Now that enough time has passed, we can go back and review what went wrong with the Orioles 2017 season – without it devolving into tears.
Welcome back to Bird’s Eye View. As a reminder, we go to a slightly relaxed schedule during the offseason. We’ll go to monthly shows until about Spring Training. Unless of course, something happens, and we feel like putting out a show. WE’LL DO WHATEVER WE FEEL LIKE.
This one ran a little long, but we missed you.
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This Week on the Twitters
It’s no longer a review of Orioles Baseball “in 140 characters or fewer.” We’re divided on whether we are #Team140 or #Team280. Do you like the change? Here are some tweets from this brave new world:
— MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) November 8, 2017
congratulations on Cy Young number two to Corey Kluber, who six years ago was a 25-year-old with a 5.56 ERA in Triple-A
— Jeff Sullivan (@based_ball) November 15, 2017
Giancarlo Stanton trade development: Sources say multiple teams told #Marlins that Stanton’s contract (10 years, $295 million) is roughly what he’d receive on open market. Thus, #Marlins would need to include cash in order to obtain high-level prospects. @MLB @MLBNetwork
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 15, 2017
There's literally no team that shouldn't be making the max posting bid for Otani. It's baseball version of washing your hands before doing open-heart surgery.
— Dan Szymborski (@DSzymborski) November 15, 2017
Now that it's officially the offseason, here's a reminder of what's up on the board at The Warehouse pic.twitter.com/Xo1HcieFt8
— Eutaw Street Report (@EutawStReport) November 2, 2017
#Orioles announce that FanFest will take place Jan. 27, 2018 at the Baltimore Convention Center.
— Eduardo A. Encina (@EddieInTheYard) October 30, 2017
1️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ days until pitchers & catchers report!
— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) November 5, 2017
— Alex Parker (@ParkerSports) October 28, 2017
First, let’s look at the rest of the league: the playoffs were very entertaining, and the World Series was an instant classic. Isn’t it nice to see great baseball play at the highest stakes, without making you want to vomit from nerves? Looking at a Astros/Dodgers series, this was more than just a contest of two talented teams: it was a contest between two models of putting together a championship team. On one hand, the pocket book. On the other, the tank. We discuss the merits of tanking in baseball, whether it can be legislated, and whether it will be prevalent moving forward.
Next, on to the Orioles. Now that the sting is gone, we can say that this team was not good enough. Terrible pitching, mediocre hitting, and a Dark-Ages-style swoon made for rough watching in 2017.
The Orioles need a lot to be competitive in 2018. It all comes down to what they are willing to spend, and whether or not they consider this to be their last chance within the competitive window.
We’re realistic that the Orioles are not going to attract top-of-the-market free agent starting pitchers, but they need to make a real run at the “best of the rest.” The second tier pitching market has real names that will make the Orioles better. A February bargain shopping spree will not get it done.
In addition to the starting pitching issue, we discuss:
- The catching tandem
- Whether the Orioles can afford a quality utility infielder
- Whether Adam Jones is still Adam Jones
- How good Chris Davis’ defense really is
- Which former rivals Orioles fans should embrace
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.
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