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Tuesday’s O’s Links: Welcome to the O’s, Grayson Rodriguez

Grayson Rodriguez pitches.
It’s very likely that the only thing that kept the O’s from getting swept in a four-game home series against the New York Yankees was the weather. Two of the four games were postponed, which is, apparently, all the mercy we can expect from the baseball gods here in 2018. The Birds now head to Queens to take on the other New York team for two before going up to Toronto. Maybe they’ll surprise us and win some games on the road trip? Now that the team is on the […]

Tides Split Rain-Shortened Series with Rochester

Orioles pitcher Jimmy Yacabonis on the mound.
LAST SERIES RECAP The Tides entered the series against the Rochester Red Wings stuck in a four-game losing streak and fresh off of a sweep at the hands of the Pawtucket Red Sox. Norfolk scored only six runs in the three games against Pawtucket, though the bullpen posted a 1.98 ERA over 13.2 innings pitched. The Orioles promoted one of their top prospects, outfielder Cedric Mullins, to the Tides from Double-A Bowie before Saturday’s game against the Red Wings. As of June 1, the club held a 28-23 record and […]

The Rundown: Time to Move AJ…or At Least, His Position

Adam Jones throws the ball in the field.
The Orioles will attempt to shape the future of their organization over the next three days with the MLB Draft beginning tonight. This should continue over the next two months as Dan Duquette’s recent comments to the Baltimore Sun indicate he is ready to embrace a rebuild. I emphasize he as we really don’t know who is calling the shots, but at least it appears Duquette understands this season is a disaster and that now is the time to pivot. We know (well, we hope) the organization can’t screw up […]

Bats Go Cold as Tides Swept by Pawtucket

The Norfolk Tides logo.
A QUICK TIDES ROAD TRIP RECAP The Tides returned to Harbor Park on Tuesday night having gone 6-2 on their most recent road trip, which saw them make stops in Charlotte and Toledo to play the White Sox and Tigers’ affiliates, respectively. The team’s 17-10 record in the month of May propelled them into the lead in the International League wild card race and left them only a half game back of Durham for first place in the IL South entering Tuesday’s game. Outfielder D.J. Stewart, the Orioles’ No. 11 […]

Series Preview: Yankees (35-17) @ Orioles (17-39)

Kevin Gausman of the Orioles pitches on the mound.
After getting dealt a three-game sweep in the “Beltway Series” against the Nationals, the Orioles will now take on the Yankees for a four-game set before hitting the road again. The Orioles (17-39) will look to snap a five-game losing streak in tonight’s series opener, and have gone just 4-11 over their last 15 contests. They’re also trying to avoid a 20-loss month with a record of 9-19 going into the final day of May. The Yankees (35-17) will be feeling good after taking two of three from the reigning […]

Thursday’s O’s Links: There is No Bottom

Buck Showalter scowls from the dugout.
The Orioles got swept by the D.C. team in a three-game set at HOME, and scored just two runs in the entire 27 innings of the series. You keep thinking they’ve hit rock bottom, and they keep plummeting through the floor. Links. Orioles 2018 Rotation has Been Nearly as Awful as 2017’s The O’s set a franchise record for starting-pitching futility in 2017. They got rid of Ubaldo, and Miley, and cut the Chris Tillman experiment short. They added actual decent MLB starting pitchers…and they’re still horrible. Yet, somehow, through […]

Thursday Thoughts: O’s Fans Should Stuff the Ballot Box…for Nick

Nick Markakis tips his helmet.
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’ve been scouring the internet all week to look for potential Twitter burner accounts used by Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette. I mean, hey, I hear it’s a popular thing to do these days. […]

Tuesday’s O’s Links: Runs…How Do They Work?

Manny Machado asks "what's up?"
After a road trip that was, unfortunately, successful by their standards at 4-7, the Birds returned home on Memorial Day and got smoked by the Washington Nationals in the first of a three-game set. The Orioles just can’t seem to score like…any runs (scoreless in 17 straight innings), which is a problem for a major league baseball team. Reportedly, that’s what the Baltimore Orioles are. Opinions vary. To the links, I guess. There are Still Some Positives for the Very Bad Orioles Let’s do our best to stave off the […]

Series Preview: Orioles (17-36) vs. Nationals (29-22)

Mascots of the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals.
After concluding an eleven-game road swing by dropping two of three to the Rays over the weekend, the Orioles are set to return home and host the Nationals for a three-game set. The Orioles (17-36) have dug themselves into a massive hole through the first two months of the season. After going 8-20 through April, they’ve gone just 9-16 in the month of May. An upcoming seven-game home stand against the in-form Nationals and Yankees is up next on the schedule. The Nationals (29-22) may have stumbled out of the […]

Series Preview: Orioles (16-34) @ Rays (23-25)

Sergio Romo of the Rays walks off the mound.
After splitting their four-game set with the White Sox in Chi-Town, the Orioles are now set to conclude their road trip with a three-game set in Tampa over the weekend. The Orioles (16-34) have gone 3-5 so far during their current stint away from Camden Yards, but seem to be determined to put their early-season misery behind them. After starting the 2018 campaign on an 8-27 note, they’ve now doubled their season win total over the last fifteen games. The Rays (23-25) are set to host the Birds after dropping […]

Thursday Thoughts: Anderson Seems to Prefer “Hybrid” Role

Dan Duquette and Brady Anderson stand near the Orioles dugout.
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. All the chatter surrounding the Orioles right now pertains to one basic premise – what’s next? No one really knows, and that’s really because still, no one knows who is calling the shots. The Baltimore Sun published a […]

Tuesday’s O’s Links: Chicago Swarms Manny

Cubs fans with a sign saying they want Manny Machado.
After another disappointing series in Boston (where they’re now 1-6 this season), the Birds flew to Chicago for a matchup of teams that look to be vying for the number one pick in next year’s draft. The O’s got the better of the ChiSox in game one, but all eyes were on Manny Machado, who is rumored to be headed to The Windy City in a trade – though not to the Sox. To the links. Teammates Play Along as Machado is Greeted as Potential Cubs Savior in Chicago Like […]

The Case for an Orioles “Opener”

Mychal Givens pitches.
The Tampa Bay Rays turned heads on Saturday night when they opted to use set-up man Sergio Romo as their starting pitcher against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Romo had made 589 big league appearances prior to Saturday, with every single one of them coming in relief. The thought process employed by manager Kevin Cash and the Rays front office was simple: allow Romo to pitch to the right-handed heavy top half of the Angels lineup and then allow left-hander Ryan Yarbrough to take over in a long relief […]

Series Preview: Orioles (14-32) @ White Sox (13-30)

Andrew Cashner pitches.
After dropping three of four to the Red Sox at Fenway Park, the Orioles are now set to kick off a four-game series in the Windy City against the White Sox. The Orioles (14-32) will be aiming for better results during the second leg of their current three-city road trip, but that has been easier said than done this season. The Orioles are 6-12 thus far in May and have went 1-15 over their last 16 games on the road. The White Sox, on the other hand, haven’t piled up […]

Ramirez Impressive, but Tides Drop Two of Three

Yefry Ramirez pitches.
SERIES RECAP: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS @ NORFOLK TIDES, MAY 15-17 The Norfolk Tides returned home to Harbor Park on Wednesday night for a three game series against the Indianapolis Indians. The club dropped two out of three games, but starting pitcher Yefry Ramirez and infielder Drew Dosch each made significant contributions. SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS The Indianapolis Indians are the Triple-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Indians entered the first game of the series at 18-16, good for second place in the International League West and 4.5 games behind […]

The Orioles are Still Going to Screw This Up Somehow

Despite their recent “successful” home stand, in which they went 5-3 – a nice positive turn for them, mediocre for any true contender – the Orioles of 2018 are still a lost cause. They’re a woeful 13-30, and their road record is the stuff of nightmares: 3-17, losers of 13 straight, and they’ve yet to win a game in any park other than Camden Yards or Yankee Stadium so far this season (0-16 everywhere else). Just truly, remarkably awful. The 13 straight road losses ties a franchise-worst, set back in […]

Series Preview: Orioles (13-29) @ Red Sox (29-14)

A shot from inside Fenway Park during a game.
After concluding their eight-game home stand with a 4-1 loss against the Phillies, the Orioles are set to kick off an eleven-game road trip by taking on the Red Sox for a four-game set at Fenway. The Orioles (13-29) have been in solid form with a 5-2 record over their last seven games, but they’ll be looking to end their misery on the road this season during their upcoming three-legged stint away from Camden Yards. They’ve gone just 3-16 and have lost twelve straight while on tour as they head […]

Thursday’s O’s Links: Miguel Castro Should Still Get a Start or Two

Miguel Castro throws in Sarasota.
After a washout on Tuesday, the O’s lost a nooner on Wednesday to Philadelphia to finish up their first successful homestand of the year at 5-3. They now head off on an 11-game road trip, a terrifying prospect to any O’s fan. The Birds have lost 12 straight road games, and are a woeful 3-16 away from Camden Yards, with those only three wins coming at Yankee Stadium nearly six weeks ago. What would constitute a “successful” road trip for this team? 3-8? 4-7? Sad state of affairs. Hopefully they […]

Thursday Thoughts: Otter Impressive in Broadcast Booth

Gregg Olson and Joe Angel in the O's booth.
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. The Orioles got a decent peek at what the bottom of their rotation could look like this past Saturday when David Hess started the first game of a doubleheader. The 24-year-old coughed up a three-run homer in the […]

Lee Struggles as Indy Nips Tides, 10-8

Chris Lee finishes his motion.
A late comeback attempt from the Tides fell just short on Tuesday night, as they were defeated by the Indianapolis Indians (the Pittsburgh Pirates’ AAA affiliate) 10-8. A 10-run second inning doomed Norfolk starting pitcher Chris Lee, who exited after 1.2 innings pitched having given up seven runs (four earned). Reliever Jhan Marinez gave up three runs in 3.1 innings of relief, though none were earned. The Tides scored eight unanswered runs between the 3rd and 7th innings, but failed to push home any more in the 8th or 9th. […]