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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 

Friday’s O’s Links: A Day Late & A Dollar Short, Just like the Birds

Zach Britton looks into home plate.
Good morning, Birdland. The O’s narrowly avoided getting swept in the MASN Cup this season, losing just two of three in D.C. after getting swept by the Gnats at OPACY a few weeks ago. They’ll now head to Atlanta (where I’m waiting! See ya jerks soon!) for three against the Braves and old friend Nick Markakis. I had an awful day of traveling yesterday, so this week’s second set of links is getting pushed to Friday. My apologies – I know you’re going nuts without something to read about these […]

Having Benched Him, Buck Now Throws Some Shade at Chris Davis

Chris Davis & Buck Showalter.
It may have taken him just a bit longer than it took some of us, but it seems that Buck Showalter has reached the end of his patience with Chris Davis. Davis has already been sitting for a week, having last stepped to the plate on June 11 against Boston, when he went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts. When asked yesterday if his return was imminent, Buck was quite non-committal: “It’s getting close,” Showalter said. “I know he didn’t have an off-day yesterday. Trust me. He worked on a lot of […]

Tuesday’s O’s Links: Where We Only Win on “Holidays”

Jonathan Schoop takes a swing.
The Birds can’t even manage to win two of three from the “hey, we got rid of all our good players and we’re openly trying to be awful!” Miami Marlins at HOME over the weekend, so the season of misery rolls on as scheduled. The O’s did win one game, on Sunday, Father’s Day. In a nice bit of dark symmetry, that was their first home win since MOTHER’S DAY! In between, they lost 11 straight at OPACY, tying a franchise record. And how are things going in the front […]

Thursday’s O’s Links: The Worst Team Ever?

Trey Mancini of the Orioles dives as the baseball bounces by.
It just gets worse…and worse…and worse. After being swept by Boston, the Birds have now lost seven straight. Again. Their pace is something to behold…more below. /holds nose To the links… Davis has Struck Out in 21 Straight Games – Personal & Team Records within Reach Let’s check in with Matt Taylor over at Roar from 34, shall we? Matt chronicles Chris Davis’ latest strikeout streak, which is about to break his own ridiculous strikeout streak, and which is catching up to the Orioles’ all-time record. Appreciation for Jim Palmer […]

Tuesday’s O’s Links: Just One Game Ahead of the 1988 Team

Zach Britton pitches for the Orioles.
Every time we think perhaps the Orioles have reached “rock bottom,” they just plunge through the floor and reveal that there is somehow, still another, lower, level. After sweeping the New York Mets in a short two-game set at Citi Field, the Birds have now lost five straight. Last night, they wasted eight shutout innings from Dylan Bundy, losing 2-0 to Boston in 12 innings. Hey girl – not that you need a reminder of how bad this season is, but through 65 games in 1988, the Orioles were only […]

Tuesday’s O’s Links: Welcome to the O’s, Grayson Rodriguez

Grayson Rodriguez pitches.
It’s very likely that the only thing that kept the O’s from getting swept in a four-game home series against the New York Yankees was the weather. Two of the four games were postponed, which is, apparently, all the mercy we can expect from the baseball gods here in 2018. The Birds now head to Queens to take on the other New York team for two before going up to Toronto. Maybe they’ll surprise us and win some games on the road trip? Now that the team is on the […]

Thursday’s O’s Links: There is No Bottom

Buck Showalter scowls from the dugout.
The Orioles got swept by the D.C. team in a three-game set at HOME, and scored just two runs in the entire 27 innings of the series. You keep thinking they’ve hit rock bottom, and they keep plummeting through the floor. Links. Orioles 2018 Rotation has Been Nearly as Awful as 2017’s The O’s set a franchise record for starting-pitching futility in 2017. They got rid of Ubaldo, and Miley, and cut the Chris Tillman experiment short. They added actual decent MLB starting pitchers…and they’re still horrible. Yet, somehow, through […]

Tuesday’s O’s Links: Runs…How Do They Work?

Manny Machado asks "what's up?"
After a road trip that was, unfortunately, successful by their standards at 4-7, the Birds returned home on Memorial Day and got smoked by the Washington Nationals in the first of a three-game set. The Orioles just can’t seem to score like…any runs (scoreless in 17 straight innings), which is a problem for a major league baseball team. Reportedly, that’s what the Baltimore Orioles are. Opinions vary. To the links, I guess. There are Still Some Positives for the Very Bad Orioles Let’s do our best to stave off the […]

Tuesday’s O’s Links: Chicago Swarms Manny

Cubs fans with a sign saying they want Manny Machado.
After another disappointing series in Boston (where they’re now 1-6 this season), the Birds flew to Chicago for a matchup of teams that look to be vying for the number one pick in next year’s draft. The O’s got the better of the ChiSox in game one, but all eyes were on Manny Machado, who is rumored to be headed to The Windy City in a trade – though not to the Sox. To the links. Teammates Play Along as Machado is Greeted as Potential Cubs Savior in Chicago Like […]

The Orioles are Still Going to Screw This Up Somehow

Despite their recent “successful” home stand, in which they went 5-3 – a nice positive turn for them, mediocre for any true contender – the Orioles of 2018 are still a lost cause. They’re a woeful 13-30, and their road record is the stuff of nightmares: 3-17, losers of 13 straight, and they’ve yet to win a game in any park other than Camden Yards or Yankee Stadium so far this season (0-16 everywhere else). Just truly, remarkably awful. The 13 straight road losses ties a franchise-worst, set back in […]

Thursday’s O’s Links: Miguel Castro Should Still Get a Start or Two

Miguel Castro throws in Sarasota.
After a washout on Tuesday, the O’s lost a nooner on Wednesday to Philadelphia to finish up their first successful homestand of the year at 5-3. They now head off on an 11-game road trip, a terrifying prospect to any O’s fan. The Birds have lost 12 straight road games, and are a woeful 3-16 away from Camden Yards, with those only three wins coming at Yankee Stadium nearly six weeks ago. What would constitute a “successful” road trip for this team? 3-8? 4-7? Sad state of affairs. Hopefully they […]

Tuesday’s O’s Links: Winning – More Fun than Losing

Manny Machado swings in the on-deck circle.
For what seems like the first time all season, we’ve actually had some fun baseball to watch since the last time we spoke here. Definitely at least since the four-game set in the Bronx in early April, right? The Birds took three of four over three days against the Tampa Bay Rays, capped with a Mother’s Day Massacre of their own, a 17-1 thrashing on Sunday. After taking the final two against KC in the previous series, the O’s have now won five of their last six contests, something they […]

Thursday’s O’s Links: Who Will Seize Power in the Warehouse?

Brady Anderson and Dan Duquette talk with a microphone.
Guys, the Orioles won a game! A baseball game! Not like, one Oriole beat another Oriole in ping pong in the clubhouse! They actually played another major-league team and had more runs after nine innings. On top of that, Chris Davis has now homered two nights in a row! Mark Trumbo smoked a rocket single to score the two game-winning runs! One more win to 10. Dare to dream, Birdland. To the links. Orioles Game of Thrones and the Way Forward Orioles Hangout’s Tony Pente has a new 11-page piece […]

Tuesday’s O’s Links: 0-Tel California

Pedro Araujo walks off the mound as the A's celebrate behind him.
After another winless road trip (their second already this season), and with a day off, many folks thought the Orioles would make some sort of management or front office shake-up yesterday. HA! Those people haven’t been following the Orioles for very long. We know better. To those oh, so uplifting links. Feels Like the Perfect “Fall” Day in Baltimore Like I said, many expected someone to get the axe yesterday. Most normal organizations would fire somebody if the team got off to the awful start the O’s did. The Orioles […]

Orioles Losers of 101 of 162 Games

cartoon of sad orioles bird face
We all remember when the Orioles started 2017 with a 22-10 record, right? Does that seem like a million years ago or what? Little did we know, that would be the best that we Birds fans would feel about ourselves for the foreseeable future. I bring up that hot start not to further depress you – though that could easily be a side effect…sorry – but because, if you were to start a “season” with the game after that 22-10 start, then it would have ended last night in Oakland. […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Orioles Top Trade Chips…Sad Yet?

Dylan Bundy jogs in Spring Training.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before (actually, don’t, because I’m going to finish anyway): The Orioles couldn’t muster up any offense and wasted a good starting pitching performance. The Birds had just one hit – a Manny Machado double, of course – until the ninth inning in their opener in Anaheim. They put together three in the ninth to tie the game at 2-2, but Brad Brach was Bad Brach and he let the Halos walk it off just a half-inning later. Alex Cobb finally remembered how to […]

Monday’s O’s Links: A Series Win!

Trey Mancini and Jace Peterson high five.
Don’t look now, but the Orioles actually won a series! I say that not in the “hey, the O’s may be ready to make a run!” sense, but rather in the “you may want to double check and make sure the sun still rose in the east this morning” sense. It was the Birds’ first home series win of the year, and just their second overall. The other, of course, was when they took three of four in the Bronx, fooling us all. The Yankees have won more games in […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Stages of Grief, Tearing it Down, & More

Tim Beckham looks through his sunglasses.
Mother Nature was sick of watching the Orioles play baseball too, so she drenched Baltimore yesterday evening, precluding the O’s and Rays from kicking off their three-game set until tonight. It’s now a two-game set, and yesterday’s game will be made up as part of a single-admission doubleheader on May 12. The Birds have lost 11 of 13 games in a span of 15 days. There was one scheduled off-day in there, plus another rainout in Boston. Those other off days…didn’t help. Perhaps this one will be different. To the […]

Monday’s O’s Links – Manny & Dylan Try to Do it All, Can’t

Manny Machado trots around the bases.
The weekend started off nicely, as Dylan Bundy dealt, Manny Machado hit a home run, and the Birds beat Cleveland 3-1. Machado added another two-homer game on Sunday, but that wasn’t enough, as the O’s lost on both Saturday and Sunday. These two can’t do it all, OTHER GUYS. Basically, the Birds have two of the best players in MLB…and nothing else. Pitchers: Bundy 1.4Berrios/Scherzer/Sale 1.3 Next Oriole… 77. Cashner 0.0 — Eutaw Street Rep⚾rt (@EutawStReport) April 23, 2018 To the links. The Disgrace of Minor League Baseball It really […]

Friday’s O’s Links – Not Great!

cartoon of sad orioles bird face
It was quite a rough road trip for the Birds, as they weren’t able to cobble together even a single win in six tries in Boston and Detroit. Getting swept in Fenway by the red-hot Red Sox? Ok, sure – not ideal, but we’ll accept it. However, losing three straight in Detroit to the rebuilding (some would say “tanking”) Tigers? Simply unacceptable. That must have been one miserable ride home from The Motor City. A super-sized version of O’s links today, since I missed Wednesday’s edition. What Do You Do […]
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