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Wednesday’s O’s Links: All Aboard the Trey Train

Trey Mancini rounds the bases.
Sometimes you’re the windshield, and sometimes you’re the bug. On Sunday in Toronto, the O’s were the windshield. Last night in Cincy, they were the bug. Get ’em tonight. Will Kevin Gausman’s Slider Lead to Sustained Success? So far, NOPE! SI.com’s Michael Beller put together this great piece on Gausman, published Monday, outlining his new use of his breaking ball. GIFs, charts, and all the fun stuff we seamheads have come to expect from pitching analysis these days. This article got O’s fans even more excited to watch Kevin pitch […]

The Rundown: Tillman Makes Rehab Start, Trey Forces Way Into Lineup

Trey Mancini follows through on a swing.
The Orioles head to Cincinnati for their first interleague series of the season and despite the confusion, Kevin Gausman will be the one to take the mound for the O’s tonight to square off against Bronson Arroyo. It will be interesting to see which player between Mark Trumbo, Hyun-soo Kim and Seth Smith takes a seat tonight. Due to a left-hander pitching game two, it could be Trumbo. No matter who gets the start, this is a prime spot for the offense to continue to mash the baseball, as Arroyo […]

Series Preview: Orioles (8-3) @ Reds (8-5)

Nighttime shot of Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati.
After posting a 4-2 record over the first two legs of the road trip in Boston and Toronto, the red-hot Orioles will be looking to keep up the pace going into the last stop of their first road tour of 2017 in Cincinnati. The Orioles (8-3) will be looking to come home in first place after taking three of four in Toronto, while the first-place Reds (8-5) will be trying to wash away a rough weekend after dropping three of four at home to the Brewers. The Reds have been […]

Trey Mancini Shares His Record-Tying Bat with Teammates

Trey Mancini high fives Ubaldo Jimenez.
After a painful walk-off loss to the Blue Jays Saturday afternoon (which, let me remind you was only Toronto’s second win of the season), our Birds came back on Sunday with what they do best: a whole lot of dongs. But let’s focus on Trey Mancini. Maybe you know him better as Boom Boom Mancini. As you remember, Mancini hit double dongs against the Red Sox, including an Earl Weaver Special, to help the Orioles whoop some Boston tail in a 12-5 win Wednesday night. Well, he went boom boom […]

Monday’s O’s Links: Britton to DL, O’s Keep Ignoring Latin American Players

Zach Britton throws in spring training.
The Birds took three of four over the weekend in Toronto, but there was a bit of bad news in there as well, as before Sunday’s game we got word that Zach Britton was headed toward the 10-day DL with left forearm soreness. As we O’s fans know, it’s a very slippery slope from “forearm soreness” to “Dr. Andrews” to “PRP injection” to…well, you can fill in the rest. Hopefully our imaginations are as far as that particular scenario ever makes it. To the links. Mancini Has Two-Homer Day, Britton […]

Week in Review: O’s Find Power, Stay Hot in Boston & Toronto

Mark Trumbo and Trey Mancini of the Baltimore Orioles high five after a home run.
Put simply, life is pretty sweet for the Orioles at the moment. After kicking off the season with a bang at home, these O’s have carried their red-hot run of form into the first road trip of the season and find themselves in first place going into the second half of April. Oh…and they own an MLB-best 72.7% win percentage (8-3) to begin the season. Is that good? After splitting a two-game set in Boston, the Orioles, backed by tremendous starting pitching and a few power surges, went back to […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Have You Seen This Man?

Hyun-soo Kim of the Orioles runs the bases.
Happy Friday, Birdland. No action at the Yard this weekend, as the O’s continue their four-game set in Toronto. It started off well, with a 2-1 win, the team’s second straight since losing the opener Tuesday night in Boston. A 6-2 start isn’t quite a 7-0 start (which they managed last year, of course) but it’ll certainly do. To the links. Orioles Make a Pair of Moves The Birds called up Stephan Critchton from Norfolk, trading away Oliver Drake to Milwaukee in the process. For Drake, the O’s get a […]

Series Preview: Orioles (5-2) at Blue Jays (1-7)

Rogers Centre in Toronto with the roof open.
After splitting the two-night stand in Boston, the Orioles will travel across the border for the first time this season to take on the sleeping Toronto Blue Jays in a four-game set. The Orioles (5-2) will be looking to keep up the pace after clubbing five homers last night at Fenway in a 12-5 win, while the Jays (1-7) will be looking to snap a five-game losing streak. Kevin Gausman (0-0, 5.40) will take on Francisco Liriano (0-0, 135.00 ERA) in game one tonight. After putting together a dominant second […]

Thursday Thoughts: Short Starts, Tillman’s Return, and Buck’s Shade

Chris Tillman of the Orioles prepares to 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. A friend sent me a text message last night, immediately after the Orioles took a 9-0 lead in Boston. It read, “Bundy loses, Ubaldo wins in Boston. What do we know about the Orioles? Nothing.” I chuckled at the […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: 1st Week Conclusions, Rushing Stewart Along

baseball player at bat right before hitting baseball
The O’s fell in Boston last night in quite ugly fashion. Dylan Bundy was very good, if not as dominant as he was in his first start, limiting the Red Sox to just two runs over 6.1 innings. He was already the only O’s starter to go 7 innings, and now he’s the only one to go 6, as well. The final score was much worse, of course, thanks to a comedy of errors and misplays after Dylan exited. The Birds’ bats are still quiet, though we can excuse that […]

Series Preview: Orioles (4-1) @ Red Sox (3-3)

A shot from inside Fenway Park during a game.
After opening up the season with a bang in front of the Camden Yards faithful, the Orioles will now jet out of town on a nine-game, three-legged road trip. The first stop is a two-night stay in Boston for a set against the reigning AL East champions. The Orioles (4-1) will be looking to remain in first place in the early goings of the season, while the Red Sox (3-3) will be looking to bounce back after dropping three of four in Detroit over the weekend. Dylan Bundy (1-0, 1.29 […]

The Rundown: Big Day for Chris Tillman’s Recovery

Chris Tillman winds up to pitch.
The Orioles kick off the second week of their season by heading to Boston, currently sitting in first place in the American League East. After having three off days already to start the year, the O’s will finally get into a routine, playing 15 games in the next 16 days. Bundy Makes His Second Start of Season It was nearly impossible to not get excited watching Dylan Bundy carve up the Blue Jays in his first start of the year. Bundy brought back his slider/cutter into his repertoire and it […]

A Look Back on a Successful First Week in Birdland

Zach Britton and Welington Castillo of the Baltimore Orioles high five after a win.
It seems as though the sunshine has finally broken through and spring is here to stay. Which means…you guessed it! Baseball is back in Birdland! After a long, long offseason to ponder things, the O’s have started their 2017 campaign the same way they started off 2016. By racking up a bunch of notches on the good side of the hash mark. After Mark Trumbo‘s electrifying opening day walk-off and Dylan Bundy‘s dominant 2017 debut sent the Blue Jays out of Camden Yards with a zero in the win column, […]

Orioles Starters Letting the Team Down Already

Ubaldo Jimenez pitches as Chris Davis gets ready in the background.
Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: Baltimore Orioles starters need to pitch deeper into ballgames. Shocking, I know. Yet, just five games into the season, here we are already, talking about the starters’ short outings taking a toll on the bullpen. Five MLB teams have only played five games so far. Here are the total number of innings pitched by starters for those five teams: Boston Red Sox: 31.0 Chicago White Sox: 29.0 (and that includes a 6.0-inning start by Miguel Gonzalez, in case you were curious) Pittsburgh […]

Monday’s O’s Links: Taxed Bullpen Finally Falters

Darren O'Day of the Orioles enters his windup.
So the O’s won’t go 162-0. They were the final MLB team to lose in 2017 though, finally falling to the New York Yankees on Sunday, 7-3, despite building a 3-0 lead early. It was a bit of revenge on the part of the Bombers, who blew 5-1 and 4-1 leads en route to losing the first two games of the series. The Birds have – ugh – another off day today, before kicking off a two-game set at Fenway Park, followed by four in Toronto. To the links. Bullpen […]

GIF: Manny & Schoop Didn’t Look Too Worried About Britton

Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop horse around as Zach Britton warms up.
Let’s be honest: we all want the Bromance that Manny Machado & Jonathan Schoop have with each other. During last night’s game against the New York Yankees, Zach Britton was taking warm-up pitches after rolling his ankle fielding a ground ball for the second out in the ninth inning. Birdland was holding our collective breath at that moment, but it seemed that Manny & Jon weren’t very worried. In fact, they were adding another item to their entertaining Bromance list: ball tapping. See, they’re just like us! Only one is […]

#Staturday: Opening Day Walk-Offs Rare, Hot Starts Not (Under Buck)

Chris Davis of the Orioles watches a ball fly after swinging.
Baseball is back and so is Staturday! If it’s your first time to Staturday, you can find these and other stats on Twitter: @BirdlandStats. Without further ado, let’s get to it! The Orioles opened the season with a bang, winning on an historic walk-off dinger: Mark Trumbo became the first Oriole with a walk-off home run on Opening Day. Manny also made some Opening Day history: On Monday, Manny Machado recorded his 700th hit, becoming the 34th Oriole to do so. In their second game of the season, Chris Davis […]

Zach Britton’s Shaky Early Outings No Cause for Concern

Zach Britton looks into home plate.
The other day, I wrote a post titled “Let’s Draw a Bunch of Conclusions from One Game.” It was fun, but it was also, of course, a bit tongue-in-cheek. Certainly, we can’t draw any meaningful conclusions from one baseball game, whether it’s the first game of the year or the 101st. Still, we baseball-starved fans needed something to talk about, and I was far from the only blogger to publish a post on what the Birds showed us on Monday. Full disclosure: I stole the idea from a San Francisco […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Can Ubaldo Put it Together in his Contract Year?

Ubaldo JImenez prepares to wind up.
The O’s finally get into their real schedule starting tonight, with no more of this on-a-day, off-a-day nonsense. It looks like a chilly and windy night at the Yards this evening, so bundle up if you’re headed down. The weather looks much nicer for the final two games against the Bombers. Let’s see what’s up in the Blog O’sphere today. Why I think Ubaldo Jimenez is Going to Have a Good Season Ubaldo makes his season debut against the Yankees tonight, hoping to carry over some of the momentum he […]

Statcast Info Bogging Down MASN Broadcasts Already

A Manny Machado home run with Statcast data.
I tweeted a tweet that wasn’t met with the love I thought it would be, so I’m going to write about it. My simple social media post: The "stat-cast era" is the worst era. — Karl Magenhofer (@KarlMagenhofer) April 5, 2017 The comment was panned a bit by the folks here at ESR, despite the fact they already knew I am a 90-year-old man when it comes to baseball. I despise SABRmetrics and the novelty of “Statcast” hasn’t worn off for me because it never wore on. Wouldn't go that […]