I’ve been sensing a lot of panic in Birdland this past week or so. Text messages, emails, social media comments. More panic than usual, actually. And I think the calendar is what is doing it – that and the fact the Orioles still only have two members of their rotation written in pen. I understand the sentiment. The Orioles were a last-place team in 2017, pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 13 with their first workout the next day, and the Orioles have filled no holes from an 87-loss club by Jan. 18.
It’s obviously been the offseason of the trade in Major League Baseball. Stars such as Giancarlo Stanton, Andrew McCutchen, Evan Longoria, Dee Gordon, Gerrit Cole, Ian Kinsler and Marcell Ozuna have been dealt. It certainly hasn’t been the offseason of the signed free agent. Jake Arrieta, Yu Darvish, Eric Hosmer, Lorenzo Cain and J.D. Martinez, among others, are still looking for jobs in mid-January. For the Orioles, it’s been the offseason of the Rule 5 pick.
I don’t really check my personal Facebook page that often. Early evening Sunday, I checked it. And it was flooded with posts by people I know from the Baltimore area. They were celebrating. Celebrating the Pittsburgh Steelers loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. I laughed about it. And then it got me thinking. I don’t remember my social media being overwhelmed when the Houston Astros beat the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series in October.
I’ve been hearing a lot lately about how the Orioles are running out of offseason and need to do something now. Well, there still is time given what’s available in FA. So, it’s not the calendar that should foster panic. It’s the philosophy. My thoughts: http://dlvr.it/QBks1S
@oriolesrise No question it’s about pitching and has been. It’s easier said then done tho. The best way to build pitching nowadays is a combo of trades and good drafts/scouting. Look at Cleveland. And pitching is the most volatile commodity. Buying it rarely works.
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