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HBT Daily: What happened to the Orioles?

Sep 24, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

Plus, who needs home field advantage more: the A’s or the Red Sox. And would you play Nelson Cruz in the playoffs?

  1. fukpittsburgh - Sep 24, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    The team just forgot how to win. Team failure across the board from the managing to the players. Shame to cus the pieces were there. Maybe next year.

  2. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Sep 24, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    In ability to drive in runners in scoring position. A few key players slumped, and Davis/Jones/Machado were unable to makeup for Markakis, Wieters, Hardy, McLouth, and company’s lack of production. They were unable to string together hits, and relied on the home run too much. Starting pitching improved, until the last week or two where they seemed unable to escape the third inning without giving up 4 runs. Buck also seemed to make the wrong moves at the wrong times, often leaving in starters for a few batters too long, or bringing in the wrong relief pitcher at the wrong time. Starting pitching’s ineffectiveness in the beginning of the season lead to a worn out, overtaxed and over used bullpen in the second half. While Tillman got stronger as the year went on and the acquisition of Norris and Feldmen were significant improvements, both Gonzalez and Chen faltered significantly down the stretch. Tommy Hunter, Darren O’Day, and Brian Matuz had strong years. Hammel, Gausman, Bundy, and Patton were disappointments. Steve Johnson failed to progress. McFarland was a good Rule 5 pickup, but will need to step up next season to maintain a roster spot.

    Record in 1 run games meant luck wasn’t on their side as close ballgames turned into losses. If a few of those were wins, we’d be in the playoffs right now. Jim Johnson lead the league in saves, but also in blown games. A few of those going the other way would have made a drastic difference.

    This was a team with a lot of opportunities, they failed to capitalized on. They were on the cusp of making the playoffs, but just weren’t able to make the final hurdle. They certainly improved over all from last year, and depending on the injury to Machado, and if they can pick up an additional starting pitcher, hopefully a front line starter, they will again make a run next year.

    It also should be pointed out that they were in by far the toughest division in baseball, facing 3 of the better teams in the league 60% of the games they played. If the league had a balanced schedule, it’s highly likely things would have turned out differently for this team. Unfortunately when there are 4 potential playoff teams in one division, something has to give.

    • moogro - Sep 24, 2013 at 2:27 PM

      Spot on.

  3. steviep23 - Sep 24, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Best defense in the league and one of the best offenses. What does that leave?

  4. agent0027 - Sep 24, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Bad pitching

    • paperlions - Sep 24, 2013 at 2:52 PM

      Exactly. When your starters have a 4.54 (and 4.69 FIP), you are going to struggle to consistently win games. This was an issue coming into the year and ignoring it didn’t magically fix it.

  5. steelers88 - Sep 24, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    They have terrible pitching! That will basically do it. That’s why the Pirates turned it around good pitching.

  6. gloccamorra - Sep 24, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Enough of this sober, logical analysis. Showalter’s micromanaging made ‘em choke!

  7. cashbulldog - Sep 24, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    With a super defense and decent batting stats, basically their downfall was the many blow saves by Johnson mid season, along with others later with potential save opportunity/late game failures. The batting basically faltered at the end. Seems like they ran out of steam. Playoffs were in the grasp 1 week ago.

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