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Thursday Thoughts: O’s Neglect of International Market is Staggering

head shots of dan duquette with orioles manager
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. This year, I’ll be cutting it down to four or five, so consider it the Earl Weaver–Brooks Robinson era of Thursday Thoughts. – A.S. 1. The Orioles have been a team this season that continually finds new and innovative ways to disappoint. This past week, however, they went back to an old faithful way to disappoint. https://twitter.com/BaseballAmerica/status/882403795594096644 The lack of attention that the O’s […]

Our 2017 BEVy Categories

BEVY awards 2017
It’s time once again for the All-Star Break, which means that it’s also, for the fifth year running, time for Bird’s Eye View’s BEVy Awards! Our categories have been the same since 2013 – The Forgotten Man Award and the “Why Are You Breaking My Heart Like This, Just Let Me Love You!” Award. Our previous winners: Forgotten Man 2013 – Alex Burnett 2014 – Ramon Ramirez 2015 – Cesar Cabral 2016 – Francisco Pena “Why Are You Breaking My Heart Like This, Just Let Me Love You!” 2013 – […]

Series Preview: Orioles (40-41) @ Brewers (44-40)

Bernie's sliding board at Miller Park in Milwaukee.
After wrapping up their last home stand of the first half with a massive 7-1 win on Sunday versus the Rays, the Orioles will look to hit the break on a high note during their upcoming seven-game, two-legged tour through the great lakes region. Before ending the first half in Minneapolis, the Orioles first order of business is a three-night stay in Milwaukee against the NL Central-leading Brewers. The Orioles (40-41) will head into the Cream City currently in fourth place in the division and have seen the gap between […]

Monday’s O’s Links: Congrats to Johnny Beisbol!

Jonathan Schoop smiles during Spring Training 2015.
The O’s managed to avoid a sweep with a win Sunday, quite a disappointment to a series that began with them being just a strike away from a comeback win on Friday night, only to see Brad Brach and Darren O’Day blow it. They now head out on a seven-game road trip to finish the first half. Here’s hoping they can continue the road form they showed in Tampa and Toronto in Milwaukee and Minnesota. The Orioles Offense is Not Good Nate DeLong of Camden Depot has the ugly stats […]

The Rundown: Kevin Gausman Finally Turns a Corner

Kevin Gausman congratulated by teammates entering the dugout
The Orioles have reached the halfway point of their season with a 40-41 record. The O’s were pretty much a .500 team in the second half of last year after finishing their first 81 games with a 47-34 record. The positive is they can easily go on a run and make the playoffs again, but the negative is for the last 162 games, they have been an average baseball team. The struggling Wade Miley will look to bounce back with the O’s heading to Milwaukee to take on the Brewers […]

Week in Review: Hanging In There

Buck Showalter looks out from the dugout.
Again, some are quick to forget that we have just hit the half way point of the 2017 campaign. The All-Star break is still a week away, and guess what? Despite the topsy-turvy roller coaster that the Orioles have been on this season, they remain just a game and a half out of the playoff picture and will head into their last road trip of the first half just a game under .500. Believe it or not, things could be a whole lot worse. And despite almost getting swept in […]

#Staturday: Ubaldo Jimenez Joins Elite O’s Company

Ubaldo JImenez prepares to wind up.
Happy Staturday Birdland! It’s been a fun, Jay-defeating, week of baseball. Let’s get to some stats! This week the Orioles won a three game series against the Blue Jays, continuing a few impressive trends: After winning on Thursday, the Orioles are 9-3 against the Toronto Blue Jays in 2017. The Orioles are 25-19 against AL East teams in 2017. Believe or not, Ubaldo Jimenez threw an impressive game on Thursday: Ubaldo joined Mike Mussina and Erik Bedard as the only Orioles with two or more starts throwing 8 or more […]

Series Preview: Orioles (39-39) vs. Rays (41-40)

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb pitches.
After banking two huge series wins on the road over the past week, the Orioles will look to continue their recent run of good form in their last home stand before the All-Star break versus Tampa Bay. This weekend’s three-game clash will feature the third installment of the Orioles-Rays rivalry this season, and will determine whether the Orioles move up to third in the division or remain in fourth place before they head out to Milwaukee. The Orioles (39-39) enter tonight’s match-up just 4.5-games off the pace of the first […]

Dempsey on Gausman: He Doesn’t Think Things Through Enough

Kevin Gausman hands the ball to Buck Showalter as he walks off the mound.
Kevin Gausman has been, unequivocally, a disappointment here in 2017. Though he’s shown signs of potentially turning a corner over his last two starts (combined 11.0 IP, 10 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 13 K), his numbers for the season are certainly not what anybody had in mind from the guy who was supposed to take the next step and anchor the rotation in 2017. To wit: 4-7, 86.0 IP, 117 H, 58 ER, 41 BB, 67 K, 6.07 ERA. If you prefer the more advanced version, he’s sporting a […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Ubaldo Deals His Rare but Regular Gem

Ubaldo Jimenez sings during the O's 2014 playoff run.
Fresh off a 4-2 road trip – their first winning tour since April – and back at .500, the Birds return home for a quick three-game set against Tampa before finishing the first half on a seven-game road swing through the midwest. Let’s see what the blog O’sphere is saying. Ubaldo Shows Why O’s Are Better Off With Him Than Without Him Ubaldo Jimenez continued his infuriating career in orange and black last night with eight masterful scoreless innings in Toronto, scene of the crime that O’s fans will vilify […]

Thursday Thoughts: O’s Floating in Baseball “Purgatory”

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. This year, I’ll be cutting it down to four or five, so consider it the Earl Weaver–Brooks Robinson era of Thursday Thoughts. – A.S. 1. While the Orioles have showed some signs of life over the last week, there’s still a resounding feeling of nausea around the fanbase. This isn’t a team anyone expects to go on a run where they win 17 of […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Manny, Stop Trying to Hit Everything 500 Feet!

Manny Machado follows through on his swing.
After beating the Blue Jays 3-1 on Tuesday night, the Orioles are now a sparkling 11 games over .500 combined against the American League East and National League. The bad news is that they’re also a dismal 11 games UNDER .500 combined against the AL Central and West. The worse news is that there’s no scenario whereby they can get to the World Series by going through only AL East teams. Bummer. Maybe they’ll figure out how to beat those pesky central and west teams between now and October. In […]

Series Preview: Orioles (37-38) @ Blue Jays (36-39)

Rogers Centre in Toronto with the roof open.
After winning their first series on the road in over two months this past weekend in Tampa, the Orioles will look to build on that momentum over a three-game set in Ontario’s capital versus the Blue Jays. While these two teams have usually been battling it out at the top of the standings in recent memory, this clash will instead determine who begins the latter part of the week in the cellar of the AL East. The Orioles (37-38) will cross the border currently fourth in the division and 4.5-games […]

Monday’s O’s Links: Stuck in the Middle

Jonathan Schoop rounds the bases.
Well, the Birds managed to stay afloat this weekend, picking up two of three in Tampa against the Rays, and managing to avoid breaking (merely tying) the 1924 Phillies’ record of 20 straight games allowing five or more runs. Thanks Dylan! Can they keep winning on the road now that they’ve seemingly remembered that it’s an option? We’ll find out later this week in Toronto, but for now, the Birds get a much-needed day of rest. Check out these here links to pass the time. If Orioles Sell, Who Could […]

PiR: Despite Tight Standings, These Birds Aren’t “In It”

Chris Tillman, Orioles pitcher, wipes his brow with his arm.
REALITY: The Baltimore Orioles have only won 32% of their last 40 games. Over the last 40 games the Orioles are 13-27. That is .325 ball and a 53-win pace over a full year. — Steve Melewski (@masnSteve) June 23, 2017 PERCEPTION: Over the first 33 games of the season, the Birds were 22-11 and had the best record in baseball. Since then, they are 15-27. Which puts them at 37-38, the 15th best record in baseball. So, what has happened? It’s all about the pitching. Yes, they could do […]

Week in Review: Still in the Hunt

Trey Mancini of the Orioles leans forward in sunglasses.
Well folks, another week has come and gone in Birdland and one thing remains the same. Despite all the gut-wrenching lows that the Orioles have gone through as of late, they remain in the heat of the playoff race as we head into the final week of June. If you listened to half of the world, you’d find it hard to believe that the Orioles are just four games out of first place in the AL East and only 2.5-games out of the wild card. But here we are, and […]

Series Preview: Orioles (35-37) @ Rays (39-36)

Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL.
After dropping three of four to the defending American League champion Cleveland Indians at Camden Yards, the Orioles will look to avoid falling into sole last place in the division over a three-game set in Tampa. The O’s kick off a six-game road trip starting this weekend at “The Trop.” For the Orioles, a lengthy stint on tour is just about the worst thing that they could have asked for due to their well-documented struggles away from the Yard this season. After the Orioles (35-37) wrap up their weekend stay […]

Dan Duquette Seems to Have No Plans to Sell or Rebuild

two men flexing arms one wearing cape and mask
With the Orioles continuing to wallow in mediocrity (or worse), falling to 35-37 from their season high-water mark of 22-10 (that’s 13-27 over their last 40 games), many fans and pundits have started to seriously consider the prospect of the team being sellers at the trade deadline, and starting at least a re-tooling for 2018, if not a full-scale rebuild for 2019 and beyond. Throw in the contract status of such key pieces as Manny Machado, Adam Jones, Zach Britton, and even Dan Duquette and Buck Showalter, and it’s clear […]

Friday’s O’s Links: MLB Record, Here We Come!

A fake 19 banner at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on the Warehouse.
The O’s were 10-2 against Cleveland in 2015-16, but the Tribe got some revenge this week. On top of taking three of four, they helped the Birds continue their now AL-record streak of allowing five-plus runs in 19 consecutive games. They can tie the all-time MLB record tonight (held by the 1924 Philadelphia Phillies) in Tampa. Mark Viviano tried to bring some levity to the depressing situation: Fake banner unfurled: @Orioles streak allowing 5 runs or more reaches 19 (AL record, 1 shy of @MLB record by 1923 Phillies). pic.twitter.com/kTx0GVSgdW […]

The *New* Oriole Way: Good Enough is Good Enough

Buck Showalter holds a bat in Spring Training.
It’s a bit mind-blowing that not long ago the Orioles sat atop the AL East with one of the best records in baseball. Now they sit one game below .500 sporting a pedestrian (35-36) record, tied for last place. If you stop and think about it, you have to wonder how they were ever 10 games over .500. Chris Davis struggled until he swung-and-missed himself onto the DL. If not for the Boston Red Sox Manny Machado might be near the Mendoza line. “Ace” Chris Tillman was on the shelf. […]