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Friday’s O’s Links: Chris Tillman, Joey Rickard Set to Return

Chris Tillman winds up to pitch.
The O’s are, as we all know by now, off to one of their hottest starts in team history. They’ll be severely tested over the next seven games though, as they now head off to the northeast corridor for three in the Bronx followed by four at Fenway. Nobody ever said this AL East stuff was gonna be easy. Hopefully the bats bust out starting tonight. Let’s see what’s up in the Blog O’sphere: Despite Mixed Results, Tillman Feels Ready to Join O’s Melewski has the quotes from Chris Tillman […]

Thursday Thoughts: On “Stupid Baseball,” Wonderful Wade Miley & More

Wade Miley of the Orioles pitches from the mound.
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. It’s been a very strange and newsworthy week in Birdland. Much of what occurred over the past week since I last wrote in this space would be filed under what I call “dumb baseball.” It’s something I wrote about […]

Seth Smith Had a Crazy Wednesday

Seth Smith and Adam Jones of the Orioles give each other five.
When Baltimore Oriole Seth Smith saw his name penciled in atop the lineup card on Wednesday afternoon, he probably thought that evening’s game would be reminiscent of so many others in his career. After all, Smith, an 11-year veteran, has played in 1149 major-league baseball games. Surely this one wouldn’t be remarkable in any particular way, right? Maybe he’d shag a few fly balls in right field. Perhaps he’d hit a home run – he hadn’t done that very often, to be sure, but with 115 to his name, while […]

Manny Machado Has Little to Show for A Lot of Hard Hit Balls

Manny Machado trots around the bases.
In the ninth inning of last night’s 2-0 loss to Tampa, the Baltimore Orioles were searching for anything to spark their slumbering offense. All they needed was a base runner, and the tying run would be at the plate. While they hadn’t notched any marks in the home run ledger thus far on the night, with the O’s, a dinger is always just a swing away. With one out, Manny Machado stepped to the plate trying to provide that spark. Facing Rays closer Alex Colome, whom he had historically hit […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Brach’s High Heat, Britton & Rickard Back Soon?

Brad Brach looks in for a sign from the catcher.
It was an incredibly frustrating night in Birdland, as the O’s bats were quieted to the tune of 0 runs on just 2 hits, and the Rays evened the series at 1-1. However, things set up nicely for the good guys to take the series tonight, as Dylan Bundy takes the mound against Alex Cobb. As we outlined in our series preview, Cobb hasn’t been all that great to start 2017. Throw in that Kevin Cash burned just about his entire bullpen last night (he used five relief pitchers and […]

The Rundown: Adam Jones Steady, Gausman’s Start Worrisome

Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles prepares to swing.
The Orioles will attempt to win another series tonight (if the rain holds off) and they will try to do it behind left-hander Wade Miley. The veteran credits former Orioles pitcher Scott McGregor for his success to end last year and his strong start to 2017. McGregor told Miley to try easier and I don’t know how that phrase has made a pitcher who has been in the league since 2011 more effective, but that’s where we are with Miley. The 30-year-old owns a career 4.14 ERA so it will […]

Listen to the Korean Language Call of Hyun-soo Kim’s HR

Hyun-soo Kim of the Baltimore Orioles homers off Tampa's Chris Archer.
Hyun-soo Kim finally got another start last night, his first since Thursday, and just his second since April 16. He went 1-for-3 with a walk (of course), and helped spark the O’s comeback by becoming the first player this year to homer off Tampa’s Chris Archer. The homer came with two down in the bottom of the sixth, just when it looked like Archer was about to toss up another goose egg en route to handing the Birds their second straight loss. As happens every time a Korean player homers […]

Series Preview: Rays (10-10) @ Orioles (12-5)

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb pitches.
After taking two of three from the visiting Boston Red Sox over the weekend, the Orioles will look to continue their excellent run of form against the Tampa Bay Rays during the second leg of the home stand tonight at Camden Yards. The Orioles (12-5) couldn’t have dreamed of a better overall start to the 2017 season. Not only do they own an MLB-Best 12-5 record, they’ve also recorded an impressive 6-2 record at home, a 6-3 record away from OPACY, and a stellar 10-4 mark versus the vicious AL […]

Baltimre Riles: Where’s the O?

Mark Trumbo of the Orioles holds his bat horizontally and looks dismayed.
The final result of a chaotic series at Oriole Park at Camden Yards over the weekend was that the Orioles won two of three games over the Boston Red Sox and have yet to lose a single series three weeks into the 2017 season. Yet all anybody can talk about is what happened between Manny Machado, Dustin Pedroia, Matt Barnes, and the rest of the actors in that unseemly play. Therein lies the problem. What we should be talking about, at least in Baltimore, is the play on the field. […]

Monday’s O’s Links: Joseph Helping Fuel Miley’s Stellar Start

Baltimore Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph in his catching crouch.
Tempers flared, baseballs flew at heads, and suspensions are sure to be coming soon. More importantly, the O’s took two of three from the Boston Red Sox over the weekend, pushing their record to a stellar 12-5. Things don’t get any easier though – the next 10 games are all against AL East teams, starting with three at home against Tampa Bay. Stay Buckled Up, and let’s get to the links. Britton Says Pedroia Needs to Control his Teammates Zach Britton had some interesting things to say about this weekend’s […]

PiR: O’s Take the High Road, Kim Gets a Hit Off a Lefty

Baltimore Orioles OF Hyun-soo Kim swings his bat.
REALITY: Manny Machado and Dustin Pedroia kept their cool when the rest of their teams didn’t. Dustin Pedroia's full thoughts: pic.twitter.com/CD1m40xlKa — Brian MacPherson (@brianmacp) April 23, 2017 PERCEPTION: I gained a lot of respect for Dustin over the weekend. That statement from him after Sunday’s game says it all, and it should end any more retaliation talk. Pedroia knew Manny didn’t try to hurt him on Friday night. And Pedroia did not like that his pitcher threw at Manny’s head. Here's Pedroia/Machado exchange, initiated by Pedroia, after Matt Barnes […]

Week in Review: Good Vibes, Bad Blood

Baltimore Oriole Manny Machado drops his helmet and shin guard and stares toward the pitcher's mound.
Well folks, we have another week in the books as we enter the final week of April. And the Orioles have another week of being in first place under their belt. After capping off an excellent first road trip of the season by taking two of three in The Queen City, the O’s kept it rolling upon returning home by taking two of three against the Red Sox. The results leave the Birds with an outstanding 6-3 record away from Camden Yards and an MLB-Best 12-5 record with only…145 games […]

Wait, the Orioles Can…Pitch?

Dylan Bundy of the Baltimore Orioles pitches.
Your Baltimore Orioles currently have the best record in MLB. Yes, I know, it’s only April 23 and we’re only 16 games in, but we’re O’s fans! We get very excited over every little good thing this team does and also get very angry over every little bad thing they do. The only other times in team history that the O’s have started 12-4 or better were in 1966 and 1997. If you just hopped on the bandwagon after the 2012 season or have lived in an underground bunker & […]

Word on the Street: Machado’s Slide Causes Controversy

Manny Machado slides into Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedrioa at second base.
We had some controversy in last night’s win. Click play or read the transcript below. The Baltimore Orioles won again on Friday night, 2-0 over the Boston Red Sox behind 7-plus shutout innings from Dylan Bundy and clutch bullpen work by Mychal Givens, Donnie Hart, and Brad Brach. Unfortunately, we’re not talking about Bundy this morning. Instead, we’re talking about a play involving Manny Machado in the bottom of the eighth inning. Machado – who had homered earlier to give the Birds an insurance run – slid into second base […]

Cincinnati Reds “Bandwagon Cam” is Amazing

Reds Bandwagon Cam shows Cubs fans' real allegiances.
The Cincinnati Reds have a new feature at Great American Ballpark that they are breaking out when the Chicago Cubs, and their newfound waves of fans, are in town – The Bandwagon Cam. Check it out: Here's this. pic.twitter.com/iyfcv9B3eB — Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) April 22, 2017 This is great. I’ll be honest though – I’m jealous. I wish the Orioles had done this about a decade ago for “Pink Hat Nation” AKA Boston Red Sox fans from Severna Park and Arlington. For that matter, I wish the team across the […]

#Staturday: On the O’s Great Run of Pitching

Ubaldo Jimenez pitches for the Baltimore Orioles.
Happy Staturday Birdland! It was a really, really weird week of O’s baseball but nonetheless, a great one. The pitching has caught fire since their three game series in Cincinnati: The Orioles’ pitching staff has allowed one run over the last 33.1 innings. In the last two games against the Reds, both relievers and starters put on an absolute clinic: For two consecutive nights, Orioles’ pitchers have given up only two hits. This is the fifth such streak in Orioles’ history. You know what great pitching means? The Orioles can […]

Series Preview: Orioles (10-4) vs. Red Sox (10-6)

Side-by-side of Dylan Bundy and Drew Pomeranz of the Orioles and Red Sox, respectively, pitching.
After wrapping up an excellent showing in their first road trip of the season, the Orioles will now fly back to Camden to take on the reigning AL East Champion Boston Red Sox for a three-game set at home. The Orioles (10-4) come back to Baltimore on a serious high after posting an impressive 6-3 record over their latest nine-game road stretch, while the Red Sox (10-6) will also be feeling pretty good after taking two of three in Toronto earlier this week and seem to have found their stride […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Jones Playing Deeper, Gausman Searching for Answers

Adam Jones prepares to defend.
After a very successful 6-3 road trip through Boston, Toronto, and Cincinnati, the Birds return home tonight to start a six-game homestand against Boston and Tampa Bay. They then finish the month in New York, because the MLB schedule remains incredibly stupid. That aside, let’s see what’s up in today’s links. The Orioles Need Kevin Gausman to Get on Track, and He Will Camden Depot’s Nick Cicere tries to assuage our fears about Kevin Gausman. His ERA is, of course, an unseemly 7.23 after he got tagged on Tuesday in […]

Thursday Thoughts: Ubaldo “The Riddler” Jimenez

Jim Hunter interviews Buck Showalter with words underneath.
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. If you say you’re surprised by Ubaldo Jimenez’s sparkling 7 2/3 innings of two-hit ball last night in Cincinnati, I’d guess you haven’t been watching over the last three-plus years. The reason Jimenez is so frustrating is that everyone […]

Get Your Boom Boom Trey Mancini Shirt Here

Trey Mancini BOOM BOOM t-shirt.
Trey Mancini AKA “Boom Boom” has been off to quite the tear to start 2017. After homering twice in two separate games already this season, he has tied Trevor Story and Dino Restelli for most home runs through a player’s first 12 career MLB games with seven. Last year, of course, upon being called up, he became the fourth Oriole to hit a home run for his first career hit, after Larry Haney, Nick Markakis, and Jonathan Schoop. He was the 20th major leaguer to homer in each of his […]