Good To SEE Orioles Baseball Again
I had a rare switch of days off this week which happened to enable me to watch the televised Orioles game against the Blue Jays yesterday. Along with a pleasant day that melted the few remnants of the total bust that was Winter Storm Saturn (not complaining), it made for a good afternoon. Yes, I’d rather be in Sarasota, but any early March day with Orioles baseball is far from a loss.
Here is a variety of observations from the game:
looks really good. This guy is an athlete and not just a baseball player. One can see why he was such a high draft choice. Jackson deserves the longest of looks this spring as a potential keeper.
Blue Jays second baseman Mike McCoy (18) tags out Baltimore Orioles first baseman Conor Jackson (36) Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
So who are the Orioles going to keep? If we put McLouth in LF and Reimold as DH and believe Roberts to be healthy, that leaves four others, among who will be Taylor Teagarden (or another backup catcher, but let’s hope not!). Wilson Betemit is under contract and can play several positions along with hitting right-handers well. He will be kept, for better or worse (and to quote Forest Gump, “That’s all I got to say about that.”). So, two more – a largely utility infielder and a utility outfielder … and yes, there is a ways to go in spring training. It would seem to come down to Pearce or Jackson and Flaherty or Casilla. Right now I’d go with Jackson and Flaherty. Jackson has the better athleticism and better career average (.271 to .234). Flaherty has the good history with the Orioles, though a strong showing by Alexi Casilla throughout this month could yet put him on the team. There is too much time yet to get a read on a 5th starter or the two extra bullpen guys who could bridge to the five short-innings throwers.
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