grading the 2k14 predictiOns

Posted in 2014 predictiOns on October 19th, 2014 by The Wayward O

Team is no longer playing the baseballs? That’s dumb. All Orioles players must play for free or cheap next year ok? Thnaks.

Every year Blog of Team predicts regular-season outcomes. Oftentimes Blog is eerily accurate. Less often Blog is fiendishly stupid. Let’s see how Blog did this year:

NL West: Blog correctly had Dodgers winning division but was a bit too bullish on the Padres, putting them ahead of Giants. San Diego kept the prediction interesting though, its brutal first half notwithstanding. Blog correctly had the ‘Backs and the Rocks at bottom of pig pile. Grade: B

NL Central: Blog predicted order almost exactly. However, Blog had Brewers in 2nd and Pittsburgh in 3rd, where in actuality Milwaukee would lag into 3rd behind Pirates’ 2nd place finish. Grade: A-

NL East: Order of finish prognosticated exactly. Blog probably shouldn’t have said nice things about Chris Young, however, not that it’s relevant. Grade A+

AL West: The only miss here for Blog was failing to foresee the Rangers’ complete collapse. As Texas’ injuries mounted, however, Blog took note. Otherwise picked division with dead-eyed accuracy. Grade: A-

AL Central: Blog said this division would finish Detroit, KC, Cleveland, Chicago, Minnesota. And it did just that. Grade: A+

AL East: This is a terrible division to handicap. It’s by far the most difficult. Really Blog’s prediction was inaccurate, since Baltimore blew away the competition going away. But Blog did hint at it at least. It’s silly to think about how excited Blog was about Steve Lombardozzi but the rise of Jonathan Schoop was only a winter’s tale at that point. Not long after this was penned, Schoop took Masahiro Tanaka deep on a chilly April night in the Bronx and he was on his way. Grade: Incomplete

Conclusion: If you had bet with Blog of Team this year, you would have made a shit-ton of money.

Editor’s note: Blog does not bother attempting to handicap October playoff rounds anymore because randomness is king and order is a far-off dream. Teams who wish to win World Series must accept this as true and simply be ready to push for playoff baseball as often as possible. More playoff bids = better chances.

what we have here nOw is a chance

Posted in octOber on October 5th, 2014 by The Wayward O

We worried for so many reasons

- we worried about a division that turned out to be a paper tiger
- we worried about injuries to key players
- we worried about too much down time
- and we worried about the prospect of facing a team like the Tigers

Now there are fewer things to worry about. But, on a shorter list, the bigger items are becoming more difficult to ignore.

Now we worry about expectations, which are the greatest mountain men ever climbed.

Because what we have here, now, is a chance to finally walk out of the wilderness after 31 years lost among the trees.

what team hath wrOught

Posted in octOber, washingtOn, win cOlumn on September 16th, 2014 by The Wayward O

If Team wins World Series, Blog will re-dedicate itself to actual wayward orioles as opposed to figuratively Wayward Orioles.

Image via MASN

The bunting is up. Captain Nicky will actually be playing in the post-season (C.C. Sabathia broke his wrist in 2012) and this vintage has pitching and a lot of heart.

They say the O’s haven’t clinched at home since 1969. So this really is a special night.

Congrats to the Washington Nationals, too.

tell yOu what

Posted in octOber on September 13th, 2014 by The Wayward O

Are the Orioles more talented? Do they play harder? Do they have the right mix? Does the manager just know how to bring out the best in people? The answers are not really clear.

But Team is destroying the AL East this year.

Image via Daily News

Are we worried about Chris Davis? Are we worried about Matt Wieters? Are we worried about Manny Mach? How about JJ Hardy and his gimpy back?

Are we too shell-shocked from three decades of failure to realize what a talented pitching corps we’re blessed with?

Tell you what, fans of Team: It’s too late to worry. We’re before the fickle Gods of October now and only they shall dictate our fate.

it’s usually trOuble

Posted in machadO on August 11th, 2014 by The Wayward O

Hate to see Manny going down with another knee injury.

Image via MASN

That didn’t look good. Hopefully just a pull or twist. But it didn’t look good. If you can’t stand back up, even gingerly, it’s usually trouble.*

* Right knee sprain? Well that’s vaguely not the worst news possible!


Posted in the rOster on July 27th, 2014 by The Wayward O

From Thursday night. Do you think Delmon saw this one?

Image via Root Sports

That still – the way his eyes have lit up – kills me. Here’s the video. If ever there was an example of a bad breaking ball keying every atavistic synapse in a hitter’s spinal column, that was it.

Going for a sixth win today in Seattle with a five wins under Team’s belt on a 10-game road trip through three contending cities? Check. Holding off the Yankees, who have been facing bad teams in their haven for cheap home runs? Check.

Buck’s ability to get Team to handle business on West Coast is nothing short of fantastic.