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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’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 […]

Here are All the Idiots Picking the Orioles to Finish Last

Manny Machado and Buck Showalter
Some folks just never learn. The girl who keeps falling for bad boys, only to have her heart broken time and again. The guy who spends every dollar of his paycheck on lottery tickets. Me when I let my eyes drift down below the article to the comments section. And baseball writers who underestimate Buck Showalter’s Orioles each and every year. They’ve won more games than any team in the AL since 2012, but that’s neither here nor there, I suppose. Here are a list of scribes and publications who […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Davis Should Swing More, Yadi is Mad at Adam Jones

Chris Davis swings.
You gained a member this week, fellow citizens of Birdland. It’s been quite the hectic week here at the Arnold household, as we welcomed our first child – Brooks – into the world last Saturday night. I won’t bore you with any more of that except to say that I know that I have plenty of O’s links to catch up on. Sorry for the lapse! Let’s see what we’ve missed in the Bird O’Sphere this week… 2017 Positional Rankings – Left Field FanGraphs continues their positional rankings, and the […]

Friday’s O’s Links: O’s OF Defense – Better Than You Think!

Adam Jones prepares to hit.
Happy St. Paddy’s Day, Birdland. Are the O’s wearing green again? They usually have green uniforms for today’s Spring Training game, but I haven’t seen anything about that yet this year. The game isn’t on today either, so I guess we’ll just have to keep an eye out for pictures of the action. What’s up in the Bird O’sphere today? Let’s dig in… Baltimore’s Outfield Options Don’t Make Much Sense FanGraphs’ Dave Cameron tries to make sense of the O’s OF situation, and thinks that the team might actually be […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Statcast Smiles on Adam Jones’ Defense

Adam Jones prepares to defend.
We’re slipping and sliding all over Birdland today after our latest March ice storm. It was supposed to be 6-12 inches of snow, and ended up as 2-3 inches of solid ice. Seems meteorologists are using the same computers to predict what happens in Baltimore as those goofs who do MLB projections are, amirite? There will be no hitting of the actual links around town today, so let’s get to the electronic variety. Glove First or Bat First: The O’s Outfield Dilemma The Baltimore Sun’s Jon Meoli talked to a […]

Monday’s O’s Links: Tillman, Alvarez, Manny, & More

Chris Tillman winds up to pitch.
Everybody ready for a blizzard?  Ugh. Stupid Smarch weather.  Let’s hit the links, before they’re buried in snow.  Tillman’s Shoulder Flares Up, Bullpen Session Scrapped Motherflipper! Tilly was scheduled to begin throwing on Sunday, but his shoulder started barking while he was warming up, and now all your worst-case scenario dreams seem to be on the verge of becoming a reality. In Boston, David Price looks certain to be headed for Tommy John surgery, then of course he’s miraculously OK! Same thing with Masahiro Tanaka in New York. Here, our […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Manny Dazzles at the WBC

Manny Machado in his DR uniform.
Maryland weather is Maryland weather-ing, Birdland. We’re all ready for baseball, and as I write this, it’s doing some sort of combination of snowing and sleeting outside my window, and several models are forecasting a dump of snow early next week. Damn it. At least we can watch some ball, I suppose. On Sunday, the O’s take on Detroit at 1:05 on MASN, and the WBC rolls on all weekend on MLB Network (Team USA plays their first game tonight at 6). To the links! Why I’m Playing for the […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: More Hype for Bundy, Gausman Dominates DR

Chris Davis watches a pitch go by.
The Birds take on the Blue Jays at 1:05 today, and the game will be broadcast live on MASN. Wade Miley will look to continue the string of impressive O’s starts. Let’s hit the links. Machado on Gausman: “He’s Supposed to Get Me Out” Yesterday, the Orioles took on the Dominican WBC team, which boasts a ridiculous lineup. Undaunted, Kevin Gausman tossed three hitless innings, and retired Manny Machado on a groundout to third the only time the two faced. PressBox’s Rich Dubroff has quotes from Manny & Gas Man. […]

Monday’s O’s Links: It’s WBC O’Clock

Mychal Givens pitches.
Welcome to WBC week, Birdland. While the Spring Training games might get a little less interesting (or more interesting, I suppose, depending on your perspective) as teams lose several stars to the international competition, we’ll at least have some competitive baseball to watch. Already this morning, I’ve watched the tail end of Israel’s extra-innings upset over Team Korea, and I’m looking forward to plenty more WBC action. As for the O’s, let’s get to them links… WBC 2017: Where to Watch the O’s Speaking of the WBC, Camden Chat’s Mark […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Caleb Gets Off the Schneid…Kinda

Caleb Joseph swings.
Happy Friday, Birdland! Let’s see what’s up in the Blog O’sphere today. O’s Roster Crunch Could Affect Mancini, Taverez, Santander A continuing story of Spring Training is the Birds’ outfield competition. Zach Spedden, who covers the O’s minors for Baltimore Sports and Life, weighs in on three guys who – to use March-speak – are firmly on the bubble. Caleb Joseph Hits a Spring Training Home Run The Birds’ backup backstop launched a homer last night, picking up his first RBI since the 2015 season. Of course, it doesn’t really […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Should Mark Trumbo Hit Leadoff?

Mark Trumbo swings.
The O’s have had a rocky couple of days in Grapefruit League play, dropping back-to-back games to the Yankees and Phillies. They’ll take on the Red Sox today before splitting the squad for two tomorrow. You can listen on 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore both today and tomorrow at 1:05. Let’s hit the links. You’ll want to plug in your headphones for today’s set. Around the Beat Podcast: Matt Wieters Baltimore Baseball’s Dan Connolly grabbed former Birds backstop Matt Wieters for a phone interview earlier this week. Matt talks about […]
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