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Tuesday’s O’s Links: Undefeated in July!

Manny Machado in front of sign at spring training 2015.
(That’s one of my favorite pictures of Manny Machado, via our awesome photographer Craig Landefeld. It’s old, but I don’t know how many more chances I’ll get to use it. So enjoy it with me one last time.) It’s July 3, and the Orioles haven’t lost a game yet this month. They’ve only played one, sure, but we’ll take literally any tiny victory we can get these days. The international signing period began yesterday, and you won’t believe this, but…the Orioles are the only eligible* team that has yet to […]

O’s Salvage Game Against Angels

On a blistering Sunday afternoon, the Baltimore Orioles’ bats were just as hot and snapped a seven-game losing streak with an 8-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels. Mark Trumbo powered the offense, hitting two of the team’s four home runs. Manny Machado and Trey Mancini also homered for the Orioles, who won for just the second time in 19 games at Camden Yards. Kevin Gausman continued to build on his last four outings where he had allowed 8 earned runs in 24.1 IP (2.96 ERA) to drop his season […]

I Don’t “Like Our Guys” Anymore

I have a T-shirt. It was a freebie that I picked up on arrival at Camden Yards. Many of you probably have it as well. It says, “We Like Our Guys”. You know what? I don’t anymore, no matter the insistence of The Warehouse. Let’s break it down. Chris Davis – The worst player in MLB Jonathan Schoop – Amazingly almost as bad as Chris Davis. He’s really bad. Manny Machado – Awesome but his value is completely tied up in what he can bring back in a trade. If […]

Series Preview: Orioles (23-57) vs Angels (41-41)


sunset view of oriole park at camden yards
After getting swept by the Mariners for the first time in a four-game series, the Orioles will conclude their home stand by hosting the Angels for a three-game set over the weekend. The Orioles (23-57) are trying to snap another five-game losing streak in tonight’s series opener. It’s the seventh time they’ve lost five in a row during the first half of 2018. With a 6-18 record during the month of June, the O’s will also be looking to avoid their second 20-loss month. The Angels (41-41) come into town […]

Thursday’s O’s Links: The O’s Haven’t Beaten An AL Team in a Month

Zach Britton gets up after making a tag on the first base line, as Chris Davis Watches.
I dunno, guys. I keep saying there’s no bottom, and the Orioles just keep proving me right. Did you know that they have now lost 14 straight games against American League teams, and haven’t beaten an AL team since May 25, over a calendar month ago? Seems impossible right? I assure you, it’s not…not for these Birds. These Birds, who have now managed to surpass even the 1988 Orioles in ineptitude! The 2018 Orioles are now 23-56. The 1988 Orioles through as many games were 24-55. This team is bad. […]

Bullpen Arms Lead Tides to Four-Game Sweep of Stripers

A trio of pitchers who normally pitch out of the Tides bullpen combined for 12 strong innings during a four-game series against the Gwinnett Stripers, helping Norfolk kick off what could be the most important homestand of the year by sweeping all four games. Pedro Alvarez had five RBIs in three games, including a walk-off two run double in the tenth inning of the series finale. TIDES SEASON TO DATE The Tides (40-35, 2nd in the IL South through Wednesday) returned home on Monday after stumbling their way through a […]

Thursday Thoughts: Buck Showalter On the Way Out of the 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. When I woke up this past Sunday morning and heard about a weekend column by The Baltimore Sun’s Peter Schmuck, my eyes glazed over. Schmuck took to writing about rumors that the Orioles could be relocated, and it […]

Gary Thorne: Orioles “are Within Shi***ng Distance”

Gary Thorne and Jim Palmer in the O's booth, Gary wearing a mother's day giveaway hat.
Orioles fans have grown to love Gary Thorne and all his goofy exclamations in the broadcast booth (most of us, anyway – I still come across the random fan here or there who despises Gary). There’s even a Twitter account in his honor, @DrunkGaryThorne. In Monday night’s loss to the Seattle Mariners, Gary may have finally reached his zenith. He was, I assume, trying to say that the Orioles were within striking distance of Seattle headed to the bottom of the ninth inning. (Shocker: they did not strike). He, instead, […]

Let’s Change – and Hopefully Fix! – the Orioles, Starting Now

Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore
Last week in this space, we talked about how one of the biggest frustrations for Orioles fans is the lack of transparency within the organization and an unwillingness–to this point–to make any changes to a ballclub that finds itself with the worst record in baseball at 23-54. [Related: The Worst Part of All This? O’s Seem Fine with Status Quo] On a regular basis, the Orioles trot out failing hitters and faltering pitchers as the team descends below mediocrity into what can only be described as a laughing stock. In […]

Series Preview: Orioles (23-53) vs. Mariners (47-31)

Seattle Mariners players celebrate during their win.
After surprisingly winning two of three in Atlanta, the Orioles will now return home to take on the Mariners for a three-game set. The Orioles (23-53) have been playing much better in recent times by winning four of their last seven contests. The bats also seem to be heating up as they’ve scored an average of six runs a game during that span, and they’ll be looking for more of the same during their upcoming seven-game home stand. The Mariners (47-31) head into town in second place in the AL […]

The Rundown: Trumbo Heats Up, Davis Returns

Mark Trumbo is heating up at the right time as he has hit five home runs since June 17. At this point, the Orioles need every veteran playing at the top of their game in hopes to showcase them in trades. Obviously, Manny Machado is the franchise changer, followed by Zach Britton, but the organization can still get something of value in return for the other veterans with Trumbo being in that mix.   Davis Returns Chris Davis returned after missing eight games to work on getting back to the […]

Series Preview: Orioles (21-52) @ Braves (43-30)

After dropping two of three against the Nationals in DC, the Orioles will now head to Atlanta to take on the Braves for a three-game set over the weekend. The Orioles (21-52) are still stuck in a rip tide as they prepare to take on the Braves, and help doesn’t seem to be coming anytime soon. They’ve won just four times through seventeen games in June and have gone 4-22 over their last 26 contests. The Braves (43-30) are still holding a firm grip on first place in the NL […]

Thursday Thoughts: Prepare for Disappointment in Machado Trade

Manny Machado follows through on his swing.
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 finally went and did it this week. They benched Chris Davis, and there’s no real clear-cut path to playing time for the first baseman. Davis’ benching comes at a time where it doesn’t really matter. It’s […]

Having Benched Him, Buck Now Throws Some Shade at Chris Davis

Chris Davis & Buck Showalter.
It may have taken him just a bit longer than it took some of us, but it seems that Buck Showalter has reached the end of his patience with Chris Davis. Davis has already been sitting for a week, having last stepped to the plate on June 11 against Boston, when he went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts. When asked yesterday if his return was imminent, Buck was quite non-committal: “It’s getting close,” Showalter said. “I know he didn’t have an off-day yesterday. Trust me. He worked on a lot of […]

Tuesday’s O’s Links: Where We Only Win on “Holidays”

Jonathan Schoop takes a swing.
The Birds can’t even manage to win two of three from the “hey, we got rid of all our good players and we’re openly trying to be awful!” Miami Marlins at HOME over the weekend, so the season of misery rolls on as scheduled. The O’s did win one game, on Sunday, Father’s Day. In a nice bit of dark symmetry, that was their first home win since MOTHER’S DAY! In between, they lost 11 straight at OPACY, tying a franchise record. And how are things going in the front […]

Tides Recap: Wilkerson Does it All as Norfolk Takes 3 of 4

Steve Wilkerson of the Frederick Keys.
Utility man Steve Wilkerson made his presence known during a weekend series against the Charlotte Knights, playing three different positions, making sparkling defensive plays, and contributing clutch hits as the Tides took three of four games against last-place Charlotte.   TIDES SEASON TO DATE The Tides (36-30, 2nd in the IL South through Sunday) entered the series with Charlotte having lost two out of three games to the Gwinnett Stripers (Braves’ AAA club) and scoring just four runs in those three games. Starting pitcher John Means (6 IP, 0 R, […]

Series Preview: Orioles (19-48) vs. Marlins (26-43)

Kevin Gausman pitches in Sarasota.
After getting swept against the Red Sox, the Orioles will now conclude their home stand by taking on the Miami Marlins for a three-game set over the weekend. The Orioles (19-48) nightmare campaign continues to fall deeper into the abyss. Their current seven-game losing streak is the sixth time that they’ve lost five-plus games in a row and the third time that they’ve lost seven-plus straight. They’ve also won just twice over their last sixteen contests. The Marlins (26-43) should be coming into town feeling good after taking three of […]

Worst Part of All This? O’s Seem Happy with Status Quo

dan duquette and buck showalter sitting at press conference
The Orioles are the worst team in baseball, and it’s not even close. Having lost 14 of their last 16 games and mired in a seven-game losing streak, the Orioles’ record sits at 19-48, worst in all of baseball by 2.5 games (the Royals, losers of 9 of 10 games, are 22-46). What doesn’t sit well in Baltimore isn’t the poor record so much as the lack of action taken. Offensively, the team is in the bottom third of the league in every major category except for home runs. In […]

“AAAA” Players Can’t be Any Worse than “MLB” Players O’s are Using

Renato Nunez of the A's poses with his bat.
It’s been no secret that the Orioles have been terrible this season: The Birds have the worst record in the major leagues, and Chris Davis has had the worst season of any hitter this year by several measures. The farm system is noticeably lacking strong prospects, especially at Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk. Everyone expects Manny Machado to be traded at some point before August. Put simply, there hasn’t been a whole lot to cheer for this year. So where should the Orioles go from here? I wrote a few […]

Thursday’s O’s Links: The Worst Team Ever?

Trey Mancini of the Orioles dives as the baseball bounces by.
It just gets worse…and worse…and worse. After being swept by Boston, the Birds have now lost seven straight. Again. Their pace is something to behold…more below. /holds nose To the links… Davis has Struck Out in 21 Straight Games – Personal & Team Records within Reach Let’s check in with Matt Taylor over at Roar from 34, shall we? Matt chronicles Chris Davis’ latest strikeout streak, which is about to break his own ridiculous strikeout streak, and which is catching up to the Orioles’ all-time record. Appreciation for Jim Palmer […]