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Week in Review: Down and Out

Wade Miley holds up the baseball.
After scrapping away all season long to keep their playoff hopes alive, the Orioles’ October ambitions were dealt a fatal blow over their latest ten-game road trip as they finished the stretch with a 2-8 record. The positives? Austin Hays and Chance Sisco both hit their first career home runs in the Bronx. That’s about it. The fact that it was the Yankees that served the proverbial ”Knockout blow” to the Orioles’ playoff hopes over the weekend doesn’t make it any easier to swallow. At 73-77 with twelve games remaining […]

First-Inning Frowns in Birdland

Wade Miley & teammates huddle on the mound.
So here we are… Another evening switching over to MASN to watch our beloved Orioles. So here we are… Another evening switching the station from MASN because the starting pitcher can’t even get us out of the first inning competitively. Sounds very familiar, right? Thursday night, switching the station over to a Seinfeld episode I’ve seen 100 times made me wonder just how many times this year all of us in Birdland out there have made this early switch to “more rewarding programming options.” I’m just going to dig back […]

Series Preview: Orioles (72-74) @ Yankees (79-66)

picture of a baseball field in New York
After finally snapping their six-game losing skid in the series finale in Toronto, the Orioles will now look ahead to their next challenge that comes in the form of a four-game set in the Bronx. As a result of their recent losing streak, the Orioles (72-74) now trail the Minnesota Twins by 4.5 games for the final wild card spot in the American League with just sixteen games remaining on the schedule. A current 1-5 record over the first two legs of the road trip hasn’t done them any favors, […]

Thursday Thoughts: That’s All She Wrote

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. My favorite thing to witness over the last week or so surrounding the Orioles is all of the people claiming that “now they are done.” It’s about the third or fourth time many of those same people have made […]

Series Preview: Orioles (71-72) @ Blue Jays (66-77)

Rogers Centre in Toronto with the roof open.
After dropping all three games versus the red-hot Cleveland Indians over the weekend, the Orioles will now have to head to Toronto with a ”win-or-die” mentality in order to remain in the thick of the playoff chase. While going to Toronto and coming away with a series win is usually tough enough, the Orioles will be breathing a sigh of relief to be escaping the confines of Ohio. Now, they must let it go and put the petal to the metal with their backs against the wall. Don’t count them […]

Week in Review: Into the Buzzsaw

Jeremy Hellickson stands on the mound as an Indians player rounds the bases behind him.
We knew we were up against it, and even though the Orioles fought admirably over the last two games of the series in Cleveland, they simply couldn’t turn the tides of fate. They were no match for the ridiculously hot Indians and their now 18-game winning streak. But in all honesty, nobody is at the moment. It doesn’t make the pill of a three-game sweep any easier to swallow, especially now with just nineteen games remaining on the schedule and still being on the outside looking in. Sometimes you just […]

The Rundown: Quiet Bats Again Dooming Birds

Francisco Lindor of the Indians celebrates a HR as Welington Castillo looks on.
The Orioles’ playoff chances took a major hit after being swept by the Cleveland Indians and dropping their last four games. The Indians are on a historic run so it was going to be difficult to win the series, but leaving town without a win is extremely disappointing. As much as we want to hope this team can be playoff material, watching the Indians for three games just shows how far the Orioles are away from being a true contender. The will now turn to the great Ubaldo Jimenez to […]

Series Preview: Orioles (71-69) at Indians (84-56)

progressive field in cleveland
After concluding an otherwise solid ten-game home stand with a 9-1 loss to the Yankees, the Orioles will look to get back in the win column tonight in Cleveland as they prepare to embark on a ten-game, three-legged road trip. I guess the old saying here is “easier said than done.” The white-hot Cleveland Indians are currently on a remarkable fifteen-game winning streak and do not look to be slowing down anytime soon. The Orioles have been up against it many times before, but to say that they are going […]

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 […]