Dons0's wrote:I know I will get flamed for this thread but it is my opinion and I believe we won't make the playoffs this season.
Dons0's wrote:This is a good ball club, but it is not a playoff team. The pitching ranks almost dead last in every category.
The hitting numbers can be skewed in my opinion, especially if the O's aren't hitting the longball. It seems this team has a degree of difficulty playing small ball. Driving in runner with 1 out by a base hit/double.
Buck trying to make everyone happy instead of playing the right players. Flaherty was finally turning the corner only to have Brob come back and take away his at bats. Of anything, Roberts should have been strictly DH, Flaherty should be starting at 2nd.
Reimold coming back and taking away ABs from McLouth. Anything, Reimold should be in the minors for the rest of the season to prove he can stay healthy.
Bucks refusal to move Davis to the 4 spot and Manny to the 3. I think it would be much more of a dangerous lineup. Also, Markakis is a good hitter from the leadoff spot, but I would rather have him at the 2 spot and Roberts/McLouth lead off the game.
The lack of improvement of the starting pitching rotation being smarter about the pitch count. Numerous times this season, starters have bbeen in the 5th inning only to have a pitch count of almost 85. Thus, BP getting worn down and over used.
I know I will get flamed for this thread but it is my opinion and I believe we won't make the playoffs this season. I think we finish +13 above .500. Unless somehow, the pitching turns it around after the AS break and the offense can score runs more than one way, I don't see it happening. Yes, I'm blaming Buck for some of the struggles also.
Dons0's wrote:Bucks refusal to move Davis to the 4 spot and Manny to the 3.
ofahn wrote:At some point over the next three weeks the FO is going to half to make hard choices about whether to mortgage the future
OriolesRedskins28 wrote:I would not move them in the lineup. They're both clearly comfortable in their current slots, why mess with success? It also keeps the RHs and LHs separated which helps those hitters get better match ups late in games. Buck is brilliant with this sort of thing and I trust those types of decisions fully.
ofahn wrote:At some point over the next three weeks the FO is going to half to make hard choices about whether to mortgage the future on a NON championship team or make the trades necessary to build a one BEFORE Davis' and Wieters' control periods end after the 2015 season.
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