This week in SAN Diego Major League Baseball conducts it’s annual winter meetings.
For the O’s they are here to address some needs including a possible replacement for recently departed Nick Markakis, a dh to replace Nelson Cruz, Left handed relief pitcher to replace Andrew Miller, and maybe even a left fielder.
I don’t expect the O’s to sign a free agent outfielder unless it’s a last resort move. i don’t think any of the free agent outfielders would fit as a starter for the Birds.
The team could swing a trade for either Atlanta’s Justin Upton, who has one year left on his contract or the Dodgers Matt Kemp, who is signed for a few more years. At this time Kemp could be headed for San Diego.
There’s a good chance the O’s will go to spring training with De Aza and Pearce penciled in for left field and a battle for right field which could include Darial Alverez and some one year free agent signing
As for Dan Duquette, it looks like he’s in Baltimore through this year and if the Toronto CEO job is still open next September/October, I could see Duke leaving for the North
if I did not love the O’s so much these past 4 games would not have hurt so much. Painful said Freddy, agony said Switz, I can’t watch Britton any more said Danny Matta, and unbearable to watch said yours truly.
The dead bats just like 2012–only 2 HRs and 12 runs total
Should Gonzo have started game 2?
Who do we sign between Cruz, Wieters, Andrew Miller, Markakis?
Should the organization even want Chris Davis back?
Should manny be sent to 1st to protect him
What to do with Matt Wieters?
What an absolutely magnificent night at Camden Yards. I honestly questioned whether or not the Orioles would ever win the AL East again. But that was before the arrival of Buck.
Buck starts Jimenez. Incredible –I honestly thought there was no way the O’s would win Tuesday. Jimenez gave us 5 Jimenez innings and yes the forgotten man gets the W.
Hitting heroes–Pearce, Paredes, and yes De Aza —Mr Triple.
I felt sorry for Chris Davis having to miss the celebration due to his suspension.
I felt great for Nick Markakis who missed the playoffs 2 years ago after getting thrown at by CC Sabathia.
Bottom line–one of the great managerial jobs ever by our own Buck Showalter. I think back to the day he was hired and my friend Ray Schulte called me up and said the Orioles will be losers no more. You have the “man” at the helm. Never was a truer word spoken.
There is much more work left to be done but for the being the O’s are “Back in the Saddle Again”
Back to back HRs for Hardy, Delman Young, and Crush (22)
Back to back HRs for Markakis and Pearce
only 15,000 at the Ballpark
Great defensive play by Adam Jones
In Davis’ absence, Manny moved back to 2 hole
Delman Young 3 hits
6 up 6 down for Darrin O”Day
3 run HR by Markakis
Can’t blame Hunter or Buck for this one as Jonathan Schoop misplayed a pop fly that started the disasterin the 8th. However Schoop made at least 2 plays that kept the O’s in the game.
Weaver was in total control of the O’s yet the Birds squeaked out 2 runs to maintain a lead heading into the bottom of the 8th
Adam Jones had a key 2 out hit that gave the O’s the lead. Jones is batting .341 with runners in scoring position and 2 out.
So after 6 games out West the O’s are 3-3 with a 4 game series in Seattle starting tomorrow.
from an article in the Sun by Edward Encina
A day after Boston Red Sox right-hander John Lackey made pointed remarks about Orioles slugger Nelson Cruz, Orioles manager Buck Showalter tactically fired back at the Red Sox before Sunday’s series finale at Fenway Park.
Asked about Cruz on Saturday, Lackey said: “I’ve got nothing to say about him. … You guys forget pretty conveniently about stuff,” referring to Cruz serving a 50-game suspension last season for his involvement in the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drugs scandal while playing for the Texas Rangers.
Cruz said before Sunday’s game that he didn’t know about Lackey’s comments, but he said he has become used to being criticized for last year’s mistake. He accepted his suspension and quickly made a public apology.
Red Sox pitcher John Lackey on Orioles star Nelson Cruz: ‘I’ve got nothing to say about him’“What I care is about my teammates, what they think about me,” Cruz said. “When you go to ballparks and beat other teams, they are not going to be happy, regardless of what you do. What I care about is what my teammates think about me and what my fans think about me.”
Showalter, however, didn’t take the high road.
“You consider sources of people and some of their emotions after the game, whether it be a player’s comment or a manager’s comment or some fan’s comment,” Showalter said. “You understand that nobody makes those comments after they pitched a complete game shutout or Nelson is 0-for-5. It’s human nature.
“We need to all make sure we check our own backyard before we start looking at someone else’s.”
Showalter was undoubtedly referring to Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, who was listed among 100 players — along with former Red Sox teammate Manny Ramirez — who reportedly tested positive for PEDs in 2003, according to a New York Times article in 2009.
3 great innings from Brad Broch who gets the win
As expected Chris Davis was “given the day off”
JJ Hardy drove in David Lough for the winning hit
Zach Britton—1,2,3 save—-helped out by base running error from Big Poppy
4 game series with the Senators begins Monday
It pains me to say this but it is time for Chris Davis to sit out a few games. His average has dropped to 201, but more important he has struck out 41 of his last 90 at bats, many with men in scoring position. He just looks lost during his at bats.