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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 

Monday’s O’s Links: J.J. Hardy Latest Oriole to Head to DL?

J.J. Hardy checks his swing.
Hey, a series win! If this team could just figure out how to win games on the road, they might be a problem going forward. Even after playing awful for the past month-plus, the Birds are just 4.5 games out of first place in the AL East, and a game back of the second wild card spot. I’m certainly not saying all is well – they’ve given up 5+ runs in 14 consecutive games and 19 of 22 – but things also aren’t as bad as they looked just a […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Offense Not Pulling Their Weight Either

A panoramic shot of Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
One out of four to the lowly ChiSox? Oof. The Cardinals are struggling as well, and the Birds are a different team at hope, so maybe we can hope for some better results this weekend. To the links, if you dare. 99% Invisible: In the Same Ballpark I pretty much only listen to Orioles podcasts. My wife listens to a million non-Orioles podcasts. This week, our worlds collided, as she pointed me to this episode of one of her favorites, 99% Invisible, that discusses the building of OPACY. Some cool […]

“Players’ Weekend” Jerseys for the Orioles

Jeff Passan of Yahoo! has reported that MLB is going to have a “Players’ Weekend” later this season, during which players will be allowed to wear things like jerseys with nicknames on them, crazy colored cleats, and more. Players will have the option to wear a jersey with a nickname – though they are limited to just one, according to the memo, and “inappropriate or offensive” nicknames will be banned. The items with minimal color restrictions include spikes, batting gloves, wristbands, compression sleeves and catcher’s masks. The colors, according to […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: O’s, Woes, & Natty Bo…More Woes

Orioles pitcher Alec Asher puts his head down and hands on his knees as a White Sox player rounds first.
It just keeps getting worse. It was one thing to lose to the red-hot, AL East-leading Yankees, who are running roughshod over everybody. But getting smacked around – badly – by the Chicago White Sox? The Orioles are embarrassing right now. They’re really, really bad. How bad? Well, let’s get to the links… What if the Orioles are Actually Terrible? An uplifting little number from Patrick Dougherty of Camden Depot. Graphs, charts, and discussion of run differential that way be. The Orioles Have Lost their Winning Way. Can they Find […]

Monday’s O’s Links: Let’s Never Speak of that Again

Buck Showalter holds a bat in Spring Training.
You probably don’t want to read about the Orioles today. I can’t say that I blame ya. I’m gonna give you some options anyway though, darn it. Old Mill’s Hader Makes MLB Debut for Brewers Hader was traded to Houston for Bud Norris back in 2013. As Free Fall Continues, Blame Game is Underway Rosenthal stirs the pot again. Gasp. Camden Chat’s Mark Brown has some thoughts on blaming Dan Duquette for a season flying off the rails. I feel like I should mention this as well: Take this with […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Wade Miley? More Like Weird Miley!

Wade Miley of the Orioles pitches from the mound.
Yesterday’s make-up game with the Gnats saw their JV beat our JV in a boring lopsided affair. Alec Asher threw 41 pitches in the damn first inning as Washington took a 4-0 lead, and the Birds bats’ made Joe Ross look like Max Scherzer. Orioles starters are quite efficient at one thing: killing any leftover good feelings from the previous game. — Eutaw St. Report (@EutawStReport) June 8, 2017 The O’s now head off on a seven-game road trip to the Bronx and the south side of Chicago. They’re gonna […]

Manny Machado Injured by Andrew McCutchen’s Slide

Andrew McCutchen slides into Manny Machado's wrist.
While last night’s O’s-Pirates short two-game series finale was awesome in the end, there were plenty of bumps along the way. In addition to Wade Miley being ineffectively wild and getting beat around when he did manage to find the strike zone, and new bullpen addition Edwin Jackson being less-than-inspiring, there was an apparent injury to Manny Machado. During Miley’s second-inning implosion, the Pirates pulled off a double steal, with Andrew McCutchen taking third base and Elias Diaz swiping second. McCutchen, though, should have been out. Caleb Joseph threw from […]

Tuesday’s O’s Links: Darren O’Day Using His Slider Differently

Darren O'Day pitches.
It was a bit of a frustrating weekend, as the Birds lost the final two games of their four-game set with Boston after taking the first two. Still, we’d have all gladly accepted 4-3 against New York and the Red Sox after losing seven straight, right? Now, the O’s really need to start winning games against non-AL East opponents, especially sub-.500 teams like the Pittsburgh Pirates, who are in for two starting tonight. To the links. Machado Presents Greatest Conundrum in Years for O’s Our own Andrew Stetka, writing in […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Pedro Alvarez Hanging Around…For Now

Pedro Alvarez of the Orioles prepares to hit.
Things may be looking up a bit, Birdland. The sun finally cracked through the clouds for more than a few hours, and the O’s have won three of their past four. For the second straight night, they built a 7-1 lead over a team currently ahead of them in the AL East standings. It won’t be easy this weekend, but this is a different team against divisional foes. To the links. Two Little Birds The Ringer’s Michael Baumann penned the article that would have made O’s fans swoon back in […]

Chris Davis Made An Adjustment

It’s no secret that Chris Davis has been having an awful 2017 campaign. Other than a couple few-game stretches where he got hot, he’s been abysmal, driving O’s fans crazy with his constant strikeouts (far too many of which come with him never taking the bat off his shoulder). He is striking out in 38% of his at-bats, over 6% above his career average. His 109 wRC+ would be his second-lowest as an Oriole, better than only his somehow-even-worse 2014 campaign. So yeah, Davis hasn’t been good. But what makes […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Players O’s Count On Keep Struggling

orioles player sitting in dugout with towel around neck
The O’s managed to pull out of their tailspin, at least momentarily, on Monday, thanks to Dylan Bundy and some superb relief work. However, they got right back on the losing track last night as Chris Tillman wasn’t able to get through three innings and the Yankees evened the series with an 8-3 laugher. Tonight’s game is big, at least symbolically: winning this series could really go a long way to putting the May skids behind them. Lose it, and the June sun that’s rising doesn’t look any brighter than […]

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 […]
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