were in charge of the Orioles’ front office what would I do?  Well the Orioles are mired in a six game losing streak and have lost 14 of their last 18 games.  The precipitous fall down the standings has come about two months early this year and I for one would like to change that.

 

 

The first thing I would do is cut Adam Eaton and his 7.17 ERA.  Yes he did have that one good start against the White Sox, but as the saying goes a broken clock is right twice a day.  He is hardly the “veteran” presence that the O’s need when they eventually call up their pampered pitching prospects.  The second thing I would do is call up David Hernandez to take Eaton’s spot in the rotation.  Hernandez is a young guy who has been in the system a while and he deserves a shot, I think at worst he could post a 7.17 ERA and 1.73 WHIP.  And for those of you who are scared about hurting our young pitcher’s psyches it doesn’t appear that he is in the team’s long term plans for the future so seeing what he has to offer affords very little downside.  Right now Hernandez isn’t exactly tearing up AAA Norfolk but I guarantee you he can do better than Eaton.

 

 

As soon as Rich Hill proves that he is ready to return from the DL I would recall him and send Mark Hendrickson to the bullpen.  This move also has little downside because if Hill does not pan out the O’s didn’t really lose anything, but if he does regain the form that made him into a touted prospect he can help solidify the rotation.  I would say to cut Hendrickson but as he is owed considerably more than the $400,000 they are paying Eaton (1.5 million to be exact) he can serve out his term as a lefty reliever/mop-up guy and spot start in a pinch (he doesn’t have much arm left so blowing it out isn’t a concern).  This move of course would send Brian Bass and his 6.62 ERA to Norfolk to get some more “seasoning.”

 

 

The last pitching move I would make would be to replace George Sherrill as the closer.  Last season Sherrill showed signs of his inability to be the primary closer when he scuffled in the second half.  He has continued to regress this season from his All-Star worthy performance of a year ago.  I personally don’t care for the idea of a left-handed closer anyway.  With the game on the line I think the better match-up would be to have a right-handed power arm and it just so happens the Orioles have one of those in Chris Ray.  I think Ray will eventually round into form and reclaim the job as the season progresses but until then I would use a combination of either Jim Johnson or Ray (occasionally Sherrill) to finish games.  Let’s be honest with ourselves the Orioles will seldom be in the lead late in games this season so blowing saves will severely hamper the win total.  Sherrill is best in small doses as primarily a situational/set-up guy.

 

 

As far as the Felix Pie experiment I would have to call it a day for now and bring up Nolan Reimold.  Again Reimold has been in the organization for a few years and he deserves a shot with the parent club, especially the way he is tearing the cover off of the ball.  It would be a tough decision on what to do between Pie and Lou Montanez.  I would like to see Pie develop into something special but that day may never come.  He is a liability in leftfield, he runs the bases haphazardly like Melvin Mora, and he can’t pinch hit, so being the 4th outfielder is not really going to help him progress.  I have a feeling he may slide through waivers and if so I would send him down.  However if I thought he may be selected by another team I would have to send Montanez down just because of my desire to see Pie reach his promise.   As far as Ryan Freel is concerned I would try to trade him to the National League where he can get more playing time and not be such a distraction.  I don’t think he realizes that utility players batting well under the Mendoza line don’t play often in the American League.  If I couldn’t find a trading partner I would probably see if he would accept assignment because injuries could play a factor down the road and depth is something, as O’s fans we know all too well, is hard to do without.  Outright release would be the next option as far as Freel is concerned.

 

 

These are some of the moves I would definitely make if I were the in charge of the birds.  I would also like to address the Matt Wieters situation in more depth later because it is an interesting topic unto itself but obviously Greg Zaun isn’t cutting the mustard.  These are my thoughts what do you think they should do?  Post a comment so we can discuss.

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Fixing the O’s without risking the future

Posted on 22 April 2009 by Jason Jubb

It’s not as complex as the team makes it out to be. A few simple moves and the team can be a little more palatable with a little more hope for the rest of the season.

The first move to add Brad Bergeson to the rotation is a start. Bergeson is a control pitcher who is the most ready of any of the prospects and even though he has had limited experience at AAA it is not a stretch to put him in the majors. The same cannot be said for the likes of Arrieta, Matusz, and Tillman who still need a year of seasoning before they should be considered.

Next, drop Adam Eaton and bring up David Pauley. Over the past 3 years Eaton has consistently had a WHIP of over 1.50 while averaging an ERA around 6.00. Do you really think anyone can do worse than that? You would be hard pressed to find a guy who has had his last 60 starts in the majors go so bad, and yet end up in a major league rotation the next year. David Pauley gets the nod after going 14-4 with a 3.55 ERA at AAA Pawtucket last year. I’m not saying Pauley will be the answer but I would rather see us get beat with a 25 year old pitcher who has a little upside as opposed to the consistent bad performance of Adam Eaton.

Keeping with the pitching, go ahead and send Hendrickson to the bullpen as the long/mop up man. If you have to send someone down, I think Brian Bass may pass through waivers…Then call up Chris Waters to be the lefty in the rotation. Once again, Waters is not going to set the world on fire but I would rather lose with a guy who has a chance to not totally stink. Mark Hendrickson lost that chance long ago as he has compiled a career ERA of 5.06 in 991 career innings. Also, this may only be a short term gig for Waters if he does not produce since we are hoping Rich Hill will get healthy and return to the rotation sometime in May.

Lastly, cut ties with Felix Pie. I know he has only had a handful of AB’s with the O’s but I have never seen someone who looks so awkward in the majors. He is rigid and timid in the field, while he looks to have no approach at the plate. I find it hard to believe that he can master these skills at age 24 (allegedly, he looks older to me). To draw an analogy, it’s kind of like the wide receiver who can’t catch, you learn to catch when you are 7 years old not 23. Pie lacks skills that should have been acquired years ago. And I have a funny feeling he also might pass through waivers at this point…

In Pie’s spot I would give the AB’s to either Montanez or Reimold. Neither guy is young by prospect standards so it’s about time that one of them makes or breaks in the majors. I would give the edge to Reimold mostly because Montanez has had his chances in AAA and failed more than once. His lifetime average at the AAA level is .241 in 510 AB’s before this season. I am not that impressed with his year last year at AA since he was two years older than the league average at that time.

It’s that easy. The team gets a little better, fans will appreciate the fresh faces, and we do not have to rush the young pitching. If you see Andy MacPhail let him know he can hear me on the Sunday Morning Blitz along with Rex Snider from 10am-12pm or email me at Jason@wnst.net for more advice.

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Hooray For Bergesen, Next Up Montanez?

Posted on 20 April 2009 by Neal Bortmes

Well we finally get to see what Brad Bergesen can do in an Orioles uniform.  He should have come north with the team out of spring training instead of a handful of other guys, one of which is Adam Eaton.  It will be hard for Bergesen to do any worse than his predecessors, and as I have said before at least he has the potential to develop further.

 

 

With the injury to Ryan Freel I hope that we will see Lou Montanez called up.  Freel hasn’t done much of anything well in his time with the Birds.  Also that tricky move he pulled going over Dave Trembley’s head and straight Andy MacPhail about his playing time really irked me.  In my humble opinion they should look to deal Freel or just release him.  By their own admission they are not going to compete this year and it would be better to see someone with some upside get the AB’s instead.

 

 

Lou Montanez won the Eastern League Triple Crown last year even though he missed close to a month auditioning for the O’s in September.  He too should have been in Baltimore following the spring, but with the ongoing Felix Pie experiment and the presence of the grossly overpaid Freel, Dave couldn’t find a spot for him.  There have been internet rumblings about friction between Trembley and Montanez when they were both in the Cub’s system, but I have not been able to substantiate them to this point.  Depending on the severity of Freel’s injury the Birds may have to call someone up from the minors to give them better leftfield defense and hopefully some hits.  There are two options vying for a call-up, Montanez and Nolan Reimold, and both seem ready to get a shot.  Lou is a bit older and seems hungrier, but with Nolan Reimold crushing balls like the fat chick at prom the decision on who to call up may be a difficult one and only time will tell.

 

 

It is amazing how much differently I am looking at the team right now, but I suppose that is what a 5 game losing streak, including a 4 game sweep at the hands of the hated Red Sox, will do to you.  I can only hope that they turn it around defensively.  Defense is the easiest malady to fix on a baseball team and it is supposed to be our staple this year.  The bats have now cooled off from the hot start so it is more imperative than ever to play smart baseball.  I would like to see Dave stop all this hit-and-run nonsense, it is obvious that most of our guys can’t execute it when called upon to do so and I am tired of seeing us run ourselves out of innings.  If you want to take extra bases just employ the straight steal.  Our guys are fast enough and it doesn’t force the younger players or weak bats to swing at pitches out of the zone and thereby get behind in the count trying to protect the runner.  Also please teach Pie how to bunt and run the bases, with his speed he should be employed more effectively.

 

 

It does amaze me that Liz wasn’t demoted sooner; he should have never been called up before Bergesen.  It was a horrible use of an option on a player they knew wasn’t ready for his role.  Liz’s future is in the pen but he needs to work on his control in the minors, also adding another pitch would help him get more outs.  Hopefully the Birds can get some wins back on this home stand.

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