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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: Injuries More Worrisome Than Early Results

Brian Matusz throws in Sarasota.
I have learned not to read too much into spring training stats so I will dismiss the first ugly starts for Ubaldo Jimenez and Miguel Gonzalez. However, I stayed positive last year with Bud Norris during his spring struggles and we all know how that story ended. The good news is, games are in full swing now and fans can see the roster Dan Duquette and company worked hard to put together this past winter.   INJURIES EARLY IN CAMP Regardless of the sport, the number one goal for teams […]

Yovani Gallardo Rumors Show O’s Desperation

buck showalter standing by fence talking to dan duquette
The Orioles have once again become desperate. It appears it is no longer if, but when the team will sign right-hander Yovani Gallardo. This sounds all too familiar to 2014 when the organization panicked and signed Ubaldo Jimenez in spring training. As we’re all aware, that deal hasn’t led to the kind of results they’d hoped for. Gallardo is a durable veteran pitcher, which this team desperately needs. The soon to be 30-year-old has pitched at least 180 innings in every season since 2009 along with at least 30 starts […]

THE RUNDOWN: Waiting for Some Movement

Chris Davis smirks while in extended Spring Training for the Baltimore Orioles.
The MLB Winter Meetings is two weeks away and there will finally be some action to talk about as the off-season has remained relatively quiet since the end of the World Series. There have been plenty of rumors however; especially involving the Orioles with the many needs this team has in order to put together a team to get back to the playoffs next season.   ANGELOS INVOLVED IN DAVIS NEGOTIATIONS   This shouldn’t be a surprise is expected when a team will have to commit six or seven years […]

THE RUNDOWN: O’s Will Look to Improve Rotation, OBP

kansas city royals alex gordon about to hit the baseball
Alright, Birdland, we all know what went wrong this past season. With the playoffs getting underway, it’s now time to look towards the critical offseason of the Baltimore Orioles. Buck Showalter and Dan Duquette spoke to the media on Monday afternoon and gave a blueprint on what is to come. IMPROVING ROTATION IS TOP PRIORITY This was clearly the biggest reason the O’s aren’t getting ready to play October baseball. The Orioles can’t go into next season with Miguel Gonzalez, Mike Wright, Tyler Wilson and others fighting for the last […]

THE RUNDOWN: More Bad News for Harvey, & Time to Look Ahead

baltimore oriole alvarez swinging bat after hit
After last night’s postponement, the Orioles will again attempt to begin a three-game series with the Nationals in the nation’s capital, which means the paid attendance and viewers get to watch pitchers pretend to be hitters. I’m not sure what baseball was thinking when this series was scheduled last year, but hopefully this isn’t an issue again. If the Orioles were still in a playoff race this would be a bigger story, but since they aren’t, the competitive disadvantage will get swept under the rug. HARVEY’S INJURED ELBOW FLARES UP […]

THE RUNDOWN: How About that Jonny Beisbol?

baltimore maryland orioles player with arms up
We all know that after the sweep of the Oakland A’s in the middle of August, the Orioles’ season took a turn for the worse, as they lost 16 out of 20 before finding a way to win four of their last five. If they found a way to just win four games out of those 16 losses their record would be flipped and we would be on the edge of our seats for the last three weeks of the season. This team had their flaws all season and battled […]

THE RUNDOWN: Don’t Question O’s Effort, or Jones’ Leadership

adam jones fist pumping fan in stands as he runs by
After another brutal week for the Orioles, their playoff hopes have become more of a pipe dream than anything resembling a potential reality. The starting pitchers continue to struggle and the offense is lucky to finish a game with more than three runs. Another struggling team, the Tampa Bay Rays, comes to town tonight for the start of a three-game series and the O’s are hoping a return to Oriole Park is what they need to turn the season with only a little over 30 games left to play.   […]

THE RUNDOWN: Jones Playing Too Shallow?

Adam Jones makes a catch in spring training
Exactly a week ago I wrote about the Orioles completing a four-game sweep of the Oakland A’s and how they were sitting pretty in the wild card picture. Now, the team has lost five straight, are back to .500 for the first time since late July and are 2.5 games out of the second wild card position. Who knows what the storyline will be next week, but the confidence looks at an all-time low right now watching these guys play and even though I respect the comments Manny Machado made […]

THE RUNDOWN: Clevenger Forcing His Way Into the Lineup

Steve Clevenger of the Baltimore Orioles swings in Spring Training 2015.
Baseball is such a funny game. One day you get no-hit and drop two of three from the Seattle Mariners and the next thing you know, you complete a four-game sweep of the Oakland Athletics. It’s so easy to have a football mentality and react to every outcome, but the adage of “it’s a long season” is so true. However, with fewer than 50 games left in the regular season, wins hold more meaning and losses come with just a bit more sting.   O’s Facing Elite of Elite Starters […]

The Rundown: Will Zach Britton Keep Pitching Multiple Innings?

side profile of orioles player britton holding glove by face before pitch
The Orioles have two more games remaining on the West Coast swing and have a great chance to finish strong after winning the first game of a three-game series against the Seattle Mariners on Monday night by the score of 3-2. The starting pitching has hit a rough spot lately so it was good to see Wei-Yin Chen bounce back after a few sub-par performances to pitch 7 1/3 innings allowing one earned run on five strikeouts. Despite rocking a hideous mustache, Chris Davis continued his torrid stretch by hitting […]

The Rundown: Ubaldo’s Struggles Continue, Davis Crushing Again

Chris Davis smirks while in extended Spring Training for the Baltimore Orioles.
The Orioles head out west for a nine-game trip, which means a lot of late nights for O’s fans. The west coast swing can be brutal for teams, but the Orioles have managed it well over the last couple of years. The team has played well the last three seasons finishing with a 6-4 record in 2014, 7-4 in 2013, and 7-6 in 2012. With the team in the thick of a wild card race and still within reach of the American League East crown, the next nine games are […]

THE RUNDOWN: Birds Send Top Arms to Hill in New York

orioles player on mound after throwing ball
Saying this a huge series for the Orioles might be the understatement of the year, but the next three games against the New York Yankees will go a long way in determining if the O’s are buyers or sellers in the next week as the trade deadline approaches. I hate overreacting to one series, especially with two full months left, but with the Orioles hovering around .500 and four games back from first place, I don’t think I am reaching when I say the team needs to find a way to […]

THE RUNDOWN: Break Comes at Perfect Time for Struggling Birds

orioles baseball side profile of player
The All-Star break couldn’t have come at a better time for the Baltimore Orioles as they limped to the break losing 10 of 13 games. It was a very disappointing stretch for the team, specifically the offense, after a great June that saw them regain first place in the American League East. With the trade deadline only a couple of weeks away, the organization will be busy trying to get the O’s back in position to make a postseason run.   CORNER OUTFIELD CONTINUES TO BE A WEAKNESS Let me […]

THE RUNDOWN: Tillman Shines, Davies Honored, Schoop to AAA?

close up of baseball player holding glove looking into distance
After sleepwalking through the first two months of the season, the Baltimore Orioles have woken up in the month of June and have reeled off 18 wins to get them back to first place in the American League East. The O’s continue their home stand tonight as the Texas Rangers are in town for the second of four. Before beating the O’s Monday night, the Rangers had lost seven of their last eight.   SCHOOP TO TRIPLE A? This scenario is becoming more and more of a possibility, as the […]

THE RUNDOWN: Tillman Struggles, Roster Crunches, Alvarez Rakes

orioles player sitting in dugout with towel around neck
In recent years, the Boston Red Sox have always been public enemy number one for me, but over the last two seasons, the Toronto Blue Jays have taken over that spot. Between their manager looking like he is coming off a Saturday night bender every time he walks to the mound and Jose Bautista always thinking someone is trying to hit him on purpose, the team annoys me. This just made the Orioles taking two of three from them at their place that much sweeter as they now head to […]

THE RUNDOWN: Machado, Schoop, Gausman, & Parmelee

baltimore oriole up to bat arms holding bat behind head
The Orioles continued their winning ways last night in the first game of four against the Philadelphia Phillies. After a huge six-game stretch last week and another big series lurking this weekend against the Toronto Blue Jays, it would be very easy for the O’s to overlook a team like Philadelphia. However, in the opener Wei-Yin Chen threw a gem, and the Orioles now find themselves three games out of first place in the American League East.   MACHADO WINS A.L. PLAYER OF THE WEEK  Manny Machado had a huge week […]

The Rundown: Wieters Sparks O’s; Can Reimold Do the Same?

Matt Wieters bats during a spring training 2015 game.
I try to keep in perspective that baseball is a long season and there will be a lot of ups and downs throughout the course of the year, but I don’t think I am being over the top when I say this is close to being a make or break week for the Baltimore Orioles. The O’s are back home and will have the next six games against American League East opponents. It all starts tonight with Miguel Gonzalez on the mound against former highly touted O’s prospect Eduardo Rodriguez, […]

The Rundown: Can O’s Turn the Page as the Calendar Flips?

orioles player sitting in dugout with towel around neck
The Orioles – and the fan base – cannot be more excited to see the calendar turn to June. It was a very frustrating month of May that saw the team continuously make mental mistakes and produce an offense that finished 27th in runs and dead last in OPS in all of baseball. Consider that they also played three “home games” on the road to start the month and it is certainly a relief to bid May a fond Gary Thorne “adieu, adieu.” Luckily, the American League East is a joke […]

The Rundown: Cruz Returns to Black Holes in O’s Corner OF Spots

orioles player in dugout with arms up surrounded by other players
The Orioles are back in action tonight against the Seattle Mariners. I hope they enjoyed their day off on Monday, as they are about to start a stretch of 21 games in 20 days and will need all hands on deck over the next couple of weeks. The bullpen is well rested which is crucial and I have a feeling we will have a read on how fun this summer will be when they finally reach their next off-day on June 8th.   CRUZ RETURNS TO BALTIMORE It will be […]

The Rundown: Bundy Getting Velocity Back, Gausman Hits DL

pitcher for orioles watching after having thrown pitch
The Orioles return to play in front of their home crowd for the first time since Sunday, April 26th, tonight against the Toronto Blue Jays. Hopefully, this is the much needed jolt to a team that has appeared in a daze for the better part of a week. Base running mistakes along with fielding miscues have been commonplace for most of the season which is very uncharacteristic of a Buck Showalter led team. I keep waiting for it to end, but then Jimmy Paredes gets picked off first base and […]
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