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Thursday Thoughts: In Awe of Manny Machado

Manny Machado prepares to throw the runner out.
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. If you weren’t aware of the fact that Manny Machado is indeed a very good baseball player prior to the last four weeks or so, I hope you’ve caught on. Machado has three walk-off home runs in the last […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Austin Hays Called Up

Bowie Baysox OF Austin Hays swings.
Quite a game last night, huh? After a two-hour rain delay, the O’s took a 1-0 lead early, only to watch as their third consecutive starter failed to get through even five innings. In this case, Jeremy Hellickson was yanked in the third after completely losing the strike zone. New York was up 6-1, and most of Birdland went to bed early. Those who didn’t, of course, were rewarded greatly at around 1:05 AM Eastern. Let’s get the series today. To the links. Austin Hays Called Up The Birds shockingly […]

Series Preview: Orioles (70-67) vs. Yankees (73-63)

fans standing in stands with yankees player standing in front
After splitting a wild series versus Toronto over the weekend to stay hot on Minnesota’s heels for the final playoff spot in the American League, the Orioles will look to make a great home stand even better against the New York Yankees in the final three-game set at home before embarking on a ten-game road trip. From double-sweeping the Red Sox and the Mariners to walking it off twice against the Blue Jays, this red-hot Orioles squad is simply buzzing at the moment and they now face a prime chance […]

Week in Review: Game On!

Mark Trumbo and his Orioles teammates celebrate a walk-off.
Well folks, this roller coaster of a season has served up a few more loops and twists over the past week, and I really hope you all are buckled up for the home stretch. And if recent times have revealed anything, it’s that we’re in for a wild ride to the finish line, and the Orioles are going to be in the thick of this scrap until the very end. After sweeping the Mariners mid-week to extend their winning streak to a season-high seven games, the Orioles then followed up […]

#Staturday: Dingers, Dongs, & Long Balls

Manny Machado watches a home run fly.
Happy Staturday Birdland! What an amazing week of baseball. We’re three games above .500 and things are starting to look good. Let’s check out some stats. This August has been full of home runs. Let’s get some historical perspective: The Orioles hit 57 home runs this August. That’s the most by any team in any August in MLB history and the third most in any month in MLB history. The homer-licious August also put the Orioles on a list they already occupy: Most home runs in a month in MLB […]

The Orioles Swapped One Useful #50 Miguel for Another

Orioles fans are – understandably – a bit annoyed at the news that the team was trying to make a trade at the waiver deadline (last night) for Chicago White Sox pitcher Miguel Gonzalez. Gonzalez, of course, pitched for the Birds for four seasons, and while he was never consistently dominant, he was reliable with a flash of brilliance every now and again. To wit: MiGo’s best season in orange and black by ERA was 2014, when he posted a 3.23. By FIP, it was his first year, 2012, at […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Schoop & Bundy Leading O’s Resurgence

Dylan Bundy winds up in a spring training game.
Well, the winning streak is over, thanks to Jeremy Hellickson and Kendrys Morales. Despite putting up eight more runs, it wasn’t enough for victory number eight in a row, as Morales smacked three home runs and drove in seven on his own. The Birds were bound to lose again eventually. It’s fine – as long as they don’t follow up their seven straight wins with a few consecutive losses. With Marcus Stroman scheduled to pitch for Toronto Saturday, and Chris Tillman going for the O’s Sunday, tonight’s game suddenly looks […]

Series Preview: Orioles (68-65) vs. Blue Jays (62-71)

The Orioles Jeremy Hellickson and the Blue Jays Marco Estrada pitch side by side.
After opening up their ten-game home stand with a statement-making sweep over the visiting Mariners, the red-hot Orioles will carry an amazing seven-game win streak into their four-game clash versus Toronto. The Orioles (68-65) have used their stellar run of form to launch themselves onto the Minnesota Twins’ doorstep for the final wild card slot in the AL and now trail by just 1.5-games. They’ve also pulled themselves to just 2.5-games behind the Yankees for second place in the division and the first wild card spot in the American League. […]

Thursday Thoughts: We’re Streaking!

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, like Will Ferrell in “Old School,” are going streaking. After seven straight wins, the Birds are right back in the thick of things in the AL Wild Card race, and I’m as surprised as you are. No […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Dylan Bundy’s Near No-No

Adam Jones gives Dylan Bundy a pie.
Dealin’. Bundy. What a performance, huh? Bundy’s third 10+ strikeout game THIS MONTH was also a complete game, one-hit shutout that gave the Birds their sixth straight win. The Mariners’ only hit was a bunt single, but it was early enough that there’s no unwritten rules silliness to go along with it. A no-hitter would have obviously been better, but we’re not complaining. Let’s see what everybody is saying about Bundy & everything else today. Dylan Bundy got the rare triple-pie tonight following his one-hit CGSO. pic.twitter.com/B1RBKynvIo — Avi Miller […]

Series Preview: Orioles (65-65) vs. Mariners (66-65)

Ariel Miranda of the Mariners pitches.
After flying out of Boston with a three-game sweep over their bitter rivals in their back pocket, the Orioles will now look to keep the good vibes flowing versus a scrappy Seattle Mariners squad over a three-game set at Camden Yards. The upcoming clash against the Mariners will kick off a three-legged, ten-game home stand for the Orioles. To say that this is the biggest home stand of the year would be an understatement. They’ll take on fellow wild card contender Seattle to begin the week, then host two AL […]

Monday’s O’s Links: Back at It, O’s Back in It

Hunter Harvey throws as Darren O'Day watches.
Greetings again, Birdland. After taking my birthday week “off,” O’s Links are back in effect. What’d we miss? Oh, just a 5-1 week including a three-game sweep in Fenway to crawl back to within two games of the wild card? Not bad! Let’s see what else is up… Red Sox Can’t Buy Key Hit as Orioles Complete Sweep Oh yeah, drink it in. After Weekend Sweep, O’s Back to Sniffing Postseason Spot Writing in his weekly MASN guest column, our own Andrew Stetka marvels at the fact that the Birds […]

Week in Review: O’s Heat Up as Summer Cools Down

Well well well, what do we have here? The clock may be ticking, but the Orioles have been doing a ton of knocking lately… And it looks like this Orioles squad that just about everyone deemed dead in the water without even a fighter’s chance of making the postseason is out to shock the world once again. And after an incredible sweep over the red-hot Bo’Sox at Fenway over the weekend, there is no doubt the Orioles are revving up the engine at the perfect moment in time. The starters […]

Get Your Players’ Weekend O’s T-Shirt Here

players-weekend-t-shirt
So Players’ Weekend was a blast! Not only did MLB teams showcase their players’ personalities with customized jerseys, cleats, and more, but most importantly, the Birds pulled off a huge sweep of the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. To commemorate the weekend, we’ve partnered with our friends at Breaking T to bring you this exclusive t-shirt! Get yours here! We chose five of the best nicknames on the Birds for the shirt – Adam “Pappo” Jones, Tim “Swaggy T” Beckham, Chris “Crush” Davis, Jonathan “Mamba” Schoop, and of course, […]

Series Preview: Orioles (62-65) @ Red Sox (73-53)

A shot from inside Fenway Park during a game.
After taking two of three against the A’s and finishing a six-game home stand at an even 3-3, The Orioles will now make a mini-road trip up to Fenway for the last time this season before returning home for a crucial ten-game home stand. The Orioles (62-65) are pretty much light years behind the Red Sox for the division title at this point in the season, but they remain just three games behind the Twins for the final wild card slot in the American League. After earning two big notches […]

The Rundown: The Remarkably Consistent Adam Jones

Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles prepares to swing.
The Orioles won their fifth straight series opener on Monday night against the Oakland A’s, but they have failed to win the series on each of the previous four occasions. This will come as no surprise, but that formula needs to change now if the O’s really want to get back in the playoff race. It will begin tonight with Ubaldo Jimenez taking the mound and trying to bounce back from his Ubaldo-like performance against the Mariners in which he allowed six earned runs. Jimenez finished with 11 strikeouts and […]

Series Preview: Orioles (60-64) vs. A’s (54-70)

Wade Miley of the Orioles pitches.
After failing to capitalize on a prime opportunity versus the Angels over the weekend, the Orioles will now look to recover in a hurry and try to build some momentum versus the lowly Oakland A’s over the next three nights. For the Orioles, time is running out for them to state their case for a playoff spot in October. A favorable three-game set versus the second-worst team in the AL must translate to at least two wins in the back pocket, if not all three. It doesn’t help that Boston […]

Week in Review: Opportunities Squandered

Kevin Gausman walks off the mound as an Angels player rounds the bases after a HR.
Right off of the heels of a disheartening tenure on the West Coast, the Orioles had a prime chance to make up for it in a massive way but failed to seize the opportunity this weekend versus the Angels. A series win would have been not only massive for the team morale coming into a lengthy stand at home, but a chance to cut into a 2.5-game deficit for the final playoff spot in the AL has come and gone. Instead, the Orioles now stand at four games out of […]

#Staturday: Ain’t Manny Grand?

Manny Machado watches a home run fly.
Happy Staturday Birdland! So last night was pretty amazing. Due to Manny Machado’s awesomeness, I have a jumbo-sized Staturday filled with Manny stats. Enjoy! Manny’s grand slam last night was glorious but he’s not the only grand Oriole: Manny Machado and Chris Davis lead the majors in grand slams since 2013 with seven apiece. The Orioles also lead the majors with 28 grand slams since 2013. Recently, Manny Machado has been on an absolute grand slam roll: Since April 28th, 2016, the Orioles have recorded 12 grand slams, 6 of […]

Series Preview: Orioles (59-62) vs. Angels (62-59)

Manny Machado and Mike Trout sie-by-side.
After capping off a topsy-turvy trip on the West Coast by dropping two out of three in Seattle, the Orioles will be looking to recover and bounce back from a bruising blow in the form of a 4-6 road trip over the weekend against the Los Angeles Angels. On the sunny side of things, the Orioles will now dig in and try to rack up a haul of crucial wins at home. They’ll be playing in the friendly confines of Camden Yards for sixteen of the next nineteen contests. Winning […]