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The Rundown: Wild Card Edition

Chris Tillman winds up to pitch.
The Orioles look to extend their season past tonight as they head north of the border to square off against the Toronto Blue Jays. This season has been full of ups and downs, and has been at times very frustrating, but here we are again: the Orioles are in the playoffs. They are also at full strength for a playoff run for the first time under the Buck Showalter and Dan Duquette regime. It remains to be seen if that will matter, but it’s a lot easier to accept the […]

Section 336 Wild Card Preview

Kevin Gausman of the Orioles throws a football.
The Section 336 guys got together on the phone for a little Wild Card preview episode. 20 minutes of O’s talk. Let’s go Birds! Buck went with Chris Tillman over Ubaldo Jimenez, while Toronto will start Marcus Stroman over Francisco Liriano. Right call(s)? The O’s can’t afford another slow start in Toronto like they had in their final series up there of the regular season. What will the lineup look like and will the bats show up? Matt wants to save Hyun Soo Kim for a pinch hitting situation. Do […]

AL Wild Card Preview: Orioles @ Blue Jays

side by side pictures of orioles and blue jays players
Well folks, this is it. After a wild and intense six-month, 162-game season, the Orioles have nine innings and twenty-seven outs to fight for their playoffs lives tonight in Toronto. The winner will book a flight to Arlington, while the other one will go (or stay) home. But before we dive into tonight’s one-off showdown, let’s take a look at the tale of both clubs before both teams take the field for the 20th and final time against each other this season. The Orioles (89-73) kicked off the campaign on […]

Wild Card Game Attracting Soaring Prices on Secondary Ticket Market

Rogers Centre in Toronto with the roof open.
After a 162-game marathon of a season, it all comes down to one final contest. The Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles, two AL East division rivals who know each other very well, will square off for the 20th-and most important time this year when they collide Tuesday night, Oct. 4, with a postseason berth on the line. The winner will be able to claim a spot in the American League Division Series, and a showdown opposite the AL-best Texas Rangers will be awaiting them. As is typically the case […]

Monday’s O’s Links: We’re In!

Buck Showalter and Manny Machado celebrate in the Orioles clubhouse.
What a ride it’s been, huh, Birdland? And now we get to watch it continue… Straight to the links today, as I celebrated the clinch a little too hard last night and I’m paying for it today. Worth it! But first….Adam Jones twerking. Ladies & gentlemen: Adam Jones twerking. pic.twitter.com/UwafdxA9nn — Ranting Oriole Bird (@RantingOriole) October 2, 2016 5 Reasons the Baltimore Orioles Can win the World Series Would you like Fox Sports’ Chris Bahr to lay out five reasons why these Birds could soar to the top of baseball’s […]

2016 O’s Stats Roundup

Jonathan Schoop and Manny Machado of the Orioles celebrate a home run.
What a wild and weird season. To depict the oddities of the 2016 Orioles, I’ve compiled some numbers. Let’s take a look. The Orioles finished 2016 with: – 253 home runs – 5th most in a single season, in MLB history. – 71 multi-HR games – tied for 10th most in a single season, in MLB history. – 16 games with 4+ HRs – tied for most in a single season, in MLB history. – 6 triples – fewest in a single season, in MLB history. – 19 stolen bases […]

PiR: O’s Back in the Postseason Yet Again

Tommy Hunter holds an armful of beers as a teammate dumps champagne on his head.
Reality: The Orioles have made the playoffs three times in the last five seasons. The Orioles have made the postseason three times in five years since bringing back the cartoon bird. pic.twitter.com/IfxLNR135C — Justin McGuire (@JMcGuireSN) October 2, 2016 Perception: After not even getting to .500 from 1998 to 2011, this stat still gives me chills. There is a lot that goes into that… the start of the Manny Machado era. Dan Duquette and Buck Showalter arrived. And yes, the cartoon bird too. It was a total change in the […]

Series Notebook: O’s Punch Postseason Ticket in the Bronx

Mark Trumbo and Matt Wieters high five.
After grinding, scrapping and clawing through a never-ending roller coaster of a season, the smoke has cleared and the dust has settled. Ladies and Gentleman, your Baltimore Orioles have punched their ticket to the dance that is October baseball, and man, what a wild ride it’s been…through all of the electrifying highs and the worrisome lows that we have been through this season, this team has persevered and deserves nothing less than a shot to go deep into the playoffs. And all of this is possible because this resilient squad […]

#Staturday: So Many Dingers

Four Baltimore Orioles players celebrate after a grand slam.
Happy Staturday Birdland! October baseball is here and the stats keep coming! In the fifth inning last night, the Orioles exploded with three home runs, reaching 250 dingers on the season – an historic mark: The Orioles are only the fifth team in MLB history to hit 250+ home runs in a single season. They Orioles are the only team in MLB history with two seasons (’96 & ’16) of 250+ home runs. At 250 home runs, the Orioles have the fifth most home runs in a single season in […]

Series Preview: Orioles (87-72) @ Yankees (83-76)

picture of a baseball field in New York
After taking one step closer to punching their ticket to the playoffs in Toronto, the Orioles will be looking to seal the deal over the next three games in New York City as they prepare to take on the Yankees in the season finale. After taking two in a row in Toronto to snatch the series from the Blue Jays, the Orioles (87-72) are now tied with the Jays for second place in the division and the first wild card spot in the AL. Both teams will be playing for […]

Friday’s O’s Links: It All Comes Down to This

Hyun-soo Kim prepares to hit.
Just when we thought they were out…they pull themselves back in again! The Birds rebounded from a disheartening loss on Tuesday to take the final two games in Toronto and pull even with the Blue Jays for the Wild Card spots in the AL. Due to Toronto winning the season series (10-9…ugh), we need the Birds to finish a game ahead of them to get the one-game playoff at Camden Yards. The Birds taking two of three in New York while the Jays drop two of three in Boston would […]

Series Notebook: O’s Rebound for Huge Series Win in Toronto

Manny Machado and Hyun Soo Kim celebrate a home run.
Ladies and Gentleman, the cardiac Orioles have done it again. After a lackluster performance in Tuesday’s 5-1 loss in the series opener, the Blue Jays had all of the momentum in their corner as they looked to land a devastating blow to the Orioles’ playoff hopes. Instead, the Orioles flipped the script on one swing of the bat on Wednesday and followed it up with a convincing four-nil victory in the series finale to snatch the series away from the hosts. But before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s back […]

It’s Time to Face The Music

Hyun Soo Kim and Wayne Kirby bump fists.
For weeks, all I’ve heard from Orioles fans during the team’s two-steps-forward, two-steps-back momentum centers on one central question: “Think the O’s can make the playoffs?” I’ve got news for you: For all intents and purposes, the playoffs have been going on for weeks already. Teams have been treading water and trying to outlast their competitors for a month or so. What are the playoffs, basically? Win or be eliminated, right? This is it. We’re there. Sure, these are still regular-season games — no one will ever convince you that […]

Series Preview: Orioles (85-71) @ Blue Jays (86-70)

Rogers Centre in Toronto with the roof open.
After stepping up and recording a massive three-game sweep over Arizona this past weekend, the Orioles have vaulted themselves back into the playoff picture heading into the final week of the season. Just six games stand in between the Orioles and their third trip to the playoffs in the last five seasons. The Orioles, however, will have to be at their absolute best over the next week in order to clinch their spot in the postseason as they head across the northern border to take on the Blue Jays before […]

The Rundown: O’s Need Stagnant Offense to Wake Up, NOW

Chris Davis waits for Mark Trumbo as he crosses the plate after a home run.
The Orioles enter their final two series of the regular season with a two-game lead for the last Wild Card spot and only a game out from the top Wild Card position. After a very frustrating series against the Boston Red Sox, the O’s took care of business against the dreadful Arizona Diamondbacks with a sweep. The Orioles control their own destiny for the top wild card spot, but they will have to win some games in the house of horrors in Toronto against the Blue Jays. The good news […]

Section 336 Episode 183: Better In the Pool

The Orioles started the week by getting swept by Boston but they bounced back by sweeping the Diamondbacks. It’s almost as if the Orioles play better against terrible teams than they do against great teams. We will discuss if we think the Orioles will have what it takes to win the wild card. And great news boys and girls Baltimore Sports in Popular Culture with the Zany Bert Rode is back! All that and more on final Orioles regular season edition of section 336.   Leading Off It’s debate night […]

PiR: It’s Going to be a Tense Final Week in Birdland

Wade Miley of the Orioles pitches.
Reality: Trey Mancini became the 3rd player in MLB history to hit a home run in each of his first three starts. Perception: Mancini has been great so far. He is 4-for-11 with a double and three home runs. He has five RBI and two strike outs. Obviously, his career is not going to continue like that, but it’s a nice start and it’s been a good pick-up for a team that was really struggling offensively. Mancini got his chance after spending three-plus seasons in the minors. He was always […]

Monday’s O’s Links: Hoping for More Than Six More O’s Games

Orioles SS JJ Hardy slides into home plate against the Toronto Blue Jays
While a 5-6 final home stand of the season certainly isn’t what anybody had in mind, after the way it unfolded, it’s hard to be too disappointed. After the gut-punch that was the four-game sweep at the hands of Boston, the Birds responded just as they absolutely needed to, with a three-game sweep of Arizona. Holding a 1.5-game lead for the final Wild Card spot, they now head out for a six-game sprint to the finish. Buckle Up. Despite Ups & Downs, O’s Have Playoffs In Their Sights Our own […]

Series Notebook: O’s Bounce Back With Sweep of Arizona

Hyun Soo Kim smiles while his teammates high five him.
In desperate need of a boost in morale – and in the standings – after a demoralizing series versus Boston, the Orioles bounced back in the biggest way possible by sweeping the Arizona Diamondbacks over the weekend. Just when it seemed like the ship may be going down, the Orioles have fought back to reclaim their spot in the postseason going into the final week of the regular season. The Orioles fell into a 2-0 hole early in Friday’s series opener, and despite many chances to level the score, they […]

#Staturday: Walk-Offs & Special Starts

Trey Mancini tips his cap to the crowd.
Happy Staturday Birdland! It was an up-and-down week but fear not, our Orioles still put up some pretty cool stats! Last night Mark Trumbo blasted a walk-off home run to beat the Diamondbacks… and it was glorious. Mark Trumbo’s walk-off home run was his fifth of his career and his first since April 21st, 2013. Trey Mancini got off to a pretty special start to his career: Trey Mancini became the first Oriole to hit a home run in each of the first the first two starts of his career. […]