Wieters On Fire

By on April 22

The beginning of things to come, or just a hot streak?

Wieters has been mashing the last two series. He’s displaying power, patience and a flair for coming up with the big hit.  Over his last seven games he’s hit .368 with 7H, 2HR, 2B, and 7RBIs.   If you saw Wednesday night’s game of the Twins series, you probably saw him destroy a pitch to right-CF (411 ft). I remind you, this is April weather where batted balls tend to die on the warning track. Needless to say, watching all of this transpire has been thrilling.

But is it real? Is it sustainable? The only reason we’re all asking this question, after a singly brief hot streak, is because of his pedigree and the reputation that preceeds him. Don’t lie, I know you were thinking the same thing. Certainly other lesser hitters have done more in a short time span (see Wigginton, Ty).  So what are we to make of all of this?

I think we Oriole fans need to be cautious with our beliefs and emotions. Let’s reserve judgement until later in the year…when Wieters wins MVP. Indeed, so far Wieters has more of a track record for a .275/.325/.400 line (see what I did there?).  Not exactly lighting the world on fire.  But let’s look closer at his current numbers. His 2011 slash line sits at .269/.345/.519. Granted, this is a small sample  (we’re not even through April!), but it will be fun to look back later to see if this was the beginning of a trend.

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An open letter to Buck Showalter

By on April 19

This time was supposed to be different. And as soon as you arrived, it was. The team magically began playing better, seemingly just because you expected them to. And those expectations gave us, gave me, hope. But hope is a fragile thing, especially among those who have too often seen theirs shattered. What’s left of ours is all but lost, but the worst part is that I’m not sure I believe anymore than you can save it.

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If Kevin Gregg never pitches for the O’s again…

By on April 14

…it’ll be too soon.

When this signing was made, I was against it.  I knew going into the offseason that Gregg was bound to get a stupid contract from some team for collecting 37 ‘saves’, possibly the most worthless statistic in baseball.  I just hoped it wouldn’t be the Orioles.  But the attraction of adding another former Cub to his collection and his proclivity for acquiring overrated, expensive relievers (see Michael Gonzalez) was too much for MacPhail to resist.

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Do the O’s have the best SS in the AL East?

By on April 10

Among the many upgrades the O’s made this offseason to their roster, and particularly their infield, none was more dramatic than at shortstop.  For while Cesar Izturis may be slick with the glove, he also has about as much pop in his bat as Brandon Fahey. OK, maybe that’s a bit harsh, but he did post a .622 OPS in 2010.   However, there were some, including myself, who wanted to keep Izturis and felt you could justify the anemic offense if the defense was truly above average, given the importance of strong defense up the middle. But then, in a shocking turn of events, the question of offense vs defense at shortstop became moot when the O’s traded for a player who was amply skilled with both the glove and the bat: JJ Hardy. 

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