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Predicting the AL (L)East

Posted Wednesday July 23, 2014 at 1:23:22 pm in Real Sports with , , and

From 1998 to 2007, it was pretty easy to predict the AL East. It was usually the New York Yankees in first, the Boston Red Sox in second, and the rest (Orioles, Jays, Rays) in whatever was left. And usually the difference between the Tier 1 teams (Yankees, Red Sox) and the Tier 2 (3?) teams was quite a lot. Typically double digit games behind. Sometimes 20 or more. Until 2014.

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Orioles Can Not Afford To Keep Schoop At Third

Posted Sunday April 20, 2014 at 11:06:17 pm in Real Sports with , , and

The loss last night to the Boston Red Sox after being up 5-0 going into the 6th was a lot of things.

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Your 2014 Orioles (Best Guess)

Posted Wednesday March 26, 2014 at 8:59:44 pm in Real Sports with , , and

With the news that Nolan Reimold will start the 2014 season on the DL, the Orioles 25 man roster is nearly complete. Here is my best guess at what the final roster will be come Opening Day on Monday.

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O! Say...Which Starting Pitcher?

Posted Thursday January 30, 2014 at 10:54:42 am in Real Sports with , , and

The Orioles allowed 709 runs in 2013. Good for 13 shy of being league average, but when you really look into it...their starting pitching was actually fairly worse. And in order to contend in 2014, they are going to need some help.

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Is Mike Mussina a Hall of Famer?

Posted Wednesday January 15, 2014 at 12:54:59 am in Real Sports with , , and

The Baseball Writers Association of America voted in Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Frank Thomas from the 2013 class. Mike Mussina was on the ballot, yet he only received 20.3% of the vote.

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Shame On The Orioles, Shame On Peter Angelos

Posted Friday December 6, 2013 at 10:49:23 pm in Real Sports with , , and

The Orioles just announced that they will be raising season ticket prices by 5%. Let that settle in for a second.

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The 2014 Orioles: What To Do

Posted Wednesday November 27, 2013 at 10:35:05 pm in Real Sports with , , and

The last 2 years have been rather solid for the Baltimore Orioles. In 2012 they turned in a magical season culminating in taking the Yankees 5 games in the ALDS after winning 93 games. In 2013 they proved 2012 wasn't a fluke by winning 85 games.

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The Story Of 2013: The Baltimore Blowpen

Posted Tuesday September 24, 2013 at 10:29:39 pm in Real Sports with , , and

The 2012 Orioles were the Cinderella Story for Major League Baseball. They went 93-69, snatched up a Wild Card spot, won an  unprobable game in Texas against Yu Darvish with Joe Saunders of all people on the mound. Their season was a success primarily because of one facet of the team: their bullpen. And it is because of that the 2013 season is ending in utter frustration.

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Is the AL East Really The AL Beast?

Is the AL East Really The AL Beast?

Posted Tuesday July 30, 2013 at 1:47:20 pm in Real Sports with , , and

The American League East has long been called the best (toughest) division in all of professional sports. But is it really the case?

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Appreciating Jim Johnson: The Cold Hard Stats

Appreciating Jim Johnson: The Cold Hard Stats

Posted Sunday July 14, 2013 at 9:03:45 pm in Real Sports with , , and

Through 96 games this season, Jim Johnson has already made 47 appearances and notched 33 saves by July 14th, 2013. He has also had 6 blown saves for a total of 39 save opportunities. 

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Stop Hammel Time, Go Zach To The Future?

Stop Hammel Time, Go Zach To The Future?

Posted Saturday July 6, 2013 at 7:33:45 pm in Real Sports with , , and

At the start of the season the Orioles were hoping that the 2012 season for Jason Hammel was not a fluke and that he was ready to take the staff ace designation by the horns.

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No Reason To Feel Bad For The Yankees

Posted Tuesday July 2, 2013 at 10:59:16 pm in Real Sports with , , and

They may be without Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira, and Alex Rodriguez, but we should not be feeling sorry for the Yankees.

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Stroped It Up: Blaming Duquette and Buck

Posted Sunday June 23, 2013 at 2:26:22 pm in Real Sports with , , and

Sometimes, just sometimes, it seems necessary to put decision making by both Buck Showalter and Dan Duquette under fire. And that decision making has to do with the roster management and usage of Pedro Strop.

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Baltimore Orioles: Trade Targets

Posted Tuesday June 4, 2013 at 9:58:11 pm in Real Sports with , , and

The Orioles are currently 2.5 games back in the AL East. Along with the Yankees. And the Rays are only 4 games back. In another words, the AL East is a coin toss. And the Wild Card is going to be tough to snag with the Athletics playing well. So the Orioles need some help to get them to The Dance. And not the kind of help that Alex Rodriguez got.

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I Dream Of (Cliff) Lee

Posted Saturday June 1, 2013 at 5:37:59 pm in Real Sports with , , and

Remember that old saying? One ace pitcher away from a World Series? Certainly applicable to the 2012 rendition of the Baltimore Orioles. But what about the 2013 version?

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Somebody Eject Hunter Wendelstedt

Posted Saturday June 1, 2013 at 5:29:32 pm in Real Sports with , , and

On June 1, 2013 a struggling Jason Hammel threw a slider that hit Matt Tuiasosopo on the shoulder after giving up 3 home runs in a row...and was immediately ejected by home plate umpire Huner Wendelstedt. But was it necessary?

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Orioles: Six For Five

Posted Tuesday May 28, 2013 at 8:37:41 pm in Real Sports with , , and

Steve Johnson, Jair Jurrjens, Kevin Gausman, Jake Arrieta, Zach Britton, Josh Stinson. What do they all have in common? They're part of the not-so merry-go-round going on in the Orioles rotation. 

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What Is Wrong With Jim Johnson?

Posted Sunday May 26, 2013 at 10:56:27 pm in Real Sports with , , and

Another save chance, another blown save for Jim Johnson. His most recent being a blown save and a loss against the Toronto Blue Jays while starting with a 3 run lead. His first 3 run save situation that resulted in a blown save. But what is wrong with Jim Johnson?

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Stabilizing The Orioles Bullpen

Posted Sunday May 26, 2013 at 10:31:04 pm in Real Sports with , , and

Well, it was bound to happen. Looking back on the 2012 season, it is easy to point out one of the most successful pieces to the team: the bullpen.

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Baltimore Orioles: A Comparison Through 44 Games (2012 vs. 2013)

Posted Tuesday May 21, 2013 at 9:37:59 am in Real Sports with , , and

The Baltimore Orioles are in the midst of their longest losing streak of the season. During this losing streak, they have seen their All Star closer blow 3 save changes in a row.

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Is It Time To Cut Ties With Nolan Reimold?

Posted Friday May 17, 2013 at 9:15:37 pm in Real Sports with , , and

It may seem like heresy, but when your main job is DH (see: designated hitter) your job is to hit. And as a 29 year old without options that is currently batting 188, Nolan is quickly running out of time.

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The State Of The Orioles: Starting Pitching

Posted Tuesday May 14, 2013 at 8:33:36 am in Real Sports with , , and

With the recent (bad) news of Wei-Yin Chen most likely heading to the DL with the dreaded right oblique strain, I think it would be a fun exercise to take a step back and look at the state of starting pitching for the Baltimore Orioles as an organization.

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Time To Part Ways With Rolando McClain, Shame On You NFL

Posted Monday May 13, 2013 at 10:15:29 pm in Real Sports with , , and

To those that think the NBA has image problems, it is time for "The Shield" to be put under further scrutiny. 

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The Strange Case of Dr. Jakyll and Mr. Wylde

Posted Saturday April 27, 2013 at 9:07:52 pm in Real Sports with , , and

Pardon the corny name, but it is a microcosm of the career of Jake Arrieta. And it is very much reminiscent of the kinds of pitchers that plagued the Baltimore Orioles in the past.

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Having Faith in Chris Tillman

Posted Wednesday April 17, 2013 at 10:44:33 pm in Real Sports with , , and

It is a tough pill to swallow. The so called cavalry for the Baltimore Orioles was supposed to be that of Brian Matusz, Jake Arrieta, Brad Bergesen, Chris Tillman, and Zach Britton. But where are they now?

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Analyzing TJ McFarland

Posted Wednesday April 17, 2013 at 2:00:11 pm in Real Sports with , , and

TJ McFarland was selected by the Baltimore Orioles during the Rule 5 draft in December of 2012. He was selected 23rd overall and spent his entire career in the Cleveland Indians farm system. So how does he fit in the plans for the Baltimore Orioles in 2013?

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Analyzing the Adam Jones Drop Against Yankees

Posted Friday April 12, 2013 at 8:15:52 pm in Real Sports with , , and

Bases loaded. Two outs. Tie game. Bottom of the 7th in Yankee Stadium. Pedro Strop in to face Vernon Wells. Pedro goes 2-0 and is faced with a situation where he has to throw a fastball. What happened?

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MLB Did Not Back Down: Bravo, MLB. Bravo.

Posted Friday March 22, 2013 at 9:50:32 pm in Real Sports with , , and

The hub bub earlier today is that MLB could not reach agreement with the NFL on the Ravens/Orioles debacle. But as some people in Baltimore are trying to make it, it seems that this is an us vs. them situation. More appropriately: an Orioles vs. Ravens issue. This could not be further from the truth.

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NFL Flexing Muscles, MLB Should Not Give In

Posted Tuesday March 19, 2013 at 6:39:20 pm in Real Sports with , , and

The NFL and Roger Goodell are pushing their agenda. Hard. And in that process they are flexing their muscles and doing everything possible to run a smear campaign against MLB and the Orioles....

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Does the NFL Really Have Parity?

Posted Monday March 11, 2013 at 8:55:08 pm in Real Sports with , , and

We hear it all the time whenever a surprise team in the NFL does better than they are supposed to: the NFL has parity. But is that really the case?

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Of Betemits and Valencias

Posted Thursday January 17, 2013 at 11:03:21 am in Real Sports with , , and

The Orioles decided to let Mark Reynolds walk after putting up a collective 0.8 WAR over the last 2 years in Baltimore, but who will be taking his place?

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The Baseball Writers of America are Self Indulgent Weiners

Posted Saturday January 12, 2013 at 6:31:45 am in Real Sports with , , and

Hold on if you heard this before: The BWOA screwed the pooch.

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Omar Vizquel is not a HOFer

Posted Friday December 28, 2012 at 10:41:38 pm in Real Sports with , , and

Omar Vizquel is/was many things: a great teammate, a class act, and a phenomenal defender. But one thing that he should not be is a HOFer.

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The Elusive Middle Of the Order Bat

Posted Saturday December 15, 2012 at 11:31:42 pm in Real Sports with , , and

The Orioles missed out on Josh Hamilton, they missed out on resigning Mark Reynolds, and it appears they will not go after Nick Swisher. So what are the Orioles to do about the elusive middle of the order bat?

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Relive an Awesome Ride: 2012 Orioles

Posted Friday December 14, 2012 at 8:04:32 pm in Real Sports with , , and

The 2012 season was one of the most exciting and memorable years in Baltimore Orioles history. Now you can relive all of the exciting moments, one-run nail biters, extra inning thrillers and the return of postseason baseball to Birdland.

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All Eyes on the Kansas City Royals

All Eyes on the Kansas City Royals

Posted Monday December 10, 2012 at 2:23:14 pm in Real Sports with , , and

The Kansas City Royals have a pitching rotation. Let that settle in for a second. Ok? No? I'll say it again: the Kansas City Royals *finally have a pitching rotation...

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The opinions expressed herein are my own personal opinions and do not represent my employer’s view