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July 5, 2011

Reimold and Pie to share left for now

Orioles manager Buck Showalter wouldn’t reveal his specific plans for left field now that Scott will be on the DL, but the benefactors will be right-handed hitting Nolan Reimold and lefty-swinging Felix Pie.

“I wouldn’t commit to something straight [platoonwise],” Showalter said. “Let’s just see how it goes. We got a string here where we got left-right-left-right-left-right. I will try to get
them both some at-bats.”

Reimold, who was hitting .255 in 23 games heading into Tuesday, had been limited to the lesser half of a lefty-righty platoon, playing mainly against left-handed pitchers while Pie’s playing time was severely limited with Scott healthy. Heading into Tuesday, Pie had batted .239 in 63 games and had just 35 at-bats in June.

Reimold started Monday and Tuesday, and Pie was expected to start Wednesday against right-hander Alexi Ogando.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if Pie plays [Wednesday]," Showalter said. "But you know if Nolan gets it going, I might ride with him, so I’m going to let him get some consistent at-bats too.”

Posted by Dan Connolly at 6:56 PM | | Comments (9)


NO!!!!!!!!! Give Nolan left flat out. He's got more upside than anything Scott and Pie call offer. As for Luke, he can stay on the DL. He is a liability in LF, and he's not swinging the bat well enough to be on the field.

It would be great if we had just seen Scott play in an O's uniform for the last time. Just sayin...

Listening to Buck you'd think he had the club a game out of first place instead of in fifth place and falling fast.

Showalter can be as coy as he wants, but not playing Reimold regardless of whether or not there is a lefty on the mound should be the priority if the club wants more power.

If not, deal him by the deadline and let him play somewhere else.

Buck to Nolan... you have to earn it...

In Buck we trust.

How quickly you folks forget what Scott has done for the O's. 23-27 HR's the last 3 years and he's played through a torn labrum this year in his dominant shoulder.. He hasn't complained a bit, unlike Roberts who sits out for a hangnail. Luke is hardly a liability out there, have you checked the highlight real lately? Give those comments a rest. You people have no clue what it takes to play at that level.

Halfway through the season and Buck can't decide who he wants to play in left field. He needs to give either Reimold or Pie an extended shot. That's what a good manager would do. Make a decision and live with it.

"But you know if Nolan gets it going, I might ride with him..."

Who are you going to believe me or your own lyin' eyes ?

Re-check the highlight reel Joe. Luke Scott flat out LOST one of the Braves games by not making what should have been a fairly straightforward catch for a good defensive outfielder and ending that inning before 3 runs came in. He has become a liability in all phases of the game and he has only had one consistent year which was last year. They should have traded him when his stock was high since they have seen and have no doubt been as frustrated as we have at how streaky he is. And to be honest with you, I bet they did shop him around and found no takers.

Save it Nate. One bad play and you're ready to burn him at the stake. Good flippin luck finding a replacement with Lukes price tag that will give you his production in the AL East. Luke might hit 50 bombs if he played in the west or central.

Producing in the DH role is not nearly as easy as you arm-chair GM's think. And he Is absolutely an average major league defender in LF and 1st. That's why you sit at home and watch while others are paid to make decisions.

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A Baltimore native, Dan Connolly has been covering sports for 14 years, and baseball and the Orioles for 10 seasons, including the past six with The Sun. His first year covering baseball on a daily basis was Cal Ripken Jr.'s final season as a player. It's believed that is just a coincidence.

Steve Gould is an assistant sports editor for The Sun, overseeing Orioles coverage. The Columbia native joined The Sun as a sports copy editor in 2006 after graduating from the University of Maryland.

Peter Schmuck has been covering baseball for a lot longer than Steve Gould has been on this earth. He is now a general sports columnist, but has been a beat writer covering three major league teams (the Dodgers, Angels and Orioles) and also spent a decade as the Sun's national baseball writer. If you want more of his insight on the Orioles and other sports issues, check out his personal blog -- The Schmuck Stops Here.

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