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T.J. McFarland - S - Orioles
Rule 5 pick T.J. McFarland struck out six in four perfect innings of relief Friday against Manatee Community College.
With Chris Tillman set to start off on the DL, the Orioles are expected to carry eight relievers initially, with McFarland getting one of the spots. We're not sure how they'll manage to hang on to him beyond that -- they have about 15 pitchers more deserving of roster spots -- but it looks like they'll make the effort.
Reading SI's baseball issue and they have an article on the Rays and their pitching program. I thought the following would interest many in this thread.
Before Guerrieri pitched in a professional game, the Rays gave him two directives. He no longer would be allowed to throw the cutter, a pitch Tampa Bay regards as an unnecessary health risk to a young pitcher. (They are often allowed to use it in Double A.)
The Rays' anticutter policy stems in part from the health risk (those inexperienced with the pitch sometimes turn their wrists to create movement and tweak their elbows) and in part from the fact that the pitch is easy to pick up later (it's essentially a fastball thrown with a slight pressure on the middle finger).
This post was edited by jsh 13 months ago
In other words, it's smart when Tampa does it.
I dont care that he was only an Oriole for a month and a half. I will always love Joe Saunders
It was weird, I remember having such a feeling of calm during that game. I knew we were winning it.
Wtf how was this possible? It was one of the most stressful days ever.
I said it was weird.
You also think Maryland is going to win every single game they play. Any sane person didn't feel that way last year.
I was more nervous leading up to the WC game than before any sporting event since 2002.
So when are we raising the 2013 Grapefruit League Champions pennant?
LOL, I say I think we're going to win every game we play. That's not always what's going on in my head.
So much nostalgia watching this game. Even if we win a WS I don't think I will ever enjoy a season (in any sport tbh) as much as I enjoyed the 2012 Orioles.
It really sucks knowing this to be true.
I think the 2013 Orioles winning the World Series would be just as enjoyable, since 95% of the same characters are back in place.
brady anderson looked REALLY good today.
how old is that mofo?
It was such a great feeling when Saunders got past Hamilton for the final time and you realized Texas' 8 RH hitters were going to have to face O'Day.
I don't think so. Last year was pure magic. There are about 10 moments last year that will top everything but the ALCS and WS clinchers.
Every season is different. I don't know if 2013 would be any less enjoyable; all playoff seasons are enjoyable. But it would certainly wouldn't be as unexpected as last season, which was a big part of 2012's charm.
We'll need some leaders to step up this season too - Reynolds/Saunders/Thome seemed to be a big part of the clubhouse last September. I guess it's really Jones'/Markakis'/Wieters' team now. And Roberts should be able to provide some leadership as well.
I so can't wait for Tuesday.
I cannot wait!
“Route 1, where everybody meets.” ~Nick Faust #5
So many awesome moments from last year. Off the top of my head, some of the best were:
- The Boston game with Chris Davis pitching
- Machado's fake/play at third vs. Tampa (now that we're removed from last season, that's officially my favorite regular season moment)
- The billion inning game vs. Seattle that ended around 3am
- The back-to-back-to-back HR's at Cal's game
I think this is correct. Because it was so unexpected, unpredictable and entertaining, there is no way this year's regular season will be as enjoyable. The postseason could absolutely be more rewarding, but nothing will top last year
Kinsler with the fluke hit/pickoff error was the point when I mentally prepared to lose.
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