The worst four days of the summer are FINALLY over, as baseball returns to the Yard tonight. The O’s kick off the second half by hosting the World Champion Cubs, who are scuffling in 2017. It’ll be fun to see those guys come to town though, especially Saturday’s starter, Jake Arrieta.
Hopefully the O’s aren’t very accommodating guests as they begin a crucial 10-game homestand.
To the links!
Woo hoo! Jake & Scott’s annual awards show celebrates year five. The perfect way to review the first half and get ready for the dog days of summer. This year’s version features another wonderful musical number from Jake, and a characteristically cringe-worthy one from Scott (hey, I’d be right there with ya, SM).
Jon Heyman reports that if the O’s front office wants to sell this July, they’ll have to convince ol’ Petey that it’s the right move. I didn’t realize this, but it’s exactly right, and it’s probably the biggest culprit in the team’s 14-year run of futility from 1998-2011: Pete has NEVER sold in season.
If Pete can be convinced, the Birds will have plenty of suitors for Zach Britton, among others. Word is that the Dodgers are very interested. So which of their prospects should the O’s want in return? Camden Chat’s Brice Freeman investigates.
Matt Perez of Camden Chat takes the other angle, assuming that the O’s will be buyers. In that case, should Philly shortstop Maikel Franco be on their radar? Ugh.
But the O’s can appeal. If there’s one thing Angelos loves more than buyin’, it’s litigatin’. Back to court!