Well that was quite an ugly weekend, huh? While it wasn’t quite the “Mother’s Day Meltdown” of 10 years ago in Boston, it was still pretty bad. Back in 2007, the O’s blew that 5-0 lead in the ninth inning, while yesterday Kevin Gausman figured he would just give it all away in the fourth instead.
Then, of course, the O’s had to make things as painful as possible in the ninth, getting the tying and go-ahead runs into scoring position with one out, only to strand both.
Woof. Moving on!
Camden Depot’s Nate DeLong points out that pitchers aren’t throwing J.J. Hardy inside fastballs much these days. They’re typically the pitches he does his damage on. That, combined with his age, means that Hardy needs to do what I’ve been asking him to: embrace that slap-hitter life.
Melvin Mora became a US citizen last week – congrats MelMo! The O’s teams he was on were so bad that it’s easy to look back and think that some players were better than they actually were – see: Penn, Hayden; Bigbie, Larry. With Mora, that’s not the case. We tend to underestimate him, I think. Anywho, Andrew Stetka, in his weekly guest column at MASN, talks about Melvin.
Mark Brown of Camden Chat puts this recent skid into perspective. We could all use that right now.
Anthony Rescan of Beyond the Box Score looks into Dylan Bundy’s metrics. Bundy’s lack of strikeouts is definitely something to keep an eye on, and Rescan wonders if Bundy isn’t just valuing soft contact more than Ks at this point. I’ll choose to believe that this is all part of Dealin’s master plan until he proves me wrong, thank you very much.
FanRag’s Jon Bernhardt talks Trey.
Enjoy the off day, Birdland. Our boys try to get off the schneid tomorrow beginning with three in Detroit.