Sometimes losses and series just leave a bad taste. The recent Toronto series and yesterdays loss just didn't sit right. Orioles could and should be so much better than this. The entire homestand was simply marching in place for 10 games.
TB is the worst team in baseball. Anything less than a sweep of this series will be unacceptable. O's have to start making a statement if they plan on being contenders. Nobody can take the night off in this series. Gotta win them all.
Simply put we do not hit good pitching. This is going to be a tougher series than it might seem. I will be happy if we take 2 out of 3. During the 10 game homestand the O's went 5-5 and scored a woeful 29 runs while allowing only 32 runs of which 11 were in one game.
Doesn't do us much good to have the pitching come around for the bats to go almost totally to sleep.
They may be the worst team in baseball, but they just beat St.Louis a few days ago. We play them 7 times in the next two weeks. It can be a great opportunity for us. But it won't be the end of the world if we lose a couple. They have beat NY, Boston, Cleveland, Seattle, LA Angels. They are not going to lay down when we run on the field. But one thing is a given, we can't beat anybody if we don't score runs.
And Nelly comes through with an infield single. Just a great example of how important it is to get a guy on third base which we only did because the Rays walked Davis. Why oh why do the O's stick to the long ball game. BUCK playing for one run is not only fine its what we should do when we are struggling at the plate.
Plain and simple. A lot of nice guys. But all losers.
They simply don't know how to win and don't have the heart to figure it out. They are selfish hitters. They are undisciplined hitters. And none of them have the ability to figure out a different way to play.
When you get schooled by the worst team in the league, and let them look great at everything they suck at (bullpen, power hitting, fielding) then you are losers.
And that's the shame of it. This team is talented enough to compete. But they are all losers mentally. they don't get angry at losing. They don't seem bothered by it. They just keep doing the same dumb stuff over and over and over again because no one has the intestinal fortitude to change anything. Or maybe they are just too lazy to work harder.
Whatever it is, it comes from the top. This franchise was so god awful for so long that now mediocrity seems okay. The franchise accepts this slop from the top down. They don't get rid of crappy players (Hunter and Flaherty come to mind as guys who simply do not belong at the major league level). They don't get rid of crappy coaches. They keep Terry Crowley in the organization for crying out loud! Mediocrity is perfectly acceptable to them.
And as long as mediocrity is acceptable to you, you will never be more than mediocre. That is your upper limit.
You will never be a winner until you view mediocrity as utter complete unacceptable failure.
I looked at my wife when they pinched hit Pearce and said I would pinch hit Young. Darn it if they where an inning to late. Young hit a base empty HR in the 9th. Now we have no idea what happens but I had a feeling he would get a hit with bases loaded and 2 outs.
The problem once again was the O's inability to score outside of the HR. When they got the gift to Crush to load the bases and the gift to Cruz with high bouncer infield single they failed to score the extra run. Still had based loaded and only one out and Hardy couldn't produce. So while they did score once (with some big time help from the Rays and a lucky bounce) they really failed to get the big hit or just play small for a run.
Ugly loss. O's really can't afford to lose games like this. They are marking time. don't know what can be done to fix it. .500 just isn't going to get it done. I agree that the team depends too much on the HR. they can't seem to get the guys around the bases in the conventional manner. Frustrating for sure
insagt1 wrote: Ugly loss. O's really can't afford to lose games like this. They are marking time. don't know what can be done to fix it. .500 just isn't going to get it done. I agree that the team depends too much on the HR. they can't seem to get the guys around the bases in the conventional manner. Frustrating for sure
It's frustrating because they NEVER try anything different!
They don't try to steal. They don't try to bunt. They don't try to shoot singles through the gaps. They don't try for doubles down the line. They don't hit and run. They don't try to hit behind the runner. They don't do anything like that.
Their strategy is to have all 9 guys go up and try to hit a home run.
If you miss a home run but get a single, just stand on the bag and let the guy behind you try to hit a home run. Don't try to move to second. Just stand there and wait for the dinger.
Of course that might be a good strategy because when they DO try to advance on the bases they screw it up royally, making dumb attempts to advance. How many times have we seen a 1st or 3rd out of an inning at 3rd base? Rule number 1 for 3rd base...DO NOT MAKE THE 1ST OR 3RD OUT OF THE INNING THERE!!
How many times have we seen a runner thrown out at home with less than 2 outs? Rule number 1 for home plate, DO NOT MAKE THE 1ST OR 2ND OUT THERE!!! Plant your happy butt on 3rd and wait for a fly ball.
Oh, but wait...with a runner on 3rd suddenly everyone is a strike out king and no one has the warning track fly out power they have during every other at bat!
You know why it's so easy to pitch against the Orioles? Because they all take the same approach and do the same dumb things. All the pitcher has to do it be able to locate his pitches and he can easily predict exactly what the batter is going to do. There is no mystery to it.
But do they try to switch anything up? Ever? Nope. Just do the same crap today that didn't work yesterday.
True but one of the biggest concerns early in the season was that we were supposed to have one of the best rotations in the majors and it is looking like it's becoming reality. That's why I'm not too bitter.