Speaking of Strikeouts

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What’s it like to set a new all-time MLB record for most strikeouts in a three-game-series? It’s all a matter of perspective, isn’t it? Of course, it is. It’s really no different from any other aspect in the wonderful world of winning and losing. Our digestion of  last night’s wrap on the series just concluded at Minute Maid Park on Thursday, May 26, 2016, for example,  simply turns on whether your club was the victim (the Orioles) or the applicator (Astros) of this ignominious negative accolade. A few choice quotes from both sides makes the obvious point about the answers to this basic question: How do you feel about the Baltimore Orioles setting a new MLB record by striking out 52 times in a three game series while they are also being swept by the home club Houston Astros?

Buck Showalter, Manager, Baltimore Orioles:

“When you do something that’s a break from the norm, it gets a lot of attention. So I understand that.”

http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/orioles/blog/bal-unpacking-the-orioles-record-setting-strikeout-totals-in-series-sweep-against-the-astros-20160526-story.html

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A.J. Hinch, Manager, Houston Astros:

“I’ll take outs any way they get it. Strikeouts are hard to get – all regular outs are hard to get – but it’s telling to the extent that we’ve been to put away hitters and finish at-bats aggressively, which I’m always a big fan of.”

~ Houston Chronicle Sports, 5/27/2016, Page C3

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Adam Jones, Center Fielder, and Longest tenured member of the Baltimore Orioles:

“Who cares? That doesn’t matter to us. Strikeouts are strikeouts. You can have 10 strikeouts in a game and also … look at say the first game in Anaheim, we hit [four] home runs, how many strikeouts did we have? You guys don’t know, because you don’t care. Because it doesn’t matter, right? You take the good and bad, man. Tip your cap and move on.

“You lose, you lose. There is no sugarcoating a loss, is there? Doesn’t matter how you lose, you lose. You can (lose) by a walk-off and you played a hell of a game, or you can lose the way we lost tonight. You lose, you lose. We’re battling.

“You can’t sleep on these guys (the Astros), that’s a good team over there. They pitched us all tough. Like it was a two-out, man-in-scoring-position-type scenario every at-bat. So, tip your cap and move on. Let’s get the hell out of here. This hasn’t been fun. (Yes.) I saw we set the record for strikeouts in a three-game series. Let’s get the hell out of Houston.”

http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/orioles/blog/bal-unpacking-the-orioles-record-setting-strikeout-totals-in-series-sweep-against-the-astros-20160526-story.html

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The Pecan Park Eagle:

“It is better to give than receive.”

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Looks like the new Memorial Day for Regular Season Team Strikeout Series Pitching  came four days earlier in 2016 than the formal legal holiday we’ve established for more profound reasons of appreciation by the same two-word name.

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Bill McCurdy

Publisher, Editor, Writer

The Pecan Park Eagle

Houston, Texas

https://bill37mccurdy.com/

 

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2 Responses to “Speaking of Strikeouts”

  1. bobcopus Says:

    Hopefully this series is a turning point for the home team.

  2. gregclucas Says:

    I simply abhor the current thinking about strikeouts being just another out. Too many of them degrade the enjoyment of games. Sure, if a record is being broken there is drama. That happens rarely. Along this line…did you know the Astros are currently on a pace to blow away the major league record for striking out that they set in 2013? And you remember how great THAT season was. They are averaging right at 10 strikeouts per game…which means 1620 for the season. Their current MLB record is 1535. That, folks, is NOT improvement.

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