The 2014 NFL draft is days away and the Baltimore Ravens still have some spots to fill on their depth chart. The Ravens are still looking for a right tackle and a free safety, they are lacking true starters at those positions.
Not included on this list is the fact the Ravens need to draft a running back. I hope the Ravens select Towson Tigers running back Terrance West at some point in the draft. This is my list of the top three needs.
Randy Wittman joins Pat Riley and Mike Dunleavy, no not the Chicago Bull his father, to be the only three coaches to win their first four playoff road games. Yes Randy Wittman as in the same Randy Wittman that was the interim head coach of the Wizards after Flip Saunders was fired after a 2-15 start to the 2011-2012 season. Yes the same Randy Wittman who the Washington Post asked for to be fired before this year’s All-star break. He then went onto lead the Wizards to 19-11 after the break and then an easy first round series win over the bulls and now coaching the Wizards to a 1-0 series lead against the 1st seeded Indiana Pacers.
Starting with the combination of John Wall and Trevor Ariza to give them a 13 point lead at the half and then closing it out with a combination Bradley Beal and Drew Gooden that gave the Wizards a 102-96 win. While the Wizards offense was timely and operated in their usual spurts, it was all about the Wizards defense and the lack of the Indiana Pacers offense. With Trevor Ariza shutting down Paul George for the whole game and which resulted in him shooting 4 for 17 from the field and then making life even worse for the former Georgetown Hoya, Roy Hibbert as he started the game and finish it with 18 minutes, 0 points, 0 rebounds, 5 fouls and a plus/minus of -17. Read more about Wizards Take a 1-0 Series Lead …
The Baltimore Orioles are getting good news on pitcher Johan Santana who had his first extended spring training game today. Santana is coming off two shoulder surgeries in three years and was out of baseball last season. When the Orioles signed Santana to a minor league deal at the beginning of spring training Santana could barely throw 80 mph.
Santana’s velocity is improving according to this article from the Baltimore Sun. Santana’s velocity is itching up close to 90 mph, hitting as high as 89 mph. This is a very good sign for the Orioles and Santana. There was no way Santana was going to be able to get Major League hitters out throwing 80 mph with his fastball.
The Nationals are looking to once again jump ahead of the Atlanta Braves in the NL East division with a win against the Los Angeles Dodgers tonight. With two straight losses to the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday and Sunday looming over the heads the Nationals still remain 0.5 games behind the Braves in the division even though they have lost 6 games in a row.
The Nationals will have a tough challenge with the cross country Dodgers coming into town with Zach Grienke slated for today start and Clayton Kershaw expected to make his return from the disable list tomorrow and make his second start of the year.
The Washington Nationals announced the activation of Scott Hairston off the disable list today along with optioning Steve Souza Jr to Triple-A. Hairston is coming off the DL from an oblique strain suffered in the first week of the season. While only having two at bats this year Hairston serves as a veteran pinch hitter off the bench that along with Kevin Frandsen and Nate Mclouth will fill in for the injured Bryce Harper in left field.
Frederick Keys outfielder Glynn Davis is coming off of a fantastic week with the single-A club, hitting .444, with 4 runs scored, 3 RBIs, 2 walks, and a stolen base. For the season, Davis has a .365 batting average, 23 runs, 13 RBIs, and five stolen bases.
Davis, a 22-year-old Baltimore native, was signed by the Baltimore Orioles as a non-drafted free agent in the summer of 2010 out of the Community College of Baltimore County. The 22-year-old has been a part of the Keys squad since 2012 (Davis also made a cameo with the single-A team in 2011). Read more about Orioles Minor Leaguer of the Week: Glynn Davis …
Sure it feels like it was yesterday. It’s a new era in baseball. The date is Oct. 4, 1969.
The Birds are hosting Minnesota. Yes, the regular season is over. And it’s time for the first ever American League playoff games. It’s a best 3 of 5 series before a team can head to the World Series. Still it’s bit scary.
The Baltimore Orioles are now a month into the 2014 season and Adam Jones continues to struggle. Jones has been a rock for the Orioles offensively and defensively but this season his bat has yet to awaken. Which the Orioles need from the player that has the richest contract in franchise history.
Jones still only has one home run and is hitting only .252, not good. Historically, Jones hits .280 or higher and about 25 to 30 home runs. Right now Jones looks completely lost at the plate. Jones has always struggled with swinging at pitches out of the strike zone. Right now it looks like pitchers are really taking advantage of it. Read more about Jones continues to struggle for the Orioles …