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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

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 […]

Thursday Thoughts: O’s Unwise to Keep Selling Draft Picks

head shots of dan duquette with orioles manager
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 really wanted to avoid even thinking about what the Orioles did with Brian Matusz this week, but it’s so preposterous that I can’t evade it. There’s no doubt that Matusz had to go. He was not performing at a Major League level and I have no issues with the O’s […]

Thursday Thoughts: Manny Might Sign Long-Term, but Enjoy the Present

manny machado smiling with hat backwards and blurred crowd behind him
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. Quotes came out earlier this week from Manny Machado that had Orioles fans buzzing. Speaking at his charity bowling event, Machado said things like “I bleed orange” and hinted that he wanted to be in Baltimore for the long haul. I believe him. But I also know that this game is a business. […]

Thursday Thoughts: With Jones “Back” This is a Scary Lineup

Adam Jones looks on while in the on-deck circle.
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. Is Adam Jones back? I think Adam Jones might be back. I don’t want to get too over-confident, but Adam Jones is back. The Orioles centerfielder has “simply” busted out in recent days, clobbering a couple massive homers and finding his way back into the good graces of fans. I think we all […]

Word on the Street: Time for Buck to Shake Up the Lineup

Adam Jones prepares to hit.
The Orioles are still hovering near first place, but they’re staying there in an unexpected way. If they want to continue to contend, they need some more offense, and it might be time for Buck to shake up the batting order. Press play or read below for more. The Orioles may not be flying atop the American League East as the calendar turns to May, but it’s not like they’ve taken a nosedive either. The Birds are benefiting in games at Camden Yards, posting one of the better home records […]

Thursday Thoughts: Time for Corner Outfield-by-Committee

Hyun-soo Kim follows through on his swing.
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 news of the week for the Orioles is obviously that they’ll be without J.J. Hardy for some time. The loss of Hardy will most definitely hurt the Birds, but there’s no doubt they can withstand it. This is where the Orioles are thankful they have a player like Ryan Flaherty to come […]

Thursday Thoughts: How Injured Are Adam Jones & J.J. Hardy?

Adam jones takes off running from second base to third.
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. Kevin Gausman’s debut left fans wanting more on Monday, but I’m tapping the brakes. We all know that Gausman is facing immense pressure to be “the guy” in the Orioles rotation that can carry the load. I think that is obviously something that’s weighing on his mind. Gausman looked good in his season […]

Thursday Thoughts: Matusz & Gausman Set to Return, Pappas Passes Away

Matt Wieters and Kevin Gausman walk from the bullpen.
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 impending return of Kevin Gausman should have Orioles fans jazzed up. Gausman made a rehab start at Norfolk last night and struck out nine over 5.2 innings of three-run ball. Having Gausman back in the majors will help to solidify a rotation that is hanging on right now. The O’s starters have […]

Word on the Street: Sure O’s Have Warts, but so Does Rest of AL East

Chris Tillman winds up to pitch.
The Orioles have some warts, and it’s no surprise that the starting pitching remains a huge question mark after a couple turns through the rotation. Still, in the A.L. East, it’s about taking advantage of other teams’ warts. Press play for more or read the transcript below. Despite finally having a few losses under their belts, the Orioles are still flying high atop the American League East. Baltimore was the last team to lose a game to start the season, and is off to the hottest opening to the season […]

Thursday Thoughts: Davis’ Great Start, Bundy’s Role, & More

Chris Davis covers first base and waits for a throw.
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, the dream of an undefeated season is over for the Orioles. It’s no reason to fret. The O’s have had a great start to the campaign, and given themselves some room for error. I don’t think they were ever going to threaten the 2001 Seattle Mariners for the single-season wins mark. We’ll […]

Thursday Thoughts: Is there Anybody You’d Swap for Manny Machado?

Manny Machado prepares to throw the runner out.
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. Another Opening Day is in the books and while it won’t be remembered for great weather, it was another victory, and an exciting one. I feel for everyone who sat through two lengthy rain delays on Monday, but they got to see the pay off with Matt Wieters’ walk-off single in the ninth. […]

Thursday Thoughts: Kim Saga, Gone-Zalez, Rickard & More

Miguel Gonzalez pitches against the Red Sox.
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. This week’s rumor mill surrounding Hyun-Soo Kim is all very strange, but also very predictable. Allow me to explain. The fact that the Orioles are possibly looking to dump a guy that was their projected starting left fielder just a few months ago is a bit baffling. However, when you think about the […]
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