O’s too weak for two weeks against AL East elite

April 24, 2010|By Peter Schmuck

News item: The Orioles just opened a 12-game stretch exclusively against the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees.

My take: Here's what's sad. How can you dream about playing meaningful games against those teams in August and September when you can't even play meaningful games against them in April?

News item: The Ravens chose linebacker Sergio Kindle with their first pick in the NFL draft, apparently unconcerned about a couple of off-the-field issues and some uncertainty about the condition of an oft-injured right knee.

My take: Kindle looks like a bit of a gamble, but if you're going to trust somebody to make that kind of bet, it would be Ozzie Newsome and the Ravens' brain trust.

News item: NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for six games for his involvement in a pair of tawdry sex scandals.

My take: Sounds about right, though I thought he should have been suspended through Week 13. The fact that that's the date of the second game against the Ravens is purely coincidental.

News item: The NCAA is expected to expand March Madness to 68 teams.

My take: This is a great step forward because it means that the 66th-best college basketball team no longer has to whine about being the No. 1 seed in the National Invitation Tournament. Now the 69th-best team gets to do that.

News item: Drew Brees won the fan vote to be the cover boy for the latest edition of the "Madden" football video game.

My take: Great news for the Ravens, who will play the Saints well after Brees is put on injured reserve.

News item: The St. Louis Rams surprised no one by choosing Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford with the first overall pick in the NFL draft Thursday night.

My take: And it won't surprise me if he misses a big chunk of the 2010 season with shoulder issues. If he couldn't take a hit in college, what makes the Rams think he'll be durable when the defensive linemen are 30 pounds heavier and get paid for beating him up?

Bonus take: I wonder whether the Rams are second-guessing themselves now that it's apparent they could have drafted Ndamukong Suh with the first pick and still gotten quarterback Jimmy Clausen on Friday with the 33rd pick.

News item: The Milwaukee Brewers pounded out 25 hits in a 20-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday that was the most lopsided defeat in the 124-year history of the Pirates franchise.

My take: It gets worse. The Brewers outscored the Pirates 36-1 in the three-game series at PNC Park. If the Pirates don't pull things together, they just might drop behind the Orioles in the power rankings.

News item: Alex Rodriguez touched off a war of words with Oakland Athletics pitcher Dallas Braden when he broke one of baseball's supposed unwritten rules and jogged over the mound after making an out in Thursday night's game.

My take: Generally, I'll accept any opportunity to rip A-Rod, but I consider myself something of an expert on the unwritten rules of baseball, and that one has been out of vogue since the days of Bob Gibson, who didn't even like his teammates to step on the mound.

News item: The Denver Broncos ran afoul of conventional scouting wisdom Thursday night when they traded up into the Ravens' spot in the first round to take 2007 Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow with the 25th overall pick.

My take: It was a bold move because they also mortgaged part of their future by giving up three draft picks to move into that slot and because most football experts think Tebow does not have what it takes to be a successful NFL quarterback. Personally, I think both he and the Broncos are going to surprise some people.

News item: Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella announced this week that $91.5 million pitcher Carlos Zambrano has been moved into the bullpen.

My take: I probably don't have to tell you who was one of the top picks of my fantasy draft.

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