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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 highs, lows of Orioles’ first half

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 highs, lows of Orioles’ first half

Posted on 15 July 2014 by Luke Jones

The Orioles entered the All-Star break in first place for the first time since the 1997, creating plenty of excitement as they try to advance to the postseason for the second time in the last three years.

In honor of this, The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 examined what things went right and what went wrong in the first half of the 2014 season. Luke Jones handled the positives while Drew Forrester took a look at the negatives as the Orioles own a four-game lead over second-place Toronto and are 52-42 on the season.

Luke Jones’ Top 7 Things That Went Right …

7. Kevin Gausman
KG

Even with the Orioles bouncing him back and forth between the majors and Triple-A Norfolk, the 23-year-old pitched to a 3.29 ERA in seven starts and will finally have a chance to remain in the rotation for good in the second half.

6. A 9-3 record in extra-inning games
NH

An incredible 16-2 record in extra innings was a trademark of the magical and surprising 2012 Orioles, but this year’s club has done almost as well in extra frames with one of the best bullpens in the American League.

5. The consistency of Adam Jones
Jones

For all the handwringing over his plate discipline and inability to draw walks, Jones overcame a rough April to post a .301 average with 16 home runs and 54 runs batted in while teammates such as Chris Davis and J.J. Hardy struggled in the first half.

4. Steve Pearce
Pearce

Most wouldn’t have expected the 31-year-old journeyman to have even made the team in spring training, but Pearce has become an everyday player with a .316 average, 11 homers, 31 RBIs, and a .383 on-base percentage in 209 plate appearances.

3. Zach Britton
Britton

The lefty entered the spring with no minor-league options remaining and no clear role, but he not only became a critical piece in the bullpen but eventually replaced closer Tommy Hunter to collect 15 saves and post a tiny 1.30 ERA.

2. Nelson Cruz
Cruz

A one-year, $8 million contract was all it took as Cruz is second in the majors with 28 homers and carried an up-and-down offense for large stretches of the first half while others battled injuries and inconsistency.

1. A 26-18 record in an underwhelming American League East
redsox

The Orioles deserve full credit for taking advantage, but the weakest AL East we’ve seen in years has Baltimore poised to win its first division crown in 17 years with just one other team above the .500 mark at the break.

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Orioles 9-Game Scorecard (Games 81-89)

Posted on 08 July 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 most recent “Orioles 9-Game Scorecard” during Tuesday’s show, click HERE.

1. Should the Orioles have been better or worse than their 7-2 mark?
Drew: Worse
Luke: Better

2. Most Valuable Player/Least Valuable Player
Drew: MVP – Nelson Cruz; LVP – Chris Davis
Luke: MVP – Adam Jones; LVP – Brian Matusz

3. Biggest surprise
Drew: The Orioles going 4-1 during the Manny Machado suspension
Luke: The struggling Chris Davis falling below the Mendoza line

4. Best thing about the nine-game stretch
Drew: The Orioles bats coming alive during the end of the last homestand
Luke: Winning the series finale in Boston despite squandering a 6-1 lead

5. Nine games from now…
Drew: The Orioles will be ahead by five games in the American League East
Luke: A limited platoon surfaces with Chris Davis losing some at-bats to Steve Pearce and Delmon Young

6. Record in the next nine games (three with Washington, three with the New York Yankees, three at Oakland)
Drew: 9-0
Luke: 6-3

7. Stock rising/falling over the next nine games
Drew: Rising – Miguel Gonzalez; Falling – Ubaldo Jimenez
Luke: Rising – Manny Machado; Falling – Steve Pearce

8. Grading Buck Showalter in games 81-89
Drew: A
Luke: B+

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Orioles 9-Game Scorecard (Games 69-77)

Posted on 27 June 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.

(Editor’s note: Glenn Clark filled in for Forrester on Friday’s show.)

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

1. Should the Orioles have been better or worse than their 6-3 mark?
Glenn: Worse
Luke: Worse

2. Most Valuable Player/Least Valuable Player
Glenn: MVP – Steve Pearce; LVP – Miguel Gonzalez
Luke: MVP – Steve Pearce; LVP – Ryan Flaherty

3. Biggest surprise
Glenn: The Orioles winning three straight series for the first time all year
Luke: The Orioles winning games in which Masahiro Tanaka and Chris Sale started

4. Best thing about the nine-game stretch
Glenn: Chris Davis and Nelson Cruz providing late-inning heroics in the White Sox series
Luke: The Orioles bouncing back to win the Yankees series after the crushing loss in the opener

5. Nine games from now…
Glenn: The Orioles will begin looking for another catcher to add to the roster
Luke: Miguel Gonzalez will be on his way to the bullpen with Bud Norris returning from the disabled list

6. Record in the next nine games
(four with Tampa Bay, four with Texas, one at Boston)
Glenn: 5-4
Luke: 6-3

7. Stock rising/falling over the next nine games
Glenn: Rising – Chris Tillman; Falling – Caleb Joseph
Luke: Rising – J.J. Hardy; Falling – Steve Pearce

8. Grading Buck Showalter in games 69-77
Glenn: B
Luke: B

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This week’s #WNSTSweet16 is “going streaking”, you can bring your green hat

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This week’s #WNSTSweet16 is “going streaking”, you can bring your green hat

Posted on 22 June 2014 by Glenn Clark

Perhaps you’ve heard a rumor that we’re celebrating our 16th year as Baltimore’s sports media leader here at WNST. I know it’s been covered in most of the gossip rags, but I guess there’s one of two of you who aren’t regularly checking out “OK!” in your grocer’s aisle.

So we’re celebrating our 16th year as Baltimore’s sports media leader here at WNST. To do so, we’re looking over some of the great “water cooler” topics of the WNST era and attempting to define them by putting together lists of 16. We’re calling it the #WNSTSweet16.

We already know how awesome it is, but thanks for reminding us under your breath.

We’re into Week 25 of the year-long celebration. If you’ve missed any of the first 24 weeks, here’s a great chance for you to re-live them. (The #WNSTSweet16 is brought to you by Jerry’s Automotive.)

Week 24: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 all-time American soccer players
Week 23: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 greatest Baltimore/Washington Bullets/Wizards ever
Week 22: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 all-time greatest local high athletes
Week 21: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 greatest local lacrosse players of all time
Week 20: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 most unsung Orioles
Week 19: Gary Quill-Sweet 16 all-time Maryland horse racing moments
Week 18: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 most important picks in Ravens draft history
Week 17: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 worst draft picks in Baltimore Ravens history
Week 16: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 greatest players in Washington Capitals history
Week 15: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 games we’ve been treated to
Week 14: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 Masters moments of the last 30 years
Week 13: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 greatest pro wrestling moments in Baltimore history
Week 12: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local sports goofballs/personalities
Week 11: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 local sports saints-athletes who gave back
Week 10: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 events a Baltimore sports fan must attend
Week 9: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 greatest Baltimore college basketball players
Week 8: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 Orioles who didn’t live up to the hype
Week 7: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 most underappreciated Maryland basketball players
Week 6: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local sports “Heartbreakers”
Week 5: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local Olympic sport athletes
Week 4: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local athletes who deserved to win a championship but didn’t
Week 3: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 local sports people who “had a dream”
Week 2: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local sports playoff moments
Week 1: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 “debuts” in local sports history

Luke Jones is back in the saddle for this week’s list.

While the summer unofficially starts in Baltimore the first day someone says to you “it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity”; the summer has now also OFFICIALLY started here in Charm City. With summer does indeed come heat, and with heat comes hot streaks. Speaking of hot streaks, we haven’t had a “streak”-related #WNSTSweet16 yet, have we?

You see how I did that?

This week’s topic is the “Sweet 16 All-time Local Sports Streaks”.

Clearly, when you think of local sports streaks, the number 2,632 comes to mind. Yep, the 2,632 consecutive unfunny jokes Drew Forrester has made on “The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction”. But Cal Ripken also had a nice little streak of consecutive games played for awhile.

Drew Brees just famously broke Johnny Unitas’ record of 47 straight games with a passing TD just recently. I imagine that might just crack Luke’s list.

What else should be on the list? Joe Flacco’s five straight seasons of winning a playoff game at the start of his career? The same streak for John Harbaugh? The University of Maryland making the NCAA Tournament for a school record 11 straight years under Gary Williams?

And who doesn’t remember Wee Willie Keeler’s’ amazing 45 game hit streak for the Birds between 1896 and 1897? I remember almost every at-bat of that magical stretch myself.

What are the others? What local high school athlete had a streak of never losing a tennis match or a wrestling match, etc. Any local pro team, college team, high school athlete or individual sport athlete from the area can qualify for the list.

Luke wants your suggestions. You can leave them here in the comments on this blog post or email him (luke@wnst.net). We will be discussing the list throughout the day Monday on AM1570 WNST.net. We’d love to have you Tweet with us or discuss the topic via Facebook by using the hashtag #WNSTSweet16.

On Tuesday morning, Luke will unveil the “official” list here at WNST.net and then discuss it with Drew on “The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction” at 8am. He will then re-visit the list at 4pm Tuesday with Nestor on “The Happy Hours”.

Let’s head to the quad for some streaking! What are the greatest streaks in local sports history? Make your voice heard!

-G

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Orioles 9-Game Scorecard (Games 55-63)

Posted on 11 June 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 “Orioles 9-Game Scorecard” during Wednesday’s show, click HERE.

1. Should the Orioles have been better or worse than their 5-4 mark?

Drew: Better

Luke: Better

2. Most Valuable Player/Least Valuable Player

Drew: MVP – Adam Jones; LVP – Manny Machado

Luke: MVP – Adam Jones; LVP – Manny Machado

3. Biggest surprise

Drew: Bud Norris beginning to emerge as the stopper in the starting rotation

Luke: Manny Machado’s conduct over the weekend series against Oakland

4. Best thing about the nine-game stretch

Drew: Nick Markakis continuing to thrive in the leadoff spot

Luke: Kevin Gausman offering one of the best starts of the year after Miguel Gonzalez landed on the disabled list

5. Nine games from now…

Drew: We’re officially going to be worried about Chris Davis

Luke: We’ll be feeling better about Chris Tillman

6. Record in the next nine games (one with Boston, four with Toronto, three at Tampa Bay, one at New York Yankees)

Drew: 9-0

Luke: 6-3

7. Stock rising/falling over the next nine games

Drew: Rising – Chris Tillman; Falling – Ubaldo Jimenez

Luke: Rising – Chris Davis; Falling – Steve Pearce

8. Grading Buck Showalter in games 55-63

Drew: B

Luke: B

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Orioles 9-Game Scorecard (Games 46-54)

Posted on 03 June 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.

(Editor’s note: Since this nine-game scorecard officially ended on Saturday night, it does not include the final game of the Astros series, which will be included as part of the next nine-game increment.)

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

1. Should the Orioles have been better or worse than their 4-5 mark?

Drew: Better

Luke: Better

2. Most Valuable Player/Least Valuable Player

Drew: MVP – Nelson Cruz; LVP – Manny Machado

Luke: MVP – Nelson Cruz; LVP – Chris Davis

3. Biggest surprise

Drew: Chris Davis’ inability to get on a roll offensively

Luke: Chris Davis getting back in a major funk after returning from paternity leave

4. Best thing about the nine-game stretch

Drew: Steve Pearce continuing to contribute whenever called upon

Luke: The starting pitching stabilizing during the Houston series

5. Nine games from now…

Drew: The Orioles will be under the .500 mark

Luke: The Orioles will stand alone in second place in the AL East

6. Record in the next nine games (1-0 at Houston, three at Texas, three with Oakland, two with Boston)

Drew: 4-5

Luke: 6-3

7. Stock rising/falling over the next nine games

Drew: Rising – Bud Norris; Falling – Ubaldo Jimenez

Luke: Rising – Manny Machado; Falling – Nelson Cruz

8. Grading Buck Showalter in games 46-54

Drew: B+

Luke: B-

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Orioles 9-Game Scorecard (Games 37-45)

Posted on 24 May 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 “Orioles 9-Game Scorecard” during Friday’s show, click HERE.

1. Should the Orioles have been better or worse than their 3-6 mark?

Drew: Better

Luke: Better

2. Most Valuable Player/Least Valuable Player

Drew: MVP – Nelson Cruz; LVP – David Lough

Luke: MVP – Nelson Cruz; LVP – David Lough

3. Biggest surprise

Drew: Being swept at home by the Detroit Tigers

Luke: The inconsistency of Chris Tillman with a complete-game shutout followed by a horrendous start in Pittsburgh

4. Best thing about the nine-game stretch

Drew: Chris Davis hitting three home runs in the win over Pittsburgh

Luke: Chris Davis having a three-homer game and remaining healthy after his return from the disabled list

5. Nine games from now…

Drew: Zach Britton will have everyone calm about the closer situation

Luke: David Lough will have been designated for assignment

6. Record in the next nine games (three with Cleveland, three at Milwaukee, three at Houston)

Drew: 6-3

Luke: 5-4

7. Stock rising/falling over the next nine games

Drew: Rising – Manny Machado; Falling – Ubaldo Jimenez

Luke: Rising – Miguel Gonzalez; Falling – Jonathan Schoop

8. Grading Buck Showalter in games 37-45

Drew: B

Luke: B

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Orioles 9-Game Scorecard (Games 28-36)

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Orioles 9-Game Scorecard (Games 28-36)

Posted on 13 May 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 “Orioles 9-Game Scorecard” during Tuesday’s show, click HERE.

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

2. Most Valuable Player/Least Valuable Player
Drew: MVP – Steve Clevenger; LVP – Manny Machado
Luke: MVP – Steve Pearce; LVP – David Lough

3. Biggest surprise
Drew: Chris Davis, Adam Jones, J.J. Hardy, and Nick Markakis combining for just eight home runs through 36 games.
Luke: Steve Pearce and Steve Clevenger producing the way that they have

4. Best thing about the nine-game stretch
Drew: The Orioles did more than hold their own while Chris Davis was on the disabled list
Luke: Chris Davis being back in the lineup from a strained oblique after only 15 days

5. Nine games from now…
Drew: The Tommy Hunter closer debate will really heat up
Luke: The Orioles will have added a viable backup catcher option to go with Steve Clevenger

6. Record in the next nine games
(two with Detroit, four at Kansas City, two at Pittsburgh, one with Cleveland)
Drew: 4-5
Luke: 6-3

7. Stock rising/falling over the next 10 games
Drew: Rising – Manny Machado; Falling – Tommy Hunter
Luke: Rising – Chris Davis; Falling – Steve Clevenger

8. Grading Buck Showalter in games 28-36
Drew: B
Luke: B

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Orioles 9-Game Scorecard (Games 19-27)

Posted on 06 May 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 most recent “Orioles 9-Game Scorecard” during Tuesday’s show, click HERE.

(Editor’s note: Since this nine-game scorecard officially ended on Friday night, it does not include the final two games of the Twins series as those are part of the next nine-game increment.)

1. Should the Orioles have been better or worse than their 6-3 mark?
Drew: Worse
Luke: Worse

2. Most Valuable Player/Least Valuable Player
Drew: MVP – Nelson Cruz; LVP – David Lough
Luke: MVP – Nelson Cruz; LVP – David Lough

3. Biggest surprise
Drew: Adam Jones continuing to struggle to hit for power and still only having one home run
Luke: The recent struggles of Chris Tillman and his inability to pitch deep into games

4. Best thing about the nine-game stretch
Drew: Nick Markakis getting off to a good start and showing some power
Luke: Ubaldo Jimenez finally breaking through to pitch a gem against Minnesota

5. Nine games from now…
Drew: Adam Jones will add three homers to quell early-season concerns
Luke: Concerns over Miguel Gonzalez and his future in the starting rotation will continue

6. Record in the next nine games (*0-2 at Minnesota, three at Tampa Bay, three with Houston, one with Detroit)
Drew: 5-4
Luke: 5-4

7. Stock rising/falling over the next nine games
Drew: Rising – Adam Jones; Falling – Ubaldo Jimenez
Luke: Rising – J.J. Hardy; Falling – Nelson Cruz

8. Grading Buck Showalter in games 19-27
Drew: B+
Luke: B-

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Orioles 9-Game Scorecard (Games 10-18)

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Orioles 9-Game Scorecard (Games 10-18)

Posted on 22 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 most recent “Orioles 9-Game Scorecard” during Tuesday’s show, click HERE.

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

2. Most Valuable Player/Least Valuable Player
Drew: MVP – Chris Tillman; LVP – David Lough
Luke: MVP – Adam Jones; LVP – David Lough

3. Biggest surprise
Drew: Chris Davis having one home run as we approach late April
Luke: Chris Davis and Adam Jones having a combined two homers after hitting 86 last season

4. Best thing about the nine-game stretch
Drew: Zach Britton has settled into a meaningful and effective relief role
Luke: The Orioles are sitting with a .500 record despite ranking 29th in the majors in home runs

5. Nine games from now…
Drew: Chris Davis’ troubling start turns around with four home runs over the stretch
Luke: The left field and second base positions will remain unresolved

6. Record in the next nine games
(three at Toronto, three with Kansas City, two with Pittsburgh, one at Minnesota)
Drew: 5-4
Luke: 6-3

7. Stock rising/falling over the next nine games
Drew: Rising – Adam Jones; Falling – Ubaldo Jimenez
Luke: Rising – Nick Markakis; Falling – Steve Lombardozzi

8. Grading Buck Showalter in games 10-18
Drew: B-
Luke: B

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