The Schmuck Stops Here

The Schmuck Stops Here Peter Schmuck's musings on the local and national sports scene
Schmuck: Showalter keeps pedal down as Orioles sputter in bid to salvage .500-or-better season

The Orioles manager says not finishing with a losing record is still very important.

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Schmuck: Orioles have to stop fooling themselves about the future of their starting rotation

It all happened so fast.

Eleven days ago, the Orioles were one game out of the second American League wild-card slot and playing better than any other team in their division. By the time they got to New York for the current four-game series against the Yankees, their playoff run was all but over.

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Schmuck: It's pretty simple — Ravens' road win at Bengals created potential for fast start

In the heady aftermath of their shutout victory in Cincinnati on Sunday, there was a rush to analyze just what aspect of the Ravens’ season-opening performance was most important to the survival of the species.

Was it the healthy and successful return of Joe Flacco?

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Schmuck: For Ravens offense, it's what's up front that really counts

Much of training camp and the preseason was spent waiting for Joe Flacco, and wondering whether his sore back would allow him enough practice time to be ready for Sunday’s season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Much of the offseason was spent watching the Ravens’ front office rebuild the defensive secondary and bolster the team’s pass rush.

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Peter Schmuck: Terps display a resolve in Texas upset that might be worth more than one win

Let’s not get too caught up in the obvious. Maryland’s upset victory over the Texas Longhorns on Saturday was a huge boost for second-year head coach DJ Durkin and his program.

Everybody knows that.

The Terps won a wild game over a ranked team that was heavily favored at a stadium that is no easy place for opponents to play.

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Schmuck: Orioles need to preserve the special chemistry of Machado and Schoop

In the aftermath of the midnight madness that was Friday’s 13-inning game between the Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays, manager Buck Showalter reflected on Jonathan Schoop’s walk-off double and Manny Machado’s hell-bent sprint from first base to home plate.

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