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#Staturday: Streaks, Triple Plays, & Beating Boston

Caleb Joseph swings.
Happy Staturday Birdland! The Birds are on the mend, winning two in a row leading up to today’s game. Now let’s see some stats! The Orioles started the week with a four-game series in Boston. They ended up winning two games and splitting the series: This week Buck Showalter notched his 69th and 70th wins against the Red Sox as manager of the Orioles. Besides all the tension and fan “interaction,” another weird thing happened during the series at Fenway: The Orioles recorded their first triple play since September 1st, […]

Zach Britton Headed Back to Disabled List

Zach Britton throws from the mound.
So, bad news, Birdland. Hopefully not “awful, catastrophic” news, but bad news nonetheless. Zach Britton is headed back to the disabled list. Per Buck Showalater in his post-game comments last night, Britton “felt some discomfort” in the injured left forearm, which kept him out for a few weeks already, on Thursday night/Friday morning. That’s why Brad Brach, and not Britton, came into the game on Friday night with the O’s leading 4-1 and a save on the line. In the booth, Jim Hunter and Mike Bordick speculated that Buck was […]

Series Preview: Orioles (17-10) vs. White Sox (15-12)

Side-by-side of Wade Miley pitching and Miguel Gonzalez walking off the mound.
Hey, did you guys know that there was actually baseball being played in Boston this week? Aside from all the drama and total nonsense, the Orioles managed to split the four-game set versus the Red Sox before heading back to Baltimore. Hopefully, they’ll be able to focus on actually playing baseball instead of being in the middle of a media-driven soap opera this weekend. The Orioles (17-10) are right on the Yankees’ heels for first place in the division as they prepare to kick off a five-game homestand, and will […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Manny Machado Makes his Heel Turn

Manny Machado watches his fly ball soar.
The Orioles offense showed signs of life again last night in Boston, putting up eight runs on 17 hits en route to a series-splitting 8-3 win. It was a satisfying end to a crazy road trip, and was all that much sweeter thanks to Manny Machado launching his third homer at Fenway this week, an Earl Weaver Special that gave the Birds a 6-3 lead they would never relinquish. Still, we’re all glad to be getting out of Boston. Now, will the Baltimore weather allow any baseball tonight? To the […]

Boston Red Sox Plan Pre-Game Party for Fans June 3 at OPACY

On the Red Sox website, there is an entire page dedicated to “Red Sox DestiNATIONS,” wherein they sell tickets to fly their obnoxious fans all over the country to invade unsuspecting stadiums. Awful, but sure, whatever. They have packages for a bunch of cities, including Toronto, New York, Chicago, and others. Of course, Baltimore is on the list. However, we get special treatment. Lucky us! Before the Red Sox-Orioles game on June 3rd at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, they are having a pre-game party at the Warehouse. Look at […]

Word on the Street: “Rivalries” Are Overrated

Buck Showalter argues with an umpire while Manny Machado watches.
O’s-Red Sox has seemingly become a “rivalry,” or at least that’s what all the big networks, who smell blood in the water, want us to believe. As an O’s fan, I’d rather just watch baseball. Press play or read below for more. With the recent bad blood that’s been bubbling up in the O’s-Red Sox games, many outlets, both in Boston and nationally, are trying to drum up the “rivalry” that’s brewing here. After the drama last weekend, ESPN quickly picked up one of the games this week. MLB Network […]

We Were Prepared for Nonsense, but Somehow We’re Still Shocked

Orioles Adam Jones argues with umpire Sam Holbrook.
Prior to Wednesday’s game, the MLB commissioner’s office held a conference call with both Buck Showalter & John Farrell, and the GMs of both teams, to issue a warning to both. So basically, saying both the Orioles & Red Sox need to cut the crap or suspensions and/or fines will be levied. I told y’all to hold onto your butts, didn’t I? So fast forward to the top of the 2nd inning. Kevin Gausman hasn’t allowed a hit yet & Xander Bogaerts gets hit on the hip. HE WAS HIT […]

Thursday Thoughts: Stupid Baseball Gets Stupider

Kevin Gausman and Caleb Joseph argue with an umpire.
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. What else can really be said about the Orioles that hasn’t been said after this tumultuous week? I’m not going to take up much of your time this week because, let’s be honest, we’ve all had enough of this […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Good Indicators that Manny Will Keep Mashing

Manny Machado follows through on his swing.
The drama continues in Boston tonight, in the third of four games there in this series. Does anybody remember the last time an O’s-Sox game ended and the discussion the next day was actually about, ya know, BASEBALL? I was hoping today would be the day, but thanks to Chris Sale being a child, that’s not the case. Maybe tomorrow. To the links. Here are Manny Machado Facts A post on FanGraphs detailing the uptick in all the good indicators in Machado’s batted-ball profile lately. Last week when I said […]

I’m Over this O’s-Red Sox BS, & Hope the Teams are Too

Manny Machado stares back at the Red Sox dugout after hitting a home run as catcher Sandy Leon watches.
Alright, I’ve vented on the twitter but I feel like being limited to 140 characters clearly doesn’t do this issue justice, so here goes nothing. Obviously, I’m an Orioles fan. Obviously, I’m going to stick up for my team & my players BUT I also know right from wrong and have no problem admitting when one of our players do wrong (i.e. Manny Machado throwing his bat at Josh Donaldson a few years ago was WRONG). Let’s be honest: this “bad blood” between the Red Sox & Orioles is getting […]

Adam Jones Gets Standing Ovation at Fenway Park

Adam Jones bangs his donut off his bat.
So the story all day long has been about the idiot Boston fans who hurled both a bag of peanuts and racial slurs at Adam Jones during the game last night. A few hours ago, Mookie Betts took to Twitter to implore the Boston faithful to atone for last night’s sins of a few by showing the good in many. Fact: I'm Black too ✊🏽Literally stand up for @SimplyAJ10 tonight and say no to racism. We as @RedSox and @MLB fans are better than this. — Mookie Betts (@mookiebetts) May […]

The Rundown: Dylan Bundy’s Ceiling Rises with Each Start

After a wild weekend in New York, it was another crazy night in Boston with the terrible defense for the Red Sox and the unthinkable acts from some of their fans. The Orioles, like they have done often in the Buck Showalter era, persevered and won a ballgame in tough conditions. It won’t get any easier tonight as Chris Sale takes the mound for the Red Sox. If you play daily fantasy baseball, Sale will be a popular choice tonight as not only is he good, but the Orioles struggle […]

Adam Jones’ Ugly Experience at Fenway Mars O’s Win

Adam Jones sunglasses.
O’s centerfielder Adam Jones was harassed by Boston fans, who threw racial slurs and had a bag of peanuts his way during Monday’s 5-2 win over the Red Sox. Baltimore Orioles All-Star center fielder Adam Jones was berated by racist taunts at Fenway Park while a bag of peanuts was thrown at him Monday night, calling it one of the worst cases of fan abuse he has heard in his career. “A disrespectful fan threw a bag of peanuts at me,’’ Jones said, “I was called the N-word a handful […]

Inaugural “Wood O’ the Month” Award

Welington Castillo of the Orioles follows through on his swing.
Well friends, we got through the first month of the season. The last series of the month against the Yankees was pretty ugly, but we still ended the month in first place. Well, tied for first place with the Yankees, but we don’t need to mention that tiny little detail. This season at ESR, I’ll be handing out a monthly best-hitter award, which we’ll call “The Wood O’ the Month.” Let’s get to our inaugural winner(s)…   Runner Up: Welington Castillo Looking back on April, there were a couple of […]

Series Preview: Orioles (15-8) @ Red Sox (13-11)

side-by-side of Dylan Bundy and Rick Porcello pitching.
While the Orioles’ first trip to the Bronx this season was a rough one, they can at least head to Boston on a semi-high note after Sunday’s extra-innings win to avoid the sweep. And I swear, that was the last time I’ll bring up this past weekend. Probably. Moving forward, the O’s will end their seven-game road swing with a four-game set at Fenway. The Orioles (15-8) are now tied with the Bronx Bombers for first in the division as we head into May, and carry a solid 7-5 mark […]

Monday’s O’s Links: Annual “What to do with Ubaldo?” Saga Begins

Ubaldo JImenez prepares to wind up.
It was a tough weekend in the Bronx, but you’ve gotta hand it to our O’s for not folding up and rolling over on Sunday after they blew another multi-run ninth inning lead. They fought back to win in 11 innings and avoid the sweep, and leave New York on somewhat of a high note. O's blown saves, 9/15 – Thursday: 0Caleb Joseph RBI 9/15 – Friday: 0 O's blown saves this weekend: 2CaJo RBI this weekend: 2 Baseball! — Eutaw St. Report (@EutawStReport) May 1, 2017 Leftovers for Breakfast […]

Week in Review: Bronx Bombed, but Not Swept

Buck Showalter is ejected by the home plate ump in New York.
Can we really complain? It’s true that the O’s offense has come and gone all season long. The starters have begun to come down off of the insane high they were on. The bullpen has started to show signs of early-season fatigue, and the absence of Zach Britton is hurting more and more by the day. Yes, blowing a 9-1 and 11-4 lead en route to a devastating 14-11 loss in the series opener versus the Yanks was just about the toughest thing that I’ve had to watch since the […]

#Staturday: Hot Starts, Great Pitching, & Grand Salamis

Dylan Bundy winds up in a spring training game.
Happy Staturday Birdland! It was an awesome week that ended sour. Let’s get that taste out of our mouths. After 20 games, the Orioles were 14-6. Here are the years and results after going 14-6 (or better) in the past: 1997: Lost ALCS 1970: Won WS 1968: 2nd AL East 1966: Won WS On Wednesday, the Orioles won on a rare walk-off walk, courtesy of Seth Smith: The Orioles won on a walk-off walk for the first time since June 26th, 2007 & the 21st time in team history. Mark […]

Series Preview: Orioles (14-6) @ Yankees (13-7)

picture of a baseball field in New York
After capping off a great week at home by taking two of three versus the visiting Tampa Bay Rays, the Orioles will now look to continue their winning ways in the Bronx this weekend against the Yankees. This weekend will feature a three-game clash for first place in the early season standings, and both clubs have been in great form to kick off the campaign. The first-place Orioles (14-6) Have put together an excellent first month of the season and remain undefeated in series play this year with a 6-1-0 […]

For Those About to Rock: An Analysis of the Orioles’ Entrance Songs

The Oriole Bird holding a guitar instead of a bat.
The Orioles’ 2017 season is now in full swing and, much like you, I am thrilled about the Birds’ hot start. While there are many topics that require further analysis at this point in the season (e.g., slumping sluggers, Gausman’s ERA, upcoming roster moves, etc.), I have chosen to write this post about a far less publicized matter: music. More specifically, I’m referring to the 2017 Orioles’ walk-up songs and entrance music, which is a topic that I think gets far too little attention from the Birdland fanbase. Having recently […]