O's face crowded house for AL wild cards


O's face crowded house for AL wild cards

Lets just suppose the Orioles arent able to make any deal by Tuesdays non-waiver trading deadline. What are their chances of sticking in the wild-card race with their current team?

A large part of the answer to that question has to do with who else is in the race. Within the American League East, the competition is with three flawed teams.

The Red Sox have had their moments this season, but overall, they dont seem to have recovered from last Septembers collapse, playing under .500 since then. Theyve had major issues in the rotation and still arent healthy in the batting lineup. Health also has been a huge problem for the Blue Jays, who lost three-fifths of their starters and now slugger Jose Bautista to injury. Plus, Torontos erstwhile ace, Ricky Romero, has been putting up head-shaking outings in recent months. The Rays have managed to hang in despite continuing struggles to score runs. Theyre getting outstanding seasons from starter David Price and closer Fernando Rodney.

Outside the division, though, there are two pairs of teams who keep leapfrogging each other. The Tigers and White Sox are taking turns leading the Central, with the second-place team often sitting in one of the wild-card spots. The second- and third-place teams in the West, the Angels and As, occupy those berths for the moment. There are also the Indians, just 3 12 games out of the last berth.

Facing those eight teams, the Orioles have to be better than six of them. So its back to the same question: Without adding a starting pitcher, first baseman or outfielder, can the Orioles make the playoffs?

Maybe they can stay ahead of the rest of AL East also-rans, though if the Rays just get a little bit of hitting, the Os would have problems with them. And certainly the As have to cool off soon. But as currently constituted, the Orioles would struggle in such a multi-team race.

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Redskins sign linebacker Jon Bostic to try and help make up for the loss of Reuben Foster

Redskins sign linebacker Jon Bostic to try and help make up for the loss of Reuben Foster

Two days after losing Reuben Foster for the year, the Redskins made a move to at least provide reinforcements to a weakened linebacker group.

On Wednesday, Washington announced that they have signed Jon Bostic, a six-year veteran. The 'Skins also officially placed Foster on injured reserve.

Bostic was a 2013 second-round pick of the Bears out of Florida. He's since bounced around to New England, Detroit, Indianapolis, and Pittsburgh, where he started 14 times for the Steelers in 2018 and posted 73 tackles. He's been traded twice in his career and missed all of 2016 with a foot injury. 

So, what does the move accomplish for the Redskins?

Well, Bostic — or any other free agent signing at this point — isn't going to have close to the level of talent and potential that Foster had. However, getting another option at linebacker was necessary for the Burgundy and Gold, and the 28-year-old has played in 30 contests over the past two years, so he's relatively established. 

Yes, he's far from a gamechanger, considering he has just one interception and 5.5 sacks as a pro. But he's regarded as a solid run defender and tackler and should at least push Mason Foster and Shaun Dion Hamilton. His presence also could alleviate some of the pressure that would've been on rookie Cole Holcomb. 

Signing a defender who's been with five franchises in six years isn't exactly inspiring, but Bostic has experience as a starter and could give the Redskins useful snaps on first and second down at a minimum. Now it's on him to take advantage of the opportunity he's been given.


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Landon Collins is thrilled to be with the Redskins and can't wait to get revenge on the Giants

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Landon Collins is thrilled to be with the Redskins and can't wait to get revenge on the Giants

You may not know the exact dates of the Redskins' two matchups with the Giants this season, which will take place Sep. 29 and Dec. 22 in 2019. But Landon Collins sure does.

"I'm gonna circle it for the next six years," the 'Skins new safety told ESPN in a recent interview. 

No, Collins isn't circling those dates from now until 2024 because he wants to be very organized and ensure he doesn't have any scheduling conflicts. He's doing it because he's dying to get revenge on his former team, who let him leave as a free agent in part because of their "culture change," according to him.

"All we wanted to do was win, and we spoke up because we had to get them to listen to us," Collins told ESPN, referring to himself and other now ex-Giants like Odell Beckham and Damon Harrison. "I think we were too vocal, and that platform was bigger than the Giants... If it's not good media, they don't want that kind of media."

In addition to the organization wanting to go in a different direction culture-wise, New York didn't want to pay the amount of money the Redskins ended up paying for Collins because he wasn't an ideal fit in their defense. The 25-year-old pushes back against the idea that he's strictly a "box safety," though, as do current and former players.

Interestingly enough, Collins isn't the only member of the Redskins' secondary who's in D.C. thanks to a decision by Dave Gettleman. Gettleman was also the same guy who decided the Panthers needed to move on from Josh Norman in April 2016.

Collins, for one, doesn't sound like he'll miss Gettleman at all. The defender didn't love how the GM consistently failed to make an effort to connect personally with his players. 

"I don't know him, he don't know me, that's kind of how it just kind of was," he explained.

All that, however, doesn't matter anymore. Collins is going to be the foundation of the Redskins' defense for quite some time, and that's a challenge he's ready to accept.

"I'm on a team that loves me and wanted me here," he said.