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Manny Machado or Jonathan Schoop?

Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop jog in Spring Training.
The hot stove has been heating up the past couple of weeks with some minor O’s chatter about the likes of Jason Vargas, Tyler Chatwood and Andrew Cashner. Those acquisitions would do very little to help the O’s World Series odds at the best sports betting sites, and are mere peanuts compared to the pending expiring contracts that the Orioles are facing from within; Manny Machado, Zach Britton and Adam Jones are all set to be UFA at the conclusion of the 2018 season, with Jonathan Schoop following just behind […]

Do Andrew Cashner and/or Eduardo Nunez Excite You?

We’re into mid-November now, and after one of the most exciting World Series in memory (maybe ever), we’ve been without baseball for what feels like eons. However, the Hot Stove season has yet to really get rolling, as baseball “news” since the Fall Classic ended has been confined to blockbuster trade speculation, and an award or two. (Then, of course, there was the tragic Roy Halladay incident, and we’d like to add our heartfelt condolences to those already expressed throughout the sports world.) As for our O’s, the only thing […]

Trey Mancini Named Rookie of the Year Finalist

Trey Mancini in his O's batting helmet.
O’s rookie Trey Mancini got some good news tonight, as he was named a finalist for the BBWAA Rookie of the Year award. [email protected] has been named a BBWAA finalist for Rookie of the Year. The winner will be announced Nov. 13 on @MLBNetwork. #Birdland pic.twitter.com/J7KzbmTCT7 — Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) November 6, 2017 Mancini was a revelation at the dish for the Birds in 2017, putting up a .293/.338/.488 line with 24 home runs and 78 runs batted in. That was good for a .349 wOBA and 117 wRC+ (both […]

In Addition to Pitching, O’s Must Address OBP Woes

"Negative. Target remains. I repeat, target remains." #ID4 #IDR #IndependenceDay2 pic.twitter.com/R97FIO1za5 — Independence Day (@IDResurgence) December 22, 2015 The Orioles’ ongoing goal of finding a high-On Base Percentage corner outfielder continues as we officially enter the 2017-2018 offseason – as they said on Independence Day, “Target Remains.” Want to make the playoffs? Get on base. Seems like a simple enough idea, but it’s one to which the 2017 Baltimore Orioles did not subscribe. Every single member of the 2017 playoffs had a team OBP in the top 12 of Major […]

O’s Primed for a Playoff Run in 2018?

empty baseball field with postseason 2014 written on field
What if I told you… that the 2018 Baltimore Orioles are primed for a playoff run? If you haven’t already clicked off this article in disgust, thanks for staying. After one of the most disappointing seasons of Orioles baseball in my lifetime, and their first losing record since 2011, it may seem a bit facetious to feel confident about a bounce back year in 2018. However, when you delve into the numbers, it all becomes a bit clearer. The 2017 squad had a historically (embarrassingly) bad starting rotation. Buckle up […]

Embracing My First Losing Season as an O’s Fan

Buck Showalter scowls from the dugout.
On Saturday, August 25th, 2012, I went to see the Orioles for the first time while on holiday from the UK. They won. I should have known then that it was too good to last. There was a lot to admire about the Orioles. Camden Yards was everything I’d imagined a baseball stadium would be, filled with countless touches to give it a warmth and a sense of history while also incorporating the trappings of modernity so often lacking in the soccer stadiums I’d grown up frequenting in the UK. […]

Thursday Thoughts: Why Keep Pushing it With Dylan Bundy?

Dylan Bundy looks in for a sign.
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. Count me among those who are puzzled by the way the Orioles have handled Dylan Bundy this season. Entering the campaign, there was no real plan for Bundy’s workload. That’s been proven throughout the long, hot summer. Bundy is […]

O’s Getting Little Bang for Their Buck

As the season comes to a disappointing end, I decided to take a look back at the production we got for our buck. Here is a glorious reminder of what we are paying some of our talent in 2017: Chris Davis                         $21,118,782 Adam Jones                        16,333,333 J.J. Hardy                           14,000,000 Ubaldo Jimenez                13,500,000 Manny Machado               11,500,000 Zach Britton                       11,400,000 Mark Trumbo                    11,000,000 Chris Tillman                     10,050,000 Wade Miley                        8,916,668 Darren O’Day                     7,000,000 Just in case you are scoring at home, these 10 Orioles make up 68.42% of the 2017 Payroll…I’ll wait […]

No, the Orioles Shouldn’t Fire Dan Duquette

head shots of dan duquette with orioles manager
So here we are at the end of another disappointing season in Birdland, and fans are starting to call for the firing of Orioles’ Executive VP of Baseball Operations, Dan Duquette once again, just like they did back in 2015 after the Orioles missed the playoffs and narrowly avoided a losing season finishing 81-81.  This season, it would take a small miracle for the Orioles to avoid their first losing season under Dan Duquette’s tenure but  I defended keeping Duquette after 2015 so I’ll defend him here again. Why? As […]

The Rundown – Time to Shut Dylan Bundy Down

Dylan Bundy pitches with the White Sox 1B coach in the background.
The disappointing end to the season continued on Monday night for the Orioles, with Dylan Bundy being the latest pitcher to struggle. At this point, the organization should seriously consider shutting Bundy down for the remainder of the season. The 24-year-old has proven that he can be counted on to be a rock steady starter for the 2018 season and has stayed healthy this year. These were two important question marks heading into this season. The future is bright for the right-hander, but his fastball velocity was the lowest it […]

Week in Review: Down and Out

Wade Miley holds up the baseball.
After scrapping away all season long to keep their playoff hopes alive, the Orioles’ October ambitions were dealt a fatal blow over their latest ten-game road trip as they finished the stretch with a 2-8 record. The positives? Austin Hays and Chance Sisco both hit their first career home runs in the Bronx. That’s about it. The fact that it was the Yankees that served the proverbial ”Knockout blow” to the Orioles’ playoff hopes over the weekend doesn’t make it any easier to swallow. At 73-77 with twelve games remaining […]

First-Inning Frowns in Birdland

Wade Miley & teammates huddle on the mound.
So here we are… Another evening switching over to MASN to watch our beloved Orioles. So here we are… Another evening switching the station from MASN because the starting pitcher can’t even get us out of the first inning competitively. Sounds very familiar, right? Thursday night, switching the station over to a Seinfeld episode I’ve seen 100 times made me wonder just how many times this year all of us in Birdland out there have made this early switch to “more rewarding programming options.” I’m just going to dig back […]

Series Preview: Orioles (72-74) @ Yankees (79-66)

picture of a baseball field in New York
After finally snapping their six-game losing skid in the series finale in Toronto, the Orioles will now look ahead to their next challenge that comes in the form of a four-game set in the Bronx. As a result of their recent losing streak, the Orioles (72-74) now trail the Minnesota Twins by 4.5 games for the final wild card spot in the American League with just sixteen games remaining on the schedule. A current 1-5 record over the first two legs of the road trip hasn’t done them any favors, […]

Thursday Thoughts: That’s All She Wrote

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. My favorite thing to witness over the last week or so surrounding the Orioles is all of the people claiming that “now they are done.” It’s about the third or fourth time many of those same people have made […]

Series Preview: Orioles (71-72) @ Blue Jays (66-77)

Rogers Centre in Toronto with the roof open.
After dropping all three games versus the red-hot Cleveland Indians over the weekend, the Orioles will now have to head to Toronto with a ”win-or-die” mentality in order to remain in the thick of the playoff chase. While going to Toronto and coming away with a series win is usually tough enough, the Orioles will be breathing a sigh of relief to be escaping the confines of Ohio. Now, they must let it go and put the petal to the metal with their backs against the wall. Don’t count them […]

Week in Review: Into the Buzzsaw

Jeremy Hellickson stands on the mound as an Indians player rounds the bases behind him.
We knew we were up against it, and even though the Orioles fought admirably over the last two games of the series in Cleveland, they simply couldn’t turn the tides of fate. They were no match for the ridiculously hot Indians and their now 18-game winning streak. But in all honesty, nobody is at the moment. It doesn’t make the pill of a three-game sweep any easier to swallow, especially now with just nineteen games remaining on the schedule and still being on the outside looking in. Sometimes you just […]

The Rundown: Quiet Bats Again Dooming Birds

Francisco Lindor of the Indians celebrates a HR as Welington Castillo looks on.
The Orioles’ playoff chances took a major hit after being swept by the Cleveland Indians and dropping their last four games. The Indians are on a historic run so it was going to be difficult to win the series, but leaving town without a win is extremely disappointing. As much as we want to hope this team can be playoff material, watching the Indians for three games just shows how far the Orioles are away from being a true contender. The will now turn to the great Ubaldo Jimenez to […]

Series Preview: Orioles (71-69) at Indians (84-56)

progressive field in cleveland
After concluding an otherwise solid ten-game home stand with a 9-1 loss to the Yankees, the Orioles will look to get back in the win column tonight in Cleveland as they prepare to embark on a ten-game, three-legged road trip. I guess the old saying here is “easier said than done.” The white-hot Cleveland Indians are currently on a remarkable fifteen-game winning streak and do not look to be slowing down anytime soon. The Orioles have been up against it many times before, but to say that they are going […]

Thursday Thoughts: In Awe of Manny Machado

Manny Machado prepares to throw the runner out.
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. If you weren’t aware of the fact that Manny Machado is indeed a very good baseball player prior to the last four weeks or so, I hope you’ve caught on. Machado has three walk-off home runs in the last […]