2131andBeyond wrote:Key Question: How has Buck's presence as manager truly helped this team win and play better?
I believe a lot of these guys feel pressure to preform and know they are fighting for their jobs next season. Buck is known as a guy that will throw players out the door if he doesn't like them -- for whatever reason, even if it isn't a good one.
The pitching has been unbelievable since he took over, that I have no explanation for. Guthrie's velocity has been up to the upper 90's (he hit 97 tonight), Bergesen has touched 93, 94 and I've never seen that from them.
Showalter has established himself as the guy we need. We've been waiting for someone to make this kind of impact.
Now I'm waiting for a player to step up and establish himself as the leader on the field. Who will it be? I'll say Adam Jones. I think he was the first one to realize that Showalter could turn this team into something special (only Oriole to attend Showalter's opening press conference).
The pressure is nice, but we will have to see next season once the pressure's off and he's in place as manager for good, which guys may not have been hit with yet in their minds.
Guthrie must be very happy. People look at Markakis as the franchise guy who has had to put up with the losing for so long, Roberts too. But Guthrie has been here for a few years of it now, and is probably happy to see his pitching pay off. His workouts and all are intense, seeing as he is one of the most fit guys on the team, and he has a ton more motivation now to go out there and own it.
I hope Jones could come through in that role. As long as he signs this off season. They need to see how much talent he has, and know that Buck can eventually and hopefully capitalize on it, and give him the money. He loves it here in Baltimore, so we need to treat him well and keep him here.