It’s BEVy time again! Can you believe it? It seems like just yesterday the Orioles walked down the orange carpet, took a lead against the Yankees into the late innings, and then saw the bullpen immediately shit said lead away.
Of course, the bullpen shitting probably did happen again yesterday. And the day before. And it’ll happen tomorrow.
Such is Orioles baseball in 2019. Only three-plus months left of it! Can the Birds lose fewer than the 115 game bar of awfulness set by last year’s squad? Stay tuned.
Anyway, where were we?
Oh, right, BEVYs! The midseason awards show put on by our friends over at Birds Eye View. To our categories, and nominees!
From 2013 – 18, we used the same BEVy categories every season. However, now that the Birds are in rebuild mode, I thought it was time to change things up. After all, it would be pretty tough to pick out a Forgotten Man from a roster so chock full of has-beens, never-weres, and never-will-bes. As it would be impossible to choose someone who’s letting us down, considering that our expectations are subterranean.
So we are officially retiring our long-tenured BEVy categories – The Forgotten Man Award and the “Why Are You Breaking My Heart Like This, Just Let Me Love You!” Award.
The Duquette Era awards give way to the Rebuild Era awards. Here’s to these two categories only lasting a year or two. Hopefully, by the BEVy’s 10th or 11th birthday, we have some much more positive Elias Era hardware to hand out.
For now, the new categories are….
Best Football Score
The Orioles are involved in WAY too many games that look like football scores. They’re always on the wrong end of them, of course. Which has been your favorite so far? The nominees…
April 7 – Yankees 15 Orioles 3
The O’s celebrated Kids’ Opening Day by making sure as many kids as possible looked at their parents and said “are you SURE we’re cheering for the right team?” A generation of little bandwagon Yankees fans was born, thanks to this game of field goals, in which Gary Sanchez and Clint Frazier combined for five home runs. Two other bad guys went yard for good measure.
April 10 – A’s 10 Orioles 3
Just three days later, the Raiders put up a touchdown and a field goal to the Ravens’ lone Justin Tucker score.
May 16 – Indians 14 Orioles 7
The O’s actually led this one 5-2 headed into the bottom of the third. Dan Straily was the starting pitcher though, so…yanno. Hey, at least we finally got in the end zone.
May 19 – Indians 10 Orioles 0
An old AFC North defensive struggle here.
June 23 – Seattle 13 Orioles 3
The 12’s were just too much for Baltimore up in the Emerald City, as Gabriel Ynoa and Matt Wotherspoon combined to give up TWELVE runs over the game’s first five frames. A game that was 2-2 after two was a laugher by the fourth.
So, which was your favorite Football Score (so far)?
Moving onto our next new BEVy category…
How will we ever choose? This is like going down to the flaming dumpster and picking out the hottest piece of burning garbage.
Still, there can be only one BULLPEN BUM of the O’s first half. We had to narrow it down a little bit, so the stipulations are:
1. Player has to still be in the O’s organization (sorry, Mike Wright)
2. Player must not have started a single game (no award for you, Dan Straily!)
3. Player must have made at least nine appearances, with a current ERA of 5+ (just missed the cut, Jimmy Yac)
The laundry list of nominees….
Evan Phillips – 17.1 IP, 7.79 ERA, 22 H, 15 BB, 25 K, 2.13 WHIP, 0 HR (!!!)
Branden Kline – 21.1 IP, 6.75 ERA, 21 H, 8 BB, 23 K, 1.36 WHIP, 6 HR
Tanner Scott – 8.1 IP, 6.48 ERA, 12 H, 11 BB, 13 K, 2.76 WHIP, 2 HR
Richard Bleier – 21.1 IP, 6.75 ERA, 27 H, 2 BB, 9 K, 1.36 WHIP, 3 HR
Miguel Castro – 39.0 IP, 5.77 ERA, 40 H, 20 BB, 34 K, 1.54 WHIP, 7 HR
Josh Lucas – 15.2 IP, 5.74 ERA, 14 H, 7 BB, 16 K, 1.34 WHIP, 2 HR
Mychal Givens – 31.0 IP, 5.23 ERA, 27 H, 15 BB, 45 K, 1.35 WHIP, 8 HR
Alright, Birdland…there can be only one. Who is your BULLPEN BUM?
Be sure to tune into the BEVys at Bird’s Eye View over the All-Star Break to hear the winners!