gOnna be messy at third

Blog would like to apologize to Fans of Blog (Fan of Blog?) for posting hiatus, but things have gotten busy, as they always seem to do this time of year. June weekends fill up faster than an old lady at an all you can eat Stuckey’s breakfast buffet.

Some thoughts that seem relevant as 2012 season slowly takes on its personality:

– Team’s winning record does appear to have occurred despite presence of certain glaringly deficient comparative stats, a situation which normally wouldn’t bode well over full season (25th in MLB in OBP, one notch, incidentally, below Washington Nationals; 25th in walks and 18th in hits). But bullpen heroics, despite a few burps, have gone on apace and appear to be real

– Recent losing jag, in which Team underperformed badly against Kansas City among others, was an illustration of above. Team arguably has righted ship despite bleeding away an early, early division lead. Whether leaks have been stoppered among waves is another matter

– Translation: Buck already pretty much locked for AL M.o.Y.

– Take a few injured guys off sidelines (Brian Roberts, Zach Britton, Nolan Reimold) and assume a mildly optimistic amount of production and Team gets deeper, better, more competitive very quickly. This is especially true for Reimold

– Roberts! Blog believes strongly that B-Rob should be plugged in at DH between at least now and All Star Break. Get him 50 at-bats at DH, maybe three or four starts at second base, before even contemplating messing with Robert Andino’s role. Doing it this way, in Blog’s opinion, potentially solves more problems that it potentially creates: It protects B-Rob, spells Andino – who has been slumping – and does NOT throw major psychological wrench into how Team functions. Those of you who only see numbers, and who don’t believe in Team psyche, should probably go work for IBM and stop writing about baseball because it’s real and it matters. Sticking Andino at third — or worse in outfield — now in a bow to Roberts would just further complicate an already messy third base situation. It’s going to be messy at third this year no matter what they do (barring a trade or the like for real third baseman). That shouldn’t be Andino’s job and while we all love B-Rob and know what he’s capable of, nobody’s really seen it yet and there’s certainly no guarantee it can last

– First person Blog knows of to correctly report B-Rob’s imminent return to game was Yankees color man Ken Singleton, who mentioned it in an off-hand remark during a YES broadcast about one week before rest of world had story

– Speaking of Yankees, they are playing lucky and can’t seem to lose despite some huge holes in roster. Derek Jeter’s torrent of magical nubby banjo hits goes on and Mark Teixeira is hitting again. Kind of glad they’re playing somebody else for now, who ever that might be. Mets lost a hideous little soul-crusher to said Yankees, for example, yesterday

– Blog’s current understanding of Red Sox, reading news accounts, is that they dislike it when they lose ballgames and they dislike it when umpiring calls go against them. And, yet, they continue to lose ballgames anyway

– Blog has been having some fascinating conversations with people inside Team organization lately. There are some great people working for Orioles and, without perhaps saying anything you didn’t already know, they are just as proud of this vintage and as hungry for a winner any rabid fan

– Blog was in Maine over weekend. It’s nice up there. Ordered a chicken salad sandwich Sunday for road trip home and asked counter lady whether lettuce was “whole leaf or shredded.” Lady replied that “the lettuce is whole leaf, but then we shred it.” Blog was relieved to hear this because Blog does NOT like lettuce that come shredded right out of ground

2 Responses to “gOnna be messy at third”

  1. Sponsort Says:

    B-Rob is the modern-day “Pistol” Pete Reiser, who ran into too many concrete walls and never regained his early hitting form. It’s ok to DH him, but the O’s are facing a serious psych- and baseball-related problem here. This will really test Buck’s mettle.

    Re: Janquis – Nats will be waiting for them this weekend. We shall see.

  2. brO Says:

    Blog has at least 2 fans. Kind of like Team when Phillies are in town.