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The Rundown: Trey Mancini Has Earned a Spot

Trey Mancini swings for the Orioles.
Opening Day is less than a week away and there are many questions that still surround the 25-man roster for the Orioles. Buck Showalter and Dan Duquette will more than likely wait all the way until the deadline to set the team as they figure out the last two bullpen arms and final bench spots. However the roster shakes out, the Orioles will once again be positioned to contend for a playoff berth.   Mancini Has Earned a Spot The Orioles can go a lot of different ways with this, […]

AL East Positional Rankings – Bullpens

Zach Britton pitches.
With the position players and designated hitters in the rearview, it’s time to focus on the pitching staffs within the American League East. In the latest installment of my positional rankings, I take a look at the bullpens in the AL East as I lead up to my annual predictions for the upcoming season. Having a strong starting rotation and solid offense are essential in building a lead and winning ballgames. But that’s only part of it. With complete games becoming a rarity, the bullpen is essentially the backbone of […]

Here are All the Idiots Picking the Orioles to Finish Last

Some folks just never learn. The girl who keeps falling for bad boys, only to have her heart broken time and again. The guy who spends every dollar of his paycheck on lottery tickets. Me when I let my eyes drift down below the article to the comments section. And baseball writers who underestimate Buck Showalter’s Orioles each and every year. They’ve won more games than any team in MLB since 2012, but that’s neither here nor there, I suppose. Here are a list of scribes and publications who are […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Davis Should Swing More, Yadi is Mad at Adam Jones

Chris Davis swings.
You gained a member this week, fellow citizens of Birdland. It’s been quite the hectic week here at the Arnold household, as we welcomed our first child – Brooks – into the world last Saturday night. I won’t bore you with any more of that except to say that I know that I have plenty of O’s links to catch up on. Sorry for the lapse! Let’s see what we’ve missed in the Bird O’Sphere this week… 2017 Positional Rankings – Left Field FanGraphs continues their positional rankings, and the […]

AL East Positional Rankings – Designated Hitter

Mark Trumbo finishes his swing.
In the next part of my positional rankings, I rank the designated hitters in the American League East. Only seven players in 2016 accrued more than 400 AB as the DH, so this is an ever changing “position,” as it were. However, those seven players averaged 31 HR and 92 RBI for the season, so there is definitely an emphasis placed on the role of the DH. With the fluidity of the position being what it is, it would normally be hard to define a true DH for each team. […]

Thursday Thoughts: As the Outfield & Rotation Turn

Joey Rickard watches the baseball after hitting it.
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. This week’s saga surrounding Brady Anderson and his role with the Orioles took up much of the headlines. It all stemmed from a very well-sourced, in-depth article written by FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. If you haven’t had the chance […]

Brady Anderson Causing Tension in O’s Organization?

Brady Anderson and Dan Duquette talk with a microphone.
Most of us would love to wake up in the morning and not fear that our boss is going to make work more difficult. We would love to get by without having anyone to answer to. Unfortunately, that’s a luxury that many cannot reach because in some shape or form, we all work for the man above us. However, there always seems to be that one guy who really doesn’t have a role. He is always in the office, but no one knows what he really does. That seems to […]

AL East Positional Rankings – Right Field

Seth Smith swings.
As my series of positional rankings continues, I take a look at the right fielders in the AL East. For the Baltimore Orioles, it has been a tough road trying to find a suitable replacement for Nick Markakis. Even with Mark Trumbo leading the league in home runs in 2016, his defense left much to be desired, leaving Buck Showalter–a defensive-minded manager–searching for another candidate to take the reins while moving Trumbo to the full-time DH role. Other Positions: Catcher First Base Second Base Third Base Shortstop Left Field Centerfield […]

Friday’s O’s Links: O’s OF Defense – Better Than You Think!

Adam Jones prepares to hit.
Happy St. Paddy’s Day, Birdland. Are the O’s wearing green again? They usually have green uniforms for today’s Spring Training game, but I haven’t seen anything about that yet this year. The game isn’t on today either, so I guess we’ll just have to keep an eye out for pictures of the action. What’s up in the Bird O’sphere today? Let’s dig in… Baltimore’s Outfield Options Don’t Make Much Sense FanGraphs’ Dave Cameron tries to make sense of the O’s OF situation, and thinks that the team might actually be […]

AL East Positional Rankings – Centerfield

Adam Jones follows through on his swing.
In part seven of my positional rankings, I look at the centerfielders in the American League East. Center field in the division is a fairly loaded position, composed of defensive stalwarts, speedsters, and offensive powerhouses. Other Positions: Catcher First Base Second Base Third Base Shortstop Left Field The general of the outfield, the centerfielder of a team is usually one of the best athletes on the team, and the AL East is no exception, featuring seven Gold Gloves, seven All-Star selections, and two Silver Sluggers. But who can claim the […]

Thursday Thoughts: Who Will Step Up While Tillman Recovers?

Gabriel Ynoa pitches for the Orioles.
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. There’s no question that injuries have been the biggest story of spring training for the Orioles. There’s also no question that the shoulder ailment holding Chris Tillman down is the biggest of them. Tillman won’t be around for the […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Statcast Smiles on Adam Jones’ Defense

Adam Jones prepares to defend.
We’re slipping and sliding all over Birdland today after our latest March ice storm. It was supposed to be 6-12 inches of snow, and ended up as 2-3 inches of solid ice. Seems meteorologists are using the same computers to predict what happens in Baltimore as those goofs who do MLB projections are, amirite? There will be no hitting of the actual links around town today, so let’s get to the electronic variety. Glove First or Bat First: The O’s Outfield Dilemma The Baltimore Sun’s Jon Meoli talked to a […]

The Rundown: Mancini Manning RF Again, Tillman Still Ailing

Trey Mancini in his O's batting helmet.
There hasn’t been a lack of storylines this spring training for the Orioles, and with another three weeks to go, it will only intensify. At this point, the 25-man roster begins to take shape, but it has been difficult to predict the final spots and I can see it changing numerous times over the next couple of weeks.   AS THE OUTFIELD TURNS This has been a crazy story all spring and continues to take wild turns with the minor-league signing of Pedro Alvarez and the position change of Trey […]

Monday’s O’s Links: Tillman, Alvarez, Manny, & More

Chris Tillman winds up to pitch.
Everybody ready for a blizzard?  Ugh. Stupid Smarch weather.  Let’s hit the links, before they’re buried in snow.  Tillman’s Shoulder Flares Up, Bullpen Session Scrapped Motherflipper! Tilly was scheduled to begin throwing on Sunday, but his shoulder started barking while he was warming up, and now all your worst-case scenario dreams seem to be on the verge of becoming a reality. In Boston, David Price looks certain to be headed for Tommy John surgery, then of course he’s miraculously OK! Same thing with Masahiro Tanaka in New York. Here, our […]

AL East Positional Rankings – Left Field

Hyun Soo Kim watches after contact.
With three weeks to go before Opening Day, my positional rankings continue here at Eutaw Street Report as we move out of the infield and into the outfield. First up for the outfield rankings are the left fielders of the American League East. Other Positions: Catcher First Base Second Base Third Base Shortstop Left field has proven to be a more difficult task than anticipated as there are platoons, inexperience, and declining veterans manning the position within the division. For example, in Toronto, Melvin Upton Jr. and Ezequiel Carrera are […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Manny Dazzles at the WBC

Manny Machado in his DR uniform.
Maryland weather is Maryland weather-ing, Birdland. We’re all ready for baseball, and as I write this, it’s doing some sort of combination of snowing and sleeting outside my window, and several models are forecasting a dump of snow early next week. Damn it. At least we can watch some ball, I suppose. On Sunday, the O’s take on Detroit at 1:05 on MASN, and the WBC rolls on all weekend on MLB Network (Team USA plays their first game tonight at 6). To the links! Why I’m Playing for the […]

AL East Positional Rankings – Shortstop

J.J. Hardy prepares to defend.
In part five of my positional rankings, I round out the infield by previewing the shortstops in the American League East. As is always the case, this list is subject to change should an injury occur, or should the incumbent player(s) be unseated. Other Positions: Catcher First Base Second Base Third Base The position of shortstop has always been a strong one in the AL East. From Cal Ripken, Jr., Nomar Garciaparra, and Derek Jeter in the 80s, 90s, and early 2000s to Xander Bogaerts, Troy Tulowitzki, and J.J. Hardy […]

Thursday Thoughts: Kevin Gausman Ready to Take Next Step?

1. The World Baseball Classic is upon us, and for the most part, I don’t care. Sure, it’s nice seeing the early storylines like Israel making the second round. But honestly, the WBC remains a nuisance for teams that send their players away for weeks at a time. The Orioles are missing Adam Jones, Jonathan Schoop, Manny Machado, Welington Castillo and Mychal Givens from the big league roster. Castillo is perhaps the most important missing piece, as he’s a catcher with a new team. There will be very limited reps […]

Section 336 Pod 205: Birthing Class

Aneury Tavarez in the batter's box.
Today on the show it’s been a week so we will revisit the Orioles outfield competition. We will also discuss whether 2017 Torrey Smith is a right fit for the 2017 Ravens… and what the start of WBC might mean for the Orioles… all that and more on this edition of Section 336.   Leading Off Josh was on The Bat Around with Stan the Fan. Stan kept pronouncing Bert’s name wrong, and Josh did nothing about it. He also didn’t give Matt credit for the Section 336 blog…not cool. […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: More Hype for Bundy, Gausman Dominates DR

Chris Davis watches a pitch go by.
The Birds take on the Blue Jays at 1:05 today, and the game will be broadcast live on MASN. Wade Miley will look to continue the string of impressive O’s starts. Let’s hit the links. Machado on Gausman: “He’s Supposed to Get Me Out” Yesterday, the Orioles took on the Dominican WBC team, which boasts a ridiculous lineup. Undaunted, Kevin Gausman tossed three hitless innings, and retired Manny Machado on a groundout to third the only time the two faced. PressBox’s Rich Dubroff has quotes from Manny & Gas Man. […]