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Series Preview: Rays (10-10) @ Orioles (12-5)

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb pitches.
After taking two of three from the visiting Boston Red Sox over the weekend, the Orioles will look to continue their excellent run of form against the Tampa Bay Rays during the second leg of the home stand tonight at Camden Yards. The Orioles (12-5) couldn’t have dreamed of a better overall start to the 2017 season. Not only do they own an MLB-Best 12-5 record, they’ve also recorded an impressive 6-2 record at home, a 6-3 record away from OPACY, and a stellar 10-4 mark versus the vicious AL […]

Baltimre Riles: Where’s the O?

Mark Trumbo of the Orioles holds his bat horizontally and looks dismayed.
The final result of a chaotic series at Oriole Park at Camden Yards over the weekend was that the Orioles won two of three games over the Boston Red Sox and have yet to lose a single series three weeks into the 2017 season. Yet all anybody can talk about is what happened between Manny Machado, Dustin Pedroia, Matt Barnes, and the rest of the actors in that unseemly play. Therein lies the problem. What we should be talking about, at least in Baltimore, is the play on the field. […]

Monday’s O’s Links: Joseph Helping Fuel Miley’s Stellar Start

Baltimore Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph in his catching crouch.
Tempers flared, baseballs flew at heads, and suspensions are sure to be coming soon. More importantly, the O’s took two of three from the Boston Red Sox over the weekend, pushing their record to a stellar 12-5. Things don’t get any easier though – the next 10 games are all against AL East teams, starting with three at home against Tampa Bay. Stay Buckled Up, and let’s get to the links. Britton Says Pedroia Needs to Control his Teammates Zach Britton had some interesting things to say about this weekend’s […]

PiR: O’s Take the High Road, Kim Gets a Hit Off a Lefty

Baltimore Orioles OF Hyun-soo Kim swings his bat.
REALITY: Manny Machado and Dustin Pedroia kept their cool when the rest of their teams didn’t. Dustin Pedroia's full thoughts: pic.twitter.com/CD1m40xlKa — Brian MacPherson (@brianmacp) April 23, 2017 PERCEPTION: I gained a lot of respect for Dustin over the weekend. That statement from him after Sunday’s game says it all, and it should end any more retaliation talk. Pedroia knew Manny didn’t try to hurt him on Friday night. And Pedroia did not like that his pitcher threw at Manny’s head. Here's Pedroia/Machado exchange, initiated by Pedroia, after Matt Barnes […]

Week in Review: Good Vibes, Bad Blood

Baltimore Oriole Manny Machado drops his helmet and shin guard and stares toward the pitcher's mound.
Well folks, we have another week in the books as we enter the final week of April. And the Orioles have another week of being in first place under their belt. After capping off an excellent first road trip of the season by taking two of three in The Queen City, the O’s kept it rolling upon returning home by taking two of three against the Red Sox. The results leave the Birds with an outstanding 6-3 record away from Camden Yards and an MLB-Best 12-5 record with only…145 games […]

Wait, the Orioles Can…Pitch?

Dylan Bundy of the Baltimore Orioles pitches.
Your Baltimore Orioles currently have the best record in MLB. Yes, I know, it’s only April 23 and we’re only 16 games in, but we’re O’s fans! We get very excited over every little good thing this team does and also get very angry over every little bad thing they do. The only other times in team history that the O’s have started 12-4 or better were in 1966 and 1997. If you just hopped on the bandwagon after the 2012 season or have lived in an underground bunker & […]

Word on the Street: Machado’s Slide Causes Controversy

Manny Machado slides into Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedrioa at second base.
We had some controversy in last night’s win. Click play or read the transcript below. The Baltimore Orioles won again on Friday night, 2-0 over the Boston Red Sox behind 7-plus shutout innings from Dylan Bundy and clutch bullpen work by Mychal Givens, Donnie Hart, and Brad Brach. Unfortunately, we’re not talking about Bundy this morning. Instead, we’re talking about a play involving Manny Machado in the bottom of the eighth inning. Machado – who had homered earlier to give the Birds an insurance run – slid into second base […]

Cincinnati Reds “Bandwagon Cam” is Amazing

Reds Bandwagon Cam shows Cubs fans' real allegiances.
The Cincinnati Reds have a new feature at Great American Ballpark that they are breaking out when the Chicago Cubs, and their newfound waves of fans, are in town – The Bandwagon Cam. Check it out: Here's this. pic.twitter.com/iyfcv9B3eB — Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) April 22, 2017 This is great. I’ll be honest though – I’m jealous. I wish the Orioles had done this about a decade ago for “Pink Hat Nation” AKA Boston Red Sox fans from Severna Park and Arlington. For that matter, I wish the team across the […]

#Staturday: On the O’s Great Run of Pitching

Ubaldo Jimenez pitches for the Baltimore Orioles.
Happy Staturday Birdland! It was a really, really weird week of O’s baseball but nonetheless, a great one. The pitching has caught fire since their three game series in Cincinnati: The Orioles’ pitching staff has allowed one run over the last 33.1 innings. In the last two games against the Reds, both relievers and starters put on an absolute clinic: For two consecutive nights, Orioles’ pitchers have given up only two hits. This is the fifth such streak in Orioles’ history. You know what great pitching means? The Orioles can […]

Series Preview: Orioles (10-4) vs. Red Sox (10-6)

Side-by-side of Dylan Bundy and Drew Pomeranz of the Orioles and Red Sox, respectively, pitching.
After wrapping up an excellent showing in their first road trip of the season, the Orioles will now fly back to Camden to take on the reigning AL East Champion Boston Red Sox for a three-game set at home. The Orioles (10-4) come back to Baltimore on a serious high after posting an impressive 6-3 record over their latest nine-game road stretch, while the Red Sox (10-6) will also be feeling pretty good after taking two of three in Toronto earlier this week and seem to have found their stride […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Jones Playing Deeper, Gausman Searching for Answers

Adam Jones prepares to defend.
After a very successful 6-3 road trip through Boston, Toronto, and Cincinnati, the Birds return home tonight to start a six-game homestand against Boston and Tampa Bay. They then finish the month in New York, because the MLB schedule remains incredibly stupid. That aside, let’s see what’s up in today’s links. The Orioles Need Kevin Gausman to Get on Track, and He Will Camden Depot’s Nick Cicere tries to assuage our fears about Kevin Gausman. His ERA is, of course, an unseemly 7.23 after he got tagged on Tuesday in […]

Thursday Thoughts: Ubaldo “The Riddler” Jimenez

Jim Hunter interviews Buck Showalter with words underneath.
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 say you’re surprised by Ubaldo Jimenez’s sparkling 7 2/3 innings of two-hit ball last night in Cincinnati, I’d guess you haven’t been watching over the last three-plus years. The reason Jimenez is so frustrating is that everyone […]

Get Your Boom Boom Trey Mancini Shirt Here

Trey Mancini BOOM BOOM t-shirt.
Trey Mancini AKA “Boom Boom” has been off to quite the tear to start 2017. After homering twice in two separate games already this season, he has tied Trevor Story and Dino Restelli for most home runs through a player’s first 12 career MLB games with seven. Last year, of course, upon being called up, he became the fourth Oriole to hit a home run for his first career hit, after Larry Haney, Nick Markakis, and Jonathan Schoop. He was the 20th major leaguer to homer in each of his […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: All Aboard the Trey Train

Trey Mancini rounds the bases.
Sometimes you’re the windshield, and sometimes you’re the bug. On Sunday in Toronto, the O’s were the windshield. Last night in Cincy, they were the bug. Get ’em tonight. Will Kevin Gausman’s Slider Lead to Sustained Success? So far, NOPE! SI.com’s Michael Beller put together this great piece on Gausman, published Monday, outlining his new use of his breaking ball. GIFs, charts, and all the fun stuff we seamheads have come to expect from pitching analysis these days. This article got O’s fans even more excited to watch Kevin pitch […]

The Rundown: Tillman Makes Rehab Start, Trey Forces Way Into Lineup

Trey Mancini follows through on a swing.
The Orioles head to Cincinnati for their first interleague series of the season and despite the confusion, Kevin Gausman will be the one to take the mound for the O’s tonight to square off against Bronson Arroyo. It will be interesting to see which player between Mark Trumbo, Hyun-soo Kim and Seth Smith takes a seat tonight. Due to a left-hander pitching game two, it could be Trumbo. No matter who gets the start, this is a prime spot for the offense to continue to mash the baseball, as Arroyo […]

Series Preview: Orioles (8-3) @ Reds (8-5)

Nighttime shot of Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati.
After posting a 4-2 record over the first two legs of the road trip in Boston and Toronto, the red-hot Orioles will be looking to keep up the pace going into the last stop of their first road tour of 2017 in Cincinnati. The Orioles (8-3) will be looking to come home in first place after taking three of four in Toronto, while the first-place Reds (8-5) will be trying to wash away a rough weekend after dropping three of four at home to the Brewers. The Reds have been […]

Trey Mancini Shares His Record-Tying Bat with Teammates

Trey Mancini high fives Ubaldo Jimenez.
After a painful walk-off loss to the Blue Jays Saturday afternoon (which, let me remind you was only Toronto’s second win of the season), our Birds came back on Sunday with what they do best: a whole lot of dongs. But let’s focus on Trey Mancini. Maybe you know him better as Boom Boom Mancini. As you remember, Mancini hit double dongs against the Red Sox, including an Earl Weaver Special, to help the Orioles whoop some Boston tail in a 12-5 win Wednesday night. Well, he went boom boom […]

Monday’s O’s Links: Britton to DL, O’s Keep Ignoring Latin American Players

Zach Britton throws in spring training.
The Birds took three of four over the weekend in Toronto, but there was a bit of bad news in there as well, as before Sunday’s game we got word that Zach Britton was headed toward the 10-day DL with left forearm soreness. As we O’s fans know, it’s a very slippery slope from “forearm soreness” to “Dr. Andrews” to “PRP injection” to…well, you can fill in the rest. Hopefully our imaginations are as far as that particular scenario ever makes it. To the links. Mancini Has Two-Homer Day, Britton […]

Week in Review: O’s Find Power, Stay Hot in Boston & Toronto

Mark Trumbo and Trey Mancini of the Baltimore Orioles high five after a home run.
Put simply, life is pretty sweet for the Orioles at the moment. After kicking off the season with a bang at home, these O’s have carried their red-hot run of form into the first road trip of the season and find themselves in first place going into the second half of April. Oh…and they own an MLB-best 72.7% win percentage (8-3) to begin the season. Is that good? After splitting a two-game set in Boston, the Orioles, backed by tremendous starting pitching and a few power surges, went back to […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Have You Seen This Man?

Hyun-soo Kim of the Orioles runs the bases.
Happy Friday, Birdland. No action at the Yard this weekend, as the O’s continue their four-game set in Toronto. It started off well, with a 2-1 win, the team’s second straight since losing the opener Tuesday night in Boston. A 6-2 start isn’t quite a 7-0 start (which they managed last year, of course) but it’ll certainly do. To the links. Orioles Make a Pair of Moves The Birds called up Stephan Critchton from Norfolk, trading away Oliver Drake to Milwaukee in the process. For Drake, the O’s get a […]