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Justin McGuire: O’s must find reliable starters to make 2016 great

Posted on 19 April 2016 by WNST Staff

Justin McGuire joined Nestor to discuss the Orioles’ promising start to the 2016 season and touched on a variety of topics, including their surprise 7-0 start.

“It’s the best start in Baltimore Orioles history,” McGuire said. “It’s a bit surprising that they started out as well as they did. I think the reason they did is kind of what we expected, hitting a lot of home runs and scoring a lot of runs. That’s kind of what we expected from this team…if they can keep that up, it’s going to be a real interesting year.”

While there are mostly positive things to say about the Orioles’ offense, their pitching may prove to write a different script as the season unfolds. Justin touched on the newest starter in town, Yovani Gallardo.

“I think if you’re flying on Gallardo to be a top of the rotation guy, that tells you all you need to know about that rotation,” McGuire said. “If you look at the numbers the last several years, his velocity and consistency has been down, and he’s been pretty uniformly awful after the sixth inning the past couple years. We saw that a couple days ago too, he is a guy that runs out of gas and doesn’t get deep into games for you.”

Justin continued to discuss the starting pitching, and made it clear that he feels that area of the team is the key to a successful 2016 season in Birdland.

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Marty Conway: O's season ticket strategy "unorthodox"

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Marty Conway: O’s season ticket strategy “unorthodox”

Posted on 15 February 2016 by WNST Staff

Our good friend Marty Conway joined Nestor this week to talk all thing sports business, and one of the main topics of conversation was the Baltimore Orioles substantial increase in their season ticket prices.

Marty found it to be very unusual that the Orioles waited this long to announce their price change for 2016.

“This was very unorthodox and probably more than likely reflects the current management structure in the organization where Peter Angelos will be signing off on this to the point where he needs to see it and feel it,” Conway said.

“It’s also very unorthodox, I would think, to reference in the press statements about it, the signing of players and things like that,” Conway said. “Everybody understands that, you do not have to articulate that in your releases with respect to ticket prices. Unfortunately what they ended up with was headlines that say two things. They say a 20% ticket increase, that’s the number one headline, and the second headline talked about this being the result of signing players.”

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Luke Jones checks in on the Orioles, Ravens, and Terps

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Luke Jones checks in on the Orioles, Ravens, and Terps

Posted on 15 February 2016 by WNST Staff

Our WNST All-Star beat reporter Luke Jones checked in this week to to discuss the state of the Ravens, Orioles, and Terps.

Will the Orioles end up signing Yovani Gallardo, and does Luke agree with their pursuit of him given his declining K-rate?

How will the Terps home loss to Wisconsin impact the rest of their season as they chase a Big 10 Championship?

Which route will the Ravens take in free agency? How much cap room do they have to potentially make some moves to upgrade the roster? Which of the Ravens own free agents will they prioritize as the offseason begins to heat up?

Get answers to all of those questions and much more!

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Bob Nightengale discusses the Orioles offseason expectations

Posted on 17 December 2015 by WNST Audio

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Jason Cole talks all things NFL

Posted on 16 December 2015 by WNST Audio

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Rob Neyer talks the Baltimore Orioles-Chris Davis saga

Posted on 14 December 2015 by WNST Audio

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Luke Jones on Orioles acquisition of Mark Trumbo

Posted on 02 December 2015 by WNST Audio

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John Ourand weighs in on the Orioles MASN dispute

Posted on 11 November 2015 by WNST Staff

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Eric Fisher’s thoughts on MASN case and Orioles offseason

Posted on 05 November 2015 by WNST Staff

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If it meant a World Series, do you trade the Future?

Posted on 22 July 2015 by James Revere

 

untitledHi, Folks. James is back at the helm. As I was looking through the Twitter-sphere today, one tweet from @MasnRoch really caught my eye. The Orioles are apparently listening to offers that include future ace Kevin Gausman. Has the recent disturbing trend of lack of clutch hitting really pushed the front office this far? Last year, Gausman and Hunter Harvey were deemed the second coming of Sean Connery and Kevin Costner. (The Untouchables for all those who didn’t get the reference. Decent movie by the way.) Now at five games behind the division leading Yankees, it would appear that with 11 pending free agents, all bets are on the table in order to try and win now.

The response to this rumor was met with more favor than I thought possible. If I had to predict, it has to come from a long seeded frustration with the organization’s inability to develop front line starters. Dylan Bundy was deemed Das Wunderkind from his draft day. No player would ever be able to pry him away from the clutches of our team. Here we sit three years later, and his arm has done nothing but let the young man down. Adding him to the ever growing list which includes Hayden Penn, Daniel Cabrera, Matt Riley, and Adam Loewen can really help show where this willingness to part with Gausman is coming from.

The major problem with a move of this magnitude lies with where the Orioles are as a franchise in terms of organizational depth. With a severe lack of impactful prospects,  prospects that are highly regarded in the system still years away from the bigs, and the potential mass exodus of players from the major league team, the Orioles could very well see the proverbial “window” close very harshly behind them if the wrong deal is made. Trading enough of the farm system now, for the services of a big bat or front line starter could derail this team for many years to come. So what exactly is the “right move”?

While there are many names linked to the Orioles right now, almost every single one of them is a free agent at the end of the year. Be it Justin Upton from San Diego, Yoenis Cespedes from Detroit, or Johnny Cueto of Cincinati, these stars will most definitely test free agency after the season is over. To part with a load of minor league talent for one of these guys would have to most certainly require a 72 hour window to negotiate a new contract. If not I would let everyone of these gentlemen go somewhere else. There is only one team out there in dire need to shed some contracts and get young fast that would make sense to trade with.

The Phillies have been laughable this year. Weighed down by injuries, age, and hundreds of millions of bad contracts, this is the team you need to meet at the table. They need a youth movement, and major league ready help now. Looking at their roster, I see three guys who would provide the Orioles with everything they need as well as provide them with some building blocks to help the team compete next year. With a promise to help with some of their contracts, Cole Hamels, Ryan Howard, and Ben Revere would instantly give the Birds all that is needed to help push for the division. In Revere, not only would I be able to buy a jersey with my last name on it, but the long lost leadoff hitter that this team has missed since Brian Roberts would be found. Put him in left field and bat him leadoff to move Manny Machado to a more productive spot in the line up. With the likes of Adam Jones and Chris Davis around him, Machado could easily duplicate the first half numbers he displayed down the stretch. While Ryan Howard is up there in age, he can still provide power and protection in an already deep roster. Place him as your DH, move Jimmy Paredes into a Delmon Young type role and the bench gets that much deeper. Hamels doesn’t exactly need explaining. At 30 years old, he still has good baseball ahead of him. With finally acquiring that number one starter Birdland has yearned for, the rest of the rotation becomes that much better.

Granted it may be wishful thinking, but if Kevin Gausman plus a few other players got this kind of return, I’d pull the trigger. With a few of our players saying they wanted to see if the front office was committed to winning, this deal may just be the sort that makes them realize just how serious the front office is.

So what do you guys think? Does the thought of Kevin Gausman being dealt make your blood curdle, or do you think in the right package it could make sense. Send me a tweet or leave a comment.

 

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