Posted on: March 16, 2008 4:20 pm

Luke Scott picking up right where he left off...

Luke Scott, the new left fielder for the Orioles who came back from a the flu bug and a groin injury, has picked up and shaken some rust off his swing.

He looks fluid at the plate and has a real soild stroke.  He confirmed my thinking with a two run shot this afternoon.  He is currently close to .300.  Before todays game, he was batting an 0 for x with a handful of strikeouts.  This changed today and he looks average in the field.  More than capable to handel the everyday job. 

I would have rather seen it happen against John Patterson, but when you are going on 0-8, you will take anything.

I hope he can build on this and get going again.

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Posted on: March 16, 2008 4:06 pm

The Cabrera I saw today....

The Daniel Cabrera that pitched today showed some of that stuff that makes me think "Cy" Young.  At one point, he looked un-touchable on the mound and baffeled every hitter he faced.  He did give up a home run, but I think he was tired at that point.  He came trotting out in the 5th inning and just seemed to be out of gas while warming up.

I do not know the pitch count, around 45-50 I would guess.  I would say more than two thirds of his pitches were stikes.  He did not work counts, got on top of the hitters.  He showed three solid pitches.  You could see his fastball and he was cutting them.  He has a 11-5 working for him right now; I always thought it was a 12-6.  BUT...HE THREW EFFECTIVE CHANGE UPS.

He looked the part of an Ace of a staff.  BTW, rumors were floating in the stands that Adam Loewen threw today and felt great in a side session.  These two have 20 game winners written on them, just somehow neither really knows it yet.  If DC could throw what I saw today, he has 25 game winner in neon signs above his head.

The only problem is every good start is followed by two bad outings.

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Posted on: March 11, 2008 10:58 am

Spring Training Review of Blake Davis

Introducing my choice for starting shortstop for the 2008 Orioles: Blake Davis

He was a 2006 draft pick out of Cal State Fullerton.  At the time he was drafted, scouts considered him a plus defender with a good glove and arm.  He was projected to be a super ultility infielder, due to his athletism.  He was a poor mans Khali Greene.  Scouts thought that he could hit for average, but due to his size that was about it from the offensive standpoint.

He was a fourth round pick by the Orioles and shipped off to Delmarva shorebirds.  He was sporadic at the plate, but showed the ability to move up the ranks soley on defense alone.  Last season, he was moved up to high A Frederick.  He was on a tear with almost .300 average and 20% of his hits were doubles.  This leads me to believe that he could end up a 10 to 15 homerun guy once he fully gets a graps on pitch recognition.  He has wheels and could be a 15-20 SB total as well.

I have read over him this spring and there has not been much about him at all.  He is stuck behind Brandon Fayhe and Luis Hernandez (can not see why after his performance yesterday).  He is hitting in spring training and his glove and range is the best out of the trio.  He has added some bulk and looks to be in the 175-180 range, a far site better than the frail frame of 165.  After watching him up close, he will not make the 25 man roster, but I think he will go to AA Bowie.  He is not on the 40 man roster, so it is wishful thinking that he ends up in Baltimore in April.  Hey, if Bynum is done for the season and Luis chokes himself out of the lineup by the end of April, he could be an early season call-up.  He has the glove, has the average, still lacks pop.  I think MacPhail is going to bring him along slowly, even if he might be the best option at short.  I think I can see why Miguel Tejada was shipped out.  Between him and Tyler Henson, a more athletic option at shortstop is on the horizon.

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Tags: Orioles
Posted on: March 10, 2008 3:05 pm

Offense wakes up...

Well, just barely.  They still leave runners stranded with less than two outs.  That is sad to see and I wonder if this is going to be a common theme throughout the year.

Nick Markakis rip a nice shot for a triple and it scored both Brian Roberts and Melvin Mora.  Brian Roberts is showing all scouts why he maybe one of the most under rated leadoff men in the game.  He drew a tough walk and stole two bases off Dodgers backup catcher Lucus May.  It was more related to the great jump off IMO a slow movement to the plate by Eric Stults.  I would not give too much credit to the Orioles run as this is still a pup pitcher that most likely will be in AAA this season.

Alot of the games are late run producing games with slow starts.  The Orioles could be simply slow starters or they are roughing up the relief pitching.  Lets see the last two weeks of this season when the rosters are reduced.  It will give a better idea of things to come in 2008.

Posted on: February 19, 2008 1:52 pm

The "True Impact" of Adam Jones to Baltimore

After the smoke has cleared and the rumors have finally come to fruition, Adam Jones is now the starting Centerfielder for the Baltimore Orioles.  He wants to be here, he seems happy to get the opportunity, but what about the fanbase.  I see alot of people around town and throughtout the message boards with open arms for Mr. Jones.  But does that include everybody?

My point falls in line with the theme of February for the United States.  My hope is Adam Jones could provide the foundation to change the perception of baseball in the Charm City.  The new target audience plays basketball and football and calls Carmelo Anthony or Ray Lewis the sports figures in the area.  A small amout play within the city, even less watch a game from Camden Yards.  Could Jones be a stepping stone for a time of change.

Throughout the '50's, '60's, '70's players such as Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron were on the tip of every tounge for baseball fans in the United States, black or white.  Today can you name over ten that make an impact in MLB.  Dontrell Willis, Ryan Howard, a few up and comers such as the Upton Brothers.  The Orioles last major player was Albert Belle and what a great role model to follow.  Here is where Adam Jones steps in towards the entire city.  He has star appeal from all accounts, so if he perfroms the fanbase will embrace him as if he had come up through the system.  What else does he bring?

He comes from a rough, and I mean West Baltimore type rough, neighborhood.  He, whether he wants to acknowledge or not, has alot on his shoulders.  He, being a black male from the "ghetto", is someone that young black children can look up to in the city of Baltimore.  He can make kids intrested in the game.  Jones has the ability to change lives.  How many kids have been thwarted from a life of crime to play football in the city since 1997.  I imagine quite a few.  Now the man is not going to cure cancer, but what he can do is get kids off the street.  Maybe want to play baseball, join a team.  Maybe he along with the Orioles could do a much better job of making it a point to extend thier hands towards the city in whole.  The team is not going to win any attendence prize, so it will not hurt the bottom line.  It might instill future avenues.  Johnny Basketball might see Jones play and say "I could do that too..."  Adam Jones certainly can do alot more for Baltimore than he might realize.

Posted on: February 1, 2008 11:15 am

Why are we in a funk right now?

You know from my days in early adolescent I remember the sadness at 4 years old when the Pirates came back from a 3-1 lead in a best of seven.  Four years later, the Orioles swept the Phillies after they took game 1.  I thought as a child this team would be on top for a long time.  As grew older we had a bit of "what is going on"...."and who are these guys".  While at PSU, I thought the Orioles turned the corner and a nice little streak in the mid to late '90's brought alot to this town.  Went to games 2030 and 2031 and it had to be one of the greatest baseball moment I have ever been too before, even counting the 1983 world series as a youngster.  By this decade, things started to go South.  The Orioles were seeing players go left and right.  Players like Jerry Hariston Jr., Brian Roberts, Jay Gibbons, Rocky Coppinger were suppose to bring in a "new era".  The Orioles were going to be good again soon we all heard day in and day out.  3rd place, 4th place, 3rd place, 4th place, 4th place, 3rd place, etc....  Revolving door of GM Frank Wren, Syd Thrift, the two headed monster, now one left without a real role.  We had an owner that had his heart in the right place and wants a team to win badly for this town, but he sticks his nose too deep and tries to run it like a buisness.  Still, you continue to preach "the Oriole way" to everyone.  Those days in my opionion are long gone, just like my adolescence.  We cannot get neither back, long gone is time not forgotten.  The ship of the proud franchaise has sailed and this current state needs to make its own claim, its own right of passage.  They need to find that "team" again.  Not the trolling bunch of me players that talk openly about being traded, not hitting in a certain spot, or having to come out of a ballgame early because your tired.  This offseason started to look as if the "new way" was coming.  This organization started something and needs to finish it.  Let get not to the "oriole way", but to the "winning way" that I was accustomed to as a child.


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