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#1 dc.

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Posted 04 April 2016 - 06:26 AM

We made it! Wasn't always pretty.

Three thoughts:

1. This team is slightly better than I thought it would be at season's end. The off season got more done than I'd expected

2. This team is probably slightly better than last year's in talent, if still very weak in pitching.

3. I still think it will be hard for this team to really compete for the season. The lack of pitching is just going to be too much to overcome and there are other teams, like the Jays, who can slug right along with us.
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Posted 04 April 2016 - 09:09 AM

I took today off so it's great to be able to watch todays opener.

I have no expectations on whether the O's can get to the ACLS.

They have surprised us many times. Let's trust Buck and see how this season pans out.

 

GO O'S!!!!!!!!!!!


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Posted 04 April 2016 - 09:28 AM

Good stuff, DC. Whereas I am a Ravens pessimist I have long been an O's optimist. Rebound years from JJ and Wieters being 100% healthy. Manny is able to do more damage from the three hole. Schoop is going to hit 30 home runs. Trumbo and Alvarez each hit 30 HRs in Camden. Bullpen will be better this season with Givens.
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Posted 04 April 2016 - 10:54 AM

Good stuff, DC. Whereas I am a Ravens pessimist I have long been an O's optimist. Rebound years from JJ and Wieters being 100% healthy. Manny is able to do more damage from the three hole. Schoop is going to hit 30 home runs. Trumbo and Alvarez each hit 30 HRs in Camden. Bullpen will be better this season with Givens.

 

Hehehe... see... I can see all of that happening too. (Sidenote, being a semantics asshole, but ... if Trumbo and Pedro both hit 30 in Camden alone... wow!)

 

But hey, I agree... and add Rickard at the top of the line-up. And 20-30HR from Schoop as your #9 hitter! Holy smokes.

 

And yet, you didn't mention a single starting pitcher. :( 

 

Also - I am not pessimistic. I just don't see us being able to really compete with the top of the liners. Maybe fighting for a wild card down the stretch... not sure we'd get it. And could see it really falling apart late in the season.


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Posted 04 April 2016 - 01:20 PM

The YardBarker agrees with both of you....

 

 

 

2. BALTIMORE ORIOLES
The O's finished ninth in runs scored last season and ended 2015 expecting to lose Chris Davis. Not only did Davis return, but the team added power hitters Mark Trumbo and Pedro Alvarez. Healthier versions of J.J. Hardy and Matt Wieters could make this lineup even scarier, and of course Manny Machado is coming off a breakout year as one of the elite all-around talents in the game. Baltimore could easily lead baseball in homers this season....http://www.msn.com/e...BBnb7Kz#image=2

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Posted 04 April 2016 - 03:19 PM

I'm home recouping, and for shits and grins turn on MASN, I'll be dam, the channel is on. Don't know if I should watch it or not, its not for the weak hearted.

Nice seeing Dempsey and Tom Davis. Made me a little home sick.
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Posted 04 April 2016 - 04:02 PM

Same old weits, let's look at a beach ball strike 3
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Posted 04 April 2016 - 07:49 PM

O's win! Lineup had ten strike outs, but five walks including Crush's two out walk in the bottom of the ninth. Trumbo is the player of the game with four singles (and no errors in RF!)
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Posted 04 April 2016 - 08:44 PM

a win is a win is a win is a win... given the chaos of the whole thing and rain, I'll take it...

 

Just put Rickard #1 and be done with it!


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Posted 04 April 2016 - 09:52 PM

An opening day win is always sweet.

Would have loved to see more of Tillman today.
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Posted 05 April 2016 - 04:11 AM

After 5 straight strike outs by Tillman I was chanting "Cy Young!"


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Posted 06 April 2016 - 09:28 PM

Another six walks for the lineup today! Pedro Alvarez has three for the season. I think he's already matched his total from last year😄
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Posted 06 April 2016 - 09:47 PM

Nice win, great work from the bullpen!
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Posted 07 April 2016 - 02:11 PM

Schoop had one or two... He had 8 last year. I'll take it.

Meanwhile... First place!
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Posted 07 April 2016 - 08:17 PM

Ubaldo really toughed it out tonight. He let up a lot of hits and got a tough break with the Crush error. But when it was said and done he pitched seven innings, had nine strike outs and surrendered only one earned run. Good work!

Man on first and third no outs going into the rain delay in the bottom of the third. Hopefully we can get Ubaldo the win.
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Posted 07 April 2016 - 09:06 PM

O's comeback! Ubaldo picks up the win! Great to see Bundy pitching. He's no longer pitching in the upper 90s, but his fast ball was at 93, and his off speed stuff was at 83. That's plenty to work with if he can hit his spots.

Rickards continues to hit. First career HR. O'Day ends the game with three K's in the ninth.
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Posted 07 April 2016 - 09:54 PM

Nice comeback.

Loved seeing Rickard getting called out for a curtain call.

3-0!
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Posted 08 April 2016 - 07:46 PM

Wow, great 5th!
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Posted 09 April 2016 - 03:52 AM

Listening to the Rays play by play and color guy was great, they had every excuse in the book ready for Archers dismal performance. The best one was the cold.
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Posted 09 April 2016 - 07:22 AM

Lineup came alive! We've had Archer's number the past couple of years. Good to see Tillman continue his success.
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