Podcast: WBAL’s Pete Gilbert breaks down the latest Orioles & Ravens tidbits

Welcome to the latest edition of the Charm City Bird Watch Podcast! On today’s episode, WBAL TV & Radio Sportscaster Pete Gilbert joins Jake McDonnell for a mid-June discussion on the Orioles and Ravens.

The Orioles just took two of three from the Cardinals over the weekend, and are getting ready to face the defending American League Champions, the Cleveland Indians, in a four-game series this week at Camden Yards. What does the J.J. Hardy injury mean for the team? Will the pitching improve? What’s going on with the Yankees?

After some baseball talk, the conversation shifts over to football, as the Ravens wrapped up mandatory mini-camp last week. With training camp a month away, how will the Ravens address the offensive line? What needs to happen on offense for the team to compete in 2017? Who will win the middle linebacker and slot cornerback spots on defense? All of this and more on this episode.

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Podcast: Luke Jones of WNST.net on the Orioles recent struggles and Ravens OTA’s

On the latest episode of the Charm City Bird Watch podcast, Orioles and Ravens beat writer Luke Jones of WNST.net joins Jake to talk about the recent struggles of the Orioles, as well as the Ravens’ organized team activities.

How much of a concern is the Orioles’ pitching staff? What can we make of Chris Davis’s several strikeouts, and the struggles of Manny Machado? What will the Ravens do to address their offensive line and wide receiving core? All of this and more on this episode of the podcast.

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Podcast: Rich Dubroff from PressBoxOnline.com discusses the Orioles after the first quarter of the season

On this episode of the Charm City Bird Watch Podcast, Orioles insider Rich Dubroff from PressBoxOnline.com joins Jake to talk about the Orioles after the first quarter of the season.

Pitching is becoming a problem for the Orioles as of late. Are Ubaldo Jimenez’s days in the rotation, or even on the team, numbered? If Jimenez goes, who will the Orioles look to replace him in the rotation? Why is Manny Machado off to a slower start than normal? Should fans be concerned about J.J. Hardy’s health? How do the Orioles match up against their competition in the American League East, and in the rest of the league? All of this and more is answered in this hot discussion with Dubroff.

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Podcast: The Husky Behind The Uniform – Danny Dugan

On this special edition of the Charm City Bird Watch podcast, Jake McDonnell interviews Danny Dugan from Bloomsburg University Cross Country and Track & Field.

Dugan is from Ramsey, New Jersey, and is in his senior year of running. He is also a Ravens & Orioles fan! Dugan, one of the top runners on his teams, has been through it all. His athletic career was interrupted by a serious injury that caused him to redshirt. Dugan takes us through the process of overcoming his injury, as well as describing what his preparation is like for a race.

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Note: This podcast is an assignment for Jake’s Feature Writing Class.

Podcast: Ravens Draft Recap

After six rounds and seven picks, the Ravens are done drafting. Now that the draft is over, how to you feel about it?

Here is a list of the Ravens’ 2017 draft picks:

  • Pick #16 (Round 1): Marlon Humphrey – cornerback – Alabama
  • Pick #47 (Round 2): Tyus Bowser – outside linebacker – Houston
  • Pick #74 (Round 3): Chris Wormley – defensive tackle – Michigan
  • Pick #78 (Round 3): Tim Williams – outside linebacker – Alabama
  • Pick #122 (Round 4): Nico Siragusa – guard – San Diego State
  • Pick #159 (Round 5): Jermaine Eluemunor – guard – Texas A&M
  • Pick #168 (Round 6): Chuck Clark – safety – Virginia Tech

On this episode of the Charm City Bird Watch Podcast, Jake McDonnell and Tyler Feeser talk about how these seven picks shape the 2017 Ravens. What is there to like about what the Ravens did? What are some areas of concern for the team going forward? With so much information stemming from the three-day draft, this discussion is what you need to hear.

Following the draft talk, Jake gets Tyler’s take on the Orioles after a month of play.

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Podcast: Red Sox Throw At Machado’s Head – O’s Talk April 23

After Manny Machado’s controversial slide on Friday night that injured Dustin Pedroia, the Red Sox retaliated on Sunday, and threw near the head of the Orioles’ third baseman. Was Machado’s late slide intentional? Nolan McGraw and Jake McDonnell discuss.

Also on this episode, Nolan and Jake talk about the Orioles’ 12-5 start in the first three weeks of the season. Will Kevin Gausman turn it around? What can we take away from the rotation’s recent success? How about Trey Mancini’s hot start?

At the end of the episode, the guys take a quick look at the Ravens’ 2017 regular season schedule, which was released last Thursday. What record do Nolan and Jake think the Ravens will finish at in 2017? Also, the NFL Draft begins this Thursday from Philadelphia. What positions do the guys think the Ravens should target early?

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Podcast: Baltimore Orioles 2017 Season Preview

Baseball is back! On this edition of the Charm City Bird Watch Podcast, Jake McDonnell and Nolan McGraw take a look at the 2017 Orioles.

As the O’s get set for Opening Day on Monday, a number of hot topics surround the team. With Chris Tillman’s absence, who is going to step up in the rotation? How will the likes of Joey Rickard, Trey ManciniCraig Gentry, and Vidal Nuno fair as they take their spots on the Opening Day Roster? How do the Orioles stack up against the American League, particularly with their foes in the AL East? All of this and more is discussed in this episode.

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