Drew’s Morning Dish — Mon., Sept. 23

September 23, 2013 | Drew Forrester

Drew’s Morning Dish — Mon., Sept. 23

It’s almost “y” time for the Orioles.

I’m still holding out hope, because it’s sports and you never know what might happen.  Just ask the Red Sox of 2011, who collapsed in September and saw the lowly Birds of Baltimore end their playoff hopes in the final 3-game series of the season.

But, I’ll admit, it’s almost over for Buck Showalter’s team.

It’s almost “y” time.

As in — next to the Orioles name in the A.L. East standings, it will include, (y) – eliminated from playoff contention

The Tampa Bay series thus far sums up most of the second half of the season for the Orioles.  With some exceptions, but not nearly enough, the Baltimore offense is just not capable of producing the big hit when needed.  Game after game, night after night, it seems we hear this from the radio/TV broadcast teams — “and that’ll do it here in the 7th for the Orioles…no runs, two hits, the Birds leave runners on 2nd and 3rd…”

Despite their 81 wins to date, this Orioles team has underachieved when you take into account they lead the majors in one-run losses and have had a lead at some point in 44 of their 74 defeats.  Some of that, yes, is pitching.  Jim Johnson’s occasional struggles have been well documented, but truth be told, he hasn’t been nearly as bad as the fan base makes him out to be.  Folks are going to point to his nine blown saves and say “if only…” and that’s true to some extent, but you can point the finger at the bats on 15-20 occasions in the 2nd half of the season and say “if only…”.

Friday’s 18-inning loss in Tampa Bay was likely the proverbial final straw for the Birds.  There’s still time left, so I won’t go as far as to say “that’s the loss that did them in” but it’s sure looking like that’s the loss that did them in.  A win there changes the entire dynamic of the series.  A loss, and an 18-inning one at that, also set the stage for Tampa Bay to seize the series and they’re doing that now, up 3-0 in this four-game affair in St. Petersburg.

The pitching was great on Friday evening.

The offense was offensive.

It’s almost “y time” and I don’t like it…but it’s been a lot more fun than watching the team go 66-96 like they did for a decade.

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There’s nothing better than watching than the Steelers get punked at home by the Chicago Bears last night.

Wait, what the hell am I talking about?  The Flyers getting punked at home by any NHL team is the best thing in sports.

I was having a Twitter conversation with one of our followers yesterday and the discussion centered on “how much dislike you have for (insert team here)”.

I said, “I’d let the Steelers win back to back Super Bowls if I could witness the Flyers go 0-82 in the upcoming NHL season.”

Can you imagine that?

0-82.

Zero wins on the season for the Flyers.

How glorious…

I also realize that makes me a bad guy for trading two Steelers Super Bowl wins for an 0-82 Flyers season, but in order to win big you have to bet big.

An 0-82 Flyers season would fall under “betting big and winning big” for me.

That said, I’d trade a Flyers Stanley Cup win for two straight seasons of 0-16 for the Steelers. 

No, I wouldn’t.  There’s nothing I’d trade to have the Flyers win the Stanley Cup.  Nothing I tell ya.

Plus, we might get one of those 0-16 seasons in 2013 for the Steelers and I don’t have to make any wacky deals.  LOL

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Henrik Stenson won the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup.

Tiger Woods won five tournaments and was the leading money winner.

But neither of them are the Player of the Year in 2013.

That award should go to Adam Scott.

 

 

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  1. unitastoberry Says:

    O’s need to revamp the bullpen. Get a good DH, ace starter,and 2nd baseman.Ok Pete get cracking.
    Nice win by the Ravens but the best is coming later in the season.

  2. Steve from Sandpoint Says:

    And only if Markakis lived up to his 15 million plus salary & was more than a singles hitter. His lack of offense was exposed all year & it helped do the O’s in . He’s Buck’s boy & probably will be back next year. Big win for the Ravens, nice job !!!

  3. Paul Says:

    Agree with Adam Scott pick tiger won 5 tournaments 4 of which he seems to win every year Adam breakthrough at Augusta with the pressure of coming from strokes behind and fending off Cabrera stands out

  4. The Armchair QB Says:

    For the second year in a row, the offense let down in “crunch time”! Only, this year, it appears to spell no playoffs! Despite their brilliant maneuvering the past two years, their failure to secure a legitimate designated hitter was as much to blame as the fact that the bull pen was less effective than last year. But, this is a talented young team with a manager who knows how to win that is only a player or two from being a very good team. So, as they say…..”wait ’til next year”!

  5. justafan Says:

    What a football weekend it was for Baltimore at M&T Bank Stadium. First, Maryland defeats West Virginia 37-0, and then Sunday the Ravens defeat the Houston Texans 30-9. Not a single touchdown was scored by the opposition in either game. How sweet it is!

  6. tsnamm Says:

    I agree with everything you said about the O’s Drew, and I would add that the hitters need to be a lot more patient at the plate as well. Lots of times this year when they have men in scoring position, they go up there and swing at the 1st pitch and ground into a double play or a foul pop to end the inning. The starting pitching needs to go longer into games…they have been forever at 60 pitches in the 3rd or 4th and out of the game by the 5th or 6th. I think the hitting can be addressed at a reasonable price. Pitching? We all know top flite pitches cost money, and Pete is loath to spend any. We will see if they are serious about becoming more than an above average team.

  7. Dan Says:

    The whole idea of playing in Homer Friendly Camden Yards is to hit lots of Home Runs , The fans love home runs . BUT , on the other hand, playing in little (homer friendly) Camden Yards detracts from aquiring other elements needed for playing successful October baseball . Besides , It’s easier to hit lots of Home Runs then it is to field a championship team.

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