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  1. The reason the Angels didn’t make a move at the deadline: AA was busy with Rasmus.

    Comment by Sitting Curveball — September 1, 2011 @ 1:10 pm

  2. The other perplexing thing about the Orioles is that they have had 3 different pitching coaches since Gonzalez signed his contract and 3 different managers. It can’t simply be the coaching that causes every pitcher the Orioles touch to suck. I feel bad for Dylan Bundy.

    Comment by Dash — September 1, 2011 @ 1:19 pm

  3. Adding players does not necessarily improve a team, even if they are good players. How many games has Adams personally lost since joining the Rangers?

    Don’t count the Angels out just yet.

    Comment by Alan / Falcon — September 1, 2011 @ 1:34 pm

  4. “Kevin Gregg all of a sudden imploded since coming to the Orioles this season.”

    Uhm, Kevin Gregg has always sucked – he’s merely sucking a little bit more then some of his other years (but about equal to how horrible he was in 2009)

    Anyway, we now have 2 season of 4.50 range ERA’s with 4.95 range FIPs in the last 3 seasons from Gregg. He took a different route to this years suckatude, but the same suckatude it still is…

    Comment by SOB — September 1, 2011 @ 1:41 pm

  5. Isn’t Oliver more likely to be the guy who goes for more than one batter than Gonzalez? In12 appearances this month, he’s gone 1 batter 4x, but he’s gone 3 batters 5x and 4 and 8 1x each. lower FIP and xFIP v. righties than Gonzalez (2.82 and 3.68 v. 6.19 and 5.14). Gonzalez has been very good this month, so maybe it is a function of the hot hand, but otherwise Oliver is more the guy designed to go against hitters from either side and is still comfortable for an inning of work.

    Comment by JCA — September 1, 2011 @ 2:04 pm

  6. Speaking of Gonzalez, I’d be pretty interested to know how a guy completely loses effectiveness against opposite hand hitting.

    I seem to remember him as a pretty good pitcher to both sides with the Braves. Did he just get worse overall and now he can only get out the side he should be stronger against? Or is there something else going on?

    Comment by deadpool — September 1, 2011 @ 2:10 pm

  7. As a former teammate of Gonzo, I can attest to the fact that he has lost velocity over the past few years. While he was in Atlanta with me, his fastball easily touched 96 and his breaking ball was absolutely filthy. Now, his fastball is about 1-2 mph slower with less life while his breaking ball isn’t quite as sharp either. Perhaps the anti-aging cream he bought from Yunel Escobar years ago didn’t work after all…

    Comment by Takashi Saito — September 1, 2011 @ 2:39 pm

  8. Nah, definitely go ahead count out the Angels. Right now.

    Comment by Welp — September 1, 2011 @ 2:58 pm

  9. I was hoping you might have some thoughts on Pedro Strop, whom the O’s received in the trade. He looks like another marginal pitcher, another relatively medicre patch to try to cover up the abyss that has been Oriole pitching this year. Say it ain’t so….

    Comment by Cheery o-di-O's — September 1, 2011 @ 4:05 pm

  10. Uehara has been the shaky one of the two trade deadline acquisitions, not Adams.

    Comment by Mr. Jones — September 1, 2011 @ 4:23 pm

  11. Mark Connor, the Orioles’ pitching coach since Buck Showalter was hired last season, quit earlier this year.

    Comment by WonkoTheSane — September 1, 2011 @ 4:25 pm

  12. Strop’s actually fairly decent. He was a hitter->pitcher conversion project for the Rockies (can’t recall how he made his way to the Rangers) who got a fair touch of hype after his first full season as a pitcher. He has posted fairly decent peripherals as a reliever in the minors; his command has never been that good, but he strikes out enough guys that he’s still useful, and he keeps the ball on the ground. He’s got excellent stuff with a mid 90s fastball, decent slider, and very good splitter that he can’t control for his life. I haven’t seen any video of him, so I can’t comment on his mechanics.

    Basically, he’s a pitcher with plenty of upside, but he needs to learn to harness his stuff. Great thing he moved to an organization with such a high reputation for nurturing young arms…

    Comment by Sean O'Neill — September 1, 2011 @ 4:35 pm

  13. Not so. Rick Kranitz, the PC under Dave Trembley, finished out the 2010 season after the Showalter hire. Connors was hired in the offseason.

    Comment by TippysTacos — September 1, 2011 @ 4:41 pm

  14. What you’re missing is that Adams gave up a game winning HR to Trumbo to prevent the Angels from being swept in a 4 game series by the Rangers in LAAAA. Obviously, this means that Adams has been bad and any move the Rangers make is probably overrated. Or something, I dunno, it’s an Angels fan.

    Comment by GhettoBear04 — September 1, 2011 @ 6:47 pm

  15. Yes. Especially given the manager.

    Comment by GhettoBear04 — September 1, 2011 @ 6:47 pm

  16. Yep. Great stuff, terrible command in the majors. Watching him seemed to suggest that he had too much adrenaline going for his relief outings…that seems like an easy enough thing to fix.

    Comment by GhettoBear04 — September 1, 2011 @ 6:49 pm

  17. Thanks for the info! Good to hear there’s some hope. I’m confident that the expert coaches of our great system will hone him to razor-sharp perfection. :)

    Comment by Cheery o-di-O's — September 1, 2011 @ 8:37 pm

  18. Poor research on Oliver, who have never been a LOOGY

    Comment by AA — September 1, 2011 @ 8:51 pm

  19. Agreed. Kevin Gregg was never a good pitcher.

    Comment by Andrew — September 2, 2011 @ 6:15 am

  20. Yes as a Cubs fan I can assure you this is not the first time Gregg has sucked at pitching.

    Comment by jmarsh123 — September 2, 2011 @ 11:49 am

  21. I will also verify that Gregg didn’t just implode! He has sucked for some time.

    Signed, Blue Jays Fan

    Comment by TomW — September 2, 2011 @ 5:26 pm

  22. “It comes down to this: the Angels are only 3.5 games behind the Rangers for first place in the AL West, but they’ve done nothing to improve their team down the stretch.”

    Exactly what move could the Angels have made that would improve them by 3.5 Wins?

    Comment by RC — September 2, 2011 @ 5:32 pm

  23. Not trading Napoli?

    Sorry… too easy.

    Comment by DT — September 3, 2011 @ 6:28 am

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