Monday, August 31, 2009

Cleveland Rocks!

The Orioles split a 4 game series with the Indians this past weekend to prove that both teams are equally horrible at the game of baseball.

On Thursday, Jim Johnson recorded his 4th blown save of the season as the Indians rallied to win 5-4. David Hernandez pitched well enough to win as he went 6 innings while giving up 2 earned runs. Matt Wieters and Melvin Mora each homered for the Orioles.

The BWP Clipped Wing Award winner for this game is... Jim Johnson!

You blow the save, you get the award.

On Friday, the O's beat up on the Indians pitching as they easily won 13-4. Nick Markakis and Felix Pie each homered and drove in 3 runs for the O's and Matt Wieters went 3/4 with 4 RBIs. Jason Berken earned the win for the O's.

On Saturday, Chris Tillman was pitching well (1 run in 5 innings) until a 1 hour 37 minute rain delay forced him to exit the game early. The Orioles bullpen (specifically Chris Ray) took this opportunity to screw up royally as the O's lost 5-3. Cesar Izturis, Chad Moeller, and Nolan Reimold each drove in a run for the O's

The BWP Clipped Wing Award winner for this game is... Chris Ray!

Ray gave up 3 earned runs in 1 inning pitched to earn the loss.

Yesterday, Brian Matusz turned in the best outing of his young MLB career as he allowed 1 run on 4 hits and 1 walk in 7 strong innings while striking out 8. Felix Pie homered for the O's to drive in 2 runs, and Brian Roberts and Luke Scott each had an RBI as the O's won 5-2.

Today the O's open up a series against the Yankees so expect plenty of CWAs in my next update. Until then, enjoy the losing!

O's Lose Series To Twins.

Yeah, yeah. I know this series was a week ago. The O's are just so depressing, it is getting tough to get excited about writing game recaps. But I am dedicated to the select few of you who still check this site regularly so that is why I will keep chugging along until the end of the season (hopefully I can do them in a more timely manner).

And as for the other BWP writers, I can't speak for them, but I find it very unlikely that they will be back writing regularly (despite multiple promises for frequent updates once school started). If that is indeed the case, I will make this blog my own and I will continue to write witty and inspiring posts while I should be doing school work.

To the recaps!

On Monday, the O's were shut down by Scott Baker as they lost 2-1. Chris Tillman pitched decently, giving up 2 runs in 5 1/3 innings. He walked 3 and gave up 6 hits while only striking out 2. Brian Roberts drove in the lone run for the Orioles.

The BWP Clipped Wing Award winner for this game is... Matt Wieters!

Wieters went 1/4 while striking out 3 times and leaving 2 men on base.

On Tuesday, the Orioles bullpen blew a 6-3 lead in the 6th inning as Brian Bass gave up 3 runs without recording an out. Kam Mickolio gave up a run in the bottom of the 9th as the O's lost 7-6. Michael Aubrey drove in 3 runs for the O's

The BWP Clipped Wing Award winner for this game is... Brian Bass!

Bass pitched like shit.

On Wednesday, the O's avoided the sweep as they won 5-1 thanks to a good outing by Jeremy Guthrie (1 ER in 7 IP with 5 strike outs and no walks). Chad Moeller drove in 2 runs and Felix Pie homered to lead the O's offense.

Stay tuned for an update on the Cleveland series coming up soon.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Orioles Win A Series!!!

The Orioles opened their series against the White Sox on Friday with a rare stellar pitching performance from Jeremy Guthrie (7 IP allowing 1 ER) as the O's won 5-1. Brian Roberts hit 2 home runs in the game while driving in 3 runs. Nick Markakis and Ty Wigginton drove in the other runs for the O's.

On Saturday, the O's bats were silenced by John Danks as the White Sox won 4-1. Danks wasn't spectacular as he walked 6 batters, but he pitched out of several jams and allowed only 1 run in 6 1/3 innings. David Hernandez lasted only 4 innings, giving up 3 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks.

The BWP Clipped Wing Award winner for this game is... Adam Jones!

Jones has cooled off recently since his impressive first half. In this game he went 0/4, leaving 5 men on base.

Today the O's earned the series win as they beat the Sox 5-4. Jason Berken pitched well enough (2 earned runs in 5 2/3 innings) to earn is 3rd win of the season. Nolan Reimold and Felix Pie each homered and drove in 2 runs to lead the O's offense.

Tomorrow the O's open a 3 game series against the Minnesota Twins. Go Brett Favre!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

O's Avoid Sweep Against Rays.

On Tuesday, the O's opened up a 3 game series with the Tampa Bay Rays with a disappointing 5-4 loss. Jason Berken gave up 11 hits and 3 home runs in 5 1/3 innings to earn his 11th loss of the season. Matt Wieters homered for the Orioles.

The BWP Clipped Wing Award winner for this game is... Melvin Mora!

Mora went 0/5 with 3 strike outs and 7 (!!!!) men left on base. No wonder Shatner benched him.

On Wednesday, the O's wasted a decent pitching performance by Chris Tillman as they lost 3-1. Tillman allowed 3 runs in 6 innings, but home runs continued to be a problem for the rookie as all 3 runs were solo homers. Brian Roberts provided the only O's RBI.

The BWP Clipped Wing Award winner for this game is... Cesar Izturis!

Izturis went 0/3 while leaving 3 men on base. This was a tough one to pick. All of the O's hitters sucked.

The O's salvaged the last game of the series on Thursday as they won 8-7. Brian Roberts hit a grand slam and Nolan Reimold hit a 3 run HR for provide the majority of the O's offense. Brian Matusz (5 1/3 innings, 4 ER) was cruising through 5 innings but was eventually forced out of the game by a Ben Zobrist 3 run homer in the 6th. Kam Mickolio (my new favorite Oriole) continued his scoreless streak (8 1/3 scoreless innings this year) working 1 2/3 innings in relief.

Today the O's opened up a series against the Chicago White Sox. I will update that series on Sunday. Suck it Barack Obama.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

O's Continue Push For First Overall Draft Pick.

A weekend series against the AL West leading LA Angels is the last thing the struggling O's wanted to see.

On Friday, the O's put a beat down on Angels' starting pitcher Jered Weaver (8 ER in 3 1/3 IP) as they cruised to a 16-6 victory. Felix Pie went 4/5 and drove in 4 runs as he became probably the worst player to ever hit for the cycle. Chris Tillman pitched well and earned his first major league win.

And then the losing began...

On Saturday, Brian Matusz had one bad inning as he was roughed up for 5 runs in the 3rd. That was all the Angels needed as John Lackey pitched 7 strong innings to earn a 5-1 victory. Nick Markakis drove in the lone Orioles' run.

The BWP Clipped Wing Award winner for this game is... Adam Jones!

Jones has had a stellar season but he went 1/5 in this game, leaving 3 men on base and committing an error in center field that led to an Angels run.

On Sunday, the O's accomplished something I have never seen before. With the game tied 8-8 in the 13th inning, Brian Bass and Douchey Matt Albers combined to give up 9 runs as the O's lost 17-8. I don't even want to talk anymore about this game. It is the epitome of this joke of an O's season.

The BWP Clipped Wing Award winner for this game is... Douchey Matt Albers!

Ol' Douchey, we meet again. He allowed all 3 of his inherited runners to score PLUS he gave up 5 more runs. I could have done better. (Douchey was sent down to the minors after this. Hooray!)

On Monday, the O's hopes to gain a series tie were quickly squashed as Vlad Guerrero hit 2 homer runs and drove in 5. Nick Markakis and Melvin Mora in drove in 2 runs in the O's 8-5 loss.

The BWP Clipped Wing Award winner for this game is... David Hernandez!

Hernandez gave up 5 runs in 5 1/3 innings while surrendering 3 home runs.

I'll be back soon with news from the Rays series. Orioles Magic!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

This is a bad week for Noted Blazing With Phelps Supporters

Saturday, Matt Cain decided to make further mockery of the Mets' season by nailing David Wright in the head, possibly ending his season. He must not like the O's Updates. Today, Brett Favre joined the Vikings. This ends any shot of Sage Rosenfels landing the starting job. Watch yourself, Eddie Royal.

Favre gets the start Friday against the Chiefs. Plan accordingly.

Monday, August 17, 2009

My mom's reaction to Nick's post below:

Oh my god, why are there naked people?!?!???!!!

Abrupt Trade Of Aubrey Huff Ends Slugger's Chances Of Earning CWA Crown.

The fun in Baltimore is over for Aubrey Huff, after his trade to the Tigers this afternoon. By the way, it should go without saying but that website in the picture is NSFW (I checked it out myself).

Injuries and trades are making the race for the coveted BWP Clipped Wing Award championship interesting as the O's come down the homestretch of another miserable season. Today Aubrey Huff's chances of winning the award sadly ended as he was traded to the Tigers for minor league right handed pitcher Brett Jacobson (more on him in a second).

Huff's time in Baltimore was interesting to say the least. He was named the "Most Valuable Oriole" for the 2008 season (quite an accomplishment LOL!), but perhaps his most memorable moment (at least for me), was his appearance on the radio talk show, "Bubba, The Love Sponge Show". Huff discussed hard-hitting subjects, such as jacking off on road trips and being hungover and horny, and he topped it all off by calling the city of Baltimore "horseshit".

These comments pissed fans off for awhile, but it seems as time passed, they were willing to forgive Aubrey (probably because they realized the city of Baltimore is actually pretty shitty). It is a shame to see him go, but he is just another casualty of the O's youth movement (let's pray to God that it works). Have fun playing for a contender Aubrey!

Now more on the pitcher that the O's got in the Huff deal. Brett Jacobson seems like an interesting player. He was drafted by the Tigers in the 4th round in the 2008 MLB Draft and he has good size at 6' 6" and 205 lbs.

In 2008, Jacobson posted a 1.52 ERA in 29 2/3 innings pitched while striking out 31 and walking only 5 in A ball. In 2009, he has posted a 3.74 ERA in 55 1/3 innings with 44 strike outs and 17 walks as he recorded 6 saves with the High A Lakeland Flying Tigers (sweet team name).

Jacobson boasts a mid-90's fastball with a "devastating" slider when he is on.

I could see him becoming the O's closer of the future, but that is pure speculation by me at this point.

Either way, Andy McPhail continues to trade away aging veterans for young, highly touted prospects, and with the way the Bedard trade worked out, we have no reason not to trust him.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Pitching Shaky Again As O's Lose Series To Athletics.

Alright, let's do this.

Jeremy Guthrie's woes continued on Monday as he gave up 5 runs on 11 hits in 4 2/3 innings. This poor performance, coupled with a lackluster offensive showing from the O's, led to a rout as they lost 9-1.

The BWP Clipped Wing Award winner for this game is... Jeremy Guthrie!

He sure isn't pitching like a staff ace.

On Tuesday, David Hernandez pitched well (2 earned runs in 6 2/3 innings) and the O's scored just enough runs to earn him the 3-2 victory. The 3 O's runs were driven in by Brian Roberts, Adam Jones, and Melvin Mora.

On Wednesday, Jason Berken pitched better than normal (3 earned runs in 5 innings) but the O's still fell to the A's 6-3, as Cla Meredith and Mark Hendrickson each gave up a run late to put the game out of reach.

The BWP Clipped Wing Award winner for this game is... Ty Wigginton!

Wigginton went 0/4 while leaving 4 men on base.

The O's opened up a weekend series against the Angels yesterday with a little Felix Pie magic that I will talk about tomorrow. Until then, enjoy the losing O's fans.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The O's Go North Of The Border, Go South In The Win Column.

The O's started the Jays series on a good note with a 7-5 win on Friday. Jason Berken earned his first win since his Major League debut, going 6 innings while surrendering 3 runs. Nolan Reimold and Matt Wieters led the O's with 2 RBIs apiece.

On Saturday, Chris Tillman pitched a good game (6 2/3 innings, 2 earned runs) but did not factor into the decision. The O's bullpen failed them again as Danys Baez gave up the game winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning and the O's lost 3-2. The O's runs were driven in by Aubrey Huff and Nolan Reimold.

The BWP Clipped Wing Award winner for this game was... Matt Wieters!

Wieters went 0/4 with 2 strikeouts and left 5 men on base.

On Sunday, Brian Matusz got shelled. The O's lost 7-3. That is all I have to say.

The BWP Clipped Wing Award winner for this game was... Brian Matusz!

5 earned runs in 2 2/3 innings will do that for you.

The O's opened a 3 game series against the A's yesterday. It didn't turn out well. I will update you on Thursday.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Detroit Suck City.

Blazing With Phelps and rooting for the Orioles go hand in hand.

Another O's series, another pathetic performance. Pack up your bags and start thinking about next season (I'm pretty sure most O's fans did this at the beginning of the season).

On Monday, the O's jumped out to a 5-0 lead on Justin Verlander in the 1st inning and never looked back as they won... JUST KIDDING! They did jump out to an early lead but highly touted rookie Chris Tillman did his best Jeremy Guthrie impression, surrendering 5 runs in 6 innings. Clete Thomas homered in the bottom of the 9th off of Danys Baez to complete the O's meltdown. Final score: 6-5 Tigers.

The BWP Clipped Wing Award winner for this game is... Chris Tillman!

Welcome to the big board Chris. Hopefully this is your last award this season.

On Tuesday. the O's jumped all over the newly acquired Jarrod Washburn (6 ER in 5 1/3 innings), as they won 8-2. Nick Markakis and Cesar Izturis each had a home run and 3 RBIs to lead the O's offensive attack. Brian Matusz became the 5th Orioles' starter to win his MLB debut this season, as he only surrendered 1 run in 5 innings.

On Wednesday, Edwin Jackson shut the O's down 4-2 as Jeremy Guthrie was the tough luck loser, giving up 3 runs in 7 1/3 innings. Adam Jones hit a 2 run homer in the 9th to drive in the O's only runs.

The BWP Clipped Wing Award winner for this game is... Melvin Mora!

Mora went 0/4 while leaving 2 men on base. This, coupled with his crazy remarks about not getting enough playing time, are enough to earn him the award.

Yesterday, the Tigers wrapped up the series with a 7-3 victory over the O's. David Hernandez lasted only 3 innings while giving up 5 earned runs. Ty Wigginton, Feliz Pie, and Aubrey Huff each had an RBI for the O's.

The BWP Clipped Wing Award winner for this game is... David Hernandez!

Not good.

Tonight the O's open up a 3 game series against the Blue Jays. This is our best chance for a series win in a long time. Can we do it? Probably not.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

A very special quasi-end of summer post to you and yours.

Hello there, the ~28 people who somehow still read this site.

As you may have realized, our grandiose plans to post fast and easy this summer were dashed by the fact that, you know, nothing the fuck goes on during the summer. Also, a quick run-down of personal reasons why we all stopped writing:

Rob: Worked two jobs and lost a general zest for life
John: Lost fingers in an horrific pie-eating snafu
Greg: Died
Rich: Died
Nick: Actually didn't stop writing. This is like in 10th grade Algebra when we all got in trouble because we stopped working in class and bombed a test, and while the teacher was reaming us out, Nick was like, "dude, I got an A." Fuck you, Nick.

But as summer winds down, we actually are going to pick things back up, because it's senior year of college, and screw it. Here's some things you can expect:

We're Aren't Experts Football Previews
Great State Hate Debate '09 ('10?)
Rob Gindes Unplugged
Blazing With Phelps Rewrites History

And the discontinuation of ideas that sucked, like News From the Real World. Which I think had a certain zest to it, but ultimately was sort of terrible. You try coming up with stuff during the summer.

Anyways, school is starting for all of us within, like, the month. So we're all going to start writing again. And maybe taking on new authors and firing Rich and stuff. So keep checking back as we slowly--but surely--get back into gear 'n stuff.

Happy holidays

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Well. That Went About How I Thought It Would.

I'm sure this douche was at the game. Every other Red Sox fan was.

The Red Sox and their fans invaded Camden Yards for a three game series this weekend and the O's pretty much rolled over and died as they were easily swept.

On Friday, Jeremy Guthrie pitched like a staff ace should, giving up 6 runs in 6 2/3 innings, as he allowed 3 home runs (he has now given up 26 HRs on the season, leading the MLB). Nolan Reimold and Aubrey Huff each drove in 2 runs but it wasn't enough as the O's lost 6-5.

The BWP Clipped Wing Award winner for this game is... Jeremy Guthrie!


On Saturday, the O's could not muster any kind of offense as they were blanked by Josh Beckett 4-0. David Hernandez pitched okay for the O's, giving up 2 runs in 4 1/3 innings (why can't our pitchers ever last longer than 5 innings?). Every hitter in the O's lineup had a lackluster day at the plate. As a team, the O's had 8 hits and were 0/7 with runners in scoring position.

The BWP Clipped Wing Award winner for this game is... Aubrey Huff!

Huff led the O's offense in futility, going 0/4 and leaving 5 men on base. Sounds about right.

Today's game; where do I even start with this game? The O's pounded out 15 hits and 10 runs. Enough for a win, right? Not when you have the O's pitching. The Red Sox pummelled starter Jason Berken (6 earned runs in 1 1/3 innings) and his crew of bullpen pitching flunkies to beat the O's 18-10.

Adam Jones was a triple shy of the cycle, going 3/4 with 3 runs scored while driving in 3 runs. Every other O's hitter had at least one hit except for Wieters and Zaun (damn catchers). I guess when you give up 23 hits, you don't have a very good shot at winning, no matter how well your offense does.

The BWP Clipped Wind Award winner for this game is... Douchey Matt Albers!

It's been awhile since ol' Douchey has won the award, but he earned it today, giving up 4 runs in 1/3 of an inning. Yikes.

The O's travel to Detroit tomorrow to open up a 4 game series where they will face Verlander, Washburn, Jackson, and Porcello. Sounds like another sweep to me. This is getting pretty old.