Thursday, May 4, 2023

Newsletter Excerpt, May 4, 2023 -- "More Birds"

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"That young catcher, though, does set the tone. Adley Rutschman has started 136 games in a major-league career nearly one year old. The Orioles are 80-56 in those games, a 95-win pace over a full season. He leads the AL in walks as part of a .313/.423/.464 line, and while his defense has suffered a bit -- he’s middle of the pack by most measures this year -- he’s also the guy quarterbacking that anonymous and effective bullpen. Rutschman is already a superstar."