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Monday’s O’s Links: Get Those Coffeemakers Ready

Manny Machado and Mike Trout sie-by-side.
After Friday night, it looked like the Orioles were really going to make last week a complete mirror image of the 2014 postseason – instead of sweeping Detroit in three then getting swept in four by Kansas City, they were going to sweep KC for three, then get swept by the Tigers over four straight. Fortunately, they righted the ship and managed a split with Detroit to put the finishing touches on a very nice 5-2 homestand. Now comes the dreaded West Coast trip. Get the coffeemakers ready, Birdland. We’ve […]

#Staturday: Tim Beckham Makes a Great First Impression

Tim Beckham and Jonathan Schoop high five.
Happy Staturday Birdland! After a not-so-wild trade deadline, the Orioles started winning again. It was fun and it produced some stats. Let’s get to em! Before the deadline, the Orioles traded with the Tampa Bay Rays for Tim Beckham and he’s had a flaming hot start: Tim Beckham recorded 10 hits in his first 15 at-bats. After going 4-4 on Friday, Tim Beckham has 7 straight hits in as many at-bats. Beckham has started his Orioles’ career with four straight multi-hit games, the most of any Oriole in 2017. As […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Congrats to Nick Markakis!

player after just hitting pitch during baseball game
So far, this week is turning out like a mirror image of the 2014 postseason. Hopefully the Birds can turn the tide and pick up at least two (preferably three) games against Detroit this weekend, to cap off what would have been quite a successful homestand before heading off on the dreaded west coast trip. Let’s see what everybody is saying about our O’s. Orioles Take the Road to 2018 The Orioles, in doing what they did at the trade deadline, laid bare not only their intentions to keep trying […]

Series Preview: Orioles (53-54) vs. Tigers (49-57)

Kevin Gausman & Justin Verlander side-by-side pitching photos.
After making their intentions known with an amazing three-game sweep of the red-hot Royals, the Orioles will look to keep the good times rolling over a four-game set against the Detroit Tigers before hitting the West Coast. Just like that, folks. These Orioles are making a lot of noise outside, and thanks to a five-game winning tear, they’re about to start banging on the door. If they can stay in top form, they’ll be more like unwelcome guests that arrived just in time to crash the party. No team in […]

Thursday Thoughts: Strong Starts for New Orioles

Tim Beckham and Jonathan Schoop of the Orioles high five each other.
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. I’m not entirely sure what to make of the Orioles right now. They’ve won five straight by getting good pitching and strong offense. The O’s just shut down one of the hottest teams in baseball. And yet, I still […]

The Rundown: O’s Were Wise to Not Settle for Sub-Par Britton Return

Buck Showalter stands with his hands on his hips.
The Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline has come and gone and the Orioles did what most fans feared: they didn’t sell off their top trade chips. It remains to be seen if this line of thinking will backfire for years to come. O’s Were “Buyers” at the Deadline It’s hard for me to call the O’s buyers at the deadline when they acquired players like Jeremy Hellickson and Tim Beckham, but since they added and didn’t trade away any top talent, we must classify them as such. There have […]

Orioles Acquire Tim Beckham from Rays

Tim Beckham of the Rays gives a high five.
The 4:00 PM deadline came and went, and O’s fans accepted the fact that Zach Britton, as well as lesser pieces like Welington Castillo, Seth Smith, and Brad Brach, were all staying put, and no haul of prospects would be coming to Baltimore. We were ready to move on, though most found themselves cursing Dan Duquette’s (or Peter Angelos’, depending on where you prefer to place your blame) name. But then, at about 4:09, something hit our Twitter timelines. The Orioles had, in fact, made a move! Who was on […]

Series Preview: Orioles (50-54) vs. Royals (55-48)

Dylan Bundy finishes his pitching motion.
After rallying last weekend in Arlington to keep their playoff aspirations alive, the Orioles will now look to keep the positive energy flowing during their upcoming three-game set versus the holders of the second wild card spot in the AL, the Kansas City Royals. For a team that is trying to claw their way back into a playoff spot, they can’t afford to go backwards against the club that they are currently trying to track down. The Orioles’ upcoming seven-game home stand will be their biggest home stand of the […]

Monday’s O’s Links: As the Rumor Mill Turns

Zach Britton throws from the mound.
The O’s took two of three in Texas over the weekend, finishing the season at 6-1 against the Rangers. Can’t we play them more often? In other news, the rumor mill continues to turn, but so far the only trade the O’s have pulled off is Hyun-soo Kim for Jeremy Hellickson. Some fans aren’t too happy about that one. What else is up? For teams thinking prices on RP market would come down as 4pm gets closer, they're not. Hand, Britton, Kintzler all garnering huge interest. — Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) […]

Week in Review: Fighting to the Trade Deadline

Baltimore Orioles CF Adam Jones flies high over the wall to rob a home run.
Another week has come and gone here in Birdland, and guess what? The Birds are still alive. If you don’t believe it, all you have to do is look at the standings. Crazy, right? After losing a monumental series down in Tampa before getting drubbed 8-2 in the series opener over in Arlington, the Orioles very well could have been down for the count. The hope was dwindling, and a massive road trip was turning into a disaster in a hurry. Not so fast. Instead, these Orioles had another idea […]

Boiling Point: Last Night’s Swap of Hellickson and Kim is Final Straw

Hyun-soo Kim of the Orioles runs the bases.
Last night, the Orioles traded OF Hyun-Soo Kim, minor league LHP Garrett Cleavinger, and international bonus pool money for RHP Jeremy Hellickson and cash considerations in a deadline deal that makes me feel a lot of angry emotions. I’m not mad that we traded Kim away. I get it; he wasn’t being put to use in Baltimore. I’m also not mad that we acquired a little starting pitching help in order to take some innings away from Dylan Bundy. I get that, too. What frustrates me is the continued incompetence […]

#Staturday: Na Na NaNaNa, Good Bye Kim!

Happy Staturday Birdland! It was a so-so week of baseball and it ended Friday night on a sour note. This week’s stats are a tribute to Hyun-Soo Kim. As you may remember, Kim started 2016 in a fury: Hyun Soo Kim recorded 42 hits in his first 38 games, the 5th most in Orioles’ history. Kim also recorded 14 multi-hit games in his first 43 games, tied for 4th most in Orioles’ history. Hyun Soo Kim ended up having a hell of 2016, outperforming all expectations: Kim finished 2016 with […]

Orioles Trade Hyun-soo Kim for Jeremy Hellickson

The Orioles made a very puzzling move late tonight. While they were getting pummeled by the Texas Rangers 8-2, Dan Duquette was shuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic, trading OF Hyun-soo Kim to the Philadelphia Phillies for Jeremy Hellickson. First and foremost, I’m happy for Kim, as I’m sure most O’s fans are. While I love Buck Showalter, his usage (or lack thereof) of Kim over the last 1.5 years was always a sore spot. Kim proved that he could hit at the MLB level when given the chance, […]

Series Preview: Orioles (48-53) @ Rangers (49-52)

Chris Tillman of the Baltimore Orioles pitches.
After taking just one of three in Tampa, the Orioles will be looking to end their road trip on a high note during a three-night stay in Arlington before returning home to kick off a seven-game home stand versus Kansas City and Detroit. With the Orioles still on the outside looking in, every single series remaining on the schedule holds a crucial meaning. They can’t afford to drop games and series like they did earlier this week, and with the majority of the teams in playoff contention gaining momentum as […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Market Weak for Zach Britton

Zach Britton looks into home plate.
The O’s get back at it tonight in Texas, where the Rangers will be looking for some revenge. I regret to inform you that we still have no trades to report, so let’s see what else is up… Trade Retrospective: Wade Miley vs. Ariel Miranda With no 2017 trades to talk about yet, let’s talk about a 2016 one that’s going, uh… Is it that bad though? Joe Wantz of Camden Depot investigates. Ranking the Orioles’ Top 40 Prospects Right Now Top 40! FORTY! Greg Goldstein digs deeeeeeep for Baltimore […]

Thursday Thoughts: O’s Deadline Plans Still a Mystery

baltimore maryland orioles player with arms 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 days leading up to Monday’s trade deadline are going to be interesting, but I also expect them to be fairly quiet for the Orioles. Based on all of the back and forth we’ve heard out of the front […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: O’s Delusional?

Wade Miley was decent last night, except for that one inning in which he wasn’t. Those five runs Tampa put up in the second inning were enough for them to pull off the 5-4 victory and even the series. The O’s try to take it today at Noon, but Ubaldo is on the bump, so we’re not getting our hopes up. Still no trades to report, so let’s see what else is up in the Blog O’sphere. Should the Orioles Buy, Sell, or Stay at the MLB Trade Deadline? SB […]

Series Preview: Orioles (47-51) @ Rays (51-48)

Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL.
After keeping their playoff hopes alive over a ten-game home stand to kick off the second half of their campaign, the Orioles will now look to keep the good vibes flowing over a six-game, two-legged road trip. The upcoming road trip will undoubtedly represent the most important six-game stretch away from home of the season for the Orioles. Not only will they start out with a three-game set versus the current co-holders of the second wild card spot in the form of the Tampa Bay Rays, they’ll then travel to […]

Monday’s O’s Links: Britton Sets AL Record, but Teams Still Scared?

Zach Britton throws in spring training.
The O’s narrowly avoided the sweep on Sunday, which may be a bit of a double-edged sword. With the nonsense Dan Duquette was spewing at the season-ticket holder event on Saturday afternoon, maybe the Birds NEEDED to be swept. There’s still no selling going on. With every day that remains the case, the chances that the O’s do something really silly just increases. To the links, where we may have some answers…. How Has Dan Duquette Fared in “Sell” Deals? Dan Connolly chronicles Dan Duquette’s history of trading away veteran […]

Week in Review: Heart’s Still Beating

Chris Davis rounds the bases with Rougned Odor in the background.
After getting crushed by the Cubs to start the second half, it would have been easy for the Orioles to throw in the towel on the 2017 season and give in to the pressure of a looming rebuild… Not just yet. The Orioles had other plans in mind, as evidenced by their impressive four-game sweep of the Rangers. They also held their own against the AL-leading Astros as well, starting with a furious comeback that fell just short on Friday and a hard-fought 9-7 victory on Sunday to avoid the […]