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RSR/ESR Senior Editor. Derek is originally from and a current resident of Pasadena, MD. He’s a graduate of UMBC and has been a lifelong Baltimore sports fan. In 2007 he founded B’More Birds’ Nest, where he wrote about the Ravens and Orioles before joining RSR in 2012. Derek tells anyone who asks that he has the best job in the world. Follow Derek on Twitter: @BMoreBirdsNest 

Zach Britton Reportedly Ruptures Achilles

Zach Britton throws in spring training.
Feeling a bit down in the dumps this holiday season, Birdland? With all the talk of the team trying to trade Manny Machado, along with the usual lack of movement from the front office when it comes to signing ACTUAL major league pitchers who might be able to help the team win games, it’s been quite a glum offseason so far. Well, this morning, Ken Rosenthal threw cold water acid all over our already frowning faces. BREAKING: Orioles closer Zach Britton ruptured his Achilles yesterday working out in California. Expected […]

O’s Listening to Offers on Manny Machado

Manny Machado in front of sign at spring training 2015.
What had been quite the usual boring Winter Meetings for O’s fans got quite the jolt yesterday, as reports began to surface (first from The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal) that the Orioles were suddenly open to trading star third baseman Manny Machado. Many fans already assume that Machado, who is due to hit free agency at the conclusion of the 2018 season, is as good as gone by roughly this time next year. However, there remain plenty of starry-eyed eternal O’ptimists who believe that Manny will join the likes of Brooks, […]

Do Andrew Cashner and/or Eduardo Nunez Excite You?

We’re into mid-November now, and after one of the most exciting World Series in memory (maybe ever), we’ve been without baseball for what feels like eons. However, the Hot Stove season has yet to really get rolling, as baseball “news” since the Fall Classic ended has been confined to blockbuster trade speculation, and an award or two. (Then, of course, there was the tragic Roy Halladay incident, and we’d like to add our heartfelt condolences to those already expressed throughout the sports world.) As for our O’s, the only thing […]

Trey Mancini Named Rookie of the Year Finalist

Trey Mancini in his O's batting helmet.
O’s rookie Trey Mancini got some good news tonight, as he was named a finalist for the BBWAA Rookie of the Year award. [email protected] has been named a BBWAA finalist for Rookie of the Year. The winner will be announced Nov. 13 on @MLBNetwork. #Birdland pic.twitter.com/J7KzbmTCT7 — Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) November 6, 2017 Mancini was a revelation at the dish for the Birds in 2017, putting up a .293/.338/.488 line with 24 home runs and 78 runs batted in. That was good for a .349 wOBA and 117 wRC+ (both […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Austin Hays Called Up

Bowie Baysox OF Austin Hays swings.
Quite a game last night, huh? After a two-hour rain delay, the O’s took a 1-0 lead early, only to watch as their third consecutive starter failed to get through even five innings. In this case, Jeremy Hellickson was yanked in the third after completely losing the strike zone. New York was up 6-1, and most of Birdland went to bed early. Those who didn’t, of course, were rewarded greatly at around 1:05 AM Eastern. Let’s get the series today. To the links. Austin Hays Called Up The Birds shockingly […]

The Orioles Swapped One Useful #50 Miguel for Another

Orioles fans are – understandably – a bit annoyed at the news that the team was trying to make a trade at the waiver deadline (last night) for Chicago White Sox pitcher Miguel Gonzalez. Gonzalez, of course, pitched for the Birds for four seasons, and while he was never consistently dominant, he was reliable with a flash of brilliance every now and again. To wit: MiGo’s best season in orange and black by ERA was 2014, when he posted a 3.23. By FIP, it was his first year, 2012, at […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Schoop & Bundy Leading O’s Resurgence

Dylan Bundy winds up in a spring training game.
Well, the winning streak is over, thanks to Jeremy Hellickson and Kendrys Morales. Despite putting up eight more runs, it wasn’t enough for victory number eight in a row, as Morales smacked three home runs and drove in seven on his own. The Birds were bound to lose again eventually. It’s fine – as long as they don’t follow up their seven straight wins with a few consecutive losses. With Marcus Stroman scheduled to pitch for Toronto Saturday, and Chris Tillman going for the O’s Sunday, tonight’s game suddenly looks […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Dylan Bundy’s Near No-No

Adam Jones gives Dylan Bundy a pie.
Dealin’. Bundy. What a performance, huh? Bundy’s third 10+ strikeout game THIS MONTH was also a complete game, one-hit shutout that gave the Birds their sixth straight win. The Mariners’ only hit was a bunt single, but it was early enough that there’s no unwritten rules silliness to go along with it. A no-hitter would have obviously been better, but we’re not complaining. Let’s see what everybody is saying about Bundy & everything else today. Dylan Bundy got the rare triple-pie tonight following his one-hit CGSO. pic.twitter.com/B1RBKynvIo — Avi Miller […]

Monday’s O’s Links: Back at It, O’s Back in It

Hunter Harvey throws as Darren O'Day watches.
Greetings again, Birdland. After taking my birthday week “off,” O’s Links are back in effect. What’d we miss? Oh, just a 5-1 week including a three-game sweep in Fenway to crawl back to within two games of the wild card? Not bad! Let’s see what else is up… Red Sox Can’t Buy Key Hit as Orioles Complete Sweep Oh yeah, drink it in. After Weekend Sweep, O’s Back to Sniffing Postseason Spot Writing in his weekly MASN guest column, our own Andrew Stetka marvels at the fact that the Birds […]

Get Your Players’ Weekend O’s T-Shirt Here

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So Players’ Weekend was a blast! Not only did MLB teams showcase their players’ personalities with customized jerseys, cleats, and more, but most importantly, the Birds pulled off a huge sweep of the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. To commemorate the weekend, we’ve partnered with our friends at Breaking T to bring you this exclusive t-shirt! Get yours here! We chose five of the best nicknames on the Birds for the shirt – Adam “Pappo” Jones, Tim “Swaggy T” Beckham, Chris “Crush” Davis, Jonathan “Mamba” Schoop, and of course, […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Where Does Santander Fit?

Orioles' Anthony Santander prepares to hit.
The road trip came to a very disappointing 4-6 end the other day, and now the Birds have once again put themselves in a position of needing an outstanding homestand to keep pace. Despite winning the first game of the series in both Anaheim & Seattle, they ended up dropping two of three in both, as well as splitting four with the lowly A’s. Brutal. Hopefully home can cure what ails ’em, but the clock is ticking. Let’s hit the links on a dreary day in Baltimore. Chris Davis has […]

The O’s Have MLB’s Best Second-Half Offense

Manny Machado follows through on his swing.
It’s mid-August, and once again the Baltimore Orioles find themselves right in the thick of a playoff hunt. While they don’t really have a realistic shot at the AL East title – barring an unforeseen dominant run coupled with collapses by both Boston and New York – they are within spitting distance of both wild card spots. As play started on Tuesday, they sat 2.0 games back of the second spot, and just four games back of the first. Thanks to a nice little run of 17-11, they’ve recovered from […]

Monday’s O’s Links: Where Have You Gone, “Crush?”

A baseball player breaks his bat over his knee.
Jeremy Hellickson went full Oriole yesterday, going from absolutely cruising (26 pitches in three perfect innings to start the game) to blowing up (five runs in the fourth), denying his team the three-of-four they could have REALLY used in Oakland. Now they head to Seattle, which gives me nightmares, and has ever since Hisashi Iwakuma no-hit us a couple years back, needing two of three to salvage a 5-5 road trip. Not ideal! Let’s see what’s up in the links. Rotation Fixes Still Needed for O’s Our own Andrew Stetka, […]

“O’s Cap” Dooms Birds to 10 Straight Friday Losses

The Orioles looked to be well on their way to notching their second straight win last night to begin their four-game set in Oakland. The win would have also gotten them back to .500 (again), and made them 3-2 through half of this crucial 10-game west coast swing. Ubaldo Jimenez was dominant, striking out 11 over 5.1 innings (and eight in the first three) before being removed from the game thanks to a line drive to the leg. They were up 4-3 headed to the bottom of the eighth, with […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Because Of Course That Happened

Parker Bridwell of the Orioles holds a baseball near his cap.
The O’s missed out on a golden chance to pick up another game in the Wild Card hunt, because former Bird Parker Bridwell shut them down over seven innings. OF COURSE HE DID. Who didn’t see that coming? Let’s see what everybody is saying about Mr. Bridwell & more today. Among Orioles’ Recent ‘Lost Boys’ Dumping of Bridwell May be Biggest Headscratcher The O’s let Bridwell go for absolutely nothing, after never even giving him a real shot at the MLB level. Perhaps he isn’t REALLY a 3.00 ERA pitcher, […]

Monday’s O’s Links: Get Those Coffeemakers Ready

Manny Machado and Mike Trout sie-by-side.
After Friday night, it looked like the Orioles were really going to make last week a complete mirror image of the 2014 postseason – instead of sweeping Detroit in three then getting swept in four by Kansas City, they were going to sweep KC for three, then get swept by the Tigers over four straight. Fortunately, they righted the ship and managed a split with Detroit to put the finishing touches on a very nice 5-2 homestand. Now comes the dreaded West Coast trip. Get the coffeemakers ready, Birdland. We’ve […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Congrats to Nick Markakis!

player after just hitting pitch during baseball game
So far, this week is turning out like a mirror image of the 2014 postseason. Hopefully the Birds can turn the tide and pick up at least two (preferably three) games against Detroit this weekend, to cap off what would have been quite a successful homestand before heading off on the dreaded west coast trip. Let’s see what everybody is saying about our O’s. Orioles Take the Road to 2018 The Orioles, in doing what they did at the trade deadline, laid bare not only their intentions to keep trying […]

Orioles Acquire Tim Beckham from Rays

Tim Beckham of the Rays gives a high five.
The 4:00 PM deadline came and went, and O’s fans accepted the fact that Zach Britton, as well as lesser pieces like Welington Castillo, Seth Smith, and Brad Brach, were all staying put, and no haul of prospects would be coming to Baltimore. We were ready to move on, though most found themselves cursing Dan Duquette’s (or Peter Angelos’, depending on where you prefer to place your blame) name. But then, at about 4:09, something hit our Twitter timelines. The Orioles had, in fact, made a move! Who was on […]

Monday’s O’s Links: As the Rumor Mill Turns

Zach Britton throws from the mound.
The O’s took two of three in Texas over the weekend, finishing the season at 6-1 against the Rangers. Can’t we play them more often? In other news, the rumor mill continues to turn, but so far the only trade the O’s have pulled off is Hyun-soo Kim for Jeremy Hellickson. Some fans aren’t too happy about that one. What else is up? For teams thinking prices on RP market would come down as 4pm gets closer, they're not. Hand, Britton, Kintzler all garnering huge interest. — Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) […]
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