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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: Straight Cashner, Homie

Andrew Cashner in an O's hat and Sunglasses.
You may have heard that the Orioles emerged from their winter hibernation yesterday and actually signed a pitcher. Let’s talk about that – and some other stuff – in today’s O’s Links. Here’s hopin’ Cashner negotiated an exemption from the Orioles’ stupid archaic facial hair policy that allows him to keep that sweet beard. Happy first Friday of Spring Training, Birdland. The Orioles are Paying Money to Andrew Cashner Jeff Sullivan writing about the Orioles? Be still my heart. If you’re looking for fancy-stat reasons to be bullish on Cashner…look […]

Orioles Sign Andrew Cashner to Two-Year Deal

Andrew Cashner pitches for the Padres.
Hey, they finally did something! Source: #orioles are signing RHP Andrew Cashner to a 2-year deal with $16 million guaranteed — Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) February 15, 2018 Andrew Cashner, most recently of the Texas Rangers, joins the Orioles as a much-needed actual MLB starting pitcher. That’s fun! Less fun are Cashner’s recent numbers and very concerning peripherals, of course. He was 11-11 for the Rangers in 2017, pitching 166.2 innings, allowing 156 hits, striking out 86 and walking 64, while posting a 3.40 ERA and 4.61 FIP. On the bright […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: 2018 Gets Underway!

Miguel Castro throws in Sarasota.
I just can’t help myself. Logically, I know that this Orioles season is shaping up to be 162 games of disappointment and misery, perhaps the start of another stretch of dark years resembling 1998-2011. Even with that thought gnawing at the back of my mind though, I still get a bit giddy when I see the pictures of baseball players tossing and jogging down in Sarasota start scrolling through my Twitter feed. Then I think to myself, “hey, the last time everybody seemed this down on the Birds in February […]

Happy “Pitchers” and Catchers Day! I Guess?

empty baseball field with sun rising
Happy Pitchers & Catchers Day, Birdland! Yeah, that’s about the reaction I expected. For months, I’ve been using the (admittedly, bad!) joke that “Orioles PitcheR and Catchers report on February 13!” Never in my bleakest dark year-flashback dreams did I believe that I’d STILL be able to make that stupid joke as said pitcher and catchers were first reporting to the Ed Smith complex in Sarasota this morning. The Orioles haven’t signed a single legitimate big league starting pitcher since the 2017 season came to its disappointing close, despite that […]

Orioles Fans Aren’t Happy

A lonley oriole fan watches from Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
I know, I know…I’m not exactly uncovering Watergate here. But before you give that headline a quick “a-duh!” and move on, give me a moment. I have data to support this assertion, and it’s not just of the looked-at-social-media-and-my-face-melted variety. First off, we need to acknowledge that Orioles fans are far from alone in being frustrated at our team’s lack of (or negative) movement this offseason. The talk of MLB has been the ridiculously low temperature of the usual “hot stove,” and how free agents are, as a group, languishing […]

Hawaiian Shirt Highlights 2018 Promotional Schedule

O’s fans continue to sit and twiddle our thumbs waiting for the team to toss us any sort of bone to get excited about in 2018, and today the team finally made an announcement! No, they didn’t sign anybody you’ve ever heard of – or anybody you haven’t, for that matter. They haven’t signed Manny Machado or Jonathan Schoop to extensions. Ditto Dan Duquette or Buck Showalter. This “news” doesn’t even come from the front office as a matter of fact, but from the Marketing & Promotions department. Here are […]

Zach Britton Reportedly Ruptures Achilles

Zach Britton throws in spring training.
Feeling a bit down in the dumps this holiday season, Birdland? With all the talk of the team trying to trade Manny Machado, along with the usual lack of movement from the front office when it comes to signing ACTUAL major league pitchers who might be able to help the team win games, it’s been quite a glum offseason so far. Well, this morning, Ken Rosenthal threw cold water acid all over our already frowning faces. BREAKING: Orioles closer Zach Britton ruptured his Achilles yesterday working out in California. Expected […]

O’s Listening to Offers on Manny Machado

Manny Machado in front of sign at spring training 2015.
What had been quite the usual boring Winter Meetings for O’s fans got quite the jolt yesterday, as reports began to surface (first from The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal) that the Orioles were suddenly open to trading star third baseman Manny Machado. Many fans already assume that Machado, who is due to hit free agency at the conclusion of the 2018 season, is as good as gone by roughly this time next year. However, there remain plenty of starry-eyed eternal O’ptimists who believe that Manny will join the likes of Brooks, […]

Do Andrew Cashner and/or Eduardo Nunez Excite You?

We’re into mid-November now, and after one of the most exciting World Series in memory (maybe ever), we’ve been without baseball for what feels like eons. However, the Hot Stove season has yet to really get rolling, as baseball “news” since the Fall Classic ended has been confined to blockbuster trade speculation, and an award or two. (Then, of course, there was the tragic Roy Halladay incident, and we’d like to add our heartfelt condolences to those already expressed throughout the sports world.) As for our O’s, the only thing […]

Trey Mancini Named Rookie of the Year Finalist

Trey Mancini in his O's batting helmet.
O’s rookie Trey Mancini got some good news tonight, as he was named a finalist for the BBWAA Rookie of the Year award. .@TreyMancini has been named a BBWAA finalist for Rookie of the Year. The winner will be announced Nov. 13 on @MLBNetwork. #Birdland pic.twitter.com/J7KzbmTCT7 — Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) November 6, 2017 Mancini was a revelation at the dish for the Birds in 2017, putting up a .293/.338/.488 line with 24 home runs and 78 runs batted in. That was good for a .349 wOBA and 117 wRC+ (both […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Austin Hays Called Up

Bowie Baysox OF Austin Hays swings.
Quite a game last night, huh? After a two-hour rain delay, the O’s took a 1-0 lead early, only to watch as their third consecutive starter failed to get through even five innings. In this case, Jeremy Hellickson was yanked in the third after completely losing the strike zone. New York was up 6-1, and most of Birdland went to bed early. Those who didn’t, of course, were rewarded greatly at around 1:05 AM Eastern. Let’s get the series today. To the links. Austin Hays Called Up The Birds shockingly […]

The Orioles Swapped One Useful #50 Miguel for Another

Orioles fans are – understandably – a bit annoyed at the news that the team was trying to make a trade at the waiver deadline (last night) for Chicago White Sox pitcher Miguel Gonzalez. Gonzalez, of course, pitched for the Birds for four seasons, and while he was never consistently dominant, he was reliable with a flash of brilliance every now and again. To wit: MiGo’s best season in orange and black by ERA was 2014, when he posted a 3.23. By FIP, it was his first year, 2012, at […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Schoop & Bundy Leading O’s Resurgence

Dylan Bundy winds up in a spring training game.
Well, the winning streak is over, thanks to Jeremy Hellickson and Kendrys Morales. Despite putting up eight more runs, it wasn’t enough for victory number eight in a row, as Morales smacked three home runs and drove in seven on his own. The Birds were bound to lose again eventually. It’s fine – as long as they don’t follow up their seven straight wins with a few consecutive losses. With Marcus Stroman scheduled to pitch for Toronto Saturday, and Chris Tillman going for the O’s Sunday, tonight’s game suddenly looks […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Dylan Bundy’s Near No-No

Adam Jones gives Dylan Bundy a pie.
Dealin’. Bundy. What a performance, huh? Bundy’s third 10+ strikeout game THIS MONTH was also a complete game, one-hit shutout that gave the Birds their sixth straight win. The Mariners’ only hit was a bunt single, but it was early enough that there’s no unwritten rules silliness to go along with it. A no-hitter would have obviously been better, but we’re not complaining. Let’s see what everybody is saying about Bundy & everything else today. Dylan Bundy got the rare triple-pie tonight following his one-hit CGSO. pic.twitter.com/B1RBKynvIo — Avi Miller […]

Monday’s O’s Links: Back at It, O’s Back in It

Hunter Harvey throws as Darren O'Day watches.
Greetings again, Birdland. After taking my birthday week “off,” O’s Links are back in effect. What’d we miss? Oh, just a 5-1 week including a three-game sweep in Fenway to crawl back to within two games of the wild card? Not bad! Let’s see what else is up… Red Sox Can’t Buy Key Hit as Orioles Complete Sweep Oh yeah, drink it in. After Weekend Sweep, O’s Back to Sniffing Postseason Spot Writing in his weekly MASN guest column, our own Andrew Stetka marvels at the fact that the Birds […]

Get Your Players’ Weekend O’s T-Shirt Here

players-weekend-t-shirt
So Players’ Weekend was a blast! Not only did MLB teams showcase their players’ personalities with customized jerseys, cleats, and more, but most importantly, the Birds pulled off a huge sweep of the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. To commemorate the weekend, we’ve partnered with our friends at Breaking T to bring you this exclusive t-shirt! Get yours here! We chose five of the best nicknames on the Birds for the shirt – Adam “Pappo” Jones, Tim “Swaggy T” Beckham, Chris “Crush” Davis, Jonathan “Mamba” Schoop, and of course, […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Where Does Santander Fit?

Orioles' Anthony Santander prepares to hit.
The road trip came to a very disappointing 4-6 end the other day, and now the Birds have once again put themselves in a position of needing an outstanding homestand to keep pace. Despite winning the first game of the series in both Anaheim & Seattle, they ended up dropping two of three in both, as well as splitting four with the lowly A’s. Brutal. Hopefully home can cure what ails ’em, but the clock is ticking. Let’s hit the links on a dreary day in Baltimore. Chris Davis has […]

The O’s Have MLB’s Best Second-Half Offense

Manny Machado follows through on his swing.
It’s mid-August, and once again the Baltimore Orioles find themselves right in the thick of a playoff hunt. While they don’t really have a realistic shot at the AL East title – barring an unforeseen dominant run coupled with collapses by both Boston and New York – they are within spitting distance of both wild card spots. As play started on Tuesday, they sat 2.0 games back of the second spot, and just four games back of the first. Thanks to a nice little run of 17-11, they’ve recovered from […]

Monday’s O’s Links: Where Have You Gone, “Crush?”

A baseball player breaks his bat over his knee.
Jeremy Hellickson went full Oriole yesterday, going from absolutely cruising (26 pitches in three perfect innings to start the game) to blowing up (five runs in the fourth), denying his team the three-of-four they could have REALLY used in Oakland. Now they head to Seattle, which gives me nightmares, and has ever since Hisashi Iwakuma no-hit us a couple years back, needing two of three to salvage a 5-5 road trip. Not ideal! Let’s see what’s up in the links. Rotation Fixes Still Needed for O’s Our own Andrew Stetka, […]
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