Coffee Companion -- 5/3

May 03, 2011|By Matt Vensel

Each morning, Monday through Friday, I'll hook you up with some reading material to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday -- that way I'll have an excuse to do the same at the start of mine.

Running it back:

The lack of run support for Jeremy Guthrie continued as the Orioles lost to the White Sox, 6-2, on Monday night. ... Orioles reliever Alfredo Simon is expected to pitch, and likely start, in Thursday's game for Double-A Bowie. ... After failing to select a pass rusher early in the draft, the Ravens will try to acquire one in free agency whenever the labor situation clears.

Hitting the links:

1. Mike Preston: The Ravens must find a pass rusher and a backup QB in free agency [Baltimore Sun]

2. Peter Schmuck: The draft was more compelling than the royal wedding [Baltimore Sun]

3. The Ravens received solid marks for their draft from national experts [Baltimore Sun]

4. Jimmy Smith got a playbook just before the lockout went into effect again [Ravens Insider]

5. Ray Lewis was on Wall Street talking about the NFL lockout [CNN Money]

6. Ravens coach John Harbaugh likes the draft before free agency [Ravens.com]

7. A few quick notes on Jeremy Guthrie, Nick Markakis, Josh Rupe and Brad Bergesen [Orioles Insider]

8. Looking at Mark Reynolds and his strikeouts [Eutaw Street Hooligans]

9. Chatting about the Orioles' international efforts [Orioles Nation]

10. Cliff Tucker has his doubts about Jordan Williams returning [Tracking the Terps]

11. Without shimmies, Greivis Vasquez shines on the big stage [The Toy Department]

12. The Capitals are staying positive despite being down 2-0 to the Lightning [Capitals Insider]

You said it:

"Sure thing. Let's see, who do the Ravens start? Quality guys who are also great players, like Carr, Foxworth, or Wilson? Or do we start a first round pick with a terribly suspicious past and a huge question mark on whether or not he can even handle playing in the NFL (an issue for any draft pick really)? You ask me, I'd let Thugster sit on the pine, and see if he can stay out of trouble for a season." -- reader Devil_Rising thinks the Ravens should bench Jimmy Smith in his rookie season

Video of the morning: 

Check out this amazing ping pong shot [Hat tip to Hot Clicks]

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