Series Preview: Orioles (8-20) @ Angels (16-12)

Manny Machado and Mike Trout sie-by-side.
After taking two of three from the Tigers over the weekend, the Orioles are set to hit the West Coast and take on the Los Angeles Angels for a three-game set before heading up to the Bay Area for a three-game stay in Oakland. The Orioles (8-20) will be feeling good after notching their first home series win of the season against Detroit, but will be looking for their first series win on the road since they took three of four from the Yankees during the first weekend of April. […]

Time to Trade Manny … and Davis

Baltimore Oriole Manny Machado laughs as he rounds the bases.
The baseball gods bestowed a miracle upon the Orioles yesterday, the likes of which we haven’t seen since the Old Testament. The scenario revolved around the Orioles’ 8-20 record, Manny Machado on a walk year and a World Series contender — the Los Angeles Dodgers — with more money than the Vatican and in desperate need of a shortstop. NOT EVEN THE ORIOLES COULD RUIN THIS. Right? I read an article this morning by an Orioles beat reporter postulating whether the Orioles would be willing to begin trade talks with […]

The Rundown: Davis Gets a Rest, Gausman Learns to Pitch

Kevin Gausman pitches in Sarasota.
The Orioles finally won their first home series of the season and now head to the west coast in hopes of turning their season around. I always try to be optimistic, but the month of April has taken its toll after the team lost 20 games. My optimistic take is if the O’s can somehow creep back to .500 by the All-Star break then they will have a chance to make a run at the second Wild Card.   Davis Takes a Mental Break It worked out perfectly for Buck […]

Monday’s O’s Links: A Series Win!

Trey Mancini and Jace Peterson high five.
Don’t look now, but the Orioles actually won a series! I say that not in the “hey, the O’s may be ready to make a run!” sense, but rather in the “you may want to double check and make sure the sun still rose in the east this morning” sense. It was the Birds’ first home series win of the year, and just their second overall. The other, of course, was when they took three of four in the Bronx, fooling us all. The Yankees have won more games in […]

Series Preview: Orioles (6-19) vs. Tigers (10-13)

A panoramic shot of Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
After dropping both games in their rain-shortened two-game set against the Rays, the Orioles will wrap up their homestand by taking on the Detroit Tigers for a three-game set over the weekend. Despite their brutal month of April so far, the Orioles (6-19) will be trying to enter May feeling a little bit better about things to say the least. On top of a current five-game losing skid, they’ve now won just once over their last twelve ballgames. The end result is the worst start to a season since the […]

Thursday Thoughts: Where Would Bullpen Be Without…Richard Bleier?!

Richard Bleier of the Orioles pitches.
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. As of last year, I cut it down to four or five, so consider it the Earl Weaver/€“Brooks Robinson era of Thursday Thoughts. – A.S. 1. I was very much hoping to see Alex Cobb make his Orioles debut last night. The guy who wore #17 and pitched two previous games for the Orioles was obviously not Alex Cobb. He was instead a guy […]

Time to Plan the Future & Trade a Veteran Leader

Manny Machado & Jonathan Schoop.
The Orioles are already eleven games below .500 after losing the final three games of a four-game series against the Cleveland Indians. By the grace of God, they were granted a reprieve Tuesday with a rainout against Tampa Bay. With the losses piling up, trade speculation is beginning to surround the Orioles and Manny Machado once again. The Orioles, already 11.5 games behind division leading Boston, should certainly entertain the idea of making a trade. Just not for Machado. Look at the Orioles objectively. They have a prospect catching at […]

Series Preview: Orioles (6-17) vs. Rays (8-13)

Chris Archer of the Rays prepares to pitch.
After dropping three of four to the Cleveland Indians to kick off their ten-game homestand, the Orioles will look to turn things around over their upcoming rain-shortened two-game set against the Tampa Bay Rays. The originally-scheduled third game will be made up as part of a single-admission doubleheader on May 12. The Orioles (6-17) will also be looking to put and end to their nightmare start and begin their climb out of the massive early-season hole that they find themselves in. However, it remains easier said than done after dropping […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Stages of Grief, Tearing it Down, & More

Tim Beckham looks through his sunglasses.
Mother Nature was sick of watching the Orioles play baseball too, so she drenched Baltimore yesterday evening, precluding the O’s and Rays from kicking off their three-game set until tonight. It’s now a two-game set, and yesterday’s game will be made up as part of a single-admission doubleheader on May 12. The Birds have lost 11 of 13 games in a span of 15 days. There was one scheduled off-day in there, plus another rainout in Boston. Those other off days…didn’t help. Perhaps this one will be different. To the […]

Monday’s O’s Links – Manny & Dylan Try to Do it All, Can’t

Manny Machado trots around the bases.
The weekend started off nicely, as Dylan Bundy dealt, Manny Machado hit a home run, and the Birds beat Cleveland 3-1. Machado added another two-homer game on Sunday, but that wasn’t enough, as the O’s lost on both Saturday and Sunday. These two can’t do it all, OTHER GUYS. Basically, the Birds have two of the best players in MLB…and nothing else. Pitchers: Bundy 1.4Berrios/Scherzer/Sale 1.3 Next Oriole… 77. Cashner 0.0 — Eutaw Street Rep⚾rt (@EutawStReport) April 23, 2018 To the links. The Disgrace of Minor League Baseball It really […]

Series Preview: Orioles (5-14) vs. Indians (9-7)

Dylan Bundy throwing a pitch.
After getting blanked in the win column during their stay in the Motor City, the Orioles hope to turn things around over a four-game set against the Cleveland Indians beginning Friday at Camden Yards. The Orioles (5-14) will also be looking to snap a six-game losing streak tonight after back-to-back dismal series on the road. They’ve now dropped eight of their last nine contests and own an AL-worst -43 run differential through the first 19 games of the season. Here’s to hoping that the upcoming ten-game homestand will work it’s […]

Friday’s O’s Links – Not Great!

cartoon of sad orioles bird face
It was quite a rough road trip for the Birds, as they weren’t able to cobble together even a single win in six tries in Boston and Detroit. Getting swept in Fenway by the red-hot Red Sox? Ok, sure – not ideal, but we’ll accept it. However, losing three straight in Detroit to the rebuilding (some would say “tanking”) Tigers? Simply unacceptable. That must have been one miserable ride home from The Motor City. A super-sized version of O’s links today, since I missed Wednesday’s edition. What Do You Do […]

Thursday Thoughts: Orioles in the Twilight Zone

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. As of last year, I cut it down to four or five, so consider it the Earl Weaver/€“Brooks Robinson era of Thursday Thoughts. – A.S. 1. It feels as if the Orioles are playing in some sort of twilight zone so far this season. In the past handful of seasons, the Birds have been successful by having a powerful offense, shutdown bullpen, and absolutely […]

O’s Well Represented Among Worst AL Players So Far

Caleb Joseph swings.
Looking for an uplifting article to give you hope for the remainder of 2018? SPOILER ALERT, turn away now this piece is not for you. The futility that this team displays on a nightly basis can partially be explained by the failure of some of our key position players, of which the Orioles have three who rank in the bottom 10 of bWAR in the American League. No other team has more than one player in the bottom 10. Yowza.   Adam Jones .236/.253/.375, with a bWAR of -0.6.  These […]

Series Preview: Orioles (5-11) @ Tigers (4-9)

Tiger statue at Comerica Park in Detroit.
After getting swept out of Fenway, the Orioles will now look to recover and pick up a few much-needed wins against a slumping Tigers squad over the next three games in Detroit. The Orioles (5-11) have been battling through rough seas since the start of the season and find themselves six games below .500 as a result. And just when you thought they were waking up in the Bronx a week ago, they have now dropped five of their last six while getting outscored 32-14 in the process. The bats […]

The Orioles Offense has Been (Mostly) Bad for a Long Time

Chris Davis swings.
When we think of the Orioles, several things come to mind: good bullpen, bad starting pitching, and an offense that is good enough to make up for the latter sometimes, and to give the former a lead late often enough, usually through the use of a large amount of home runs. That’s been the formula in Baltimore for as long as most of us remember, and for at least as long as Buck Showalter‘s Birds have made themselves relevant again in the American League East on a mostly annual basis. […]

The Rundown: So Much for Bouncing Back

Chris Tillman, Orioles pitcher, wipes his brow with his arm.
After it appeared the Orioles were getting their season back on track when they took three of four from the Yankees in New York, the team has reverted to the one that started 1-5. Since the big series win in the Bronx, they’ve dropped two of three to the Blue Jays and lost the first three to the Red Sox before the final game of the series (scheduled for today) was postponed.   Offense Continues to Struggle We can blame the weather, we can blame the quality of starting pitching […]

A Frigid Start

A baseball player breaks his bat over his knee.
Many of us at Eutaw Street Report started writing about the Baltimore Orioles because of our love for the team. We were fans before we became journalists. In some cases, like mine, we went to school to become journalists so that we could write specifically about the Orioles. At times, our fandom comes out, the same as you. Knee jerk reactions are part of the process. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve screamed at my television, or told Chris Davis or any other struggling player that he sucks, […]

Monday’s O’s Links – We Could Have Used More Rain

Certainly not the weekend any of us were hoping for up in Beantown. The O’s lost all three games they played, and today’s brunchtime tilt has already been rained out. The weather gods are showing the Birds some mercy at least, even if the Red Sox hitters were in no such mood. Hopefully the Birds can regroup a bit today before they head out to face Detroit. This will be just their second series of the year against a team that didn’t make the playoffs in 2017, so it would […]

Gregg Olson Writes Down Baseball’s “Unwritten Rules”

Gregg Olson baseball card.
The Otter’s Dozen One of the earliest controversies of this baseball season involved the Orioles, when Twins second baseman Brian Dozier accused Baltimore’s Chance Sisco of breaking one of baseball’s unwritten rules by bunting in the ninth inning of an April 1 game that was seemingly already decided, with the Twins holding a 7-0 lead. Never mind that, fittingly on April Fool’s Day, there was no no-htter or perfect game on the line, and the Twins had employed a defensive shift that afforded the rookie catcher a wide-open left side […]