It's a beautiful time in the city of Baltimore. The Orioles are number one in the AL East and has won back-to-back series against the Angels, who currently owns the #1 wildcard spot. This is the O's first series back in Baltimore, after going 6-4 during a 10 road trip. My favorite thing about this team is the chemistry. Manager, Buck Showalters, does an excellent job with the lineups, and no matter who is out there, the team is consistent as one unit. The O's have a starting pitching staff with no ace and rotating catchers, but they still manage to keep a 3.76 ERA. Yes I do worry that not having a bonafide ace will haunt us but I trust in our bats. I can live with a mediocre ERA of 3.76 if I have the best lineup in the majors.
And yes I am against trading away valuable and prospect players just for an "ace". It's no guarantee that with an ace, we will make it to the promise land. It could make our chances better, but I would rather succeed or fail with the group of guys we have now. Adam Jones, Chris Davis, JJ Hardy, Nick Markakis, Manny Machado,Chris TIllman, and Brian Matuz, all have been apart of this team since 2012, when the O's ended a 16-year postseason drought. Then you add someone with a solid postseason career in Nelson Cruz (.278 avg, 35 hits, 14 bombs, 27 RBIs in 35 games), who has already been an instant impact. I like our recipe right now, and with the Red Sox and Yankees struggling, I really like our chances.
Tyron Smith has became a very rich man. Smith has agreed to a 8-year extension worth $110 million. I really appreciate both sides of this deal - Front office and player - because the Cowboys are expressing that they want Smith there, who is already going into his 4th season, until he hangs the cleats up. And Tyron gladly accepted, despite the many risk of signing a long term deal and missing out on more guaranteed money in a shorter deal. Smith will receive $40 million guaranteed and another $10 million for signing the dotted line. As a Cowboy fan, I am very pleased with this move by Jerry Jones, who I still feel is inept at being a successful GM. As an owner, he is more than qualified to continue making the Cowboys one of the most lucrative Sports franchises in the world.
Patrick Peterson also signed a big extension, 5-years $70 million ($48 million guaranteed), but the best part is the riff-raff him and Richard Sherman had after he announced his deal. Instead of saying congratulations, Richard Sherman finds something to kill any Peterson hype that was going on. I actually thought it was funny, especially the picture of the Super Bowl ring, but both are top in the league. I wouldn't have paid Peterson that much but his return ability is very valuable. You basically have to pay him for two jobs. Is he better than Sherman? In my opinion, no, but his isn't too far off. The one thing that Peterson is superior at is his ability to score. Sherman without question can shut a whole side down but if Peterson get the ball n his hands, it's a good chance he can score. Is anybody else excited about football season?