Thursday, July 12, 2007

Quick Hits: News and the Second Half...

Well, I am on my way back east, and back to Maryland. What a week it has been. I got my laptop fixed out here, while working on the second one, so things are okay.

Anyhow, we shall see what the second half of the season brings to us baseball-wise. I'm curious to see who will stay and go on the Orioles and the various other teams in the majors.

Pictures from the All-Star Weekend coming up.


The second half of the season begins today for the Orioles as John Garland of the White Sox takes on steady Jeremy Guthrie. The O's lost on Sunday 2-1, but if there was a moral victory, the last game of the first half might have been it.

Daniel Cabrera is extraordinarily lucky that he did not give up more runs and works his way out of jams, but he needs to stop walking guys and allowing inherited runners.

As for my opinions about the first half, it's been very underwhelming. The starting pitching has done well, with the exception of Cabrera and not withstanding the injuries to Loewen, Wright and Benson.

In light of the track record under Flanagan and Duquette, give them credit for stealing Jeremy Guthrie and unearthing Brian Buress. The Orioles' starting rotation looks promising, and even Tom Boswell of the Washington Post has an opinion and feels the team is heading in the right direction.

As well, we will see if Garrett Olson is the real thing and is ready for the next level.

However, the Orioles deserve at least a D everywhere else. The offense aside from Brian Roberts, and perhaps Nick Markakis has been putrid, and the bullpen -- sigh.

It's been a bust, and it's a shame that a corps that looks so good on paper just has flat-lined.

Will a few days off recharge the Orioles' batteries? Who stays and who goes? What will MacPhail do?

We shall see.


To start off the news parade, the Baltimore Examiner's Sean Walsh wonders if the Orioles can recover? I say at this point, I think it may be irrelevant. I'd rather spend this time by seeing the Oriole just play hard and see what the youngsters can do. The positive is it looks like we have a young staff to lead us into the future.

In the past few days, the Baltimore Sun had a comprehensive look at the Orioles' season so far. Beat writer Jeff Zrebiec notes that the Orioles are looking to rise up after a lackluster first half of the season.

Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post says that Andy MacPhail is positive about the second half for the Orioles. Fellow columnist Rick Mease thinks that MacPhail ultimately is the guy to watch in the organization in the months to come.

Meanwhile, the organization has a lot of decisions to make. Jeff Zrebeic of the Sun has a report card for the Orioles.

The Orioles MLB site also has a piece on the second half of the season for the team, and they also have a mid-season report on the team.

Also, Adam held a chat on the site yesterday about the State of the Orioles.

Meanwhile, Dave Trembley is looking for a surge in the second half from the Orioles, and the team may not be real active in the trade market as the deadline is fast approaching...

Down in the farm, the Orioles are not hitting either.

Matt Palmer of the Baltimore Examiner has his predictions for the second half...

Our own Brian Roberts played in the All-Star game, and Mark Bowman looks back at his role in the event. As well, as the team's lone representative, his play speaks for him, not his words.

Kevin Cowherd of the Sun wonder what it would look like if the Orioles are winning...

Peter Schmuck of the Sun thinks to sign Erik Bedard, the Orioles would have to give him a huge payday -- case in point, Mark Buerhle.

Meanwhile, the Orioles are still negotiating with Matt Weiters via Scott Boras...

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