I gave you a little time to think about it, to decide whether you’re OK with what the Orioles did – and didn’t do – at the trade deadline.
I gave you a little time to read some articles, listen to talk radio, converse with fans at other blogs.
You can even check out my WOYK radio show from Tuesday – click on the arrow at the end of the piece or the station’s link — that featured MLB.com’s Orioles reporter Brittany Ghiroli and I talking about the Orioles and the trade deadline.
My point at the Tap Room today: You should be well-versed in the Orioles’ transactions this past week. You should be ready to opine when the time comes.
The Orioles sent outfielder Hyun Soo Kim, Double-A lefty reliever Garrett Cleavinger, 23, and international bonus slots to the Philadelphia Phillies for veteran right-hander Jeremy Hellickson, who makes his Orioles debut Wednesday night against the Royals.
They then dealt Short-A right-hander Tobias Myers, 18, to the Tampa Bay Rays for shortstop Tim Beckham, who made his O’s debut Tuesday night in the Orioles’ 7-2 win over the Royals.
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette did not sell any of his coveted pieces for prospects and instead said the Orioles still are in this whole, pennant-race thing.
And the Orioles have kept their part of the agreement by winning four straight, including their second consecutive against the Royals, who currently hold the second AL Wild Card spot. A 52-54 record is nothing to get excited about, but the Orioles were seven games under .500 on July 16, when they were swept by the Chicago Cubs to kickoff the season’s second half.
And now they are within two games of an even record for the first time since July 3. Starting Thursday, 17 of their next 20 games are against clubs that are currently below .500.
So, are you a believer that they are trending in the right direction? Or are you waiting for another inevitable downturn? Are you stuck in the middle?
I’ve told you how I feel; I think they missed an opportunity to rebuild the farm system at the trade deadline. But if they were going for it, they should have further addressed their starting pitching issues. I feel like they stayed in neutral, didn’t plan one way or the other.
Now, the bartender is all ears. I want your thoughts here:
Because, these Orioles are inching closer to the Wild Card’s second spot. This can’t be answered definitively right now, but did it make sense for the Orioles to stay the course?
Or, let me put it another way:
Tap-In Question: Do you agree with Duquette that the Orioles still have a legitimate playoff shot?