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Friday’s O’s Links: Happy Trails, Hammerin’ Hank

batter at orioles baseball game holding bat waiting for ball
After a day off (and what feels like two, since Wednesday’s game was an afternoon tilt), the O’s will look to get back on track against the last team you want to see on the schedule when you’re trying to do that…fun. Let’s just get right to the links today. Step-Up Time: Kevin Gausman Edition Camden Depot’s Matt Kremnitzer on Kevin Gausman being not-that-much-worse than Ubaldo. Oof. The O’s could really use this game tonight – Dallas Keuchel has a 0.94 ERA at home, and he’s starting on Saturday, while […]

Series Preview: Orioles (25-20) @ Astros (32-16)

Dallas Keuchel of the Astros yells.
After getting drubbed and swept in their own ballpark by the Twins, the Orioles will look to bounce back in a hurry on the road as they prepare to take on the flying Houston Astros. We were feeling really good after taking care of business versus Toronto. A lot can change in the span of five days. But the same rule applies to both ends of the spectrum. A few wins on the road against the best team in the majors would do wonders for the Orioles’ psychological swagger. It […]

Bottle Stoppers are the O’s Latest Must-Have Giveaway

Orioles bottle stoppers.
While the O’s have been scuffling on the field as of late, their giveaway game, on the other hand, has been shooting up the power rankings. Saturday’s Maryland flag-themed jersey giveaway was even better than expected, with quality sewn-on stitching. For my money, these are right up there with the Hawaiian shirts (which they need to do again!) as best clothes giveaway pic.twitter.com/fvTsdxyacv — Eutaw St. Report (@EutawStReport) May 21, 2017 That’s a damn good looking jersey. One item on the promotional giveaway schedule that fans weren’t quite sure about […]

Thursday Thoughts: Last Call for Ubaldo Jimenez?

Ubaldo JImenez prepares to wind up.
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. The preeminent talking point surrounding the Orioles this week is Ubaldo Jimenez, and what exactly the team plans to do with him. It’s obvious that Buck Showalter is ready to make a move. What that move is, remains to […]

The Hitter vs. The Slugger II – Hyun-soo Kim vs. Trey Mancini

Trey Mancini and Hyun-Soo Kim square off.
It’s happening again. Three years after watching Delmon Young win a spot on the roster for the Orioles and get consistent playing time over Steve Pearce, with the team almost losing Pearce to waivers when Buck Showalter inexplicably wouldn’t play him and wanted his roster spot for a pitcher, you would have thought Buck and the Orioles would have learned their lesson. Pearce of course went on to have a career year and was a big part of the Orioles winning the 2014 American League East Division title. However, once […]

Blown Leads Testing O’s Mental Fortitude

Buck Showalter gets the ball from Mychal Givens as Givens walks off the mound.
Winning games at the Major-League level is no easy task. The run of consistency Buck Showalter‘s Orioles have managed to put together over the past five-plus seasons is nothing to sneeze at. Even this year, when it feels like the team is a bit of a train wreck, a glance at the standings reveals the O’s to be just 1.5-games out of first place, and in possession of the American League’s third-best record. However, though the Orioles have lost just 18 of their first 43 games, the manner in which […]

Chris Davis Needs to Get the Bat Off His Shoulder

Chris Davis watches a pitch go by.
Chris Davis had a nice little week for himself last week. In the span of just five games, he raised his 2017 slash line from .239/.348/.389 to .269/.382/.531. That also brought his season wRC+ from 102 to 146 (for you non-nerds: he went from being 2% better than the average MLB hitter to 46% better). (h/t Ryan Romano) Davis didn’t do much over the weekend against Toronto though, and as of the start of tonight’s game against Minnesota, he’s at .248/.358/.483, good for a 126 wRC+. He’s been the usual […]

Monday’s O’s Links: No Choice But to Stick with Hardy

Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy bats.
The O’s got back to their winning ways over the weekend, thanks in large part to Welington Castillo’s heroics. It’s great that Beef has been such a pleasant offensive surprise, but we really need some of the other guys to start chipping in a bit more. The surprise first-place Twins are in town now, so things certainly don’t get any easier. To the links. Baltimorons Annual Nickname Show Woo hoo! Sam and Alan finally released their always highly anticipated nickname show. Now that these guys don’t do a weekly show […]

Series Preview: Orioles (25-17) vs. Twins (22-18)

Side-by-side shots of Dylan Bundy and Ervin Santana pitching.
After rebounding and taking two of three from the Blue Jays to kick off their six-game homestand, the Orioles will now host the first-place Minnesota Twins during a three-game set before heading out to Houston. The Orioles (25-17) remain a sliver out of first place in the AL East as we head into the final week of May, despite being on a current 3-7 skid over their last ten games. However, the Orioles have a prime chance to retake the drivers’ seat in the division from the Yankees over the […]

O’s First Quarter Report Card – Part 2: Pitching

Dylan Bundy pitches.
Now that we’ve covered the position players, let’s jump right in and take a look at how the members of the Orioles pitching staff have shaped up this season.   Starters Dylan Bundy – The undisputed staff ace this season; the Orioles would be in a world of hurt without him. He leads the rotation in wins (5), quality starts (8), innings pitched (57.2), and WHIP (1.12) and is second in  ERA (2.97). Grade: A+ Kevin Gausman – After dominating the league during the second half of last season, Gausman […]

O’s First Quarter Report Card – Part 1: Offense

Manny Machado follows through on his swing.
So now that we’ve recapped the first quarter of the season, let’s do a quick rundown of the squad sheet and see how the lads have shaped up this season. For our pitching grades, CLICK HERE. And to make it fun, we’re going to do this report on each player in two sentences or less. So without interruption, let’s take a look at the sluggers first: GulfBird Sports/Craig Landefeld Catchers Welington Castillo – Left with the unenviable task of replacing Matt Wieters, the veteran has proven to be a stellar […]

O’s First Quarter Notebook: So Far, So Good

Seth Smith and Adam Jones of the Orioles give each other five.
In the blink of an eye it seems, we are officially past the quarter mark of the 2017 season. And man, to say it’s been a pretty wild ride so far would be an understatement. But all’s well that ends well, right? With a 25-17 record to date, the Orioles are hot on the heels of the first-place Yankees and if they replicate what they’ve done through the first forty-two games, you’re looking at another playoff berth. And you know how much this Orioles squad loves to prove the talking […]

Week in Review: Home Sweet Home

sunset view of oriole park at camden yards
Fresh off a disheartening tour through the Midwest in which the O’s were just a game away from being double-swept, the Orioles needed to bounce back in a big way in front of their hometown fans this weekend. And they did not disappoint. They took care of business and got back on the winning track. While a sweep against the visiting Blue Jays would have been sweet, we’ll take two out of three just the same. When you’re down on your luck like the Orioles were recently, you’ll take any […]

Word on the Street: Castillo a Pleasant Surprise; Can Gausman Get on Track?

Welington Castillo of the Orioles runs the bases.
While Welington Castillo has been a pleasant surprise, the O’s need more from Kevin Gausman. Press play or read below for more. After a 1-6 road trip that saw the Orioles lose every game by one run, all the team needed was return to Camden Yards to get back to their winning ways. The O’s are now 14-3 at home this season after Welington Castillo’s game winning home run in the bottom of the 10th against the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night. Speaking of Castillo, the catcher is now […]

#Staturday: Castillo’s Great Week Puts Him Among O’s Best

Welington Castillo of the Orioles follows through on his swing.
Happy Staturday Birdland! It was a long road trip and as we saw on Friday, there’s no place like home. To the stats! On Friday, Welington Castillo launched a walk-off homer in extra innings extending his three-hit streak to four games: Welington Castillo is the first catcher since 1974 and third catcher since 1913 to go on a four-game three-hit streak. Welington joins Cal Ripken, Eddie Murray, and Don Buford as the only Orioles with three hits in four consecutive games. Earlier this week, Chris Davis hit two extra-inning home […]

Series Preview: Orioles (23-16) vs. Blue Jays (18-24)

Manny Machado finishes his swing and watches as the ball flies, while the Blue Jays catcher stands behind him.
After wrapping up a tough weekend and a brutal road trip by taking just one of three in Motown, the Orioles will now head back home to take on the Blue Jays for a three-game set. Oh, home sweet home. While the Orioles’ (23-16) recent road struggles have been glaring and well-documented, they will be breathing a sigh of relief upon returning to Birdland. They boast a stellar 13-3 clip at Camden Yards and own the highest winning percentage at home in the majors (81.2%). After going just 1-6 through […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Limping Home

Jonathan Schoop rounds the bases.
The O’s limp home after a brutal 1-6 road trip that saw them lose all six games by exactly one run. Their margin for error right now is very slim with the awful pitching throughout the game, and they just haven’t been able to figure out a way to get it done. Nine of their next 12 are at Camden Yards, where they’re a sparkling 13-3, so hopefully home cookin’ is the cure for what ails them. Let’s see what’s up in the Blog O’sphere. Orioles Trying to Heal from […]

Thursday Thoughts: Orioles Rushing Zach Britton Back Again?

orioles pitcher with arm back and about to throw ball
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. The Orioles, at times, have been the definition of weird baseball. That was evident once again on Tuesday night. Winning a game of that nature is rare. How rare? According to former ESPN senior writer Jayson Stark and his […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: A Boston-Baltimore Bidding War?

J.J. Hardy of the Baltimore Orioles attempts to check his swing.
The Orioles won one of the weirdest baseball games in memory last night, 13-11 over the Detroit Tigers in 13 innings. The Birds took a 7-1 lead in the fourth inning only to cough it up and trail 8-7  and down to their last out. Mark Trumbo hit a solo home run with two down in the ninth to knot things at eight. Then, things got even weirder. The O’s took an 11-8 lead in the 12th inning, only to watch their bullpen cough it right back up. The teams […]

Some Fans Need an Orange Chill Pill

man standing up in stands with arms out to side yelling
The Orioles just lost their 4th game in a row, getting swept by Kansas City. Trust me, I get that losing four games in a row sucks. Yes, every single game matters BUT there’s a fine line between getting upset over a loss & acting like it’s the end of the world. I’m not a fan of comparing football and baseball, but let’s humor ourselves a little. Football has 16 regular-season games, which is I guess more of a reason to throw your remote at your TV or punch a hole […]