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Drew’s Morning Dish – Fri., April 12

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Drew’s Morning Dish – Fri., April 12

Posted on 12 April 2013 by Drew Forrester

If I’m Sergio Garcia, I bring a camera to the course today and take a picture of the leaderboard at The Masters.

His name won’t be there long.

I’d actually really like to see Garcia win this week if it couldn’t be Woods or Kuchar donning the green jacket on Sunday afternoon.  Garcia would be a great story for Masters historians, following in the footsteps of a pair of two-time champions and fellow countrymen — Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal.

But he can’t win.

At some point over the next 54 holes, Sergio’s putter will betray him.  It always has.  And, seemingly, it always will.  He can still move his golf ball around Augusta National with the best of them, but the game is won on the greens and Garcia just doesn’t have the putting nerve to put together 72 holes of quality strokes.  Yes, yes, I know the greens have been softened by mid-week rains and they’re not as slick as in previous years, but come Saturday and Sunday, they’ll be just fine and Garcia won’t be.

I’d love to see him shed the “still hasn’t won a major” label, because it’s never good for a guy to have that albratross around his neck, but I can’t imagine it will be Garcia slipping on the green jacket come 6:30 pm Sunday evening.

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How much longer can the Orioles trot Tommy Hunter out there and watch him give up gopher balls?

I guess if they’re just solo shots, it’s not all that damaging.

But, realistically, pitchers who give up a lot of home runs aren’t good enough to pick and choose when they’re going to groove a fastball and give up a dinger.

This propensity for coughing up homers is probably why the Rangers gave Hunter away two seasons ago.  At times last year, it looked like the Orioles might have pulled a fast one on Texas in acquiring the big right hander.  Now, not so much…

I wouldn’t pull the plug on Hunter just yet, but I’d tell him it would probably be a good idea to rent his place in Baltimore instead of buying it.

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We haven’t reached the weekend yet, but if my Monday Twitter effort on @WNST about Daniel Nava doesn’t win tweet-of-the-week, I’m giving up.

Just after Nava belted a home run in the Sox home opener, I tweeted:  ”Red Sox fans will celebrate that home run with some Nava beans and a nice Chianti…”

That will only make sense if you watched “Silence of the Lambs” a hundred times like I have.

Tweet-of-the-week, I’m tellin’ ya.

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I noticed last night during the Orioles-Red Sox game how many players wear their baseball uniform wrong.

For some reason, I never really thought about it until last night.  Then, in the top of the 9th, the new Boston pitcher, Alex Wilson, showed up on the pitcher’s mound and looked like someone who was dressed for the occasion.  His pants showed off his bright red socks, which is the way you and I wore our Little League uniform back in the old days.  A couple of batters later, Adam Jones strolled to the plate looking great, with his pants just making it past his knees and his black socks pulled all the way up.

Memo to Nick Markakis, Dustin Pedroia – and a lot of other players:  You guys look like goof balls with your pant legs dragging the ground  and no part of your socks showing.

Just saying.

The baseball uniform is a special thing.  Wear it the right way, boys.

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Carlos Quentin is an idiot.

With a one-run lead, it’s likely that Zack Greinke wasn’t throwing at Quentin last night in San Diego.

Quentin thought the plunk was intentional, so he charged the mound.  Greinke suffered a broken collarbone in the melee.

After the game, Quentin said, “He’s hit me enough times in my career that I know it’s not an accident anymore.”

OK, I guess I might buy that.

Since Quentin has been in the big leagues since 2006 – and played over 700 career games – I’m assuming he’s been hit by Greinke…what?…maybe seven, eight times?

Three.

That’s it.

Last night was the third time EVER that Greinke hit Carlos Quentin with a pitch.

These baseball players crack me up.

Just stick to lighting each other’s shoes on fire in the bullpen or putting shaving cream on a guy’s face in the post-game interview.

Leave the hard-hitting, physical stuff to football players, OK boys?

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Nice win for the Caps last night.

They’re looking the part right now, that’s for sure.

I still don’t think they have enough firepower to win in the post-season, but they’re playing good hockey these days.

It’s funny how much better Ovechkin has been since he got engaged.

It also worked wonders for Tiger Woods.

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Looking Forward past the Break

Posted on 08 July 2012 by scottzolotorow

With trade rumors swirling this week of the Orioles going to get an arm at the possible expense of Manny Machado, some O’s fans are pleased and others are strongly against it. This season in Double-A Bowie, Machado is hitting a modest .264 in 84 games. He does have an impressive 48 RBI’s, a strong 10 stolen bases and a decent OBP of .347. But are those numbers good enough for the Orioles to still have the utmost confidence in their first round pick of a few seasons ago?

The Baltimore Sun was amongst many media outlets that first reported that the Orioles are shopping around for Zack Greinke, the ace of the Milwaukee Brewers. Greinke was ejected in yesterday’s ballgame against the Astros for spiking a baseball after a call at first base, clearly he’s frustrated with his play in Milwaukee. The Orioles have a very strong need for another starting pitcher to counteract with Tampa and the Yankees. With Hammel and Chen both having outstanding seasons, one more great pitcher would be a huge help. And Greinke who is 9-3 with a 3.17 ERA, would absolutely fit that need. Greinke won the Cy Young while winning 16 games with one of the worst teams in baseball that season. He is a stud on the hill and the Orioles as well as every organization in baseball would be lucky to have him. But the question that Orioles fans are asking; is Machado too much to give up?

JJ Hardy is locked up for another 2 seasons after this season and he has been one of the best shortstops in baseball. With the Orioles competing at the All-Star Break, and getting to the point they are at with some dismal starting pitching of late, I believe it is an obvious move. Machado has been good in the minors, but not great. Matt Wieters was great in the minors and it showed how quickly he was called up. Machado was drafted a year before Dylan Bundy, yet Bundy has gained a significant amount more of attention as far as call-ups go. I understand many Orioles fans will disagree with me, but Greinke is only 28 years old. He has shown no sign of slowing down. The Orioles haven’t made the playoffs in over 15 years and with a legitimate line-up this season, my opinion is you have got to make the move.

A friend of mine made the argument that we wouldn’t win the World Series if we reached the playoffs, but he didn’t quite think that through did he? We would have made the playoffs for the first time in 16 seasons. This city needs a baseball home playoff game. That should be the goal. So in my opinion, make the move Birds.

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Big Trade Looming?

Posted on 07 July 2012 by Erich Hawbaker

The All-Star break is upon us. And, if the season ended today, the Orioles would be headed to the playoffs. Thursday’s disaster with the Angels notwithstanding, the Orioles have reached halftime without completely faceplanting as most of us expected they would. The bullpen has been the most pleasant surprise, with an ERA still close to the best in baseball. The offense (long balls in particular) has also been a big reason for the success, with Adam Jones on pace for 40 homeruns and several others flirting with 30.

However, just like last year, the most glaring weakness has been the defense. Unfortunately, the O’s also lead the league in errors, which has cost them at least three or four winnable games already this season. The other coin flip has been the starting pitching, which lately seems to always be either stellar or awful on any given night. Jason Hammel and Wei-Yin Chen are aces more often than not, but the other three rotation spots have been consistently shaky with occasional flashes of brilliance.

The Orioles have already made a splash in the trade market this year by acquiring DH Jim Thome from the struggling Phillies for a pair of minor leaguers. For awhile now, I’d been wondering if they were really serious about being buyers this year like Dan Duquette said, and if, to that end, they would be looking to pick up another legitimate starting pitcher. Today when I checked my fantasy team (the Mercersburg Rebels, currently in 1st place), the news feed told me that the Orioles are trying to make a trade with the Brewers for RHP Zack Greinke. It also mentioned that the O’s have two highly-touted prospects in Dylan Bundy and Manny Machado that might be part of such a deal.

For the last few years, I’ve always made it a point to have Greinke on my fantasy team. He routinely goes deep into games, puts up lots of strikeouts, and has a very good ERA and WHIP. He won the 2009 AL Cy Young with the Royals, no easy feat when one considers that they’ve been about as bad as the Orioles over the last decade. This year, his record is 9-2, while his team is currently under .500 by five games.

So, all indications are that he would be an excellent pickup if the Orioles can pull this off. However, I would not part with Bundy or Machado to make it happen. Since Milwaukee lost Prince Fielder, they’re in need of a firstbaseman. Perhaps Mark Reynolds could be part of this trade? True, he’s not crushing the ball like he was last year, but Miller Park is definitely hitter-friendly. And now that the Orioles have Chris Davis, there isn’t a tremendous need for Reynolds here anymore. It would also make a big dent in that error rate.

Another thing to consider here is that the era of Brian Roberts is, regrettably, over. He’s given us some tremendous years, but unfortunately the Orioles simply cannot depend on him as an everyday player anymore. Therefore, letting go of Manny Machado would be unwise, because he will be coming of age right about the time when Roberts is officially finished. I don’t think I even need to elaborate on why trading Dylan Bundy would be a bad move, unless of course the Brewers are offering significantly more than just Greinke.

I have to admit, it’s a VERY nice thought that the Orioles’ rotation could eventually consist of Hammel, Chen, Greinke, Britton, and whoever gets their act together. That, coupled with Jones, Wieters, Davis, Markakis, Hardy, and our current bullpen would almost have to be a serious contender.

However, I must reiterate that even if this becomes reality, we are not yet free of Peter The Terrible, and I still remain unconvinced that the Orioles have truly turned the corner as long as he remains in the warehouse.

What do you think? Should the Orioles trade for Greinke? Is there someone else out there you’d like to see them pursue? Comments are always welcome.

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