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Series Preview: Orioles (5-14) vs. Indians (9-7)

Dylan Bundy throwing a pitch.
After getting blanked in the win column during their stay in the Motor City, the Orioles hope to turn things around over a four-game set against the Cleveland Indians beginning Friday at Camden Yards. The Orioles (5-14) will also be looking to snap a six-game losing streak tonight after back-to-back dismal series on the road. They’ve now dropped eight of their last nine contests and own an AL-worst -43 run differential through the first 19 games of the season. Here’s to hoping that the upcoming ten-game homestand will work it’s […]

Friday’s O’s Links – Not Great!

cartoon of sad orioles bird face
It was quite a rough road trip for the Birds, as they weren’t able to cobble together even a single win in six tries in Boston and Detroit. Getting swept in Fenway by the red-hot Red Sox? Ok, sure – not ideal, but we’ll accept it. However, losing three straight in Detroit to the rebuilding (some would say “tanking”) Tigers? Simply unacceptable. That must have been one miserable ride home from The Motor City. A super-sized version of O’s links today, since I missed Wednesday’s edition. What Do You Do […]

Thursday Thoughts: Orioles in the Twilight Zone

twilight-zone
This is a weekly column that dives into some random thoughts about the Orioles/MLB. I used to do eight as a nod to Cal Ripken Jr. As of last year, I cut it down to four or five, so consider it the Earl Weaver/€“Brooks Robinson era of Thursday Thoughts. – A.S. 1. It feels as if the Orioles are playing in some sort of twilight zone so far this season. In the past handful of seasons, the Birds have been successful by having a powerful offense, shutdown bullpen, and absolutely […]

O’s Well Represented Among Worst AL Players So Far

Caleb Joseph swings.
Looking for an uplifting article to give you hope for the remainder of 2018? SPOILER ALERT, turn away now this piece is not for you. The futility that this team displays on a nightly basis can partially be explained by the failure of some of our key position players, of which the Orioles have three who rank in the bottom 10 of bWAR in the American League. No other team has more than one player in the bottom 10. Yowza.   Adam Jones .236/.253/.375, with a bWAR of -0.6.  These […]

Series Preview: Orioles (5-11) @ Tigers (4-9)

Tiger statue at Comerica Park in Detroit.
After getting swept out of Fenway, the Orioles will now look to recover and pick up a few much-needed wins against a slumping Tigers squad over the next three games in Detroit. The Orioles (5-11) have been battling through rough seas since the start of the season and find themselves six games below .500 as a result. And just when you thought they were waking up in the Bronx a week ago, they have now dropped five of their last six while getting outscored 32-14 in the process. The bats […]

The Orioles Offense has Been (Mostly) Bad for a Long Time

Chris Davis swings.
When we think of the Orioles, several things come to mind: good bullpen, bad starting pitching, and an offense that is good enough to make up for the latter sometimes, and to give the former a lead late often enough, usually through the use of a large amount of home runs. That’s been the formula in Baltimore for as long as most of us remember, and for at least as long as Buck Showalter‘s Birds have made themselves relevant again in the American League East on a mostly annual basis. […]

The Rundown: So Much for Bouncing Back

Chris Tillman, Orioles pitcher, wipes his brow with his arm.
After it appeared the Orioles were getting their season back on track when they took three of four from the Yankees in New York, the team has reverted to the one that started 1-5. Since the big series win in the Bronx, they’ve dropped two of three to the Blue Jays and lost the first three to the Red Sox before the final game of the series (scheduled for today) was postponed.   Offense Continues to Struggle We can blame the weather, we can blame the quality of starting pitching […]

A Frigid Start

A baseball player breaks his bat over his knee.
Many of us at Eutaw Street Report started writing about the Baltimore Orioles because of our love for the team. We were fans before we became journalists. In some cases, like mine, we went to school to become journalists so that we could write specifically about the Orioles. At times, our fandom comes out, the same as you. Knee jerk reactions are part of the process. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve screamed at my television, or told Chris Davis or any other struggling player that he sucks, […]

Monday’s O’s Links – We Could Have Used More Rain

Certainly not the weekend any of us were hoping for up in Beantown. The O’s lost all three games they played, and today’s brunchtime tilt has already been rained out. The weather gods are showing the Birds some mercy at least, even if the Red Sox hitters were in no such mood. Hopefully the Birds can regroup a bit today before they head out to face Detroit. This will be just their second series of the year against a team that didn’t make the playoffs in 2017, so it would […]

Gregg Olson Writes Down Baseball’s “Unwritten Rules”

Gregg Olson baseball card.
The Otter’s Dozen One of the earliest controversies of this baseball season involved the Orioles, when Twins second baseman Brian Dozier accused Baltimore’s Chance Sisco of breaking one of baseball’s unwritten rules by bunting in the ninth inning of an April 1 game that was seemingly already decided, with the Twins holding a 7-0 lead. Never mind that, fittingly on April Fool’s Day, there was no no-htter or perfect game on the line, and the Twins had employed a defensive shift that afforded the rookie catcher a wide-open left side […]

Series Preview: Orioles (5-8) @ Red Sox (10-2)

A shot from inside Fenway Park during a game.
After narrowly avoiding the sweep against the Blue Jays, the Orioles will look to reel off a few notches in the win column against a red-hot Boston squad over the next four games at Fenway. The Orioles (5-8) find themselves 5.5-games behind the ‘Sox after their incredible start to the 2018 campaign, so to pull a few of those back right away would be ideal. Thankfully, it is only April 13th. We’ve got some time to play catch up. The Red Sox (10-2) have been firing on all cylinders to […]

Friday’s O’s Links: We Can’t Get Enough Richard Bleier

Richard Bleier throws from the mound.
After a much-needed off day, things get…well, they don’t get easier at all, quite frankly. The Birds travel to Boston to face the Red Sox, who are 10-2, for another four-game stressfest. I hate the MLB schedule-makers, man. To some links… Richard Bleier is the O’s Other Groundball-Generating Machine Camden Depot’s Matt Kremnitzer just can’t get enough of Richard Bleier. And hey, I can’t really say that I blame him. That guy has been incredibly reliable. How’s he doing it? Matt tries to shed some light on the subject. Your […]

Bundy, Machado Pacing Orioles Early

Manny Machado jogs the bases.
For a team to have a successful season – one that includes a serious playoff push, and important games well into August and September – unexpected performances must emerge. Think Steve Pearce in 2014 – 4.5 fWAR in 102 games! Mark Trumbo in 2016 – we expected some power, sure, but 47 home runs worth? Hardly. Whether or not such a player emerges here in 2018 remains to be seen. However, isn’t it also nice when the players a team expects to shoulder the bulk of the load step up […]

Thursday Thoughts: O’s Offense Has Been Biggest Problem in Slow Start

Jonathan Schoop takes a swing.
This is a weekly column that dives into some random thoughts about the Orioles/MLB. I used to do eight as a nod to Cal Ripken Jr. As of last year, I cut it down to four or five, so consider it the Earl Weaver/€“Brooks Robinson era of Thursday Thoughts. – A.S. 1. This week’s Thoughts are going to start out with a shameless plug. Per usual, I wrote a piece over at MASNSports.com on Monday. I also joined the Locked On Orioles podcast with host Justin McGuire to discuss the […]

Series Preview: Orioles (4-6) vs Blue Jays (6-4)

Dylan Bundy finishes his pitching motion.
Fresh off of a feel-good weekend in the Bronx, the Orioles will look to keep the good times rolling in their upcoming three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays beginning Monday at Camden Yards. The Orioles (4-6) overcame a rough start to the season with an impressive showing against the high-powered New York Yankees. After scoring just 14 runs over the first six games of the year, the offense has racked up 23 runs over the last four games and is tied for fifth in the majors with 12 homers. […]

O’s Should be Feeling Fine After Taking Tough Series in NY

Anthony Santander and Adam Jones in a victory hug.
When the Orioles boarded their train home from New York on Sunday night, their 4-6 record looked a lot better than maybe any other .400 team in baseball. See, it’s how the Orioles got there that was nothing short of remarkable. After losing two of three games to the Minnesota Twins in the season-opening series, a series in which they looked lifeless, they headed out to Houston to visit the Astros for their home opener. As if playing the Astros early on wasn’t bad enough, they got to do it […]

Monday’s O’s Links – Birds Bounce Back in Bronx

Anthony Santander, Danny Valencia, and Craig Gentry high five.
Three of four from the Yankees in New York, just as we all predicted, right? How many games will the O's win in NY this weekend? — Eutaw Street Rep⚾rt (@EutawStReport) April 5, 2018 Hey, the Birds only won TWO games in Yankee Stadium all of 2017, and they got dominated most every time they played there. Throw in that dismal 1-5 start – that is now comfortably in the rearview – and you can forgive Birdland for its collective pessimism. Now that we’re all feeling a bit better about […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Off the Schneid!

A Kingfisher smiling bird logo.
It took nearly a week, but the Birds finally picked up their second win of the season. That they did it at Yankee Stadium, where they won only two games in 2017, was a nice little bonus. Here’s to getting at least one more this weekend. Two would be awesome, but I’m not getting ahead of myself. Brad Brach struck out Brent Gardner to end the game, which was also pleasant. Extra satisfying that it was Gardner. pic.twitter.com/opI1ir7bRt — Eutaw Street Rep⚾rt (@EutawStReport) April 6, 2018 To the links. Cashner […]

Series Preview: Orioles (1-5) @ Yankees (4-2)

picture of a baseball field in New York
After a brutal opening week of the 2018 campaign, the Orioles will now look to bounce back in a hurry during their upcoming four-game set in the Bronx against the in-form Yankees. The Orioles (1-5) will look to snap their five-game losing streak tonight as well. They’ll need their offense, which has hit just .185 while scoring barely over two runs a game as a unit during the early goings of the season, to wake up much sooner rather than later. On the other hand, the pitching staff is also […]

Thursday Thoughts: Rasmus Skating on Thin Ice Already

Colby Rasmus prepares to throw a baseball.
This is a weekly column that dives into some random thoughts about the Orioles/MLB. I used to do eight as a nod to Cal Ripken Jr. As of last year, I cut it down to four or five, so consider it the Earl Weaver–Brooks Robinson era of Thursday Thoughts. – A.S. 1. It was one of the most under-reported – or at least under-scrutinized – moves the Orioles made this offseason. Frankly, no one really batted an eye at it, because it seemed so commonplace. The Orioles actually have three […]