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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 

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Brach’s High Heat, Britton & Rickard Back Soon?

Brad Brach looks in for a sign from the catcher.
It was an incredibly frustrating night in Birdland, as the O’s bats were quieted to the tune of 0 runs on just 2 hits, and the Rays evened the series at 1-1. However, things set up nicely for the good guys to take the series tonight, as Dylan Bundy takes the mound against Alex Cobb. As we outlined in our series preview, Cobb hasn’t been all that great to start 2017. Throw in that Kevin Cash burned just about his entire bullpen last night (he used five relief pitchers and […]

Listen to the Korean Language Call of Hyun-soo Kim’s HR

Hyun-soo Kim of the Baltimore Orioles homers off Tampa's Chris Archer.
Hyun-soo Kim finally got another start last night, his first since Thursday, and just his second since April 16. He went 1-for-3 with a walk (of course), and helped spark the O’s comeback by becoming the first player this year to homer off Tampa’s Chris Archer. The homer came with two down in the bottom of the sixth, just when it looked like Archer was about to toss up another goose egg en route to handing the Birds their second straight loss. As happens every time a Korean player homers […]

Monday’s O’s Links: Joseph Helping Fuel Miley’s Stellar Start

Baltimore Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph in his catching crouch.
Tempers flared, baseballs flew at heads, and suspensions are sure to be coming soon. More importantly, the O’s took two of three from the Boston Red Sox over the weekend, pushing their record to a stellar 12-5. Things don’t get any easier though – the next 10 games are all against AL East teams, starting with three at home against Tampa Bay. Stay Buckled Up, and let’s get to the links. Britton Says Pedroia Needs to Control his Teammates Zach Britton had some interesting things to say about this weekend’s […]

Word on the Street: Machado’s Slide Causes Controversy

Manny Machado slides into Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedrioa at second base.
We had some controversy in last night’s win. Click play or read the transcript below. The Baltimore Orioles won again on Friday night, 2-0 over the Boston Red Sox behind 7-plus shutout innings from Dylan Bundy and clutch bullpen work by Mychal Givens, Donnie Hart, and Brad Brach. Unfortunately, we’re not talking about Bundy this morning. Instead, we’re talking about a play involving Manny Machado in the bottom of the eighth inning. Machado – who had homered earlier to give the Birds an insurance run – slid into second base […]

Cincinnati Reds “Bandwagon Cam” is Amazing

Reds Bandwagon Cam shows Cubs fans' real allegiances.
The Cincinnati Reds have a new feature at Great American Ballpark that they are breaking out when the Chicago Cubs, and their newfound waves of fans, are in town – The Bandwagon Cam. Check it out: Here's this. pic.twitter.com/iyfcv9B3eB — Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) April 22, 2017 This is great. I’ll be honest though – I’m jealous. I wish the Orioles had done this about a decade ago for “Pink Hat Nation” AKA Boston Red Sox fans from Severna Park and Arlington. For that matter, I wish the team across the […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Jones Playing Deeper, Gausman Searching for Answers

Adam Jones prepares to defend.
After a very successful 6-3 road trip through Boston, Toronto, and Cincinnati, the Birds return home tonight to start a six-game homestand against Boston and Tampa Bay. They then finish the month in New York, because the MLB schedule remains incredibly stupid. That aside, let’s see what’s up in today’s links. The Orioles Need Kevin Gausman to Get on Track, and He Will Camden Depot’s Nick Cicere tries to assuage our fears about Kevin Gausman. His ERA is, of course, an unseemly 7.23 after he got tagged on Tuesday in […]

Get Your Boom Boom Trey Mancini Shirt Here

Trey Mancini BOOM BOOM t-shirt.
Trey Mancini AKA “Boom Boom” has been off to quite the tear to start 2017. After homering twice in two separate games already this season, he has tied Trevor Story and Dino Restelli for most home runs through a player’s first 12 career MLB games with seven. Last year, of course, upon being called up, he became the fourth Oriole to hit a home run for his first career hit, after Larry Haney, Nick Markakis, and Jonathan Schoop. He was the 20th major leaguer to homer in each of his […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: All Aboard the Trey Train

Trey Mancini rounds the bases.
Sometimes you’re the windshield, and sometimes you’re the bug. On Sunday in Toronto, the O’s were the windshield. Last night in Cincy, they were the bug. Get ’em tonight. Will Kevin Gausman’s Slider Lead to Sustained Success? So far, NOPE! SI.com’s Michael Beller put together this great piece on Gausman, published Monday, outlining his new use of his breaking ball. GIFs, charts, and all the fun stuff we seamheads have come to expect from pitching analysis these days. This article got O’s fans even more excited to watch Kevin pitch […]

Monday’s O’s Links: Britton to DL, O’s Keep Ignoring Latin American Players

Zach Britton throws in spring training.
The Birds took three of four over the weekend in Toronto, but there was a bit of bad news in there as well, as before Sunday’s game we got word that Zach Britton was headed toward the 10-day DL with left forearm soreness. As we O’s fans know, it’s a very slippery slope from “forearm soreness” to “Dr. Andrews” to “PRP injection” to…well, you can fill in the rest. Hopefully our imaginations are as far as that particular scenario ever makes it. To the links. Mancini Has Two-Homer Day, Britton […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Have You Seen This Man?

Hyun-soo Kim of the Orioles runs the bases.
Happy Friday, Birdland. No action at the Yard this weekend, as the O’s continue their four-game set in Toronto. It started off well, with a 2-1 win, the team’s second straight since losing the opener Tuesday night in Boston. A 6-2 start isn’t quite a 7-0 start (which they managed last year, of course) but it’ll certainly do. To the links. Orioles Make a Pair of Moves The Birds called up Stephan Critchton from Norfolk, trading away Oliver Drake to Milwaukee in the process. For Drake, the O’s get a […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: 1st Week Conclusions, Rushing Stewart Along

baseball player at bat right before hitting baseball
The O’s fell in Boston last night in quite ugly fashion. Dylan Bundy was very good, if not as dominant as he was in his first start, limiting the Red Sox to just two runs over 6.1 innings. He was already the only O’s starter to go 7 innings, and now he’s the only one to go 6, as well. The final score was much worse, of course, thanks to a comedy of errors and misplays after Dylan exited. The Birds’ bats are still quiet, though we can excuse that […]

Orioles Starters Letting the Team Down Already

Ubaldo Jimenez pitches as Chris Davis gets ready in the background.
Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: Baltimore Orioles starters need to pitch deeper into ballgames. Shocking, I know. Yet, just five games into the season, here we are already, talking about the starters’ short outings taking a toll on the bullpen. Five MLB teams have only played five games so far. Here are the total number of innings pitched by starters for those five teams: Boston Red Sox: 31.0 Chicago White Sox: 29.0 (and that includes a 6.0-inning start by Miguel Gonzalez, in case you were curious) Pittsburgh […]

Monday’s O’s Links: Taxed Bullpen Finally Falters

Darren O'Day of the Orioles enters his windup.
So the O’s won’t go 162-0. They were the final MLB team to lose in 2017 though, finally falling to the New York Yankees on Sunday, 7-3, despite building a 3-0 lead early. It was a bit of revenge on the part of the Bombers, who blew 5-1 and 4-1 leads en route to losing the first two games of the series. The Birds have – ugh – another off day today, before kicking off a two-game set at Fenway Park, followed by four in Toronto. To the links. Bullpen […]

Zach Britton’s Shaky Early Outings No Cause for Concern

Zach Britton looks into home plate.
The other day, I wrote a post titled “Let’s Draw a Bunch of Conclusions from One Game.” It was fun, but it was also, of course, a bit tongue-in-cheek. Certainly, we can’t draw any meaningful conclusions from one baseball game, whether it’s the first game of the year or the 101st. Still, we baseball-starved fans needed something to talk about, and I was far from the only blogger to publish a post on what the Birds showed us on Monday. Full disclosure: I stole the idea from a San Francisco […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Can Ubaldo Put it Together in his Contract Year?

Ubaldo JImenez prepares to wind up.
The O’s finally get into their real schedule starting tonight, with no more of this on-a-day, off-a-day nonsense. It looks like a chilly and windy night at the Yards this evening, so bundle up if you’re headed down. The weather looks much nicer for the final two games against the Bombers. Let’s see what’s up in the Blog O’sphere today. Why I think Ubaldo Jimenez is Going to Have a Good Season Ubaldo makes his season debut against the Yankees tonight, hoping to carry over some of the momentum he […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Wade Miley on the Mend

Wade Miley of the Orioles pitches from the mound.
The Orioles won on Opening Day, they have a chance to sweep the Toronto Blue Jays tonight, Dylan Bundy is on the bump, and it looks like a gorgeous evening for baseball. All’s right in the world right now, Birdland. Bird’s Eye View Episode 195: Get Back Jake & Scott recorded a day late this week, as they were voiceless on Monday night, for obvious reasons. They review what we saw on Opening Day, debut a new game segment, make some predictions, and of course, blow the save. On Patience […]

Let’s Draw a Bunch of Conclusions from One Game

Mark Trumbo crosses home plate as his teammates douse him in water to celebrate.
Grant Brisbee, who covers the San Francisco Giants for SB Nation’s McCovey Chronicles, has recently joined guys like FanGraphs’ Jeff Sullivan and Eno Sarris among my favorite baseball scribes. Grant’s been doing his thing for years, but I’m late to the party on this one. Better late than never though, just like Buck Showalter bringing Zach Britton into a tie game against the Blue Jays… But I digress. Grant wrote a post yesterday titled “Lessons from Opening Day,” and I enjoyed it so much I decided to yoink it for […]

Mark Trumbo Walks it Off for Opening Day Win

Mark Trumbo watches a baseball fly.
It took 11 innings, in a game that looked a lot like the last game the Orioles played against the Blue Jays for a while, but the Birds finally prevailed on Opening Day thanks to a Mark Trumbo walk-off solo home run. TRUMBO JUMBO pic.twitter.com/ua03b2zEQw — Brandon Miller (@Brandontron5000) April 3, 2017 Walk-off?! Quick! Grab the coolers! #Birdland pic.twitter.com/c0ZtaOpacE — Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) April 3, 2017 Ain’t the beer cold?!

ESR Joins Birdland Radio to Preview the 2017 O’s

Mark Trumbo of the Orioles stands on the base.
Yesterday, the guys at Section 336 hosted their second annual Birdland Radio day, 12 hours of podcasts to get O’s fans ready for the upcoming season. They were kind enough to invite us on again, and I was joined by ESR’s Phil Backert and Russell Street Report’s Ken “FILMSTUDY” McKusick. We spent an hour talking about the Mark Trumbo signing (Ken isn’t a fan!), the deficiencies of OPS as an offensive statistic, the Orioles’ outfield defense, the World Baseball Classic, and plenty more. Give a listen, won’t you?

Friday’s O’s Links: Zach Britton Needs a Little More Tuning Up

Zach Britton pitches for the Orioles.
Only three more sleeps until Opening Day, Birdland. We made it. I promise to get back into the swing (heh) of things here next week too, with your thrice-weekly O’s Links. For today, please accept this super-sized version as my apology. Why Baseball Games are So Damned Long Not really an O’s link, granted. Still, seamheads will like this one. SB Nation’s Grant Brisbee, one of my favorite baseball writers, did a little experiment to try to figure out what the REAL problem is when it comes to MLB games […]
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