iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Two storms are moving across the United States on Saturday, bringing rain and sleet to the Midwest and snow to the Mountain West.The first storm is bringing rain, sleet and freezing rain from Iowa into northern Illinois Saturday morning and will extend southeast through West Virginia. Total ice accumulations of one-tenth of an inch or more are possible in some spots.Meanwhile, the second storm continues to bring snow to the Mountain West.Moderate to locally heavy rain that triggered flooding in Mississippi on Friday is expected to wind down as a cold front moves into the Gulf Coast states Saturday.There is a slight risk of severe thunderstorms across parts of central and northern Texas on Saturday afternoon and a marginal risk exists across eastern parts of Kentucky and Tennessee this afternoon into southern Virginia and part of North Carolina this evening.The main threats include damaging winds and large hail, and an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.As one of the storms approaches from the west on Sunday, there is a slight risk of strong to severe weather for Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas and the lower Mississippi Valley in the morning. Parts of Kansas and Oklahoma are susceptible during Sunday afternoon.Challenging forecast for Northeast stormAs an area of low pressure moves across the country it is forecast to develop into a coastal storm on Tuesday. The latest computer models have the track shifted further to the east at the moment.Yesterday’s information implied a wide precipitation shield beginning Wednesday from the Ohio Valley to the Northeast as the storm tracked offshore.The American model (GFS) from Friday morning showed a direct hit for the Northeast, including the major I-95 coastal cities. The European model has a similar solution, keeping the bulk of the precipitation further south on Tuesday and Wednesday, then quickly sweeping the system offshore by Wednesday evening — completely missing the Northeast.Both models for now have that first round of snow, early Wednesday in the Appalachians, producing some accumulating snowfall.But there are several moving parts that have to come together over the next 48 hours or so to give the models a better handle on what’s happening in the atmosphere.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
So far in the offseason, the main player being discussed in trades has been pitcher, Jeremy Guthrie. Our de facto ace, Guthrie has been an innings eater ever since the Orioles claimed him off of waivers from the Indians in 2007. While his record has not reflected it, Guthrie has been a decent number one starter. He eats innings, keeps the ballclub in the game, and serves as a mentor to our younger pitchers.In 2011, Guthrie led the league with 17 losses and had horrible run support. Through all of that, plus trade talk swirling late in the year, he remained a consummate professional, going out and pitching every fifth day. As an Orioles fan myself, I wish the best for Jeremy, whether it be continuing in Baltimore, or pursuing greener pastures elsewhere.Multiple media outlets have reported that the Orioles have been in conversation with the Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim about the right-hander. One rumor has Huston Street coming to Baltimore in a proposed deal with Colorado. It is still up in the air about the player(s) involved from the Angels if a trade were made.One thing about Guthrie, is that we all know he is a default “ace” on the Orioles. He has to compete with those elite pitchers like the Sabathia’s, Price’s, and Verlander’s of the world. Regardless of that, Guthrie is a horse. He has pitched over 200 innings in three out of his five full years in the majors. He has also made at least 30 starts in four out of those five years. (Baseball-reference)This all begs the question, do we trade Guthrie? There are some variables in this equation. My first train of thought would be to settle where Jim Johnson fits into the teams plans next year. There have been rumblings that they want him to make the switch to the rotation. Doing so eliminates one spot. You also figure that Zach Britton and Jake Arrieta (if healthy) are assured spots. That leaves Brian Matusz, Jeremy Guthrie, Brad Bergersen, Chris Tillman, and Tommy Hunter for two spots. Tillman would probably start the year in the minors, but the other people will fight it out in Spring Training. I think with those candidates, we have the ability to trade away Guthrie. It is clearly not a star studded pitching staff, but a trade could bring some players back to help us in other areas. Plus, as the old adage goes, you can NEVER have too much pitching. For that reason, teams will definitely be willing to discuss Guthrie. Another point is that he still maintained a somewhat decent ERA pitching in the power heavy AL East.According to Cot’s Baseball Contracts, Guthrie is entering his third year of arbitration with the team. If not given a long-term deal, he could presumably become a free agent after the 2012 season. I have a feeling that unless the Orioles bring in a proven veteran pitcher, even on an incentive-laden deal, Guthrie will once again be fronting the rotation for the Orioles this coming year.Please follow and like us:
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