if dOwnsides melt away and upsides reassert themselves

Posted in sO which guys? on June 8th, 2014 by The Wayward O

It’s been awhile since Blog rapped at ya, but Blog thinks it’s pretty clear things have been busy. Also Blog did fantasy baseball again this year, which cuts into Bloggin’ time. Overall this 2014 vintage seems like a genetic hybrid of magical 2012 squad and frustrating 2013 squad.

Which strain ultimately will assert itself? There is reason to be hopeful.

Blog was confused when Caleb Joseph got nod over Steve Clevenger after team traded for Nick Hundley. But Blog now is starting to see why. Caleb is using his time with the big club to hone a good skill set. He appears confident that he will – sooner or later – establish himself in the big leagues.

Did Wei Yin Chen hit 96 on the gun Friday night?

Image via MASN

It’s not a mirage! And, more importantly, he’s working consistently in the mid-90s. Blog saw Chen as being a crucial component this year and, so far, he has been up to the task. Blogs far more sophisticated than Blog of Team suggest he’s working down in the K-zone more effectively — and more often — this year.

Chris Davis has turned into a complete ballplayer. Watching him run bases and play defense is a pleasure. And, unlike some Orioles, he does not disdain the base on balls. The massive gulf between his low batting average and high OBP suggests he simply gets game-planned by opposing managers every night. (“Don’t let Davis beat you with the long ball.”) We certainly know he gets shifted by opposing defenses.

Struggling a bit with the game this season is young Manny Machado. But  numbers aren’t that bad and defensive talent is still on on display. Speaking of defensive …

Image via MASN

Also from Friday’s game. I’m not mad at it. Manny normally is reserved on field of play but – well – not that time. He’s going to put it all together as season progresses and re-assert himself as one of the truly dangerous hitters.

And, even though Blog complains about Adam Jones, the guy is just so dangerous with the bat that, one can conclude, you simply have to live with the first-pitch ground-outs in situations where you’d expect selectivity? Probably hitters like Adam, who are used to being aggressive, can’t just turn that off and on.

There are at least four guys playing outside of the spotlight and putting together the kinds of seasons that can only be seen as building blocks toward a playoff run. They are Nick Markakis, Zach Britton, Brian Matusz and Darren O’Day. Workmanlike, effective, reliable and talented.

It’s hard to know what’s going on with Matt Wieters except that the organization clearly believes it must be exceedingly careful with his throwing arm. It’s a shame, too, because of the way Matt started with the bat. But, dumb question, either the tendon is busted or it ain’t?

All told it really appears to be all there for Team this year. It really does. Signs of hope are real. If downsides melt away and upsides reassert themselves, then the sky is the limit.

And Nelly Cruz.

diaspOra, part XX – papa cruuuuuz

Posted in diaspOra on May 4th, 2014 by The Wayward O

Name: Nelson Cruz Sr.
Status: Fan and father of certain Oriole
Location: JFK Airport, Terminal 4
Gear of Choice: Las Matas de Santa Cruz cap and Nellie Cruz No. 23 tee

Soy un gran fan

Wayward O Says: You never know who you’re going to meet at el aeropuerto! Also here is a long piece a Texas television crew did in 2011 about Nellie’s home town.

we can’t even dO that

Posted in arOund the big leagues on April 15th, 2014 by The Wayward O

Blogsk of Teamsk: You’ve seen the Deadspin gonna guess

StinkyPhillyChee6969: Duh

Blogsk of Teamsk: So great and sad

StinkyPhillyChee6969: So sad

Blogsk of Teamsk: And brilliant

StinkyPhillyChee6969: And sad

Blogsk of Teamsk: Yeah

StinkyPhillyChee6969: That’s the real shame of this team. Even a team with sh*t, older stars that can’t produce can put together decent relievers. Like, take minor league starters that throw strikes and remove two of their pitches. It’s not that complicated. We can’t even do that sh*t
And then our players DO produce and the bullpen f*cking sh*ts out a little white flag and buries itself in a pile of sh*t

Blogsk of Teamsk: It’s a pile o sh*t

StinkyPhillyChee6969: Why the f*ck Jake Diekman was in the game I’ll never know. Why do you throw a slider there? Make him beat you on something hard. [Dan Uggla] is a .180 hitter for the last two years

Blogsk of Teamsk: You’re not ready for humorous brilliance. I can see that. You just need a little time

Blogsk of Teamsk: This will take edge off

StinkyPhillyChee6969: Bahahahaha. It did!

Blogsk of Teamsk: Haha

StinkyPhillyChee6969: Cause you think it’s the Randall Simon vid. And then no. The poor guy just face-plants on his own

Blogsk of Teamsk: #Chorizo’d

nO big deal, ace

Posted in the rOte on April 8th, 2014 by The Wayward O

My man Chris Tillman spent his first two starts besting Jon Lester and Justin Verlander, the latter performance an absolute tour de force.

Original photo via Sun

You sir, have earned your Blingie!