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Some Fans Need an Orange Chill Pill

man standing up in stands with arms out to side yelling
The Orioles just lost their 4th game in a row, getting swept by Kansas City. Trust me, I get that losing four games in a row sucks. Yes, every single game matters BUT there’s a fine line between getting upset over a loss & acting like it’s the end of the world. I’m not a fan of comparing football and baseball, but let’s humor ourselves a little. Football has 16 regular-season games, which is I guess more of a reason to throw your remote at your TV or punch a hole […]

Series Preview: Orioles (22-14) @ Tigers (18-18)

Tiger statue at Comerica Park in Detroit.
After suffering through a rough weekend in Kansas City, the Orioles will look to bounce back quickly over a three-game set in the Motor City. The Orioles (22-14) will also be looking to snap a season-high four-game losing streak tonight in the series opener. To make matters worse, they have gone just 3-8 over their last eleven games away from Camden Yards. The good news is that the Orioles have gone 17-15 versus Detroit since the start of the 2012 season, and they’ve posted a solid 9-6 clip at Comerica […]

The Rundown: O’s Need More from Manny Machado

Manny Machado trots around the bases.
The Orioles return to action tonight against the Detroit Tigers hoping to snap a four-game losing streak. Wade Miley will take the mound and try to get the O’s back on track while also looking to regain his command. Not counting the White Sox start that saw him get nailed with two line drives in the first, the left-hander has walked at least four hitters in his last three starts. To Miley’s credit, he has not allowed more than three earned runs in any of starts this season, but he […]

Monday’s O’s Links: We Get Knocked Down, but We Get Up Again

Dylan Bundy looks in for a sign.
Well that was quite an ugly weekend, huh? While it wasn’t quite the “Mother’s Day Meltdown” of 10 years ago in Boston, it was still pretty bad. Back in 2007, the O’s blew that 5-0 lead in the ninth inning, while yesterday Kevin Gausman figured he would just give it all away in the fourth instead. Then, of course, the O’s had to make things as painful as possible in the ninth, getting the tying and go-ahead runs into scoring position with one out, only to strand both. Woof. Moving […]

Week in Review: Fly High, Crash Hard

Kevin Gausman hands the ball to Buck Showalter as he walks off the mound.
Man, talk about getting the rug pulled out from under you. Let’s flashback to last Tuesday. The Orioles rallied versus the Nationals in a 5-4 win to extend their winning streak to a season-high six games. That win also propelled the Orioles to a season-high twelve games above .500 and to first place in the division. How bad can things get in a span of five days? It turns out, pretty freaking bad. The Orioles coughed up a win late on Wednesday to Matt Wieters and the Nationals before getting […]

#Staturday: O’s Finally Hit Some Triples

Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy bats.
Happy Staturday Birdland! Another week of baseball, another avalanche of stats. Let’s get to em! The Orioles & Nationals played in the annual “battle of the beltways” this week. The battle has been pretty lopsided: Since 2012, the Orioles are 19-8 versus the Nationals. They haven’t lost a season series against the Nationals since 2007. Friday night, Dylan Bundy had another solid outing, extending an impressive streak: Dylan Bundy has pitched eight consecutive quality starts – the longest streak since Miguel Gonzalez did the same in 2013. Speaking of streaks, […]

Series Preview: Orioles (22-11) @ Royals (13-21)

Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium.
After the annual MASN Cup was put on hold due to Thursday’s rainout, the Orioles will now head to Kansas City to take on a familiar foe over the weekend. Still, after taking two of three from the National League’s best, the O’s should be feeling pretty good going into the middle point of their three-legged, eight-game road swing. The Orioles (22-11) reclaimed their slim lead over New York for first place in the division as a result of their efforts versus Washington. They now boast an impressive 7-3 record […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Jonathan Schoop Breaks Out

Baltimore Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop gets ready to defend.
The final game of the MASN Cup was rained out in DC last night, so the O’s got an unexpected (but likely not unwelcome) night off. Dylan Bundy and Chris Tillman get an extra day of rest, as does the taxed bullpen. With Bundy, Tillman, and Kevin Gausman scheduled to go up against a Royals offense that has been putrid this season, you’d expect runs to be a premium in Kansas City. So we’re likely in store for three slug-fests. To the links! Well, the Orioles are Doing it Again […]

PiR: Orioles Defying the Nerds’ Projections Yet Again

Buck Showalter stands with his hands on his hips.
REALITY: The Baltimore Orioles are defying new-age baseball stats. Well, the Orioles Are Doing it Again https://t.co/QtiNu2J0rL — Jeff Sullivan (@based_ball) May 10, 2017 PERCEPTION: Outside of our Editor-in-Chief Tony Lombardi, I am the oldest regular writer on this site, and I’m okay with that. But I’m probably, also, the one guy who can’t stand the new-age stats. Frankly, half of them I don’t even understand. I couldn’t care less how fast a bat was hit out of the park, or what a players RC, RC27, ISOP, SECA, WAR, or […]

Thursday Thoughts: O’s Feeling Zach Britton’s Absence Already

Chris Davis walks away as Nationals players celebrate behind him.
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. Well, that sure didn’t go as planned. I try not to be too “immediate” in this weekly piece, but Wednesday night’s Orioles’ loss sure stunk. It wasn’t just that Brad Brach blew a two-run lead in the ninth, it […]

Is Matt Barnes’ Suspension a Gift for Buck Showalter?

Boston Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes walks off the mound.
In his foreword to Harry Sheehy’s book, Raising A Team Player, Joe Torre wrote, “The fundamental lesson, and that I now teach my players, is that for a team to win on a consistent basis, players need to exhibit unselfishness.” Sports coaches will routinely tell you that they look for any advantage they can gain, no matter how small. Torre learned about selflessness, putting the team first. As he went on to say, it’s not about who does best individually; it’s better to win as a team than be a […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Bundy, Britton, Jones, & More

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The Orioles have not only won six straight games to move back into first place in the AL East, but they also currently own the best record in baseball. Only two other times have the Birds won at least 22 of their first 32 games – 1970 and 1997. They won a game in which Max Scherzer was starting against Ubaldo Jimenez, a game in which they trailed 4-1 going into the bottom of the eighth inning, and in which they still trailed 4-2 with two outs in the ninth. […]

The Rundown: Kevin Gausman & the Return of the Splitter

Kevin Gausman of the Orioles pitches on the mound.
The Orioles continued their winning ways on Monday night which is a good thing since they will now have to square off against Max Scherzer in game two of the Beltway Series with Ubaldo Jimenez taking the mound for the O’s. The way this season has gone, it shouldn’t surprise any of us if somehow the Orioles found a way to win even though on paper it appears that they are already at a disadvantage.   The Return of the Splitter It’s amazing what happens when you actually throw your […]

Word on the Street: A “Fake” Rivalry, but a Fun One Nonetheless

Mascots of the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals.
The Orioles and Washington Nationals play their annual series this week, and while it’s not a “real” rivalry, it’s still a fun one for fans. Press play or read below for more. It’s one of my favorite weeks in Birdland, where the Orioles and Nationals compete for the MASN Cup, or the “Battle of the Beltways” or whatever you want to call it. And yes, for those of you from outside the Mid-Atlantic region, it is “beltways,” plural. There are indeed two of them. These two teams have met 60 […]

Monday’s O’s Links: Matty Backstop Back at the Yard

Matt Wieters of the Nationals throws in his catcher's gear.
Our resilient Birds continued their impressive run of bouncing back from all the stupidity in Boston with a three-game sweep over the Chicago White Sox, who had come into Baltimore red-hot. The O’s now welcome the Washington Nationals to town for two before heading to DC for two in the annual MASN Cup. To the links… Britton’s Injury Latest in a Disturbing Trend Writing in his weekly MASN guest column, our own Andrew Stetka says that Zach Britton’s injury is just the latest in a weird trend that the Orioles […]

Series Preview: Orioles (20-10) vs./at Nationals (21-10)

map showing nationals park and orioles camden yards
After mowing down the White Sox over a three-game sweep at Camden Yards over the weekend, the Orioles are all set and locked in to kick off this year’s version of “The Battle of the Beltways.” This could turn out to be the best match-up between the two clubs of all-time, as both clubs are in sparkling form at the moment and make up two of MLB’s top three clubs to date in 2017. The Orioles (20-10) trail the New York Yankees by a hair in the chase for first […]

Week in Review: O’s Laugh in the Face of Adversity

Baltimore Oriole Manny Machado laughs as he rounds the bases.
Sheesh, what a week that was, eh? We all know how much of a roller coaster a 162-game season is, but it feels like we’ve been through about a dozen loops and twists in the span of seven days. First, there was Adam Jones versus a few classless ‘Sox fans on Monday, followed by the Manny Machado versus Chris Sale incident on Tuesday, Kevin Gausman versus Sam Holbrook on Wednesday, and finally, Machado’s ”Slow trot heard around the world” on Thursday. Long story short, things got stupid in Boston- to […]

O’s Fans Should be Encouraged by Tillman’s First Outing

Chris Tillman of the Baltimore Orioles pitches.
All things considered, it was a successful first outing for Chris Tillman. The former All-Star tossed five innings of shutout ball, limiting the White Sox to three hits while throwing 93 pitches in his return to big league action. The Orioles couldn’t have asked for much more from their veteran starter, who missed all of spring training with a nagging shoulder injury that first presented itself last August, and then re-appeared in December. Tillman would eventually require both a platelet rich plasma injection and a cortisone injection before the discomfort […]

Chris Tillman Battles for Win in First Start of 2017

Chris Tillman winds up to pitch.
Chris TIllman’s first start of the 2017 season got off to a shaky start. The workhorse would walk the first two hitters for the White Sox on nine pitches while mixing in a mound visit from Francisco Pena. Jose Abreu would follow with an eight-pitch at-bat that ended with a pop-out to first baseman Chris Davis. The bases were loaded up on a fielder’s choice in which Manny Machado‘s throw to second was late, allowing Avisail Garcia to reach. Tillman, however, managed to wiggle out of trouble, getting a lineout […]

What Should O’s Fans Expect from Chris Tillman Today?

tillman orioles pitcher on mound
For Chris Tillman and the Baltimore Orioles, game no. 30 might be the biggest game of the year to date. For the Orioles–riding a three-game winning streak–it’s an opportunity to move a season-high 10-games above .500 while also completing their first three game series sweep of the season. For Tillman, it’s an opportunity to put his lingering shoulder issues behind him once and for all, and a chance to stabilize a rotation that has been put through the ringer over the last week. More importantly for Tillman, it’s a chance […]