Iggy’s Baltimore Sports Report – August 4, 2015

A recent study lists Baltimore as having the 4th best fans, behind the Cowboys, Pats and Giants (steelers came in 14th)… Safety Matt Elam to go on DL with Torn Biceps… Super Bowl Odds have the Ravens at 17-1, and steelers at 20-1. Green Bay and Seattle are the leading candidates at 11-2. Only Indy (8-1), NE (9-1) and Denver (15-1) are ahead of the Ravens in the AFC… With the season about a month a way, and 4 preseason games yet to go, experts seem to think that the Ravens did enough in the off season to win the division, and make a serious run at another Super Bowl title. Personally, I think we still need to demonstrate that we have overcome our flaws from last year with the off season acquisitions, and remain healthy. The preseason is long and arduous, so pray that the injury bug avoids us. With 5 of the first 7 games on the road, the Ravens will have to demonstrate their toughness before playing any real home games.

After a very forgettable July, the Orioles have rebounded into a tie for the 2nd wild card spot, and sit 5.5 games behind the evil yankees. On paper, the skanks should be headed for a collapse, as they are out performing their talent pool (and I would really enjoy that). Toronto was the MLB trade deadline winner, stocking up for either a World Series title, or Bankruptcy. Either way, they will have a yard sale in the off-season. The Orioles brightest move in years was the acquisition of Gerardo Parra, who had the 4th best batting average in the NL before the trade. Although a pitcher would have been nice, Parra should add more punch to the line-up and give us a fighting chance… The Orioles have 9 free agents to speak of for next year and most will be gone: Davis, Norris, Wieters, Chen, O’Day, Pearce, Matusz, Parra and Reimold. Of those, most speculations are that O’Day and Pearce will be back, and the rest are likely gone due to limited financial resources. One theory states that Wieters might accept the league minimum qualifying offer that the Orioles will make to him, figuring he can command a higher premium after completing a full season, and not a partial one like this year. The Orioles tend to stay away from the big name, big contract deals, and focus more on their home grown money ball scheme, so this might be our best chance (albeit luke warm) this year for a while. Enough about the future, lets focus on the here and now. Go O’s.

The Al’s are 2-3, but only 1 game behind everyone else in the division.

Blast (MASL):
Nothing to report.

Chesapeake Bayhawks: (Home games at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium)
The Bayhawks ended the season with a win, but failed to reach the playoffs.

Nothing to Report.

Capitals (See website for more details):
Nothing to Report.

Wizards (See website for more details):
Nothing to Report.

Mystics (See website for more details):
Mystics have risen to 2nd place at 11-7, and only 1.5 games behind the New York Liberty.

D.C.United (See website for more details):
DC (12-7-5, 41 points) are in first place, 9 points ahead of New York Red Bulls.

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