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Thursday’s O’s Links: Who Will Seize Power in the Warehouse?

Brady Anderson and Dan Duquette talk with a microphone.
Guys, the Orioles won a game! A baseball game! Not like, one Oriole beat another Oriole in ping pong in the clubhouse! They actually played another major-league team and had more runs after nine innings. On top of that, Chris Davis has now homered two nights in a row! Mark Trumbo smoked a rocket single to score the two game-winning runs! One more win to 10. Dare to dream, Birdland. To the links. Orioles Game of Thrones and the Way Forward Orioles Hangout’s Tony Pente has a new 11-page piece […]

Thursday Thoughts: O’s Need a Plan for Front Office Future – Now!

Manny Machado & Jonathan Schoop.
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. It took me a minute to grasp, but I figured out that since April 21, there have been the same number of no-hitters in Major League Baseball as there have been Orioles wins (three). That’s how it’s been […]

Series Preview: Orioles (8-26) vs. Royals (11-23)

sunset view of oriole park at camden yards
After going winless during their six-game stay on the West Coast, the Orioles will now return home to take on the Royals over a three-game set. The Orioles (8-26) will also be hoping that their upcoming nine-game home stand can help them climb out of the darkness. They’ve now dropped ten of their last twelve contests and have ended up in the win column just four times over their last 24 games. As a result, the O’s now dwell in the cellar of both the division and the American League. […]

Tuesday’s O’s Links: 0-Tel California

Pedro Araujo walks off the mound as the A's celebrate behind him.
After another winless road trip (their second already this season), and with a day off, many folks thought the Orioles would make some sort of management or front office shake-up yesterday. HA! Those people haven’t been following the Orioles for very long. We know better. To those oh, so uplifting links. Feels Like the Perfect “Fall” Day in Baltimore Like I said, many expected someone to get the axe yesterday. Most normal organizations would fire somebody if the team got off to the awful start the O’s did. The Orioles […]

Orioles Losers of 101 of 162 Games

cartoon of sad orioles bird face
We all remember when the Orioles started 2017 with a 22-10 record, right? Does that seem like a million years ago or what? Little did we know, that would be the best that we Birds fans would feel about ourselves for the foreseeable future. I bring up that hot start not to further depress you – though that could easily be a side effect…sorry – but because, if you were to start a “season” with the game after that 22-10 start, then it would have ended last night in Oakland. […]

Series Preview: Orioles (8-23) at Athletics (15-16)

Andrew Cashner pitches.
After getting swept by the Los Angeles Angels, the Orioles will look to salvage something from a West Coast trip in their upcoming three-game series in Oakland. The Orioles (8-23) must be wondering when the tide will turn for them. A brutal start to the season has left them in the cellar of the American League East. They’ve now won just three contests over their last 18 games, and their woes are magnified away from Camden Yards. The O’s have lost nine straight games on the road and have been […]

Thursday Thoughts: Defending the Davis Contract (Kinda!)

Chris Davis prepares to defend at first base.
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. Another week, another bit of time spent by me in this space explaining something I wrote on another website. I take the time this week because my piece over at MASNSports.com on Chris Davis has generated a ton […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Orioles Top Trade Chips…Sad Yet?

Dylan Bundy jogs in Spring Training.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before (actually, don’t, because I’m going to finish anyway): The Orioles couldn’t muster up any offense and wasted a good starting pitching performance. The Birds had just one hit – a Manny Machado double, of course – until the ninth inning in their opener in Anaheim. They put together three in the ninth to tie the game at 2-2, but Brad Brach was Bad Brach and he let the Halos walk it off just a half-inning later. Alex Cobb finally remembered how to […]

Series Preview: Orioles (8-20) @ Angels (16-12)

Manny Machado and Mike Trout sie-by-side.
After taking two of three from the Tigers over the weekend, the Orioles are set to hit the West Coast and take on the Los Angeles Angels for a three-game set before heading up to the Bay Area for a three-game stay in Oakland. The Orioles (8-20) will be feeling good after notching their first home series win of the season against Detroit, but will be looking for their first series win on the road since they took three of four from the Yankees during the first weekend of April. […]

Time to Trade Manny … and Davis

Baltimore Oriole Manny Machado laughs as he rounds the bases.
The baseball gods bestowed a miracle upon the Orioles yesterday, the likes of which we haven’t seen since the Old Testament. The scenario revolved around the Orioles’ 8-20 record, Manny Machado on a walk year and a World Series contender — the Los Angeles Dodgers — with more money than the Vatican and in desperate need of a shortstop. NOT EVEN THE ORIOLES COULD RUIN THIS. Right? I read an article this morning by an Orioles beat reporter postulating whether the Orioles would be willing to begin trade talks with […]

The Rundown: Davis Gets a Rest, Gausman Learns to Pitch

Kevin Gausman pitches in Sarasota.
The Orioles finally won their first home series of the season and now head to the west coast in hopes of turning their season around. I always try to be optimistic, but the month of April has taken its toll after the team lost 20 games. My optimistic take is if the O’s can somehow creep back to .500 by the All-Star break then they will have a chance to make a run at the second Wild Card.   Davis Takes a Mental Break It worked out perfectly for Buck […]

Monday’s O’s Links: A Series Win!

Trey Mancini and Jace Peterson high five.
Don’t look now, but the Orioles actually won a series! I say that not in the “hey, the O’s may be ready to make a run!” sense, but rather in the “you may want to double check and make sure the sun still rose in the east this morning” sense. It was the Birds’ first home series win of the year, and just their second overall. The other, of course, was when they took three of four in the Bronx, fooling us all. The Yankees have won more games in […]

Series Preview: Orioles (6-19) vs. Tigers (10-13)

A panoramic shot of Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
After dropping both games in their rain-shortened two-game set against the Rays, the Orioles will wrap up their homestand by taking on the Detroit Tigers for a three-game set over the weekend. Despite their brutal month of April so far, the Orioles (6-19) will be trying to enter May feeling a little bit better about things to say the least. On top of a current five-game losing skid, they’ve now won just once over their last twelve ballgames. The end result is the worst start to a season since the […]

Thursday Thoughts: Where Would Bullpen Be Without…Richard Bleier?!

Richard Bleier of the Orioles pitches.
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. I was very much hoping to see Alex Cobb make his Orioles debut last night. The guy who wore #17 and pitched two previous games for the Orioles was obviously not Alex Cobb. He was instead a guy […]

Time to Plan the Future & Trade a Veteran Leader

Manny Machado & Jonathan Schoop.
The Orioles are already eleven games below .500 after losing the final three games of a four-game series against the Cleveland Indians. By the grace of God, they were granted a reprieve Tuesday with a rainout against Tampa Bay. With the losses piling up, trade speculation is beginning to surround the Orioles and Manny Machado once again. The Orioles, already 11.5 games behind division leading Boston, should certainly entertain the idea of making a trade. Just not for Machado. Look at the Orioles objectively. They have a prospect catching at […]

Series Preview: Orioles (6-17) vs. Rays (8-13)

Chris Archer of the Rays prepares to pitch.
After dropping three of four to the Cleveland Indians to kick off their ten-game homestand, the Orioles will look to turn things around over their upcoming rain-shortened two-game set against the Tampa Bay Rays. The originally-scheduled third game will be made up as part of a single-admission doubleheader on May 12. The Orioles (6-17) will also be looking to put and end to their nightmare start and begin their climb out of the massive early-season hole that they find themselves in. However, it remains easier said than done after dropping […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Stages of Grief, Tearing it Down, & More

Tim Beckham looks through his sunglasses.
Mother Nature was sick of watching the Orioles play baseball too, so she drenched Baltimore yesterday evening, precluding the O’s and Rays from kicking off their three-game set until tonight. It’s now a two-game set, and yesterday’s game will be made up as part of a single-admission doubleheader on May 12. The Birds have lost 11 of 13 games in a span of 15 days. There was one scheduled off-day in there, plus another rainout in Boston. Those other off days…didn’t help. Perhaps this one will be different. To the […]

Monday’s O’s Links – Manny & Dylan Try to Do it All, Can’t

Manny Machado trots around the bases.
The weekend started off nicely, as Dylan Bundy dealt, Manny Machado hit a home run, and the Birds beat Cleveland 3-1. Machado added another two-homer game on Sunday, but that wasn’t enough, as the O’s lost on both Saturday and Sunday. These two can’t do it all, OTHER GUYS. Basically, the Birds have two of the best players in MLB…and nothing else. Pitchers: Bundy 1.4Berrios/Scherzer/Sale 1.3 Next Oriole… 77. Cashner 0.0 — Eutaw Street Rep⚾rt (@EutawStReport) April 23, 2018 To the links. The Disgrace of Minor League Baseball It really […]

Series Preview: Orioles (5-14) vs. Indians (9-7)

Dylan Bundy throwing a pitch.
After getting blanked in the win column during their stay in the Motor City, the Orioles hope to turn things around over a four-game set against the Cleveland Indians beginning Friday at Camden Yards. The Orioles (5-14) will also be looking to snap a six-game losing streak tonight after back-to-back dismal series on the road. They’ve now dropped eight of their last nine contests and own an AL-worst -43 run differential through the first 19 games of the season. Here’s to hoping that the upcoming ten-game homestand will work it’s […]

Friday’s O’s Links – Not Great!

cartoon of sad orioles bird face
It was quite a rough road trip for the Birds, as they weren’t able to cobble together even a single win in six tries in Boston and Detroit. Getting swept in Fenway by the red-hot Red Sox? Ok, sure – not ideal, but we’ll accept it. However, losing three straight in Detroit to the rebuilding (some would say “tanking”) Tigers? Simply unacceptable. That must have been one miserable ride home from The Motor City. A super-sized version of O’s links today, since I missed Wednesday’s edition. What Do You Do […]