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    Re: Rough start in Orlando

    Quote Originally Posted by RyckyRych View Post
    Nice work, its possible I might have a guy to help you next season.
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    After the 1st full season under new ownership the Motormouth team has high hopes the '87 season. The team an opening day roster snafu where prospects werent brought up for opening day because the GM had too many brewskis on Saturday night. But facing the 2X WS champs to open the season has been a good test to gauge if their expectations for 75-80 wins is realistic.

    Game one saw a roster filler pitch opening day, the team held its own in a 6-4 lose against the AS's Ace.

    Game Two was the debut of the '86 2nd overall pick, Kyle Wesley who took the 3-0 loss in a CG effort.

    Game three was another debut, this time it was Frank McCarthy who was a holdover from previous ownership. This time it was the MMs taking the game 3-0 with a CG SHO in McCarthy's debut. He has heavy expectation with a skyhigh salary that team officials have wondered if his results would warrant it. He had a bit of an unusual line in this game, threw 133 pitches and only 69 for strikes but he SO 8 while walking only 2 and allowing only 5 hits.

    Surprised by some decent FA talent, the team added a few pieces to increase offense. Malcolm Howard was a surprise addition from the PSFA list, I thought a good power hitter would have gone ahead of me. He replaces a vet power bat we signed earlier, former Lord's player Barone.

    Ron Rodriguez wasnt given a shot since debuting in '81 only to be released that same season, switch hitter will start behind the plate and add offense to the position.

    Mike Hess is a solid defensive 2B that slides over to SS which will still be an improvement despite the penalty.

    The team also feels good about Two vets of the bench in Bruce Ferguson & Arturo Fullilove.

    Last seasons PSFA Melvin Coleman slides in to a MR role while his SY still has 20 pts to grow over the next few seasons.
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    Re: Rough start in Orlando

    Well it hasnt been the improvement I'd hoped for but it should be growth from last season. We currently are at last seasons win total of 55 with about 17 division games left on the schedule. With the additions to the pitching staff the team can only suspect the reason the stats havent changed much is due to the inexperience of the 3 new starters. Team ERA has only dipped about a .10 of a point. On offense the team has improved the really poor power issue, the team only hit 100 HRs last season and are up to 143 this seasons so far thanks in most part to the addition of PSFA Malcolm Howard who leads the way with 37 & 94 RBI.

    Bergman and Mitchell have had drop offs in offense this season while the team got a little boost in offense from the catcher position from Ron Rod. Making a few tweaks for the home stretch lets see what we can do to finish strong for next season.
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    #2 overall pick Kyle Wesley threw a 2 hit SHO vs. Renville, it was his 5th of the season. What I didnt realize until now was the other 4 were consecutive in 4 of his 5 starts in July.

    7/8/2087 Orlando Motormouths @ Brno Barniecats Starter 9.0 3 0 0 0 3 8 W 5–10 0 3.30
    7/13/2087 Orlando Motormouths vs. Chicago Black Sox of Argyle Starter 9.0 3 0 0 0 1 6 W 6–10 0 3.10
    7/18/2087 Orlando Motormouths @ Lowell Lock Monsters Starter 9.0 4 0 0 0 1 2 W 7–10 0 2.92
    7/24/2087 Orlando Motormouths vs. Tamugan Tropics Starter 11.0 4 0 0 0 0 6 W 8–10 0 2.72

    Yeah that 4th one was an 11 inning CG SHO.

    38 consecutive SHO innings for the rookie

    Wesley is one of five Motormouths in consideration for ROY
    2 Kyle Wesley American P Orlando Motormouths 12–14, 3.29 ERA, 1.25 WHIP
    5 Malcolm Howard American DH Orlando Motormouths .253-38-97, 77 R, .839 OPS
    7 Melvin Coleman American P Orlando Motormouths 3–0, 2 SV, 3.54 ERA, 1.52 WHIP
    9 Frank McCarthy American P Orlando Motormouths 9–15, 4.10 ERA, 1.55 WHIP
    10 Ronald Rodriquez American C Orlando Motormouths .279-11-45, 37 R, .782 OPS
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    Re: Rough start in Orlando

    Rookie starter Frank McCarthy throws a no hitter against RDAS' it is easily his best start of his season, even including his first career start when he also blanked the same team. A 3rd inning single was all the All Stars would manage other than 3 walks.
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    Re: Rough start in Orlando

    Quote Originally Posted by bobcat1018 View Post
    After the 1st full season under new ownership the Motormouth team has high hopes the '87 season
    The '87 season wasnt as positive as hoped, 61 wins was only a 5 win upgrade. Still sorting through some of the mess that was left for us and decided to continue looking toward the future. That included cutting high salary of Frank McCarthy who's 10-18 record in his rookie season was underwhelming and his 5M+ price tag wasnt worth it.

    For '88 the team doesnt have the greatest expectations either, still piecing things together until we can build our own core. Wesley & Rossi are in sophomore seasons, Wesley was last season's ROY and should build on it, Rossi has limited abilities but the team hopes hes a decent lower rotation starter.

    Lots of moving this offseason, we didnt cash in on the mega PSFA pool this season but were able to grab 3 remaining fringe players that will be short range players during the rebuild.



    The Oaks before me had 8 consecutive seasons of 65 wins or less and it didnt result in a solid farm, so its no surprise this team still is far from competing. Maybe 65 wins this season, who knows.
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    Re: Rough start in Orlando

    With the team move this season the team is playing a bit better than last season (30-38) '88 (23-45) '87.

    Offense is once again lacking especially since the team's best bat the past couple seasons, Jesse Glover has played his way out of the lineup. Its surprising about the major decline at age 31.

    The young pitching is showing signs of experience gained last season. Melin Coleman was our PSFA 2 seasons ago and has been one of the best arms out of the pen. Kyle Wesley started slow but has turned things around and has his era down to a manageable number. Same goes for Charles Rossi who's 4-9 record doesnt reflect the way he's pitched, he has 7 CGs & an ERA slightly above 4.
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    Re: Rough start in Orlando

    The team is playing well down the stretch (70-75) cant help to think if the team didnt have 15 BS, maybe this is a .500 team

    PSFA's since i took over
    Bergman went undrafted and rightfully so he's been pretty average with decent price tag. Probably having a career year id say. .300+ BA with .852OPS

    Melvin Coleman still has a lot of SY to develop, in his late 20's now but has been decent out of pen. era around 4 with only 1 BS in nearly 2 seasons.

    Malcolm Howard is down from an excellent rookie season but still averaging 40 HRs per.
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    Re: Rough start in Orlando

    I cant believe the other Chicago team didnt make the playoffs too? I thought Hasan had a better off season than me!

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    Re: Rough start in Orlando

    8 consecutive loses to end the season caps off a 74 win season. Not the finish this team wanted but again its growth from season to season.
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