It’s a Happy Monday for me because the Phoenix Coyotes are now up 2-1 in their series with the Detroit Red Wings, and also because It’s “Green Week” here in Baltimore this week. I’m celebrating Green Week myself by posting “Green” related pictures throughout the week. On Monday, here’s a photo of the great Ashley Greene…
I LOVE Green Week! I’ll be doing MY part!
Let’s see what everyone has to say…
Other than the comeback last year against the Red Sox, I don’t think there has been as celebrated an Orioles win around these parts in some time.
Of course, we all KNEW the Orioles would win again at some point (Edit from GMC: Okay, we at least knew it was nearly impossible mathematically for them to not win again at some point); but it still feels good.
Brian Matusz is the team’s best pitcher. We knew that coming into the season, and he’s done nothing but prove that since. It is a bit premature to call him an “ace” (although it won’t stop many of us from doing that today), but he’s certainly living up to the hype thus far.
That being said, the Orioles head to Seattle tonight to open a 3 game series with the Mariners. If they want to turn one win into real momentum, they will need to get a better effort from Brad Bergesen tonight and David Hernandez tomorrow night. Bergesen takes the SafeCo Field hill at 10:10pm against Doug Fister-the game can be seen on MASN2. Nestor Aparicio hosts our “Orange Crush” chat at WNST.net; there’s also going to be a chat open during the Washington Capitals game if that’s something that interests you.
2. The AP/WNST.net offer numerical evidence of win
What’s interesting here:
-5 for 11 with runners in scoring position??? Are we sure this was really the Orioles??? Very easy to say that the numbers will need to continue to trend this way for the Orioles to succeed, not as easy to assume it will be done.
-Make no mistake: Ty Wigginton would be the “Most Valuable Oriole” is this was a 13 game season. Sure-that’s like being named the prettiest girl at Fat Camp-but he deserves credit for his early start. His roster spot wasn’t one I was totally convinced the Orioles needed to protect during the offseason-but thank God they did, at least for these 13 games.
-Adam Jones and Nick Markakis both had a pair of hits yesterday. It would be nice to see that continue.
3. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says MacPhail’s decision to retain Trembley in October likely part of reason for Birds’ doom
Well, there’s absolutely no doubt about this. If you let a manager work in the last year of his contract without an overwhelming level of respect from his players, this is what you’ll get. Players have to choose to try to inspire themselves, because they ABSOLUTELY have the option to dismiss anything Trembley says, knowing “he’s not going to be around next season.”
Luke touches on something else that is significant. There is a very popular “will Dave Trembley make it back from the road trip?” sentiment around town, and rightly so. When you open the season by losing 11 of your first 13 games, you have to face questions like that.
But the organization didn’t bring Trembley back to fire him. They brought him back to allow for one more year before they would conceivably go out and get “the guy” that would be expected to REALLY turn the organization around. Nothing about that changes here. If the plan is to go out and hire a manager in the offseason-why bother making the change now and screwing up part of the plan?
I’m not saying it’s the RIGHT thing to do-but I get the feeling that barring a 3-30 start or a complete clubhouse revolt, Trembley finishes the year.
4. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Tejada dealing with hip abductor strain, should avoid DL
Another popular discussion topic has been what the team does with Wigginton when Tejada returns.
Let that sink in.
This team is facing a major question mark when it comes to what they should do to make sure they have Ty Wigginton’s bat in the lineup.
My suggestion would be to move Luke Scott make to left field, and allow Wigginton to DH. At that point, at bats could be worked in for Nolan Reimold platooning with both.
We all have to be realistic when it comes to Wigginton. He’s having a hell of a start-but there is no guarantee that he will stay this hot. The team will want to get Felix Pie at bats again when he gets healthy as well, so this problem won’t be going away soon.
5. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Chris Tillman, Josh Bell struggled for O’s on farm
To be honest, I thought before the season that at this point, we’d be discussing whether or not Tillman should be replacing Jeremy Guthrie in the rotation. Of course, Guthrie has been solid while Brad Bergesen has scuffled, so I guess that would be a more likely place for a replacement in the rotation.
I will admit that the 0-3, 8.38 start for Tillman with the Tides is disappointing.
Of course, it’s not the first time I’ve been disappointed. For example, I THOUGHT I would enjoy pictures of Ke$ha in a bikini. I was disappointed…
Before we move on, congratulations to WNST “Morning Reaction” Apologist of the Morning Mark Viviano. I will admit that I’m surprised, as Viv is one of my favorite broadcasters in the area. He says “the ugly April of the 2010 O’s is NOT an ownership issue”, which I guess means the ownership had nothing to do with the organization deciding to NOT go out and sign REAL corner infielders and power bats, as well as REAL front line pitchers. He adds:
“Fire the owner? Quite the contrary: you might want to applaud him”…
Hmmm. I think I’ll pass.
…”for doing what fans clamored he do for years: he put someone else in charge.”
Someone who agreed with the fundamental idea of “don’t spend money.”
6. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Ravens attended workout of Georgia Tech WR Demaryius Thomas
It is rare to see such a significant Pro Day this close to the NFL Draft-but this was a crucial event for Thomas, who missed the Combine and other workouts due to a broken foot.
We know what the Ravens (and other teams) see in Thomas. He’s a 6’3″ receiver that has posted really solid numbers despite not coming from a passing offense-and appears to have first round talent.
There’s no doubt that there are question marks involved with a player like Thomas-but the Ravens NEED receiver depth, and they NEED a taller receiver.
Both needs could potentially be addressed.
7. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Ryan Mink says Troy Smith signed one year tender
When other players have signed their tenders, there has been a “now they can be traded” attitude. Does that mean that Troy Smith will be traded? No, of course it doesn’t. BUT, certainly having the option to do so on Draft weekend is something Ozzie Newsome and company would want.
You know what I want? To see the “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” sketch from Saturday Night Live again…
8. Sacramento Bee’s Matt Barrows mocks Rutgers CB Devin McCourty to Baltimore
McCourty is the one guy that is being overlooked a bit in the first round. Most mocks have Jermaine Gresham, Terrence Cody, Kyle Wilson, Demaryius Thomas or Jared Odrick ending up in purple-but few have McCourty. Yet there are plenty of links between the Ravens and McCourty-as Chuck Pagano ran the drills at McCourty’s Pro Day (with Ray Rice also in attendance), and Joe Hortiz also there to watch.
McCourty is a little bit bigger than Kyle Wilson and faced better talent in the Big East than Wilson did in the WAC. Does that mean he’s a better player? No-but I don’t think he can be dismissed. McCourty WON’T be there by the time the Ravens are currently scheduled to pick in the 2nd round-but he could be available late in the 1st or early in the 2nd if the Ravens were to trade back or acquire a pick for Jared Gaither.
9. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens has Maryland, Towson, Loyola IN NCAA Tournament, Hopkins OUT
As Patrick explains, this is only because the Blue Jays are currently under .500; which would disqualify them from making the Tournament. Should they get out from under .500, expect them to find their way into the field.
That being said, it’s a bit strange to see a mock field without Dave Pietramala’s squad. It would be like coming to Crabs and Beer and not seeing pictures of gals like Sophie Turner. (Thanks Busted Coverage!)
10. SNY’s Adam Zagoria says former Rutgers commit Gilvydas Biruta considering Maryland
DAMNIT! I had just figured out how to spell Sarunas Jasikevicius!
And finally, I leave you with this.
Here’s this week’s “Greatest Song of All Time This Week.” I went with Jack Johnson’s “You and Your Heart.” Mostly because I’m a nerd for Jack Johnson.
Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…