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Word on the Street: Bad Pitching and an Empty Farm in Birdland

Buck Showalter stands with his hands on his hips.
The O’s have hit a rough patch, and it all starts with the starting pitching. Press play or read below for more. With the Orioles mired in a seven-game losing streak, perhaps it’s time to look at why the season is seemingly falling apart. It can all be traced back to the starting pitching. The Orioles don’t spend the necessary money on top line starting pitching, so they have to depend on their farm system. You can look at the rotation and see products of the farm system such as […]

Series Preview: Orioles (25-23) vs. Yankees (29-18)

Adam Jones of the Orioles slides into home plate as the Yankees catcher takes the throw.
After going winless against the Twins and Astros last week, the Orioles will have to find to find a way to dig themselves out of their current rut in a timely manner as the first place New York Yankees head into town. The Orioles (25-23) now trail the Yankees by 4.5-games in the standings due to their current seven-game nosedive and have won just three out of their last sixteen contests.  First place might slip even further away if they can’t find a way to get out of the quicksand. […]

Week in Review: Nightmare on Eutaw Street

Alec Asher gets the ball back as an Astro rounds the bases.
Well, that escalated quickly. And not in a good way. In fact, only the late Wes Craven could have scripted something as brutal and savagely gutting as the past week of Orioles baseball. Let’s do a quick timeline of events to demonstrate how quickly things have gone south for the Birds. On May 9th, the Orioles reclaimed first place and the best record in baseball (22-10) with a 5-4 comeback win over the Nationals. Just eight days ago on May 20th, the Orioles again retook sole possession of first place […]

#Staturday: Jones Sets OPACY HR Record

Adam Jones follows through on his swing.
Woof. What a miserable week of Orioles’ baseball. Nevertheless, we keep the stats coming! On Monday, Adam Jones hit his 125th career homer at Camden Yards which put him atop the home run leaderboard: Most home runs at Camden Yards: Adam Jones – 125 Rafael Palmeiro – 124 Chris Davis – 115 Brady Anderson – 91 Thus far in 2017, Mark Trumbo has six homers all with something in common: All of Mark Trumbo’s home runs in 2017 (6) have come with two outs. Fact: Chris Davis hits a lot […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Happy Trails, Hammerin’ Hank

batter at orioles baseball game holding bat waiting for ball
After a day off (and what feels like two, since Wednesday’s game was an afternoon tilt), the O’s will look to get back on track against the last team you want to see on the schedule when you’re trying to do that…fun. Let’s just get right to the links today. Step-Up Time: Kevin Gausman Edition Camden Depot’s Matt Kremnitzer on Kevin Gausman being not-that-much-worse than Ubaldo. Oof. The O’s could really use this game tonight – Dallas Keuchel has a 0.94 ERA at home, and he’s starting on Saturday, while […]

Series Preview: Orioles (25-20) @ Astros (32-16)

Dallas Keuchel of the Astros yells.
After getting drubbed and swept in their own ballpark by the Twins, the Orioles will look to bounce back in a hurry on the road as they prepare to take on the flying Houston Astros. We were feeling really good after taking care of business versus Toronto. A lot can change in the span of five days. But the same rule applies to both ends of the spectrum. A few wins on the road against the best team in the majors would do wonders for the Orioles’ psychological swagger. It […]

Bottle Stoppers are the O’s Latest Must-Have Giveaway

Orioles bottle stoppers.
While the O’s have been scuffling on the field as of late, their giveaway game, on the other hand, has been shooting up the power rankings. Saturday’s Maryland flag-themed jersey giveaway was even better than expected, with quality sewn-on stitching. For my money, these are right up there with the Hawaiian shirts (which they need to do again!) as best clothes giveaway pic.twitter.com/fvTsdxyacv — Eutaw St. Report (@EutawStReport) May 21, 2017 That’s a damn good looking jersey. One item on the promotional giveaway schedule that fans weren’t quite sure about […]

Thursday Thoughts: Last Call for Ubaldo Jimenez?

Ubaldo JImenez prepares to wind up.
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 preeminent talking point surrounding the Orioles this week is Ubaldo Jimenez, and what exactly the team plans to do with him. It’s obvious that Buck Showalter is ready to make a move. What that move is, remains to […]

The Hitter vs. The Slugger II – Hyun-soo Kim vs. Trey Mancini

Trey Mancini and Hyun-Soo Kim square off.
It’s happening again. Three years after watching Delmon Young win a spot on the roster for the Orioles and get consistent playing time over Steve Pearce, with the team almost losing Pearce to waivers when Buck Showalter inexplicably wouldn’t play him and wanted his roster spot for a pitcher, you would have thought Buck and the Orioles would have learned their lesson. Pearce of course went on to have a career year and was a big part of the Orioles winning the 2014 American League East Division title. However, once […]

Are the Baltimore Orioles Playoff Bound?

Oriole Park at Camden Yards press box view.
The Baltimore Orioles shouldn’t be 25-17 after 42 games, but they’ve managed to transcend mediocre metrics and precarious scenarios to start the 2017 season with a bang. One of their latest adventures – a wild, 13-11, thirteen-inning thriller in Comerica Park against the Detroit Tigers – showed the Orioles ability to gut out wins in unorthodox ways. When key contributors heal from injury, and return to expected form, Baltimore’s knack for clutch play could become an intangible strength that separates them from the rest of the AL East. Before the […]

Blown Leads Testing O’s Mental Fortitude

Buck Showalter gets the ball from Mychal Givens as Givens walks off the mound.
Winning games at the Major-League level is no easy task. The run of consistency Buck Showalter‘s Orioles have managed to put together over the past five-plus seasons is nothing to sneeze at. Even this year, when it feels like the team is a bit of a train wreck, a glance at the standings reveals the O’s to be just 1.5-games out of first place, and in possession of the American League’s third-best record. However, though the Orioles have lost just 18 of their first 43 games, the manner in which […]

Chris Davis Needs to Get the Bat Off His Shoulder

Chris Davis watches a pitch go by.
Chris Davis had a nice little week for himself last week. In the span of just five games, he raised his 2017 slash line from .239/.348/.389 to .269/.382/.531. That also brought his season wRC+ from 102 to 146 (for you non-nerds: he went from being 2% better than the average MLB hitter to 46% better). (h/t Ryan Romano) Davis didn’t do much over the weekend against Toronto though, and as of the start of tonight’s game against Minnesota, he’s at .248/.358/.483, good for a 126 wRC+. He’s been the usual […]

Monday’s O’s Links: No Choice But to Stick with Hardy

Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy bats.
The O’s got back to their winning ways over the weekend, thanks in large part to Welington Castillo’s heroics. It’s great that Beef has been such a pleasant offensive surprise, but we really need some of the other guys to start chipping in a bit more. The surprise first-place Twins are in town now, so things certainly don’t get any easier. To the links. Baltimorons Annual Nickname Show Woo hoo! Sam and Alan finally released their always highly anticipated nickname show. Now that these guys don’t do a weekly show […]

Series Preview: Orioles (25-17) vs. Twins (22-18)

Side-by-side shots of Dylan Bundy and Ervin Santana pitching.
After rebounding and taking two of three from the Blue Jays to kick off their six-game homestand, the Orioles will now host the first-place Minnesota Twins during a three-game set before heading out to Houston. The Orioles (25-17) remain a sliver out of first place in the AL East as we head into the final week of May, despite being on a current 3-7 skid over their last ten games. However, the Orioles have a prime chance to retake the drivers’ seat in the division from the Yankees over the […]

O’s First Quarter Report Card – Part 2: Pitching

Dylan Bundy pitches.
Now that we’ve covered the position players, let’s jump right in and take a look at how the members of the Orioles pitching staff have shaped up this season.   Starters Dylan Bundy – The undisputed staff ace this season; the Orioles would be in a world of hurt without him. He leads the rotation in wins (5), quality starts (8), innings pitched (57.2), and WHIP (1.12) and is second in  ERA (2.97). Grade: A+ Kevin Gausman – After dominating the league during the second half of last season, Gausman […]

O’s First Quarter Report Card – Part 1: Offense

Manny Machado follows through on his swing.
So now that we’ve recapped the first quarter of the season, let’s do a quick rundown of the squad sheet and see how the lads have shaped up this season. For our pitching grades, CLICK HERE. And to make it fun, we’re going to do this report on each player in two sentences or less. So without interruption, let’s take a look at the sluggers first: GulfBird Sports/Craig Landefeld Catchers Welington Castillo – Left with the unenviable task of replacing Matt Wieters, the veteran has proven to be a stellar […]

O’s First Quarter Notebook: So Far, So Good

Seth Smith and Adam Jones of the Orioles give each other five.
In the blink of an eye it seems, we are officially past the quarter mark of the 2017 season. And man, to say it’s been a pretty wild ride so far would be an understatement. But all’s well that ends well, right? With a 25-17 record to date, the Orioles are hot on the heels of the first-place Yankees and if they replicate what they’ve done through the first forty-two games, you’re looking at another playoff berth. And you know how much this Orioles squad loves to prove the talking […]

Week in Review: Home Sweet Home

sunset view of oriole park at camden yards
Fresh off a disheartening tour through the Midwest in which the O’s were just a game away from being double-swept, the Orioles needed to bounce back in a big way in front of their hometown fans this weekend. And they did not disappoint. They took care of business and got back on the winning track. While a sweep against the visiting Blue Jays would have been sweet, we’ll take two out of three just the same. When you’re down on your luck like the Orioles were recently, you’ll take any […]

Word on the Street: Castillo a Pleasant Surprise; Can Gausman Get on Track?

Welington Castillo of the Orioles runs the bases.
While Welington Castillo has been a pleasant surprise, the O’s need more from Kevin Gausman. Press play or read below for more. After a 1-6 road trip that saw the Orioles lose every game by one run, all the team needed was return to Camden Yards to get back to their winning ways. The O’s are now 14-3 at home this season after Welington Castillo’s game winning home run in the bottom of the 10th against the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night. Speaking of Castillo, the catcher is now […]

#Staturday: Castillo’s Great Week Puts Him Among O’s Best

Welington Castillo of the Orioles follows through on his swing.
Happy Staturday Birdland! It was a long road trip and as we saw on Friday, there’s no place like home. To the stats! On Friday, Welington Castillo launched a walk-off homer in extra innings extending his three-hit streak to four games: Welington Castillo is the first catcher since 1974 and third catcher since 1913 to go on a four-game three-hit streak. Welington joins Cal Ripken, Eddie Murray, and Don Buford as the only Orioles with three hits in four consecutive games. Earlier this week, Chris Davis hit two extra-inning home […]