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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 06 July 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Tuesday!

It’s a Happy Tuesday for me because I’m still basking in a 4th of July weekend trip to Chicago. If you missed any of my very important updates via Twitter/Twitpic (follow us @WNST), here are the most significant highlights…

I was in the Philadelphia airport Saturday morning preparing to fly when I wandered into the closest “Hudson News” stand I could find. I picked up the ProFootballTalk.com/NBC Sports NFL season preview, and flipped to the Baltimore Ravens section to see what I would find. I was a BIT surprised…

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I forwarded that picture to my parents…but I’m not sure they were impressed. In fact, I think the response was “when are you going to get a real job?”

When I finally got settled in the Windy City Saturday afternoon; our first stop was an early dinner at Lou Malnati’s. I was a little confused as to why we needed to get to dinner no later than 5pm…right up until I saw maybe 100 folks waiting in line for deep dish pizza after we had been there for a few minutes. We ordered a Chicago-Style Classic and a 312 Brew from Goose Island Brewing Company. I wasn’t disappointed in either…not even a little bit.

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We then hit the Hancock Tower. Apparently the Sears Tower is bigger, but their observatory isn’t as far up as the one at the Hancock. I have no comment, as math was never something I was particularly good at. What I do know is that this view was pretty freaking cool…

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Saturday night was a stop at the Second City comedy club. If you’re not familiar, this is the improv factory that produced the likes of Chris Farley, John Belushi, John Candy, Gilda Radner, Steve Carrell, Tina Fey and the majority of the current/former stars of SNL. Sadly, I didn’t get any pictures. My bad.

I thought the purpose of going to Taste of Chicago this weekend was to see Robert Randolph and The Family Band Sunday afternoon. While that was still the major highlight; I knew my experience in Grant Park (you’ll remember Grant Park was the large area where Barack Obama made his acceptance speech on Election Night in 2008) was going to be outstanding when this was the image that greeted me…

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And that was BEFORE I hit the Harry Caray’s booth. I’ve had potato chips before, but I’ve never had THESE…

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These ended up getting some cajun seasoning and hot sauce as well; and were REALLY.FREAKING.GOOD. Another highlight? The watermelon at the Dominick’s stand was BIGGER THAN MY FREAKING HEAD…

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After wandering through Taste of Chicago for a few hours and adding on 4-6,000,000 calories; we hit up Millenium Park. The place has some really cool artwork, including this mirror-art thingy that probably has a much better name than what I’m giving it right now…

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The Independence Day festivities wrapped up at Navy Pier, where I just so happened to bump into Ravens DT Brandon McKinney; who let me know that he had been cleared (back) to fully return to practice and would be ready to go when the team reports to McDaniel College for Training Camp.

Good news.

Good trip.

When it hits 104 today, I might go right back.

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP says Kevin Millwood roughed up as Orioles lost shootout to Tigers in Motown

Because I mentioned Motown and I’m gonna be depressed by talking about the O’s, let’s start today with “I Want You Back” by the Jackson 5…

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Speaking of which-Hey Kevin Millwood that started the season looking like a pitcher that might be able to get the Orioles something at the trade deadline: I WANT YOU BACK.

We’ll get back to Millwood shortly, as it wasn’t ONLY his fault yesterday. In fact, despite the fact that Millwood pitched only 1 inning, the Orioles actually came back to take the lead. Mark Hendrickson was particularly brutal after that, and the nine runs the Orioles managed to score didn’t much matter-although it is nice to see Jake Fox get another home run for a first baseman.

Geez…I’m excited about Jake Fox. What’s next? Getting excited about an indoor football game?

(Edit from GMC: I’m VERY excited for Saturday night’s AIFA Eastern Conference Championship Game between the Baltimore Mariners and Harrisburg Stampede at 1st Mariner Arena. I’ve always been an exception to the rules though.)

2. The AP/WNST.net offer numerical evidence of loss

Here’s the thing. How could these teams have combined for 31 hits without Nick Markakis getting A SINGLE ONE OF THEM?!?!?!?

It puzzles me.

It would be like Kelly Brook posing for Ultimo Lingerie and me not posting pictures! (Thanks, Tim D!)

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3. The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Birds have talked to Buck Showalter again, but he has not been offered job

But everyone seems to agree that he has moved past Eric Wedge and emerged as the front-runner. With no offense to Showalter, Wedge or anyone else involved in the process; this isn’t exactly like being the frontrunner in the Kentucky Derby. This is probably a little more like being the frontrunner in a race called by Rick from Reisterstown.

I have no idea what to make of this whole managerial search. It seemed like the team would be wise to let Juan Samuel finish things out this season and then make a hire after going through the full process in the offseason. Now it looks like they’re going to hire “The Best of What’s Around” (I’m going to see Dave Matthews Band Friday night, please forgive me) now.

I’d be surprised, but this is the Orioles we’re talking about. But don’t worry, Andy MacPhail is in charge and NOT Peter Angelos. Peter Angelos is totally out of the process, remember?

Remember?

Meanwhile-while the other candidates were busy being managerial candidates; Rick Dempsey was singing with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. God bless him…

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4. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says injury concerns could land Millwood on DL

Well……FRICK.

The Birds were NEVER going to fleece a team in a Kevin Millwood trade before July 31; but there was at least a hope that they could get something more than the Chris Ray they gave up for him…or a player that had a CHANCE to be more than Chris Ray.

Given the way he’s fallen off the face of the planet and now could end up on the DL, hopes of that are starting to slim.

Millwood was the team’s best chance to get SOMETHING before the Trade Deadline. Ty Wigginton, Miguel Tejada, Luke Scott, Will Ohman, Cesar Izturis and even Hendrickson could all be dealt, but none are being dealt for anything significant. Tejada is the team’s 2nd best hope-but Tejada now says he wants to stick around in Charm City.

With no offense to Miguel, but I doubt that’s because he’s EXCITED about losing in Baltimore. My guess is that it’s because he realizes he’s unlikely to be an every day player for a team with a real chance at winning the World Series.

That’s where we are.

5. Virginian-Pilot says Chris Tillman brilliant in 1 hit performance for Norfolk Tides in win over Charlotte Knights on farm

Of course, with Tillman throwing another gem (this follows up on his earlier no hitter this season) at AAA; there will be more clamoring for Tillman to get called up. Should Kevin Millwood end up on the DL, there’s almost no chance he DOESN’T get called up.

I don’t think any of us will be as excited about it this time, but the organization will eventually have to find out if Tillman is anything more than a 4A guy.

Before we move on from the Orioles, a reminder that they’re back in action tonight against the Detroit Tigers again at Comerica Park. First pitch on MASN between Jake Arrieta and Armando Galarraga is at 7:05pm.

Look…there’s nothing else on. Not even “Glee.” Just watch the game. None of the rest of us want to do it either, we just don’t have much of a choice.

6. ABC2′s Christian Shaffer says Mt. Carmel basketball star John Crowder murdered in Baltimore

Now we enter the part of Crabs and Beer today that I absolutely like the least. This is a TERRIBLY tragic tale in a city full of terribly tragic tales.

This one will hit home, especially considering there was a chance Crowder could have ended up getting a scholarship from Gary Williams and playing in College Park.

No matter where his life WAS going, it appears as though he hung out with some guys that were less than savory. Of course, all of the rest of us have hung out with some less than desirables ourselves at one point or another.

My heart goes out to John Crowder’s family and friends, as well as everyone surrounding the athletic department at Mt. Carmel.

There’s a bigger problem in Baltimore…that much we know for sure.

7. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says former Ravens QB Steve McNair remembered Sunday on anniversary of death

I was wandering around Grant Park Sunday in Chi-Town when I saw someone approaching me wearing a Ravens jersey. Excited, I yelled out “Go Ravens!”

I didn’t get the response I was looking for.

The young man was wearing a Steve McNair jersey, and was not a Ravens fan as much as he was honoring a great NFL player on the anniversary of his murder.

For such an open and shut case, it feels as though little closure has come in the year since McNair’s death. I was unmoved by CBS’ investigation last fall that insinuated the Nashville police hadn’t been as thorough in their investigation as they should have been.

Armen Keteyian’s was chocked full of friends of Sahel Kazemi saying she “wasn’t a violent person” and “didn’t have this in her.” I’m not sure how many friends and family members of murder suspects/convicted murderers usually say “Yeah, I always assumed this would happen.”

There isn’t much more to be said, other than very clearly Steve McNair is still missed not only in Baltimore and Nashville, but also throughout the country.

Thus ends the sad part of today’s Crabs and Beer. Back to sports and hot chicks…

8. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Ryan Mink says ’10 offseason amongst best in Ravens history

I don’t disagree with this AT ALL. In fact, it could end up being THE greatest offseason in franchise history if Anquan Boldin helps hoist the Vince Lombari Trophy in Dallas in the winter.

Clearly the moves made before the Super Bowl win have to be viewed as the best offseason in franchise history; but I’m not sure they’ve ever made a more PERFECT move than acquiring a player like Boldin this year.

They still COULD make it the best offseason in franchise history with one simple move. Just go get Kim Feenstra. (Thanks FHM/Guyism!)

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9. The Sun’s Don Markus says NCAA-sanctioned Baltimore Summer League opens tonight at Reitz Arena

This is awesome. Amongst the players who are committed to playing in this event are Morgan State’s Kevin Thompson, Missouri’s Kimmie English and Ricky Harris-who just finished his career at UMass. The event is VERY similar to the Kenner League at Georgetown, with current and former college standouts from Baltimore highlighting the field.

Thayne Gould put the entire event together at Loyola, he joined Drew Forrester this morning on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST. If you missed it, make sure you head over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault today to check it out.

Will Carroll (Baseball Prospectus) also joined Drew to go around Major League Baseball, and Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network went not only around football-but also around the World Cup with Drew as well. We also replayed Friday’s interview with Ed Reed (we heard someone else was having him on 5 days later…); if you missed ANY of that, check it out in the Audio Vault as well.

10. Athlon Sports’ Eric Prisbell says 2010 likely final stand for Ralph Friedgen

There’s simply no question about that. If the Terps don’t show marked improvement (even 7-5 might not be enough for a new athletic director), things are set to change in College Park. The decision to keep Ralph and continue the succession plan with James Franklin was Debbie Yow’s. Another Athletic Director could be given more flexibility to go in another direction.

If there IS a coaching search in the future, I would like to be the first to suggest that the Terrapins consider Sheridyn Fisher… (Thanks Busted Coverage/Coed Magazine!)

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And finally, I leave you with this.

While I’m frustrated that he didn’t play it Sunday afternoon; it’s not going to keep me from naming Robert Randolph’s “Walk Don’t Walk” this week’s “The Greatest Song of All Time This Week.” If you haven’t picked up the new disc “We Walk This Road” yet, you’re only hurting yourself.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3UOE9Sa6dw[/youtube]

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 01 July 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Thursday!

It’s a Happy Thursday for me because as of right now, I still haven’t had to eat any hot dogs yet. That’s a win.

I apologize for my tardiness with this, but here’s John Isner reading the Top Ten the other night with David Letterman…we’ll re-group after that.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSuK-OH7opg[/youtube]

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP’s David Ginsburg says Orioles belted 5 home runs in win over Athletics

So much for it being the season of the pitcher…

At the beginning of the season, Kevin Millwood pitched well-but the Birds couldn’t score, and it usually ended up leaving the team doomed to another loss.

Now that Millwood is struggling, the team is finally figuring out how to win. I’ll take that.

Adam Jones, Corey Patterson, Ty Wigginton, Luke Scott and Miguel Tejada all homered last night (we’ll get back to Scott’s later). Where the hell has that been all season?

The Orioles will now have a chance to win back to back series tonight, which is almost as good as playing meaningful games. Small victories, right?

2. The AP/WNST.net provide numerical evidence of win

I guess we DO need to address that Millwood went just 5 innings last night, giving up 6 runs (5 earned) on 8 hits against an Oakland team that’s roughly as capable of hitting as some of my young cousins. Granted, there was unbelievable trouble in the field-but Millwood wasn’t good.

Will it significantly hurt his trade value moving towards July 31? I doubt that. I was never convinced that Andy MacPhail was going to be able to fleece another organization in a Millwood deal, unless somehow Millwood had stunned everyone with a 10-0 start and sub 3 ERA.

There will still be teams who will want a veteran starter to try to help their run to the playoffs. Plenty of teams in fact. Someone is going to give up SOMETHING for Millwood-and I’m guessing it might be a LITTLE bit more than Chris Ray. Not MUCH more, but a little bit more.

Trading Millwood is not going to improve the future of the franchise in Baltimore. But it will get them SOMETHING…hopefully something that matters at least a little bit.

I’m personally hoping we can trade him for Susan Coffey (Thanks Barstool Sports!)…

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3. MLB.com’s Noah Rosenstein says Luke Scott hurt running bases after go-ahead HR in win

How does this always happen to us?!?!?!?

It was a little funny listening to Juan Samuel say that Scott was going to try to leg it into a triple if it didn’t leave the yard. Funny because we all know Luke Scott isn’t going to be confused with Pete Rose any time soon when it comes to “hustle.”

There’s good news. Felix Pie is apparently going to be ready to go if Scott ends up on the DL. So…did you see the mistake Corey Patterson made last night? Expect more of that soon!

(Edit from GMC: Hopefully not. But I’m way to realistic to be too hopeful.)

4. The Sun’s Steve Gould says Frederick Keys pitcher Nathan Moreau threw no-hitter on farm

Did you miss Nathan this morning with Drew Forrester on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST? Make sure you head over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net NOW to check it out! Other guests this morning included:

-Great American Champion Joey Chestnut, who gave me some hot dog eating tips ahead of his pursuit of a 4th straight Nathan’s Famous 4th of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest title Sunday in New York.
-Dan Steinberg from the Washington Post’s “DC Sports Bog”, who re-hashed the John Riggins MASN commercial controversy I stirred up last week.
-Baltimore Blast Coach Danny Kelly, who went around the USMNT and all things World Cup.

A few other O’s-related notes before we move on…

-Congratulations to our pal Steve Melewski, who claimed another “Apologist of the Morning” title today, as selected by “The Great Arbitrator.” I’m still convinced that Brian Matusz is going to have a bright future in Charm City myself; but to say his season hasn’t been “disappointing” is absolute apology.

-The O’s are back in action tonight, trying to wrap up back to back series wins against the A’s. First pitch at Oriole Park at Camden Yards is at 7:05pm, the game can again be seen on MASN2. Trevor Cahill goes for the A’s against Jake Arrieta and the O’s.

5. ABC2′s Lamont Williams says Cal Ripken and Bill Ripken broke ground on new youth park at Memorial Stadium site

What an awesome day to be out at 33rd Street yesterday. Kudos to Ripken Baseball, the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation and everyone else involved with the groundbreaking event.

If you missed any of our coverage at WNSTV, here’s your chance to catch up. First we bothered Cal Ripken, who is clearly much too important to be talking to myself, Luke Jones OR Nestor Aparicio…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9j6SfO2N9ok[/youtube]

Brooks Robinson was hanging out, and took a small shot at what’s going on these days at OPACY…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbQP7Z5Uq-I[/youtube]

And then Brady Anderson reminded us that he’s much better looking than we are…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPvE3FZcELY[/youtube]

6. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Ravens LB Terrell Suggs not concerned about missing OTA’s

As long as “T-Sizzle” has a good season, none of this will matter. If he struggles; his failure to report to Owings Mills will be something that fans and analysts alike will bring up all year.

John Harbaugh clearly wasn’t happy Suggs wasn’t there; but he handled it the best way possible. Suggs should have been at 1 Winning Drive; at least for SOME of the OTA’s. It’s a simple gesture. Maybe he’s doing enough work in Arizona that it won’t matter, but maybe he isn’t. We just don’t know.

Hopefully it won’t be an issue.

7. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Mike Duffy says Sergio Kindle, Ravens rookies thought NFL symposium ‘great experience’

You know what else is a good experience? Checking out pictures of the cheerleaders for the Oregon Ducks over at Busted Coverage…

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8. USA Today’s Skip Wood says Ravens popular preseason Super Bowl choice

Like I said then, when Ozzie Newsome and company acquired Anquan Boldin; it IMMEDIATELY made them a contender to win the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

But as I’ve also tried to remind in the months since then, there are other teams in the AFC that are legitimate Super Bowl contenders, including the Cincinnati Bengals right in the AFC North.

The Ravens aren’t the “favorites” to win the Super Bowl in my book; but they are AMONGST the favorites. Now they just have to go get to Dallas. No pressure there or anything…

9. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says 6 future lacrosse Terps, 4 future Johns Hopkins Blue Jays playing in Saturday’s Under Armour All-America Game

I have a pair of tickets for Saturday night’s game at Unitas Stadium in Towson; for the first person that emails glenn@wnst.net with “I want tickets” in the subject.

If you don’t have plans for Saturday night-it’s worth going over and checking out the game. The girls play early evening, followed by the guys. These are the best high school lacrosse players in the country; and they will be stars of the college game for years to come.

I’d be there, but I DO have plans Saturday night. Sadly, nothing more than looking at pictures of Paula Prendes from FHM Spain over at Guyism…

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10. WNST.net’s Ryan Chell says interim Maryland AD looking to keep Terrapins going in ‘same direction’

I’m hoping it’s the “RIGHT direction” myself. And cue Robert Randolph…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kABK_CDZal8[/youtube]

And finally, I leave you with this.

The R. Lee Ermey GEICO commercial? Awesome…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFgiUm4lQig[/youtube]

Maybe even better than the Andres Cantor spot. Maybe.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fXsfAeqimY[/youtube]

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Interesting times, indeed, for Peter, Andy and Cal

Posted on 29 June 2010 by Drew Forrester

There’s an old Chinese proverb that goes like this:  ”May you live in interesting times.”

Some believe its origin was actually intended to be a curse, translating to something like:  ”May the roads you travel be bumpy and dangerous”.

May you live in interesting times.

Interesting…indeed.

These are interesting times for Peter Angelos and the Orioles.

His hand-picked head honcho, Andy MacPhail, has just parted company with a $4.5 million mistake.  And no matter what Andy said in the aftermath of the Garrett Atkins departure, I’m sure Peter Angelos doesn’t look down his nose at the $4.5 million the way Andy obviously does — after all, as MacPhail noted, “in today’s economic structure in baseball, $4.5 million isn’t really much to lose”.  Well, not when you compare it to the $23 million that Teixeira gets…but what if MacPhail would have used that $4.5 million to sweeten the pie for Adam LaRoche or Adam Dunn or Vlad Guerrero?  Suddenly, $4.5 million does matter.

But that’s neither here nor there, now, because Atkins is gone.

How much longer, though, is MacPhail going to hang around?

With Tuesday’s story that Cal Ripken Jr. is still meeting with and talking to both Angelos and MacPhail about a front office position with the club, how much more of this stuff will MacPhail sit through before he packs it in?

He’s already being force-fed a managerial courtesy-interview with Rick Dempsey – by Angelos – and the premise that Andy is in sole control of the organization is starting to look quite wobbly.

And now Ripken is back, sniffing around again about some kind of advisory position that apparently must fit his busy, hectic schedule.

I guess Cal thinks being involved in the front office is like playing tennis on a Wednesday afternoon.  It eats up four hours of your day, if you count driving to and from the court, playing for 90 minutes, and then showering afterwards and eating a salad before heading back to the office.

As someone associated with the team said to me about two months ago when the first “Ripken wants to work in the front office” story broke:  ”The real problem here…is that Cal doesn’t know what he wants to do with the club.”

He doesn’t want to manage.  That takes up too much time.

He doesn’t want to run the club:  That takes up too much time.

He can’t do anything until his son goes away to college, which is still two years away.

Well, he can do *something*, but it can’t take up much time.

And then you have MacPhail, plugging away at a snail’s pace, trying to rebuild the organization and still make Peter Angelos feel like he’s playing a role in the turn-around.

Say what you will about MacPhail — and there’s an argument whose winter was worse in 2009, his or the St. Louis Rams – but he’s the guy who put “the plan” together and he should be allowed to proceed and inact that plan until it completely succeeds or fails.  And even though the team is 23-54 and all they’ve done under MacPhail is lose for three years now, it’s not fair to say “the plan has failed”.

But the plan might fail if Andy’s not allowed to hire HIS manager.

And the plan might fail if Cal Ripken Jr. is given some kind of authoritative role with the club against Andy’s wishes.

Then again, MacPhail retained, re-hired and fired Dave Trembley.  That’s a hat trick that Andy surely isn’t proud of, right?

Maybe Peter’s right when he says, “You know Andy, it might be a good idea for me to have the final say on this manager thing…you haven’t exactly knocked the 8-ball in the corner pocket with your previous decisons, you know.”  And maybe Angelos looks at Ripken the way he always looked at him before.  a pseudo cash-cow, who can help bring people to the ballpark, even if Junior is wearing a collar and tie and doing the meet and greet before the game down by the dugout.

The next three months will tell us a lot about Peter Angelos and his thoughts on the organization.

Is he souring on MacPhail and the plan?  He can’t possibly be thrilled about writing Garrett Atkins a free check for the next 14 weeks.  Rumors persist – and no one has denied them – that MacPhail wanted Brad Komminsk as the interim manager back on June 10 when he canned Trembley and Angelos wanted to give Rick Dempsey his shot at glory as the temporary guy in the dugout.  So they settled – a favorite task in the law industry – on Juan Samuel.  Sadly, that wipes away any legitimate chance Samuel might have had to interview for the REAL job after Trembley got the boot. And while the team isn’t any better, really, under Samuel, there have been some signs over the last three weeks that Samuel might actually be competent in the dugout.  I know this much, just based on the small sample size.  I’ll take Samuel over Trembley.

But running around interviewing managers in mid-June while your team is getting shelled 65% of the time isn’t good.  These are the days where MacPhail should be burning up the phone lines trying to unload some expendable pieces like Millwood, Guthrie, Wigginton and, even, perhaps Tejada and Luke Scott.  When you’re busy interviewing managerial candidates and such, it’s hard to devote the necessary time to making the roster better.  Then again, we have Felix Pie, Koji Uehara and Mike Gonzalez coming back and available for the rest of the season.  Let the good times roll, I supppse.

This is what you get when you fire the manager in mid-season.

This is what you get when you spend a grand total of $22 million on baseball players in an off-season that probably mandated you spend five times that amount on three quality players.

And this is what you get when the greatest hometown player in Baltimore baseball history wakes up one morning and says “Hey, I think I might want to work for the Orioles now.”

And, of course, this is what you get when you’ve lost for 13 years straight.

You get ALL of this.  You get:  a mess.

Oddly, these ARE interesting times, despite all the losing and all the friction and all the question marks.

The next three months won’t lack for storylines, that’s for sure.  And the biggest issue of all is this:  Is Andy MacPhail going to see this endeavor to its end?  Or will the owner lose his patience and scrap the three years of sweat equity for another crack at a quick fix, with a Hall of Fame player in tow who can possibly help both on the field and at the gate.

May they all live in interesting times…Angelos, MacPhail, Ripken, Dempsey…each and every one of them.

After all, they signed up for all of this.

They know what they’re up against.

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 29 June 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Tuesday!

It’s a Happy Tuesday for me because someone found a YouTube video of a guy holding an AK-47 and lip-syncing or singing a karaoke version of “Hello” by Lionel Richie. There’s absolutely no reason for me to enjoy this video, but yet I do…

I have no idea WHY I’d enjoy this video so much, but for some reason…yeah…this…this is just fine.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pGBu6wYYkI[/youtube]

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Jason Berken, Ty Wigginton, Nick Markakis likely All-Star Game candidates for Orioles, Juan Samuel supports Adam Jones

And with that, congratulations to the Birds’ interim manager for winning his first ever “Apologist of the Morning” honor, as selected by “The Great Arbitrator” Drew Forrester. I’m well aware that Adam Jones is on an absolutely TORRID pace right now, but hitting well for a few weeks does not a season make. (How was that for poetry?)

Jones’ OBP is just .296. I know he’s hit 12 home runs this season, but he has just 8 walks. Those are NOT All-Star numbers. If the team had done anything before the last 5 days, I’d say he should be a candidate for American League Player of the Month; but getting hot quickly doesn’t qualify you to be an All-Star. Sorry Juan Samuel. Wigginton is in a similar boat. Hitting well to start the season and then falling off the face of the planet doesn’t qualify you as an All-Star either.

The reality is that if the player who has been the best for the O’s all season were to go to Anaheim, it would be Berken. He’s given up 8 earned runs all season, with just 12 walks and 32 strikeouts. He’s absolutely been fantastic. Does he have the pedigree of an All-Star? Of course not. But has he been the team’s “best” player this season from Opening Day until June 29th? I think there’s no doubt about that.

My choice to go to Angel Stadium remains Markakis. As far as someone who “belongs”, Markakis fits the bill. He’s been consistent throughout the season, although he clearly has lacked in the HR and RBI department. The fact remains that this team SHOULDN’T have an All-Star representative, but rules dictate that someone has to go. If someone has to go, I would certainly feel most comfortable with that player being Markakis.

2. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Garrett Atkins not interested in accepting AAA assignment to Norfolk

And as Drew stated so well via Twitter last night (follow us @WNST), the Tides reportedly responded by saying “Somehow, we’ll survive…”

In fairness, Norfolk already has a few Garrett Atkins’ on their roster in Nolan Reimold and Brandon Snyder. I’m not sure that this organization really needs another Garrett Atkins around. It just didn’t work here. For all parties involved (especially one Andy MacPhail), it’s probably best that the sides part ways cleanly.

As a note, I saw the Sun report that Brady Anderson is working with Nolan Reimold. I don’t know that it will make Nolan Reimold a major league baseball player again this season; but I certainly see no reason why it wouldn’t be a good idea. Having the likes of Brady Anderson, BJ Surhoff, Mike Bordick, etc. around is a perfectly good idea in my eyes.

3. The AP/STATS’ Mike Lipka previews O’s-A’s series starting tonight at Oriole Park at Camden Yards

First pitch tonight at OPACY is at 7:05pm, with Dallas Braden facing Brian Matusz. If you’re like me and not really interested in dealing with the heat; you can check the game out on MASN2. As Drew and I discussed this morning; the amazing thing here is that despite the fact that we’ve already seen Oakland 6 times this season-I still can’t name more than 5 or 6 position players off the top of my head.

Rajai Davis can ground out into a triple, I know him. Kevin Kouzmanoff has as many letters in his last name as he does significant hits in his career. Daric Barton is the only human being on the face of the planet with the name Daric. Kurt Suzuki is a worse option to hit cleanup than anyone Baltimore has trotted out this season. I’m pretty sure they have a Sweeney as well…Ryan Sweeney if I remember right.

That’s all I can think of off the top of my head. Is Mark Ellis still on the roster? I know Eric Chavez got hurt, I used to be able to name him. I know the A’s pitchers have been pretty good this season. But in reality, the Birds still have a realistic shot at winning a few more games this week.

Of course, I’ve found myself thinking that before.

4. Virginian-Pilot says Chris George rocked in Tides’ loss to Louisville Monday night on farm

You know what else got rocked? MY MIND when I heard WWTDD had pictures of Kelly Brook from her vacation…

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5. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Ravens 6th round pick (Morehouse State OT) Ramon Harewood agreed to 3 year deal

This now leaves the Ravens with more SIGNED picks (Harewood, Dennis Pitta, Arthur Jones and David Reed) than they do UNSIGNED (Sergio Kindle, Terrence Cody, Ed Dickson). Nothing surprising here; as I’ve stated before that there’s no reason to think the team will have any trouble getting their picks signed this year.

As far as where Harewood fits in with the Ravens; he’s going to have an uphill climb to be on the roster Week 1 when the Ravens face the New York Jets on Monday Night Football. Michael Oher and Jared Gaither (who I’ve said before is expected to be on the roster come Week 1) are entrenched at the starting tackle positions. Behind them, Oniel Cousins has shown himself to be the #3 guy. Marshal Yanda’s flexibility kept Tony Moll from dressing much last season, but he was on the roster all season after being acquired from Green Bay.

The simple answer would for me to say that Harewood is competing with Moll for a roster spot. That’s not entirely true. Moll has some ability to go inside, which makes him more valuable on Cam Cameron’s offense-even if his natural ability isn’t at the same level as some others on the roster. Harewood is also going to be coming off a knee injury suffered in minicamp when he reports to Westminster. There is ABSOLUTELY a chance that the team could try to store him on IR or the practice squad.

Stefan Rodgers and Joe Reitz are also options at Tackle, and Harewood would have to stay ahead of them to have a shot at making the 53 out of Training Camp. I had him JUST off the bubble on my initial mock roster, I doubt that will change as we get closer to reporting to McDaniel College.

6. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Ryan Mink says Greg Mattison thinks Tom Zbikowski playing like Ed Reed

And there isn’t much of anyone better in the world for Zbikowski to model himself after. Similarly, I try to get my girlfriend (you may be familiar with her-”The Luckiest Dang Gal on the Face of the Planet”), to try to be more and more like Mallilany Malin (Thanks Guyism!)…

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7. Yahoo! Sports’ Jason Cole says Ravens have 2nd best D-Line in NFL

With the Minnesota Vikings at Number 1, I can’t possibly argue with either of the rankings. Clearly the line with Kevin Williams, Pat Williams and Jared Allen HAS to be considered the best in the National Football League; but the Ravens have built something that deserves recognition as well.

Clearly the Ravens’ D-Line is anchored inside out; with the likes of Haloti Ngata, Terrence Cody and Kelly Gregg holding down the middle. The depth the team has built inside with the likes of Kelly Talavou, Brandon McKinney, Arthur Jones and Lamar Divens behind that.

The reason the Ravens couldn’t really even be CONSIDERED ahead of the Vikes is the lack of a true premier rush end. There was a time that Trevor Pryce WAS that guy, but he isn’t anymore. The team believes that Pryce and Cory Redding can combine to anchor the position moving forward; and I don’t doubt that they can. There’s still a hope that Paul Kruger can develop into a true rush end; but obviously he isn’t there yet.

8. UMTerps.com says Randy Eaton named interim Athletic Director at Maryland

Which is a MUCH too logical decision for the University to make. Eaton has been VERY involved with the program in the role of CFO in recent years, and has been hands on in important decisions with finances, scheduling and personnel. There is no question that if there is someone on staff who at least deserves CONSIDERATION for the job permanently, it would be Eaton.

If you’re interested, Eaton will join Drew Forrester tomorrow morning at 9:00am to talk about his new role. I think Eaton will do a great job in the role, which he could have to fill for some time. With no timetable to complete the search to replace C.D. Mote as University President, the search to find a new Athletic Director could certainly extend into the academic year.

9. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Debbie Yow will make basically same salary at NC State as she did in College Park

If you missed Debbie Yow’s appearance this morning on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST, it is absolutely worth the listen. You can head over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net now to check it out.

Maryland soccer coach Sasho Cirvoski joined the show to go around the World Cup, and Washington Capitals GM George McPhee recapped the NHL Entry Draft as well. It’s all there in the Audio Vault if you want to check it out.

Also, the new weekly episode of the “D1scast” with myself and Patrick Stevens is also available now in the Audio Vault. We talk at length about Debbie Yow, Randy Eaton, Greivis Vasquez, the NBA Draft, and the great 4th of July scene in “The Sandlot.” It’s must listen…if you must.

10. Inside Lacrosse’s Terry Foy says former Terrapins lacrosse coach Dave Cottle has interviewed at Harvard

I have no idea if Cottle would be a good fit in the Ivy League. Regionally, he has no coaching experience in New England-but he IS a hell of a coach.

As sad as he was to leave his players, do you get the feeling Dave Cottle felt WORSE about leaving when he found out that the girls in the Undie Run were hanging out with Testudo???

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And finally, I leave you with this.

If you haven’t picked up Drake’s new disc “Thank Me Later”, I suggest you do. I’m FEELING “Miss Me”, even if I’d fight Drake over his desire to marry Nicki Minaj…

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Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 28 June 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Monday!

It’s a Happy Monday for me because after a weekend in Ocean City, I spent the evening literally BATHING in aloe vera. I’m not kidding, I think I looked like Justin Bartha in “The Hangover”…

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The thing is, it doesn’t hurt until you’re sober.

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP’s David Ginsburg says Miguel Tejada singled home winning run to lift O’s to sweep of Nationals

I didn’t think it was possible.

I especially didn’t think it was possible after Julio Lugo doubled with one out in the 8th and then proceded to get picked off 2nd base by Wil Nieves.

Shows what I know.

I’m well aware that it was the Nats, but it’s still a sweep. Around here, that’s almost as good as winning the World Series.

It’s been particularly nice to see the Birds put together some rallies and come back from early deficits in these games-but it would be nicer to see starting pitchers be a bit more effective. We’ll get back to that.

2. The AP/WNST.net provide numerical evidence of sweep

Jeremy Guthrie wasn’t bad yesterday. 6 innings, 3 earned runs on 3 hits with 4 walks and 4 strikeouts. He certainly wasn’t GREAT, but he wasn’t bad. Compared to some of the other starting efforts we’ve seen at Camden Yards recently, it was really good.

Only Tejada had two hits amongst Orioles players yesterday, but that’s all that was needed. Maybe these guys are hitting better because Nick Markakis called them out publicly. Maybe they’re hitting better because they know the July 31 trade deadline is coming up and this is their chance to get out of Charm City.

I don’t really care why they’re hitting better. I just want them to keep doing it.

3. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says Buck Showalter told ESPN Orioles have ‘some great pieces’

Yeah…like Markakis…and….ummm….Adam Jones for a week?

Clearly having watched the New York Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks win World Series titles AFTER he left has made Showalter badly want another MLB gig. Of course, if he thinks he’s going to reach that level under Peter Angelos, he’ll probably be disappointed.

You know who DOES have some great pieces? Zaira Nara. (Thanks Guyism/Remix Magazine!)

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4. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Andy MacPhail finally cut ties, DFA’ed Garrett Atkins

I’m trying to figure out the right way to say this. Nick Markakis and Brian Roberts were here before MacPhail got here. Adam Jones has been marginally successful. Matt Wieters, Brian Matusz and Jake Arrieta all look like they’re talented but haven’t necessarily shown it yet.

As far as a “face” of the MacPhail era is concerned, umm….Atkins is about as good a choice as any.

This was a failure from Day 1. It represented the fact that the team decided to sign a lesser player instead of going out and actually signing a real impact player. That’s the real impact of the MacPhail era.

Maybe the marketing folks at the Warehouse should put together a “Mt. Rushmore”-type photo of Atkins, Rich Hill, Adam Eaton and Koji Uehara (who returned with the Atkins DFA). Could be a hot seller this Christmas. If I was better at Photoshop, I’d do it for them.

5. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Felix Pie 2-4 with RBI, two runs for Frederick Keys on farm

Me, I’d put Felix Pie on the “Mt. Rushmore”, but someone would try to convince me that his 8 hits earlier this season mean he’s a good player. If Jake Fox was an offseason acquisition, he’d make it for sure. In the meantime, a few more things before we move on from the Orioles…

-Congratulations to our “Apologist of the Morning”, as selected by “The Great Arbitrator” Drew Forrester. “Heath” from Dempsey’s Army is no stranger to the AOTM-but this morning he received the award for citing Fangraphs in opining that Juan Samuel was wrong for trying to have Matt Wieters bunt last week. I don’t often credit Drew for being funny, but labeling a group of people as “Fangraph-sexuals” was pretty damn humorous.

-The Orioles are off today, but return to action tomorrow night opening a 3 game series against the Oakland Athletics at OPACY. Matusz, Kevin Millwood and Arrieta take the hill for the Orioles; Dallas Braden, Ben Sheets and Trevor Cahill go for the A’s.

-Thanks to Joe Sheehan from Baseball Prospectus for joining us this morning on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST to talk some baseball. If you missed it, head over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault today to check it out. Other guests this morning were SI’s Jon Wertheim (live from Wimbledon) and UMBC soccer coach Pete Caringi (who went around the World Cup). It’s all up in the Audio Vault.

6. National Football Post’s Matt Bowen says Ravens without Ed Reed would be like Pittsburgh Steelers without Polamalu

As a commenter eloquently scribed after Bowen’s piece (why do all of the good commenters post at NFP?), the Ed Reed situation really IS the “elephant in the room.”

If the Ravens are going to be Super Bowl contenders (and I believe they will be), it is hard to imagine them doing it with Dawan Landry and Ken Hamlin at safety. They need Reed to be some sort of difference maker in the secondary.

My assumption remains that Ed does intend to come back, and will sit out the majority of Training Camp-part for health reasons and part because he probably doesn’t have that much interest in spending his August sweating it out in Westminster.

We know Ed WANTS to return. It SEEMS like he’ll be healthy enough to return. Now we just need to keep our fingers crossed that he IS.

7. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Ryan Mink says new LB coaches Dean Pees, Ted Monachino making impact in offseason

Maybe so, but even the Arizona State connection couldn’t help Monachino get Terrell Suggs to Owings Mills this offseason.

You know who’s REALLY made an impact this offseason? Wendy Braga. (Thanks Don Chavez/Busted Coverage!)

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8. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens has Maryland 68th in offseason college football rankings

Boy.

I have had a bad feeling about this Terrapins club since the end of last season.

I know that luck played a role in 2-10 last season. I know that they lost close games throughout the season, and certainly had a chance to beat the likes of Middle Tennessee State, Rutgers, Virginia, Duke, etc. That being said, they still have a real lack of talent at crucial spots (namely O-Line and D-Line), and Jamarr Robinson is unproven at best under center.

There is talent on this team. A team with as many decent running backs (Da’Rel Scott, Davin Meggett, Caleb Porzel, D.J. Adams, Gary Douglas) and WR’s (Torrey Smith, Emani Lee-Odai, Tony Logan, Quintin McCree, LaQuan Williams, Ronnie Tyler, Adrian Cannon, Kevin Dorsey, Kerry Boykins) as Maryland does, they should really be better offensively.

If this IS Ralph Friedgen’s last season in College Park-it COULD be a long one.

9. Testudo Times’ Ben Broman says Eric Hayes will join Washington Wizards’ Summer League roster, Landon Milbourne joins Atlanta Hawks’ Summer League roster

And as I passed along yesterday via Twitter (follow us @WNST), Morgan State’s Reggie Holmes will join Greivis Vasquez with the Memphis Grizzlies’ Summer League team in Las Vegas. I should also know about Jermaine Dixon (who graduated at Pitt but is from Baltimore and is the younger brother of Juan Dixon) and his NBA future later today.

I will obviously be rooting for all of these guys this summer, but understand it will be a longshot for any of them to end up on a roster (other than Vasquez of course). The one thing that could help Hayes or Holmes is if their respective squads just simply want a player who can come off the bench and provide deadly accuracy from beyond the arc. I don’t know how those guys would do defending NBA guards, but I certainly know they can shoot against anyone.

And geez-the ‘Zards have Quinton Ross and James Singleton on their roster. You mean to tell me Eric Hayes isn’t better than THEM?

10. The AP’s Samuel Petrequin says Michael Phelps received ‘wakeup call’ at Paris Open meet

I’d personally prefer my own wake-up call in France to come from Emanuelle Chriqui from “Entourage” (Thanks Barstool Sports!)…

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And finally, I leave you with this.

I know that Team USA’s loss to Ghana in South Africa really limits the excitement fans have about soccer; but I’ll pass along these YouTube clips anyway for the 4 or 5 of you who haven’t already seen them.

Here’s the epic “world reaction” to Landon Donovan’s goal against Algeria. ABC used it in the setup for the Ghana match…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbn3rOPmR9w[/youtube]

Now here’s Andres Cantor calling the Donovan goal…

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Is the awesome Andres Cantor GEICO commercial available on YouTube yet? I could really use it.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Live from Camden Yards: Jake Fox to O’s, Tillman optioned to Norfolk

Posted on 22 June 2010 by Luke Jones

BALTIMORE — As reported earlier today, the Orioles have acquired infielder/outfielder Jake Fox from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for minor league pitcher Ross Wolf and cash considerations. It’s a move that’s sure to excite few but isn’t a bad gamble if you take a look at Fox’s career minor league numbers. And, oh yeah, he’s a former Cub, which Andy MacPhail seems to like for some reason.

Interim manager Juan Samuel intends to use the 27-year-old Fox in a utility role off the bench and as a third catcher to help spell Matt Wieters—who could then be the designated hitter on occasion—and backup Craig Tatum. That’s fine for now, but Fox needs to receive regular opportunities at some point. Regardless of whose playing time suffers as a result, there’s no such thing as “stepping on anyone’s toes” when the club is 19-50.

“He’s an added bat,” Samuel said. “We’re going to do everything we can to get him in there and get some offense. That’s just an extra guy to help us off the bench, to pinch hit if we need to throw him in against a left-hander. … I’m going to try to play as many guys as I can here.”

Fox will wear No. 47.

To make room on the 25-man roster for Fox, the Orioles have optioned struggling pitcher Chris Tillman to Triple-A Norfolk and have designated Cla Meredith for assignment. With Tillman now with the Tides and ineligible to return for 10 days (except in the case of an injury), we can safely assume Brad Bergesen will be recalled to make Saturday’s start against the Washington Nationals.

Meredith was 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA (15 innings pitched) in 21 games for the Orioles this season and 1-0 with a 13.50 ERA in five games for Norfolk.

In other news, Felix Pie was the designated hitter for the Gulf Coast League Orioles today and experienced no problems, going 1-for-4 with two strikeouts. Mike Gonzalez threw 19 pitches for the Gulf Coast team and struck out three while displaying consistent velocity at 90 to 91 miles per hour.

Koji Uehara threw a side session of 30 pitches in Sarasota with no setbacks.

When asked about Garrett Atkins’ lack of playing time, Samuel said he called the first baseman into his office during the San Diego series to chat with him. Atkins is a strong candidate to be released on Saturday when the Orioles will need to clear room for a starting pitcher, presumably Bergesen.

“I told him I haven’t forgotten about him,” Samuel said.

At least someone hasn’t.

Here are tonight’s lineups:

Florida
LF Chris Coghlan
1B Gaby Sanchez
SS Hanley Ramirez
DH Jorge Cantu
2B Dan Uggla
CF Cody Ross
RF Mike Stanton
3B Wes Helms
C Ronny Paulino

SP Anibal Sanchez (6-4, 3.22 ERA)

Baltimore
LF Corey Patterson
3B Miguel Tejada
RF Nick Markakis
1B Ty Wigginton
DH Luke Scott
CF Adam Jones
C Matt Wieters
2B Scott Moore
SS Cesar Izturis

SP Jeremy Guthrie (3-8, 3.97 ERA)

Don’t forget to join us in the Orange Crush chat this evening at 7:30 p.m., as WNST personalities will discuss the action from Camden Yards. As always, remember to follow us on Twitter (@WNST) for the quickest updates and quips about today’s game.

Check back right here for updates (time-stamped below) leading right up to first pitch at 7:05 p.m.
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5:55 p.m. — Head to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault to hear Jake Fox’s comments about his new home and what he hopes to bring to the Orioles.

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 22 June 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Tuesday!

It’s a Happy Tuesday for me because it’s about time for another “Greatest Song of All Time This Week.” With Robert Randolph & The Family Band’s new disc “We Walk This Road” hitting iTunes yesterday; I’m going to pick “Traveling Shoes”…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVHNgOb1Je4[/youtube]

If you don’t love Robert Randolph; you and I might not be capable of being friends.

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP/STATS’ Anthony Giornalista previews Orioles-Marlins series opening tonight at Oriole Park at Camden Yards

With no offense to baseball fans anywhere in Miami or elsewhere in Florida, there’s nothing imposing about the Marlins. Other than Josh Johnson that is-and he doesn’t pitch in this series. Well, the Dan Uggla-Hanley Ramirez combo is pretty good. And Jorge Cantu, Ronny Paulino, Cody Ross and Chris Coghlan have been solid. And Mike Stanton looks like he’ll be pretty good in the future.

Okay, fine. The Fish are actually a half decent team, despite the fact that they are currently 3 games under .500. They just don’t SEEM that imposing at first blush. However, when you’re the worst team in Major League Baseball (and the Orioles are by a LONGSHOT), all opponents are fairly imposing.

They kick the series off tonight at OPACY, with Jeremy Guthrie facing Anibal Sanchez. First pitch is on MASN2 at 7:05pm. I’ll say Orioles win. Not because I really have a good feeling about whether or not the Orioles will win, but more because I’d just really rather not having to talk about a 19-51 team. Or a 19-52 team. Or a 19-55 team. Or a 19-90 team. You get the point.

2. WNST.net’s Ryan Chell says Birds trying to avoid historic failure of 1962 New York Mets

What was the New York Mets’ record through 69 games in 1962?

19-50.

Unless this team plays really good baseball for some stretch of time this season (which I GUESS is possible?), we’re going to be discussing this right up until win number 41. If we get past that, we’ll be talking about it until (if?) they surpass the 54 wins posted by the 1988 Baltimore Orioles-the worst team in franchise history.

Yep, it’s an exciting time! Head on down to Birdland tonight and welcome home the Orioles! You never know what might happen! For example, the Orioles could be the first time to strike out 4 times in 1 inning in one game! If it happens and you’re not that, you’re really going to beat yourself up!

3. ESPN.com’s Tristan Cockroft names Matt Wieters to ‘All-2014 Team’

Well….I hope so….

With no offense to Matt Wieters (or our friends at MattWietersFacts.com), ummm….this is still a bit of a leap of faith. I still think Matt Wieters is going to turn out to be a good player, but maybe the immediate comparisons to Joe Mauer were a bit unfair.

It’s not that I’m clamoring for Wieters to be sent back down to Norfolk or anything like that. I’m NOT. He’s been very good defensively and poor offensively. He’s on a poor offensive team. I’m just trying to keep my expectations a bit more realistic. Like, instead of thinking Matt Wieters is going to be the next CJ Gibson (Thanks Busted Coverage/Next Round!)…

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…I’m now just hoping he’ll be the next Luisa Corna. (Thanks AGAIN Busted Coverage and Plunder Guide!)…

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…You see the difference, right? Right?

4. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Bergesen solid, Felix Pie struggled for O’s on farm Monday night

And before we move on from the Orioles, a couple of things.

-With Felix Pie now rehabbing, there has been some conjecture about what the Orioles will do roster-wise to make room for him. I can’t honestly believe anyone thinks there is another option (I’ve read a few comments about Corey Patterson) than Lou Montanez, but I guess some folks down don’t think it’s such a slam dunk. Montanez HAS to be the guy. I’m sure Andy MacPhail will give Juan Samuel (or whoever is managing the team at the time) the edict that Pie HAS to play everyday-which will make a lot of people not named Glenn Clark pleased. Glenn Clark will remain in the Dave Trembley camp of “I think you should play….just as soon as you stop routinely screwing up.”

-As far as Edwin Encarnacion is concerned, put him on the Jake Fox list of “whatever.” If the team gets rid of Garrett Atkins, someone has to play first base. Neither of these guys are any good. But the Orioles are full of players like that. In fact, they have so many that one of them (Ty Wigginton) has managed to confuse some folks into thinking he IS a good player. If the Orioles add Edwin Encarnacion to the roster, “whatever.”

-Congratulations to our “Apologist of the Morning”, as selected by “The Great Arbitrator” Drew Forrester. I don’t know who Noah Rosenstein is or what his role is with MLB.com, but with headlines like “Talent overflowing at Double A Bowie” and “Few hurdles left for (Zach) Britton before joining O’s”, I couldn’t help but think to myself “Gee, Yankees.com doesn’t have any Double A stories posted today…”

5. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Mike Duffy says Ravens agreed to 3 year deal with 5th round pick (Syracuse) DT Arthur Jones

While Arthur Jones is probably breathing a BIT easier today, he still has to go up to Westminster and make sure he actually makes the team. The roster is chocked full of D-Linemen (Trevor Pryce, Cory Redding, Kelly Gregg, Terrence Cody, Haloti Ngata, Kelly Talavou, Brandon McKinney, Paul Kruger, Lamar Divens, Jones and Albert McClellan), and he’s going to have to make sure he locks down a spot during Training Camp.

As I said when I mocked the roster a few weeks back, I truly believe Arthur Jones WILL make the roster. I know that he has a big fan in John Harbaugh, and I know that he “looks like a Raven” the way Talavou and McKinney did a season ago. That will help him, but he has to do the rest at McDaniel College.

6. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Ravens reached 3 year deal with 4th round pick (BYU) TE Dennis Pitta

Dennis Pitta likely feels much more comfortable than Arthur Jones today, but 4th round picks have been left off NFL rosters before. He appears to have a clear path to make the roster behind Todd Heap (and probably behind 3rd round pick Ed Dickson), but 2nd year TE Davon Drew is in the mix as well.

It’s safe to assume he’ll be the team’s #3 Tight End (with a chance to be the #2 guy). Pitta absolutely reminds you of Todd Heap OFF the field, and has some similarities on the field as well. The biggest thing Cam Cameron hopes he and Dickson will bring is the chance to allow Heap to rest a bit more next season; as the team believes Heap may have played upwards of 1,000 snaps.

Before we move on from the Ravens, a reminder that new Ravens safety Ken Hamlin joined Rex Snider Monday afternoon on the “Rex and Ray” show. If you missed it, make sure you head on over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault and check it out today.

7. The Sun’s Mike Preston says former Ravens LS Joe Maese now working as firefighter in Howard County

This is a REALLY cool story that’s worth checking out. Joe Maese was a popular guy in Owings Mills, and it is VERY cool to see that he’s doing good work for the folks at the Long Reach station.

I don’t really have any other “analysis” to offer here about Joe. It’s just a really cool story that’s worth the read today. You know what else is a really cool story? Lily Cole on the cover of Arena Magazine (Thanks Barstool Sports!)…

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8. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Terrapins LB Alex Wujciak named to Watch List for Bronco Nagurski Award

There’s no hiding the fact that Wujciak is probably the Terps’ best player, and will have high expectations on a defense that will need to play well again this season for Ralph Friedgen’s team to have any success in the ACC. Don Brown knows what to expect from his LB’s, which is good-because there aren’t a whole heck of a lot of other positions on the team that the coaches are feeling quite so comfortable with.

If you’re Jonesing for some Maryland football talk, Patrick (follow him on Twitter @D1scourse) and I posted the second edition of the “D1scast” yesterday. Head back over to the Audio Vault to check it out. We preview Maryland’s special teams unit, recap the lack of movement in conference realignment, discuss the departure of Javarie Johnson at Maryland and Mike Hermann at Towson, and even bring up the great “Batman Returns.” There’s also a look at the college lacrosse coaching carousel. Speaking of which…

9. Washington Post’s Christian Swezey says Ryan Moran, Kevin Warne expected to join John Tillman’s lacrosse staff in College Park

I would first like to take the time to welcome both coaches to College Park, and wish them the best of success in their Maryland tenure.

I would then like to just ask…was there no room for Maxim Italy cover girl Melissa Satta on the staff??? (Thanks Guyism!)…

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10. Orlando Sentinel’s Josh Robbins says former Maryland guard Greivis Vasquez worked out with Magic Monday

I know I’m not the first person to say this, but this would be an unacceptable destination for the senior from Venezuela to end up in the NBA Draft. Orlando is where JJ Redick plays. I don’t much care for JJ Redick. I don’t much care for anything related to Duke. In fact-as I said on Twitter (follow us @WNST) after seeing photos of the RimRock Auto Arena in Montana destroyed by a tornado…

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…the only thing I could think to myself was “Dear God, why this place instead of Cameron Indoor Stadium?”

Eric Hayes recently worked out with the Chicago Bulls, he joined Drew today on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST. If you missed it, head on over to the Audio Vault and check it out. Other guests this morning included…

-IndyCar Series CEO Randy Bernard, who gave us all of the details for next year’s “Baltimore Grand Prix” downtown.
-Fox Sports Florida Pre-Game host Craig Minervini, who previewed the Orioles-Marlins series
-Loyola soccer coach Mark Mettrick, who went around the World Cup

It’s all in the Audio Vault, make sure you check it out!

And finally, I leave you with this.

After his big plug during ABC’s NBA Finals postgame show from the floor of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, I’m sure everyone was waiting for the debut of LA Lakers star Ron Artest’s new single “Champions.” No? Screw you guys, I don’t have anything else prepared. (Thanks Deadspin!)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRrN4pmEuQA[/youtube]

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Orioles managerial search: Now, later, or both?

Posted on 21 June 2010 by Luke Jones

With Buck Showalter scheduled to interview with the Orioles on Wednesday and Eric Wedge receiving a callback in the near future, the search continues for a permanent manager while Juan Samuel steers a sunken ship for the time being.

Bobby Valentine whisked through town with an apparent “thanks, but no thanks” after taking a glimpse at a team currently 31 games below .500 and 24 games out of first place on the first day of summer.

It’s no secret this job is an incredibly difficult—if not impossible—sell to any experienced name attached to the managerial search. And with Andy MacPhail proclaiming the organization’s preference for an experienced skipper, the Valentines, Showalters, and Wedges of the baseball world would need an incredible amount of hubris to willingly jump aboard now to manage a team on track to become one of the worst in the history of the game.

Waiting until the off-season would not only provide an expanded field of candidates but also remove the stigma of having the eventual manager attached to whatever the final record will be for the 2010 edition of the Orioles. However, with Nick Markakis’ recent comments questioning the direction of the organization, stretching the process into October could create even more disillusionment for all parties involved.

Should MacPhail hire his permanent man now—if he even can—or exert the patient approach he always does and wait until after the season?

Perhaps the best choice is somewhere in between, as I’ve wondered aloud for quite some time and baseball writer Ken Rosenthal recently suggested.

Though a bit unconventional, the Orioles’ best solution might be to hire their new man now but keep him away from the dugout in 2010. Not only would this keep the new manager at an arm’s length from the bad vibes of a disastrous season but it would give him an opportunity to evaluate all levels of the organization, from Baltimore to Bluefield.

Sure, it’s likely to create an awkward situation for Samuel and the rest of the coaching staff for the remainder of the season, but no one should be very comfortable at this point anyway. The coaches could be evaluated for the future, as either potential members of the new manager’s staff or, more likely, for other positions within the organization.

Players would know their competing for jobs next season with the new skipper watching and evaluating—from afar—every pitch, at-bat, and chance in the field.

Using Showalter as merely a case study, the strategy would be similar to his hiring in 1996 to take over the expansion Arizona Diamondbacks that didn’t begin play in 1998. At the time, it gave Showalter a chance to evaluate the minor leagues, tweak player development, and develop a vision for the new franchise.

With such a timetable and cooperation from the front office, Showalter would get a far better picture of the minor league system than an October hire would get watching only the Arizona Fall League and video in the offseason.

Whether it’s Showalter, Wedge, or another name yet to interview, it’s far more important for the new manager to know the players at Frederick, Bowie, and Norfolk than it is to give Julio Lugo a pat on the back in the dugout or explain to Garrett Atkins why he’s not in the lineup again.

It’s the opportunity and power that just might attract an experienced manager to town.

Regardless of when MacPhail and the Orioles select their next manager, far bigger questions will remain in the offseason as the heat will be on to—finally—spend significant money to acquire talent.

Pulling the trigger on the right manager now won’t be easy, but some creativity could land the right man to lead the franchise.

And with the hellish season we’re witnessing, being bold and innovative would be a welcome change.

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 16 June 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Wednesday!

It’s a Happy Wednesday for me because for some reason, folks keep sending me awesome viral videos this week. The BP Coffee Spill is amongst the best…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AAa0gd7ClM[/youtube]

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP says Jake Arrieta strong, David Hernandez finished it up as Birds topped Giants in San Francisco

Can these two just pitch every game the rest of the week in San Fran? And then maybe all of the games this weekend in San Diego?

Being completely fair, we’ve desperately needed something to be excited about in Baltimore. Only 3 wins here in June, and Arrieta has two of them-with Hernandez finishing both of those. It’s unbelievable to consider that a guy who has been on the roster for less than a week has been responsible for more than 10% of the team’s wins on the season. But…it’s true.

Enough with the negative stuff, the Orioles won! I might not get to say that again until Jake Arrieta’s next start (or later), so I’m celebrating. Cue Kool & The Gang!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GwjfUFyY6M[/youtube]

2. The AP/WNST.net offer numerical evidence of win

Two RBI groundouts from Ty Wigginton, two doubles from Nick Markakis (who combined with Corey Patterson and Miguel Tejada to produce SEVEN hits at the top of the lineup) and even a home run from Adam Jones! What’s not to like???

Spare me any comments like “how bout having the team do it with some sort of regularity.” I know they stink, I’m just celebrating today.

Going back to Hernandez for a second, I’ll follow up on something Roch Kubatko mentioned on his blog last night. I know Juan Samuel continues to say that Alfredo Simon is in the mix at closer, but I don’t know why. David Hernandez has shown EXACTLY what the team should want from closer; as he’s been confident in his appearances and has been overwhelming with his stuff-especially his velocity.

If Hernandez ISN’T the primary option as closer right now, he should be.

3. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Birds will remove Chris Tillman from rotation at least for now

And after his most recent batting practice session, this seems to be a bit of a no-brainer right now. The word is that the team will use the off days tomorrow and Monday to make it a 4 man rotation, then re-insert either Tillman or Brad Bergesen against the Nationals next weekend.

I guess you HAVE to be concerned that Tillman was promoted again without being ready-but we have to keep the perspective that he’s only 22 years old; and has at times shown the signs that he could very well turn into a solid major league pitcher.

That being said-as of right now, he’s clearly behind Arrieta and Brian Matusz.

4. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says Bobby Valentine had more questions than Andy MacPhail during interview with O’s

NOTHING surprising about this. While some managerial candidates will certainly come to Baltimore and be ready to say all of the right things in hopes of finding employment (most of us are assuming Eric Wedge is one of those guys), but Bobby V isn’t one of them. Valentine is one of those guys who would need exactly the right circumstance to get back into the game (a la Brian Billick in football). When Valentine comes to Baltimore (or anywhere else), he wants to know that the situation IS perfect.

I’m guessing that working for Peter Angelos probably ISN’T that type of situation.

This brings us to our “Apologist of the Morning.” Steve Davis is currently filling in for Mark Viviano over on 105.7. When a caller suggested yesterday that “no one” would want the Orioles managerial gig, he responded by saying “anyone” would want the Orioles job. He even included Phil Garner on the list of guys who would jump at the chance to manage the team.

Apparently Steve wasn’t listening when Phil Garner was on with “The Great Arbitrator” Drew Forrester last week. Garner was less than excited about the chance to come to Charm City.

I hope everyone understands that. This ISN’T a desirable gig. It’s a managerial graveyard. Only Mike Hargrove has gone on to get another MLB managerial gig since the organization began their 13 season era of losing in 1998. This isn’t a place that ANY realistic managerial candidate looks at and says “yeah, I think that’s a great gig.” No one is excited about MacPhail’s “plan.”

This is the reality of the situation. Someone will take the job, because there are a slew of managers in the world who just want a gig. But most of those guys are guys who want a gig ANYWHERE…not necessarily Baltimore.

You can spin it however you want, including trying to describe it as a coveted job. It just isn’t.

5. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Tim Bascom, Rhyne Hughes struggled mightily in Norfolk Tides’ loss on farm

And before we move on from the Orioles, a couple of notes.

-The Birds and Giants wrap up their 3 game series this afternoon at AT&T Park. First pitch on MASN is at 3:45pm. Jeremy Guthrie goes to the hill against Tim “Cy Young Award” Lincecum. No pressure Jeremy!

-Apparently Brian Roberts is going to be able to return in 4-6 weeks. I have a funny feeling we’ll hear the word “setback” in the next 4-6 weeks myself.

6. Inside Lacrosse’s Sean Burns says Harvard coach/former Navy assistant John Tillman to replace Dave Cottle as Maryland lacrosse coach

Okay then….he’s the guy.

Am I jumping up and down as a Terrapins alum about the hiring of John Tillman? Not exactly. But will I be rooting like hell for John Tillman to succeed in College Park? You better believe it.

Hopefully Tillman’s background in the Ivy League will help his attempts to get MIAA kids. It’s certainly not a slam dunk-but he clearly knows how to talk to privileged kids/families; and he knows the area from having coached in Annapolis. Those are both good qualities.

Rumors are that he got a 7 year deal. That seems like a bit much, but if it’s what it took to get the right guy, that’s fine.

Me personally…I’d give Minki van der Westhuizen a 7 year deal if she wanted one. (Thanks Busted Coverage!)

minki

7. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Towson finalized three year deal with Tony Seaman

And while this isn’t necessarily “news” considering it was finalized weeks ago, we’re still happy for Tony, and think this was a great move by Mike Hermann and the Tigers.

I know a thing or two about great moves, myself. For example, I spent the better part of my day looking at pictures of Izabel Goulart over at Guyism…

izabel

8. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Mike Duffy says Terrence Cody, Sergio Kindle aren’t considering Training Camp holdout(s)

Nor should they be…ESPECIALLY considering they were both 2nd round picks in the NFL Draft. There’s no reason it should even take too long to get the deals done.

If you missed Ravens rookie CB Prince Miller (UFA out of Georgia) this morning on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST, make sure you head on over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net to check it out. Other guests this morning included:

-Former Ravens DT Tony Siragusa (who compared Anquan Boldin to a LB at WR)
-DC United midfielder/striker Santino Quaranta (the former Archbishop Curley and part-time USMNT player as well; who went around the World Cup and talked some MLS)
-Former Terps Forward Landon Milbourne (who discussed his workouts with the Washington Wizards and Indiana Pacers as he prepares for the NBA Draft)
-and MLB Network analyst Bill Ripken (who discussed his potential candidacy to replace Dave Trembley)

They’re all in the Audio Vault if you want to check them out.

9. USA Today’s Jim Corbett says Jim Zorn hoping to turn Joe Flacco into Pro Bowl caliber, Super Bowl winning QB

And as far as I’m concerned…I hope he does.

That being said, Joe had a very good relationship with Hue Jackson-and Zorn will have to work to earn a level of faith.

It would take faith for me to have a relationship with Nathalia Melo, who is over at Barstool Sports and looks like she could kick my ass…

melo

10. The Sun’s Lorraine Mirabella says Inner Harbor ESPN Zone closed last night

And to think…I had 5 bucks left on my card! I could have played another game of Daytona USA!!!

And finally, I leave you with this.

In honor of our upcoming “My Italian Dinner with Bruno Sammartino” event, I figured I’d pass along this Bruno Sammartino-Freddie Blassie gem from YouTube. Can’t wait for the event…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t89xWOg23t8[/youtube]

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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O-mazin’ Orioles swept by Mets as chase of history is on

Posted on 13 June 2010 by Luke Jones

It’s fitting the Orioles concluded a forgettable 2-7 homestand against the New York Mets this weekend.

For it was this same Mets franchise that set the modern record for futility with a 40-120 record as an expansion team in 1962, and the Orioles’ biggest—if not only—storyline is quickly becoming where they might land among the worst teams in the history of major league baseball.

With the Orioles falling 11-4 on Sunday and now holding an appalling 17-46 record (on pace to lose 119 games), it’s getting harder and harder to ignore a potential date with history, though not the kind anyone wanted to see in Baltimore this season—or any season for that matter.

Those “Amazin’ Mets” lost their 63rd game of the season, giving Casey Stengel and the feeble Metropolitans a 17-46 record, the same mark the Orioles hold as they embark on a West Coast trip to San Francisco and San Diego this week. But unlike the Mets, expectations were far higher for an Orioles club many hoped would be far more intriguing—and successful—than any Baltimore has witnessed in 13 years.

The decision to fire manager Dave Trembley was made in order to ignite a spark for a baseball team struggling in nearly every facet of the game. Instead, interim manager Juan Samuel is 2-7 since taking charge at the beginning of the homestand on June 4. The offense continues to be downright offensive, the pitching continues to wilt, and the club is on the verge of falling 30 games below .500 before Father’s Day.

The managerial change has not only failed to ignite a spark, but has appeared to add kindling to the fire of a catastrophic season. In his defense, Samuel’s first opportunity to manage in the big leagues comes under impossible circumstances with an all-around beaten team having virtually no hope of turning it around.

“I’m trying to stay as positive as I can for these guys,” Samuel said after Sunday’s loss. “My job is to keep these guys going and keep them focused, continue to improve in some areas we think we can improve, like running the bases. Just doing the little things. Playing a different style of baseball when we have the chance to.”

The Orioles were 6-for-35 (.171) with runners in scoring position in the three-game sweep to the Mets and are just .217 for the entire season. The offense managed just two homers in nine games at hitter-friendly Camden Yards.

At least someone is benefiting from the club’s offensive struggles as the opposition has now made quality starts in 16 of the Orioles’ last 17 games.

And it doesn’t get any easier as the Orioles now go to San Francisco to face a Giants pitching staff with a 3.33 ERA, third in the majors.

Miffed Millwood shelled again

The season continues to spiral out of control for Kevin Millwood who fell to 0-8 after giving up five runs in the first inning, including home runs to David Wright and Chris Carter. Millwood gave up eight earned runs in 5 1/3 innings and has seen his earned run average balloon to a season-high 5.16.

Millwood’s lack of run support is well-documented, but it appears to be wearing on the veteran righty who has a 7.21 ERA over his last seven starts. Though he remained stoic in describing his performance on Sunday, it’s clear the frustration of a winless start is impacting his performance.

“A little confused, you know, I feel like I’ve been trying so many things,” he said. “I have a million things running through my head instead of just trying to execute pitches. That’s nobody’s fault but my own, so hopefully I can kind of get a clear head and just go back to throwing the ball instead of worrying about my mechanics so much.”

Millwood gave up a third home run in the fifth inning, a shot by Jason Bay on a 3-1 pitch. It was the third time this season Millwood has allowed three home runs in a game (April 11 vs. Toronto and May 13 vs. Seattle).

His 19 home runs allowed is most in the majors.

Bergesen back to minors

With Alfredo Simon set to return from the disabled list, the Orioles optioned right-hander Brad Bergesen to Triple-A Norfolk after Sunday’s game.

Samuel and the club wants to give Bergesen the opportunity to start every fifth day to work out his mechanical issues and believed keeping him in the bullpen with irregular work would not help the 24-year-old get back on track.

Bergesen is 3-4 with a 6.50 ERA in 12 appearances, 10 of them being starts. This will mark his second stint with the Tides this season after he was optioned to Norfolk in April after three ineffective outings to start the season.

“You know, it’s a numbers game sometimes,” Bergesen said. “They told me they want to get me the innings and right now I’m not getting the innings. Of course, I’m not happy, but what’s done is done. There are no grudges held here. I’ll go down and work my butt off to get back here.”

Interleague Ineptitude

The Orioles are now 1-5 in interleague play this season and 102-133 all-time since regular season play against the National League began in 1997. Baltimore is now 9-16 all-time against the Mets.

Interleague play will continue with a six-game road trip against the Giants (35-27) and Padres (37-26), two teams battling for supremacy in the National League West.

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BALTIMORE — Good afternoon from a sweltering Oriole Park at Camden Yards as the Orioles conclude an interleague three-game set with the New York Mets at 1:35 p.m.

Despite a strong eight-inning effort from Brian Matusz Saturday night, the Orioles lost 3-1, giving the Mets their first road series win of the season and dropping the Orioles to 17-45. It’s the exact record the infamous 1962 Amazin’ Mets had after 62 games. Those Mets, a first-year expansion team managed by Casey Stengel, went on to lose 120 games to solidify themselves as the worst team in big league history since 1900.

For those wondering, those ’62 Mets lost their 63rd game of the season to the Milwaukee Braves, 9-4.

The Orioles clearly have 100 games to avoid the embarrassing 120-loss mark, but the possibility is sadly becoming more realistic with every passing loss. It doesn’t figure to get any easier this coming week as Baltimore travels to the West Coast to take on the San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres, both in the thick of the National League West race in the middle of June.

Kevin Millwood (0-7) goes to the bump for the Birds this afternoon, desperately trying to pick up his first victory of the season. The veteran righty pitched extremely well over the first seven weeks of the season but has struggled in his last six starts, going 0-3 with a 6.34 ERA.

It won’t be easy for Millwood as he’ll be opposed by Mike Pelfrey who has pitched exceptionally well all season but particularly over his last three starts. Pelfrey has allowed just two earned runs over his last 24 innings, including a 2-1 complete-game victory over the San Diego Padres in his most recent start.

Here are this afternoon’s lineups:

New York
SS Jose Reyes
CF Angel Pagan
3B David Wright
1B Ike Davis
LF Jason Bay
DH Chris Carter
RF Jesus Feliciano
2B Alex Cora
C Henry Blanco

SP Mike Pelfrey (8-1, 2.23 ERA)

Baltimore
LF Corey Patterson
3B Miguel Tejada
RF Nick Markakis
1B Ty Wigginton
DH Luke Scott
CF Adam Jones
C Matt Wieters
2B Scott Moore
SS Julio Lugo

SP Kevin Millwood (0-7, 4.64 ERA)

Don’t forget to join us in the Orange Crush chat this afteroon at 1:30 p.m., as WNST personalities will discuss the action from Camden Yards. As always, remember to follow us on Twitter (@WNST) for the quickest updates and quips about today’s game.

Check back right here for updates (time-stamped below) leading right up to first pitch at 1:35 p.m.

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12:25 p.m. — With a modest piece of good news on the injury front, reliever Alfredo Simon threw from the mound at Camden Yards earlier this morning and will be activated for Monday night’s game against the Giants if his injured hamstring holds up as expected.

Simon faced live hitters in his batting practice throwing session as pitching coach Rick Kranitz observed closely. Interim manager Juan Samuel envisions a return to the closer role for Simon with David Hernandez—who picked up the save in Thursday night’s win over the Yankees—receiving opportunities when Simon is unavailable.

Of course, it’s tough for the Orioles to create save opportunities for one closer, let alone a second guy capable of filling the role. If you’re wondering who had the last save for the Orioles prior to Hernandez on Thursday, the answer is Simon on May 22 against the Washington Nationals, two days before he suffered the hamstring injury that landed him on the 15-day disabled list.

If you’re wondering what the corresponding roster move might be if and when Simon is activated, my best guess would be Brad Bergesen being optioned to Triple-A Norfolk. The young sinkerballer needs to pitch regularly, and I just don’t see enough opportunities for him out of the bullpen in a long-relief role.

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