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Orioles win 5 straight and get back to .500 16

Posted on May 26, 2011 by Ryan Heller

After a tough loss to the Washington Nationals in the start of interleague play, the Baltimore Orioles would rebound and win the series and win 5 straight.

The Orioles Have Shown Resilience Throughout Their Recent Success

In the first game the Orioles would be beat bad on both sides of the ball, as they would lose 17-5. They would get their pride back in the next game, as they would get a pretty good start from Jeremy Guthrie and get some much needed offense. This would carry over to the finale, as the Orioles would get just enough off of Vlad Guerrero’s bat to seal a 2-1 win and a series win.

After a day off the Orioles would get back to work against the Kansas City Royals.

The Orioles in this game would have to battle from behind to get the win. They would accomplish this in the bottom of the 9th. The resilience of the Orioles would show up on the bat of Adam Jones, as he rocketed a walk-off home-run.

It would be a different story in the second game, as the Orioles offense would pour out 8 runs in the 4th inning. The Orioles would never look back and would win a one sided slugfest 9-2. This would set-up the stage for the finale.

In the finale the game would be back and forth at the beginning until the pitchers would get settled down. It would be tied and would have to be settled in extra innings. It was a fight throughout extra innings, as both teams would have chances to win. The Orioles would be on the winning side of this and would finish the sweep and extend their win streak to 5.

After having great success in their home stand, the Orioles look to extend their success on the road. On this road trip the Orioles look to extend their win streak and maybe get above the .500 mark.

Does the NFL Help Reduce the Crime Rate? 25

Posted on May 25, 2011 by Adam McCallister

Was Ray Lewis talking about players or fans when he said that the crime rate would rise if there is no NFL this fall?

“Watch how much evil — which we call it crime — watch how much crime picks up if you take away our game.” – Ray Lewis

When you first heard these words what image came to mind? Ray Lewis, 16 year NFL Veteran, 12 time Pro-Bowler, 2 time Defensive player of the year, Super Bowl XXXV MVP, future Hall of Famer and unarguably spiritual and emotional leader of the Baltimore Ravens. Or Ray Lewis, accused murderer in an orange jumpsuit standing in an Atlanta, Georgia courtroom. If your view of Mr. Lewis is that of the latter, that’s okay. It’s your opinion and the above statement is nothing more than that. An opinion.

What if it were more than that?

After all this is an opinion of a guy who has been in the league for 16 years, (providing the NFL plays another season in our existence). A guy who has experienced training camps, OTA’s, playoffs, a Super Bowl, contract negotiations, player mentoring, community projects & philanthropy, new business development and a double homicide trial. This is nothing more than an opinion from a guy who has played in 210 regular season games, 15 playoffs games and doesn’t get his NFL news from ESPN SportsCenter highlights or NFL RedZone. How could he have an opinion that is so far fetched from what fans or NFL “experts” would have? Let’s find out how out of touch Ray is, are you ready?

NFL Players arrested since beginning of Lockout- 17
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Great Pitching Equals Series Win for the O’s 12

Posted on May 15, 2011 by Ryan Heller

It all started on Friday when Jeremy Guthrie took the mound for the Baltimore Orioles. He made a good start and kept the Orioles in the game, but got a complete game loss. Just like all the games Guthrie has pitched in he gets no run support and usually loses the game despite giving a great performance.

The Orioles offense has been backing the starting pitching.

For the next 2 games of the series the Orioles starters would get plenty of run support.

In the second game the Orioles would look for Brad Bergesen to give e them a quality outing, he would do that as he pitched a complete game win.

The Orioles offense would explode in this game with 6 runs sparked from an unusual suspect backup catcher Jake Fox, who hit a 2 run homerun that would give the Orioles the 4-0 lead and get them to their magic run total of 4.

This game would set up a rubber match up and a chance for the Orioles to win the series. They would keep their run surge going in the finale.

In the final game of the series, the Orioles would get some good pitching from Jake Arrieta and the offense would help with 9 runs. The Orioles 9 runs were scored with help from everybody in the Orioles line-up.

The Orioles starting pitching has been pitching well for the last 6 games, which the Orioles are 5-1 in them 6 games with a lot of innings thrown. This production from them should keep the bullpen fresh and ready to go.

Look for the Orioles offense to start pouring out runs and for the pitching to stay solid.

The Orioles hope to keep this going, as they take a trip to Fenway to face the Boston Red Sox. It should be a great 2 games, but the Orioles hope to keep themselves in the win column.

J.J. Hardy To The Rescue! 8

Posted on May 12, 2011 by Ryan Heller

On Wednesday the Orioles activated J.J. Hardy off the disabled list. Who knew that he would help and ignite the Baltimore Orioles and lead them to a series sweep against the Seattle Mariners?

The Return Of J.J. Hardy Would Ignite The Orioles.

Well Hardy started his surge in his first at-bat of the series when he blasted a solo home run to get the Orioles on the board. To top off his return Hardy would get 3 more hits all singles.

In the first game of the series the game went 13 innings. The game would be finished in dramatic fashion, as Matt Wieters would get the hit that plated Felix Pie and gave the Orioles the win.

In the second game of the series the Orioles would have a tough task, as they had to face Felix Hernandez. Hernandez is one of the great young starting pitchers, but the Orioles would find a way to get to him.

The Orioles would get their big chance to take the lead in the game in the 5th inning, as they would get 3 runs to take a 4-1 lead. Luke Scott and Adam Jones were the ones to help accomplish this, as Scott would get the go ahead RBI and Jones would get a triple to score 2 more runs that would ultimately put the game away.

Hardy would also put his name on this game with a single and he would catch the final out of the game.

In the finale the Orioles would send their best pitcher to the mound in Zach Britton. Britton would have a great game, as he would go 9 strong innings. He would get a no-decision as the game was still tied 0-0 when he left the game, but all in all he would have a great day.

Just like the first game this game would have to be decided in extra innings. The Mariners would strike first in the 12th inning with a run, but the Orioles would score 2 runs in the bottom half of the inning to get the walk-off win.

To no surprise the game would be won by Hardy.

The Orioles hope to keep this going when they hit the road to take on the Tampa Bay Rays.

2011 NFL Draft..Day 1: Baltimore Ravens 36

Posted on April 30, 2011 by Ryan Heller

The Baltimore Ravens First Round Selection...

The Baltimore Ravens came into this years draft like always, looking for a legit football player that can embody what it means to be a Raven.

The Ravens I think got a great player in Jimmy Smith. Smith has alot of talent, but has some issues off the field that just interfere with his great football skills. Smith got drafted by the best team in regards of getting his head right, the Ravens locker room is filt with veterans that will make sure that happens.

Smith should help the Ravens in all aspects on defense, as he will fill a spot that has been lacking the last couple of seasons. Smith is a great corner that is quick to the ball and can cover alot of ground.

If Smith can keep his head straight, than the Ravens will have a great player, but if he cant than who knows.

The upcoming season will only tell…

Baltimore Orioles and Other AL East Teams Acting Like it is 2005 33

Posted on February 16, 2011 by Dean Hybl

The New York Yankees hope that Andruw Jones can return to the form that saw him finish second in the 2005 NL MVP Award.

With the recent signings by the New York Yankees of Bartolo Colon and Andruw Jones, the Tampa Bay Rays of Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez and the Baltimore Orioles of Derrek Lee and Vladimir Guerrero you have to wonder if these teams realize that it is 2011 and not 2005.

If it were 2005, the impact of these signings would without question make these three contenders the top teams in the division and favorites for the World Series.

In 2005, Bartolo Colon won 21 games for the Anaheim Angels and was named the American League Cy Young Award winner.

In the 2005 American League MVP race, Vladimir Guerrero finished third, Manny Ramirez was fourth and Johnny Damon placed 13th.

On the National League side, Andruw Jones placed second while Derrek Lee was third.

Unfortunately as the Yankees, Rays and Orioles look toward 2011, most of these former superstars are years removed from performing at that high level. Read the rest of this entry →

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