Re: Baltimore is
posted at 9/19/2013 12:04 PM EDT
In response to pumpsie-green's comment:
In response to ANONMD08's comment:
In response to SFBostonFan's comment:
The last 2 days I see our # for winning a wild card spot being reduced as we back in as others lose. I would not have the chutspah to uncork the champagne. Hate to bring up old wounds but this team knocked us out in 2011 when we couldn't win 1 game in the last series & Yankees couldn't win 1 game vs Tampa & had a 7-0 lead in the last.
I feel that Dempster & Peavey pitched well. Dempster only gave up 3 hits/2 runs but we only got 3 hits but did have 6 walks and 5 in first 3 innings so there were base runners left on. Last night we got 15 hits yet 3 runs...men left on base and lack of a key hit killed us...bad luck perhaps but this Orioles team has tremendous confidence against us & if they sweep tonight they know the last 3 games are at Camden field. Yup, we could be in the driver's seat to give them a wild card spot.
Many fear Tampa as having great pitching(offense weak) and NY as having good hitting(pitching weak) but I fear the Orioles who feel they have our number and their pitching and hitting ain't bad either. Winning the wildcard and division for us is inevitable but the goal should be to have the best record for home field advantage.
The problem is that you have to knock out their starters early. Too many squandered opportunities like when the Sox had bases loaded and ZERO outs in the third inning and couldn't score no runs. no excuse to have 13 hits and 3 runs. To make it worse I tought the sox might have shot their load against NY. Could be a sweep tonight because boston has not beaten tillman all year. What I'm hoping for is that tampa takes care of business and eliminates Baltimore. The Orioles will be the death to us if we meet them in a series.
There were lots of problems with last night's game, both as a result of poor execution by the players and stupid tactics by the manager who refused to put his team in the best possible position to win the game. For example, if the shift is on against Ortiz and the whole left side of the IF is open, with runners on base why not bunt the ball down the 3B line instead of GIDP as he did? Why did Victorino bunt with Pedey on first and no one out early in the game (third inning, I believe). That worked out, but it was STUPID tactically. Had he moved Pedey to second and made an out the odds of scoring are REDUCED. And the bases loaded, no one out....and NO RUNS?? Give me a break. Why did Farrell not use our designated base stealer earlier? Why did he allow Ross to hit in the sixth inning with the lead run at second base? Ross is useless at the plate; he should have been PH for so as to give us the best possible chance to win. Why didn't Farrell have someone up at the start of the sixth inning when it was clear that Peavy was losing it-instead of waiting for him to give up the lead run?
Too many brain dead decisions by the manager last night. We deserved to lose, and we did. Lets hope everyone wakes up soon. We have still clinched NOTHING.
Pumpsie...I relived all of those blundering issues you described and agree. On the live chat I recalled someone saying that Ortiz is our best hitter, he is not paid to bunt. I commented that a player should make a play that is best for the team at the moment in which to score and I agree. The 3rd baseman was in the 2nd baseman spot...my God a man in a wheel chair could have reached 1st safely with a bunt down the 3rd base line. And many who bunt are still tossed out but they move the lead runner which is the main purpose but Oriz could have bunted it forcibly out to left field the opening was so large. And, yup, not batting Salty or even Lavarnway for Ross was stupidity.
Let's hope we don't get a 2 run lead tonight in the first 2 innings...HA ! Have to keep my humor up. Wouldn't it be nice to get our 15 hits tonight and a reasonable 7-8 runs !