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Wednesday’s O’s Links: Warm, Warm Beer

Mike Wright of the Orioles prepares to pitch.
Just as we all predicted, Mike Wright nearly matched Justin Verlander last night. He was in line to pick up the win when he left after five innings, but on a night where the starting pitching was surprisingly good and the team finally remembered how to use those pieces of wood in their hands, it was the bullpen that failed miserably. Mychal Givens coughed up the lead, but it was our two Rule V picks who really let things get out of hand. The O’s are now 3-10 in Houston […]

Dozier, Twins Wrong to Call Foul on Chance Sisco

Chance Sisco bunting.
A lot more came out of Camden Yards on Sunday afternoon than a sluggish offense that collected just nine hits and five runs in 29 innings in the opening series of 2018. While the Orioles were busy losing the final two games of their weekend series, the Minnesota Twins were busy reading the unwritten rules of the game and messing their diapers over a play they thought shouldn’t have happened. With one out in the ninth inning and the Orioles trailing 7-0, Chance Sisco came to the plate facing a […]

Different Season, Same Problems

Miguel Sano of the Twins swings and watches the ball fly.
On Saturday night, Andrew Cashner did something he had only done three other times is his entire big league career. He gave up three home runs in a start. The ground ball specialist had only allowed 15 home runs in 2017, but he was up in the strike zone all night. Unfortunately for the Orioles, the Twins didn’t miss. The outing was certainly not what the Orioles expected when they inked Cashner to a potentially $41 million deal in February. While it is just one start in the first series […]

Monday’s O’s Links: April Fools’ Day, or Groundhog Day?

Orioles OF Trey Mancini watches a home run at the wall.
After a magical Opening Day, where the Magic was on full display, Birdland was ready for a weekend of fun, dongs, solid starts, and shutdown bullpen innings. Alas, that was not to be. Minnesota took the final two games of the series – in distressingly dominant fashion – as the O’s bats were completely MIA, and Andrew Cashner’s egg Saturday night pale in comparison to the one Kevin Gausman poetically laid on Easter Sunday. The Birds now head to Houston and New York, so they’d better find their offense in […]

Let’s Draw a Bunch of Conclusions from One Game

Another O’pening Day, another walk-off. Ho hum. Buck Showalter moved to 8-0 on Opening Day as the Birds’ skipper, and the O’s became the first team in history to walk it off on three straight Opening Days. The #Orioles are the first team in baseball history to walk-off their opener in three straight seasons. — Ryan M. Spaeder (@theaceofspaeder) March 29, 2018 Cool! Of course, it was annoying that yesterday even required a walk-off, as the O’s had a 2-0 lead entering the ninth inning, and it was even still […]

Friday’s O’s Links – One and O!

Adam Jones follows through on his swing.
Everybody feeling alright today? It was another great Opening Day at the Yard yesterday, as Buck Showalter moved to 8-0 in such games thanks to Adam Jones’ 11th inning walk-off home run. The weather was great, the beer was very cold, and the Birds started off on the right foot. Let’s hit the links. Gentry’s Clutch Catch an “Instinctual Thing” Most O’s fans were annoyed to see Craig Gentry’s name on the lineup card, a result of Minnesota starter Jake Odorizzi’s extreme reverse splits. As always, Buck Knows Best. Gentry […]

MLB Preview & Predictions – Nats Finally Get Over Hump

Matt Wieters of the Nationals throws in his catcher's gear.
Last night, I posted my detailed AL East predictions. This morning, I’ll run over those quickly, before moving on to some league-wide prognostications. Enjoy!   American League   East New York Yankees: 94-68 He’s happy to be in New York, but how long will Giancarlo Stanton remain happy when his rookie manager keeps penciling him as the DH instead of in the outfield? The power will be at full capacity, in both the lineup and the bullpen. The Yankees will make a serious run at their 28th World Championship. Baltimore […]

Thursday Thoughts: MLB Preview & Predictions 2018

Manny Machado screams as Trey Mancini comes to join him in celebration.
Happy Opening Day! Each year, this is a special day full of tradition and hope. I’m excited to be a fan of the Orioles entering this season and a fan of baseball in general. I’m also grateful for all of the readers of this weekly blog that rambles aimlessly about a team I’ve pulled for my entire life and a game that will never leave me. I want to take this space to remind each of you that I’ll be writing here each Thursday, but I’m also honored to have […]

AL East Preview & Prediction

Manny Machado stares back at the Red Sox dugout after hitting a home run as catcher Sandy Leon watches.
Opening Day is the unofficial first day of spring for many people. With every new season come new predictions. It’s part of the fun of baseball. Every team is tied for first place at 0-0, and every fan base has those die-hards who think, “This is our year!” In the American League East, many have picked the Yankees and Red Sox to battle it out for division supremacy. Both teams added some thump in the offseason looking for that knockout blow, but as we all know, good pitching beats good […]

Manny: HOME Shirts from Breaking T

As the euphoria of another Opening Day awaits us, unfortunately this year’s is a bit tempered due to the knowledge, throughout Birdland, that this could be Manny Machado‘s final season as a Baltimore Oriole. Manny, a generational-level talent, has been a pleasure to watch since he burst onto the scene as a fresh-faced 19-year-old back during the magical run of 2012. Dazzling us both in the field and at the dish, Manny has been a one-man highlight reel. We all remember when he elicited the now famous “don’t throw it […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Opening Day Eve!

Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore
Not only is Opening Day nearly upon us, but the weather gods have suddenly decided to smile on Baltimore as well. After a week or so of telling us the chance of rain was near 100%, we are now looking at a foggy morning and partly sunny afternoon, with high temperatures nearly 20 degrees warmer than we’ve been dealing with all week. A good omen? I like to think so. Let’s hit the links one last time before the 2018 season begins. Bird’s Eye View Episode 230: Cowboy Monkey Rodeo […]

Darren O’Day: Still the Man

Darren O'Day prepares to pitch.
Darren O’Day. That’s a name that, for a time, was right up there with death & taxes as far as “things you can count on.” In Baltimore, anyway, O’Day coming in in the seventh or eighth inning and quickly advancing the proceedings to allow Jim Johnson or Zach Britton their next save opportunity was nearly as automatic as ol #8, Cal Ripken Jr., trotting out onto the infield every night. Claimed off waivers from Texas in November of 2011, O’Day came to Baltimore and immediately impressed as a key cog […]

Araujo, Cortes Do Enough to Make O’s Roster

Nestor Cortes Jr. pitches from the mound.
Opening Day is just three days away, and while there is nothing concrete, it would appear that the 25-man roster is pretty much set. We know that Danny Valencia made the team as the utility infielder and designated hitter. We know that Pedro Alvarez is headed north to backup at first base and fill the hole left in the lineup by Mark Trumbo’s ailing quadriceps. We know that Colby Rasmus and Anthony Santander will form a platoon in right field with Craig Gentry providing late-game defense, pinch-running capabilities, and the […]

Sisco Given First Chance at “Backup” Catcher Role

Chance Sisco in the batter's box..
Over the last couple of weeks, this space has been filled with columns answering the remaining roster questions facing the ball club as the Orioles prepare to fly north for Opening Day on March 29th. The pictures have certainly cleared with regards to right field, the starting rotation, and the utility infielder. The only remaining roster decisions for Buck Showalter & Co. revolved around the backup catcher and the final three bullpen spots. Over the weekend, those decisions were made evident as the team basically set their 25-man roster before […]

Monday’s O’s Links: Birds Fly North!

Adam Jones throws the ball in the field.
Spring Training has come to an end, and the O’s are heading north. They will stop in Norfolk for a game against the Tides, but otherwise Opening Day is basically upon us. You have three days to dig all the orange out of your closet/attic and make sure it’s washed, ironed, and ready to rock on Thursday. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. To the penultimate pre-Opening Day version of links! O’s Could Continue Having Davis Bat Leadoff When Chris Davis has been batting leadoff in Grapefruit league games, we’ve […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Dylan Bundy to Make First Opening Day Start

Dylan Bundy jogs in Spring Training.
The snow has already completely cleared from the ground in most parts of Baltimore, a fitting sight as we sit now less than a week from Opening Day. Now let’s push that mercury a bit further up, eh Mother Nature? To the links… Bundy “Humbled” to Get Opening Day Start Dylan Bundy spilled the beans in a MASN interview during yesterday’s Spring Training game between the O’s and Red Sox. Good for him! Figured it would have been Gausman again. Roberts and Manfra Elected to Orioles Hall of Fame A […]

Thursday Thoughts: Prediction Time

Trey Mancini gets ready to field.
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. As of last year, I cut it down to four or five, so consider it the Earl Weaver–Brooks Robinson era of Thursday Thoughts. – A.S. With just a week to go before the 2018 season gets underway, it’s time for me to go out on a ledge (well, not too far) and make some bold(ish) predictions for the campaign. These are a few ideas […]

Orioles Starting Rotation Comes Into Focus

Dylan Bundy throwing a pitch.
Over the last week or so, this column has been dedicated to answering some of the roster questions the Orioles still have as Opening Day draws near. Having already discussed the outfield and the utility infielder, today we’ll address another roster question (that may have just) answered itself: what’s up with the starting rotation? When pitchers and catchers reported to Sarasota on February 13th, the rotation had three huge holes behind Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman. Slated to compete for the final three spots were Mike Wright, Jr., Gabriel Ynoa, […]

Orioles Get their Man in Alex Cobb

Alex Cobb of the Tampa Bay Rays.
In this space three weeks ago, I condemned the Orioles for their lack of moves to make the team a legitimate contender entering 2018. I criticized the outfield situation, namely the signing of Colby Rasmus (I’m still not sold on him, but he’s had a productive spring and seems to be a great teammate, at the very least). I tore apart the assembly of the starting rotation as I felt the Chris Tillman and Andrew Cashner signings served as nothing more than a pacifier for the fan base while the […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Hi, Alex!

Alex Cobb of the Rays in his windup.
While we were all scrambling to stock up on our bread, milk, and toilet paper yesterday evening, the Orioles were finalizing discussions with Alex Cobb to bring the free agent pitcher to Baltimore. Our staff gave their knee-jerk reactions to the signing here. Let’s get into some more Cobb, shall we? Rubbing Mud: Alex Cobb vs. PECOTA You may have noticed (if you’re into that kind of thing) that Baseball Prospectus’s projection system, PECOTA, isn’t a fan of Cobb. In this article from earlier in the offseason, BP’s Matt Trueblood […]