Those dang Orioles

Yesterday’s game for the Orioles was a microcosm of their entire season. It took them eighteen innings, but they were not going to lose that game against the Mariners. And as is their wont, they won because Buck Showalter out-managed the other guy. Erasmo Ramirez pitched the game of his life for the Mariners. Eight innings, six strikeouts, no walks, two hits. Brilliant.  But he had never pitched a complete game in the majors. Heck, this is still his first season in the big leagues. Seattle sent Ramirez out there to pitch the ninth instead of bringing in their closer. The results were as predictable as Old Faithful. Single, single, pitching change, bunt, single…tie game.  The Orioles are now 14-2 in extra inning games.

The sour-grapes, knee-jerk reaction would be to say that those dang Orioles are the luckiest team in baseball. But can you stretch out luck over 150 games? Come on now. Baseball success is always a bit serendipitous.…

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The Jones/Ibanez Situation

No less than a week ago, I wrote about Andruw Jones’ declining bat speed. It appears that all that extra play in the outfield had an adverse effect on his bat. His counterpart, Raul Ibanez has been equally terrible. The Yankees essentially forced their aging designated hitters onto the field to cover...

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Game 147: Rain Rain Go Away

Per Chad Jennings, this evening’s game has been officially postponed, and it will be made-up tomorrow afternoon at 1:05 PM as part of a double-header. Andy Pettitte will start the day game, and David Phelps will toe the rubber for the nightcap.

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Looking back at the 2012 Charleston RiverDogs

Curtain Calls:
Tyler Austin (OF): Austin had a breakout season this year, hitting .320/.405/.598 in 70 games for Charleston, before getting the call up to Tampa and even making an appearance in Trenton. He had a team leading fourteen homers, along with seventeen stolen bases and five triples.

Ben Gamel (OF): Gamel hit .306/.342/.394 over 110 games. He lead the team in RBIs (61) and was second to Bichette in doubles (23).

Mason Williams (OF): After a breakout 2011, Williams continued to impress. He hit .304/.359/.489 before being promoted and then having season-ending shoulder surgery.

Gary Sanchez (C): Upon the trading of Jesus Montero, Sanchez took over the role of most exciting catching prospect for the Yankees this season. He lived up to the billing, hitting .297/.353/.517 for Charleston. He had thirteen homers, nineteen doubles and even eleven stolen bases (let’s see Montero do that…). Still just nineteen, Sanchez ended the season in Tampa, where he hit .319 over 26 games in August.…

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