Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

July 09, 2008 | Glenn Clark

This could get really ugly. The Orioles really haven’t had starting pitching all season, but a greatly overachieving bullpen has held them together. With the bullpen diminishing by the day; and a number of trades likely-the Orioles could be headed to a VERY bad end to the season. I mean, I’m talking about a potential 4-32 end to the season-especially if some of their character guys are dealt. 

The important thing to remember is that it is OKAY if the Orioles struggle mightily in the 2nd half. It is OKAY if the Orioles finish in 5th place. It is OKAY if the Orioles battle the Royals for the worst record in the American League. It is OKAY if the Orioles don’t give us the good feelings in the 2nd half that they gave us early on.

It is OKAY………..as long as they continue on the path to rebuilding.

As long as the Orioles continue to acquire young players who can be part of the rebuilding path in Baltimore; the likely demise of the ’08 Orioles is not only OKAY; it is what we should expect. I know I previously predicted that the Orioles wouldn’t get back over .500 after May 31; but after watching last night’s game-I now think the Orioles have reached the point where they won’t get back over .500 after July 8. They just don’t have the horses at this point.

You’re going to be doing some yelling and screaming over the next few weeks. But as long as Andy MacPhail continues down the path to rebuilding; remember-everything is OKAY.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say…

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Bob Haynie would like to see Ravens acquire Favre if he returns

Drew Forrester thinks Ravens should consider Favre acquisition

Rob Long thinks Ravens should stick to Flacco plans

Thyrl Nelson thinks Birds should make deals before players lose value

Keith Melchior gives best midseason grades to Birds’ Markakis, Jones, Roberts

Lonnie Nelson impressed with Palace’s performance in Open Cup

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Jays’ 4 run 7th dooms Birds in loss

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Amanda Comak says Olson will try to right ship tonight vs. Burnett

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Loewen re-aggravates stress fracture in elbow

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says 33 year old rookie Castillo finally gets to big leagues

The Official Site’s Amanda Comak says ’83 Championship team to be honored July 23

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Roberts trails Longoria in voting

Blue Jays Official Site’s David Singh says Rolen’s grounder gets past Bynum, walks off Jays

The Sun’s Rick Maese says Hall of Famer Morgan thinks Birds should trade for big league help

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Ripken heading to South Africa in ‘09

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says locker room somber after loss

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Huff homers again in loss

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says scan reveals Loewen’s injury ‘widening’

The Sun’s Dan Morrison cleans up after me

The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says Cubs prospects going to Oakland, not Baltimore

The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says Castillo performed well vs. lefties in minors this year

The AP says two errors cost Birds in 9th

Carroll County Times says Birds transfer Patton to 60 day DL to make room for Castillo

The Examiner’s Jay Trucker says former Bird Ryan works perfect inning in Jays’ win

The Examiner’s Eric Detweiler says Payton finding room in Birds’ OF

Washington Post’s Marc Carig says Cabrera pulled early in costly 7th

Washington Post’s Marc Carig says Loewen will consult Dr. Andrews, team orthopedist Wilckens before making decision on future

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Jeff McAdam says tall Czech could make roster as kickoff specialist

The Examiner doesn’t want to see Ravens pursue Favre

Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg says controversy surrounds Poe’s mascot contest victory

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco thinks Boller will be Ravens’ starter Week 1

CBS Sports’ Eric Kay says mascot contest ended day early due to ballot stuffing

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:

New England Revolution Official Site says Palace run in Open Cup ends in penalty kicks

The Hartford Courant says Palace loses 2-1 on PKs

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem previews D-Line (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Terps working on new bigs for ’09 (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter checks in from I-95 event (must subscribe)

UMBC LACROSSE:

The Official Site says alum Mundorf MLL All-Star again

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

The Official Site says nine Jays All-Stars

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Niumatalolo, not Johnson did majority of Navy’s ‘08 recruiting

NAVY LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Christian Swezey says assistant Ross finalist for Ohio State gig

PREP SOFTBALL:

The Sun’s Stefen Lovelace says Broadneck Coach Ware dead at 62

HORSE RACING:

The Sun’s Doug Donovan says land deal paving way for slots in Cecil County

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-The Adam Loewen situation is EXTREMELY unfortunate. It is almost assuredly to the point that we will never see Adam make an impact as a Major League pitcher. Adam will have to REALLY show courage to work through this, but I don’t know he will ever be effective enough to make the return.

-I do not believe Brett Favre will wear a jersey other than that of the Green Bay Packers next season. The Packers may not want Brett just as badly as Peter King says; but I also don’t think Brett wants to play so badly that he will be willing to go somewhere else. I believe that Brett wants to play; but the desire to learn a new area, a new system, a new staff, and a new group of teammates likely does not burn inside the same way his passion to play does. If the Packers pass on him, I imagine he will remain retired. And just as a note-Bill Williamson, who wrote the ESPN.com story that got everyone worked up about the Favre to Baltimore possibilities-declined a request to join us on WNST and discuss the possibility any further.

-With no offense to Pete Prisco, who does a nice job of covering the NFL; I actually think Joe Flacco has a better chance of starting Week 1 than Kyle Boller.

-Congratulations to Crystal Palace USA for a nice run in the U.S. Open Cup. Get out and see some professional soccer when you get the chance.

-Brooks Robinson will clearly get my vote in the 2nd round of the King of Baltimore Sports contest. Quite simply-during his time in Baltimore-Brooks was a 15 time All-Star over 23 seasons, won 16 Gold Gloves, an AL MVP Award, 2 world series titles, 4 AL Pennants, and even an All-Star Game MVP. On the flipside, Wes Unseld played just 5 seasons in Baltimore-posting 4 All-Star appearances, an MVP, and a Rookie of the Year honor.

Talk to you soon.

-G

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