Wednesday Bird Droppings

Baltimore Orioles: Sports Illustrated says the Orioles' best-case scenario in 2011 is 91 wins - baltimoresun.com
SI predicts a 78 win season for the O's, with a best-case "go crazy, why not" ceiling of 91 wins. But in this scenario, 91 wins only earns us 3rd place in the AL East. God, that's depressing.

Roar from 34 - A Baltimore Orioles Blog: Unlucky versus the Orioles, Okajima will now try to stem the Tides
The reversal of fortunes for Matt Albers and Hedeki Okajima does not seem to favor the Orioles. Bring back the Okey-Dokey!* *That's a real thing, I didn't make it up. Sox color commentator Jerry Remy did.

Why Is Josh Rupe Coming To Baltimore? | Camden Crazies
Good question, Daniel. Apparently, Mr. Rupe will be joining the big league club because he passed Showalter's "eye test".

2 Va. Beach ball players in big leagues | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com
Mark Reynolds
and Ryan Zimmerman: both from Virginia Beach! Virginia Beach is Virginia's largest city, and they make kind of a lot of ballplayers there. 

Post-Hype Analysis: Matt Wieters - Minor League Ball
John Sickels examines Matt Wieters to date and offers some predictions on his future.

MLB Quietly Euthanizes 120 Unnecessary Players | The Onion Sports Network
Alas, Nolan Reimold did not escape the purge of 118 players deemed "inconsequential or redundant." -zk 

Baltimore Orioles 2011 Preview | I Hate JJ Redick
A rundown of the upcoming season with a prediction of an 80-82 record.

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