Adam Jones Is In One Of His Moods And It’s Hard To Blame Him
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Thursday February.28, 2013
By Chance Moore (Orioles Correspondent) Follow @chancemoore_EB
The Orioles did what many thought would be impossible in 2012. They ended a string of 14 straight losing seasons and played all the way into October before losing a very tight American League Division Series to the New York Yankees.
So why is everybody so convinced that they will stumble back to mediocrity this year? Why are the so-called experts and oddsmakers setting the bar so low when the Orioles have basically the same team back and have a chance to get much more from several key players who were injured in 2013?
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Adam Jones already dislikes the media and like other players, they wish the media would go away. There’s no chance of that, of course. This is the era of the 24-hour sports news cycle, and that beast has to be fed a lot more than three meals per day. Jones, who is preparing to go off to the World Baseball Classic this weekend, just wants to know why everyone is so obsessed with predicting the future, especially after being so wrong about the Orioles at this time last spring.
But no wonder Jones is such an angry man. Everybody seems to think that last year, because the Orioles set a record for winning Winning Percentage in one-run games (29-9 – .764) – and they won 16 straight Extra-Inning games, was nothing but a fluke. Even Las Vegas Experts have their win total at 76.5 Wins this year as a set gambling odd. Odds for them to win the World Series range from +4200 to +4500. They are about the 18th favorite to win. They are also the 5th out of 5 teams in the AL East – garnering a +900 odd. If you are an Orioles fan, run and plunk some money down right now while those odds are still there
Last year Bobby Valentine said, “Oh, the Orioles are lucky, they’re getting lucky breaks.’” This was after 115 games. There is not one person who can be lucky doing something 100 times. You can’t do anything 100 times and be lucky.
The Orioles played good baseball. That’s the thing. People want to say the Red Sox had a bad year. The Yankees had a good year. Tampa had a good year. The Orioles overachieved? How? Just because the Orioles went out and simply won games? Major League Baseball, fans and the media just hadn’t seen it forever, so it kind of shocked everyone. Their bullpen was dominant (as proof by them being 74-0 after leading after the 7th Inning indicates) – and made up for the fact they used 12 different Starting Pitchers during the year.
Jones doesn’t see how there’s much luck involved at all. The Orioles didn’t win all the one-run games and Extra-Inning marathons by accident. The irritation finally is too much, and Jones realizes that trying to prove this point is, well, pointless. The only way to prove this point is to have the same type of season in 2013 as they had in 2012.
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