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Orioles Food For Thought: Vol. 1

vintage-orioles-logo-with-happy-birdFeeling a regular feature coming on here…

☞ As Dan the Man said, of course Erik Bedard took himself out of a no-hitter.

And I don’t even fault him for it, simply because that’s Bedardism at its most high. He might be the only guy in the game who can get away with something like that.

☞ Miguel Tejada is still playing baseball?

Good for him. At this point he’s got to be doing it for love.

☞ That All-Star game was righteous.

I watched just about the whole thing and I can’t remember the last time that happened. Seeing Manny Machado out there flashing the leather made me feel like a little kid, in awe of the game all over again.

Which is to say…

☞ Not to belabor the point, but I really can’t believe how far these guys have come.

Two years ago, on 07/23/11, the O’s lost 3-2 to the Angels to leave them at 40-57. Let that sink in for a moment.

The craziest part? This organization is still nowhere near as good as it can get. There’s plenty of work left to do to rebuild the farm system and continue developing homegrown talent (pitchers especially). For them to be this good, this soon (relatively speaking), is amazing.

☞ Chris Davis, Manny Machado, JJ Hardy, Adam Jones, Nick Markakis, Matt Wieters

Name me one team that wouldn’t take that core.

13 comments to Orioles Food For Thought: Vol. 1

  • Mark61

    Neal:

    I concur we have come a long way in two years. That said, close observers of the team during the MacPhail regime did understand that a brighter future was being built. This was done by sacrificing the then-present.

    I believe Andy MacPhail and his staff deserve much of the credit for the present successes we are enjoying.

  • g

    I concur MacPhail set the table. And Buck is in the center of a great orbit right now. Went to my first Birds games at OPACY in years (I live 8 hours away) a week ago Sunday. Between all the all-stars being honored, some great pitching by Feldman, and pounding the Jays early and often I left the joint walking on air. We *have* come a long way.

  • Miles

    Chris. Tillman.

    I mean, we’d written him off 13 months ago, Jake Arrieta-style, right?

    And now he’s on pace for the first 20 win season by an Oriole pitcher since Mike Boddicker in 1984.

    Seriously, it’s been 29 years since the Orioles had a 20 game winner.

    Chris. Tillman.

  • Miles

    Just one more thought –

    Having a team that wins is even better than I thought it would be. 14 years of losing has made this sweet that much sweeter.

  • dan the man

    I’ll say one thing, it’s WEIRD to be buyers at the deadline. Who knows if the O’s do any more than they’ve already done, but there’s a strange duality of being both uncomfortable about trading prospects and yet happy that we finally are that mythical “one or two pieces away”.

    In other news… has anyone seen Crush Davis? If you see him, please let him know it’s time to come home and play the hero.

  • sci

    @ dan the man:
    Yeah, I think we are seeing just how much he carried the offense in the first half. With him (and Manny) slumping, the offense just doesn’t really work.

    Other than that, I think this team is close to being really, really good. The rotation has stabilized, with the exception of Hammel, and even he hasn’t been that bad lately. The bullpen is really good. The defense is exceptional. Now if only Manny and Davis would please wake up at the plate. A solid team all around, but very dependent on Davis in the middle of that order.

  • Big Ben's Motorcycle

    right before the all star break i told my wife that i was excited but worried about davis being in the home run derby because he seems like the EXACT kind of dude that could mess up his swing/calm/mojo by doing it. maybe it’s totally unrelated but it sucks to see the old chris davis again.

  • Big Ben's Motorcycle

    pretty sure they’res bad grammar in that last post.

  • g

    @ Big Ben’s Motorcycle:
    Had the same fear and would explain that fear to anyone who would listen.

  • Big Ben's Motorcycle

    CD must read TLC

  • Miles

    I’ve seen and heard a decent number of people upset that we traded Josh Hader. This quote from a Baseball Prospectus scouting report gives me comfort:

    I think his low arm slot, inability to consistently repeat, and below-average projected changeup make him a two-pitch middle reliever.

    If you’re a subscriber, read the whole article here.

  • sci

    I like the Norris trade a lot, the more I think about it.

    Horrific loss last night. Best to just erase it from our minds, although I am a bit worried about Miguel. He looked terrible last night, probably the worst I’ve seen him since he’s been with the team. Another weakness that’s being exposed a bit right now is our lack of OBP prowess. As good as they are, Manny, Jones, and JJ are very low OBP guys. We are kind of a doubles and HR offense, so we need to start hitting those again asap.

  • dan the man

    @ sci:

    I’m actually not even worried about Gonzo. But I’m EXTREMELY worried about this offense. Full on team-wide shitslump. I think I heard that we’ve scored no more than 4 runs off a left-handed starting pitcher since April. That, my friends, is a significant issue.

    Seems like nothing has gone right since the ASB. Track record says they’ll break out of it, but watching them it’s hard to feel like that’s likely.

    Absolutely crucial to win this series. Need some Oriole magic up in here.