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Tuesday Top 7 things that need to happen for the Orioles to contend

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Tuesday Top 7 things that need to happen for the Orioles to contend

Posted on 18 March 2014 by Luke Jones

In honor of the start of the 2014 season being less than two weeks away, The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction used this week’s Tuesday Top 7 to ponder what exactly needs to go right for the Orioles to seriously contend for their first American League East crown since 1997.

Obvious notions such as staying healthy were assumed, but Luke Jones and Drew Forrester each tackled their own list of items that need to take place for Baltimore to not only earn its third consecutive winning season for the first time since 1992 through 1994 but to return to the postseason.

To hear Jones’ full explanation, listen HERE. You can listen to Forrester’s analysis HERE.

Luke Jones’ Top 7 …

7) David Lough needs to be an upgrade over Nate McLouth in left field.
Lough

The Orioles have raved about Lough’s defense in left field, but the former Kansas City Royal would go a long way toward keeping Nelson Cruz at the designated hitter spot if he can best McLouth’s .209 average against left-handed pitching and .729 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) overall from the 2013 season.

6) Chris Davis still needs to hit 40-plus home runs.
Davis

Expecting Davis to hit 53 home runs again is setting yourself up for disappointment, but the slugging first baseman needs to remain one of the most feared hitters in baseball and an MVP candidate if the Orioles want to compete to have the best lineup in the American League.

5) Nick Markakis needs to put up 2012-like numbers over the entire season.
Markakis

Because two freak hand injuries limited Markakis to 104 games, people forget just how productive he was in 2012 with an .834 OPS — his highest mark since 2008 — and 44 extra-base hits in 471 plate appearances, numbers the 30-year-old would like to rediscover after bulking up this winter to bounce back from the worst season of his career.

4) Another starting pitcher needs to make a Tillman-like leap in 2014.
Gausman

Whether it’s an incumbent starter such as Wei-Yin Chen or Bud Norris or someone not projected to be in the Opening Day rotation like Zach Britton or Kevin Gausman, the Orioles need another hurler to find a higher gear to help push the starting pitching into the top half of the American League, sparing the bullpen in the process.

3) Tommy Hunter and Darren O’Day need to be better against left-handed hitters.
Hunter

Left-handers hit .294 with 11 home runs against the new Orioles closer in 2013 while setup man Darren O’Day saw southpaws hit .309 against him, numbers that must improve if manager Buck Showalter wants to not only protect late-inning leads but keep his bullpen viable through September and beyond.

2) Ubaldo Jimenez needs to live up to the billing after receiving a $50 million contract.
Jimenez

Projecting Jimenez to match his 2013 earned run average of 3.30 in the AL East would be asking a lot, but the Orioles need the 30-year-old right-hander to keep his ERA south of 3.80 to not only justify the financial investment but to quell annual concerns that the rotation is made up of too many fourth and fifth starters.

1) Manny Machado needs to be himself whenever he returns to action.
Machado

It doesn’t matter that the All-Star third baseman is all but certain not to be ready by Opening Day, but when he does return, the Orioles need Machado to be the player he was prior to the knee injury as he’s their best all-around asset and still has plenty of room for improvement at the tender age of 21.

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Local Sports Figures to Watch in 2014

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Local Sports Figures to Watch in 2014

Posted on 07 January 2014 by Luke Jones

In honor of the first Tuesday Top 7 of 2014, Drew Forrester and Luke Jones of The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction selected their top seven local sports figures to watch in 2014.

Some of the names are predictable while others may just be establishing themselves on the local sports scene, but each is worth following closely in 2014 for different reasons.

To listen to Jones’ full explanation for his list, click HERE. Forrester’s breakdown of his seven names can be found HERE.

Luke Jones’ Top 7 Local Sports Figures to Watch in 2014 …

7. Towson running back and NFL Draft prospect Terrance West
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Skinny: Not only will the FCS record-breaking back be drafted, but it will be fun to watch his progress and to see how his skills translate to the next level.

6. Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs
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Skinny: Questions will linger about the Terps’ ability to compete in the Big Ten, but a breakout 2014 campaign would likely have the offensive playmaker thinking carefully about the NFL.

5. Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman
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Skinny: Assuming the Orioles’ offseason continues at its current pace, the 23-year-old right-hander’s development will be critical in determining whether the club remains in contention.

4. Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs
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Skinny: The 2011 Defensive Player of the Year may have already played his final game in Baltimore if he’s not willing to adjust his $12.4 million salary cap number for the 2014 season.

3. Orioles third baseman Manny Machado
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Skinny: Coming off knee surgery and entering just his second full season in the majors, the 21-year-old will be counted on to not only be healthy but to take his already-impressive game to the next level.

2. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco
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Skinny: The spotlight on the Super Bowl XLVII Most Valuable Player will be brighter than ever after a disappointing 2013 season and considering his cap number balloons to $14.8 million in 2014.

1. Orioles manager Buck Showalter
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Skinny: After two poor offseasons in a row, does the Baltimore skipper reach his breaking point with an organization lacking the commitment to build on its recent success?

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Ravens – Week 11

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Ravens – Week 11

Posted on 19 November 2013 by Luke Jones

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Below are our Tuesday Top 7 Ravens players in the 23-20 overtime loss against the Chicago Bears in Week 11. We’ll track our rankings throughout the 2013 season using the following point system:

No. 1 – 7 points
No. 2 – 6 points
No. 3 – 5 points
No. 4 – 4 points
No. 5 – 3 points
No. 6 – 2 points
No. 7 – 1 point

You can listen to their full explanation HERE.

Luke Jones’ Top 7 …

7) Justin Tucker
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6) Chris Canty
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5) Sam Koch
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4) A.Q. Shipley
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3) Marshal Yanda
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2) Jimmy Smith
smith

1) Ray Rice
rice

Drew Forrester’s Top 7 …

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Ravens – Week 10

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Ravens – Week 10

Posted on 12 November 2013 by Luke Jones

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Below are our Tuesday Top 7 Ravens players in the 20-17 overtime win against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 10. We’ll track our rankings throughout the 2013 season using the following point system:

No. 1 – 7 points
No. 2 – 6 points
No. 3 – 5 points
No. 4 – 4 points
No. 5 – 3 points
No. 6 – 2 points
No. 7 – 1 point

You can listen to their full explanation HERE.

Luke Jones’ Top 7 …

7) Daryl Smith
smith

6) Justin Tucker
tucker

5) Torrey Smith
smith

4) Elvis Dumervil
dumervil

3) James Ihedigbo
ihedigbo

2) Jimmy Smith
Smith

1) Lardarius Webb
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Drew Forrester’s Top 7 …

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Ravens – Week 9

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Ravens – Week 9

Posted on 05 November 2013 by Luke Jones

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Below are our Tuesday Top 7 Ravens players in the 24-18 loss to the Cleveland Browns in Week 9. We’ll track our rankings throughout the 2013 season using the following point system:

No. 1 – 7 points
No. 2 – 6 points
No. 3 – 5 points
No. 4 – 4 points
No. 5 – 3 points
No. 6 – 2 points
No. 7 – 1 point

You can listen to their full explanation HERE.

Luke Jones’ Top 7 …

7) Torrey Smith
smith

6) Corey Graham
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5) Terrell Suggs
suggs

4) Arthur Jones
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3) Eugene Monroe
monroe

2) Daryl Smith
smith

1) Marlon Brown
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Drew Forrester’s Top 7 …

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Ravens – Week 6

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Ravens – Week 6

Posted on 15 October 2013 by Luke Jones

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Below are our Tuesday Top 7 Ravens players in the 19-17 loss to the Green Bay Packers in Week 6. We’ll track our rankings throughout the 2013 season using the following point system:

No. 1 – 7 points
No. 2 – 6 points
No. 3 – 5 points
No. 4 – 4 points
No. 5 – 3 points
No. 6 – 2 points
No. 7 – 1 point

You can hear Jones’ full explanation HERE and Forrester’s HERE.

Luke Jones’ Top 7 …

7) Terrell Suggs
suggs

6) Arthur Jones
jones

5) Joe Flacco
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4) Jimmy Smith
smith

3) Tandon Doss
doss

2) Dallas Clark
clark

1) Elvis Dumervil
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Drew Forrester’s Top 7 …

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Ravens – Week 5

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Ravens – Week 5

Posted on 08 October 2013 by Luke Jones

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Below are our Tuesday Top 7 Ravens players in the 26-23 win over the Miami Dolphins in Week 5. We’ll track our rankings throughout the 2013 season using the following point system:

No. 1 – 7 points
No. 2 – 6 points
No. 3 – 5 points
No. 4 – 4 points
No. 5 – 3 points
No. 6 – 2 points
No. 7 – 1 point

You can hear Jones’ full explanation HERE and Forrester’s HERE.

Luke Jones’ Top 7 …

7) Haloti Ngata
ngata

6) Lardarius Webb
webb

5) Elvis Dumervil
dumervil

4) Justin Tucker
tucker

3) Torrey Smith
smith

2) Joe Flacco
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1) Terrell Suggs
suggs

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Ravens – Week 3

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Ravens – Week 3

Posted on 24 September 2013 by Luke Jones

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Below are our Tuesday Top 7 Ravens players in the 30-9 win over the Houston Texans in Week 3. We’ll track our rankings throughout the 2013 season using the following point system:

No. 1 – 7 points
No. 2 – 6 points
No. 3 – 5 points
No. 4 – 4 points
No. 5 – 3 points
No. 6 – 2 points
No. 7 – 1 point

You can hear the full explanations HERE.

Luke Jones’ Top 7 …

7) Arthur Jones
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6) Torrey Smith
smith

5) Joe Flacco
flacco

4) Tandon Doss
doss

3) Lardarius Webb
webb

2) James Ihedigbo
ihedigbo

1) Daryl Smith
smith

Drew Forrester’s Top 7 …

7) Marcus Spears
spears

6) Terrell Suggs
suggs

5) Dallas Clark
clark

4) Torrey Smith
smith

3) Tandon Doss
doss

2) Daryl Smith
smith

1) James Ihedigbo
ihedigbo

SEASON TO DATE:
Luke Jones:
1. Joe Flacco (14 points)
2. Daryl Smith (10 points)
2. Terrell Suggs (10 points)
4. Elvis Dumervil (7 points)
4. Marlon Brown (7 points)
6. Tandon Doss (6 points)
6. James Ihedigbo (6 points)
8. Haloti Ngata (5 points)
8. Lardarius Webb (5 points)
8. Torrey Smith (5 points)
11. Vonta Leach (3 points)
12. Chris Canty (2 points)
13. Jimmy Smith (1 point)
13. Justin Tucker (1 point)
13. Arthur Jones (1 point)

Drew Forrester:
1. Daryl Smith (11 points)
2. Haloti Ngata (7 points)
2. Arthur Jones (7 points)
2. James Ihedigbo (7 points)
5. Marshal Yanda (6 points)
5. Tandon Doss (6 points)
5. Torrey Smith (6 points)
5. Elvis Dumervil (6 points)
9. Marlon Brown (5 points)
10. Joe Flacco (4 points)
10. Chris Canty (4 points)
10. Jimmy Smith (4 points)
13. Justin Tucker (3 points)
13. Dallas Clark (3 points)
15. Terrell Suggs (2 points)
15. Brandon Stokley (2 points)
17. Marcus Spears (1 point)

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Ravens – Week 2

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Ravens – Week 2

Posted on 17 September 2013 by Luke Jones

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Below are our Tuesday Top 7 Ravens players in the 14-6 win over the Cleveland Browns in Week 2. We’ll track our rankings throughout the 2013 season using the following point system:

No. 1 – 7 points
No. 2 – 6 points
No. 3 – 5 points
No. 4 – 4 points
No. 5 – 3 points
No. 6 – 2 points
No. 7 – 1 point

You can hear Luke’s explanation HERE and Drew’s HERE.

Luke Jones’ Top 7 …

7) Jimmy Smith
jimmy

6) Tandon Doss
doss

5) Torrey Smith
smith

4) Daryl Smith
smith

3) Joe Flacco
flacco

2) Terrell Suggs
suggs

1) Elvis Dumervil
dumervil

Drew Forrester’s Top 7 …

7) Tandon Doss
doss

6) Brandon Stokley
stokley

5) Joe Flacco
flacco

4) Jimmy Smith
jimmy

3) Daryl Smith
smith

2) Elvis Dumervil
dumervil

1) Arthur Jones
jones

SEASON TO DATE:
Luke Jones:
1. Joe Flacco (11 points)
2. Terrell Suggs (10 points)
3. Elvis Dumervil (7 points)
3. Marlon Brown (7 points)
5. Haloti Ngata (5 points)
6. Daryl Smith (4 points)
7. Torrey Smith (3 points)
7. Vonta Leach (3 points)
9. Tandon Doss (2 points)
9. Chris Canty (2 points)
11. Jimmy Smith (1 point)
11. Justin Tucker (1 point)

Drew Forrester:
1. Haloti Ngata (7 points)
1. Arthur Jones (7 points)
3. Marshal Yanda (6 points)
3. Elvis Dumervil (6 points)
5. Marlon Brown (5 points)
5. Daryl Smith (5 points)
7. Joe Flacco (4 points)
7. Chris Canty (4 points)
7. Jimmy Smith (4 points)
10. Justin Tucker (3 points)
11. Torrey Smith (2 points)
11. Brandon Stokley (2 points)
13. Tandon Doss (1 point)

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Ravens – Week 1

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Ravens – Week 1

Posted on 10 September 2013 by Luke Jones

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Below are our Tuesday Top 7 Ravens players in the 49-27 loss to the Denver Broncos in Week 1. We’ll track our rankings throughout the 2013 season using the following point system:

No. 1 – 7 points
No. 2 – 6 points
No. 3 – 5 points
No. 4 – 4 points
No. 5 – 3 points
No. 6 – 2 points
No. 7 – 1 point

You can hear Luke’s explanation HERE and Drew’s HERE.

Luke Jones’ Top 7 …

7) Justin Tucker
TUCKER

6) Chris Canty
canty

5) Vonta Leach
leach

4) Terrell Suggs
suggs

3) Haloti Ngata
ngata

2) Joe Flacco
flacco

1) Marlon Brown
brown

Drew Forrester’s Top 7 …

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