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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: 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 […]

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 […]
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