In the same way that I was not overwhelmed by Brian Matusz’s victory over the Tigers, I’m not overly down about his loss yesterday. He’s not a great pitcher yet……but maybe he will become one. If he does, it won’t be tomorrow.
Matusz is the first kid whose timing I’ve been concerned about a bit. This is a bad time for someone to be up. Once the rosters expand in September, the season becomes “silly season” for EVERY team in baseball. But in August, being in Baltimore is just strange-and that probably hurts young players a bit. They’re not sure if they’re supposed to really be giving their entire effort, or if they’re supposed to just try to go out and do what they did at the minor league level.
That’s what comes with losing baseball. This is Birdland!
Let’s see what everyone else has to say….
Best of Sunday’s WNST Blogs:
MLB.com’s Erika Gilbert says Matusz hit hard in loss to Blue Jays
The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss
MLB.com’s Erika Gilbert says Markakis reached base in 30th straight game
MLB.com’s Erika Gilbert says Jeremy Guthrie to take hill tonight vs. Gio Gonzalez, Athletics
MLB.com’s Erika Gilbert says Roberts had day off Sunday, Trembley hopes he can play tonight
The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says 27,464 at Rogers Centre saw Birds lose series to Jays
The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Aubrey Huff, Melvin Mora, Danys Baez cleared waivers
The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says A’s come to Baltimore struggling, dumping veterans
The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Tillman dealing with mildly strained groin
The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Matusz threw 62 pitches in just 2 2/3 innings in loss
Toronto Star’s Mark Zwolinski says Halladay received run support to help improve to 12-5
Toronto Sun’s Mike Rutsey says Halladay now 20-4 in career against O’s
Toronto Globe and Mail’s Tim Wharnsby says Scutaro finished with 4 hits in Toronto’s win
ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:
Bowie Baysox Official Site says Tanaka loser as Baysox swept by Portland
Frederick Keys Official Site says Waring, Widlansky, Crancer homered for Keys in win over Winston-Salem
Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says series finale between Ironbirds, Doubledays suspended in 2nd due to rain
Bluefield Orioles Official Site says Gary Helmick 2-4 with 2 runs scored as Orioles topped Elizabethtown
The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says Tides’ Andy Mitchell still waiting chance to pitch in Baltimore
The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Josh Bell hit first HR since being acquired in loss to Sea Dogs
Frederick News-Post’s Adam Pohl says Moreland winner for Keys over Dash
The Official Site’s Ryan Mink says Rod Woodson said he was ‘proud to be a Raven’ in Hall of Fame induction speech
The Sun’s Edward Lee says Grubbs, Oher, Cousins, Ayanbadejo all practiced Sunday
The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says ‘heat and physical demands’ of Training Camp nothing for Iraq veteran, rookie LB Tony Fein
The Sun’s Mike Preston says WR Justin Harper ‘lighting up the turf’ at McDaniel College
Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says center Birk ‘feels like rookie’ in new system
Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Flacco not building house in Westminster
Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Figurs fighting to make roster spot in Training Camp this year
ESPN.com’s James Walker thinks Birk will be ‘great fit’ in AFC North
Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Ralph trying to get Terps back to status they reached in his first 3 seasons in College Park
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says new DC Don Brown giving Terps defensive ‘makeover’
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says getting Dion Armstrong back would be ‘bonus’ for Don Brown
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says former UMass head man Brown wouldn’t eliminate potential interest in future head coaching opportunities
USA Today’s Skip Wood says nothing surprising about former Terp DHB’s struggles in Oakland
Inside MD Sports’ Jeff Ermann says future Terp Titus Till ‘head smacker’
Turtle Sports Report’s John Talty says Bishop McNamara WR prospect Brandon Coleman knows who he likes, but not in rush to make decision (must subscribe)
Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo allowed plebes to spend time with parents Friday
Go Mids’ Adam Nettina says Marcus Curry ‘ready for spotlight’ (must subscribe)
The Sun’s Aaron Wright says Bears return 14 starters when opening practice today
NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora says Unitas greatest Hall of Famer ever
SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:
-I’ll be down in College Park for Maryland football Media Day today; and will hope to get you guys some video over the next couple weeks with a few players. This will really be the “season of Chris Turner”, as the senior QB is in his 2nd season under James Franklin-and the two should be familiar with each other. He also has very good talent at his disposal at RB, and has the chance to throw to a very deep group of WR’s. O-Line play could still be the team’s Achilles heel, but this one is on Turner to figure things out.
Talk to you tomorrow.