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Friday, April 05, 2013

April 5, 2013 Omnichatter

Home Openers in Detroit, Denver, San Francisco, Baltimore and Philly today, while Josh Hamilton returns to Arlington and Kyle Lohse gets his first start of the season after a long, long offseason.

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   301. Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio Posted: April 06, 2013 at 01:51 PM (#4406159)
The Las Vegas Kid jacks one out.
   302. Baldrick Posted: April 06, 2013 at 01:55 PM (#4406160)
I wonder if this Harper kid will ever be any good.
   303. BDC Posted: April 06, 2013 at 02:44 PM (#4406177)
Waiting for the Angels-Rangers game to start. The first week of '13 has been a microcosm of the first month of '12: the Rangers pitching-and-defense breaking well out of the gate, and Albert Pujols not hitting at all (joined in that endeavor this year by Josh Hamilton), and the Angels digging a hole for themselves. I'll enjoy it while it lasts, which I doubt will be indefinitely.
   304. Publius Publicola Posted: April 06, 2013 at 02:54 PM (#4406181)
What happened to Lackey now?
   305. Sonic Youk Posted: April 06, 2013 at 02:56 PM (#4406183)
whatever it was, im guessing that his season is over. Looked really bad.
   306. Dan Posted: April 06, 2013 at 03:03 PM (#4406184)
Lackey's stuff looked sharper than it has since ~2008. And then he grabbed his arm mid-delivery looking like something snapped.
   307. Esoteric Posted: April 06, 2013 at 03:03 PM (#4406185)
I don't care that the homer blitz is going the Nats' way today -- Cincinnati is a f**king joke to hit in, and I cannot wait to leave this bandbox shithole of a ballpark as soon as possible.
   308. Esoteric Posted: April 06, 2013 at 03:04 PM (#4406186)
It's hard to feel sorry for John Lackey, but...yeah, tough break. Oof.
   309. Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio Posted: April 06, 2013 at 03:05 PM (#4406188)
All that really matters is that Ross Detwiler is the best fifth starter in all of baseball. Though maybe he's really our #4 and Haren is our #5. Only time will tell.
   310. Dan Posted: April 06, 2013 at 03:06 PM (#4406190)
Even as someone who spent years hating him, I felt terrible for him. He spent a year rehabbing, was in the best shape of his life, down at least 30 pounds, and then he suffers a serious arm injury in his first game back.
   311. Sonic Youk Posted: April 06, 2013 at 03:08 PM (#4406191)
Aceves giving up bombs now. Really hope they give this rotation spot to Webster rather then him.

some orthopedic surgeon from Tufts is tweeting about the injury... says it looks like he re-tore his UCL and that would take 2.5 years to come back from. Thats horrible. Lackeys been a punching bag, but I really feel bad for him.
   312. Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio Posted: April 06, 2013 at 03:08 PM (#4406192)
Werth every penny.
   313. Esoteric Posted: April 06, 2013 at 03:09 PM (#4406193)
Jayson Werth may be recovering his power stroke in a major way.

Either that, or it's just that Cincinnati is a f**king joke to hit in.

(Man, I'm gonna ride that Pete Rose quote off into the sunset.)
   314. Dan Posted: April 06, 2013 at 03:10 PM (#4406195)
I don't care that the homer blitz is going the Nats' way today -- Cincinnati is a f**king joke to hit in, and I cannot wait to leave this bandbox ######## of a ballpark as soon as possible.


I can't believe that ball from Werth went out. Wow.
   315. Esoteric Posted: April 06, 2013 at 03:13 PM (#4406196)
I can't believe that ball from Werth went out. Wow.
It puts the complaints about New Yankee Stadium into perspective. NYS has a cheap short porch in RF. Great American has short porches ALL THE FRIGGIN' WAY AROUND.

EDIT: Finally getting the chance to watch Werth's homer on highlight reel (I only have access to the radio), and it was actually a legitimate bomb. Went way, way back in dead centerfield, didn't just sneak over the line like a lot of Cincy's shots last night. At least 420 feet or so.

I do agree that it absolutely didn't look like a home run off the bat. I wonder what the wind conditions are like today.
   316. Esoteric Posted: April 06, 2013 at 03:17 PM (#4406197)
Great start from Ross Detwiler, particularly under these circumstances. Scattered a bunch of hits and only struck out one, but only gave up one walk and most importantly kept the ball on the ground in this launchpad hellhole against a very, very tough team.

If I were a flyball pitcher I would quake in fear at the prospect of pitching in Great American Ballpark the way horses shudder at the mention of "FRAU BLÜCHER."
   317. Swedish Chef Posted: April 06, 2013 at 03:24 PM (#4406200)
That was pretty stupid by Pierre.
   318. Esoteric Posted: April 06, 2013 at 03:24 PM (#4406201)
The official MLB photograph Ian Desmond took for use in Gameday and on the website has to be a conscious act of self-sabotage. It's the most ridiculous dang thing imaginable.
   319. Sonic Youk Posted: April 06, 2013 at 03:25 PM (#4406202)
Red Sox saying is just a bicep strain now. Sure didnt look like something that simple.
   320. Esoteric Posted: April 06, 2013 at 03:26 PM (#4406203)
That was pretty stupid by Pierre.
He's trying his hardest, man!

(Actually, I really, really really like Juan Pierre as a person and as someone who gives every inch of physical effort he's capable of...it's just that doesn't have much to give anymore.)
   321. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: April 06, 2013 at 03:27 PM (#4406204)
Man, I'm gonna ride that Pete Rose quote off into the sunset.

Yeah, about that, it's really a donkey, so...
   322. Esoteric Posted: April 06, 2013 at 03:28 PM (#4406206)
Red Sox saying is just a bicep strain now. Sure didnt look like something that simple.
1.) The Red Sox medical staff is not known for its excellence!

2.) I really, really hope they're correct. I actually can see it being plausible from the video of the injury. Lackey clearly grabbed his arm in the bicep area (as opposed to forearm, elbow, wrist, etc.), and he wasn't freaking out in pain the way you might if there had been a straight tear.

Let's just hope it was a nasty charley horse and he can get back in a week or so.
   323. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: April 06, 2013 at 03:28 PM (#4406207)
Storen coming in, Needham is in full-clench mode now. :-)
   324. Dan Posted: April 06, 2013 at 03:29 PM (#4406209)
Red Sox saying is just a bicep strain now. Sure didnt look like something that simple.


It looked like a biceps injury to me, and Lackey looked like he was scared more than hurting after the sudden pain during the delivey. He looked like he was afraid to move his arm at all, so he just had it hanging limply as he walked off of the field.
   325. Esoteric Posted: April 06, 2013 at 03:29 PM (#4406210)
Storen coming in, Needham is in full-clench mode now. :-)
Yeah, this could be pyrotechnical!

Storen looked pretty sharp in his first appearance, though. That was against the Marlins at home, however, and not the Reds in Homerun Hell.
   326. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: April 06, 2013 at 03:30 PM (#4406211)
Dodgers trade Aaron Harang to the Rockies for Ramon Hernandez.
   327. Sonic Youk Posted: April 06, 2013 at 03:31 PM (#4406212)
1.) The Red Sox medical staff is not known for its excellence!
yea, when I heard them say that I double checked the highlights to make sure his arm didn't actually fly off into the stands like a helicopter.
   328. Esoteric Posted: April 06, 2013 at 03:32 PM (#4406213)
Here we go again...
   329. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: April 06, 2013 at 03:34 PM (#4406214)
Werth's homer pitch was pretty flat. I watched the slomo replay and said to my chili dog, "I could've hit that out!"
   330. Esoteric Posted: April 06, 2013 at 03:36 PM (#4406216)
I'm in full-clench mode right now myself with Storen and the Reds.
   331. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: April 06, 2013 at 03:37 PM (#4406217)
Frazier did his best Vlad impersonation with that swing.
   332. Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio Posted: April 06, 2013 at 03:39 PM (#4406219)
What the hell is wrong with you Desmond? Get your head in the season.
   333. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: April 06, 2013 at 03:40 PM (#4406220)
Desmond pulls a Buckner, so you can't hang that one on Storen. But it did get this far already, so there's that. 5-3 Nats now.
   334. Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio Posted: April 06, 2013 at 03:43 PM (#4406222)
Espinosa at short, Lombo at second tomorrow. Maybe that will make him realize that spring training is over now.
   335. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: April 06, 2013 at 03:46 PM (#4406223)
326 - that deal is weird. i mean, i get it, kind of, but ... weird.
colorado supposedly doesn't plan on keeping harang (who was terrible in ST but has been okay to good for seven of the last eight years) regardless. they better find a taker - he costs more than rh, but this is supposed to be a money saving deal for them.
   336. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: April 06, 2013 at 03:53 PM (#4406227)
Robothal sez: @Ken_Rosenthal: Source says #Rockies have a few teams interested in Harang, will play it out. Perhaps #RedSox will become option with injury to Lackey.
   337. Esoteric Posted: April 06, 2013 at 03:54 PM (#4406228)
Oh Christ. Leadoff homer to Choo in the bottom of the ninth.
   338. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: April 06, 2013 at 03:55 PM (#4406229)
####, Storen could've done that!
   339. Esoteric Posted: April 06, 2013 at 03:59 PM (#4406230)
We are so losing this game.
   340. Dan Posted: April 06, 2013 at 03:59 PM (#4406231)
Soriano, really earning that contract.
   341. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: April 06, 2013 at 04:00 PM (#4406232)
Reminiscing about the Nats of old: get out to a healthy lead, then gack it up in the late innings. Good times!
   342. Dan Posted: April 06, 2013 at 04:01 PM (#4406233)
FIrst pitch with a runner on third, and Soriano throws a 56 foot slider into the dirt a foot outside.
   343. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 06, 2013 at 04:02 PM (#4406234)
The Rockies DFA'd Harang as soon as they acquired him.
   344. Dan Posted: April 06, 2013 at 04:02 PM (#4406235)
Holy midlife crisis, Joe Buck has a terrible looking beard going on.
   345. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: April 06, 2013 at 04:04 PM (#4406236)
I was hoping they could put a Bobby V. disguise on Detwiler and send him back out to the mound. Oh well, extry innings at the Great American Bandbox.
   346. Dan Posted: April 06, 2013 at 04:10 PM (#4406239)
Heck of an inning for Chapman.
   347. BDC Posted: April 06, 2013 at 04:16 PM (#4406240)
Well, so much for the whole "Rangers are pitching well and Pujols et al. are in a slump" week we were having :)

Matt Harrison looks like a lemon this season. One hopes they'll just take him into the shop for some adjustments and have him running good as new pretty soon …
   348. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: April 06, 2013 at 04:23 PM (#4406241)
Craig Stammen mesmerizes them with his dreamy eyes, gets out of the 10th with no runs allowed, but a couple of exciting moments there.
   349. madvillain Posted: April 06, 2013 at 04:25 PM (#4406242)
The White Sox might have something with Gillaspie, 2 for 3 today against Felix and continues his hot spring. He's still young enough to where he could be improving. That said, Felix was maxing out at 90 today. That has to worry M's fans a bit.

Addison Reed looks filthy so far for Chicago. 3ip, 3k, 1bb, 0h, 3sv for him already. Last year he couldn't command his slider very well and with a good but not great fastball (tops out around 96 with not much movement) he needs that pitch to be an upper echelon reliever.
   350. Esoteric Posted: April 06, 2013 at 04:25 PM (#4406243)
Way to redeem yourself, Desmond!
   351. Dan Posted: April 06, 2013 at 04:27 PM (#4406245)
Hoover's getting squeezed on the bottom on the zone. Haven't watched the whole game so I'm not sure if the ump has been doing it all game, but those first two to Ramos were both in the zone.
   352. Esoteric Posted: April 06, 2013 at 04:28 PM (#4406246)
Wilson Ramos! Piling on! Can the Nats make a two-run lead hold up in this bandbox?
   353. Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio Posted: April 06, 2013 at 04:29 PM (#4406247)
Once LaRoche starts to get it going, our lineup is going to score runs in bunches.
   354. Esoteric Posted: April 06, 2013 at 04:30 PM (#4406249)
Hoover's getting squeezed on the bottom on the zone. Haven't watched the whole game so I'm not sure if the ump has been doing it all game, but those first two to Ramos were both in the zone.
I thought the very same thing. Tim McClelland usually calls a pretty reasonable strike zone, so this is something of an aberration.

He's been calling it "fair" though, in the sense that both teams have had to deal with it.
   355. Flynn Posted: April 06, 2013 at 04:32 PM (#4406250)
Good thing the Reds didn't use Chapman for two innings.
   356. Esoteric Posted: April 06, 2013 at 04:33 PM (#4406251)
Good thing the Reds didn't use Chapman for two innings.
Yeah, god forbid they should stretch out a guy who they wanted to make a starting pitcher.

(In fairness, he's been used in four of the first five Reds games this season.)
   357. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: April 06, 2013 at 04:34 PM (#4406252)
If Werth, Ramos, Harper, and Desmond turn in 20+ HR seasons the Nats might have a chance this year. I'm not even counting on Zimmerman, who I expect to be out again with some shoulder ailment or another. LaRoche and Espinoza are variables in that mix as well.
   358. Esoteric Posted: April 06, 2013 at 04:35 PM (#4406253)
Cross your fingers, but Stammen really has dialed it up a notch in his second inning of work here. Now he's got to deal with Votto.
   359. Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio Posted: April 06, 2013 at 04:38 PM (#4406256)
This is some total BS umpiring right here.
   360. Dan Posted: April 06, 2013 at 04:38 PM (#4406257)
Ramos got balls on better pitches before he hit the home run.
   361. Esoteric Posted: April 06, 2013 at 04:39 PM (#4406258)
OH FOR F**K'S SAKE CAN WE JUST GET OUT OF THIS GAME ALIVE?
   362. Esoteric Posted: April 06, 2013 at 04:41 PM (#4406259)
Thank you Jesus!

And thank you Craig Stammen, you bulldog.
   363. Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio Posted: April 06, 2013 at 04:41 PM (#4406260)
Finally! Huge, huge win.
   364. Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: April 06, 2013 at 04:42 PM (#4406261)
Wow, good win. Catching the end on mlb.tv while the wife takes a nap cuz we're in San Antonio.

Would love to see H-Rod swapped out for a decent lefty.
   365. Esoteric Posted: April 06, 2013 at 04:42 PM (#4406262)
Tomorrow's rubber match is going to be EPIC: Stephen Strasburg vs. Johnny Cueto.
   366. Esoteric Posted: April 06, 2013 at 04:44 PM (#4406264)
Looking forward to the O's/Twins game later on tonight...want to see if Chris Davis can continue to Hulk out or if he's this season's Chris Shelton.
   367. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: April 06, 2013 at 04:55 PM (#4406265)
Are we to assume that Repoz was viciously murdered overnight, leaving no one to approve new articles? Or is this de rigeur now that this OMNICHATTER has become a regular thing?
   368. Dan Posted: April 06, 2013 at 05:46 PM (#4406270)
Nobody's watching the 4 o'clock games?
   369. cardsfanboy Posted: April 06, 2013 at 05:50 PM (#4406271)
announcer basically just insulted the Giants.

They are talking about Shelby Miller and how well he was doing today and then said "on the other side of things, you aren't facing the Reds in their ballpark or the Brewers or even at home...."

These are the world series champs... I don't think they can be considered chumps with the bats.
   370. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: April 06, 2013 at 05:56 PM (#4406274)
Nobody's watching the 4 o'clock games?

Not televised, except maybe on select Fox sports outlets and I have no idea what those are.

I don't get any of them on my MLB.tv account this afternoon. The only game that I could see was the Nats @ Reds, which surprised me being a Saturday. Maybe that one started before the magic hour?
   371. Dan Posted: April 06, 2013 at 06:02 PM (#4406276)
The Brewers are starting Yuniesky Betancourt at FIRST BASE. You couldn't even make that up. Good god.
   372. Dan Posted: April 06, 2013 at 06:02 PM (#4406277)
They're on FOX affiliates, not FOX Sports.
   373. Dan Posted: April 06, 2013 at 06:04 PM (#4406278)
There was nothing stopping you from watching the Seattle-Chicago, Boston-Toronto, or Marlins-Mets games at 1 on MLB.tv, unless you're located in the local area of one of those six teams. But even then you had three games to choose from at 1.
   374. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 06, 2013 at 06:05 PM (#4406279)
Are we to assume that Repoz was viciously murdered overnight, leaving no one to approve new articles?

Probably just under arrest and unable to make bail.
   375. cardsfanboy Posted: April 06, 2013 at 06:15 PM (#4406283)
Randy Choate coming into the game.... Might as well hand the Giants the tie and not waste time with pitches.
   376. cardsfanboy Posted: April 06, 2013 at 06:15 PM (#4406284)
Ok, lucky good play by Craig to get out of the inning.
   377. cardsfanboy Posted: April 06, 2013 at 06:50 PM (#4406288)
Announcer... "Yankees in danger of falling 1-4...Cardinals trying to avoid that fate here".... This is Baseball, a real sport that is a marathon and a 1-4 start to the season is utterly meaningless. It has meaning for inferior sports like football that only has 16 games, in baseball individual games or series really have little meaning for the course of the season.
   378. Brian White Posted: April 06, 2013 at 06:50 PM (#4406289)
Good thing the Reds didn't use Chapman for two innings.
Yeah, god forbid they should stretch out a guy who they wanted to make a starting pitcher.

(In fairness, he's been used in four of the first five Reds games this season.)


He was pinch-hit for in the bottom of the 10th, with two out and the winning run on 2nd. Unless there's a massive, massive difference in quality between your current reliever and your next guy up, and all your pinch-hitters are terrible, I think that's generally the right move.
   379. Esoteric Posted: April 06, 2013 at 06:53 PM (#4406291)
Unless there's a massive, massive difference in quality between your current reliever and your next guy up [...], I think that's generally the right move.
Their 'next guy up' gave up back-to-back home runs to lose the game, so maybe there's something to that.
   380. cardsfanboy Posted: April 06, 2013 at 06:54 PM (#4406292)
A discussion about beards...and SBB seems to think that announcers shouldn't bother to learn advanced stats because they aren't necessary to the conversation.... Talking about grooming habits of ball players is what is not necessary for a broadcast.
   381. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: April 06, 2013 at 07:01 PM (#4406294)
Announcer... "Yankees in danger of falling 1-4...Cardinals trying to avoid that fate here".... This is Baseball, a real sport that is a marathon and a 1-4 start to the season is utterly meaningless. It has meaning for inferior sports like football that only has 16 games, in baseball individual games or series really have little meaning for the course of the season.

While it is true that it is far too early to read anything into the standings (although divisions and playoff spots do get decided on as little as one game), there is nothing wrong with pointing out a team's record. Do you get upset every time an announcer says 'team X is trying to avoid a sweep in the last game of this season'? It's pertinent information, even if it isn't very meaningful.
   382. Baldrick Posted: April 06, 2013 at 07:05 PM (#4406296)
Announcer... "Yankees in danger of falling 1-4...Cardinals trying to avoid that fate here".... This is Baseball, a real sport that is a marathon and a 1-4 start to the season is utterly meaningless. It has meaning for inferior sports like football that only has 16 games, in baseball individual games or series really have little meaning for the course of the season

It's 5 games, which is about 3% of the season. So it's sort of like being way behind at halftime of the opening game of a football season.

Still, if you are a Yankees fan who was already starting to wet your pants a bit about the state of the team, this start can't possibly be helping.
   383. cardsfanboy Posted: April 06, 2013 at 07:07 PM (#4406297)
While it is true that it is far too early to read anything into the standings (although divisions and playoff spots do get decided on as little as one game), there is nothing wrong with pointing out a team's record. Do you get upset every time an announcer says 'team X is trying to avoid a sweep in the last game of this season'? It's pertinent information, even if it isn't very meaningful.


I don't mind mentioning it, but it just felt like they cared more about it than they should, and that the situation was somewhat dire.
   384. Dan Posted: April 06, 2013 at 07:10 PM (#4406299)
It's not dire at 1-4, but it can get dire quickly if things keep going that poorly. At 2-8, its a pretty big deal.
   385. cardsfanboy Posted: April 06, 2013 at 07:15 PM (#4406303)
It's not dire at 1-4, but it can get dire quickly if things keep going that poorly. At 2-8, its a pretty big deal.


I don't see it. 2-8 steaks happen to good teams all the time. (Heck the Cardinals had a year that they won the world series and had 2 streaks of 8 consecutive losses and one of 7). Why put more signficance on it just because it happened at the start of the season?
   386. Dan Posted: April 06, 2013 at 07:17 PM (#4406305)
Because when it happens at the start of the season, there's plenty of time for it to happen again, and it can also put you in a pretty big hole if your rivals start off well.
   387. Esoteric Posted: April 06, 2013 at 07:20 PM (#4406306)
For those who are interested, Chris Davis is about to come up to bat with runners on base (failing something wacky like a line-drive double play) in the bottom of the 1st inning of the O's/Twins game.

EDIT: I guess Adam Jones could hit a home run right now to clear the bases, so that would also prevent Davis from coming up to bat with runners on.

SECOND EDIT: Nearly as good! Two run single for A. Jones. helped along by a retarded play by Vance Worley. Here comes Davis.
   388. cardsfanboy Posted: April 06, 2013 at 07:20 PM (#4406307)
Because when it happens at the start of the season, there's plenty of time for it to happen again, and it can also put you in a pretty big hole if your rivals start off well.


The only problem I see with it, is that it could be construed as an indicative of the quality of your team, if the team isn't really that bad, then it shouldn't be any different.
   389. cardsfanboy Posted: April 06, 2013 at 07:22 PM (#4406308)
Albert Pujols with 2 hr's today, and 3 IBB...good thing Josh Hamilton is behind him to protect him in the lineup.
   390. Dan Posted: April 06, 2013 at 07:26 PM (#4406309)
Bauer is all over the place. Except for in the strike zone,
   391. Brian White Posted: April 06, 2013 at 07:29 PM (#4406310)
I don't see it. 2-8 steaks happen to good teams all the time.


It's a bit different to talk about one precise stretch of games, and cherrypicking a bad streak. The odds that a 95 win team will have a 2-8 streak sometime in the season is high. But if you pick a specific 10-game stretch, whether its games 1-10, or 131-140, or whatever, the odds of a 2-8 streak are quite low.

Essentially, if we're expecting the Yanks to win 95, and they start out 2-8, we have to think that the Yanks might not be that good, because the odds of a 95 win team going 2-8 *over that specific stretch* is low. So the team might be worse than we thought. Plus, even if they really are as good as thought, they're six games under .500.
   392. Dan Posted: April 06, 2013 at 07:29 PM (#4406311)
4 walks to open the game. I don't know if I've ever seen that.
   393. Esoteric Posted: April 06, 2013 at 07:30 PM (#4406313)
It's obviously hard to get a bead on the Orioles as a team right now in terms of long-term quality, but I have to say they look a lot more impressive than most prognosticators had projected. Sure, the Twins aren't exactly world-beaters, but the Rays are an immensely talented club and they looked great against them as well. If this New and Improved Chris Davis is for real and not an April mirage, and if Adam Jones continues being Adam Jones, they really do have the potential to challenge for the AL East title.
   394. Esoteric Posted: April 06, 2013 at 07:32 PM (#4406314)
4 walks to open the game. I don't know if I've ever seen that.
Kind of makes you wonder if Arizona knew what they were doing when they traded away Bauer. He looks spooked out there. It's not like he's getting tough calls from the umpire, either.
   395. Brian White Posted: April 06, 2013 at 07:32 PM (#4406315)
And while I was using the Yankees as an example, I was really speaking in general terms about a team expected to win a large number of games. I know there are some extenuating circumstances for the Yankees starting badly, given that their current lineup is Robbie Cano and a bunch of random dudes, and it won't stay like that.
   396. Dan Posted: April 06, 2013 at 07:33 PM (#4406316)
It's obviously hard to get a bead on the Orioles as a team right now in terms of long-term quality, but I have to say they look a lot more impressive than most prognosticators had projected. Sure, the Twins aren't exactly world-beaters, but the Rays are an immensely talented club and they looked great against them as well. If this New and Improved Chris Davis is for real and not an April mirage, and if Adam Jones continues being Adam Jones, they really do have the potential to challenge for the AL East title.


Every team looks good while its 4-5-6 hitters are collectively hitting ~.500
   397. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: April 06, 2013 at 07:33 PM (#4406317)
Justin Upton playing "Keep Up With The Morses and Davises."
   398. Esoteric Posted: April 06, 2013 at 07:33 PM (#4406318)
Every team looks good while its 4-5-6 hitters are collectively hitting ~.500
BUT CAN IT LAST? [/naivete]
   399. Dan Posted: April 06, 2013 at 07:37 PM (#4406319)
The Orioles have a 150 OPS+ right now as a team. I think they'll cool off a bit. The offense should end up being solid, but probably not at the top of the league.

The question is going to be their starting rotation. I don't think they'll win 90+ games again if they don't have more than one pitcher over 134 innings.
   400. Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: April 06, 2013 at 07:43 PM (#4406321)
The Orioles did post a +67 run differential from August 1st until the end of the 2012 season. That's pretty good.
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