Taylor Teagarden is living a charmed life in 2012. Much has been made of his clutch exploits, notching five of his eight total hits on the season in high leverage moments. He did it again tonight, coming up with a big single to start a rally. Well, an aborted rally.

The Orioles did manage to load the bases and even pushed across a single run in the sixth inning of the nightcap of the O’s double header against the Blue Jays. With one run in and just one out, Chris Davis faced Jays reliever Brad Lincoln with the bases loaded. Davis sent a fly to shallow left field. Taylor Teagarden, noted catcher, went back to third base to tag as Jays outfielder Anthony Gose settled under the ball.

Anthony Gose is a rookie so, perhaps, the O’s coaches don’t have the full story on his defense. It is just that…defense is sort of Gose’s thing. He is badly miscast as a left fielder because his defense is thought of so highly both range and throwing arm. As a pitcher in high school, Gose was repeatedly clocked in the 90s. He can throw.

The Orioles might have taken the You Only Live Once mantra to heart but, after watching Gose completely hose Teagarden at the plate, one can assume the O’s fans died a thousand deaths last night.

Comments (8)

  1. A post about the Jays that isn’t terrible… I can smile

  2. Not that I’m defending the O’s decision, but Gose made a throw 1-2 plays earlier that completely missed from the same spot. They may have known about Gose’s defence, but based on the previous play adjusted their strategy.

    He looked awful on the earlier throw. It was supposed to go to the plate and ended up halfway between 1st and home.

  3. Gose is still learning, and he’s inconsistent. The difference between the highlight-reel throw and the one that went way offline was that he got behind the ball and projected his whole body in a straight line toward the plate. He had rushed his throw and his body was going in the wrong direction on the last throw.

    His mistake obviously reminded him to use proper mechanics the next time, and he didn’t miss on the Teagarden play. The ability to make in-game adjustments like that in clutch situations is a good sign that he’ll be a very good major league fielder.

  4. Um, its says “You Only Like Once” up there.

  5. I’m as anxious as anybody about have Gose in centre field when he is ready. IMO, another 200 to 300 at bats in a real Triple A league, instead of the toy dept AKA Pacific League will be better for him long run. The Jays are in the same boat with D’Arnaud. I’d like him to start in Buffalo as well.

    I can see both of them moving on up as soon as the guys blocking them are dealt. I am not all that worried about their offence. They are skilled middle players, they don’t grow on trees. And,it is not like they are replacing Johnny Bench and Willy Mays.

    Gose/Rasmus or D’Arnaud/ Arencibia should not be on the same ML roster. I would include Hech, but I assume Yunel is the dead SS walking and will be gone by Spring Training.

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