April is gone, and Justin Timberlake has made his annual appearance on our social media feeds. This is the time when we try to convince ourselves there has been enough baseball to draw reasonable conclusions. But, Birdland, it is not. And if there were reasonable conclusions to be reached, we certainly wouldn’t get there.
The Medical Wing
- Zach Britton – left forearm strain
- Chris Tillman – shoulder
- Welington Castillo – neck spasms
- Anthony Santander – uh… stuff?
This Week on the Twitters
— This is Birdland (@Os_Birdland) April 25, 2017
— Andrew Stetka (@AStetka) April 26, 2017
— James Smyth (@JamesSmyth621) April 27, 2017
— Tom Jones (@steelbaru) April 27, 2017
Let's be honest, the Orioles have been on the right end of a lot of bullshit wins so far this year, so they were overdue for… this.
— Camden Chat (@CamdenChat) April 29, 2017
The Angriest Balls
This week, we’re visited by Ryan Blake (@ryguyblake) to discuss the start of the Orioles season – hot starts, slow starts. Fun games, sad games. Things we love, and things that make us throw things at the television.
Ryan tells us why we shouldn’t worry about Manny Machado, and why you should worry about these new-look Yankees.
Do You Even Baseball?
April has come and gone, and its ending was certainly… intense. What do you make of it? Are you an optimist who says that the Orioles’ winning record means that good things are in store for this team in 2017? Or are you a pessimist who says that the wins are all smoke an mirrors, and that this team is in trouble?
Can we *clutches pearls* admit it’s probably somewhere in the middle?
The Orioles played as bad a series as you’re going to see a team play, this past weekend in New York. When we asked Orioles Twitter which regular season losses were worse than Friday’s “one that got away,” the response was limited to:
- The Mother’s Day Massacre
- The entire 2013 series against the Diamondbacks
- Stop it, my heart hurts.
We talk through what April means and what April doesn’t mean. Is it a small sample size? Yes. Is it meaningless? No. The Orioles had a good month, which means that they are capable of having more. But it doesn’t mean they will. The Orioles have been pretty good, which means that moving forward, they don’t have to be perfect.
But hey, they’re welcome to try!
Scott has replaced our old Fantasy Boss segment with something he can hope to win. After having had his doors blown off in successive seasons, he unveiled Deep Cuts, a segment that pits Jake’s love of old, obscure music against Scott’s desire to talk stats.
The concept is simple. Scott presents a deep cut each week (usually something from the 60s to the 80s), and if Jake can’t name the artist and song, then Scott’s stat talk goes on as planned.
It’s a brutal game. C# Major vs. Barrels.
Who will own it?
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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