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O’s Face Plenty of Questions Heading Into Offseason

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Baltimore’s lack of offense finally caught up with the team and ended their rollercoaster season. They earned high hopes as they built a nice division lead midway through the season, but the lineup lost its production in the last couple of months.

Now the Orioles will face some tough question all throughout the offseason and the first one starts with Buck Showalter.

The manager has had full reigns throughout his tenure in Baltimore, but not bringing in Zach Britton in the biggest game of the season has caused many to question his judgement. Why not bring in the best relief pitcher in a tie game?

It’s a question Showalter will have to endure the whole offseason and he won’t have a satisfying answer for those asking.

However, Britton still wouldn’t have saved the Orioles because of their struggling lineup. The team was one Trumbo home run away from being shut out and couldn’t put anything together against mediocre pitching, managing just five baserunners (four hits and a walk) in 11 innings.

It was bound to happen to a lineup that relied on power all season, and the management will have to figure out whether or not to stick with the same strategy next year.

Mark Trumbo, Matt Wieters, Pedro Alvarez, Steve Pearce, Nolan Reimold, Michael Bourn and Drew Stubbs all hit free agency and the team will have to decide who they can afford to bring back.

It’s already being reported that Wieters and Baltimore are “millions of dollars” apart. Will the Birds part ways with the veteran catcher? They could reunite with Nick Hundley and pair him with either Caleb Joseph or Francisco Pena while they wait for Chance Sisco to come up.

Duquette & Co. will also have to decide between Trumbo and Alvarez, if they choos to bring one of the players back. Both are defensive liabilities and the team can’t make the mistake of keeping two designated hitters on the roster again. Trumbo had the better season, but had a rough second half and will be more expensive than Alvarez. Fans are already calling Trumbo “the next Nelson Cruz.” Letting Cruz walk has proven to be a mistake, as he’s had two very productive seasons in Seattle.

Will we be saying the same of Trumbo?

Then there’s the question of role players for next year’s outfield. Showalter won’t give Hyun Soo Kim a full-time position, meaning the team will have to figure things out internally or through free agency. Pearce and Bourn could be favorites to re-sign and would be cheap options. Could the team make a run at a true leadoff hitter, like Rajai Davis? Or will they stay in-house and promote Christian Walker?

Another issue is where to put Trey Mancini. The first baseman doesn’t have anything left to prove offensively in the minors, but the O’s could try turning him into an outfielder. He’s blocked by Chris Davis at his natural position and would only get time as the designated hitter. Does he transition to an outfielder and return to the minors?

It’ll be a tough offseason for Dan Duquette and he’ll have difficult decisions to make in order to make this a playoff team again. The Orioles won’t be the biggest spenders as they were a year ago, and will likely look for bargains, aside from their own free agents.

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#Staturday: Zach Britton & Pedro Alvarez Pace Orioles

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Happy Staturday Birdland! The Orioles are winning, Zach Britton is still nasty, and all is right in the world. Let’s get to this week’s stats!

The Orioles have hit ton of home runs this year (163, to be exact) but have lacked triples:

Last night, the Orioles set the MLB record for the longest streak without hitting a triple at fifty-nine games. The Orioles held the previous streak at fifty-eight games, set in 1999. 

Zach Britton is setting records left and right. Here are just a few of them:

Closer Zach Britton now holds the Orioles’ record for most consecutive converted save opportunities at thirty-six.

Zach Britton has pitched in thirty-seven consecutive appearances without allowing an earned run, the third longest streak in MLB history.

Pedro Alvarez’s bat is hot and he is smacking home runs like it’s his job. Oh wait…

Pedro Alvarez has hit five home runs in his last three games and six home runs in his last five games.

Get more stats like these on Twitter, @BirdlandStats!

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Baysox Celebrate Orange & Black Friday

Holiday deals are still going strong as the Baysox introduce Orange & Black Friday. On Friday, Dec. 12 ONLY, fans can purchase a special 16-ticket pack and receive a free Kevin Gausman bobblehead and an autographed Eastern League baseball.

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News Teams Assemble!

They can write, they can talk, and some even look good on camera. Now how does this group fare on the softball field? Local anchors, reporters, talk show hosts and journalists of all ages and sizes will answer that question on July 26, 2015.

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Louie’s Turkey Time Coloring Contest

Get an early start on your Thanksgiving celebration with Louie and the Baysox. Color the picture of Louie the Pilgrim and send it back to the Baysox by Monday, Nov. 24. Three winners will be selected to receive a special prize package.

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Baysox Host Free Holiday Open House

The Bowie Baysox annual Holiday Open House will be held at P.G. Stadium Friday, Dec. 5 from 6-8 p.m. This free event will include crafts and games on the concourse, the team gift shop will be open and Santa Claus will make an appearance.

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Baysox Holiday Ticket Packages Available

Looking for the perfect gift for the baseball fan in your life or a great present for a family looking to spend more time together in 2015? The Baysox have two holiday ticket packages available and each includes a Kevin Gausman bobblehead as a free gift

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Baysox Winter League Update

With the first month of the Arizona Fall League in the books and a number of other winter leagues in session around the world, Baysox players are keeping busy this offseason.

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