Birdfan7 wrote:Simply put getting one more pitcher really would make a difference even if ryan demster or shawn marcum. Then you would have Chen Hammel and Arrieta plus a fourth pitcher that's an easy three wins.
And yes offence is a problem but with runners on 3rd and Reynolds up there's two things to expect 1. he hits a homer 2. he strikes out. look at his numbers that's what he does and if the pitcher makes a mistake and doesn't hit the outside third there is a solid chance that ball is going on a ride. 3b is really the only defensive problem, but putting Andino over there is just fine until something else comes about even Betimet is OK, pitching wins games.
First, I want to applaud your enthusiasm for the Orioles. We could use more fans like you on this forum.
Second, I wonder if you're not mistaking loyalty and optimism to the team for objective thinking. I've been a fan for over 45 years and bleed Orioles' orange but I still can see the significant flaws in this team. I'm realistic enough to think that ONE player, no matter how good they are, is NOT going to fix this team. I understand you think that the defense at 1B is acceptable but I don't think that most professional talent evaluators will agree. IMO Robert Andino is not an every day player at 3B or any other position. Steve Tolleson is a versatile player but he's not a LF. Last night he allowed a ball to go over his head that cost us the first run.
Heck, there are some pretty good judges of talent on this forum. Ask Jordan, Tucker Blair, A_K, Ampontan, Shorebirdfan, and some others I apologize for forgetting. Ask Don. He's a professional scout. I think most, if not all, of them will agree that this team has many holes that will need to be filled to be a legitimate playoff team. Trading away the few quality prospects we have to put lipstick on that sow is not my idea of a good plan.
What concerns me the most is that we don't have any any depth in AAA. Name one position that we could bring up a legitimate ML ready player if we had an injury. OF? Avery and Hoes have less than 100 AAA games under their belt and have yet to dominate there. 3B? If we did that guy would be playing there now. 1B? Ditto. SS? Nope. 2B? Nope. 1B? Nope. Catcher? Not even close. SP? If we did they would be in Baltimore now. Maybe you could make the argument that we could cover the loss of a reliever or two. To me, that's not the foundation you want to build your house on .