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Series Preview: Orioles (13-28) vs. Phillies (23-16)

Chance Sisco bats as Philliles coaches watch.
After taking three out of four from Tampa Bay over the weekend, the Orioles will conclude their nine-game stint at Camden Yards by taking on the Philadelphia Phillies for a two-game set before heading up to Boston. Highlighted by their 17-1 drubbing of the Rays on Mother’s Day, the Orioles (13-28) will look to stay in their current form after winning five of their last six contests. However, the next two against the Phillies would be nice to bank in the win column as they face an upcoming eleven-game road […]

Tuesday’s O’s Links: Winning – More Fun than Losing

Manny Machado swings in the on-deck circle.
For what seems like the first time all season, we’ve actually had some fun baseball to watch since the last time we spoke here. Definitely at least since the four-game set in the Bronx in early April, right? The Birds took three of four over three days against the Tampa Bay Rays, capped with a Mother’s Day Massacre of their own, a 17-1 thrashing on Sunday. After taking the final two against KC in the previous series, the O’s have now won five of their last six contests, something they […]

The Rundown: Hess Impressive in Debut, Mountcastle Returns

Ryan Mountcastle prepares to field.
It took almost two months, but the Orioles are actually looking like a decent baseball team, winning five of their last six games. It should be noted that they faced two struggling teams — the Royals and the Rays — but it was fun to watch solid baseball. A bigger test comes arrives week against the surprising Phillies and the Red Sox.   Hess’ Impressive Debut In recent years watching Ubaldo Jimenez struggle and more recently Chris Tillman, fans have clamored for better options than running out the same struggling […]

Time for O’s, Tillman to Part Ways

Chris Tillman, Orioles pitcher, wipes his brow with his arm.
I was sitting on the beach on July 4, 2012. The Orioles were playing the Seattle Mariners and had called up Chris Tillman from the minors to make the start against the team that had traded him away in a package with Adam Jones four years prior. I had seen this scenario before. Tillman gets called up after a strong showing in the minors, does okay, but can’t get out of his own way with elevated pitch counts and ill-placed fastballs when behind in the count. Knowing this, I opted […]

Thursday’s O’s Links: Who Will Seize Power in the Warehouse?

Brady Anderson and Dan Duquette talk with a microphone.
Guys, the Orioles won a game! A baseball game! Not like, one Oriole beat another Oriole in ping pong in the clubhouse! They actually played another major-league team and had more runs after nine innings. On top of that, Chris Davis has now homered two nights in a row! Mark Trumbo smoked a rocket single to score the two game-winning runs! One more win to 10. Dare to dream, Birdland. To the links. Orioles Game of Thrones and the Way Forward Orioles Hangout’s Tony Pente has a new 11-page piece […]

Thursday Thoughts: O’s Need a Plan for Front Office Future – Now!

Manny Machado & Jonathan Schoop.
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. 1. It took me a minute to grasp, but I figured out that since April 21, there have been the same number of no-hitters in Major League Baseball as there have been Orioles wins (three). That’s how it’s been […]

Series Preview: Orioles (8-26) vs. Royals (11-23)

sunset view of oriole park at camden yards
After going winless during their six-game stay on the West Coast, the Orioles will now return home to take on the Royals over a three-game set. The Orioles (8-26) will also be hoping that their upcoming nine-game home stand can help them climb out of the darkness. They’ve now dropped ten of their last twelve contests and have ended up in the win column just four times over their last 24 games. As a result, the O’s now dwell in the cellar of both the division and the American League. […]

Tuesday’s O’s Links: 0-Tel California

Pedro Araujo walks off the mound as the A's celebrate behind him.
After another winless road trip (their second already this season), and with a day off, many folks thought the Orioles would make some sort of management or front office shake-up yesterday. HA! Those people haven’t been following the Orioles for very long. We know better. To those oh, so uplifting links. Feels Like the Perfect “Fall” Day in Baltimore Like I said, many expected someone to get the axe yesterday. Most normal organizations would fire somebody if the team got off to the awful start the O’s did. The Orioles […]

Orioles Losers of 101 of 162 Games

cartoon of sad orioles bird face
We all remember when the Orioles started 2017 with a 22-10 record, right? Does that seem like a million years ago or what? Little did we know, that would be the best that we Birds fans would feel about ourselves for the foreseeable future. I bring up that hot start not to further depress you – though that could easily be a side effect…sorry – but because, if you were to start a “season” with the game after that 22-10 start, then it would have ended last night in Oakland. […]

Series Preview: Orioles (8-23) at Athletics (15-16)

Andrew Cashner pitches.
After getting swept by the Los Angeles Angels, the Orioles will look to salvage something from a West Coast trip in their upcoming three-game series in Oakland. The Orioles (8-23) must be wondering when the tide will turn for them. A brutal start to the season has left them in the cellar of the American League East. They’ve now won just three contests over their last 18 games, and their woes are magnified away from Camden Yards. The O’s have lost nine straight games on the road and have been […]

Thursday Thoughts: Defending the Davis Contract (Kinda!)

Chris Davis prepares to defend at first base.
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. 1. Another week, another bit of time spent by me in this space explaining something I wrote on another website. I take the time this week because my piece over at MASNSports.com on Chris Davis has generated a ton […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Orioles Top Trade Chips…Sad Yet?

Dylan Bundy jogs in Spring Training.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before (actually, don’t, because I’m going to finish anyway): The Orioles couldn’t muster up any offense and wasted a good starting pitching performance. The Birds had just one hit – a Manny Machado double, of course – until the ninth inning in their opener in Anaheim. They put together three in the ninth to tie the game at 2-2, but Brad Brach was Bad Brach and he let the Halos walk it off just a half-inning later. Alex Cobb finally remembered how to […]

Series Preview: Orioles (8-20) @ Angels (16-12)

Manny Machado and Mike Trout sie-by-side.
After taking two of three from the Tigers over the weekend, the Orioles are set to hit the West Coast and take on the Los Angeles Angels for a three-game set before heading up to the Bay Area for a three-game stay in Oakland. The Orioles (8-20) will be feeling good after notching their first home series win of the season against Detroit, but will be looking for their first series win on the road since they took three of four from the Yankees during the first weekend of April. […]

Time to Trade Manny … and Davis

Baltimore Oriole Manny Machado laughs as he rounds the bases.
The baseball gods bestowed a miracle upon the Orioles yesterday, the likes of which we haven’t seen since the Old Testament. The scenario revolved around the Orioles’ 8-20 record, Manny Machado on a walk year and a World Series contender — the Los Angeles Dodgers — with more money than the Vatican and in desperate need of a shortstop. NOT EVEN THE ORIOLES COULD RUIN THIS. Right? I read an article this morning by an Orioles beat reporter postulating whether the Orioles would be willing to begin trade talks with […]

The Rundown: Davis Gets a Rest, Gausman Learns to Pitch

Kevin Gausman pitches in Sarasota.
The Orioles finally won their first home series of the season and now head to the west coast in hopes of turning their season around. I always try to be optimistic, but the month of April has taken its toll after the team lost 20 games. My optimistic take is if the O’s can somehow creep back to .500 by the All-Star break then they will have a chance to make a run at the second Wild Card.   Davis Takes a Mental Break It worked out perfectly for Buck […]

Monday’s O’s Links: A Series Win!

Trey Mancini and Jace Peterson high five.
Don’t look now, but the Orioles actually won a series! I say that not in the “hey, the O’s may be ready to make a run!” sense, but rather in the “you may want to double check and make sure the sun still rose in the east this morning” sense. It was the Birds’ first home series win of the year, and just their second overall. The other, of course, was when they took three of four in the Bronx, fooling us all. The Yankees have won more games in […]

Series Preview: Orioles (6-19) vs. Tigers (10-13)

A panoramic shot of Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
After dropping both games in their rain-shortened two-game set against the Rays, the Orioles will wrap up their homestand by taking on the Detroit Tigers for a three-game set over the weekend. Despite their brutal month of April so far, the Orioles (6-19) will be trying to enter May feeling a little bit better about things to say the least. On top of a current five-game losing skid, they’ve now won just once over their last twelve ballgames. The end result is the worst start to a season since the […]

Thursday Thoughts: Where Would Bullpen Be Without…Richard Bleier?!

Richard Bleier of the Orioles pitches.
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. 1. I was very much hoping to see Alex Cobb make his Orioles debut last night. The guy who wore #17 and pitched two previous games for the Orioles was obviously not Alex Cobb. He was instead a guy […]

Time to Plan the Future & Trade a Veteran Leader

Manny Machado & Jonathan Schoop.
The Orioles are already eleven games below .500 after losing the final three games of a four-game series against the Cleveland Indians. By the grace of God, they were granted a reprieve Tuesday with a rainout against Tampa Bay. With the losses piling up, trade speculation is beginning to surround the Orioles and Manny Machado once again. The Orioles, already 11.5 games behind division leading Boston, should certainly entertain the idea of making a trade. Just not for Machado. Look at the Orioles objectively. They have a prospect catching at […]

Series Preview: Orioles (6-17) vs. Rays (8-13)

Chris Archer of the Rays prepares to pitch.
After dropping three of four to the Cleveland Indians to kick off their ten-game homestand, the Orioles will look to turn things around over their upcoming rain-shortened two-game set against the Tampa Bay Rays. The originally-scheduled third game will be made up as part of a single-admission doubleheader on May 12. The Orioles (6-17) will also be looking to put and end to their nightmare start and begin their climb out of the massive early-season hole that they find themselves in. However, it remains easier said than done after dropping […]