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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)

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)

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

Posted on 11 April 2014 by Luke Jones

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Are You Baltimore’s Next Sports Media Superstar? This is your chance to PROVE IT!

Posted on 08 April 2014 by Nestor Aparicio

WNST is in search of the best and most knowledgeable sports media personalities of the future and proudly announces our search for the next Baltimore Sports Media Superstar, presented by Buffalo Wild Wings and Freedmont Mortgage, in a spring competition to find a WNST.net new media radio host, blogger and personality to make us even better.

Between now and midnight on April 13th, WNST.net will be accepting applicants for the competition, which will begin on Monday, April 14th with open-mic auditions on WNST-AM 1570 during “The Happy Hours driven by Jerry’s Automotive and built by Creative Deck Designs” from 3p-6p between April 14th and April 18th.

We will audition no more than 60 contestants during our five radio shows and only the best resumes, blogs and cover letters will be invited to the first cut.

We will have a semifinals event at Buffalo Wild Wings in Owings Mills on Wednesday, April 23rd, and callbacks for the finals on Wednesday, May 21st, at the Buffalo Wild Wings in White Marsh. There will be a live panel of judges involved in the selection process at the Buffalo Wild Wings events to choose the finalists and eventual grand prizewinner.

The grand prize is an opportunity to host a weekly one-hour weekend show this summer & fall at WNST.net & AM 1570 while learning how to become a sports media personality in Baltimore in the era of new media and the internet. There will also be some other exciting prizes which will be announced at a later date.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be posting many “helpful hints, “insider tips” and various videos, blogs and links regarding the job description and evolving status of the local sports media industry in Baltimore and beyond.

If you are a contestant, this will be required reading and viewing because our professionals will be doling out advice, tough talk and Glenn Clark’s “reality check” on the commitment needed to be a sports media personality in 2014 in Baltimore.

WNST.net is now the market leader for instant news, analysis and communications in Baltimore via social media and Twitter. We’ll also be presenting all of the stats to accompany the story of becoming a “Baltimore Sports Media Superstar” in the new millennium and ever-evolving era of new media and mobile delivery of information.

None of us consume media the same way we did seven years ago and that will never change. The days of 2, 11 and 13 and The Baltimore Sun are gone forever.

So WNST.net seeks to embrace the next generation of hosts, analysts and bloggers serving Baltimore sports fans with the best new media in the marketplace.

This is the sixth time this kind of competition & talent search has been held at WNST.net and every contest has yielded future employees and great contributors to our company.

This is the real deal.

We’re taking this competition seriously and hope to find many great candidates from journalism, sports marketing, law and communications backgrounds.

Behind it all needs to be a true Baltimore sports “expert.” And our panel of hosts and judges will be grilling and quizzing the prospects throughout the competition in different formats.

We’re looking for serious candidates who want to do sports media for a living. We will be providing meticulous and exhausting information regarding the reality and needs of a successful sports media personality in 2014 in Baltimore here at WNST.net over the next few weeks.

This isn’t for everyone. But we’ll gladly present it to everyone in Baltimore in a completely transparent attempt to improve what we do at WNST.net. As we grow – and any web and social media measurement you can find will prove that we’re the fastest growing media brand in Baltimore – we’ll need more talent and more stars for our blogosophere, radio station and website and social media community voice.

Honestly, this information might overwhelm some of you who aren’t cut out to make it in this field

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You’re going to find yourself “wrestling” with this week’s #WNSTSweet16

Posted on 30 March 2014 by Glenn Clark

Perhaps you’ve heard that we’re celebrating our 16th year as Baltimore’s sports media leader here at WNST. Who am I kidding? Of course you’ve heard. But there’s a rumor there’s a guy in your office or down your street or on your softball team that hasn’t. So for that guy, I inform you that we’re celebrating our 16th year as Baltimore’s sports media leader here at WNST. We’re extending this celebration all year so that no one in your Dungeons & Dragons gaming club misses it.

To mark the occasion, we’re taking a look at some of the bigger “water cooler” topics that have been discussed during the course of the WNST era. We’re already twelve lists into the year, here’s a look back on them if you’ve missed any. (The “Sweet 16” is driven by our friends at Jerry’s Automotive-Jerry’s Chevrolet & Jerry’s Toyota Scion!)

Week 12: Luke Jones-Sweet 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

We’re into Week 2 of Luke Jones’ Sweet 16 residency and we’re going a bit off the beaten path this time.

If you’re like me, you’ve circled this coming Sunday on the map since April 2014, knowing the stars of sports entertainment would be descending on New Orleans for “The Showcase of the Immortals”. Yes, it’s WrestleMania season in the pro wrestling world. If for some bizarre reason you’re a terrible human being who hasn’t spent the last month glued to your WWE Network subscription and arguing about whether or not CM Punk is making a mistake in walking away, this one might not be for you.

In Week 12, Luke will be compiling “The Sweet 16 Greatest Pro Wrestling Moments in Baltimore history”.

There is a storied history shared between Charm City and the men of the squared circle. Whether it was one of the many times the WWE (and previously WWF) invaded the Baltimore Arena, the WCW’s regular stop for “The Great American Bash”, a never to be forgotten NWA event at the Baltimore Civic Center, a more recent Ring of Honor card at Canton’s Du Burns Arena or the more regional cards put together by Maryland Championship Wrestling-this area has been a prime location for rasslin’ fans.

There are some obvious moments that jump out as possibilities but it seems like number one would be fairly obvious on this list. I don’t wan to give it away, but it involves a former Florida State LB making pro wrestling history on a night that carried as much relevance for our nation’s social conscience as it did for sports entertainment.

Perhaps some of the more recent moments at the old barn downtown are deserving of making the list. In 2013, the wildly popular Wyatt Family made their debut at the Baltimore Arena on an episode of Monday Night Raw. Earlier this year, Jake “The Snake” Roberts returned to the WWE at “Old School Raw”-and maybe just as deserving of consideration would be the speech he recently gave in Joppa at MCW. (The future WWE Hall of Famer recently joined me on “The Reality Check” to talk about it-it’s worth a listen!)

There are clearly many more worth considering that have happened either recently or as many as 60 years ago.

Luke wants your ideas. Leave them here in the comments or email him via 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 Forrester on “The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction” at 8am. He will then re-visit the list at 4pm Tuesday with Nestor Aparicio on “The Happy Hours”.

Whether you’re a closeted pro wrestling fan or a full-blown mark, this is your chance to share your memories. Make your voice heard!

 

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction 2014 MLB Predictions

Posted on 28 March 2014 by Luke Jones

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

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

LUKE JONES

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

AL Central
Detroit
Kansas City
Cleveland
Minnesota
Chicago

AL West
Texas
Oakland
Los Angeles
Seattle
Houston

NL East
Washington
Atlanta
Philadelphia
New York
Miami

NL Central
St. Louis
*Pittsburgh
Cincinnati
Milwaukee
Chicago

NL West
Los Angeles
*San Francisco
Arizona
San Diego
Colorado

* = Wild Card berth

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

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

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

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Ravens awarded four compensatory picks at Owner’s Meetings

Posted on 24 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Last year’s off-season after the Super Bowl was painful for Ravens fans, but now the team is being rewarded for its troubles and patience in free agency.

At the NFL Owner Meetings today in Orlando, the Baltimore Ravens learned more about their off-season approach in May as they received the league maximum number of compensatory picks possible for free agent losses.

The team received a third (99th overall),  two fourth-round (134th, 138 overall), and a fifth-round pick (175th overall).

The picks were rewarded for the losses of DE Paul Kruger (Cleveland), MLB Dannell Ellerbe (Miami), CB Cary Williams (Philadelphia), and FS Ed Reed (Houston) in free agency.

Because the Ravens did not sign any unrestricted free agents in the 2013 off-season, the team was not docked any picks from their total.

DE Elvis Dumervil, DL Chris Canty, DL Marcus Spears, S Michael Huff, and MLB Daryl Smith were all signed after teams cut them or late into training camp.

All-in-all, the Ravens will have eight picks as their disposal in May.

Follow all your Ravens news on @WNST on Twitter! WNST-We Never Stop Talking Sports!

 

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