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Phil Backert

Phil Backert grew up in Rising Sun, Maryland loving the Orioles, Ravens, and Terps. After going away to college outside Philadelphia and playing baseball for four years, he moved back to Maryland, and currently resides in White Marsh. Phil interned with Sports Talk 1570AM, WNST during college which eventually led to producing “The Fighting Ungers” on Saturday mornings after he graduated. When FOX Sports 1370AM launched, Phil jumped on the opportunity to produce full-time. He produced “The Rob Long Show” from 2008-2011 until management decided to flip formats from sports talk to news. Phil is currently a Producer for SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio.

The Rundown – Time to Shut Dylan Bundy Down

Dylan Bundy pitches with the White Sox 1B coach in the background.
The disappointing end to the season continued on Monday night for the Orioles, with Dylan Bundy being the latest pitcher to struggle. At this point, the organization should seriously consider shutting Bundy down for the remainder of the season. The 24-year-old has proven that he can be counted on to be a rock steady starter for the 2018 season and has stayed healthy this year. These were two important question marks heading into this season. The future is bright for the right-hander, but his fastball velocity was the lowest it […]

The Rundown: Quiet Bats Again Dooming Birds

Francisco Lindor of the Indians celebrates a HR as Welington Castillo looks on.
The Orioles’ playoff chances took a major hit after being swept by the Cleveland Indians and dropping their last four games. The Indians are on a historic run so it was going to be difficult to win the series, but leaving town without a win is extremely disappointing. As much as we want to hope this team can be playoff material, watching the Indians for three games just shows how far the Orioles are away from being a true contender. The will now turn to the great Ubaldo Jimenez to […]

The Rundown: The Remarkably Consistent Adam Jones

Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles prepares to swing.
The Orioles won their fifth straight series opener on Monday night against the Oakland A’s, but they have failed to win the series on each of the previous four occasions. This will come as no surprise, but that formula needs to change now if the O’s really want to get back in the playoff race. It will begin tonight with Ubaldo Jimenez taking the mound and trying to bounce back from his Ubaldo-like performance against the Mariners in which he allowed six earned runs. Jimenez finished with 11 strikeouts and […]

The Rundown: Beckham Rakes, Davis Heats Up, Roster Moves Loom

Anthony Santander of the Orioles swings.
The Orioles’ recent offensive surge continued on Monday night in Seattle with the O’s scoring 11 runs on 16 hits which included four home runs. A victory in one of the next two games would guarantee at least a .500 road trip, a scenario most fans would usually accept when the team heads out west. However, at this point in the season, the O’s need to stack wins so it will feel a little disappointing.   Beckham Continues to Rake Tim Beckham is just the latest in the “nobody saw […]

The Rundown: The Return of the Real Manny Machado

Manny Machado trots around the bases.
After being swept by the Chicago Cubs to start the second half of the season, the Orioles have rattled off 14 wins in their last 21 games to bring them back to .500. That result has put them firmly back in the playoff race as they are only 1.5 games out of the second Wild Card. After much debate on if this team should sell, it’s pretty amazing that we have once again entered August with the Orioles playing meaningful baseball games. The Real Manny Has Returned We can chalk […]

The Rundown: O’s Were Wise to Not Settle for Sub-Par Britton Return

Buck Showalter stands with his hands on his hips.
The Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline has come and gone and the Orioles did what most fans feared: they didn’t sell off their top trade chips. It remains to be seen if this line of thinking will backfire for years to come. O’s Were “Buyers” at the Deadline It’s hard for me to call the O’s buyers at the deadline when they acquired players like Jeremy Hellickson and Tim Beckham, but since they added and didn’t trade away any top talent, we must classify them as such. There have […]

The Rundown: What Can the O’s Get for their Relievers?

orioles pitcher with arm back and about to throw ball
After being swept over the weekend by the Chicago Cubs and another series in which their starting pitching was embarrassed, it appears the Orioles are one step closer to throwing in the towel for the 2017 season.   Re-Tool or Rebuild? Fellow writer Joe Polek did a great job outlining what the Orioles should do at the deadline and he suggests a re-tooling instead of a full rebuild which I completely agree with. The O’s still have a quality core and don’t need to blow everything up. The Manny Machado […]

The Rundown: Kevin Gausman Finally Turns a Corner

Kevin Gausman congratulated by teammates entering the dugout
The Orioles have reached the halfway point of their season with a 40-41 record. The O’s were pretty much a .500 team in the second half of last year after finishing their first 81 games with a 47-34 record. The positive is they can easily go on a run and make the playoffs again, but the negative is for the last 162 games, they have been an average baseball team. The struggling Wade Miley will look to bounce back with the O’s heading to Milwaukee to take on the Brewers […]

The Rundown: Birds’ Pitching Problems Run Deep

Chris Tillman of the Orioles prepares to pitch.
Lack of Pitching The pitching struggles continue for the Orioles as Chris Tillman was once again ineffective on Tuesday night. The right-hander has an 8.39 ERA and 2.17 WHIP for the season after allowing five earned runs in only four innings of work against the Indians. The O’s are also on their way to setting a baseball record for the most consecutive games of allowing at least five earned runs. They have now done it for 17 consecutive games which is the second longest streak in the last 100 years. […]

The Rundown: Can Gausman Slow Down Pirates’ Pillaging Offense?

Baltimore Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop gets ready to defend.
After taking the first two games against the Boston Red Sox, the Orioles dropped the final two even though both were winnable games. The O’s begin a two-game series against the last place Pittsburgh Pirates which should be good news, but due to their struggles outside the American League East, maybe it isn’t. The Pirates have scored at least 11 runs in two of their last three games so Kevin Gausman will get the first crack at slowing down a red-hot offense. Even though it hasn’t looked pretty, the right-hander […]

The Rundown: Did Orioles Let Another Good Pitcher Walk?

Parker Bridwell of the Orioles pitches.
Did the Orioles really need to get back to playing against the American League East to snap their losing streak and look like the team that was one of the best in April? I don’t think it’s that easy and things can quickly change tonight when Chris Tillman returns to the mound. All the credit must go to Dylan Bundy for continuing to look like the ace we have always envisioned. I just can’t get over how much of a veteran he looks like every time he toes the rubber. […]

Word on the Street: Castillo a Pleasant Surprise; Can Gausman Get on Track?

Welington Castillo of the Orioles runs the bases.
While Welington Castillo has been a pleasant surprise, the O’s need more from Kevin Gausman. Press play or read below for more. After a 1-6 road trip that saw the Orioles lose every game by one run, all the team needed was return to Camden Yards to get back to their winning ways. The O’s are now 14-3 at home this season after Welington Castillo’s game winning home run in the bottom of the 10th against the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night. Speaking of Castillo, the catcher is now […]

The Rundown: O’s Need More from Manny Machado

Manny Machado trots around the bases.
The Orioles return to action tonight against the Detroit Tigers hoping to snap a four-game losing streak. Wade Miley will take the mound and try to get the O’s back on track while also looking to regain his command. Not counting the White Sox start that saw him get nailed with two line drives in the first, the left-hander has walked at least four hitters in his last three starts. To Miley’s credit, he has not allowed more than three earned runs in any of starts this season, but he […]

The Rundown: Kevin Gausman & the Return of the Splitter

Kevin Gausman of the Orioles pitches on the mound.
The Orioles continued their winning ways on Monday night which is a good thing since they will now have to square off against Max Scherzer in game two of the Beltway Series with Ubaldo Jimenez taking the mound for the O’s. The way this season has gone, it shouldn’t surprise any of us if somehow the Orioles found a way to win even though on paper it appears that they are already at a disadvantage.   The Return of the Splitter It’s amazing what happens when you actually throw your […]

The Rundown: Dylan Bundy’s Ceiling Rises with Each Start

After a wild weekend in New York, it was another crazy night in Boston with the terrible defense for the Red Sox and the unthinkable acts from some of their fans. The Orioles, like they have done often in the Buck Showalter era, persevered and won a ballgame in tough conditions. It won’t get any easier tonight as Chris Sale takes the mound for the Red Sox. If you play daily fantasy baseball, Sale will be a popular choice tonight as not only is he good, but the Orioles struggle […]

The Rundown: Adam Jones Steady, Gausman’s Start Worrisome

Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles prepares to swing.
The Orioles will attempt to win another series tonight (if the rain holds off) and they will try to do it behind left-hander Wade Miley. The veteran credits former Orioles pitcher Scott McGregor for his success to end last year and his strong start to 2017. McGregor told Miley to try easier and I don’t know how that phrase has made a pitcher who has been in the league since 2011 more effective, but that’s where we are with Miley. The 30-year-old owns a career 4.14 ERA so it will […]

The Rundown: Tillman Makes Rehab Start, Trey Forces Way Into Lineup

Trey Mancini follows through on a swing.
The Orioles head to Cincinnati for their first interleague series of the season and despite the confusion, Kevin Gausman will be the one to take the mound for the O’s tonight to square off against Bronson Arroyo. It will be interesting to see which player between Mark Trumbo, Hyun-soo Kim and Seth Smith takes a seat tonight. Due to a left-hander pitching game two, it could be Trumbo. No matter who gets the start, this is a prime spot for the offense to continue to mash the baseball, as Arroyo […]

The Rundown: Big Day for Chris Tillman’s Recovery

Chris Tillman winds up to pitch.
The Orioles kick off the second week of their season by heading to Boston, currently sitting in first place in the American League East. After having three off days already to start the year, the O’s will finally get into a routine, playing 15 games in the next 16 days. Bundy Makes His Second Start of Season It was nearly impossible to not get excited watching Dylan Bundy carve up the Blue Jays in his first start of the year. Bundy brought back his slider/cutter into his repertoire and it […]

The Rundown: Trey Mancini Has Earned a Spot

Trey Mancini swings for the Orioles.
Opening Day is less than a week away and there are many questions that still surround the 25-man roster for the Orioles. Buck Showalter and Dan Duquette will more than likely wait all the way until the deadline to set the team as they figure out the last two bullpen arms and final bench spots. However the roster shakes out, the Orioles will once again be positioned to contend for a playoff berth.   Mancini Has Earned a Spot The Orioles can go a lot of different ways with this, […]

The Rundown: Mancini Manning RF Again, Tillman Still Ailing

Trey Mancini in his O's batting helmet.
There hasn’t been a lack of storylines this spring training for the Orioles, and with another three weeks to go, it will only intensify. At this point, the 25-man roster begins to take shape, but it has been difficult to predict the final spots and I can see it changing numerous times over the next couple of weeks.   AS THE OUTFIELD TURNS This has been a crazy story all spring and continues to take wild turns with the minor-league signing of Pedro Alvarez and the position change of Trey […]
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