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Another Season of Pitchers’ Duels? No Thanks!

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With the first three days of the season under their belts, those swinging the sticks aren’t having much impact. Looking at all the box scores coming across the wire, I started to yawn, because the one stat that stood out the most was the amount of soccer-like results. Let’s take a look. There have been a total of 38 games played in MLB, resulting in 76 box scores (one per team per game).  There have already been 12 shutouts, or just under 33% of all games.  I didn’t check to […]

What Makes Mobile Baseball Games So Enjoyable?

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Although baseball lacks global appeal and mass following like, say, soccer, it is still one of the major sports in the US. During every Major League Baseball season, fans obsessively track their favorite team’s stats as well as manage fantasy teams. This is in addition to downloading and playing mobile baseball games. Here are some of the things that make playing baseball games on mobile devices so enjoyable: Advances in Technology Arcade style sports games that were all the rage 10 years or so ago have been replaced by slick […]

Arms Race: Who Fills Out the Rotation?

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The Baltimore Orioles seem to always have issues with pitching. This may be the first Spring Training when the problem is actually a good one to have. One of the most heated battles to watch during Spring Training this year will be in the starting rotation. The Orioles have six guys vying for five spots. In seasons past, the Orioles would typically be scrambling to fill out their rotation. Now with this surplus of pitchers, Buck Showalter and the Orioles’ brass have some flexibility. Let’s take a look at the […]

The Case for Steve Pearce as Leadoff Hitter

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Many names have been thrown around this off-season as possible leadoff hitters for the 2015 Baltimore Orioles, but Steve Pearce has not been one of them (at least as far as I’ve seen). I ask “why not?” Lets start by looking at the most popular option compared to Pearce and then we will look at why not batting Pearce leadoff could be a detriment to the rest of the team. The most popular name it seems as been Alejandro De Aza. [RELATED: Who’s Leading Off in 2015?] Lets start with […]

O’s Three “Six Million Dollar Men” Are Rebuilt and Ready to Go

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While some of you may be too young to remember the T.V. series The $6 Million Man which ran from 1974 – 1978, chances are you’ve at least heard of it. Let’s re-build this air force pilot who took a nasty spill test driving some ill-conceived flying contraption: “We can rebuild him…we have the technology.” So went the iconic opening catch phrase. Fast forward to 2015 and do we ever have the technology.  Blade runners, wounded vets with artificial limbs, heart valves, transplanting vital human organs, and more have all […]

Let’s Appreciate “Flash,” the Poor Man’s “Blade”

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So the O’s signed Ryan Flaherty to a one-yr $1.075M deal last week, avoiding arbitration. While it will be mentioned on the sports talk shows and delivered to viewers on TV, it will not contain the pomp and circumstance that greeted Max Scherzer’s $210M package from the Nats. Of course it shouldn’t,  but it will solicit some banter from O’s fans during happy hours leading up to Opening Day.  We’ll say: Flaherty’s a weak stick! I don’t want him up in clutch situations! He’s too slow! He doesn’t have that […]

Looking Forward to Another Season at the Yard

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The Orioles announced recently that they would not be raising season ticket prices for 2015 which came as a surprise to many.  The Birds are back baby, and with that usually comes the opportunity to cash in by taking the cost of the experience up a bit. Not this time.  Apparently, cooler heads prevailed.  Maybe the powers to be are realizing that if a decent product is put on the field, people will come, fill more seats, and spend more money beyond the ticket price.  Makes sense….dollars and sense. Attendance […]

ALCS Preview: Will O’s or Royals Break World Series Drought?

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Neither of these teams were supposed to be here. During the regular season, the Oakland A’s, Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Angels were seen as the most likely AL representatives for the World Series. Detroit had a big-name starting rotation and two of the best hitters in the game in Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez. The A’s raced out to the best record in baseball and traded for three starting pitchers, including Jon Lester, but stumbled badly late in the season. And the Angels finished with more wins than any team in baseball, led […]

GAME THREAD: White Sox (36-42) @ Orioles (40-36)

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Well, the “momentum” of Monday night’s loss quickly evaporated as the Birds again had an abysmal night hitting with runners in scoring position, stranding seven and going just 1-for-9 w/RISP in a 4-2 loss. Momentum in baseball really doesn’t mean much; look no further than the fact that the New York Yankees have lost four in a row since walking the Orioles off in dramatic fashion friday. For their part, the O’s are just 1-4 the day after a walk-off win in 2014. So let’s not talk about momentum. Pitch, […]

GAME THREAD: White Sox (35-42) @ Orioles (40-35)

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Well, as much fun as last night was, it’s time to put it behind us and move on. That’s the thing about baseball – there’s always tomorrow. Just as the O’s were eager to move on from Friday night’s heartbreaking loss in New York, so are the White Sox ready for a shot at redemption. Hopefully the Birds can ride the momentum of Chris Davis’ walk-off home run to a nice little winning streak (you know, the exact opposite of what the Yankees have done since Friday), but things don’t […]

Game Thread: White Sox (35-41) @ Orioles (39-35)

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Fresh off a clutch series win in New York, the Birds welcome the struggling Chicago White Sox to town a three-game set that kicks off an 11-game homestand. The soft part of the schedule is RIGHT NOW for the O’s, and they really need to stop playing down to their competition and take advantage. They’re only 1.5 games out of first place in the AL East, and there is no time like the present to make a move going into the All-Star break. It won’t be easy tonight against Chicago […]

Game Thread: Orioles (37-34) @ Yankees (38-33)

orioles player on mound after throwing ball
On the one hand, the Yankees just did the O’s a huge favor by sweeping the Toronto Blue Jays. On the other hand, the New York Yankees – somehow – continue to be relevant, despite a ridiculously old and broken down roster, proving that the old Bronx Black Magic is just as strong as ever. The Birds took two of three at Yankee Stadium way back in April, and a repeat performance (or better) will have them sitting pretty here as the summer officially kicks off.   LINEUP Orioles RF […]

Game Thread: Orioles (36-34) @ Rays (28-44)

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(Want that shirt? Get it HERE.) Our first game thread last night went pretty well, so we’re trying it again today. Kevin Gausman takes the hill for the Birds, trying to back up his last two very solid starts as the O’s hope to take two of three in Tampa. It’s a getaway day, game time 1:10.   Lineups Orioles RF Nick Markakis LF Steve Pearce CF Adam Jones 1B Chris Davis DH Nelson Cruz SS J.J. Hardy 3B Manny Machado 2B Jonathan Schoop C Caleb Joseph P Kevin Gausman […]

Game Thread: Orioles (35-34) @ Rays (28-43)

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We’re taking a new commenting system for a test drive here at ESR, and as part of the fun we thought we’d try a few game threads. Please join our discussion below as the Birds try to even the series with the Rays at a game apiece from Tropicana Field tonight.   Lineups Orioles RF – Nick Markakis DH – Steve Pearce CF – Adam Jones 1B – Chris Davis LF – Nelson Cruz SS – J.J. Hardy 3B – Manny Machado 2B – Jonathan Schoop C – Caleb Joseph […]

Rally O’s Wednesdays

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(Baltimore, Md.) The Fresh & Green’s food market in the heart of Downtown Baltimore has become the first business in the city to help promote “Rally O’s Wednesdays.” Employees will wear “Rally O’s Wednesdays” t-shirts along with other Oriole team merchandise every Wednesday during the remainder of the season to show support of the baseball club. Derrick E. Vaughan of Dunkadelic Sports Marketing approached employees with the idea and they were eager to participate. Vaughan says, “The Fresh & Green’s staff are making history today. They will be able to […]
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