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Thursday Thoughts: Machado Seems More Comfortable Hitting Second

Manny Machado trots around the bases.
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. I was extremely surprised that the Orioles set a new record for futility this past week. In all my years of watching this team, there have been some very poor pitching staffs. Yet none of them have given up […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: O’s Won’t Sell, but Here are Top Trade Chips Anyway

Zach Britton throws in spring training.
The O’s allowed five runs again, because of course they did, but Manny Machado’s huge game, a clutch double from Adam Jones, and a bullpen that FINALLY shut things down was enough to help them pull back to .500. Two more against the Indians doesn’t sound like much fun, but it’s what we’ve got in front of us. To the links! Top 5 Orioles Trade Chips You’re not gonna like the idea of parting with the guys on Matt Kremnitzer’s list. That’s good, because it probably won’t happen anyway. Why? […]

The Rundown: Birds’ Pitching Problems Run Deep

Chris Tillman of the Orioles prepares to pitch.
Lack of Pitching The pitching struggles continue for the Orioles as Chris Tillman was once again ineffective on Tuesday night. The right-hander has an 8.39 ERA and 2.17 WHIP for the season after allowing five earned runs in only four innings of work against the Indians. The O’s are also on their way to setting a baseball record for the most consecutive games of allowing at least five earned runs. They have now done it for 17 consecutive games which is the second longest streak in the last 100 years. […]

O’s Set AL Pitching Futility Record & It’s Time to Send McDowell Packing

Roger McDowell, Ubaldo Jimenez, and Welington Castillo meet on the pitcher's mound.
Sixteen. Sixteen straight games in which the Baltimore Orioles have allowed their opponent to score at least five runs. That sets a new American League record, and is just four shy of the MLB record, held by the 1924 Philadelphia Phillies. To add insult to that insult (we’re well past injury at this point), they’ve also given up 10 or more runs in FIVE of their last 10 games. That’s bad! Here’s some more ugly: The O’s currently rank dead last in MLB in ERA (5.06), 26th in K/9 (7.24), […]

Series Preview: Orioles (34-34) vs. Indians (36-31)

Edwin Encarnacion of the Indians holds his bat.
After picking up two much-needed, morale-boosting victories versus the Cardinals over the weekend, the Orioles will now look to continue turning their season around by keeping the ball rolling over a four-game set versus Cleveland. For the Orioles, protecting their own house has become even more crucial to their playoff hopes since they can’t find any momentum on the road. And now they have to do so against the reigning American League Champions. The Orioles (34-34) find themselves just 4.5-games out of first place after the Yankees’ struggles over the […]

Monday’s O’s Links: J.J. Hardy Latest Oriole to Head to DL?

J.J. Hardy checks his swing.
Hey, a series win! If this team could just figure out how to win games on the road, they might be a problem going forward. Even after playing awful for the past month-plus, the Birds are just 4.5 games out of first place in the AL East, and a game back of the second wild card spot. I’m certainly not saying all is well – they’ve given up 5+ runs in 14 consecutive games and 19 of 22 – but things also aren’t as bad as they looked just a […]

Week in Review: The Long & Winding Road

Brad Brach and Welington Castillo embrace after an Orioles win.
Well Birdland, if you’re still not quite sure what to make of the Orioles or their current campaign… Take a number and have a seat, because you’re not the only one. You’re also looking at about a 3.5-month wait to see how this story climaxes and then concludes. My advice? Fasten your seatbelts, folks; this ride is far, far away from being over. It’s evident that the Orioles still haven’t found a way to win on the road after dropping three of four to the White Sox in the Windy […]

Series Preview: Orioles (32-33) vs. Cardinals (30-35)

After dropping Thursday’s series finale in Chicago to conclude to a brutal 1-7 road trip, the Orioles will now head back to the Yard to take on the St. Louis Cardinals for a three-game set. For the O’s, coming back to the friendly confines of Camden Yards for a seven-game home stand is a much-welcomed sight. After their latest horror show on the road, the Orioles now own just a 2-16 record on tour since May 4th. They’ve gone 13-7 at home during that same span. The Orioles (32-33) will […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Offense Not Pulling Their Weight Either

A panoramic shot of Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
One out of four to the lowly ChiSox? Oof. The Cardinals are struggling as well, and the Birds are a different team at hope, so maybe we can hope for some better results this weekend. To the links, if you dare. 99% Invisible: In the Same Ballpark I pretty much only listen to Orioles podcasts. My wife listens to a million non-Orioles podcasts. This week, our worlds collided, as she pointed me to this episode of one of her favorites, 99% Invisible, that discusses the building of OPACY. Some cool […]

“Players’ Weekend” Jerseys for the Orioles

Jeff Passan of Yahoo! has reported that MLB is going to have a “Players’ Weekend” later this season, during which players will be allowed to wear things like jerseys with nicknames on them, crazy colored cleats, and more. Players will have the option to wear a jersey with a nickname – though they are limited to just one, according to the memo, and “inappropriate or offensive” nicknames will be banned. The items with minimal color restrictions include spikes, batting gloves, wristbands, compression sleeves and catcher’s masks. The colors, according to […]

Thursday Thoughts: Replacing “The Big Fella” is No Small Task

Chris Davis stands at first and prepares to field a throw.
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 are showing fans a scary glimpse into what life was like between 1998 and 2011 over the last few weeks. Losing has become common for this team once again, just as it was during the “Dark Ages.” […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: O’s, Woes, & Natty Bo…More Woes

Orioles pitcher Alec Asher puts his head down and hands on his knees as a White Sox player rounds first.
It just keeps getting worse. It was one thing to lose to the red-hot, AL East-leading Yankees, who are running roughshod over everybody. But getting smacked around – badly – by the Chicago White Sox? The Orioles are embarrassing right now. They’re really, really bad. How bad? Well, let’s get to the links… What if the Orioles are Actually Terrible? An uplifting little number from Patrick Dougherty of Camden Depot. Graphs, charts, and discussion of run differential that way be. The Orioles Have Lost their Winning Way. Can they Find […]

O’s Draft Two Southpaws & a Shortstop on Day 1

D.L. Hall pitches in an Orioles uniform.
If you happened to be following the draft last night, you probably went through a whole wave of emotions. After several top college prospects fell out of the top 15, you were probably just as ecstatic as I was. Then star Kentucky first baseman Evan White went 17th to the Mariners, Florida ace Alex Faedo went 18th to the Tigers, and then standout Oregon lefty David Peterson went to the Mets at 20th overall, right before the Orioles went on the clock. And then to the surprise of just about […]

Lost & Clueless in Birdland

cartoon of sad orioles bird face
Baseball is weird and the Orioles are weird and I don’t understand any of it. Had you asked me a month ago what I thought of the 2017 Orioles, I would have told you that I expected the team to win about 95 games. Somehow, they had managed a 22-10 record despite an injured “ace” in Chris Tillman, an injured All-Star closer in Zach Britton (and Brad Brach struggling as the replacement), two starters (Ubaldo Jimenez and Kevin Gausman) with earned run averages over 6.00, a normally consistent Darren O’Day […]

Series Preview: Orioles (31-30) @ White Sox (26-35)

Side by side of Dylan Bundy and Miguel Gonzalez.
After getting demolished in the Bronx over the weekend, the Orioles will now try to recover from such a heavy blow over a four-game set in the Windy City. The Orioles (31-30) have slipped to fourth in the division and now face a 6.5-game deficit to overcome in order to match the pace of the first-place Yankees. More concerning to the Orioles, however, is that the fifth-place Toronto Blue Jays are just a game and a half away from sending the Orioles to the foot of the table. The Orioles’ […]

Monday’s O’s Links: Let’s Never Speak of that Again

Buck Showalter holds a bat in Spring Training.
You probably don’t want to read about the Orioles today. I can’t say that I blame ya. I’m gonna give you some options anyway though, darn it. Old Mill’s Hader Makes MLB Debut for Brewers Hader was traded to Houston for Bud Norris back in 2013. As Free Fall Continues, Blame Game is Underway Rosenthal stirs the pot again. Gasp. Camden Chat’s Mark Brown has some thoughts on blaming Dan Duquette for a season flying off the rails. I feel like I should mention this as well: Take this with […]

Who Might the Orioles Draft in Round 1?

men sitting at draft tables in large open room decorated with sports stuff
The MLB Draft starts today. You may not have realized that of course, as the MLB Draft has much less of a following than its football, basketball and hockey counterparts (probably because it’s a staggering fifty-round draft). However, there is still a decent buzz surrounding the first round of the draft as fans await to see who could become a part of the next generation of baseball’s superstars. In particular, the buzz around the Orioles’ first-round pick used to be much louder when the Orioles were still in the dark […]

Week in Review: Feel Good Walk-Offs a Distant Memory

Baltimore Orioles J.J. Hardy and Trey Mancini fall down trying to make a catch.
Hey everyone! Do you remember the time when the Orioles pulled off those two incredible come from behind, walk-off wins versus the Pirates? Yeah, those were good times. Believe it or not, those good times were happening just earlier this week. What has transpired since has been nothing short of a nightmare. Not only did the Orioles go up to the Bronx and get swept aside like yesterday’s newspaper, they got creamed for twenty-seven grueling innings straight. The final score over the three-game set was 38-8 Yankees, and that’s all […]

#Staturday: Extra-Inning Wins, Homers, and BOOM BOOM

Trey Mancini in his O's batting helmet.
It was an up and down week for the Orioles but a couple of walk-offs spiced things up. Let’s get to the stats! This week the Orioles extended a pretty insane streak: The Orioles have won twelve consecutive extra-inning games at Camden Yards – a streak that started in September, 2015. On Wednesday, Trey Mancini put on an incredible performance and made some history: Trey Mancini is the youngest Oriole and 7th-youngest player in MLB history to hit two homers after entering the game as a pinch hitter. Trey Mancini […]

Series Preview: Orioles (31-27) at Yankees (34-23)

picture of a baseball field in New York
After ending their one-night stand in our nation’s capital, the Orioles will now enter phase two of their eight-game road trip by taking on the Yankees in the Bronx over the weekend. While the Orioles couldn’t pull off another victory in the delayed final game of the MASN Cup last night, they should be feeling pretty good going forward after posting a 6-3 mark over their latest nine-game home stand. The Orioles (31-27) are just 3.5-games off the pace of the division-leading Yankees, and a series win in the Bronx […]