It Seems To Me

It Seems To Me (formerly known as “Am I The Only One?”) is a continuing look at some interesting happenings in Baltimore Orioles baseball.

It seems to me… 

  • Adam Jones is the epitome of what a role model should be. Beyond his abilities on-the-field, Jones has displayed a level of perspicacity that is rare among pro athletes. Since the incident in Boston where he felt the direct onslaught of racial slurs yelled adam jones smileyat him from the outfield stands and from behind the dugout, he has taken the extreme high road. Last week, while the Orioles were in Kansas City, Jones donated $20k to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, a motion that gives a positive return on what could have been a disparaging blemish to Major League Baseball. In a move that will hopefully generate more publicity than the incident in Boston, Jones has become a proponent of equality in sports and continues to do so in a way that brings awareness to an issue that extends beyond the body of professional sports.

 

  • Buck Showalter has been struggling with his handling of the bullpen since Zach Britton went to the DL for the next 45-60 days. Last night we saw him remove Alec Asher, a starting pitcher in a relief role who threw over 100 pitches in his last start, after only 42 pitches. Not only was the pitch count well within reason, the decision to bring in a sixth relief pitcher for the game could easily leave the bullpen taxed for the rest of the series against Detroit. With Ubaldo Jimenez slated to start tonight, the odds increase that the pen will be needed again, putting Showalter’s decision to use almost every arm in question.

 

  • That Chris Davis is living up to his $164 million dollar potential thus far. I’ve Toronto Blue Jays v Baltimore Oriolesdiscussed this earlier in the season, but seeing as we are more than halfway through May and he continues to post a .384 obp and has batted almost .500 in his last seven games, it deserves recognition. Last night, Davis single-handedly won the game for the Orioles by becoming only the second player in franchise history to hit two homeruns in extra innings in the same game. Both dingers put the Orioles ahead. Maybe the “C” that stands for “Crush” should also stand for “Clutch”.

 

  • That the Orioles should have looked more into trading Britton during the off-season. It wouldn’t have been a popular move, especially right now as the bullpen struggles to find itself and not having Britton as the reason is an idea that seems to be gaining momentum. Four straight loses by one run before last night’s extra inning marathon victory tells a different story. A 3-2 loss and a 4-3 loss on consecutive nights in Kansas City wasn’t necessarily the bullpen’s fault (although they gave up the runs); An offense like the Orioles should be able to generate enough runs to win low scoring, close games. A trade of Britton would have brought in a plethora of young talent and also would have allowed the organization to demand a major league ready arm to either replace him in the pen or put another reliable starter in the rotation. As it goes, Britton is now hurt and his value has dropped faster than Jose Bautista after a Rougned Odor right. Oh well. Hindsight is 20/20.

 

  • Everyone should have a friend like Wayne Kirby. Recently, there was an article posted about him on Pressbox and it was a wonderful read. I’ll leave the link here for whoever wants to enjoy it and also learn a little more about the Orioles’ loved first base coach.
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O’s fans be like…

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Crush should have known the expectations would be high after signing that huge deal.

The Instagram expert, HaydenWinkler_, fills us in on his in-depth analysis about the pitching staff.

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Someone please explain to the poor guy that it’s only the second game of the season and most Orioles fans don’t begin that kind of depressing talk until at least mid-April?

The champs are here!

If you’re in the area or are looking for something to do tonight, the Orioles Double-A affiliate, the Bowie Baysox, are opening their season with quite the impression. The reigning Eastern League champs will be hosting a pre-game Opening Night Championship Celebration, beginning at 6:35pm.

Assistant GM Phil Wrye gave a sneak peak into what those championship rings look like. Seems as if the champs will have quite a bit of hardware after tonight. Makes me want to hum a John Cena entrance theme.

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Things Of Possible Interest

Ubaldo Jimenez gets his first start of the season tonight as the O’s wrap up their opening three game set against Minnesota. Tampa Bay comes into town for three starting tomorrow and the projected starters for Friday and Saturday are Chris Tillman and Mike Wright, respectively.

Kevin Gausman is pitching simulated games which is good news. His projected return to the Orioles is April 19th.

Does anybody else laugh whenever they hear the name Trevor Plouffe? Whenever he comes up to bat, I turn the sound up just to hear “Plouffe” over and over again.

Chris Davis sits in 10th place on the All-Time Orioles homerun leaderboard (thanks @RochKubatko). Anybody know how many homeruns he has in an Orioles uniform? No cheating!

As always, Let’s Go O’s!