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Posted on 14 March 2012 by WNST Staff
Odds to win the 2012 World Series
Philadelphia Phillies 11/2
New York Yankees 13/2
Los Angeles Angels 7/1
Detroit Tigers 8/1
Texas Rangers 10/1
Boston Red Sox 10/1
San Francisco Giants 15/1
Tampa Bay Rays 18/1
Miami Marlins 20/1
Cincinnati Reds 20/1
Atlanta Braves 22/1
St. Louis Cardinals 25/1
Arizona Diamondbacks 28/1
Milwaukee Brewers 28/1
Washington Nationals 30/1
Los Angeles Dodgers 40/1
Toronto Blue Jays 40/1
Chicago Cubs 40/1
Colorado Rockies 40/1
Cleveland Indians 60/1
Chicago White Sox 65/1
Minnesota Twins 75/1
Kansas City Royals 80/1
New York Mets 80/1
Oakland Athletics 80/1
Pittsburgh Pirates 100/1
San Diego Padres 100/1
Seattle Mariners 100/1
Baltimore Orioles 150/1
Houston Astros 200/1
Odds to win the 2012 AL Pennant
New York Yankees 13/4
Los Angeles Angels 7/2
Detroit Tigers 4/1
Boston Red Sox 11/2
Texas Rangers 11/2
Tampa Bay Rays 9/1
Toronto Blue Jays 22/1
Cleveland Indians 28/1
Chicago White Sox 35/1
Kansas City Royals 40/1
Oakland Athletics 40/1
Minnesota Twins 40/1
Seattle Mariners 60/1
Baltimore Orioles 75/1
Odds to win the 2012 NL Pennant
Philadelphia Phillies 9/4
San Francisco Giants 7/1
Atlanta Braves 9/1
Cincinnati Reds 9/1
Miami Marlins 9/1
St. Louis Cardinals 11/1
Milwaukee Brewers 14/1
Washington Nationals 15/1
Arizona Diamondbacks 14/1
Colorado Rockies 18/1
Los Angeles Dodgers 18/1
Chicago Cubs 22/1
New York Mets 40/1
Pittsburgh Pirates 40/1
San Diego Padres 50/1
Houston Astros 100/1
Odds to win the 2012 AL East
New York Yankees 2/3
Boston Red Sox 3/1
Tampa Bay Rays 9/2
Toronto Blue Jays 12/1
Baltimore Orioles 100/1
Odds to win the 2012 AL Central
Detroit Tigers 1/4
Cleveland Indians 10/1
Kansas City Royals 12/1
Chicago White Sox 12/1
Minnesota Twins 16/1
Odds to win the 2012 AL West
Los Angeles Angels 4/5
Texas Rangers 1/1
Oakland Athletics 30/1
Seattle Mariners 45/1
Odds to win the 2012 NL East
Philadelphia Phillies 1/2
Miami Marlins 11/2
Atlanta Braves 6/1
Washington Nationals 8/1
New York Mets 50/1
Odds to win the 2012 NL Central
Cincinnati Reds 7/5
St. Louis Cardinals 2/1
Milwaukee Brewers 11/4
Chicago Cubs 18/1
Pittsburgh Pirates 30/1
Houston Astros 100/1
Odds to win the 2012 NL West
San Francisco Giants 5/4
Arizona Diamondbacks 2/1
Los Angeles Dodgers 11/2
Colorado Rockies 7/1
San Diego Padres 15/1
Over/Under Regular Season Win Totals
Arizona Diamondbacks 86½
Atlanta Braves 86½
Baltimore Orioles 69½
Boston Red Sox 90½
Chicago Cubs 73½
Chicago White Sox 75½
Cincinnati Reds 87½
Cleveland Indians 78½
Colorado Rockies 80½
Detroit Tigers 91½
Miami Marlins 85½
Houston Astros 63½
Kansas City Royals 78½
Los Angeles Angels 91½
Los Angeles Dodgers 80½
Milwaukee Brewers 85½
Minnesota Twins 72½
New York Mets 73½
New York Yankees 93½
Oakland Athletics 72½
Philadelphia Phillies 93½
Pittsburgh Pirates 72½
San Diego Padres 73½
San Francisco Giants 87½
Seattle Mariners 71½
St. Louis Cardinals 85½
Tampa Bay Rays 86½
Texas Rangers 91½
Toronto Blue Jays 81½
Washington Nationals 83½
courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv, Twitter: @BovadaLV).
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Posted on 16 May 2011 by Rex Snider
Another weekend comes and goes, which means we’re still alive to look forward to the week ahead. A great sports week on tap? You bet …..
The Orioles will be playing the Red Sox and Yankees. The Preakness hype builds thru Friday. And, the NFL season is a little closer.
Okay, so 2 out of 3 ain’t bad, huh? By the way, today’s title is not misleading, just read to the very end …..
The Better Pitcher
When the Orioles put a wrap on this brief two-game trip to Boston, tomorrow, they’ll be sending their most effective pitcher to the mound. Zach Britton owns a 5-2 record, with a 2.40 ERA and 1.019 WHIP. And, he has been dominating against some very good lineups.
Meanwhile, this evening, Britton’s contemporary begins his road back to the birds rotation. In a much smaller venue, 454 miles from Fenway Park, Brian Matusz will pitch for the Frederick Keys, tonight. If everything goes as hoped, he’ll make a start at Norfolk, before joining the Orioles before month’s end.
A year ago, Matusz owned a 2-3 record with a 4.18 ERA. And, Britton was anchoring the Bowie Baysox staff. Who’s the better pitcher? Time will tell …. but it’s a great question to consider.
What’s The Big Deal?
Unless you spent the weekend tucked away in a remote wilderness campsite, there’s a great chance you’ve already heard about the Jorge Posada vs. Yankees domestic quabble.
Can you think of a more meaningless situation?
A 39 year old DH, who happens to be hitting .165 was pissed to be batting ninth. Hey, the Newark Bears can use a 40-ish catcher, with a slow bat, to sell tickets.
I cannot claim responsibility for this topic, as my good friend, Trevor Taylor, posed it on Facebook …..
What’s the big deal with these Kardashian sisters? Yep, they’re smokin’ hot – albeit with much more junk in the trunk than Rex Snider prefers. But, can they act, sing, dance (not on a pole ….) or write from a creative standpoint?
Nope. Their claim to fame, to date, is evidently tied to attracting pro athletes for courtship and beyond. Only in America …. go get ’em girls !!!!
Matt Kenseth is a Sprint Cup Series champion, and in yesterday’s victory, he claimed the 20th win of his career. A surprise? No, not really. He’s among the dozen drivers reasonably capable of winning each week …..
AND, HE ABSOLUTELY LOVES DOVER.
Yesterday’s race featured the likely observation throughout much of the 400 miles, as Jimmie Johnson led most of the race. But, Kenseth used some pit strategy and his love for the unique concrete surface to tame the Monster Mile.
Kenseth is a good citizen and representative for NASCAR. But, the guy honestly has ZERO personality. Thus, yesterday’s win won’t help sell tickets – and that’s a sobering reality.
10 Days & Counting
Well, it’s been quite a while since I counted down the days to a movie’s release. In fact, the last such occasion was when I welcomed the debut of “Dumb & Dumber 2”, back in 2003.
We know how that trainwreck unfolded. It was one of only a few movies that inspired me to walk out of the theatre.
Trust me, this won’t happen when “The Hangover Part II” floods cinemas, next Thursday. I will take delight in the juvenile humor …. my wife will “ooh and ahh” at every onscreen action by Bradley Cooper …. and the entire world pretty much believes the sequel will be half as entertaining as the original.
And that’s good enough for me …..
Money For Nuthin’
It’s already good to stand in the shoes of Bobby Bonnilla, but it’s about to be even better …..
In the near future, Bonilla will start cashing in on his deferred deals with the Mets and Orioles. That’s right, he hasn’t played in a decade …. but, beginning next month, Bobby-Bo will start cashing annual paychecks of $1.2 million from the Mets and $500,000 from the Orioles.
Peter Angelos is only on the hook for 5 years, whereas, the Mets are compelled to honor Bonilla’s yearly stipend for the next 25 years. In total, the Mets will pay their former slugger nearly $30 million, by 2035.
How badly did the Mets want rid of Bobby Bonilla, in 2000? Well, they deferred $5.9 million and worked out this new deal, just to sever ties. A bad deal? Well, it is time to start paying that tab, huh?
I’ll chat with you today at 2pm …..
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Posted on 22 March 2011 by Glenn Clark
Given the improbable nature of this weekend’s NCAA Tournament action, I thought it would be appropriate to make today’s Tuesday Top 7 subject “The Most Improbable Sports Moments of Your Lifetime.”
You know, the “I really can’t believe that actually happened” type of moments.
Glenn Clark’s list…
7. Tiger Woods wins his first Masters by 12 strokes
6. Hasim Rahman knocks out Lennox Lewis
5. David Tyree’s catch in Super Bowl XLII
4. Coppin State beats South Carolina in NCAA Tournament
3. Buffalo Bills stun Houston Oilers in NFL Wild Card playoff
2. Arizona Diamondbacks beat Mariano Rivera in World Series Game 7
1. The NFL FINALLY returns to Baltimore
Drew Forrester’s list…
7. Morgan State beats Maryland in College Park
6. Larry Mize chips in to beat Greg Norman
5. Red Sox-Mets Game 6 9th inning
4. Yankees blow 3-0 lead to Boston in ALCS
3. Nestor Aparicio beats Dan Wilcox, Haloti Ngata, Kyle Richardson, Matt Stover in free throw shooting contest
2. Drew loses some goofy golf tournament
1. Billy Chapel pitches a perfect game for the Tigers
If you missed the explanation of why these players made the list on “The Morning Reaction” Tuesday on AM1570 WNST, hit the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net!
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Posted on 20 March 2011 by Glenn Clark
Upon hearing that former SS Mike Bordick had been elected to the Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame Saturday morning, I will admit that at first I thought to myself, “huh?”
But after a few minutes of thinking about it, it struck me that Mike Bordick is a fine choice for what isn’t a particularly significant honor.
Many Baltimore sports fans are particularly disappointed when they look towards the Baltimore Ravens’ Ring of Honor at M&T Bank Stadium and see the name Earnest Byner listed with the young franchise’s best players (Jonathan Ogden, Peter Boulware, Michael McCrary); the man who returned football to Charm City (Art Modell) and the players who represented the Baltimore Colts franchise that captivated this city for over 30 years.
Earnest Byner was a marginal contributor for two seasons and an assistant coach for a few years after that. It is well known that Modell wanted to honor Byner and decided the Ring of Honor was the way to do just that.
When Ravens fans in ten years see the names of Ray Lewis, Todd Heap, Jamal Lewis, Chris McAlister, Matt Stover and Brian Billick honored at their “Purple Palace”, Byner’s inclusion will seem out of place at best, but could be somewhat embarrassing when opposing fans visiting town ask “Byner? Why don’t you go ahead and put Kyle Boller up there too?”
The reality of Bordick’s induction to the Orioles Hall of Fame is that the honor itself isn’t significant enough to warrant such opposition. The Orioles honor their greatest players in franchise history by retiring their numbers and featuring them with figures outside Orioles Park at Camden Yards and commemorative signs inside OPACY as well.
As an organization, the O’s do a good job of separating the all-time greats (Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Jim Palmer, Earl Weaver, Eddie Murray, Cal Ripken) from those who simply warrant a “thank you” for their time in orange and black (BJ Surhoff, Harold Baines, Rick Dempsey, Mark Belanger).
Make no mistake. Mike Bordick does not deserved to be remembered in the same way as some other Birds who have received Hall of Fame status. Ken Singleton, Boog Powell, Dave McNally, Mike Flanagan and others had a much more significant impact on the franchise than Bordick.
Instead of being featured prominently at The Yard, Bordick will only receive mention on a small Eutaw Street wall plaque. The Orioles will hold their annual luncheon and pre-game ceremony for fans to thank Bordick, then he will mostly be a name on a list.
They’re not trying to compare Bordick to Ripken-even if Bordick was the player to replace the “Iron Man” at shortstop.
With the only criteria for induction being that the player must have played for the team for at least three seasons, Bordick (parts of six seasons) qualifies. He’ll be remembered for his All-Star Game appearance in 200 and a stellar defensive season in 2002. He’ll be remembered by myself as being the piece that brought Melvin Mora to Baltimore from the New York Mets.
For these reasons, I applaud Bordick’s election. It will be nice for me to clap for one of the few players I have enjoyed watching during these dreadful 13 seasons of Orioles baseball.
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Posted on 19 March 2011 by Luke Jones
The man who drew the unenviable task of permanently replacing Cal Ripken at shortstop will now join the Baltimore legend in the Orioles Hall of Fame.
Former shortstop and current minor league instructor Mike Bordick has been elected to the team’s Hall of Fame, the Orioles announced in a press release Saturday. Head athletic trainer Richie Bancells was named this year’s Herb Armstrong Award winner.
Signed prior to the 1997 season to take over the shortstop position with Ripken sliding over to third base, Bordick spent six years with the Orioles and was named to the 2000 All-Star team before being traded to the New York Mets at the trade deadline that season. He re-signed with Baltimore that offseason, playing two more years with the Orioles.
Bordick owns the third-highest fielding percentage (.982) among shortstops with at least 1,000 games played in major league history, trailing only Omar Vizquel and Jimmy Roberts. His defense was never better than 2002 when the veteran set big league records in fielding percentage (.998), fewest errors (one), consecutive games without an error (110), and consecutive errorless chances (543). His record-setting year, however, did not net him a Gold Glove award.
Known primarily for his glove at the beginning of his career with the Oakland Athletics, Bordick’s offensive numbers improved in each of his first four seasons with the Orioles, peaking with his All-Star season in which he batted .297 with 16 home runs and 59 runs batted in in 100 games before being dealt to the Mets on July 28, 2000.
The University of Maine product is currently serving his second year as the Orioles’ minor league coordinator of offensive fundamentals. He and his wife Monica have six children and live in Ruxton, Md.
Bancells is this year’s recipient of the Herb Armstrong Award, an honor given to non-uniformed personnel who have made significant contributions to the club and the game of baseball. 2011 will mark his 24th season as head athletic trainer and 35th year in the organization.
He has also been named the athletic trainer for two All-Star teams, in 1993 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards and in 2004 in Houston. In 2002, Bancells was the trainer for the MLB All-Stars’ postseason exhibition tour in Japan.
Bordick and Bancells will be honored at the induction ceremony prior to the Orioles-Tigers game on Saturday, Aug. 13.
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Posted on 15 February 2011 by Glenn Clark
In honor of the recent events in Cairo, Egypt; today’s “Tuesday Top 7” topic was “The Top 7 Things in Sports That Need a Hostile Takeover.”
One-Drew and I agreed that the “Baltimore Orioles” couldn’t make the list. I mean, it goes without saying.
Two-I decided that anything that made my “Trainwrecks” list last week couldn’t be duplicated on this list.
Glenn Clark’s Top 7…
6. U.S. Soccer
5. New York Islanders
4. Maniacal Baltimore Orioles & Baltimore Ravens fans
3. Pro Football Hall of Fame voting
2. City Hall in Baltimore (arena) & The State House in Annapolis (horse racing)
Drew Forrester’s Top 7…
7. New York Mets
6. College Sports Cheating
5. Oakland Raiders
4. Notre Dame football
3. Stock Car Racing
2. Internet Fan Reaction
1. NFL Officiating
If you missed the explanation of the list on “The Morning Reaction” Tuesday on AM1570 WNST, hit the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net!
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Posted on 27 July 2010 by Glenn Clark
It’s a Happy Tuesday for me because somebody decided to make my week yesterday and alter the Perry Hall High School Wikipedia page. As you know, there was an update made yesterday morning to note the significance of the “Apologist of the Year” award won by Steve Melewski…
But later in the day; someone (and if you’re reading, I can only say “Thank You”) decided to update the PHHS page again to add an additional member to the “Notable Alumni” section…
You better believe it’s going on my resume.
Let’s see what everyone has to say…
1. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark says Ravens LB Sergio Kindle will miss Training Camp with fractured skull
I don’t know how much I can add here. Like I said yesterday-this is terrible news to start the season. Not season-defining news necessarily, but terrible news nonetheless.
Before being dismissive of the significance of Kindle’s injury, I would suggest you take a look at the roster from a personnel standpoint. This team gave up over 207 yards per game from a passing defense standpoint last year. That was still worthy of a Top 10 defensive ranking; but it’s a number that needs to improve as this team tries to win the AFC North and reach Dallas to play in the Super Bowl.
Sergio Kindle was (almost certainly) not going to step in here and post double digit sacks the way someone like Shawne Merriman did; but he was going to give them depth at OLB and a speedy, athletic look opposite Terrell Suggs when he was on the field. The team CLEARLY hoped his presence would help improve the pass rush; even if he wasn’t solely responsible for posting big sack numbers.
The Ravens really don’t have much depth at OLB. Suggs and Jarret Johnson are the starters; but other than Kindle-the depth includes Edgar Jones (a converted TE/ILB/FB/Centerfielder?), Paul Kruger (who the team had bulk up in the offseason for a move to DE), and both Antwan Barnes and Prescott Burgess. They could also ask another of their many ILB’s to move outside (Jameel McClain comes to mind); but none would be likely to help the pass rush even at the level Kindle could have.
That’s just reality.
The other thing I’ve heard a lot in the immediacy of the Kindle injury is “well, Paul Kruger didn’t do anything for us last year after HE was a 2nd round pick.”
True, sure. But you have to understand that the Ravens were UNBELIEVABLY disappointed in what they got from Paul Kruger last season. We’ll always remember his interception against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but that was about it from the rookie from Utah last season. The organization has MUCH higher expectations from players selected that high in the NFL Draft.
Man, two straight days we start this thing on such a downer. Good news ahead?
2. The AP’s David Ginsburg says Ravens reported to Westminster ‘built for Super Bowl run’
Despite the reality of the Sergio Kindle situation and the month-long Ed Reed distraction, the Troy Smith drama and Cary Williams’ suspension; the Ravens are STILL opening the season with Super Bowl aspirations, and rightfully so.
I had an interesting Twitter conversation with former Ravens TE Dan Wilcox (you can follow him @83DEGREEZ and us @WNST) a few weeks ago about what it takes to win a Super Bowl. I argued that having the right players made up about 80% of the formula for winning the title; with coaching and chemistry making up the other 20% of the formula. Dan disagreed, arguing that chemistry and mental approach made up MUCH more of the formula than I was giving it credit for.
Clearly this isn’t scientific, but Dan WOULD know a thing or two about being part of a winning team-having reached the AFC Championship Game in his final season just two years ago.
If my formula is right, the Ravens have the athletes to win and should make a real push.
If Dan’s formula is right, well, I’m not so sure.
3. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says Ravens agreed to 3 year deal with 2nd round pick Terrence Cody
Go ahead and get all of your jokes out right now…
“I heard the Westminster Chick-Fil-A had to call the National Guard for reserves.”
“Are there enough delivery drivers in Carroll County to keep the big man happy?”
Cody didn’t look to have put on any more weight, but hopefully we’ll find out today (Luke Jones is on the field at McDaniel College as I type) exactly what Cody’s weight is as Camp begins.
And then hopefully moving forward we won’t have to continuously update this.
(Edit from GMC: UPDATE. He failed his conditioning test. Awesome news.)
4. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Ed Reed, Fabian Washington, Lardarius Webb amongst those who will start camp on PUP list
None of that is surprising-it will be more interesting to see who else MIGHT end up on the PUP list while returning from injury.
By the way, a reminder that this ISN’T the “miss the first 6 weeks of the season” PUP list; this is a PUP list for Training Camp-and there are some clerical matters involved. These guys can go on the PUP list now but be removed before Monday Night Football on September 13.
I’m REALLY hoping that the team DOESN’T put Sofia Vergara on the PUP list. That would be criminal (Thanks Guyism!)…
5. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Mike Duffy says John Harbaugh plans to ‘work out’ issues with Ed Reed
And before we move on from the Ravens, a couple of things:
-If you missed Drew Forrester’s chat with veteran NFL agent Ralph Cindrich this morning on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST-it was really interesting. They discussed Sergio Kindle, his former client Troy Smith and the agent issues currently surrounding USC and NCAA Football in general. The conversation is in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault at WNST.net if you want to check it out. Ravens rookie WR David Reed joined Thyrl Nelson on “The Mobtown Sports Beat”, you can check that out as well.
-The Ravens are back on the practice field today; with an afternoon practice at 3:30pm. John Harbaugh, Cam Cameron and Joe Flacco are all scheduled to meet with the media following practice this morning-we’ll have it all in the Audio Vault, and you can hear all of it throughout the day with Thyrl Nelson and Nestor Aparicio on AM1570 WNST.
In fairness, the Birds played REALLY well…after they were down 8-0.
A rough outing for Brad Bergesen, who I guess thought Chris Tillman’s demotion last week meant he had nothing to worry about moving forward. Ugh.
Jose Bautista hit his Major League Baseball-leading 28th home run of the year last night. I know Matt Garza threw the 5th no-hitter of the season last night, but are we sure guys stopped using steroids?
At first blush, I couldn’t believe that was Matt Wieters’ first multi-homer game of his career. When I thought about it more, it made plenty of sense.
Are the Matt Wieters Facts not funny anymore? I’ve had so much taken from me as an O’s fan, I can’t stomach the idea of losing this as well!
7. The AP/WNST.net offer numerical evidence of loss
By the way, I have NO IDEA why Juan Samuel brought Brad Bergesen back out to start the 6th inning last night. At first blush, I thought it was shameful. When Samuel pulled him a batter later, I DEFINITELY thought it was shameful.
But as always, you REALLY don’t want to look at the numbers from last night. Instead, look at Adrianne Curry dressed as Princess Leia at Comic-Con in San Diego (Thanks Don Chavez!). We’ll regroup after that…
8. MLB.com’s James Hall says Wigginton’s suspension reduced to two games
Which forced the O’s to play Jake Fox at first last night and have just Julio Lugo and Corey Patterson on the bench.
I’d be concerned, but what does it really matter?
No word on whether or not the O’s are considering a roster move to get another player on the bench tonight; but it might be a good idea. Just a thought-but a backup catcher (Craig Tatum comes to mind) could be helpful.
9. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Josh Bell went 0-7 in Norfolk Tides’ loss on farm
Before we move on from the Orioles, a couple of things…
-The Birds are back in action tonight; facing the Jays at Rogers Centre. First pitch between Kevin Millwood and Ricky Romero is at 7:07pm, the game can be seen on MASN. I don’t like the Birds’ chances against Romero. They don’t do well against lefties. Or anyone.
-Congratulations to Luke Scott for being named the American League Player of the Month. Hopefully that will impress the New York Mets. Or Detroit Tigers. Or San Diego Padres. Or anyone…
-If you missed former Orioles Executive and current SiriusXM MLB Network Radio analyst Jim Duquette with Drew Forrester this morning, make sure you hit the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault to check it out. Delmarva Shorebirds field coach/former O’s CF/my personal hero Mike Devereaux was also on the show, as well as former Maryland lacrosse coach and current Chesapeake Bayhawks consultant Dave Cottle. It’s all in the Audio Vault.
10. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Ralph Friedgen confirmed Jamarr Robinson will start under center for Terrapins
Which we basically knew; but this just settles anyone who thought the job could be available for Danny O’Brien or C.J. Brown to win this summer in College Park.
If Kimberly Phillips shows up in camp however-I’d let her win whatever job she wanted (Thanks The Smoking Jacket!)…
11. ACC Official Site says Terps picked to finish last in Atlantic Division by media assembled in Greensboro
Ehh…2nd…4th…6th…doesn’t matter to me. It’s like Ricky Bobby says…
And finally, I leave you with this.
Did Kings of Leon really cancel a show in St. Louis when there was an…umm…seagull incident?
I’d be more concerned if they weren’t the band that did “Be Somebody.” That earns them something…
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Posted on 20 July 2010 by Glenn Clark
It’s a Happy Tuesday for me because after checking out a BUNCH of work at Artscape Sunday; I think I’ve decided what I’m going to purchase. I Twitpic-ed some of these the other day.
Apparently Robert McClintock is originally from Wilmington, Vermont. Somehow he might be even more Charm City than any of the rest of us. I’ll be purchasing BOTH his American Visionary Art Museum and Brewers Hill prints…
And I don’t know too much about Robert Florio, but I know I’ll be picking this piece up from his last game…
Let’s see what everyone has to say…
1. The AP’s David Ginsburg says Wade Davis cruised as Rays topped Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Once again, I find myself saying “at least they didn’t bother wasting too much energy in this one.”
Of course, they could have had the decency to get it over quickly-instead of forcing the handful of folks who bought tickets to stick around awhile.
Chris Tillman nearly no-hit the Texas Rangers before the All-Star Game. What a weird weekend that was in Arlington. I’m surprised they didn’t have an earthquake in The Lone Star State themselves instead of it happening in Germantown.
Miguel Tejada and Adam Jones combined to go 0-8 and left a combined 7 men on base. You could have checked the box score (coming up next) to get that info, but we all know I’m going to re-direct you to an attractive gal instead.
Matt Albers and Cesar Izturis were kinda okay last night. So we’ve got that going for us. Which is nice…
Is this the part where we stop praising Juan Samuel for the fact that the players looked like they were playing harder for him? Or do we keep going with that?
Hell, is anyone even paying attention at this point?
2. The AP/WNST.net provide numerical evidence of loss
Scott Moore scored the Orioles’ lone run last night if you’re intersted. I don’t think you are, but I guess you never know.
Obviously you don’t want to look at this.
Instead, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley snapped some new photos for Victoria’s Secret before she appears in Transformers 3. Go look at those. We’ll talk after. (Thanks Guyism!)
3. Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Luke Scott called back up, Frank Mata sent back down
I can’t believe SportsCenter lead with something else!!!
The O’s roster will be in flux for the next couple of weeks, with plenty of decisions to be made. Following Scott; the Birds expect to get Mike Gonzalez, Brian Roberts, Kevin Millwood and Matt Wieters back in the semi-near future; and Jim Johnson could return just after that.
Josh Bell figures to be a roster casualty at some point; but others on the team will either have to be traded or released to make room for everyone. There’s a few guys on the team I might even be willing to consider pitching in and helping them pack their bags.
Speaking of guys who might be traded…
4. SNY’s Matthew Cerrone says New York Mets checked out Jeremy Guthrie
Which was first reported via Twitter by Fanhouse’s Ed Price. I usually try to stick to reporting things like “they’ve got really good paella at Artscape” on Twitter myself (you can follow us @WNST).
Earlier this season, the Orioles gifted the Mets INF Justin Turner-but I doubt they’d be willing to do with Guthrie. I’ve heard Ruben Tejeda’s name thrown around in trade rumors thus far by a few folks. Tejeda is hitting .212 this season with 4 doubles and no home runs. Don’t we already have him on the roster?!?!?
If I’m Andy MacPhail, I’m more than willing to consider any trade offer for Jeremy Guthrie at this point. I’m just also reasonable in my understanding that I’m not fleecing ANY team in MLB for Guthrie.
Unless of course it’s Woody Guthrie; as the ability to trade a man who died 43 years ago would probably be enough to get an impressive trade return. Plus…I mean…he did “This Land Is Your Land”…
5. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Brian Roberts 2-5 with a double in first rehab start for Bowie Baysox on farm
And before we move on from the Orioles, a few things worth pointing out…
-The Birds are back in action tonight against the Tampa Bay Rays; as Jake Arrieta faces Matt Garza at OPACY. First pitch on MASN2 is at 7:05pm. Matt Garza looks a lot like Greg Maddux every time he faces the Orioles, so I don’t have too much hope.
-Michelle Obama is going to throw out the first pitch tonight. The Orioles have sent out a bunch of security notes about getting to the stadium early. Do they think people are actually going tonight? I know it’s Jason Berken t-shirt night, but I’m pretty sure that even with heightened security there won’t be too much trouble getting into the stadium.
-If you missed Rays PBP voice Andy Freed (a Towson native) this morning on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST; make sure you head over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault today here at WNST.net to check it out. Also on the show this morning, we took a look around Major League Baseball with Newsday’s Ken Davidoff; and we were joined in-studio by Fearon Wright of the undefeated Baltimore Mariners-as they prepare for the AIFA Championship Bowl Sunday at 4pm against the Wyoming Cavalry at 1st Mariner Arena. They’re both in the Audio Vault as well.
Fearon was smart to turn around his Yankees hat before posing…
6. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Ryan Mink says Ken Hamlin to wear #45, Marc Bulger #9, Walt Harris #38
…at least for Training Camp.
Marc Bulger wore #10 with the St. Louis Rams; but Troy Smith will be wearing that number at McDaniel College. I’m not saying Bulger will be “stalking” the number; but like The Miz told Sheamus last night on WWE Raw (Edit from GMC: Yeah, I watched…and it was actually pretty good last night); “Every beath you take, every move you make, I’ll be watching you.”
Bulger knows that Troy Smith could be dealt or released before the Monday Night Football opener at The Meadowlands; which would allow him to re-take the Number 10 from the former Heisman Trophy winner.
On the flip side, I don’t think there’s a scenario where Ken Hamlin gets his number back from Dawan Landry. Unless maybe he has a spare DeLorean lying around to offer in exchange…
(Edit from GMC: There was a DeLorean at Artscape. Had Doc Brown showed up and asked me to roll out with him, I would have been GONE…)
7. USA Today’s Jarrett Bell says Joe Flacco becoming ‘leader’ of Ravens team with Super Bowl aspirations
A lot of folks were worked up by the comments Joe made about Marc Bulger after his autograph signing this weekend. I wasn’t.
One of the reasons I said I WASN’T over the moon about the Ravens acquiring Bulger was because I didn’t think it was the right thing to do for the team’s chemistry and establishing Flacco as “the guy.” Most NFL players would probably tell you that salary isn’t relevant; but in this case-I don’t think it is EVER okay for a team’s backup QB to be making more money than the team’s established, unquestioned starter.
I know for certain that Joe Flacco, Troy Smith and John Beck had a VERY good working relationship. Does that mean Marc Bulger can’t step in and also be part of that? Not necessarily, but it isn’t a guarantee he will be either. He said the right things in his conference call last week, but this is still a guy who has been a Pro Bowl QB during his career and will bring a ton of pride with him to Owings Mills.
I think things will be fine. As I’ve said before, they’ll be especially fine if Marc Bulger never takes a regular season snap in purple and black. Had Kyle Boller been so fortunate, he’d have been remembered in a much better light in town.
8. The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Antwaan Randle El considered signing with Ravens before signing with Steelers
In a related story, before I ever got together with “The Luckiest Dang Gal on the Face of the Planet”, I considered dating Behati Prinsloo (Thanks Totally Crap/Busted Coverage!)…
Oh, and Antwaan Randle El-you’ve played for the Washington Redskins and Pittsburgh Steelers in your career. I’m glad you didn’t come to Baltimore. It would have been more difficult to root for you than it is to root for the Orioles.
If you missed Rex Snider’s TREMENDOUS chat with the future Hall of Fame QB Saturday night during WNST’s “Curing Cancer One Call At A Time” marathon to raise money for the Cancer Center at Harbor Hospital; make sure you head over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault today to check it out.
I’ve spent the better part of the 2 years since I moved back to Baltimore from Phoenix extolling the virtues of Boldin; who has absolutely TREMENDOUS for the Arizona Cardinals during his career. If you didn’t listen to me, I’d hope you would listen to Kurt Warner. I know I always did.
There are a slew of other interviews from the marathon this weekend in the Audio Vault; including Ravens LB’s Dannell Ellerbe, Tavares Gooden and Jameel McClain; Ravens exec Eric DeCosta, as well as Olympic figure skater Kimmie Meissner, ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian, former tennis star Zina Garrison, former Terps guard John Lucas and former Governor of the Old Line State-the great Robert Ehrlich. All of those interviews (and more) are also available in the Audio Vault.
10. The Daily Record’s Liz Farmer says ticket sales slow for Inter Milan-Manchester City match at M&T Bank Stadium
This is BAD news. I knew ticket sales were slow; but having only around 30,000 tickets sold at this point is really dreadful.
It would be okay for there to be empty seats in the upper deck when this game happens next weekend; but to have the majority of the stadium empty would reflect poorly on the city’s hopes to get World Cup matches as part of the USA bid for 2022 (or 2018).
I sat in a mostly empty RFK Stadium to see Team USA face Costa Rica in a World Cup qualifier last fall. I’m well aware that not every soccer match in every city is going to be sold out-but some cities have a better soccer pedigree to fall back on. DC is one of them. Baltimore is not at this point. We need to build the evidence that we are. The atmosphere for Chelsea-AC Milan last year started that, but there needs to be more.
An empty stadium to see the UEFA Champions League winner face another major European power will not be compelling evidence that the city is ready for the biggest sporting event in the world. Hopefully there will be an uptick in the next 10 days, but I have a bad feeling here.
11. Washington Post’s Mark Giannotto says former Terrapins DL Dean Muhtadi has chance to make Arizona Cardinals roster
This is a great read about how Muhtadi was given a chance to work with Cards DL Darnell Dockett, Minnesota Vikings TE (and former Morgan State Bears star) Visanthe Shiancoe and former Philadelphia Eagles RB Brian Westbrook this offseason thanks to a recommendation from Cardinals strength coach John Lott. It looks it could pay off in Muhtadi getting a real look at making the roster when the team reports to Flagstaff for Training Camp later this month.
I’d really encourage you to read this story today. In fact, if I could encourage you to do any two things today, it would be to 1-read this story; then 2-figure out ways for me to get Caitlin Hixx’s attention (Thanks NextRound.net!)…
12. The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Jeff Hathaway’s selection as NCAA basketball chair for ’11-’12 clouds his candidacy to replace Debbie Yow in College Park
Folks whose opinions I value seem to split on exactly what this means as far as Hathaway’s likelihood for staying at UConn. Should he leave UConn, he’d have to give up his spot-which is considered one of the most prestigous gigs for an Athletic Director to get. Should he stick in Connecticut; he’d likely have to wade his way through sanctions (and considering what happened at USC they could well be major) surrounding Jim Calhoun and the Huskies’ basketball program.
It’s certainly a 50-50.
We discuss potential sanctions for a bunch of schools (including North Carolina and Florida) during this week’s D1scast, which is available now in the Audio Vault. A quick plug for my buddy Patrick Stevens-whose site is now JUST D1scourse.com; having got rid of that pesky “Typepad” that made introducing him quite the mouthful.
And finally, I leave you with this.
This week’s “Greatest Song of All Time This Week” is a bit off the map. I hadn’t heard of Chiddy Bang before this weekend; but apparently they blew up thanks to “Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory”, a show I will admit to enjoying the time or two I’ve still poked over to MTV. The song is a cover/sample/interpretation(?) of MGMT’s “Kids”…
Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…
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Posted on 23 June 2010 by Luke Jones
What more is there to say that hasn’t already been said after the previous 50 losses this season?
The Orioles lost 10-4 to the Florida Marlins on Tuesday night. Jeremy Guthrie was plagued by a four-run second inning, retired 13 of 14 batters, and then walked Chris Coghlan to begin the seventh before giving up an RBI-double to Gaby Sanchez. That marked Guthrie’s exit as he fell to 3-9 on the season.
The bullpen was awful, giving up three earned runs in three innings to put the game even further out of reach than it already was.
On a bright note, Matt Wieters hit a three-run, opposite-field homer in the second inning on a typical Baltimore summer night in which the ball was really carrying at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The struggling catcher now has 6 RBI in his last two games despite a .225 average. It was also the Orioles’ first three-run home run since May 1.
Instead of analyzing why the Orioles lost again (it doesn’t take a rocket scientist, does it?), here’s a glimpse at some staggering numbers and scenarios:
– The Orioles are now 19-51, a .271 winning percentage that now puts the club on pace to lose 118 games. The 1962 New York Mets hold the modern record for losses in a season with 120. The club will need to go 24-68 to avoid the dubious mark. It’s certainly not a given when you consider the Orioles haven’t won consecutive games in nearly six weeks (May 12-14).
– To avoid matching the 1988 Orioles’ 107 losses (that team only played 161 games), the 2010 Orioles would need to finish with at least a 37-55 record (.402 winning percentage). It’s looking more and more like Pete Stanicek, Jay Tibbs, and the ’88 gang will be able to pop the champagne at the end of the year to celebrate their removal as worst team in Orioles history.
– Evading the 100-loss mark—the standard for a pitiful baseball team—would require a 44-48 finish. Does ANYONE see that being possible right now?
– To finish with a .500 record, a mark many set their sights on to begin the season, the Orioles would have to go 62-30 the rest of the way. That’s a .674 winning percentage.
Taking a look at the standings on June 23, the New York Yankees have the best record in baseball with a .620 winning clip.
– Speaking of a .674 winning percentage, that roughly projects to a 109-53 mark over the full 162-game schedule, the exact record of the Orioles’ finest regular season team. The 1969 Orioles, however, lost to the Amazin’ Mets in the World Series that year in a shocking upset.
Despite the disappointment, the Orioles rebounded in 1970 and the rest was history.
Yes, those world champion Birds will be back in Baltimore this weekend to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their World Series victory over the Cincinnati Reds. That club was a robust 108-54.
The 2010 Orioles would have to go 89-3(!) over their final 92 games to match that mark.
And they’re going to let these guys wear the 1970 throwback uniforms???
We’ll talk about that on Wednesday from noon to 2:00 on AM 1570 and streaming online at WNST.net.
On that note, hope I was able to brighten your day.
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