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O’s Trade Manny Machado to Dodgers

Per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Orioles pulled the trigger on a deal for Manny Machado, dealing the superstar to the Los Angeles Dodgers for five prospects. Orioles getting Diaz, Kramer, Bannon, Pop, Valera, source tells The Athletic. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 18, 2018 ESR Staff react to the news here: Derek Arnold I thought I was ready for this. Then I spent a good chunk of yesterday pulling together highlights for our So Long Manny piece, and man…I was suddenly NOT ready for this. Not at all. […]

So Long, Manny Machado

It’s time for the post I hoped to never have to write, but that, in the back of my mind, I was always preparing myself for. We’ve posted these types of “farewell” articles before – for Wei-Yin Chen, for Matt Wieters – and we will again – likely for Zach Britton in the coming days. I’ve also still got one saved in drafts that I put together for Chris Davis, but never got to post. Funny how things work out (or don’t work out, if you want to look at […]

Mullins Stays Hot, but Tides Drop Three of Four

Cedric Mullins gets ready in the OF.
The Norfolk Tides (47-44, 2nd place in the IL South through Sunday) stumbled to three losses in four games against the Gwinnett Stripers during the team’s first series since the AAA All-Star break. Center fielder Cedric Mullins, the No. 5 prospect in Baltimore’s minor league system, collected six hits in the series while extending his hitting streak to 15 games. Starting pitcher Asher Wojciechowski was another bright spot, tossing eight innings of one-run ball during Friday’s game.   Gwinnett 4, Norfolk 1 Gwinnett shortstop Luis Marte went 3-for-4 at the […]

Thursday Thoughts: The O’s Historically Bad Defense

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. After a week away from this column, we’re getting back into action with plenty of rumors and speculation. Regular readers of this piece will notice there wasn’t one here last week. I took my own little All-Star break […]

What are These Guys Still Doing Here?

O, how I love thee, let me count the ways. By love, I mean hate, and by thee I mean the 2018 Baltimore Orioles. This year has been so lacking in enjoyable baseball that I have been unable to muster the courage to put pen to paper (or fingers to keys) these last couple of months. Alas I have returned to offer you some thoughts as we near the halfway point of 2018.   Manny and Co. Someone explain to me why NO ONE has been traded yet? I want […]

The Rundown: O’s Fans Should Welcome NYY to Manny Talks

While we continue to wait for the Orioles to tear down their roster and embrace a full rebuild, we still have to watch players like Joey Rickard play on a nightly basis. There are a lot of aspects of this season that are extremely frustrating, but the lack of change on any level may rank at the top. I really hope that the All-Star break and/or the trade deadline is when there is a mass exodus and we start seeing players who we all hope will have a future on […]

Series Preview: Orioles (24-65) vs Yankees (58-29)

After getting swept out of Minnesota, the Orioles close out the first half of the season with an eight-game homestand beginning today with a doubleheader against the Yankees. The Orioles (24-65) are hoping to snap yet another lengthy losing streak before the Al-Star break. Their current six-game skid marks the eighth time that they’ve lost five or more games in a row. To make matters worse, they’ve only won once in their last 14 contests. The Yankees (58-29) are still rolling steady after taking two of three on the road […]

Chris Davis Set to Break Orioles Strikeout Record

He just tied a franchise record previously held by Orioles’ great, the Iron Man, Cal Ripken. He tied the record with 8,027 FEWER at bats than Cal. He tied the record with 2,029 FEWER games than Cal. That’s the equivalent of 12 ½ FULL seasons. Impressed? He adds to his amazing feat at the rate of once every 2.7 plate appearances. If he continues his torrid pace for the balance of his contract, he will rank 5th in Major League Baseball history, one notch ahead of Alex Rodriquez, who took […]

Our 2018 BEVy Categories

GulfBird Sports/Craig Landefeld
The All-Star Break approaches. Though this season has seemed to go on forever, it’s somehow just over half finished. Ah, the joys of cheering for a (checks notes) 24-59 baseball team. Jake & Scott over at Bird’s Eye View are soldiering on though, bringing us the SIXTH annual BEVy Awards show. We’re happy to do our small part here at ESR, so please vote on the categories below! Our categories have been the same since 2013 – The Forgotten Man Award and the “Why Are You Breaking My Heart Like […]

A Sinking Ship Named The Baltimore Orioles

A Sinking Ship Named The Baltimore Orioles
It’s been said regularly throughout the history of the great game of baseball, that regardless of what you do, you will win a third of your games and lose a third. It’s what a team does with that other third that will make the difference between a successful season or a bad season. Therefore, it stands to reason that the Orioles should at least finish with 54 wins. Unfortunately for Buck Showalter & Co., the O’s are on pace to win just 46 games. FORTY. SIX. GAMES. And of course, […]

Taking Stock of the Farm System (Pre-Trades Edition)

Ryan Mountcastle prepares to field.
This Orioles franchise is a pivotal point, with a lame duck GM and an uncertain future. They don’t spend internationally, so they bank on nailing the draft each and every year. That’s not the best practice in my opinion – or anyone’s opinion for that matter. In fact, Jim Palmer seems to agree. 🤷🏻‍♂️ 2018 MLB International Signings Tracker https://t.co/3aIUdJTa3U — Jim Palmer (@Jim22Palmer) July 3, 2018 I’m here today to talk the O’s farm system as it sits now, before the trades that will – hopefully – be made […]

Tuesday’s O’s Links: Undefeated in July!

Manny Machado in front of sign at spring training 2015.
(That’s one of my favorite pictures of Manny Machado, via our awesome photographer Craig Landefeld. It’s old, but I don’t know how many more chances I’ll get to use it. So enjoy it with me one last time.) It’s July 3, and the Orioles haven’t lost a game yet this month. They’ve only played one, sure, but we’ll take literally any tiny victory we can get these days. The international signing period began yesterday, and you won’t believe this, but…the Orioles are the only eligible* team that has yet to […]

O’s Salvage Game Against Angels

On a blistering Sunday afternoon, the Baltimore Orioles’ bats were just as hot and snapped a seven-game losing streak with an 8-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels. Mark Trumbo powered the offense, hitting two of the team’s four home runs. Manny Machado and Trey Mancini also homered for the Orioles, who won for just the second time in 19 games at Camden Yards. Kevin Gausman continued to build on his last four outings where he had allowed 8 earned runs in 24.1 IP (2.96 ERA) to drop his season […]

The O’s Woes Won’t Get Me Down

Trey Mancini catches a ball at first base.
The Orioles got swept by the Seattle Mariners. Their 4-2 loss on Thursday is their 57th to-date, and the Os have secured themselves a nice cozy spot at the very bottom of the well that is the AL East. Buck and the crew are laying at the bottom, looking up. But the well is so deep that they don’t even see a ring of light at the top, and there is no Lassie to alert rescuers of their plight.   A Disappointing Season To say that the Orioles’ 2018 campaign […]

I Don’t “Like Our Guys” Anymore

I have a T-shirt. It was a freebie that I picked up on arrival at Camden Yards. Many of you probably have it as well. It says, “We Like Our Guys”. You know what? I don’t anymore, no matter the insistence of The Warehouse. Let’s break it down. Chris Davis – The worst player in MLB Jonathan Schoop – Amazingly almost as bad as Chris Davis. He’s really bad. Manny Machado – Awesome but his value is completely tied up in what he can bring back in a trade. If […]

Series Preview: Orioles (23-57) vs Angels (41-41)


sunset view of oriole park at camden yards
After getting swept by the Mariners for the first time in a four-game series, the Orioles will conclude their home stand by hosting the Angels for a three-game set over the weekend. The Orioles (23-57) are trying to snap another five-game losing streak in tonight’s series opener. It’s the seventh time they’ve lost five in a row during the first half of 2018. With a 6-18 record during the month of June, the O’s will also be looking to avoid their second 20-loss month. The Angels (41-41) come into town […]

Thursday’s O’s Links: The O’s Haven’t Beaten An AL Team in a Month

Zach Britton gets up after making a tag on the first base line, as Chris Davis Watches.
I dunno, guys. I keep saying there’s no bottom, and the Orioles just keep proving me right. Did you know that they have now lost 14 straight games against American League teams, and haven’t beaten an AL team since May 25, over a calendar month ago? Seems impossible right? I assure you, it’s not…not for these Birds. These Birds, who have now managed to surpass even the 1988 Orioles in ineptitude! The 2018 Orioles are now 23-56. The 1988 Orioles through as many games were 24-55. This team is bad. […]

Bullpen Arms Lead Tides to Four-Game Sweep of Stripers

A trio of pitchers who normally pitch out of the Tides bullpen combined for 12 strong innings during a four-game series against the Gwinnett Stripers, helping Norfolk kick off what could be the most important homestand of the year by sweeping all four games. Pedro Alvarez had five RBIs in three games, including a walk-off two run double in the tenth inning of the series finale. TIDES SEASON TO DATE The Tides (40-35, 2nd in the IL South through Wednesday) returned home on Monday after stumbling their way through a […]

Thursday Thoughts: Buck Showalter On the Way Out of the Dugout?

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. When I woke up this past Sunday morning and heard about a weekend column by The Baltimore Sun’s Peter Schmuck, my eyes glazed over. Schmuck took to writing about rumors that the Orioles could be relocated, and it […]

Gary Thorne: Orioles “are Within Shi***ng Distance”

Gary Thorne and Jim Palmer in the O's booth, Gary wearing a mother's day giveaway hat.
Orioles fans have grown to love Gary Thorne and all his goofy exclamations in the broadcast booth (most of us, anyway – I still come across the random fan here or there who despises Gary). There’s even a Twitter account in his honor, @DrunkGaryThorne. In Monday night’s loss to the Seattle Mariners, Gary may have finally reached his zenith. He was, I assume, trying to say that the Orioles were within striking distance of Seattle headed to the bottom of the ninth inning. (Shocker: they did not strike). He, instead, […]