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Series Preview: Orioles (82-71) vs. Diamondbacks (64-88)

sunset view of oriole park at camden yards
With their playoff aspirations hanging in the balance after a brutal and devastating series versus the Red Sox, the Orioles must now erase the memory of the last four games in order to force their way back into the playoff picture. In what could be the final home games of the season, the Orioles should have their sights set on sweeping the lowly Arizona Diamondbacks. Anything less than two wins over the weekend could prove to be fatal for the Orioles and their 2016 campaign. The Orioles (82-71) stand at […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Take This Reminder of Your Tantrum and Go Away

Adam jones holds out a broken bullpen phone.
Everything is awful. Let’s see what the links say… Breaking Down the Orioles Offensive Woes This article, by Nick Cicere of Camden Chat, instantly vaulted into my Top 5 O’s posts of the year. Nick uses gifs from the last couple nights to compare and contrast the different offensive styles of the Red Sox (consistently good!) and the Orioles (good…when they’re hitting home runs) and the conclusion is striking. It’s nothing O’s fans won’t already know, having watched this team, but you’ll still be nodding along as you read. Trey […]

Series Notebook: Let’s Never Speak of This Again

Some Red Sox jerks celebrate.
Just four days ago, remember when we talked about the Orioles playoff hopes and their worthiness of a playoff spot? Well, the Orioles’ hopes of a place in the postseason just took a heavy blow, and their worthiness to play October baseball has been called into question after suffering through four days of misery en route to being dealt a four-game sweep by the hand of the red-hot Bo’Sox. In fact, the Orioles will now have to shake off their meltdown versus Boston and rally in order to reclaim a […]

Joan Jett’s 1988 Song is Perfect for 2016 Orioles Fans

Joan Jett on an Orioles Fantasy Camp baseball card.
One of the more heralded Orioles fans in the rock and roll world is Rockville native Joan Jett. She made no secret of her loyalty a few years ago when she revealed how she would check her iPhone for scores while performing a concert during an Orioles’ playoff push. She’s performed the National Anthem and proudly cheered from the stands during games — in the regular season and playoffs, alike — in the 1980s and ’90s. One of her big hits “I Hate Myself For Loving You,” could also double […]

Thursday Thoughts: O’s Only Hope Now is Wild Card

Trey Mancini runs.
This is a weekly column that dives into eight random thoughts about the Orioles/MLB. Why eight? It’s a nod to Cal Ripken Jr. of course. That, and doing 2,632 of these would be a little overboard. – A.S. 1. Like many, I’ve lost hope the Orioles can win the AL East this season. It’s possible, sure. But I don’t think it’s happening. There’s just too much of a gap with to few remaining games to play. Time has run out. Not to mention, there’s those pesky Blue Jays also in […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Birds Need a Lot More from the Bats

A baseball player breaks his bat over his knee.
This series is not going as we’d hoped, huh? We still can’t get O’s minority owner Mookie Betts out, Fat Sloppy is still hitting like he’s in his prime against us, and of course our bats are asleep AGAIN. Sigh. Hey, as I pointed out yesterday, there’s no such thing as momentum in baseball. Here’s to rebounding for the split. With a Remarkable Season, O’s Closer Zach Britton is in Cy Young Conversation The Washington Post’s Dave Sheinin has a cool column on Zach Britton today, that includes a neat […]

Section 336 Episode 182: Delaware Mud

Manny Machado and Hyun Soo Kim celebrate a home run.
Come for the Dippin’ Dots, Bert gets stuck in the mud, stay for the Orioles talk and leave when Bert’s story time gets creepy. Leading Off No love for Dippin’ Dots in the Section 336 studios. Be sure to check out Locked On Ravens, the new podcast over at Russell Street Report. Bert tells us about Delaware Mud.   O’s Talk Josh says this year’s “Thank You Fans” video is just another example of the O’s marketing department blowing it lately. Bert thinks Trey Mancini looks like he’s in his […]

O’s/Red Sox Drawing High Prices On Secondary Ticket Market

partial view of brick building and entrance to camden yards
There’s a big AL East four-game series beginning in Camden Yards tonight that could pretty much solidify the division going into the penultimate weekend of the baseball season. The Red Sox, owners of a three-game first-place lead in the division, will be traveling to Baltimore to take on the second-place Orioles, who currently sit three games back with 13 left to play. The O’s also still need to further cement their position at the top of the Wild Card standings, where they are currently one game up for the top […]

There’s No Momentum in Baseball, as the O’s Continue to Prove

Mark Trumbo walks to the dugout after striking out.
The old saying in baseball is that “momentum is the next day’s starting pitcher.” You can have a great walk-off win, or hit a bunch of home runs in a blowout, but if the next game’s starter blows up early, then yesterday’s exciting win is nothing but a distant memory. Basically, it boils down to this: there’s no such thing as “momentum” in baseball at all. One game has absolutely zero bearing on the next. Here in 2016, Baltimore Orioles fans have had this fact bashed into our heads repeatedly […]

Series Prevew: Orioles (82-67) vs. Red Sox (85-64)

Chris Tillman and David Price in side-by-side photos.
After splitting a four-game set versus Tampa Bay to open their 11-game home stand, the Orioles will now look forward to a monumental clash versus the Boston Red Sox to stay alive in the chase for the AL East title. With just 13 games remaining on the schedule, a series split will bring the Orioles one more leap closer to reaching the postseason, but a series loss could have devastating effects. While the division title isn’t completely out of the equation just yet, the mission should be to get into […]

The Rundown: Did the O’s Trade Away Another Productive Pitcher?

Ariel Miranda of the Mariners pitches.
Beginning tonight, the Orioles get their final shot at the Boston Red Sox and the last chance to directly cut into the division lead without having to rely on other teams to help them out. The Red Sox will have two of their best pitchers throw in the series in Rick Porcello and David Price and the Orioles will as well with Kevin Gausman and Chris Tillman scheduled to take the mound in the four-game series.   Bundy Looking To Bounce Back We’ll probably never know if Dylan Bundy is […]

Monday’s O’s Links: Duquette Remembers Ortiz’s Phone Antics Too

Dan Duquette political poster.
September pennant/playoff race baseball takes years off your life. It doesn’t help when your NFL team also makes every game way too friggin’ close and seals their win just moments before Zach Britton takes the mound to try to hold onto a one-run lead either. And it’s only gonna get MORE stressful. New York was just swept by Boston, so aside from the obvious bad news there, the silver lining is that the Yankees are pretty much toast, which is one less team chasing the O’s in the wild card […]

Perception is Reality: Buckling Up for the September Stretch Run

Manny Machado and Pedro Alvarez low five.
Reality: Chris Davis has 38 Home Runs on the year. Perception: In terms of Home Runs, Davis has had a really good season. He is likely to hit 40 home runs for the 3rd time in his career. However, when you look inside the numbers a bit more, it has been a really frustrating year. He is on pace to have the 2nd lowest number of hits, total bases, doubles, RBI, and second-lowest slugging percentage and OPS since his first full season with the Orioles (2012). He is also close […]

Series Notebook: O’s Split Four-Game Roller Coaster Series

Nolan Reimold sprints toward home plate as fans cheer.
We always talk about how much of a roller coaster September baseball is, and the Orioles latest four-game stint versus the Rays was a shining example of just that. I feel like both clubs went through all five stages of emotion at some point over the weekend, maybe even twice. Actually, check to make sure you still have a pulse. If you do, brace yourselves for the series against Boston. The series started with a frustrating 7-6 loss to the Rays on Thursday, a game in which the Orioles shot […]

#Staturday: Rockin’ the Sox & Rollin’ in September

Robert Andino is mobbed after walking off the Red Sox
Happy Staturday Birdland! It was another good week of baseball for the Orioles filled with awesome stats. Let’s get to em! Last night was a big game for the Orioles. It was also a hallmark victory: The Orioles won their 81st of the season last night, marking their fifth straight season at .500 or above. Friday night’s victory marked the O’s 200th win against AL East teams since 2012 – the most of any team in the division. The O’s are off to a pretty good start to September: Thus […]

“THEY GOT HIM! THEY GOT HIM! THEY GOT HIM!”

Last night’s Orioles game ended in very dramatic fashion, as Zach Britton converted his 46th consecutive save (and 44th straight in 2016) thanks to some great defense behind him. After the Birds went down 4-0 in the first two innings, they fought back to take a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the eighth inning. Then, Britton ran into some bad luck. He got the first two outs (the second on a 12-pitch AB) before Mikie Mahtook hit a single. Then, Alexi Ramirez took a 3-2 pitch into the left […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Wade Miley Has Been Incredibly Unlucky

Wade Miley of the Orioles prepares to pitch.
After their second straight really frustrating loss against the Rays in a week (and their third straight loss to open a series), the Birds will look to rebound just as they did in Detroit and Boston to still manage to take this series. Winning the next three would be great, but anything less than a 2-2 split here with Tampa could be considered nothing short of a disaster. To the links. Wade Miley Hasn’t Been Nearly as Bad as He’s Looked Birdland is ready to push Wade Miley out on […]

Just When You Think You Know It All…

Ubaldo Jimenez throws in a Spring Training game.
One of the most fundamental truths about watching baseball is that once you think you have it all figured out, the diamond gods will always find a way to surprise you. Let’s look at a few “indisputable facts” about the Orioles — many ripped right out of the mouths of sportstalk radio callers — and how these beliefs have gotten totally destroyed this month: “Ubaldo Jimenez has no business being on the Orioles, and they should release/demote/banish him to the bullpen.” This has been the biggest surprise of them all […]

Series Preview: Orioles (80-65) vs. Rays (62-83)

Pedro Alvarez slides into home as the catcher tries to tag him.
After an incredible week-plus on the road in St. Petersburg, Detroit, and Boston, the surging Orioles will now set their sights on punching their ticket to the postseason for the third time in five years during the upcoming 11-game home stand at Camden Yards. As an Orioles fan that went through their whole childhood, adolescence and teenage years during the dark ages of Orioles Baseball, just the thought of a third trip to the playoffs in five years is nothing short of incredible. It is also a testament to how […]

O’s Remaining Home Games Will Determine AL East Champion

Orioles fans high five at Oriole Park at camden yards.
As the season approaches its last few weeks, the Baltimore Orioles (76-63) are locked into a hotly-contested race for the AL East, while trying to hold onto one of the two AL Wild Card berths should they not emerge as the division champions. Currently, Baltimore is two games out of first place in the AL East, but they do hold the second AL Wild Card slot, albeit amidst a lot of competition. The Detroit Tigers trail them by only one game, with the New York Yankees also close behind, being […]