Friday Morning’s Crabs And Beer

July 11, 2008 | Glenn Clark

How much better would you feel if Nick Markakis was representing the Orioles in the Bronx next week instead of George Sherrill? I think it is an absolute guarantee that Terry Francona gives Sherrill the Mussina treatment and keeps him in the bullpen “in case the game goes into extra innings”. Frankly, I hope he does. If he doesn’t get into the game, we won’t have to hear Joe Buck talk about how he had gotten off to a great start to the season, only to struggle heading into the break.

Sherrill will still have trade value despite his recent struggles, but we may have to start considering that he will have to be traded to a team who already has a closer, and who is looking for someone to use in a set-up/spot closing role. I’m not trying to overreact to a few blown saves, but the track record just isn’t there to believe that ol’ “Charlie Brown” can still become Joe Nathan.

The Orioles are going to lose many more games like this the rest of the season.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say….

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Pete Melchior says Walker, Loewen worst of first half for Birds

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Guthrie great; but Johnson, Sherrill blow it as Jays sweep Birds in another 1 run game

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Burres tries to snap Birds’ five game funk tonight vs. Buchholz, Red Sox

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Birds stick with young pitching through struggles

Blue Jays Official Site’s Jordan Bastian says Lind walks off Jays with winning hit in 9th

The Sun’s Rick Maese worries Birds’ cry changing to ‘Orioles Tragic’

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Guthrie suffers another hard luck no decision

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Birds 12th in league in innings pitched by starters

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Markakis extend hitting streak to 17

The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says Trembley got what he wanted from Guthrie

The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says Birds could have extended lead in middle of last night’s game

The Examiner’s Jay Trucker says Guthrie must go distance to get wins

The Examiner’s Eric Detweiler says Longoria gets final AL All-Star spot, not Roberts

The AP says Johnson, Sherrill each gave up two runs in loss

Washington Post’s Marc Carig says despite loss, Guthrie again played role of stopper

Washington Post’s Marc Carig says Birds’ rotation showing true lack of experience

Toronto Star’s Cathal Kelly says Lind’s winner was third hit of game

Toronto Sun’s Mike Rutsey says Overbay tied game with sac fly in 9th

Fox Sports’ Tracy Ringolsby thinks Payton available for cheap, Roberts won’t be traded

The AP says Roberts finishes 4th in All-Star fan voting

SI’s Gennaro Filice thinks Huff Birds’ 1st Half MVP

Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan and John Rawlings say Sherrill amongst best stories of first half

CBS Sports’ Tim Dierkes thinks Birds will hold on to Cabrera

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Dilfer settled spat with Billick before retirement

The Official Site’s Kristen Deahl says undrafted rookie P. Carter working to make team

The Sun’s Ray Frager says radio team will call preseason games on TV as well

The Examiner’s Phil Macek excited for live ravens

Fox Sports’ Roger Rotter thinks McGahee 12th amongst NFL Running Backs

Sporting News’ Steve Greenberg says Dilfer 2nd worst QB to win a Super Bowl

Sporting News’ Albert Breer says Gaither facing ‘pivotal’ Camp

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter checks in from Reebok Camp (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says recruit Blue to spend Fall at prep school

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens previews LB’s

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem updates prospect Drakeford (must subscribe)

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Richards honored by NABC

NAVY LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Christian Swezey says Ross passed over as Myers gets Ohio State gig

LOYOLA LACROSSE:

The Examiner’s Dave Carey says Hounds will have to travel more in revamped conference

MCDANIEL BASKETBALL:

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Winters Mill’s Lesniak amongst incoming class for Terror

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Prior returning as Assistant Coach

ARENA:

The Sun’s Childs Walker says Mayor Dixon has discussed potential for WNBA at downtown arena

HORSE RACING:

The AP says Seattle Slew’s son Vindication euthanized

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Some notes on Mike Cuellar’s career in Baltimore: He pitched 8 seasons with the Orioles; made 3 All-Star appearances, went to 3 World Series (winning once in ’70), won the ’69 Cy Young, and actually finished in the Top Ten of MVP voting twice. Those are very nice numbers. That being said, I am still surprised that even one person has already voted for him over Johnny U. I don’t think I need to share the statistics.

-The WNBA is not a league that makes a great deal of money. The WNBA may bring some money to the city of Baltimore; but a 15,000-16,000 seat arena makes no sense in this town; as the arena is needed for bigger concerts, wrestling PPV’s, UFC PPV’s (if the state ever gets MMA regulated), College Basketball Tournaments, Boxing Matches, and other significant revenue generators. 20,000 (like Drew says) is absolutely the number. Get it done.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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