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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: Happy Trails, Hammerin’ Hank

batter at orioles baseball game holding bat waiting for ball
After a day off (and what feels like two, since Wednesday’s game was an afternoon tilt), the O’s will look to get back on track against the last team you want to see on the schedule when you’re trying to do that…fun. Let’s just get right to the links today. Step-Up Time: Kevin Gausman Edition Camden Depot’s Matt Kremnitzer on Kevin Gausman being not-that-much-worse than Ubaldo. Oof. The O’s could really use this game tonight – Dallas Keuchel has a 0.94 ERA at home, and he’s starting on Saturday, while […]

Bottle Stoppers are the O’s Latest Must-Have Giveaway

Orioles bottle stoppers.
While the O’s have been scuffling on the field as of late, their giveaway game, on the other hand, has been shooting up the power rankings. Saturday’s Maryland flag-themed jersey giveaway was even better than expected, with quality sewn-on stitching. For my money, these are right up there with the Hawaiian shirts (which they need to do again!) as best clothes giveaway pic.twitter.com/fvTsdxyacv — Eutaw St. Report (@EutawStReport) May 21, 2017 That’s a damn good looking jersey. One item on the promotional giveaway schedule that fans weren’t quite sure about […]

Blown Leads Testing O’s Mental Fortitude

Buck Showalter gets the ball from Mychal Givens as Givens walks off the mound.
Winning games at the Major-League level is no easy task. The run of consistency Buck Showalter‘s Orioles have managed to put together over the past five-plus seasons is nothing to sneeze at. Even this year, when it feels like the team is a bit of a train wreck, a glance at the standings reveals the O’s to be just 1.5-games out of first place, and in possession of the American League’s third-best record. However, though the Orioles have lost just 18 of their first 43 games, the manner in which […]

Chris Davis Needs to Get the Bat Off His Shoulder

Chris Davis watches a pitch go by.
Chris Davis had a nice little week for himself last week. In the span of just five games, he raised his 2017 slash line from .239/.348/.389 to .269/.382/.531. That also brought his season wRC+ from 102 to 146 (for you non-nerds: he went from being 2% better than the average MLB hitter to 46% better). (h/t Ryan Romano) Davis didn’t do much over the weekend against Toronto though, and as of the start of tonight’s game against Minnesota, he’s at .248/.358/.483, good for a 126 wRC+. He’s been the usual […]

Monday’s O’s Links: No Choice But to Stick with Hardy

Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy bats.
The O’s got back to their winning ways over the weekend, thanks in large part to Welington Castillo’s heroics. It’s great that Beef has been such a pleasant offensive surprise, but we really need some of the other guys to start chipping in a bit more. The surprise first-place Twins are in town now, so things certainly don’t get any easier. To the links. Baltimorons Annual Nickname Show Woo hoo! Sam and Alan finally released their always highly anticipated nickname show. Now that these guys don’t do a weekly show […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Limping Home

Jonathan Schoop rounds the bases.
The O’s limp home after a brutal 1-6 road trip that saw them lose all six games by exactly one run. Their margin for error right now is very slim with the awful pitching throughout the game, and they just haven’t been able to figure out a way to get it done. Nine of their next 12 are at Camden Yards, where they’re a sparkling 13-3, so hopefully home cookin’ is the cure for what ails them. Let’s see what’s up in the Blog O’sphere. Orioles Trying to Heal from […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: A Boston-Baltimore Bidding War?

J.J. Hardy of the Baltimore Orioles attempts to check his swing.
The Orioles won one of the weirdest baseball games in memory last night, 13-11 over the Detroit Tigers in 13 innings. The Birds took a 7-1 lead in the fourth inning only to cough it up and trail 8-7  and down to their last out. Mark Trumbo hit a solo home run with two down in the ninth to knot things at eight. Then, things got even weirder. The O’s took an 11-8 lead in the 12th inning, only to watch their bullpen cough it right back up. The teams […]

Monday’s O’s Links: We Get Knocked Down, but We Get Up Again

Dylan Bundy looks in for a sign.
Well that was quite an ugly weekend, huh? While it wasn’t quite the “Mother’s Day Meltdown” of 10 years ago in Boston, it was still pretty bad. Back in 2007, the O’s blew that 5-0 lead in the ninth inning, while yesterday Kevin Gausman figured he would just give it all away in the fourth instead. Then, of course, the O’s had to make things as painful as possible in the ninth, getting the tying and go-ahead runs into scoring position with one out, only to strand both. Woof. Moving […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Jonathan Schoop Breaks Out

Baltimore Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop gets ready to defend.
The final game of the MASN Cup was rained out in DC last night, so the O’s got an unexpected (but likely not unwelcome) night off. Dylan Bundy and Chris Tillman get an extra day of rest, as does the taxed bullpen. With Bundy, Tillman, and Kevin Gausman scheduled to go up against a Royals offense that has been putrid this season, you’d expect runs to be a premium in Kansas City. So we’re likely in store for three slug-fests. To the links! Well, the Orioles are Doing it Again […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Bundy, Britton, Jones, & More

headshot of two baseball players with jersey and helmets on
The Orioles have not only won six straight games to move back into first place in the AL East, but they also currently own the best record in baseball. Only two other times have the Birds won at least 22 of their first 32 games – 1970 and 1997. They won a game in which Max Scherzer was starting against Ubaldo Jimenez, a game in which they trailed 4-1 going into the bottom of the eighth inning, and in which they still trailed 4-2 with two outs in the ninth. […]

Monday’s O’s Links: Matty Backstop Back at the Yard

Matt Wieters of the Nationals throws in his catcher's gear.
Our resilient Birds continued their impressive run of bouncing back from all the stupidity in Boston with a three-game sweep over the Chicago White Sox, who had come into Baltimore red-hot. The O’s now welcome the Washington Nationals to town for two before heading to DC for two in the annual MASN Cup. To the links… Britton’s Injury Latest in a Disturbing Trend Writing in his weekly MASN guest column, our own Andrew Stetka says that Zach Britton’s injury is just the latest in a weird trend that the Orioles […]

Zach Britton Headed Back to Disabled List

Zach Britton throws from the mound.
So, bad news, Birdland. Hopefully not “awful, catastrophic” news, but bad news nonetheless. Zach Britton is headed back to the disabled list. Per Buck Showalater in his post-game comments last night, Britton “felt some discomfort” in the injured left forearm, which kept him out for a few weeks already, on Thursday night/Friday morning. That’s why Brad Brach, and not Britton, came into the game on Friday night with the O’s leading 4-1 and a save on the line. In the booth, Jim Hunter and Mike Bordick speculated that Buck was […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Manny Machado Makes his Heel Turn

Manny Machado watches his fly ball soar.
The Orioles offense showed signs of life again last night in Boston, putting up eight runs on 17 hits en route to a series-splitting 8-3 win. It was a satisfying end to a crazy road trip, and was all that much sweeter thanks to Manny Machado launching his third homer at Fenway this week, an Earl Weaver Special that gave the Birds a 6-3 lead they would never relinquish. Still, we’re all glad to be getting out of Boston. Now, will the Baltimore weather allow any baseball tonight? To the […]

Word on the Street: “Rivalries” Are Overrated

Buck Showalter argues with an umpire while Manny Machado watches.
O’s-Red Sox has seemingly become a “rivalry,” or at least that’s what all the big networks, who smell blood in the water, want us to believe. As an O’s fan, I’d rather just watch baseball. Press play or read below for more. With the recent bad blood that’s been bubbling up in the O’s-Red Sox games, many outlets, both in Boston and nationally, are trying to drum up the “rivalry” that’s brewing here. After the drama last weekend, ESPN quickly picked up one of the games this week. MLB Network […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Good Indicators that Manny Will Keep Mashing

Manny Machado follows through on his swing.
The drama continues in Boston tonight, in the third of four games there in this series. Does anybody remember the last time an O’s-Sox game ended and the discussion the next day was actually about, ya know, BASEBALL? I was hoping today would be the day, but thanks to Chris Sale being a child, that’s not the case. Maybe tomorrow. To the links. Here are Manny Machado Facts A post on FanGraphs detailing the uptick in all the good indicators in Machado’s batted-ball profile lately. Last week when I said […]

Adam Jones Gets Standing Ovation at Fenway Park

Adam Jones bangs his donut off his bat.
So the story all day long has been about the idiot Boston fans who hurled both a bag of peanuts and racial slurs at Adam Jones during the game last night. A few hours ago, Mookie Betts took to Twitter to implore the Boston faithful to atone for last night’s sins of a few by showing the good in many. Fact: I'm Black too ✊🏽Literally stand up for @SimplyAJ10 tonight and say no to racism. We as @RedSox and @MLB fans are better than this. — Mookie Betts (@mookiebetts) May […]

Monday’s O’s Links: Annual “What to do with Ubaldo?” Saga Begins

Ubaldo JImenez prepares to wind up.
It was a tough weekend in the Bronx, but you’ve gotta hand it to our O’s for not folding up and rolling over on Sunday after they blew another multi-run ninth inning lead. They fought back to win in 11 innings and avoid the sweep, and leave New York on somewhat of a high note. O's blown saves, 9/15 – Thursday: 0Caleb Joseph RBI 9/15 – Friday: 0 O's blown saves this weekend: 2CaJo RBI this weekend: 2 Baseball! — Eutaw St. Report (@EutawStReport) May 1, 2017 Leftovers for Breakfast […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Chris Tillman, Joey Rickard Set to Return

Chris Tillman winds up to pitch.
The O’s are, as we all know by now, off to one of their hottest starts in team history. They’ll be severely tested over the next seven games though, as they now head off to the northeast corridor for three in the Bronx followed by four at Fenway. Nobody ever said this AL East stuff was gonna be easy. Hopefully the bats bust out starting tonight. Let’s see what’s up in the Blog O’sphere: Despite Mixed Results, Tillman Feels Ready to Join O’s Melewski has the quotes from Chris Tillman […]

Seth Smith Had a Crazy Wednesday

Seth Smith and Adam Jones of the Orioles give each other five.
When Baltimore Oriole Seth Smith saw his name penciled in atop the lineup card on Wednesday afternoon, he probably thought that evening’s game would be reminiscent of so many others in his career. After all, Smith, an 11-year veteran, has played in 1149 major-league baseball games. Surely this one wouldn’t be remarkable in any particular way, right? Maybe he’d shag a few fly balls in right field. Perhaps he’d hit a home run – he hadn’t done that very often, to be sure, but with 115 to his name, while […]

Manny Machado Has Little to Show for A Lot of Hard Hit Balls

Manny Machado trots around the bases.
In the ninth inning of last night’s 2-0 loss to Tampa, the Baltimore Orioles were searching for anything to spark their slumbering offense. All they needed was a base runner, and the tying run would be at the plate. While they hadn’t notched any marks in the home run ledger thus far on the night, with the O’s, a dinger is always just a swing away. With one out, Manny Machado stepped to the plate trying to provide that spark. Facing Rays closer Alex Colome, whom he had historically hit […]
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