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Wednesday’s O’s Links: Schoop Represents O’s in Miami

Jonathan Schoop Manny Machado and Nelson Cruz at the All-Star Game.
Jonathan Schoop doubled and scored the game’s first run last night at the All-Star Game in Miami. If Yadier Molina hadn’t homered to tie the game (and Robinson Cano subsequently homered to win it), Johnny may well have been in line for the ASG MVP Award. Ah well. Get ’em next time. We’ve got two more days to kill without O’s baseball. Here’s some reading to help. When Boredom Outweighs Mediocrity Now here’s a name I haven’t heard in awhile: Michael Olesker. Baltimoreans will remember Michael from his days as […]

O’s First-Half Report Card: Position Players

Mark Trumbo of the Orioles follows through on a swing.
Now that we’ve graded out the main four components of the team, it’s time to hand out the report cards for each cog in the Orioles machine. We’ll jump right into it and start out with the positional players. For a lot of them, the numbers as a whole don’t look so bad. However, consistency has evaded almost everyone on this list, so that factor played a part in the grading process. If they can just hit top form and stay there, a lot of C’s and C+’s could easily […]

Orioles First-Half Report Card

Buck Showalter scowls from the dugout.
After winning the final two games of the first half in Minnesota, the Orioles have hit the break at 42-46 and 7.5-games behind the Boston Red Sox for first place in the AL East. After starting out the season with an MLB-best 22-10 record, things have not gone exactly as planned and the Orioles have taken their fair share of bumps and bruises along the way. However, the Orioles are just four games out of the playoff picture…and there are still 74 games left to play. Even if you doubt […]

Monday’s O’s Links: An Infuriating First “Half” Comes to a Close

Buck Showalter stands with his hands on his hips.
Well Birdland, we made it. It was a long, arduous, and infuriating few months of baseball, but we’re at the All-Star break and hey! We have back-to-back wins to keep us cozy in our memories for the next four days. Let’s check out the good, the bad, and the ugly from the O’s blog-O-verse. Jonathan Schoop Emerging from Under the Radar Eduardo Encina of The Baltimore Sun with an awesome feature on the Birds’ lone All-Star. Thinking About 2018 and 2019 BSL’s Chris Stoner asks a ton of questions about […]

Week in Review: Staying Alive

Adam Jones rounds the bases after a HR in Minnesota.
After going through the whole business week without a win, the Orioles finally snapped out of their losing slumber by picking up two huge wins and a series split in Minneapolis over the weekend before hitting the All-Star Break. On the other hand, it kind of sucks to have to park the bus for the next four days just as the Orioles were starting to break on through to the other side. That’s how it goes sometimes, and while I’m sure the coaches and players will enjoy their time off […]

#Staturday: BOOM BOOM!

Trey Mancini of the Orioles leans forward in sunglasses.
Happy Staturday Birdland! While it’s been a miserable week of baseball, there are always a few interesting stats to check out. So let’s get to them! We’ll start out with a few Trey Mancini stats. He’s been a really bright spot in a lackluster season. Highest batting average with RISP in MLB (min 200 total PA): 1. Paul Goldschmidt – .427 2. Trey Mancini – .412 3. Eduardo Nunez – .407 At .404, Trey Mancini has the highest batting average with RISP in the American League and second highest in […]

Friday’s O’s Links: The Bad, the Awful, & the Ugly

Buck Showalter gets the ball from Mychal Givens as Givens walks off the mound.
Another loss in a new and annoying way (the Twins scored in ONE inning last night), another four-game losing skid, and now a season-high five games under .500. I have some more good news… AL records since May 9th pic.twitter.com/g6K1qN9XkX — Mark Weathers (@markweathers15) July 7, 2017 Nope, don’t avert your eyes. Look at that. Accept where we are. And notice that the Orioles have both scored the fewest and allowed the most runs in the AL since May 9. No illusions here. Things are ugly. Hopefully the front office […]

Series Preview: Orioles (40-44) @ Twins (43-41)

Manny Machado signals to Adam Jones after his game-winning hit.
After getting battered and bruised in Milwaukee over the last three days, the Orioles will look to hit the erase button and try to pick up some much-needed momentum over the next four days in Minneapolis before the All-Star Break. The toughest thing to swallow is the fact that the Orioles looked to be on the mend at the end of June, only to see their hard work undone in a matter of three soul-crushing days. As a result, the Orioles (40-44) will head into the Twin Cities at a […]

Happy Birthday Manny! Machado’s Impressive Pre-25 Numbers

Manny Machado in front of sign at spring training 2015.
It’s Manny Machado’s 25th birthday. We’ve been blessed to watch him as both a human vacuum and a crushing machine. Here are some of Manny’s most impressive stats up to now. First, let’s take a look at how he ranks against the young Orioles before him: Racked up by Manny before turning 25 (with Orioles rank): 766 hits (1st) 159 doubles (1st) 121 home runs (2nd) 288 extra-base hits (1st) 352 RBIs (4th) 391 runs (2nd) 206 walks (5th) 1304 total bases (1st) 216 multi-hit games (1st) 10 multi-HR games […]

Thursday Thoughts: O’s Neglect of International Market is Staggering

head shots of dan duquette with orioles manager
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 Orioles have been a team this season that continually finds new and innovative ways to disappoint. This past week, however, they went back to an old faithful way to disappoint. https://twitter.com/BaseballAmerica/status/882403795594096644 The lack of attention that the O’s […]

Our 2017 BEVy Categories

BEVY awards 2017
It’s time once again for the All-Star Break, which means that it’s also, for the fifth year running, time for Bird’s Eye View’s BEVy Awards! Our categories have been the same since 2013 – The Forgotten Man Award and the “Why Are You Breaking My Heart Like This, Just Let Me Love You!” Award. Our previous winners: Forgotten Man 2013 – Alex Burnett 2014 – Ramon Ramirez 2015 – Cesar Cabral 2016 – Francisco Pena “Why Are You Breaking My Heart Like This, Just Let Me Love You!” 2013 – […]

Series Preview: Orioles (40-41) @ Brewers (44-40)

Bernie's sliding board at Miller Park in Milwaukee.
After wrapping up their last home stand of the first half with a massive 7-1 win on Sunday versus the Rays, the Orioles will look to hit the break on a high note during their upcoming seven-game, two-legged tour through the great lakes region. Before ending the first half in Minneapolis, the Orioles first order of business is a three-night stay in Milwaukee against the NL Central-leading Brewers. The Orioles (40-41) will head into the Cream City currently in fourth place in the division and have seen the gap between […]

Monday’s O’s Links: Congrats to Johnny Beisbol!

Jonathan Schoop smiles during Spring Training 2015.
The O’s managed to avoid a sweep with a win Sunday, quite a disappointment to a series that began with them being just a strike away from a comeback win on Friday night, only to see Brad Brach and Darren O’Day blow it. They now head out on a seven-game road trip to finish the first half. Here’s hoping they can continue the road form they showed in Tampa and Toronto in Milwaukee and Minnesota. The Orioles Offense is Not Good Nate DeLong of Camden Depot has the ugly stats […]

The Rundown: Kevin Gausman Finally Turns a Corner

Kevin Gausman congratulated by teammates entering the dugout
The Orioles have reached the halfway point of their season with a 40-41 record. The O’s were pretty much a .500 team in the second half of last year after finishing their first 81 games with a 47-34 record. The positive is they can easily go on a run and make the playoffs again, but the negative is for the last 162 games, they have been an average baseball team. The struggling Wade Miley will look to bounce back with the O’s heading to Milwaukee to take on the Brewers […]

Week in Review: Hanging In There

Buck Showalter looks out from the dugout.
Again, some are quick to forget that we have just hit the half way point of the 2017 campaign. The All-Star break is still a week away, and guess what? Despite the topsy-turvy roller coaster that the Orioles have been on this season, they remain just a game and a half out of the playoff picture and will head into their last road trip of the first half just a game under .500. Believe it or not, things could be a whole lot worse. And despite almost getting swept in […]

#Staturday: Ubaldo Jimenez Joins Elite O’s Company

Ubaldo JImenez prepares to wind up.
Happy Staturday Birdland! It’s been a fun, Jay-defeating, week of baseball. Let’s get to some stats! This week the Orioles won a three game series against the Blue Jays, continuing a few impressive trends: After winning on Thursday, the Orioles are 9-3 against the Toronto Blue Jays in 2017. The Orioles are 25-19 against AL East teams in 2017. Believe or not, Ubaldo Jimenez threw an impressive game on Thursday: Ubaldo joined Mike Mussina and Erik Bedard as the only Orioles with two or more starts throwing 8 or more […]

Series Preview: Orioles (39-39) vs. Rays (41-40)

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb pitches.
After banking two huge series wins on the road over the past week, the Orioles will look to continue their recent run of good form in their last home stand before the All-Star break versus Tampa Bay. This weekend’s three-game clash will feature the third installment of the Orioles-Rays rivalry this season, and will determine whether the Orioles move up to third in the division or remain in fourth place before they head out to Milwaukee. The Orioles (39-39) enter tonight’s match-up just 4.5-games off the pace of the first […]

Dempsey on Gausman: He Doesn’t Think Things Through Enough

Kevin Gausman hands the ball to Buck Showalter as he walks off the mound.
Kevin Gausman has been, unequivocally, a disappointment here in 2017. Though he’s shown signs of potentially turning a corner over his last two starts (combined 11.0 IP, 10 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 13 K), his numbers for the season are certainly not what anybody had in mind from the guy who was supposed to take the next step and anchor the rotation in 2017. To wit: 4-7, 86.0 IP, 117 H, 58 ER, 41 BB, 67 K, 6.07 ERA. If you prefer the more advanced version, he’s sporting a […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Ubaldo Deals His Rare but Regular Gem

Ubaldo Jimenez sings during the O's 2014 playoff run.
Fresh off a 4-2 road trip – their first winning tour since April – and back at .500, the Birds return home for a quick three-game set against Tampa before finishing the first half on a seven-game road swing through the midwest. Let’s see what the blog O’sphere is saying. Ubaldo Shows Why O’s Are Better Off With Him Than Without Him Ubaldo Jimenez continued his infuriating career in orange and black last night with eight masterful scoreless innings in Toronto, scene of the crime that O’s fans will vilify […]

Thursday Thoughts: O’s Floating in Baseball “Purgatory”

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. While the Orioles have showed some signs of life over the last week, there’s still a resounding feeling of nausea around the fanbase. This isn’t a team anyone expects to go on a run where they win 17 of […]