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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Orioles 9-Game Scorecard (Games 1-9)

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Orioles 9-Game Scorecard (Games 1-9)

Posted on 11 April 2014 by Luke Jones

During the 2014 season, Drew Forrester and Luke Jones of The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction will provide the “9-Game Scorecard” for the Orioles, evaluating the club in nine-game increments in a number of categories and looking ahead to how Baltimore will fare over the next nine games on the schedule.

To hear the full explanation of the inaugural “Orioles 9-Game Scorecard” during Friday’s show, click HERE.

1. Should the Orioles have been better or worse than their 4-5 mark?
Drew: Better
Luke: Worse

2. Most Valuable Player/Least Valuable Player
Drew: MVP – Matt Wieters; LVP – Ubaldo Jimenez
Luke: MVP – Matt Wieters; LVP – Ryan Flaherty

3. Biggest surprise
Drew: Chris Davis not having a single home run so far
Luke: The impressive performance of Zach Britton out of the bullpen

4. Best thing about the nine-game stretch
Drew: Tommy Hunter hasn’t experienced any failures in the closer role yet
Luke: Managing a series win in the Bronx to conclude a 3-3 road trip with Manny Machado and J.J. Hardy missing so much time

5. Nine games from now…
Drew: Ubaldo Jimenez will still be struggling
Luke: Ubaldo Jimenez will have two wins under his belt

6. Record in the next nine games
(three with Toronto, three with Tampa Bay, three at Boston)
Drew: 5-4
Luke: 6-3

7. Stock rising/falling over the next 10 games
Drew: Rising – David Lough; Falling – Nick Markakis
Luke: Rising – Chris Davis; Falling – Matt Wieters

8. Grading Buck Showalter in the first 10 games
Drew: B-
Luke: B-

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction 2014 MLB Predictions

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction 2014 MLB Predictions

Posted on 28 March 2014 by Luke Jones

With the Orioles scheduled to begin the 2014 season on Monday, The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction offered its Major League Baseball predictions on Friday morning.

For a full breakdown of what Drew Forrester and Luke Jones had to say, click HERE.

LUKE JONES

AL East
Tampa Bay 93-69
*Boston 92-70
*Baltimore 90-72
New York 83-79
Toronto 74-88

AL Central
Detroit
Kansas City
Cleveland
Minnesota
Chicago

AL West
Texas
Oakland
Los Angeles
Seattle
Houston

NL East
Washington
Atlanta
Philadelphia
New York
Miami

NL Central
St. Louis
*Pittsburgh
Cincinnati
Milwaukee
Chicago

NL West
Los Angeles
*San Francisco
Arizona
San Diego
Colorado

* = Wild Card berth

AL MVP: OF Mike Trout, Los Angeles
NL MVP: C Yadier Molina, St. Louis
AL Cy Young: David Price, Tampa Bay
NL Cy Young: Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco
AL Rookie of the Year: SS Xander Bogaerts, Boston
NL Rookie of the Year: OF Billy Hamilton, Cincinnati

ALCS: Detroit over Tampa Bay
NLCS: Los Angeles over Washington
World Series: Los Angeles over Detroit, 4-2

See Drew Forrester’s predictions on the next page >>>>>

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Tuesday Top 7 things that need to happen for the Orioles to contend

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Tuesday Top 7 things that need to happen for the Orioles to contend

Posted on 18 March 2014 by Luke Jones

In honor of the start of the 2014 season being less than two weeks away, The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction used this week’s Tuesday Top 7 to ponder what exactly needs to go right for the Orioles to seriously contend for their first American League East crown since 1997.

Obvious notions such as staying healthy were assumed, but Luke Jones and Drew Forrester each tackled their own list of items that need to take place for Baltimore to not only earn its third consecutive winning season for the first time since 1992 through 1994 but to return to the postseason.

To hear Jones’ full explanation, listen HERE. You can listen to Forrester’s analysis HERE.

Luke Jones’ Top 7 …

7) David Lough needs to be an upgrade over Nate McLouth in left field.
Lough

The Orioles have raved about Lough’s defense in left field, but the former Kansas City Royal would go a long way toward keeping Nelson Cruz at the designated hitter spot if he can best McLouth’s .209 average against left-handed pitching and .729 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) overall from the 2013 season.

6) Chris Davis still needs to hit 40-plus home runs.
Davis

Expecting Davis to hit 53 home runs again is setting yourself up for disappointment, but the slugging first baseman needs to remain one of the most feared hitters in baseball and an MVP candidate if the Orioles want to compete to have the best lineup in the American League.

5) Nick Markakis needs to put up 2012-like numbers over the entire season.
Markakis

Because two freak hand injuries limited Markakis to 104 games, people forget just how productive he was in 2012 with an .834 OPS — his highest mark since 2008 — and 44 extra-base hits in 471 plate appearances, numbers the 30-year-old would like to rediscover after bulking up this winter to bounce back from the worst season of his career.

4) Another starting pitcher needs to make a Tillman-like leap in 2014.
Gausman

Whether it’s an incumbent starter such as Wei-Yin Chen or Bud Norris or someone not projected to be in the Opening Day rotation like Zach Britton or Kevin Gausman, the Orioles need another hurler to find a higher gear to help push the starting pitching into the top half of the American League, sparing the bullpen in the process.

3) Tommy Hunter and Darren O’Day need to be better against left-handed hitters.
Hunter

Left-handers hit .294 with 11 home runs against the new Orioles closer in 2013 while setup man Darren O’Day saw southpaws hit .309 against him, numbers that must improve if manager Buck Showalter wants to not only protect late-inning leads but keep his bullpen viable through September and beyond.

2) Ubaldo Jimenez needs to live up to the billing after receiving a $50 million contract.
Jimenez

Projecting Jimenez to match his 2013 earned run average of 3.30 in the AL East would be asking a lot, but the Orioles need the 30-year-old right-hander to keep his ERA south of 3.80 to not only justify the financial investment but to quell annual concerns that the rotation is made up of too many fourth and fifth starters.

1) Manny Machado needs to be himself whenever he returns to action.
Machado

It doesn’t matter that the All-Star third baseman is all but certain not to be ready by Opening Day, but when he does return, the Orioles need Machado to be the player he was prior to the knee injury as he’s their best all-around asset and still has plenty of room for improvement at the tender age of 21.

CONTINUE TO NEXT PAGE FOR DREW FORRESTER’S TOP 7 >>>>>

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Picks and Comment – Conference Championship Weekend

Posted on 17 January 2014 by Luke Jones

Here are this weekend’s picks as The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction will pick every NFL game this season.

Luke Jones finished the divisional round with a 4-0 record while Drew Forrester was 3-1 on his picks. Jones is 5-3 in the postseason and was 157-98 in the regular season while Forrester is also 5-3 in the playoffs after finishing 149-106 in the regular season. Official standings were based only on the NFL picks.

You can listen to Friday’s “Picks and Comment” segment HERE.

Patriots at Broncos: New England 30-26 (Drew), Denver 28-24 (Luke)
49ers at Seahawks: San Francisco 23-17 (Drew), Seattle 17-16 (Luke)

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Picks and Comment – Divisional Playoff Weekend

Posted on 10 January 2014 by Luke Jones

Here are this weekend’s picks as The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction will pick every NFL divisional round game.

Luke Jones finished the wild-card round with a 1-3 record while Drew Forrester was 2-2 on his picks. Concluding the regular season, Jones was 157-98 while Forrester finished 149-106. Official standings were based only on the NFL picks.

You can listen to Friday’s “Picks and Comment” segment HERE.

Saints at Seahawks: Seattle 23-20 (Drew), Seattle 27-17 (Luke)
Colts at Patriots:
New England 27-20 (Drew), New England 26-20 (Luke)
49ers at Panthers:
San Francisco 24-13 (Drew), San Francisco 20-17 (Luke)
Chargers at Broncos:
San Diego 30-28 (Drew), Denver 31-24 (Luke)

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Local Sports Figures to Watch in 2014

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Local Sports Figures to Watch in 2014

Posted on 07 January 2014 by Luke Jones

In honor of the first Tuesday Top 7 of 2014, Drew Forrester and Luke Jones of The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction selected their top seven local sports figures to watch in 2014.

Some of the names are predictable while others may just be establishing themselves on the local sports scene, but each is worth following closely in 2014 for different reasons.

To listen to Jones’ full explanation for his list, click HERE. Forrester’s breakdown of his seven names can be found HERE.

Luke Jones’ Top 7 Local Sports Figures to Watch in 2014 …

7. Towson running back and NFL Draft prospect Terrance West
west
Skinny: Not only will the FCS record-breaking back be drafted, but it will be fun to watch his progress and to see how his skills translate to the next level.

6. Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs
diggs
Skinny: Questions will linger about the Terps’ ability to compete in the Big Ten, but a breakout 2014 campaign would likely have the offensive playmaker thinking carefully about the NFL.

5. Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman
gausman
Skinny: Assuming the Orioles’ offseason continues at its current pace, the 23-year-old right-hander’s development will be critical in determining whether the club remains in contention.

4. Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs
suggs
Skinny: The 2011 Defensive Player of the Year may have already played his final game in Baltimore if he’s not willing to adjust his $12.4 million salary cap number for the 2014 season.

3. Orioles third baseman Manny Machado
machado
Skinny: Coming off knee surgery and entering just his second full season in the majors, the 21-year-old will be counted on to not only be healthy but to take his already-impressive game to the next level.

2. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco
flacco
Skinny: The spotlight on the Super Bowl XLVII Most Valuable Player will be brighter than ever after a disappointing 2013 season and considering his cap number balloons to $14.8 million in 2014.

1. Orioles manager Buck Showalter
buck
Skinny: After two poor offseasons in a row, does the Baltimore skipper reach his breaking point with an organization lacking the commitment to build on its recent success?

CONTINUE FOR DREW FORRESTER’S TOP 7 LOCAL SPORTS FIGURES TO WATCH IN 2014 >>>>>

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Picks and Comment – Wild Card Weekend

Posted on 03 January 2014 by Luke Jones

Here are this weekend’s picks as The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction will pick every NFL game and local college games this season.

Luke Jones finished Week 17 with a 13-3 record while Drew Forrester was 12-4 on his picks. Concluding the regular season, Jones is 157-98 while Forrester is 149-106. Official standings are based only on the NFL picks.

You can listen to Friday’s “Picks and Comment” segment HERE.

Towson vs. North Dakota State: Tigers 36-30 (Drew), Bison 31-27 (Luke)
Chiefs at Colts: Indianapolis 23-17 (Drew), Kansas City 24-20 (Luke)
Saints at Eagles: Philadelphia 24-10 (Drew), Philadelphia 34-24 (Luke)
Chargers at Bengals: Cincinnati 27-23 (Drew), Cincinnati 20-16 (Luke)
49ers at Packers: San Francisco 20-17 (Drew), San Francisco 23-20 (Luke)

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Picks and Comment – Week 17

Posted on 27 December 2013 by Luke Jones

Here are this weekend’s picks as The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction will pick every NFL game and local college games this season.

Luke Jones finished Week 16 with a 9-7 record while Drew Forrester was 8-8 on his picks. Entering Week 17, Jones is 144-95 on the season while Forrester is 137-102. Official standings are based only on the NFL picks.

You can listen to Friday’s “Picks and Comment” segment HERE.

Ravens at Bengals: Cincinnati 26-16 (Drew), Cincinnati 27-19 (Luke)
Jets at Dolphins: Miami 30-13 (Drew), Miami 26-17 (Luke)
Browns at Steelers: Pittsburgh 20-10 (Drew), Pittsburgh 23-14 (Luke)
Panthers at Falcons: Carolina 23-20 (Drew), Carolina 27-23 (Luke)
Texans at Titans: Tennessee 31-10 (Drew), Houston 20-17 (Luke)
Redskins at Giants: New York 24-17 (Drew), New York 23-20 (Luke)
Jaguars at Colts: Jacksonville 20-17 OT (Drew), Indianapolis 24-14 (Luke)
Lions at Vikings: Minnesota 24-20 (Drew), Detroit 31-17 (Luke)
Chiefs at Chargers: San Diego 28-10 (Drew), San Diego 26-17 (Luke)
Packers at Bears: Chicago 33-23 (Drew), Green Bay 30-23 (Luke)
Bills at Patriots: New England 27-10 (Drew), New England 30-13 (Luke)
Buccaneers at Saints: New Orleans 27-20 (Drew), New Orleans 27-14 (Luke)
Broncos at Raiders: Denver 48-28 (Drew), Denver 41-16 (Luke)
49ers at Cardinals: Arizona 24-20 (Drew), San Francisco 23-21 (Luke)
Rams at Seahawks: Seattle 23-9 (Drew), Seattle 26-10 (Luke)
Eagles at Cowboys: Philadelphia 36-24 (Drew), Philadelphia 34-23 (Luke)
Maryland vs. Marshall: Thundering Herd 44-20 (Drew), Thundering Herd 34-27 (Luke)
Navy vs. Middle Tennessee: Midshipmen 30-20 (Drew), Midshipmen 23-17 (Luke)

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Picks and Comment – Week 15

Posted on 13 December 2013 by Luke Jones

Here are this weekend’s picks as The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction will pick every NFL game and local college games this season.

Luke Jones finished Week 14 with a 13-3 record while Drew Forrester was 10-6 on his picks. Entering Week 15, Jones is 128-79 on the season while Forrester is 123-84. Official standings are based only on the NFL picks.

Jones and Forrester incorrectly picked Denver to beat San Diego to kick off Week 15 action.

You can listen to Friday’s “Picks and Comment” segment HERE.

Ravens at Lions: Detroit 35-17 (Drew), Detroit 27-20 (Luke)
Redskins at Falcons: Washington 30-20 (Drew), Atlanta 27-21 (Luke)
49ers at Buccaneers: Tampa Bay 24-21 (Drew), San Francisco 21-13 (Luke)
Cardinals at Titans: Tennessee 28-20 (Drew), Arizona 26-21 (Luke)
Saints at Rams: New Orleans 38-24 (Drew), New Orleans 34-20 (Luke)
Seahawks at Giants: Seattle 19-14 (Drew), Seattle 20-16 (Luke)
Bears at Browns: Cleveland 20-13 (Drew), Cleveland 24-23 (Luke)
Texans at Colts: Indianapolis 30-17 (Drew), Indianapolis 31-20 (Luke)
Bills at Jaguars: Jacksonville 27-21 (Drew), Jacksonville 21-16 (Luke)
Patriots at Dolphins: Miami 23-20 (Drew), New England 24-17 (Luke)
Eagles at Vikings: Philadelphia 34-21 (Drew), Philadelphia 32-20 (Luke)
Jets at Panthers: Carolina 30-13 (Drew), Carolina 27-12 (Luke)
Chiefs at Raiders: Kansas City 27-17 (Drew), Kansas City 24-14 (Luke)
Packers at Cowboys: Green Bay 27-24 (Drew), Dallas 31-20 (Luke)
Bengals at Steelers: Cincinnati 33-27 (Drew), Cincinnati 23-20 (Luke)
Towson at Eastern Illinois: Panthers 44-39 (Drew), Panthers 34-24 (Luke)
Army vs. Navy: Midshipmen 27-6 (Drew), Midshipmen 23-17 (Luke)

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Picks and Comment – Week 14

Posted on 06 December 2013 by Luke Jones

Here are this weekend’s picks as The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction will pick every NFL game and local college games this season.

Luke Jones finished Week 13 with a 12-4 record while Drew Forrester was 9-7 on his picks. Entering Week 14, Jones is 115-76 on the season while Forrester is 113-78. Official standings are based only on the NFL picks.

Jones correctly picked Jacksonville to beat Houston Thursday night while Forrester incorrectly picked the Texans to win to kick off Week 14 action.

You can listen to Wednesday’s “Picks and Comment” segment HERE.

Vikings at Ravens: Baltimore 27-7 (Drew), Baltimore 24-13 (Luke)
Dolphins at Steelers: Pittsburgh 27-23 (Drew), Pittsburgh 21-16 (Luke)
Colts at Bengals: Cincinnati 37-10 (Drew), Cincinnati 23-20 (Luke)
Chiefs at Redskins: Kansas City 27-24 OT (Drew), Kansas City 26-17 (Luke)
Browns at Patriots: New England 30-17 (Drew), New England 30-20 (Luke)
Raiders at Jets: 16-16 TIE (Drew – pick is worth five wins if it happens), Oakland 20-13 (Luke)
Lions at Eagles: Detroit 24-20 (Drew), Philadelphia 27-21 (Luke)
Bills at Buccaneers: Buffalo 23-21 (Drew), Tampa Bay 23-21 (Luke)
Falcons at Packers: Green Bay 23-13 (Drew), Green Bay 24-21 (Luke)
Titans at Broncos: Denver 31-21 (Drew), Denver 34-20 (Luke)
Rams at Cardinals: Arizona 26-10 (Drew), Arizona 17-13 (Luke)
Giants at Chargers: San Diego 38-17 (Drew), San Diego 31-23 (Luke)
Seahawks at 49ers: San Francisco 20-17 (Drew), San Francisco 20-16 (Luke)
Panthers at Saints: New Orleans 24-20 (Drew), New Orleans 27-21 (Luke)
Cowboys at Bears: Chicago 28-27 (Drew), Dallas 27-20 (Luke)
Fordham at Towson: Tigers 35-31 (Drew), Tigers 27-23 (Luke)

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