Prediction Friday: Quick-fire Orioles' predictions
OK, as Buck Showalter says, I get it.
I have been a terrible barkeep lately.
This joint has been open about as often as a Ravens’ wideout in a Steelers’ game.
Blame by bar malaise on spring training. By the time we’ve gotten back to the Sarasota condo each tonight, I was too bushed to serve you bad swill and stale pretzels. But I left the side door cracked and one keg tapped, if you were really thirsty.
I am making it up for it today in an epic Prediction Friday, because today is the season opener for the Orioles in St. Pete. In celebration of no more No. 92s pitching in the eighth, Prediction Friday is going to be a two-parter today, starting with this entry.
Sun O’s writer Jeff Zrebiec, Sun columnist Peter Schmuck and I had dinner together tonight in Tampa and we wrote down our predictions for various Orioles and national baseball categories (we figured it was a working dinner, so we let Schmuck get two desserts).
We made so many predictions we will present one group now and another mid-morning Friday. So check back around 11 a.m. or so to see the second round. These will all focus on the 2011 Orioles. We’ll give you our national predictions later this weekend. (Yeah, long dinner. Ever watched Schmuck eat dessert?)
If you want to join in the frivolity, do so. Provide your own thoughts on each category we suggest. Or just tell us how wrong our predictions are. It’s for amusement purposes only.
Here is Part 1, the first 10 categories. Remember, this one is all about the 2011 Orioles
HR leader: Jones (Jeff); Guerrero (Dan); Reynolds (Pete)
RBI leader: Markakis (Jeff); Lee (Dan); Guerrero (Pete)
Highest Avg.: Markakis (Jeff); Markakis (Dan); Guerrero (Pete)
Wins: Guthrie (Jeff); Britton (Dan); Arrieta (Pete)
Strikeout leader: Arrieta (Jeff); Matusz (Dan); Matusz (Pete)
Team wins: 75 (Jeff); 77 (Dan); 79 (Pete)
Lone All-Star: Jones (Jeff); Markakis (Dan); Matusz (Pete)
Will be traded in 2011: Lee (Jeff); Gonzalez (Dan); Uehara (Pete)
First Norfolk callup: Jakubauskas (Jeff); Tatum (Dan); Drese (Pete)
Showalter’s first ejection: May 16 (Jeff); April 14 (Dan); April 21 (Pete)
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