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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: Offense Cooking Early

baseball player at home plate looking at ball after batting
The Orioles completed their first two series of the year with mixed results, finding themselves with a 3-3 record after six games. The New York Yankees come to town tonight to start a three-game series and they are coming off a 14-run outburst against the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night.   Up and down week for the starting rotation  Did anyone predict Ubaldo Jimenez having the most dominating start for the Orioles through the first six games? I sure didn’t, but it was good to see Jimenez continue the […]

THE RUNDOWN: O’s Poised to Make Another Run

orioles third baseman machado throwing pitch with stadium in background
The start of the regular season has finally arrived and the Baltimore Orioles are primed again for another deep run in October. The O’s have the depth at pitching needed to get through a long season and the lineup is deep enough to cause problems for opposing pitchers on any given night. As we head into the first game later today, let’s take a look at a few of the top stories surrounding the birds.   Kevin Gausman starts the year in the bullpen I came to the realization this […]

THE RUNDOWN: Spring Training Questions Remain

orioles player hunched waiting to catch baseball
We have reached the mid-point of spring training and many of the questions heading into the month for the Orioles have not been answered as the start of the season quickly approaches. Let’s take a look at a few of them and see if we can figure out the direction the team may go. Starting Second Baseman Maybe I put too much stock into the signing of Everth Cabrera. When Dan Duquette decided to give the former All-Star over two million dollars to sign with the O’s, I thought that […]

THE RUNDOWN: Winter Meetings Preview

orioles player smacking base coach's hand while running by
The Winter Meetings begin on Monday, and the Orioles have plenty to do. After they failed to sign Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis, along with the pending departure of Andrew Miller, three huge contributors to the success of their 2014 season are now gone. Dan Duquette, Buck Showalter and company will have a lot of work to do this upcoming week. However, many people are forgetting the fact that the O’s did lock up shortstop J.J. Hardy, a player many feared would jump ship and sign with the New York […]

THE RUNDOWN: Looking Ahead to the Offseason

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It’s been almost a week since the Orioles were eliminated in the playoffs, and my frustration level of what transpired in those four games against the Kansas City Royals is starting to fade. We will have the entire offseason to try to figure out how the O’s can get back to the ALCS and advance, but they faced a team in the Royals that clicked on all cylinders and made the plays they needed to when it counted the most. PENDING FREE AGENTS  We all know the names by now, […]

THE RUNDOWN: ALCS Preview

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The last time the Orioles were about to play in the League Championship Series, I was 11-years-old, so to say that I will be enjoying every second of this is an understatement. I can’t wait to hear how loud Camden Yards will be in the first two games and if the series comes back to Baltimore. I have been to many games in my life, including Ravens playoff games with Ray Lewis being introduced, and I have never heard anything louder in my life than the noise that echoed throughout […]

THE RUNDOWN: O’s & Tigers Ready to Face Off

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While O’s fans have plenty to gripe about, should we so choose –  no primetime games, we have to wake up extra early just to tailgate on Friday, in this writer’s opinion, the O’s are about to face the best team in baseball in the Detroit Tigers, etc. – but as Buck Showalter said yesterday, all of these complaints beat knowing what your tee time is today. The Orioles are back in the playoffs, and are primed to make a deep run this time.   ALDS Roster Includes Jimenez Well […]

THE RUNDOWN: Birds Take Off for Final Regular Season Road Trip

orioles pitcher chen after just throwing ball
The final week of the regular season begins tonight for the Orioles as they head to New York to take on the Yankees. There are really only two goals for the team as they play out the last two series: get everyone healthy, and stay that way. The O’s still have a chance for the best record in the American League and their goal is to win every game, but as we have seen in the last week, all it takes is a high fastball to the back to knock […]

THE RUNDOWN: Postseason Rotation Musings

pitcher for baltimore orioles with arm back before throwing ball
Another series, another round of unlikely heroes leading the Orioles to victory. The four-game set against the New York Yankees started Friday afternoon with a walk-off hit for Jimmy Paredes and ended on Sunday night with a walk-off hit by Kelly Johnson. Just O’mazing. Now the Toronto Blue Jays come to town against a team fully motivated to clinch a division title in Baltimore. Magic number down to 3 It has been enjoyable to watch social media blow up after every Orioles win with a countdown of the Orioles magic […]

THE RUNDOWN: Magic Number Dwindles, Miller Tiring?

orioles andrew miller with arm back before throwing pitch
The Orioles will finish their 11-game homestand this week with a three-game set starting tonight against the Cincinnati Reds. The rosters have expanded, a couple trades were made, and the final stretch run towards a division title has begun. September may be the longest month ever for O’s fans as we wait for the Birds to clinch the East. The Magic Number is Down to 19 This number fluctuates by the game, but the fact remains, the Orioles have a real shot to win the division before they hit the […]

THE RUNDOWN: Tillman Putting it Together, Gausman Struggling

orioles player tillman holding hat brim looking down
After near panic set in last weekend with the Orioles being swept by the Chicago Cubs while having three former teammates dominate them on the mound, and having their lead in the American League East dwindle, the O’s returned home and returned to their winning ways this week against the Tampa Bay Rays. Their lead in the East has also grown to seven games over the New York Yankees. The Orioles continue their 11-game homestand tonight with the start of a four-game set against the Minnesota Twins over the Labor […]

THE RUNDOWN: Wallace Key to O’s Success

baltimore orioles catcher and pitcher huddled talking to referee
The Orioles lose Matt Wieters for the year, Manny Machado for an extended period of time on two separate occasions, Chris Davis struggles offensively all season long plus makes a stint on the Disabled List, and their big offseason signing in Ubaldo Jimenez has been moved to the bullpen. Yet, the team is 20 games over .500 and in cruise control to winning the American League East. Ubaldo Jimenez moving the bullpen Buck Showalter made a bold move when he decided to move Jimenez to the bullpen. I know that […]

Davis Needs to Be Moved Down the Batting Order – Now!

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Buck Showalter is very loyal. This is one of many reasons why players love playing for him. However, one of his greatest strengths as a manager is also one of his bigger weaknesses. When Jim Johnson blew three consecutive saves last season in May and again in August, Buck stayed with him. You could make the argument that Showalter staying with an average pitcher as the team’s closer led to the Orioles missing the playoffs. Showalter has another huge decision to make this year with another former All-Star – Chris […]

Looking at Early August Schedules in the AL East

Darren O'Day and Jose Bautista share glances.
I try to look only a couple series ahead when it comes to baseball schedules. We have heard a lot how difficult the Orioles schedule is for the rest of the season, but how do their next couple series stack up against the rest of the American League East? Let’s take a look. The Red Sox are not included because that blow out loss last night pretty much cements their fate in terms of competing for the division. I feel like they have been done for weeks, but if you […]

Down O’n The Farm: Bundy Hiccups, Walker, Alvarez Earn Promotions

orioles player at bat waiting for baseball
With the Orioles (and several minor league affiliates) on their All-Star break, I think it is a good time to check in on how some of the top prospects are doing. This is based off the top 10 prospect rankings according to Baseball America that was released in the offseason and then a couple of notables.   1. Dylan Bundy Bundy has struggled in his first two starts with the Frederick Keys after a stint with the Aberdeen IronBirds. Bundy has an ERA over 7.00 and has given up six […]

Big Second Halves from Davis, Manny, Ubaldo Could Propel Birds

manny machado with hands on knees waiting in outfield
With less than a week until the All-Star break, the Orioles find themselves three games up over the second place Toronto Blue Jays in the American League East and nine games over .500. It seems like it has been a struggle and the O’s haven’t played their best ball yet, but the record indicates otherwise. With the second half of the season underway, here are some questions concerning the Orioles the rest of the way:   What to do with Chris Davis? The hope is that Chris Davis snapped out […]

Soft Schedule Is Here – Can Birds Take Advantage?

baseball player looking up after hitting ball at home plate
The Orioles finished a 13-game stretch against American League East opponents with an 8-5 record and now return home for 11 straight games against teams with a sub-.500 record. After the 11-game homestand, the O’s go on the road for a three-game set against the Boston Red Sox, so the next 14 games will be against teams with (currently) more losses than wins. The O’s find themselves only 1.5 games back from the Toronto Blue Jays for first place in the East. Between the schedule and the Blue Jays and […]

Down O’n the Farm: Bundy Impresses in First Start After TJS

bundy pitcher for baltimore orioles
Every couple of weeks I like to check in to see how the top minor leaguers in the organization are faring, so I figured I would update those who do not follow the farm system closely. This is based off the top 10 prospect rankings according to Baseball America that was released in the offseason and then a couple of notables.   Dylan Bundy – It has almost been a year since the top prospect underwent Tommy John Surgery and he is finally seeing “real” game action. In his first […]

Birds’ Offense, Not Pitching, Keeping Them in Neutral in 2014

hardy batting for baltimore orioles
The Orioles offense has become a mystery as of late, and it has happened at a time where they are finally getting the starting pitching needed to compete on a consistent basis. Not many people predicted the Orioles offense to be ranked 10th in runs in the American League in the middle of June. With the injuries to Manny Machado, Chris Davis, and Matt Wieters, the projected starting lineup in March never came to be. It is ironic that their struggles are coming in a month where they are finally […]

Tillman, Jimenez, Davis, Machado – Plenty to Worry About in Birdland

orioles player on mound after throwing ball
After a weekend that saw the Orioles lose two of three to the Oakland A’s and have their star third baseman, Manny Machado, act immature on multiple occasions, the team is coming up on a crucial two-week stretch in their schedule. The schedule hasn’t been kind to the Orioles all season long and it doesn’t get any easier with the next 13 games coming against the American League East. We will find out over these next two weeks how fun this summer will be in Birdland. In order for it […]
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