About Derek Arnold

Derek Arnold

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: Gausman Keeps Getting Mashed by Righties

Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman tosses a baseball to himself. A Blue Jays player circles the bases behind him.
The Birds finished July the same way they slogged through most of it – struggling, with very little offense. After averaging 6.6 runs per game in June, the O’s were at half of that – 3.3 – for the month of July as of the other day. Their six-run outburst on Sunday (in extras, we must note) was the first time they’d scored six runs in a game since July 6 in LA, also an extra-inning affair, and just the third time all month. They never scored more than six […]

Orioles Agree to Acquire Wade Miley from Mariners

Wade Miley of the Mariners pitches.
Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball and FanRag Sports (formerly of CBS, so yes, he has reliable MLB sources), the Orioles and Mariners have agreed upon a trade that would send lefty Wade Miley to Baltimore (pending medicals of course!). Miley, 29, is 7-8 with a 4.98 ERA for Seattle this year. Over parts of six MLB seasons, he is 56-54 with a 4.07 ERA. He pitched in the AL East for Boston in 2015, going 11-11 with a 4.46 ERA. He’s pitched well lately, putting up a 3.45 ERA in […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: No Melvin, No Biggie

Dan Duquette political poster.
The Birds had their five-game winning streak snapped by the Colorado Rockies last night, as Chris Tillman finally turned in the clunker that we all feared he was due for. Meanwhile, the Birds’ bats, despite the five-game winning streak, still aren’t clicking like we know they can. Hopefully they find them tonight and carry them straight through the weekend in Toronto. The Blue Jays, in case you hadn’t noticed, took over second place in the AL East from Boston last night. To the links. Schoop Providing Sweet Middle Infield Power […]

Report: Peter Angelos Squashed Upton Deal

Emporor Peter Angelos.
Hoo boy. This should go over well. The O’s were rumored to be near a deal with the San Diego Padres for outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. Then, of course, Upton went to the Blue Jays instead. They got a high-ceiling A-level prospect from Toronto, which may have been more enticing to the Padres than anything the Birds were offering. Cool. It happens. Move on. (Maybe to Steve Pearce?) A tweet from Bleacher Report’s Scott Miller, though, could open up a whole new can of worms: Sources: The #Padres were close […]

Word on the Street: O’s Should be Pursuing a Trade for Steve Pearce

pearce after batting with confused look on face
The Baltimore Orioles missed out on Melvin Upton, Jr. They should try to acquire a former Oriole to get their LF platoon back in order. Press play or read below for more. The O’s had perhaps their most effective outfield platoon since the days of Lowenstein and Roenicke with Joey Rickard and Hyun Soo Kim. Unfortunately, Rickard is out until at least September, and while it looked for a moment like help was on the way in the form of Melvin Upton, Jr., the Blue Jays rained all over that […]

Monday’s O’s Links: Reimold No Stranger to Walk-Off Homers

baltimore orioles reimold waiting for pitch
How’s that for bouncing back? After the Birds lost three of four to the Yankees, they rebounded in typical Birds fashion at home, sweeping Cleveland and stealing their throne as far as the best record in the AL goes (for the time being, of course). Thanks to Minnesota taking two in Fenway, the O’s lead is back up to 1.5 games. Here’s to continuing the sweet home cookin’ against Colorado. It’s way too hot for golf, but let’s hit the links anyway. Chris Tillman’s 2016 Season: Not MVO, but MIO […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Hunter Harvey to Undergo Tommy John Surgery

Hunter Harvey tosses from the mound.
The Birds come home for the first time since the break looking to rebound from a 3-4 road trip. It won’t be easy this weekend, as the first-place Indians come to town boasting the AL’s best record. It’ll be a scorcher in Charm City, so hopefully the O’s bats heat up as well, and they can rack up some more wins at the Yard. Let’s see what’s up in the links, which start with some bad – yet, sadly predictable – news. Hunter Harvey to Undergo Tommy John Surgery The […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Searching for Bats in the Bronx

Mark Trumbo stands in the batter's box.
The Birds’ bats continue to slumber in the Bronx. They’ve scored just one run in each of the first two games against the Yankees, both losses. And here with them being lucky enough to miss Masahiro Tanaka in the four-game set, I thought we’d be in for a bunch of early runs…silly me. Some pitcher is gonna pay for this…hopefully it’s sooner rather than later. Mark Trumbo’s Power Output is Here to Stay Worried that Mark Trumbo will regress in the second half? Well, he shouldn’t! Thanks to some help […]

Monday’s O’s Links: Solution to the Pitching Woes Behind the Dish?

orioles players sitting around fence watching something
The Birds kicked off the second “half” in fine form, taking two of three from Tampa. Around the AL East, Boston also took two of three from the Yankees, while Toronto lost two of three in Oakland. So the Birds head to the Bronx with a 2.0-game lead on the Sox, and a 3.0-game cushion on the Jays. They’ll miss Tanaka, who pitched last night, so hopefully three-of-four is in order. Let’s hit the links. Despite the Numbers, Dylan Bundy Showed Some Promise on Sunday Dylan Bundy made his first […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Dylan Bundy to Make First MLB Start Sunday

Dylan Bundy winds up in a spring training game.
The longest week of the year is over, Birdland. Hopefully four days without Orioles baseball is something we won’t again be forced to endure until darn near Halloween or even later. The second “half” of the season starts tonight, as the Birds head to St. Pete to take on the Rays, who are mired in one of the worst stretches in franchise history. Here’s hoping the break did nothing to rejuvenate Kevin Cash’s squad. To the links. But first… #Orioles announce Dylan Bundy will start Sunday at Tampa. That's kind […]

Monday’s O’s Links: First Place at the Break!

Manny Machado and Hyun Soo Kim celebrate a home run.
Happy All-Star Break, Birdland! It’s quite the happy one indeed here in Charm City, as the O’s end the season’s first “half” with a 2.0-game lead on both the Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays in the American League East. We’ll have to go a few days without O’s baseball, but many of our Birds will be in action both tonight in the Home Run Derby (Mark Trumbo), and tomorrow in the All-Star Game. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the vacation! Let’s see what’s up in the links. Kim […]

Our 2016 BEVy Categories

BEV logo and a golden microphone on a beer trophy.
It’s time once again for the All-Star Break, which means that it’s also, for the fourth year running, time for Bird’s Eye View’s BEVy Awards! Jake reached out to me a few weeks ago, and of course ESR agreed to participate. The problem is that I shat the bed and forgot about it until Jake reminded me that the submissions were due tonight. As a result of my forgetfulness, this year’s ESR BEVy voting will be a bit truncated. I’m counting on you, Birdland – get these votes in quick! […]

Friday’s O’s Links: I Promise to Work on My Fan BABIP

Mark Trumbo swings in spring traning.
Our Birds are back at the Yard tonight following a 4-5 west coast swing, taking on the Angels in the final series before the All-Star break. There are some great giveaways this weekend, and the team is in first place, so get down there and fill OPACY! Linky linky time. Players Have Statistics, So Why Not Fans? In his weekly MASN guest post, Roar from 34’s Matt Taylor came up with some great new stats by which to measure fans, including wRC+ (Wise Remarks Created plus), wOBA (Weighted Online Bashing […]

Most Exciting Baltimore Orioles Games of All-Time

partial view of brick building and entrance to camden yards
All three of the Baltimore Orioles’ World Series wins came handily, never going beyond five games. Many would argue that there’s not really any ‘big’ defining moment from any of them, and rare is it to see clips from these series played on television outside Orioles’ broadcasts. However, Orioles fans have had many other exciting comebacks and dramatic finishes occur outside the Fall Classic to cherish over the years. Below is our list of the five most exciting Orioles games of all-time that many fans and bettors alike will remember […]

Word on the Street: Manny Machado is Awesome

machado wearing headset at press conference
On Manny Machado‘s 24th birthday, let’s take a moment and appreciate what he’s done so far, and look forward to what he still may accomplish as an Oriole. Press play or read below for more. Today is the 24th birthday of one Manuel Arturo Machado – happy birthday, Manny. I thought this was a good occasion to look back and celebrate all that Manny has accomplished thus far. To do this, I’ll be getting a hand from the great O’s Stats and Facts Twitter account, which you should be following […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Happy Birthday, Manny!

Orioles figurines set up to celebrate Manny Machado's birthday.
Happy 24th Birthday Manny Machado! Manny had himself a night in Los Angeles, helping the Birds end their five-game skid with a three-run home run that proved the difference in the 4-1 victory, and adding another stellar defensive play to boot. The O’s put together this awesome little video to celebrate: Manny's Birthday Bash in Birdlandhttps://t.co/YWT2XgEk1E — Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) July 6, 2016 That was just super. To the links! Oliver! Oliver Drake was up for a few appearances last month. They didn’t go so well, and he was sent […]

Five Baltimore Orioles Named to 2016 All-Star Team

Manny Machado in front of sign at spring training 2015.
For O’s fans, the All-Star break can’t get here soon enough. We’ve watched our squad go from winning seven in a row just over a week ago to now losing five straight, while their AL East lead has been trimmed from 4.5 to just 2.0 games. The Birds have five more games before the break, and five Orioles won’t even be getting much of a vacation, as they’ve been named to the 2016 All-Star team. Congratulations to Manny Machado (the O’s only starter), Mark Trumbo, Zach Britton, Matt Wieters, and […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Breakin’ Some Records

The O’s had their third seven-game winning streak of the season stopped right there – just like both previous iterations – in Seattle, but with Boston idle and Toronto losing, they still carry a 5-game AL East lead into the weekend. Here’s to plenty more fireworks courtesy of the Birds’ bats not only this Independence Day weekend, but all through the month of June. Let’s see what everybody is saying about the O’s today… The Orioles are Bashing Their Way to the Top of the American League The Orioles just […]

Here’s Every Home Run the Orioles Hit in June

Hyun Soo Kim’s seventh-inning blast in Seattle last night was the Orioles’ 56th home run in June, setting a new MLB record for the month. Thanks to our friend BMoreCenter, we can watch all 56 of the O’s homers in June – SO FAR! – in 30 seconds. Roll that beautiful bomb footage… 56 HRs in 30 seconds pic.twitter.com/BTyua85clz — Baltimorecenter (@BMOREcenter) July 1, 2016 Here are the O’s homers this month, listed: June 2 vs. Boston Mark Trumbo Mark Trumbo Francisco Pena Adam Jones Adam Jones Manny Machado Pedro […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Nerds Wrong About the O’s, Again

Ogre from Revenge of the Nerds.
Everybody dragging this morning? If our poll is any indication, about half of you likely are, while the other half went to bed thinking that a 10-run lead was safe. It was…but barely. How do you adjust for West Coast games? (Fav for "I don't adjust, I'm just miserable for the whole trip." — Eutaw St. Report (@EutawStReport) June 28, 2016 The pesky Padres, who stole a game from the O’s by beating up on the bullpen last week in Baltimore, nearly did the same thing last night. Fortunately, the […]
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