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Orioles-Twins on Wednesday, March 11

Posted on: March 11, 2009 1:24 pm
Edited on: March 13, 2009 10:40 am

FORT LAUDERDALE -- I miss the Twins near no-hitter Sunday with Francisco Liriano and finally make it back to a ballgame. It's David Pauley vs. Glen Perkins, Nick Blackburn and Joe Nathan.

-- Denard Span can really, really run. He isn't Carlos Gomez fast, but who is?

-- Joe Crede and his chronic bad back sat on a bus for the two-plus hour drive from Fort Myers. That is a great sign for his health. Blackburn and Cuddyer also made the trip coming off injuries.

-- Adam Jones made a sweet lunging grab in the first to turn a double play. He really might win a Gold Glove this season. Maybe he will even live up to his 30-40 steals prediction. You can't put anything past someone with that talent -- although I still have a hunch his numbers are going to be a few years away.

-- Pauley looks like a Triple-A starter. He won't win a rotation spot. He get abused in the first inning. Alexi Casilla and Cuddyer gapped him.

-- Carlos Gomez, batting ninth with Span leading off, is a strong, strong man. We know about the speed, but Gomez is going to be a big-time hitter in the near future. He lined a double to the warning track in left-center, the ball hardly getting off the ground and splitting the air all the way to the fence. He only got a double. If you understand his speed, you know it takes a shot in the gap for him to only pull up for a double. He hit it too hard almost.

Gomez walked in his next at-bats -- great news. He was caught stealing 1-3-6 on a pick-off attempt -- not great news. He did almost outrun the throw from first to second, though.

-- Crede ripped a single down the left field line. He really doesn't run well at all. It might be a function of his back -- of just the fact that he is Dave Magadan out of the box.

-- Nathan blew Wieters away quickly with one out and a man on third. You gotta put the ball in play there. Granted, that is an elite closer, but it is a sign Wieters might not be ready to go out of spring training. I am becoming convinced he could use time in Triple-A myself... and I generally complain when teams block their elite prospects.




Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: March 13, 2009 10:41 am

Orioles-Twins on Wednesday, March 11

Dave Richard is just jealous he didn't go to Syracuse. He went to Miami. He wishes he had gone to Syracuse.

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: March 12, 2009 2:24 pm

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 Nice headline, genius.Cool

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: March 12, 2009 10:23 am

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Yes, Gomez is a specimen. But can that physical talent translate into on-field success?


I sure hope so.

Since: Sep 4, 2008
Posted on: March 11, 2009 7:10 pm

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You have had the luxury of watching Matt Wieters live at camp so when i hear you say he may not be ready i get a little worryed. The buzz in Baltimore is that he will break camp with the O`s and be on the roster from day one. I don`t think he has any reason too go to Triple -A, let`s see what the kid can do at the major league level , ready or not.  

Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: March 11, 2009 2:49 pm

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Gomez over Span because of the 60-steals potential and higher ceiling with the power. Gomez looks like he could be a monster. He is a physical marvel.


Since: Feb 8, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2009 1:40 pm

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 I've been sitting on Adam Jones and Carlos Gomez for a few years now in a deep keeper league.  Thanks for the updates!  If you had to go with one Span or Gomez - who's going to have the better fantasy numbers over the next few years?

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