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Morning Reaction Orioles 10-Game Scorecard (Games 96-105)

Posted on 04 August 2012 by Luke Jones

Throughout the 2012 season, The Morning Reaction’s Drew Forrester and Luke Jones rate the club in 10-game increments in a number of categories and begin looking ahead to how Baltimore will fare over the next 10 games on the schedule.

To hear the full explanation from Monday morning, click HERE.

1. Should the Orioles have been better or worse than their 4-6 mark?
Drew: Better
Luke: Better

2. Most Valuable Player/Least Valuable Player
Drew: MVP – Chris Tillman; LVP – Zach Britton
Luke: MVP – Chris Davis; LVP – Zach Britton

3. Biggest surprise
Drew: Infielder Omar Quintanilla looking like a useful player
Luke: Taking two out of three games at Yankee Stadium

4. Best thing about the 10-game stretch
Drew: The Orioles are still in the race
Luke: The Orioles didn’t trade any top prospects for a rental

5. Ten games from now…
Drew: The Orioles will still be very much in the thick of the race.
Luke: We will see the return of either Jake Arrieta or Brian Matusz.

6. Record in the next 10 games (three at Tampa Bay, three with Seattle, four with Kansas City)
Drew: 7-3
Luke: 6-4

7. Stock rising/falling over the next 10 games
Drew: Rising – Adam Jones; Falling – Mark Reynolds
Luke: Rising – Jim Johnson; Falling – Omar Quintanilla

8. Grading Buck Showalter in games 86-95
Drew: B+
Luke: B

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Morning Reaction Orioles 10-Game Scorecard (Games 86-95)

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Morning Reaction Orioles 10-Game Scorecard (Games 86-95)

Posted on 23 July 2012 by Luke Jones

After a hiatus covering vacation time and the All-Star break, the Orioles “10-Game Scorecard” returns for the second half of the season.

As was the case in the first half, Drew Forrester and Luke Jones rate the club in 10-game increments in a number of categories and begin looking ahead to how Baltimore will fare over the next 10 games on the schedule.

To hear the full explanation from Monday morning, click HERE.

1. Should the Orioles have been better or worse than their 6-4 mark?
Drew: Better
Luke: Worse

2. Most Valuable Player/Least Valuable Player
Drew: MVP – Nick Markakis; LVP – Jim Johnson
Luke: MVP – Nick Markakis; LVP – Luis Ayala

3. Biggest surprise
Drew: The Orioles bouncing back after the embarrassing 19-7 loss in Minnesota
Luke: The excellent run through the starting rotation over the last five games

4. Best thing about the 10-game stretch
Drew: Nick Markakis stabilizing the leadoff spot
Luke: Nick Markakis showing no lingering effects of wrist surgery

5. Ten games from now…
Drew: The Orioles will still be in the thick of the playoff race.
Luke: The club will not have added any impact starting pitchers at the deadline.

6. Record in the next 10 games (one at Cleveland, three with Tampa Bay, three with Oakland, three at New York)
Drew: 5-5
Luke: 4-6

7. Stock rising/falling over the next 10 games
Drew: Rising – Wilson Betemit (offensively); Falling – Miguel Gonzalez
Luke: Rising – Zach Britton; Falling – Chris Tillman

8. Grading Buck Showalter in games 86-95
Drew: A
Luke: B+

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Morning Reaction Orioles 10-Game Scorecard (Games 61-70)

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Morning Reaction Orioles 10-Game Scorecard (Games 61-70)

Posted on 25 June 2012 by Luke Jones

During the 2012 season, Drew Forrester and Luke Jones of The Morning Reaction will provide the “10-Game Scorecard” for the Orioles, rating the club in 10-game increments in a number of categories and looking ahead to how Baltimore will fare over the next 10 games on the schedule.

(Editor’s note: This does not include the final two games of the weekend series with the Nationals as the end of the 10-game segment occurred with Friday’s game.)

To hear the full explanation from Monday morning, click HERE.

1. Should the Orioles have been better or worse than their 6-4 mark?
Drew: Better
Luke: Better

2. Most Valuable Player/Least Valuable Player
Drew: MVP – Jason Hammel; LVP – Chris Davis
Luke: MVP – Jason Hammel; LVP – Kevin Gregg

3. Biggest surprise
Drew: Brian Roberts staying healthy and playing at a respectable level
Luke: The immense struggles of the offense

4. Best thing about the 10-game stretch
Drew: The starting pitching keeping the Orioles in games despite not scoring many runs.
Luke: Jake Arrieta reemerging after looking like he was on a fast track to Triple-A Norfolk.

5. Ten games from now…
Drew: The Orioles will be tied for first place or better in the AL East.
Luke: The club will eagerly welcome back Nick Markakis from the disabled list.

6. Record in the next 10 games (**1-1 already against Washington**, two with Angels, four with Cleveland, two at Seattle)
Drew: 7-3
Luke: 6-4

7. Stock rising/falling over the next 10 games
Drew: Rising – Adam Jones; Falling – Steve Pearce
Luke: Rising – J.J. Hardy; Falling – Jason Hammel

8. Grading Buck Showalter in games 61-70
Drew: B-
Luke: B

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Morning Reaction Orioles 10-Game Scorecard (Games 51-60)

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Morning Reaction Orioles 10-Game Scorecard (Games 51-60)

Posted on 12 June 2012 by Luke Jones

During the 2012 season, Drew Forrester and Luke Jones of The Morning Reaction will provide the “10-Game Scorecard” for the Orioles, rating the club in 10-game increments in a number of categories and looking ahead to how Baltimore will fare over the next 10 games on the schedule.

To hear the full explanation from Monday morning, click HERE.

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

2. Most Valuable Player/Least Valuable Player
Drew: MVP – Wei-Yin Chen; LVP – Robert Andino
Luke: MVP – Jim Johnson; LVP – Jake Arrieta

3. Biggest surprise
Drew: How badly Jake Arrieta has struggled
Luke: Winning two out of three at Fenway Park

4. Best thing about the 10-game stretch
Drew: The Orioles went 5-5 and are still above .500 despite injuries and the pitching woes.
Luke: Wei-Yin Chen rebounded from recent struggles to pitch a gem in Boston.

5. Ten games from now…
Drew: Brian Roberts will be hitting .300.
Luke: Brian Roberts will be firmly established once again as the Orioles’ leadoff hitter.

6. Record in the next 10 games (three with Pittsburgh, three at Atlanta, three at New York Mets, one with Washington)
Drew: 4-6
Luke: 6-4

7. Stock rising/falling over the next 10 games
Drew: Rising – Wei-Yin Chen; Falling – Mark Reynolds
Luke: Rising – Mark Reynolds; Falling – Steve Pearce

8. Grading Buck Showalter in games 51-60
Drew: A
Luke: A-

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Morning Reaction Orioles 10-Game Scorecard (Games 41-50)

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Morning Reaction Orioles 10-Game Scorecard (Games 41-50)

Posted on 31 May 2012 by Luke Jones

During the 2012 season, Drew Forrester and Luke Jones of The Morning Reaction will provide the “10-Game Scorecard” for the Orioles, rating the club in 10-game increments in a number of categories and looking ahead to how Baltimore will fare over the next 10 games on the schedule.

To hear the full explanation from Monday morning, click HERE.

1. Should the Orioles have been better or worse than their 3-7 mark?
Drew: Better
Luke: Better

2. Most Valuable Player/Least Valuable Player
Drew: MVP – Adam Jones; LVP – Matt Wieters
Luke: MVP – Adam Jones; LVP – Tommy Hunter

3. Biggest surprise
Drew: The long-term signing of Adam Jones
Luke: The continued struggles of Matt Wieters

4. Best thing about the 10-game stretch
Drew: Brian Matusz continues to make progress from last season
Luke: Zach Britton and Brian Roberts moving closer to a return

5. Ten games from now…
Drew: Fans will officially be worried about the state of the Orioles.
Luke: Mark Reynolds will reestablish himself as a lineup regular.

6. Record in the next 10 games (**0-1 already, three at Tampa Bay, three at Boston, three with Philadelphia)
Drew: 3-7
Luke: 4-6

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

8. Grading Buck Showalter in games 41-50
Drew: C
Luke: B-

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Morning Reaction Orioles 10-Game Scorecard (Games 31-40)

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Morning Reaction Orioles 10-Game Scorecard (Games 31-40)

Posted on 22 May 2012 by Luke Jones

During the 2012 season, Drew Forrester and Luke Jones of The Morning Reaction will provide the “10-Game Scorecard” for the Orioles, rating the club in 10-game increments in a number of categories and looking ahead to how Baltimore will fare over the next 10 games on the schedule.

To hear the full explanation from Monday morning, click HERE.

1. Should the Orioles have been better or worse than their 7-3 mark?
Drew: Worse
Luke: Worse

2. Most Valuable Player/Least Valuable Player
Drew: MVP – Adam Jones; LVP – Chris Davis
Luke: MVP – Wei-Yin Chen; LVP – Chris Davis

3. Biggest surprise
Drew: The emergence of Xavier Avery
Luke: Plate discipline of Xavier Avery

4. Best thing about the 10-game stretch
Drew: The Orioles keep fighting despite injuries and adversity
Luke: The club continuing to play well away from Camden Yards

5. Ten games from now…
Drew: Tampa Bay will be in first place.
Luke: People will be feeling better about the development of Brian Matusz.

6. Record in the next 10 games (**1-2 already, two with Boston, three with Kansas City, two at Toronto)
Drew: 5-5
Luke: 6-4

7. Stock rising/falling over the next 10 games
Drew: Rising – Matt Wieters; Falling – Darren O’Day
Luke: Rising – Brian Matusz; Falling – Xavier Avery

8. Grading Buck Showalter in games 31-40
Drew: B
Luke: A-

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Morning Reaction Orioles 10-Game Scorecard (Games 21-30)

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Morning Reaction Orioles 10-Game Scorecard (Games 21-30)

Posted on 09 May 2012 by Luke Jones

During the 2012 season, Drew Forrester and Luke Jones of The Morning Reaction will provide the “10-Game Scorecard” for the Orioles, rating the club in 10-game increments in a number of categories and looking ahead to how Baltimore will fare over the next 10 games on the schedule.

1. Should the Orioles have been better or worse than their 7-3 mark?
Drew: Worse
Luke: Worse

2. Most Valuable Player/Least Valuable Player
Drew: MVP – J.J. Hardy; LVP – Endy Chavez
Luke: MVP – Adam Jones; LVP – Endy Chavez

3. Biggest surprise
Drew: First three-game sweep at Fenway since 1994
Luke: Chris Davis earning his first major league victory

4. Best thing about the 10-game stretch
Drew: Playing over .500 against tough competition
Luke: Completing a 5-1 road trip against the Yankees and the Red Sox

5. Ten games from now…
Drew: We’re going to be concerned about Chris Davis.
Luke: Nick Markakis’ batting average will be 40 points higher (currently hitting .246).

6. Record in the next 10 games (two with Texas, three with Tampa Bay, two with New York, two at Kansas City, one at Washington)
Drew: 4-6
Luke: 5-5

7. Stock rising/falling over the next 10 games
Drew: Rising – Jason Hammel; Falling – Jake Arrieta
Luke: Rising – Nick Markakis; Falling – Chris Davis

8. Grading Buck Showalter in games 21-30
Drew: A
Luke: B+

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Morning Reaction Orioles 10-Game Scorecard (Games 11-20)

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Morning Reaction Orioles 10-Game Scorecard (Games 11-20)

Posted on 30 April 2012 by Luke Jones

During the 2012 season, Drew Forrester and Luke Jones of The Morning Reaction will provide the “10-Game Scorecard” for the Orioles, rating the club in 10-game increments in a number of categories and looking ahead to how Baltimore will fare over the next 10 games on the schedule.

(Editor’s note: This scorecard reflects games 11 through 20, not accounting for the final two games of the Oakland series over the weekend.)

To hear the full explanation of the “10-Game Scorecard” during Monday’s show, listen HERE.

1. Should the Orioles have been better or worse than their 6-4 mark?
Drew: Worse
Luke: Better

2. Most Valuable Player/Least Valuable Player
Drew: MVP – Adam Jones; LVP – Mark Reynolds
Luke: MVP – Adam Jones; LVP – Kevin Gregg

3. Biggest surprise
Drew: Darren O’Day
Luke: Jason Hammel

4. Best thing about the 10-game stretch
Drew: Bullpen
Luke: Bullpen

5. Ten games from now…
Drew: Mark Reynolds will hit four home runs and strike out 12 times (over the next eight games).
Luke: J.J. Hardy will hit three home runs (over the next eight games).

6. Record in the next 10 games
(**already two wins over Oakland**, three at New York, three at Boston, two with Texas)
Drew: 6-4
Luke: 6-4

7. Stock rising/falling over the next 10 games
Drew: Rising – Mark Reynolds; Falling – Wei-Yin Chen
Luke: Rising – Brian Matusz; Falling – Jason Hammel

8. Grading Buck Showalter in games 11-20
Drew: A
Luke: A-

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Morning Reaction Orioles 10-Game Scorecard

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Morning Reaction Orioles 10-Game Scorecard

Posted on 17 April 2012 by Luke Jones

During the 2012 season, Drew Forrester and Luke Jones of The Morning Reaction will provide the “10-Game Scorecard” for the Orioles, rating the club in 10-game increments in a number of categories and looking ahead to how Baltimore will fare over the next 10 games on the schedule.

To hear the full explanation of the inaugural “10-Game Scorecard” during Tuesday’s show, click HERE.

1. Should the Orioles have been better or worse than their 6-4 mark?
Drew: Better
Luke: Better

2. Most Valuable Player/Least Valuable Player
Drew: MVP – Jake Arrieta; LVP – Nick Johnson
Luke: MVP – Matt Wieters; LVP – Nick Johnson/Kevin Gregg (tie)

3. Biggest surprise
Drew: Chris Davis
Luke: The improved command of Jake Arrieta

4. Best thing about the 10-game stretch
Drew: Starting pitching
Luke: Starting pitching

5. Ten games from now…
Drew: The real Ronny Paulino will show up.
Luke: People will be warming to the idea of Nolan Reimold as the leadoff hitter.

6. Record in the next 10 games
(three with Chicago, three with Los Angeles, three with Toronto, one with Oakland)
Drew: 5-5
Luke: 5-5

7. Stock rising/falling over the next 10 games
Drew: Rising – Nick Markakis; Falling – Chris Davis
Luke: Rising – J.J. Hardy; Falling – Jason Hammel

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

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Fans against Mussina’s Orioles Hall of Fame induction misguided with anger

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Fans against Mussina’s Orioles Hall of Fame induction misguided with anger

Posted on 29 March 2012 by Luke Jones

The announcement of former pitcher Mike Mussina being elected to the Orioles Hall of Fame was predictably met with a variety of emotions on Wednesday.

Even Mussina’s biggest supporters in Baltimore have a difficult time overcoming the awkwardness involved with his departure for the hated New York Yankees and cannot forget the countless games he pitched against the Orioles over his eight seasons in the Bronx. There’s no overcoming the feeling that Mussina was supposed to be a “lifer” in the same sense of Brooks Robinson, Cal Ripken, and Jim Palmer after he was drafted and developed by the Orioles in a similar manner.

However, a vocal minority of fans have voiced displeasure in his inclusion, citing him becoming a traitor for joining the Orioles’ biggest rival at the time. Even a few personal friends whose opinions I respect in regards to baseball and the Orioles shared this sentiment, in fact.

My only reply was, “Seriously?”

I covered the topic in more depth and offered my history lesson of the circumstances surrounding Mussina’s exit during Thursday’s edition of The Morning Reaction, which you can find in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault:

Luke Jones offers his thoughts on fans opposed to Mike Mussina’s Orioles Hall of Fame induction

Though I would never go as far as saying anyone should lose sleep over the end result for Mussina — an $88 million contract and eight years of winning in New York obviously go a long way — nor would I take issue with fans’ decision to boo Mussina as a member of the Yankees, holding a grudge against the third-winningest pitcher in Orioles history is a simple case of misguided anger.

In researching his departure following the 2000 season, I found a quote made by the pitcher about the Orioles’ effort to keep him in Baltimore.

“Waiting as long as I did with nothing happening, it was just disappointing. If they really wanted me to come back, I think they would have done a little more.”

Reading that poignant comment nearly 12 years later, it’s the same general feeling shared by many who’ve witnessed the demise of a once-proud franchise and by others who have ultimately turned their backs at some point along the way.

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