Archive for April, 2011

O's "O" is More Like "D'Oh!"

April 11, 2011

The O’s suffered their first series loss of 2011 over the weekend, dropping the final two against the Texas Rangers.  While there is no reason to hang your head over losing a series to the defending American League Champions, the way the O’s went about the series is a bit disconcerting nonetheless.

I’m speaking, of course, of the fact that the team managed just a single run over the series’ final 23 innings.  They scored the last of their five runs in their Saturday afternoon win in the third inning, then managed just a lone score in the nightcap before being shut out completely on Sunday.

For all the talk of the key to this season being the continued development of the young pitching (it is), and of how this year’s O’s lineup is such a vast improvement over any in recent memory (it is), this team needs to start hitting – and soon – or all those warm feelings stemming from the 6-1 first place start will be nothing but a distant memory.

Check out these utterly pathetic slash lines for the Birds: (Average/On-base percentage/slugging)

Vlad Guerrero: .270/.270/.378

Brian Roberts: .189/.211/.432

Adam Jones: .212/.229/.394

Derrek Lee: .219/.324/.344

Nick Markakis: .250/.342/.375

Matt Wieters: .192/.276/.231

This team is putting the “0-for” in “Orioles” right now, that’s for damn sure.

Come on Birds, let’s break out those bats.

Buck is Making Himself Right at Home in O's Dugout

April 8, 2011

The man looks downright comfortable in those O’s digs, no?

Also, if you think I’m not going to milk every last ounce of joy and schadenfreude out of this while I still can, you’re crazy:

Buck yeah.

Quest for 162-0 Ends

April 7, 2011

Well, the O’s finally put up their first “L” of the season last night, in game number five. I think at the beginning of the season, we’d all have been more than happy if you’d told us the team would be a shiny 4-1 after five games. I also think that, realistically, most of us expected Justin Verlander to easily outduel Brad Bergesen last night. Still, admit it…you were mad after last night’s game weren’t you?

Funny thing, expecting to win, huh?

Anyway, let’s look at how the O’s were brought back to a modicum of reality:

  • After four games of stellar defense (the O’s had committed just one error going into last night’s contest), the O’s tripled their season total of E’s in the second inning.  Brian Roberts flubbed a pop-up that would have ended the inning, then Bergesen threw wild to second base on a pickoff attempt.  After a long double off the wall, the O’s had already allowed more runs (2) in a game than they had all season.
  • Bergesen didn’t have much better luck throwing towards home plate then he did to second base.  Though his defense let him down a bit (see previous point), and his final line read just 2 ER over 2 2/3 innings, he was far from stellar.  Though he got ahead of pretty much every hitter, he couldn’t put anyone away, and the Tigers worked deep into nearly ever count, forcing his early exit.  “3E1N” was more like 3 Balls 1 Strike last night.
  • Justin Verlander didn’t help matters much by being absolutely filthy.  Detroit’s ace went 8 innings, allowing only four hits while striking out nine.  He struck out the side in the 7th inning on only 11 pitches.  Pretty incredible.  Some of his curveballs were making my knees buckle, and I was just sitting on my couch.

It wasn’t all bad news last night though.  The Boston Red Sox lost AGAIN, running their record to a gorgeous 0-5 on the season.  Not to be outdone, the Tampa Bay Rays also fell to 0-5, and have yet to hold the lead AT ALL in 2011.  With every game those teams drop, the O’s chances of a non-last-place finish get more and more realistic.

Tonight the O’s go for the series win as Chris Tillman takes on Brad Penny.  Penny was beat mercilessly in his first start of the year, giving up 8 runs on 7 hits in 4 1/3 to the Yankees.  Hopefully the O’s bats can break out against him this evening.  Derrek Lee hit his first home run as an Oriole last night, and was pretty much the only Bird to look even halfway competent against Verlander.

Friday the O’s will welcome in the American League’s last undefeated team, the 6-0 Texas Rangers (Texas is off Thursday).

Opening Day at the Yard

April 5, 2011

The O’s improved to 4-0 on the young season with a 5-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers. B’More Birds’ Nest was in attendance to bring you some sights and sounds from the festivities.

Be sure to watch for the guy at 0:30.  I’ve heard of people’s own immune systems turning against them – in this case I hope this guy’s body turns against his left arm and stops pumping blood to it so it falls off (though he had the same “art” on his legs too.)

 

That Happened.

April 3, 2011

The O’s just completed a 3-game sweep of the defending American League East champion Saint Petersburg Tampa Devil Rays. This is the team’s first 3-game road sweep to start a season since waaaaay back in 1970.

It’s also the first time they have started 3-0 since the wire-to-wire year of 1997.

And they won a road game on a Sunday. Remember, it was just two years ago that they didn’t even manage that feat until mid-June.

Buck’s birds are alone in first place in the AL East.

Tomorrow at the yard is going to be the best baseball atmosphere this town has seen in 14 years.

I can’t wait.

Buck yeah.

Will You Watch Le'Ron McClain's Reality Show?

April 3, 2011

Hat tip to reader Matt for pointing us in the direction of this video, the trailer for Ravens’ FB Le’Ron McClain’s reality show “Beyond the Jersey.” In the clip, look for cameos from other Ravens players like Terrence Cody, Ray Rice, Ray Lewis, and more, and also some Baltimore celebrities like recently arrested actress Felicia “Snoop” Pearson.

McClain is planning to test the free agency waters this offseason, so season two of “Beyond the Jersey” may be filmed in an entirely different city. Once that happens, I’ll probably lose all interest in the show, but for now I’m interested enough to check it out. Mostly for all the behind the scenes football footage and to see some Ravens’ players outside of the usual press conference setting; I could really care less what Le’Ron McClain does in his personal time though, and watching show after show of him having parties and rollin’ to the club doesn’t sound like my idea of quality entertainment.

So how about you, Ravens fans? Will you watch “Beyond the Jersey?”

Happy O-Pening Day!

April 1, 2011

Let’s Go O’s!


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