Leading Off

Another great week of Orioles Baseball capped off by another frightening Manny Machado knee injury. The guys try their best not to overreact, while FREAKING OUT over Machado’s injury. They collect themselves enough to take a trip through the Medical Wing and dive deep into the TWotT:

 

Define “Good”

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The guys discuss Jon Bernhardt’s article on Sports on Earth, which asks How exactly are the O’s sitting atop the AL East? More than detailing the Orioles and their run, this article serves to highlight another point: Baltimore sports fans simply cannot handle criticism of their team. Bernhardt’s piece had all the right ingredients:

  • Call a couple of fan favorites “overrated.”
  • On the rotation “at best, unconventional”
  • In summary, the Orioles are “not that impressive a team”
  • Excuse success as “weak division”
  • Uses the dreaded “L Word” (luck)

The guys debate whether this this good Orioles team is really “special,” and if it can win in the post season.

The Art of Argument

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Is the argument an endangered species in baseball? The advent of expanded replay has led to far more cordial conversations between managers and umpires. Both sides are committed to the “theatre” of it all. The umpires position themselves so that the managers can get the thumbs up/down from the dugout. Managers try to make small talk until the call comes in from the Replay Czar.

In Sunday’s loss to the Cardinals, the Orioles got a force out at second overturned by replay, after New York determined that… the Transfer Rule is not something that can be identified correctly by anyone, anywhere. Buck went apoplectic (including requesting that he be allowed to get on the phone with the officials in NY), and was tossed.

Treasure it, Birdland, it might be the last of a dying breed.

 

Fantasy Boss

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Jake actually won this week, having correctly predicted that Delmon Young would best Manny Machado on LD%. That or, like Orioles’ critics claim, he just got lucky. The score tightens to 10-6-2.

This week’s category is sacrifice flies – which player will have the most sacrifice flies? If tied, the tie breaker will be strikeouts. After that, the guys will enter the Thunderdome.

Scott takes Nelson Cruz and Jake selects Nick Markakis.

Who will own it?

 

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

GBUeyesWho 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. Be sure to drop us a line and send us yours.

 

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.

 

Notes and Nags

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