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Thursday Thoughts: O’s Deadline Plans Still a Mystery

baltimore maryland orioles player with arms up
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 days leading up to Monday’s trade deadline are going to be interesting, but I also expect them to be fairly quiet for the Orioles. Based on all of the back and forth we’ve heard out of the front […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: O’s Delusional?

Wade Miley was decent last night, except for that one inning in which he wasn’t. Those five runs Tampa put up in the second inning were enough for them to pull off the 5-4 victory and even the series. The O’s try to take it today at Noon, but Ubaldo is on the bump, so we’re not getting our hopes up. Still no trades to report, so let’s see what else is up in the Blog O’sphere. Should the Orioles Buy, Sell, or Stay at the MLB Trade Deadline? SB […]

Series Preview: Orioles (47-51) @ Rays (51-48)

Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL.
After keeping their playoff hopes alive over a ten-game home stand to kick off the second half of their campaign, the Orioles will now look to keep the good vibes flowing over a six-game, two-legged road trip. The upcoming road trip will undoubtedly represent the most important six-game stretch away from home of the season for the Orioles. Not only will they start out with a three-game set versus the current co-holders of the second wild card spot in the form of the Tampa Bay Rays, they’ll then travel to […]

Monday’s O’s Links: Britton Sets AL Record, but Teams Still Scared?

Zach Britton throws in spring training.
The O’s narrowly avoided the sweep on Sunday, which may be a bit of a double-edged sword. With the nonsense Dan Duquette was spewing at the season-ticket holder event on Saturday afternoon, maybe the Birds NEEDED to be swept. There’s still no selling going on. With every day that remains the case, the chances that the O’s do something really silly just increases. To the links, where we may have some answers…. How Has Dan Duquette Fared in “Sell” Deals? Dan Connolly chronicles Dan Duquette’s history of trading away veteran […]

Week in Review: Heart’s Still Beating

Chris Davis rounds the bases with Rougned Odor in the background.
After getting crushed by the Cubs to start the second half, it would have been easy for the Orioles to throw in the towel on the 2017 season and give in to the pressure of a looming rebuild… Not just yet. The Orioles had other plans in mind, as evidenced by their impressive four-game sweep of the Rangers. They also held their own against the AL-leading Astros as well, starting with a furious comeback that fell just short on Friday and a hard-fought 9-7 victory on Sunday to avoid the […]

#Staturday: O’s Match (& Surpass) Homer Total at Memorial Stadium

aerial view of stadium in 1970
Happy Staturday Birdland! It was a fun week of baseball, producing some fun stats and facts. Let’s dive in! On Wednesday, Adam Jones began the game with a lead-off home run. Little did he know, it was an historic homer: After Adam’s bomb on Wednesday, the Orioles had hit the exact same number of home runs at Camden Yards and Memorial Stadium, at 2490 dingers a piece. As previously mentioned on Eutaw Street Report, Trey Mancini is having an awesome rookie season and if he keeps his batting average up, […]

Series Preview: Orioles (46-49) vs. Astros (63-32)

The Astros' Jose Altuve watches after swinging.
After bursting back to life with a four-game sweep of the Rangers, the Orioles will look to keep the good vibes flowing over the weekend versus the Houston Astros. The Orioles will also be looking to conclude their ten-game home stand on a high note before hitting the road for a six-game road swing. While they looked to be in vintage form over their current four-game win streak, they’ll have their work cut out in replicating that form against the AL’s best and the second-best team in the bigs this […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Bidding War Emerging for Britton?

orioles pitcher with arm back and about to throw ball
A four-game sweep! Who saw that coming? Not many of us, that’s for darn sure. The buzzsaw that is the Houston Astros come to town now though, so we’ll see how the hot Birds can stack up against a true contender. The bet here is that we’ll all by screaming “SELL!” again by Monday. That’s probably not a bad thing, because… Bidding War Emerging for Zach Britton Buster Olney says teams are bidding against each other for Zach. This is good news. Caleb Joseph has Recovered Nicely Matt Kremnitzer on […]

Does Trey Mancini Have a Rookie of the Year Case?

Trey Mancini of the Orioles leans forward in sunglasses.
Yesterday, our friends over at @BirdlandStats (check out their work on ESR here) tweeted out some interesting facts about Trey Mancini and past Rookie of the Year award winners: Most recent rookies (qualified for BA title) w/ 15+ HRs, 50+ RBIs, & .300+ BA: T. ManciniA. JudgeC. SeagerJ. AbreuM. TroutA. Pujols — O's Stats & Facts (@BirdlandStats) July 20, 2017 I don’t know about you, but I’m not sure that I can say I quite realized how remarkable “Boom Boom” has been for a rookie this season. Now, he of […]

Thursday Thoughts: Winning Streak Shouldn’t Change “Selling” Mindset

side profile of orioles player britton holding glove by face before pitch
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 figure this should be a pretty mellow version of the “Thursday Thoughts” this week. Nothing really happened in the world of Orioles baseball that I can recall, right? Okay, at least that’s what I was hoping for. Instead, […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Rockies Interested in Gausman & Bundy

Dylan Bundy jogs in Spring Training.
The last two nights have been a nice little reminder that baseball can indeed be fun. Now the worry is, of course, that they’ll also fool the owner into thinking this team has the potential to keep winning games every night for the next two-plus months, which is, of course, not the case. Let’s see what everybody else is saying. Orioles Score Six Runs Before Recording an Out Like I said, that was fun. Four Possible Trade Packages for Zach Britton The O’s could get a lot for Zach Britton. […]

Series Preview: Orioles (42-49) vs. Rangers (45-46)

Cole Hamels of the Rangers sets to pitch.
After getting swept and embarrassed by the Cubs in their own house over the weekend, the Orioles will be looking to shrug it off and quickly bounce back over their upcoming four-game set versus the Texas Rangers this week. Quite frankly, their season and the fate of this current Orioles squad depends on it. No pressure, but it’s time to put up or shut up if they want to remain in the hunt for a wild card spot down the stretch. The Orioles (42-49) will start the week nine games […]

The Rundown: What Can the O’s Get for their Relievers?

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After being swept over the weekend by the Chicago Cubs and another series in which their starting pitching was embarrassed, it appears the Orioles are one step closer to throwing in the towel for the 2017 season.   Re-Tool or Rebuild? Fellow writer Joe Polek did a great job outlining what the Orioles should do at the deadline and he suggests a re-tooling instead of a full rebuild which I completely agree with. The O’s still have a quality core and don’t need to blow everything up. The Manny Machado […]

Week(end) in Review: Mid-July Massacre

A Cubs player watches the ball sail at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
If there were still any of you out there who were as optimistic about our chances of turning it around in the second half as I was, you’re probably pretty bummed on this dreary Monday morning. Bummed doesn’t begin to do it justice. More along the lines of gutted, hopeless and heartbroken. The feeling is like when you catch your girlfriend cheating on you with your best friend three days in a row while “Black” by Pearl Jam, “Where did you sleep last night” by Nirvana and “Nutshell” by Alice […]

Orioles Having Some Sort of Game of Thrones Night/Package (Update)

Winter is Here
The Orioles’ season is going nowhere fast, and we’re all just waiting to see if they’ll start selling off players here in the next few days. Losing (badly) and trading some of your best players is a sure-fire way to end up with a whole lotta empty seats at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Fortunately, it looks like the fine folks in the Birds’ marketing department are hitting dingers, even if some of Baltimore’s other employees aren’t: #WinterIsHere | Orioles – @GameofThrones Ticket Package – More Information Coming Soon! https://t.co/XwoqmpkTRX […]

O’s Should Re-Tool for 2018, Not Rebuild

Brady Anderson and Dan Duquette talk with a microphone.
The Baltimore Orioles are 42-49, which is good for 4th place in the American League East, and 5 games out of a wild card birth. Since 2012, the O’s have been a very competitive team, especially in what many consider the toughest division in baseball. They have spent a significant amount of time in first place over the last couple of years which is why their fall since May this season has been so hard for fans to handle. The tough season this team is having is not a “rough […]

Series Preview: Orioles (42-46) vs. Cubs (43-45)

cubs pitcher winded back before throwing pitch
After (hopefully) recharging their batteries over the last four days, the Orioles will look to come out of the break swinging this weekend versus the reigning World Champion Chicago Cubs. While the All-Star Break was fun, it’s time to get down to business. The Orioles might not have to climb Mount Everest to get back in the fight, but they’re certainly down on the score cards. The time for error has come and gone, and it’ll take a total team effort to get to the promise land. However, their current […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Dodgers Want Zach Britton, Will Angelos Sell?

side profile of orioles player britton holding glove by face before pitch
The worst four days of the summer are FINALLY over, as baseball returns to the Yard tonight. The O’s kick off the second half by hosting the World Champion Cubs, who are scuffling in 2017. It’ll be fun to see those guys come to town though, especially Saturday’s starter, Jake Arrieta. Hopefully the O’s aren’t very accommodating guests as they begin a crucial 10-game homestand. To the links! 5th Annual BEVy Awards Woo hoo! Jake & Scott’s annual awards show celebrates year five. The perfect way to review the first […]

O’s First-Half Report Card: Pitchers

Now that we’ve graded out the hitters on the squad, let’s hand out the grades for the Orioles pitching staff. Grading out the hitters was pretty fun. This will be….less fun? Yeah, let’s go with that. Let’s rip the band-aid off and get to it! Dylan Bundy Bundy hit the 2017 season with hurricane force and ended the month of April with a 3-1 record and a sparkling 1.65 ERA over five starts. He followed up by posting a solid 3-2 record and a 3.92 ERA over six starts in […]

Thursday Thoughts: O’s Will Add…Something, but Not Much

dan duquette speaking at orioles press conference
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. We’ve almost made it through the most dreadful two days on the baseball calendar. No offense to the Triple-A All-Star Game, but it doesn’t do much for me. At least there was the Home Run Derby and MLB All-Star […]