Drew’s Morning Dish — Mon., August 5

August 05, 2013 | Drew Forrester

Drew’s Morning Dish — Mon., August 5

Losing two of three to the Red Sox?  OK, not totally cool, but not an unthinkable disaster, either.  The Red Sox, if you haven’t noticed, are pretty good this season.

Failing to sweep the hapless Astros in Baltimore?  Well, winning 2 of 3 isn’t a complete catastrophe, but that 11-0 shellacking on Wednesday night was quite the embarrassment.

Dropping two of three to the Mariners?  Woeful.

The Seattle Mariners just came to Baltimore and took two games from the Orioles over the weekend.  I had to repeat it just to help it sink in a little bit.

I can’t believe it.

Lots of folks around town are hammering Buck Showalter for Sunday’s loss, claiming he left starter Wei-Yin Chen in the game too long — “just like he did ten days ago in Kansas City!”

Wrong.

Sunday’s debacle wasn’t anything like what happened in Kansas City when the Royals rallied from a late 3-1 deficit thanks in part to Eric Hosmer’s game-tying 8th inning home run off of Chen.

Hosmer is a quality hitter who earlier in that game had already taken Chen deep for a home run.

Showalter had no business leaving him in that game to face Hosmer AGAIN — with the outcome on the line and Chen working into the 8th inning.

Sunday against Seattle, Chen wasn’t facing Hosmer or anyone even close to his stature.  He was facing me, essentially…41-year old Henry Blanco, who stinks at the plate.

Sure, Chen started the whole fiasco by walking the #8 hitter.  That’s a no-no.  But I didn’t see any reason for Buck to panic with Blanco coming to the plate.  Hell, Blanco’s last meaningful hit came when Kyle Boller was still quarterbacking the Ravens.

Obviously, the result was a 2-run HR that gave the Mariners a 3-2 lead, which turned out to the final runs of the game.

This one, though, was on Chen.

He got beat by a scrub.

Honestly, it would be like Taylor Teagarden hitting a 2-run HR off of David Price with the Rays up 1-0 in the 8th inning.

I don’t think Buck has had a GREAT season in 2013, but Sunday’s loss gets pinned on the hitters who couldn’t drive in the runners standing around screaming “Drive me in!” and it gets pinned on Chen for allowing a has-been to clock a 2-run dinger off of him.

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Tiger Woods won his 79th career PGA Tour event yesterday in Akron, Ohio.

That gives him eight (8) lifetime wins at Sunday’s venue, Firestone CC.

Guess what these players all have in common, please:  Retief Goosen, Mark Brooks, Scott Simpson and Geoff Ogilvy.  Ready?  Yes, they all have a major championship to their name.  Goosen, in fact has won the U.S. Open on two occasions.  Anyway, all four of those players have enjoyed very good careers.  And they each have eight (8) career wins on the PGA Tour.

Tiger has eight wins on one course in his career.

Those four guys have eight wins in their career, period.

It’s hilarious, really, when you start looking at the numbers Woods has accumulated since turning professional in 1996.  Granted, the entire focus on his career continues to be the fourteen major titles he’s won — and the fact he’s “major-less” since winning the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines.

With 79 career wins, Tiger is only three behind Sam Snead’s record total of 82.

He’s already blown away Jack Nicklaus (73), Ben Hogan (64) and Arnold Palmer (62) in career wins.

I’m assuming he will not win this week’s PGA Championship at Oak Hill CC in Rochester, NY.

Even if he doesn’t, his five wins this year constitute an ultra-special “career-year” for any other human being except for Woods himself.

Of course, he still has the upcoming PGA Tour Playoffs to go — and I’d bet he wins at least one of those events, if not more.

79 career victories.

Incredible.

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I’m sort of glad I wasn’t around last Thursday and Friday to be forced to discuss the Riley Cooper situation in Philadelphia.

It has to be one of the most hypocritical sports stories I’ve ever seen the media cover in the manner in which they did.  At one point on Friday afternoon, ESPN devoted 24 consecutive minutes of coverage to the story, shuttling in a bunch of “experts” to give their two cents about the whole thing.

And these are supposedly people who have been exposed to NFL locker rooms and NFL sidelines over the last decade.

They should know better than to be hoodwinked by media pressure, but obviously they caved in when pressed for an opinion on the subject.

I’m embarrassed for all of them.

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The Miami Heat are just plain trolling now.

Winners of two straight NBA titles, they’ve decided their next trick will be to employ Greg Oden and win with HIM on their team next season.

Unbelievable.

 

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  1. Brian Lincalis Says:

    You the best Drew BUT Chen not a 110 pitch pitcher.
    95-100 seems to be his effective range.
    Gonna be fun watchin that wildcard battle to the end!!!

  2. Not a Buck Fan Says:

    Drew, you are just plain WRONG. Chen was laboring and it was obvious. Once he gets to 100 pitches, he’s reached his plateau. Chen started losing his control and when he walked the 8TH hitter it was obvious to everyone on the planet not named Drew or Buck it was time for a change. WRONG – Blanco is not you. Blanco is a MAJOR LEAGUE hitter. Any MAJOR LEAGUE hitter is dangerous under the right circumstance. Most notably, a fatigued pitcher with control issues….
    Buck is a great man and has forgotten more about the game than I know. However, its been obvious to every team he’s managed he’s a much better ESPN analyst than he is a manager. He just doesn’t get it; he’ll be run out of here in another year or two like he has been every place else he’s been. The man has ZERO feel for the game.

  3. Steve from Sandpoint Says:

    Where to start with the O’s ? Markakis batting in the 3 hole with his 8 hrs, 45 rbi”s & a 15 million salary has to be moved from there. Boy did he pull 1 over on Angelos when it was contract time. To me the whole team just looks tired, with no energy. They needed to add a big bat & they didn’t so this is what we get, runners l.o.b.

  4. Jason Manelli Says:

    Not a Buck Fan: Can’t wait for you and your ilk to run Showalter out of town so we can get back to winning 60 games and being out of contention by this time of year. It has been such a pain being excited about baseball again and seeing a new generation flocking to the stadium. It took Buck one full season to lead us back to respectability, and you say he has no feel for the game of baseball?? He’s baseball Jesus ans far as I’m concerned, he’s been Baltimore’s baseball savior. Do we really want to go back to Lee Mazzilli, Dave Trembley, Sam Perlozzo, Ray Miller – mediocrity served up luke warm?

  5. Kolo Jezdec Says:

    Yeah, let’s blame Chen and Buck. Buck obviously forgot to tell his players that it is beneficial to get a hit when you have runners in scoring position. That’s just poor coaching. And Chen failed to realize that allowing 3 runs on 5 hits over 7 innings is simply not good enough.

    Drew is right. The blame for this loss, and many others recently, lies with the failure of the players to to hit with runners on. The O’s are in the top 5 in practically every offensive category, but that is not winning many games lately.

    BTW, has Mr. McLouth forgotten how to steal bases?

  6. unitastoberry Says:

    Got to beat up on the bad teams in any sport to win. O’s having problems with that. Pitching problems, no DH production, and now some questionable decisions from the Skipper. August 5th and we are still in it just think how you felt about the Ravens up to December 17?

  7. Not a Buck fan Says:

    I love the rationalization. Since Buck is an average manager and not a joke like all of the others we’ve had since Davey Johnson, we should be excited. Talk about low expectations. What if we treated the Ravens that way? The success the O’s are having has more to do with the talent on the roster and decisions made by McPhail previously and now Duquette. Buck is the benefactor and just happened to be in the right place at the right time.

  8. Robert Says:

    Hey Drew:

    I didn’t catch your show this morning, but I’ll be the gadfly to express my disappointment that you didn’t devote some electronic ink here to Artie Donovan’s death. I am fortunate to be of an age to have experienced meeting & chatting with Artie Donovan, Johnny U, Brooks, Elrod and a few other Colts & Orioles over the years, when these guys lived year round amongst the us, the hoi polloi. I cherish those memories of shooting the sh*t with these guys & feel grateful that they all generously & graciously took time from their days to share some with me, in the flesh. FecesBook & Twitter don’t handle a candle to those memories. They were my childhood heroes & I will never forget them; they were (in the case of Brooks, are) incredibly special & caring people, and Baltimore is a little less better off, than it was before the sun rose Sunday morning. Cheers to you, Artie, Johnny, Elrod & Brooks, the molds were broken after God made you.

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