Leading Off

So… do we focus on the fact that the Orioles are four games under .500 and 5.5 games back in the AL East, or the fact that they’ve won three of the last four games? I guess it comes to this: is your glass half full or half empty of excuses?

We’re not in the “must win” territory yet, but the Birds are digging themselves quite a hole.


Medical Wing

  • Kevin Gausman – first rehab assignment while on the DL with shoulder tendinitis. Pitched for Frederck, 3IP, 4Ks, 1H, velocity up to 98. Rehab start at Bowie is next.
  • Jonathan Schoop is getting at bats in extended Spring Training, and has been doing a lot of running, but has not progressed to playing the field in EST games.
  • Has Jason Garcia dropped off the map?  There hasn’t been any news I’ve seen besides him posting that he was going to see the TB Lightning Game 1.


This Week on the Twitters (TWotT)



Burn It Down?


We talk with Andrew Stetka of Eutaw Street Report about his piece on masnsports.com, regarding whether the Orioles should be sellers at the trade deadline. With so many players in their contract year, and the season not unfolding exactly as planned, many fans are convinced the right move is to burn this one down, and try again next year. Andrew helps us formulate our own baseless opinion.

Andrew Stetka writes for Eutaw Street Report, and has a weekly guest spot on MASN. Make sure you follow him @AStetka.


It’s Getting Drafty In Here


By the time you hear this podcast, you will know that the Orioles selected DJ Stewart with the 25th pick in the MLB First Year Player Draft. We won’t pretend we’ve been following this guy throughout his career, from travel ball, to highschool, and on to college. But what we can tell you is this: um, stuff. Seriously, Stewart is a polished college bat that sprays the ball around the field, and despite an odd, squat stance, put up great on base stats at FSU. Stewart is at least an average left fielder, but um… stuff.

With the 36th pick, the Orioles selected HS shortstop Ryan Mountcastle. He’s got bat speed… and acne. We’ll see. And frankly, “we’ll see” is the best summary of the MLB Draft that we could find.



Fantasy Boss

Fantasy Boss

Fantasy Boss is our head-to-head fantasy segment where we pick one stat, and select a player. Scott is the reigning Fantasy Boss champion, so he got the first selection. Feel free to play along, and tweet us your #FantasyBoss pick @birdseyeviewbal.

In what was possibly the worst Fantasy Boss category to date, the guys tied on weighted Weighted Grounded into Double Play Runs (wGDP). This brings the 2015 contest to 5-2-1, in favor of Scott.

In Week 8, the category is Number of Pitchers (NP) over Plate Appearances (PA). Basically, who is seeing the most pitches per plate appearances?

Scott’s Pick: Chris Davis

Jake’s Pick: Manny Machado

The gauntlet has been thrown. Who will own it?


The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly


Who had a great week? Who had a tough week? Who made us ashamed to be Orioles fans? Find out in this week’s GB&U. The guys run through their Good, Bad, and Ugly for the week.

Tweet us your selections @birdseyeviewbal with #OsGood, #OsBad, and #OsUgly.


Blowing the Save

Most podcasts try to end on a high note – the perfect coda to a quality program. That’s just not our style. Each week, we’ll end on a weak note, blowing the save with an item that didn’t quite fit into the episode, or something they simply need to get off their chests. It’s our version of taking the ball and pulling a Kevin Gregg.


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