Originally written October 02, 2012 on hardballchat.com:
Leave it to Buck Showalter to complain about something as it relates to the Boston Red Sox or New York Yankees. It seems like that is all he has done since becoming manager of the Baltimore Orioles. Whether accusing them of spending too much or getting too many calls, Showalter is complaining about the Red Sox or Yankees any time he finds people who will listen.
This time, he must feel extra mad or extra sensitive, as Showalter has taken to complaining about both teams now.
Showalter was upset with the watered down lineup that the Red Sox trotted out against the Yankees last night when both New York and Baltimore were tied atop the American League East standings. Showalter and other reported members of the Orioles are coming off as whiny and hypocritical.
Two things that people are getting used to over the past couple of years.
What I find humorous is the fact that this was a very similar lineup that the Red Sox used against the Orioles in three straight losses in Baltimore over this past weekend. The Orioles beat the Red Sox 9-1, 4-3 and 6-3 in the series sweep. They defeated Aaron Cook, Felix Doubront and Zach Stewart as Boston’s starting pitchers.
Not exactly Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz now, is it?
The Orioles think that last night’s Red Sox lineup was weak? Hello! Welcome to the 2012 Red Sox. Between trads and injuries, this team more resembles a lineup of a Triple-A team. At best.
Yes, Dustin Pedroia was in the starting lineup for the Red Sox in all three games against the Orioles, but was held out last night against the Yankees due to a broken finger suffered against Baltimore the day before. Should Boston have forced him out under those circumstances?
And while Jacoby Ellsbury played in the final two games against the Orioles, he was also not in last night’s starting lineup against the Yankees. He has been nursing a lat strain for quite some time now.
And not to mention, while the Orioles got to tee off against Cook, Doubront and Stewart, the Red Sox saved Clay Buchholz, Jon Lester and Daisuke Matsuzaka to face the Yankees. I am not saying they are Cy Young candidates by any stretch of the imagination, but all three are better than those who faced the Orioles.
The whining and hypocrisy on behalf of the Orioles is getting old. While many people respect what they did with a payroll half of what the Yankees and Red Sox started the year with, all of the David vs. Goliath talk is getting stale.
Baltimore should take their cues from the Oakland Athletics. They spent about $30 million less than the Orioles this year and just do their job and keep their mouths shut.
Of course, when it comes to Showalter, I don’t think that is ever an option.

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