Everything hurts. Why did they do this to us? Baseball was no fun this week, and as the playoffs continue, it only gets worse. From here, we can only look out the window and wait for Spring.
Remember to listen to Bird’s Eye View on Google Play Music!
This Week on the Twitters
Buck Showalter is Baltimore's greatest manager since Weaver.
Buck Showalter made a horrible boneheaded decision tonight.
Both can be true.
— Dan J. Glickman (@DanJGlickman) October 5, 2016
I asked Andrew Miller if his game tonight might embody the future of modern bullpen usage. His response: pic.twitter.com/tyhxaYT8Vh
— August Fagerstrom (@AugustFG_) October 7, 2016
Baseball has a way of ripping your ❤️ out, stabbing it, putting it back in your chest, then healing itself just in time for Spring Training.
— Noah Syndergaard (@Noahsyndergaard) October 6, 2016
— Don Petree (@DonPetree) October 5, 2016
What Went Wrong?
Almost enough time has passed between the Orioles’ defeat in the AL Wild Card game, at the hands of the Toronto Blue Jays that we can discuss the game in a mature, even-tempered way. Almost.
Look, the Britton thing was significant, and no one can deny that, but there were other deciding factors that ultimately led to the defeat. While discussing the usage of Britton, we also give credence to factors such as Tillman’s start, disappearing offense, and bullpen management (outside of the 11th).
Damn. It still hurts.
Looking Forward – Two Steps Back?
In this segment, we cover what we should look forward to next season, in terms of personnel. Who will be back, who is worth pursuing, and what holes will result in this offseason of change. 2018 seems to be the tipping point for this team’s ability to compete, so in the meantime, what can the Orioles do to stay relevant now, and moving forward.
We discuss whether it is good enough to have a team that is pretty good (with a legit chance at the playoffs) for a number of years, or whether the short window of contention makes anything other than a World Series run a dereliction of duty.
Finally, Scott makes a surprise announcement – one that may have profound impacts on this podcast.
Blowing the Save
Most podcasts try to end on a high note – the perfect coda to a quality program. That’s just not our style. Each week, we’ll end on a weak note, blowing the save with an item that didn’t quite fit into the episode, or something they simply need to get off their chests. It’s our version of taking the ball and pulling a Kevin Gregg.
Here’s the link we referenced in this week’s show.
Love it? Hate it? Confused? Let us and other listeners know! As always, we appreciate the support.