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Bird's Eye View - Episode 53

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Leading Off Scott takes a turn for the worse, as the O’s losses start to pile up. His Debbie Downer persona continues as we discuss: Drink of the Week #TheBrianRobertsWatch The Medical Wing The guys introduce a new segment: This Week on Twitter (TWoT). Our first TWoT consists of : Critical listener feedback (hate Tweets) Limericks (bad Irish accents) The return of football season Current events creep in Through the Looking Glass alice-in-wonderland A Look Back… The O’s have gone 15-16 in the last 31 games. The team keeps giving away series. Game 4 of the Yankees series was one of the worst fan experiences Jake has ever had. He treats Scott to a "brief" recount of his evening. A Look Ahead… Despite their best efforts, the Birds are still in the Wild Card race (or ARE THEY?!?!) 13 games remain – all against AL East opponents Still in "no excuse" mode: the Orioles can’t give away at-bats, outs, or games. If they do, they’re toast. Fantasy Boss Jake 6, Scott 4 Elvis on the intro means Scott won again. Michael Morse was more hapless than Adam Jones in terms of o-swing%, – which means that Scott has pulled within 2. With two weeks to go, Scott will have every opportunity to catch up and prove that he is, indeed, The Boss. This week, he’s pulled another "voodoo stat" in WPA (wins probability added). Scott talks Jake through its value, and Jake mocks. Jake went with Adam Jones, Scott took Chris Davis. Who will own it? The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Who had a great week? Who had a terrible 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.

Let's face facts — this was all Andrew Gibson's doing.

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Oh, ALL OF A SUDDEN the Pirates' start employing defensive shifts at the major league level to the tune of a 400% increase? A likely story...

Bird's Eye View - Episode 42

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BEV is a weekly Orioles podcast from the perspective of two die-hard fans. Here, we experience the ups and downs of Orioles baseball, and do our fair share of praising and mocking our beloved team. Our position from the cheap seats helps provide that "Bird’s Eye View." What we bring is perspective. We offer content that will entertain, (very) occasionally inform, and more often than not, validate a little homerism. When it comes to the Orioles, this is your official source for a lack of insight, and baseless opinion.

Help JFK's Quote of the Day:

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Hello, I’m jrockies and a member of Purple Row. Every day I post a baseball related quote to the site noted as "JFK’s Quote of the Day." I have, however, come up with a problem. Most of the quotes I have are from former players/coaches (Berra, Mayes, Hornsby, Peter Uueberroth, etc.) or older authors and sports writers (Boswell, Russell Baker, Kahn, etc.) and I don’t have many from players and writers of today’s period. As an attempt to build my list of quotes I have decided to ask the different baseball communities around SBNation to help me out. I don’t get to read local articles for non-Denver teams very often and I know that players have said something wise/funny/absurd that should be remembered somewhere ("These are thin mints. I put them in the freezer. My favorites. So good." ~Reds outfielder Adam Dunn, on the Girl Scout cookies he keeps in his locker) So here is the challenge: In the comments section post your all-time favorite baseball quotes (I don’t have all of them) and your favorite quotes you’ve heard from around the league in recent years. For the next two weeks I will post my quote of the day in the comments here. Thanks, jrockies JFK

Bird's Eye View - Episode 40 - Ring My Bell

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Leading Off Scott unveils his second attempt at the Drunk Gary Thorne (0:55), which is somewhat less likely to kill you than the last one. More "news" becomes available for the The Brian Roberts Watch (2:10), and a Terry Crowley reference! We take a trip through the Medical Wing (4:00)- Wei-Yin Chen turns out to be the only bright spot. The O’s continue to have a strong showing in All-Star voting (5:55), as Birdland is voting orange en masse. The Orioles have 4 players set to start as of RIGHT NOW, and could see a couple of others get the nod as a manager’s selection. How good does this look? Here comes the cavalry! Remember the cavalry (10:00)? Remember how much we were looking forward to seeing the likes of Brad Bergesen mowing down hitters in the AL East? Yeah, that didn’t work out so well. The guys review a brief, depressing "where are they now." Warning: Dave Trembley is referenced. These kids are not alright Jake Arrieta and Zach Britton make their returns to the Orioles rotation this week against one of the premier offenses in the American League. WHAT COULD GO WRONG ? Arrieta has already lost, as of recording of this episode. The guys are willing to write him off as either a bullpen arm, or the quintessential "change of scenery" guy (13:30). Jake gets bitter while Scott slips into his Zach Britton give-away t-shirt (16:25). With the rest of the cavalry, some of them simply flamed out. Others ended up in the bullpen. One or two ended up as trade chips. But there is one bright spot: Chris Tillman (20:50). He may not be an ace, but he Tillman a dependable Major League starter who has asserted himself as a stopper in this inconsistent rotation. Baseball is big on nicknames. Maybe Tillman should be "The Cavalry." (Sexy) Potpourri Yes, you read that correctly. No, it’s not any less awkward on the podcast (25:55). Sott channels his inner Baltimoron, and keeps Jake on a timer by ringing a bell (26:30). You’re welcome, all you earbud listeners. The guys hit the dead smelly flowers of topics that can’t stand on their own: The media vs. the boo birds: who will own it? (27:25) Casilla usually hurts the team. Did his finger injury hurt it worse? (29:20) Should the Orioles make it rain? (31:00) The guys consider extensions for: Manny Machado Matt Wieters Chris Davis The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Who had a great week? Who had a terrible 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 (37:10).

Baltimore Sun: Talking Orioles with Camden Chat's Mark Brown

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EME answered a few questions for Matt Vensel at the Baltimore Sun. Read them!

Chris Davis

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This short article shows how Chris Davis is much improved against breaking pitches this year. Another article ranks him as the top hitting performer in MLB last week: http://www.bsports.com/statsinsights/mlb/stephen-strasburg-is-back-on-top

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