About Andrew Stetka

Andrew Stetka

Andrew is a Bel Air, MD native who moved to Arizona in February 2011 and brought his passion for Baltimore sports to the desert. He previously worked at 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore as a producer and weekend host and is now a writer and editor for a national newswire that services thousands of radio stations across the country. Andrew grew up attending Orioles and Ravens games throughout his childhood and also went to many sporting events at Towson University and the University of Maryland including Football, Basketball and Lacrosse. He not only brings a great view from afar at the local Baltimore sports scene, but also has a unique national view on Charm City. You can follow Andrew on Twitter: @AStetka

Orioles All-Quarter Century Team

sun setting over camden yards
Last week, I was scrolling Twitter killing time in between appointments for my job when I stumbled across a really fun idea. Russell A. Carleton of Baseball Prospectus (@pizzacutter4 on Twitter) had given the idea to choose a baseball franchise and select a player from each of the last 25 years. Pick one franchise. One guy from each of the last 25 years. No repeated players. Must form a coherent 25-man. Don't cheat on positions. Go. — Russell A. Carleton (@pizzacutter4) January 27, 2017 The trick was that you couldn’t […]

Winter Thoughts: Trumbo, Wieters, Bautista, Kim & More

Hyun-Soo Kim stands in the batter's box.
The long cold winter isn’t over, but February is drawing near. Pitchers and catchers report to Sarasota in just about a month and before you know it, the Super Bowl will be a memory and baseball will be at the forefront of everyone’s mind. I’ve been in a nice hibernation this winter, but I figured it was time to wake up for a few minutes and offer some “thoughts” on the Orioles’ offseason so far. In the same style that I do during the season, here’s what I think about […]

Wrapping Up the 2016 Orioles Season

The Orioles shake hands after beating the Twins.
R.I.P. 2016 Orioles We all knew this day would come. The 2016 Orioles are dead. Of the 30 teams in baseball, they aren’t the one that will lift the trophy in the end. Instead, it’s time to dissect the body and find the cause of death. We’ve now had some time to think about it, so let’s go to work. The easy answer, and “hot take narrative,” over the last few days is Buck Showalter’s decision to keep Zach Britton out of Tuesday night’s Wild Card game. That’s simple, so […]

Thursday Thoughts: O’s Only Hope Now is Wild Card

Trey Mancini runs.
This is a weekly column that dives into eight random thoughts about the Orioles/MLB. Why eight? It’s a nod to Cal Ripken Jr. of course. That, and doing 2,632 of these would be a little overboard. – A.S. 1. Like many, I’ve lost hope the Orioles can win the AL East this season. It’s possible, sure. But I don’t think it’s happening. There’s just too much of a gap with to few remaining games to play. Time has run out. Not to mention, there’s those pesky Blue Jays also in […]

Thursday Thoughts: I’m (Somehow) An Even Bigger Adam Jones Fan

Adam Jones bangs his donut off his bat.
We’re doing things a bit differently at Thursday Thoughts this week. Typically this space is reserved for eight different mini-thoughts on the Orioles. What’s going on with the team, how they are playing, injuries that seem worrisome. There are always a lot of things to cover in a given week. This week, there’s just one thing on my mind. Despite the fact that the Orioles are embroiled in a playoff race, I can only think of how proud I am to have Adam Jones on this team. I’ve gushed over […]

Thursday Thoughts: O’s Getting Healthy at Key Time (Be OK, Crush!)

Darren O'Day delivers a pitch in spring training.
This is a weekly column that dives into eight random thoughts about the Orioles/MLB. Why eight? It’s a nod to Cal Ripken Jr. of course. That, and doing 2,632 of these would be a little overboard. – A.S. 1. I didn’t want to be the one to bring this up, but it might be time to start thinking about moving Dylan Bundy back to the bullpen. This isn’t a direct reaction to yesterday’s outing, which was not good. I’ve actually been saying this for a little more than a week […]

Thursday Thoughts: Will O’s Get it Together in September?

orioles davis and wieters giving high five with jones and catcher
This is a weekly column that dives into eight random thoughts about the Orioles/MLB. Why eight? It’s a nod to Cal Ripken Jr. of course. That, and doing 2,632 of these would be a little overboard. – A.S. 1. The Orioles are continuing their playoff slip-slide, and everyone seems to be taking it in stride. Right? It’s the start of September and the Orioles are in a race. They are barely in a race, but they are in a race. I know a lot of people are disappointed that a […]

Thursday Thoughts: Tillman Injury Puts O’s Between A Rock & Ubaldo

orioles jiminez on mound throwing pitch
This is a weekly column that dives into eight random thoughts about the Orioles/MLB. Why eight? It’s a nod to Cal Ripken Jr. of course. That, and doing 2,632 of these would be a little overboard. – A.S. 1. To say that losing Chris Tillman to injury will hurt the Orioles is a massive understatement. I’ve read a lot over the last few days about how this will completely kill the O’s playoff chances, and while it may hamper them dearly, they aren’t dead in the water just yet. The […]

Thursday Thoughts: O’s Bullpen is Suddenly Shaky

ball player on pitchers mound about to throw pitch
This is a weekly column that dives into eight random thoughts about the Orioles/MLB. Why eight? It’s a nod to Cal Ripken Jr. of course. That, and doing 2,632 of these would be a little overboard. – A.S. 1. If you asked me what I’m most worried about as the season reaches the homestretch, the answer might not be what you think. The Orioles bullpen worries me more than it has in recent memory. Sure, Zach Britton has been fantastic. But the injury to Darren O’Day creates a ripple effect […]

Thursday Thoughts: Road Woes & Quiet Bats Could Sink O’s

Mark Trumbo of the Orioles holds his bat horizontally and looks dismayed.
This is a weekly column that dives into eight random thoughts about the Orioles/MLB. Why eight? It’s a nod to Cal Ripken Jr. of course. That, and doing 2,632 of these would be a little overboard. – A.S. 1. I think the Orioles bats need to start finding a way to score runs without hitting homers. This didn’t seem to be much of an issue earlier in the season. It’s become apparent over the last few weeks that they are becoming an offense that is more and more reliant on […]

Thursday Thoughts: The Emergence of Dylan Bundy

Dylan Bundy finishes his pitching motion.
This is a weekly column that dives into eight random thoughts about the Orioles/MLB. Why eight? It’s a nod to Cal Ripken Jr. of course. That, and doing 2,632 of these would be a little overboard. – A.S. 1. So, that Dylan Bundy sure can pitch, right? The 23-year-old has now made four starts and three of them have looked really, really good. In my eyes, Bundy has already surpassed Kevin Gausman as the young pitcher I’m most excited to watch. That’s not really a slight against Gausman, either. That’s […]

Thursday Thoughts: Look for Dan Duquette to Add in August

This is a weekly column that dives into eight random thoughts about the Orioles/MLB. Why eight? It’s a nod to Cal Ripken Jr. of course. That, and doing 2,632 of these would be a little overboard. – A.S. 1. The trade deadline is nearly upon us and the Orioles will be linked to just about every player possible between now and next Monday. As a reminder, it’s important to remain calm through these proceedings. Not every rumor you hear will be true. Actually, most of them won’t be. I think […]

Thursday Thoughts: O’s Bats Sleeping, but Pitching Still Biggest Issue

This is a weekly column that dives into eight random thoughts about the Orioles/MLB. Why eight? It’s a nod to Cal Ripken Jr. of course. That, and doing 2,632 of these would be a little overboard. – A.S. 1. It would appear the dog days of summer are here for the Orioles bats. The offense has gone stale over the past few weeks, much like some of the food the team must’ve eaten. I feel like everyone knew that as long as this team could hit the way it is […]

Thursday Thoughts: Predictions for the Rest of the 2016 Season

Manny Machado signals to Adam Jones after his game-winning hit.
This is a weekly column that dives into eight random thoughts about the Orioles/MLB. Why eight? It’s a nod to Cal Ripken Jr. of course. That, and doing 2,632 of these would be a little overboard. – A.S. This week for Thursday Thoughts, we’re going to go through some things I think will happen in the second half of the season. These aren’t hardcore predictions, and none of them should be too shocking, but they are just trends I see happening and possibilities for the way things will play out. […]

Thursday Thoughts: O’s Should Aim to Improve Bullpen at Deadline

Buck Showalter talks to Roe and Lee.
This is a weekly column that dives into eight random thoughts about the Orioles/MLB. Why eight? It’s a nod to Cal Ripken Jr. of course. That, and doing 2,632 of these would be a little overboard. – A.S. 1. The Orioles are back home following a west coast trip that looked rough, but could’ve been much worse. Following yesterday’s marathon 14-inning affair, the Birds managed to go 4-5 on the swing. Can you imagine if the O’s had run into Felix Hernandez and Clayton Kershaw on the trip? Luckily for […]

Word on the Street: Record Home Run Pace & Getting On Base

Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop celebrate.
The Orioles set a record for home runs in June, but the home run ball hasn’t been their only offensive weapon, nor can it continue to be going forward. Press play or read below for more. The Orioles closed out the month of June with a record in their pockets. Hyun Soo Kim‘s home run in the seventh inning of Thursday’s loss to the Mariners was the 56th for the O’s in June. The Birds passed the 1996 Oakland A’s for the most in that month. And while the Orioles […]

Thursday Thoughts: Streaks Not O’s Typical Formula, but It Works

four all star players posed together with stadium crowd in background
This is a weekly column that dives into eight random thoughts about the Orioles/MLB. Why eight? It’s a nod to Cal Ripken Jr. of course. That, and doing 2,632 of these would be a little overboard. – A.S. 1. Following yesterday’s win in San Diego, the Orioles have now notched three different winning streaks of seven games this season. They had one to start the season, one in May, and now one in June. Let this serve as your quick reminder that the Orioles had just two seven-game winning streaks […]

Thursday Thoughts: How Long Will O’s be Without Machado?

Manny Machado writes in the dirt.
This is a weekly column that dives into eight random thoughts about the Orioles/MLB. Why eight? It’s a nod to Cal Ripken Jr. of course. That, and doing 2,632 of these would be a little overboard. – A.S. 1. It’s been an interesting week in Birdland, with fisticuffs and wins. Tuesday night’s brawl between the Orioles and Royals is just another chapter in what’s become an ugly black-eye for baseball. Some people love these melees, but I tend to think they are foolish. I’d rather see the grown men playing […]

Thursday Thoughts: Well, O’s Pitchers WERE Keeping the Ball in the Yard

Mike Wright pitches and Mookie Betts is about to make contact.
This is a weekly column that dives into eight random thoughts about the Orioles/MLB. Why eight? It’s a nod to Cal Ripken Jr. of course. That, and doing 2,632 of these would be a little overboard. – A.S. 1. It’s Ubaldo Jimenez Day once again in Baltimore, which means prepare your tissues. We’ve covered Jimenez’s struggles extensively over the last few weeks, because they’ve gone on for that long. There’s no real solution, as I addressed earlier this week here. What’s become even clearer to me is that the general […]

Word on the Street: Jimenez Has O’s Between a Rock & a Hard Place

Ubaldo Jimenez wipes his face with his jersey as he walks off the mound.
Ubaldo Jimenez was awful again on Saturday, lasting just 1.2 innings and allowing five runs in the Orioles’ loss in Cleveland. The team has very few good options regarding the veteran’s spot in the rotation. Read below or press play for more. What else can be said about Ubaldo Jimenez’s 2016 season? After ten starts, the 32-year-old right-hander has an ERA over six and has pitched six innings in a game just three times. His latest debacle came Saturday, lasting just one-and-two-thirds innings and allowing five runs in Saturday’s blowout […]
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