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Klay Sauers has and will forever be a die hard Baltimore fan. There isn't a time in the day that he isn't checking his phone for sports updates or chatting it up on Twitter with other Baltimore enthusiasts. The drive to be more a part of the O's and Ravens led him to start his own blog at CharmCitySR.com, so that he could unload his own thoughts and opinions. Klay loves to debate and chat about the O's, and his blood runs Orange. You can follow Klay on Twitter @CharmCitySports or message him by email at [email protected] Go O's and ain't the beer cold!

O’s Outfielders Have Flashed the Leather in 2015

Adam Jones makes a catch in spring training
For all the hate and criticism the Orioles’ outfield has received for their lack of a “true” right and left fielder, the troop has posted the 3rd highest Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR) – which quantifies players’ ability to save runs with their defense – in the MLB at 10.4. The O’s outfield also leads the league in outfield assists with 20, led by the shared MLB outfield assist leader, Delmon Young (8). Adam Jones (5) and Travis “Lunchbox” Snider (4) have also made some big plays in the outfield, which […]

Who is Odd Man Out in O’s Crowded Rotation?

orioles player on mound after throwing ball
Trade rumors are swirling, and O’s fans are being tortured and teased by the team’s reported “interest” in big names like David Price, Cole Hamels, Jon Lester, and Cliff Lee. Regardless of whether or not the Orioles pull off a blockbuster trade for an ace, or stand pat at the deadline in hopes Ubaldo Jimenez can repeat last years second half success, the O’s are going to have to decide who stays in the rotation and who goes. Pah! Ask that question before the All-Star break and it might have […]

Former O’s Turning In Stellar Years on the Hill

cubs pitcher winded back before throwing pitch
With every strikeout, shutout inning, and no-no through however many innings Jake Arrieta throws for the Chicago Cubs, a piece of every Orioles fan dies inside. The once former troubled Orioles pitching prospect, who had all the makings to be a front-of-line starter but couldn’t seem to piece it all together in Baltimore, has been absolutely dazzling in the Windy City. Since his call up on May 3, Jake Arrieta has pitched to a 5-1 record with a 1.78 ERA (2.05 FIP), 1.019 WHIP, and an unbelievable 10.1 K/9.  Arrieta […]

Trade Winds Blowing Around Second Base?

orioles player schoop up to bat after hitting baseball
After last night’s game, if you’re still trying to figure out this team then you’re gonna find yourself going mad. Through the first 7 innings of last night’s rubber match against the Chicago White Sox, the Orioles were getting shut down – and I mean SHUT DOWN – by a pitcher who owns a career 4-17 record with a 5.44 ERA as a starter. That man was Hector Noesi. I thought to run, not walk to bet with William Hill on the O’s. Never heard of Noesi before yesterday’s game? […]

Clevenger Should Be A Part of Life-Without-Wieters Plans

back view of orioles player up to bat before hitting ball
Today the Orioles announced that Matt Wieters will undergo Tommy John Surgery tomorrow and be lost for the remainder of 2014. Wieters last played on May 10 against the Houston Astros, where he had been serving as the team’s designated hitter in order to give his ailing elbow some rest.  A previous visit with Dr. Andrews in early May revealed that Wieters, at the time, was not a candidate for TJS and could continue to DH. Throughout the past month, Wieters has attempted to do some light throwing, but has […]

O’s Shouldn’t Call Up Gausman for Short-Term Help (Again)

orioles pitcher gausman arm back before throwing pitch
Miguel Gonzalez’s MRI results came back more positive than the Orioles had originally anticipated, according to MASN’s Roch Kubatko, but a stint on the 15-day DL is still very likely for the Orioles starter (oblique injury strikes again!). Gonzalez has performed quite well as the O’s fourth starter this season, posting four straight quality starts in his last four outings.  Overall this year, Gonzo has pitched to a 3-4 record with a 4.15 ERA as a starter.  While Miggy – like every Orioles starter – has struggled to go deep into […]

The Sunday Blues are Back

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“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work…” ~ Exodus 20:8-11 The O’s must be strict on maintaining their religious duties to keep the holiness of the Sabbath, because so far this season the Birds have not done any work on Sundays. The last time the Orioles won on Sunday was the first week of the 2014 season against the Detroit Tigers; they won 3-1, defeating […]

Stop Saying Buck is Overusing the Bullpen

orioles manager buck showalter with sunglasses on and pointing
Heading into the Twin Cities it was all doom-and-gloom from many Orioles fans. These fans believed the Birds already had an already over-used bullpen, and the fact that the O’s ‘pen threw 8.0 innings in the double header against the Bucs made things even worse, in their eyes. It was also the end of the world and a certain trip to the DL for Ryan Webb, Darren O’Day, Brian Matusz, and Tommy Hunter who all threw twice in the same day. While that’s quite a scarce occurrence in today’s MLB, it’s […]

What’s With All the Stolen Bases on Matt Wieters?

catcher for orioles making a face
While Matt Wieters’ bat has started off the season on fire, reminding fans of his “Mauer with Power” nickname from when he was a prospect, has something happened to the Wieters that used to gun down opposing base stealers like he was in the movie “Hook?” (0:28 mark) In 19 games started this season, Wieters has thrown out just one of seven runners attempting to steal (.143 CS%), ranking 24th in the MLB.  That one lone base stealer was Jacoby Ellsbury on April 7th, which feels like an eternity ago.  […]

Orioles Have Been More “Clutch” Than You Think

orioles player swinging bat during baseball game
The beginning of this season has been maddening. For a multitude of reasons, from physical/mental errors to leaving pitches up in the zone when ahead in the count, the Orioles cannot seem to hold onto a lead no matter how big the margin. In the past three days, the O’s have seen: a 5-0 turn into a fairy tale 6-5 win for the Boston Red Sox and national media; a 6-0 lead that diminished to a one-run lead in the bottom of the 9th inning, ending with the tying and […]

Jimenez Stays True to Form With Another Slow Start

orioles player on mound after throwing ball
Ubaldo Jimenez turned in yet another unspectacular start for the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, falling to 0-3 on the season with an 8.44 ERA and a hideous 2.06 WHIP.  For a man who inked a four-year $50 million dollar contract, and finished the second half of the 2013 season with a 1.82 ERA 1.14 WHIP while allowing only three HRs, this is not the kind of performance the Orioles and fans were hoping for. BUT…it is the kind of performance that we should have expected. Bear with me here… Jimenez has quite the track […]

Despite Rough Start, O’s Showing Signs of Turning It Around

baseball player running after hitting ball
Although this ball club is sitting at 2-5 to open the season, and had a bit of slide after an exciting, orange and black filled home-opener win at OPACY, they have shown some of the small difference makers that make a contender. Sunday’s win in Detroit displayed something that the Orioles organization hasn’t had in many years. With a struggling offense reeling to try and get anything going, Manny Machado and J.J. Hardy battling injuries on the sideline, and four straight disappointing starts by Orioles pitchers, the Birds needed someone […]

Could Ervin Santana be the Final Piece to the Puzzle?

royals pitcher about to throw pitch
Reportedly, Ervin Santana is currently considering two offers: a one-year, $14 million dollar offer from the Toronto Blue Jays, and one from the Orioles that is said to be for slightly less (though perhaps bolstered by incentives). Not quite the payday Mr. Santana had in mind when entering into free agency this offseason after putting up some solid numbers in his short stint with the Kansas City Royals (9-10, a career low 3.24 ERA, 211 IP, & 1.142 WHIP). Santana was originally reported to be seeking a $100 million dollar […]

After adding Balfour, O’s need to add a guy for first eight innings

pitcher about to pitch for pittsburg pirates
It’s official. 1 Jim Johnson = 1 Grant Balfour + 1 Ryan Webb (+ Bonus: anything positive Jemile Weeks can contribute) As happy as myself and Birdland are that Duquette finally followed up his promise of “reallocating our resources,” the O’s front office CANNOT be done yet. It is great that we have replaced JJ with a strong closer and another solid back-of-the-bullpen guy and all, but as fellow blogger @BalSportsReport pointed out, if we don’t do something to improve our starting rotation it won’t matter who is pitching the ninth inning. Last […]

Now is the perfect time to trade J.J. Hardy

player up to bat waiting for ball to be pitched
Now is the time, if ever, to trade J.J. Hardy. Hardy, a beloved Oriole and one of my favorites, is about to enter into the final year of his 3 year/$22.25M contract. J.J. is coming off another stellar season where his consistent glove (.981 FPCT) and power stroke (25 HR, leading all SS) earned him a second straight Gold Glove and his first Silver Slugger award. Since coming to the Orioles in 2011, Hardy has been a staple of the team’s defense.  He has provided the stability every manager and […]

Birds’ road to October continues with tough road trip

Chris Tillman throws in a Spring Training game in 2013.
September is upon us, the month known for “must-win baseball,” and these next three series – Boston (leads AL East), New York (1.5 games behind O’s in WC), and Cleveland (leading O’s .5 games in WC) – are just that. This past weekend the Orioles had an opportunity to take three games against the American League second Wild Card leader, the Oakland A’s, but had to settle for a series win. A poor offensive performance in game two cost them the sweep, as they wasted Chris Tillman’s eight innings of one-run baseball. This late […]

O’s hitters and pitchers alike continue to live and die by the long ball

davis orioles player about to hit baseball with catcher behind
Has the phrase “living and dying by the long ball” ever applied to a team more than it does these 2013 Baltimore Orioles? It seems like every night the Orioles either win via the home run, or lose through the Orioles pitching staff’s inability to keep the ball in the park. Per Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports, the Orioles are 52-37 when they hit a home run in the game (79% of games played), making the Orioles 10-14 in games when they did not. While the legendary Earl Weaver is […]

Pitchers busting Davis inside with positive results

The ridiculousness that is the Home Run Derby curse has already begun to be whispered among O’s fans worrying about Chris Davis’s post All-Star Break struggles and lack of Crush Davis bombs. Why people believe a simple competition could throw off a player’s entire swing when hitters spend day after day with professional hitting coaches, working on repeating and correcting their mechanics, is beyond me.  Yet, fans still want to blame Crush’s participation in the Home Run Derby for his seven-game power outage and increasing strikeout percentage. But the problem […]

Could Urrutia be the spark this year like Manny was last year?

orioles batter at home plate with catcher and referee
The first half of July was not a favorable one for the Baltimore Orioles as they headed into the All-Star break.  During that time the O’s went 6-7, and the offense looked dead and uninterested.  It was clear the Birds needed a vacation and some sort of spark lit under them. Last year, that adrenaline came from calling up Manny Machado on August 9 against the Kansas City Royals.  Before calling up the Macho Man, the Orioles were sputtering with a 15-10 record from July 13th – August 8th.  Once […]

Wieters’ struggles a result of trying to pull everything

orioles wieters swinging baseball bat
Birdland is still waiting for the offensive production of the prodigy dubbed “Jesus in Cleats” and “Can’t Miss Wieters,” but with a head and front shoulder that can’t seem to stay closed, we might be stuck watching the steadily increasing “Can’t Hit Wieters.” Last night epitomized the struggles of the Orioles’ two time All-Star and Gold Glover, and also displayed “what could be” if he could consistently keep his head on the ball and drive it to the opposite field. Matt started off the game against Derek Holland with three […]
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