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Week(end) in Review: Mid-July Massacre

A Cubs player watches the ball sail at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
If there were still any of you out there who were as optimistic about our chances of turning it around in the second half as I was, you’re probably pretty bummed on this dreary Monday morning. Bummed doesn’t begin to do it justice. More along the lines of gutted, hopeless and heartbroken. The feeling is like when you catch your girlfriend cheating on you with your best friend three days in a row while “Black” by Pearl Jam, “Where did you sleep last night” by Nirvana and “Nutshell” by Alice […]

Orioles Having Some Sort of Game of Thrones Night/Package (Update)

Winter is Here
The Orioles’ season is going nowhere fast, and we’re all just waiting to see if they’ll start selling off players here in the next few days. Losing (badly) and trading some of your best players is a sure-fire way to end up with a whole lotta empty seats at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Fortunately, it looks like the fine folks in the Birds’ marketing department are hitting dingers, even if some of Baltimore’s other employees aren’t: #WinterIsHere | Orioles – @GameofThrones Ticket Package – More Information Coming Soon! https://t.co/XwoqmpkTRX […]

O’s Should Re-Tool for 2018, Not Rebuild

Brady Anderson and Dan Duquette talk with a microphone.
The Baltimore Orioles are 42-49, which is good for 4th place in the American League East, and 5 games out of a wild card birth. Since 2012, the O’s have been a very competitive team, especially in what many consider the toughest division in baseball. They have spent a significant amount of time in first place over the last couple of years which is why their fall since May this season has been so hard for fans to handle. The tough season this team is having is not a “rough […]

Series Preview: Orioles (42-46) vs. Cubs (43-45)

cubs pitcher winded back before throwing pitch
After (hopefully) recharging their batteries over the last four days, the Orioles will look to come out of the break swinging this weekend versus the reigning World Champion Chicago Cubs. While the All-Star Break was fun, it’s time to get down to business. The Orioles might not have to climb Mount Everest to get back in the fight, but they’re certainly down on the score cards. The time for error has come and gone, and it’ll take a total team effort to get to the promise land. However, their current […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Dodgers Want Zach Britton, Will Angelos Sell?

side profile of orioles player britton holding glove by face before pitch
The worst four days of the summer are FINALLY over, as baseball returns to the Yard tonight. The O’s kick off the second half by hosting the World Champion Cubs, who are scuffling in 2017. It’ll be fun to see those guys come to town though, especially Saturday’s starter, Jake Arrieta. Hopefully the O’s aren’t very accommodating guests as they begin a crucial 10-game homestand. To the links! 5th Annual BEVy Awards Woo hoo! Jake & Scott’s annual awards show celebrates year five. The perfect way to review the first […]

O’s First-Half Report Card: Pitchers

Now that we’ve graded out the hitters on the squad, let’s hand out the grades for the Orioles pitching staff. Grading out the hitters was pretty fun. This will be….less fun? Yeah, let’s go with that. Let’s rip the band-aid off and get to it! Dylan Bundy Bundy hit the 2017 season with hurricane force and ended the month of April with a 3-1 record and a sparkling 1.65 ERA over five starts. He followed up by posting a solid 3-2 record and a 3.92 ERA over six starts in […]

Thursday Thoughts: O’s Will Add…Something, but Not Much

dan duquette speaking at orioles press conference
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. We’ve almost made it through the most dreadful two days on the baseball calendar. No offense to the Triple-A All-Star Game, but it doesn’t do much for me. At least there was the Home Run Derby and MLB All-Star […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Schoop Represents O’s in Miami

Jonathan Schoop Manny Machado and Nelson Cruz at the All-Star Game.
Jonathan Schoop doubled and scored the game’s first run last night at the All-Star Game in Miami. If Yadier Molina hadn’t homered to tie the game (and Robinson Cano subsequently homered to win it), Johnny may well have been in line for the ASG MVP Award. Ah well. Get ’em next time. We’ve got two more days to kill without O’s baseball. Here’s some reading to help. When Boredom Outweighs Mediocrity Now here’s a name I haven’t heard in awhile: Michael Olesker. Baltimoreans will remember Michael from his days as […]

O’s First-Half Report Card: Position Players

Mark Trumbo of the Orioles follows through on a swing.
Now that we’ve graded out the main four components of the team, it’s time to hand out the report cards for each cog in the Orioles machine. We’ll jump right into it and start out with the positional players. For a lot of them, the numbers as a whole don’t look so bad. However, consistency has evaded almost everyone on this list, so that factor played a part in the grading process. If they can just hit top form and stay there, a lot of C’s and C+’s could easily […]

Orioles First-Half Report Card

Buck Showalter scowls from the dugout.
After winning the final two games of the first half in Minnesota, the Orioles have hit the break at 42-46 and 7.5-games behind the Boston Red Sox for first place in the AL East. After starting out the season with an MLB-best 22-10 record, things have not gone exactly as planned and the Orioles have taken their fair share of bumps and bruises along the way. However, the Orioles are just four games out of the playoff picture…and there are still 74 games left to play. Even if you doubt […]

Monday’s O’s Links: An Infuriating First “Half” Comes to a Close

Buck Showalter stands with his hands on his hips.
Well Birdland, we made it. It was a long, arduous, and infuriating few months of baseball, but we’re at the All-Star break and hey! We have back-to-back wins to keep us cozy in our memories for the next four days. Let’s check out the good, the bad, and the ugly from the O’s blog-O-verse. Jonathan Schoop Emerging from Under the Radar Eduardo Encina of The Baltimore Sun with an awesome feature on the Birds’ lone All-Star. Thinking About 2018 and 2019 BSL’s Chris Stoner asks a ton of questions about […]

Week in Review: Staying Alive

Adam Jones rounds the bases after a HR in Minnesota.
After going through the whole business week without a win, the Orioles finally snapped out of their losing slumber by picking up two huge wins and a series split in Minneapolis over the weekend before hitting the All-Star Break. On the other hand, it kind of sucks to have to park the bus for the next four days just as the Orioles were starting to break on through to the other side. That’s how it goes sometimes, and while I’m sure the coaches and players will enjoy their time off […]

#Staturday: BOOM BOOM!

Trey Mancini of the Orioles leans forward in sunglasses.
Happy Staturday Birdland! While it’s been a miserable week of baseball, there are always a few interesting stats to check out. So let’s get to them! We’ll start out with a few Trey Mancini stats. He’s been a really bright spot in a lackluster season. Highest batting average with RISP in MLB (min 200 total PA): 1. Paul Goldschmidt – .427 2. Trey Mancini – .412 3. Eduardo Nunez – .407 At .404, Trey Mancini has the highest batting average with RISP in the American League and second highest in […]

Friday’s O’s Links: The Bad, the Awful, & the Ugly

Buck Showalter gets the ball from Mychal Givens as Givens walks off the mound.
Another loss in a new and annoying way (the Twins scored in ONE inning last night), another four-game losing skid, and now a season-high five games under .500. I have some more good news… AL records since May 9th pic.twitter.com/g6K1qN9XkX — Mark Weathers (@markweathers15) July 7, 2017 Nope, don’t avert your eyes. Look at that. Accept where we are. And notice that the Orioles have both scored the fewest and allowed the most runs in the AL since May 9. No illusions here. Things are ugly. Hopefully the front office […]

Series Preview: Orioles (40-44) @ Twins (43-41)

Manny Machado signals to Adam Jones after his game-winning hit.
After getting battered and bruised in Milwaukee over the last three days, the Orioles will look to hit the erase button and try to pick up some much-needed momentum over the next four days in Minneapolis before the All-Star Break. The toughest thing to swallow is the fact that the Orioles looked to be on the mend at the end of June, only to see their hard work undone in a matter of three soul-crushing days. As a result, the Orioles (40-44) will head into the Twin Cities at a […]

Happy Birthday Manny! Machado’s Impressive Pre-25 Numbers

Manny Machado in front of sign at spring training 2015.
It’s Manny Machado’s 25th birthday. We’ve been blessed to watch him as both a human vacuum and a crushing machine. Here are some of Manny’s most impressive stats up to now. First, let’s take a look at how he ranks against the young Orioles before him: Racked up by Manny before turning 25 (with Orioles rank): 766 hits (1st) 159 doubles (1st) 121 home runs (2nd) 288 extra-base hits (1st) 352 RBIs (4th) 391 runs (2nd) 206 walks (5th) 1304 total bases (1st) 216 multi-hit games (1st) 10 multi-HR games […]

Thursday Thoughts: O’s Neglect of International Market is Staggering

head shots of dan duquette with orioles manager
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 have been a team this season that continually finds new and innovative ways to disappoint. This past week, however, they went back to an old faithful way to disappoint. https://twitter.com/BaseballAmerica/status/882403795594096644 The lack of attention that the O’s […]

Our 2017 BEVy Categories

BEVY awards 2017
It’s time once again for the All-Star Break, which means that it’s also, for the fifth year running, time for Bird’s Eye View’s BEVy Awards! Our categories have been the same since 2013 – The Forgotten Man Award and the “Why Are You Breaking My Heart Like This, Just Let Me Love You!” Award. Our previous winners: Forgotten Man 2013 – Alex Burnett 2014 – Ramon Ramirez 2015 – Cesar Cabral 2016 – Francisco Pena “Why Are You Breaking My Heart Like This, Just Let Me Love You!” 2013 – […]

Series Preview: Orioles (40-41) @ Brewers (44-40)

Bernie's sliding board at Miller Park in Milwaukee.
After wrapping up their last home stand of the first half with a massive 7-1 win on Sunday versus the Rays, the Orioles will look to hit the break on a high note during their upcoming seven-game, two-legged tour through the great lakes region. Before ending the first half in Minneapolis, the Orioles first order of business is a three-night stay in Milwaukee against the NL Central-leading Brewers. The Orioles (40-41) will head into the Cream City currently in fourth place in the division and have seen the gap between […]

Monday’s O’s Links: Congrats to Johnny Beisbol!

Jonathan Schoop smiles during Spring Training 2015.
The O’s managed to avoid a sweep with a win Sunday, quite a disappointment to a series that began with them being just a strike away from a comeback win on Friday night, only to see Brad Brach and Darren O’Day blow it. They now head out on a seven-game road trip to finish the first half. Here’s hoping they can continue the road form they showed in Tampa and Toronto in Milwaukee and Minnesota. The Orioles Offense is Not Good Nate DeLong of Camden Depot has the ugly stats […]