2014 Development Camp Wrap Up

Chandler Stephenson - Russian Machine Never Breaks
Chandler Stephenson – Russian Machine Never Breaks

The large crowd that showed up for today’s final scrimmage and Fan Fest saw no shortage of goals which mostly came at the expense of the Capitals top young talent.

Unlike the previous two scrimmages, the two best players in Jakub Vrana and Andre Burakovsky did not wow the crowd. The center and right wing duo, which had previously been the two best players in the scrimmages the last two days, had a performance they will likely want to put past them.

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Baltimore Orioles Sit Atop the AL East

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It’s July 12th 2014 and the Baltimore Orioles sit atop the American League East division. At 51-41 they are 10 games above .500 since September 2013. With the All-Star festivities upon us next week; what are the keys to the Orioles continuing the success from the first half of baseball? Let’s explore three ways.

 

  1. Kevin Gausman as a mainstay in the Orioles pitching rotation

Kevin Gausman to continue to dominate the Orioles opponents. At 3-2 with a 3.51 ERA the righthander takes the spot until Ubaldo Jimenez returns from the DL. His start on Sunday night will be a nationally televised on ESPN. It will provide an opportunity for Gausman to be exposed to the entire country. Which I expect will be complete dominance.

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Why Baltimore's Offense Will Be Well Improved

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Not too many good things come up when we talk about the Ravens' offense of this previous season. Their running game was near the very bottom, and the passing game flaunted on the the hinges of Joe Flacco's worst statistical season the year after winning the Super Bowl. It was clear from the very beginning that the Ravens would yet again have to heavily rely on the defense to win ball games for them. They finished 8-8, a very disappointing follow-up from the year before.

This offseason, free agency and the acquisition of Gary Kubiak may end up being the pieces to this jigsaw that is Baltimore's ariel and running attack.

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