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Friday’s O’s Links: Wade Miley? More Like Weird Miley!

Wade Miley of the Orioles pitches from the mound.
Yesterday’s make-up game with the Gnats saw their JV beat our JV in a boring lopsided affair. Alec Asher threw 41 pitches in the damn first inning as Washington took a 4-0 lead, and the Birds bats’ made Joe Ross look like Max Scherzer. Orioles starters are quite efficient at one thing: killing any leftover good feelings from the previous game. — Eutaw St. Report (@EutawStReport) June 8, 2017 The O’s now head off on a seven-game road trip to the Bronx and the south side of Chicago. They’re gonna […]

Coming Up Clutch: A Look at the O’s Extra-Inning Success

Mark Trumbo crosses home plate as his teammates douse him in water to celebrate.
If you’re still pumped up about the Orioles pulling off a second walk-off win in as many days last night, you have every right to be. On the grander scale, the Orioles will now begin their eight-game road trip with some much-needed swagger after notching an impressive 6-3 record over their latest home stand. But a lot of the discussion as of late is this: how are the Orioles dominating in extra-innings like they have been this season? In short, the Orioles’ sparkling 9-1 record in extra-inning games has nothing […]

Manny Machado Injured by Andrew McCutchen’s Slide

Andrew McCutchen slides into Manny Machado's wrist.
While last night’s O’s-Pirates short two-game series finale was awesome in the end, there were plenty of bumps along the way. In addition to Wade Miley being ineffectively wild and getting beat around when he did manage to find the strike zone, and new bullpen addition Edwin Jackson being less-than-inspiring, there was an apparent injury to Manny Machado. During Miley’s second-inning implosion, the Pirates pulled off a double steal, with Andrew McCutchen taking third base and Elias Diaz swiping second. McCutchen, though, should have been out. Caleb Joseph threw from […]

Thursday Thoughts: Can Magic Provide O’s with Some Momentum?

Orioles players pour gatorade on Trey Mancini.
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 quite a few nights for the Orioles, winning back-to-back games in extra innings after tying each in the bottom of the 9th with a two-run homer. The script couldn’t have been written in a more dramatic way […]

Series Preview: Orioles (29-26) vs. Pirates (26-31)

Kevin Gausman vs. Ivan Nova.
After breaking even against the Red Sox over the weekend, the Orioles will now host the Pittsburgh Pirates for a quick two-game set to conclude their nine-game stand at Camden Yards. While some may not consider this to be as bad-blooded as the other historic Baltimore vs Pittsburgh rivalry, Birdland veterans will beg to differ. This is still the same club that snatched two titles away from the Orioles back in the golden era of the 1970’s. The Orioles have only played the Pirates sixteen times since 2005, but when […]

The Rundown: Can Gausman Slow Down Pirates’ Pillaging Offense?

Baltimore Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop gets ready to defend.
After taking the first two games against the Boston Red Sox, the Orioles dropped the final two even though both were winnable games. The O’s begin a two-game series against the last place Pittsburgh Pirates which should be good news, but due to their struggles outside the American League East, maybe it isn’t. The Pirates have scored at least 11 runs in two of their last three games so Kevin Gausman will get the first crack at slowing down a red-hot offense. Even though it hasn’t looked pretty, the right-hander […]

Tuesday’s O’s Links: Darren O’Day Using His Slider Differently

Darren O'Day pitches.
It was a bit of a frustrating weekend, as the Birds lost the final two games of their four-game set with Boston after taking the first two. Still, we’d have all gladly accepted 4-3 against New York and the Red Sox after losing seven straight, right? Now, the O’s really need to start winning games against non-AL East opponents, especially sub-.500 teams like the Pittsburgh Pirates, who are in for two starting tonight. To the links. Machado Presents Greatest Conundrum in Years for O’s Our own Andrew Stetka, writing in […]

Week in Review: Bouncing Back in Birdland

Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop tags a Yankee runner as he goes by.
Say it with me. Anything is better than a seven-game losing streak. Despite allowing the Red Sox to slip away from Camden Yards with a pair of wins over the weekend, the Orioles showed true grit by taking two of three from the first-place Yankees and two of four from the second-place Red Sox right after their week from hell ended in Houston. This team still has a pulse, and they’ve shown that they won’t go out in the race for the division title without a fight. First place is […]

So Long, Fred Manfra

Fred Manfra in the Orioles broadcast booth.
Fred Manfra stepped away from the Orioles broadcast booth for a final time yesterday and I hope you’ll join me in a toast for the man behind the mic. Say what you want about digital media, but you’ll never have a relationship with a tweet like you’ll have with that guy or gal on the radio. I have been fortunate in my life to work with several people who have been called the “Voice Of” the team that they have called games for. These folks (and the ones on TV) […]

#Staturday: Congrats to Adam Jones!

Adam Jones sunglasses.
We’re back in the win column and dang does it feel great. Along with a few wins, come a few stats. Let’s get to ‘em! Earlier this week, Adam Jones made Orioles’ history: On Wednesday night, Adam Jones hit an infield single in the 8th inning, notching his 1,500th hit as an Oriole. Although they haven’t quite been the sluggers of the past, the Orioles are still pretty good at hitting home runs: On Thursday, the Orioles blasted four home runs against the Red Sox. This marks their fifth four-homer […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Pedro Alvarez Hanging Around…For Now

Pedro Alvarez of the Orioles prepares to hit.
Things may be looking up a bit, Birdland. The sun finally cracked through the clouds for more than a few hours, and the O’s have won three of their past four. For the second straight night, they built a 7-1 lead over a team currently ahead of them in the AL East standings. It won’t be easy this weekend, but this is a different team against divisional foes. To the links. Two Little Birds The Ringer’s Michael Baumann penned the article that would have made O’s fans swoon back in […]

Series Preview: Orioles (27-24) vs. Red Sox (29-23)

Manny Machado slides into Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedrioa at second base.
After picking up two huge wins against the first-place Yankees, the Orioles will be looking to do more of the same against the second-place Red Sox. I know it’s only June 1st, but since the Orioles came into the series against the Yankees on a seven-game skid and mired in a 3-13 slump, the two wins notched against a surging Yankees squad was surely the shot in the arm that the Orioles needed. Their season was starting to sing a somber tune in a hurry. There’s still 111 games left […]

O’s Stock Report – May

Dylan Bundy winds up in a spring training game.
We all know that May was a rough month for the Orioles. In a month consisting of a horrid seven-game losing streak and a 3-13 skid, the Orioles finished the month with their worst record in a single month since they went 11-18 in August of 2015. After posting a joint MLB-best 15-8 record in April, the Orioles ended the month of May with a 12-16 mark. Still, even after going through their roughest skid in years, the Orioles (27-24) remain in the thick of the pennant chase as we […]

Chris Davis Made An Adjustment

It’s no secret that Chris Davis has been having an awful 2017 campaign. Other than a couple few-game stretches where he got hot, he’s been abysmal, driving O’s fans crazy with his constant strikeouts (far too many of which come with him never taking the bat off his shoulder). He is striking out in 38% of his at-bats, over 6% above his career average. His 109 wRC+ would be his second-lowest as an Oriole, better than only his somehow-even-worse 2014 campaign. So yeah, Davis hasn’t been good. But what makes […]

Thursday Thoughts: Don’t Expect O’s to Sell at the Deadline

Manny Machado swings.
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 doesn’t take a rocket scientist to tell you that watching your favorite team lose a bunch of games stinks. The Orioles have seen their fair share of losing recently, and it does indeed stink. The recent seven-game losing […]

Ain’t That a “B?” – Thanks to Terps, Dumb Boston Shirt has New Meaning

Boston in Baltimore t-shirt.
If you see some Boston fans wearing a tee-shirt with a big “B” in the familiar Red Sox old English-style font colored with the pattern and colors of the Maryland flag this weekend, don’t get angry. Congratulate them on their graciousness and willingness to publicly accept defeat. Seriously. I think the original idea was for the shirts to become a badge to identify to each other as a show of solidarity that there are Red Sox fans in Maryland. The garments would be a nonverbal rallying cry for the visiting […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Players O’s Count On Keep Struggling

orioles player sitting in dugout with towel around neck
The O’s managed to pull out of their tailspin, at least momentarily, on Monday, thanks to Dylan Bundy and some superb relief work. However, they got right back on the losing track last night as Chris Tillman wasn’t able to get through three innings and the Yankees evened the series with an 8-3 laugher. Tonight’s game is big, at least symbolically: winning this series could really go a long way to putting the May skids behind them. Lose it, and the June sun that’s rising doesn’t look any brighter than […]

Down O’n the Farm: Checking in on O’s MiLB Pitchers

Jimmy Yacabonis of the Orioles pitches.
Now that we’ve looked at the potential future of the Orioles lineup, let’s take a look at some of the guys that could be toeing the rubber at Camden Yards in the near future. We’ll kick it off with a look at a few future starters.   Starters Cody Sedlock– (1st round, 2016) Currently ranked as the Orioles’ second-best prospect and top pitching prospect, the sky is the limit for Sedlock. The promising 21-year-old out of Illinois has gone through a learning curve with the Frederick Keys so far during […]

The Rundown: Did Orioles Let Another Good Pitcher Walk?

Parker Bridwell of the Orioles pitches.
Did the Orioles really need to get back to playing against the American League East to snap their losing streak and look like the team that was one of the best in April? I don’t think it’s that easy and things can quickly change tonight when Chris Tillman returns to the mound. All the credit must go to Dylan Bundy for continuing to look like the ace we have always envisioned. I just can’t get over how much of a veteran he looks like every time he toes the rubber. […]

Down O’n the Farm: Checking in on O’s MiLB Bats

Chance Sisco swings in the batter's box.
Sure, we’ve all grown to love this Orioles squad. But we also know that baseball is a business, elite-status players are harder to keep around now more than ever, and that a trade can happen at any second. With that being said, let’s take a look at some of the prospects in the Orioles minor league ranks position-by-position, and see who could be playing in Camden Yards sooner rather than later.   Catcher Chance Sisco– (2nd round, 2013) Currently ranked as the Orioles’ #1 prospect, the highly-touted 22-year-old has made […]