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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. […]

Tuesday’s O’s Links: Winning – More Fun than Losing

Manny Machado swings in the on-deck circle.
For what seems like the first time all season, we’ve actually had some fun baseball to watch since the last time we spoke here. Definitely at least since the four-game set in the Bronx in early April, right? The Birds took three of four over three days against the Tampa Bay Rays, capped with a Mother’s Day Massacre of their own, a 17-1 thrashing on Sunday. After taking the final two against KC in the previous series, the O’s have now won five of their last six contests, something they […]

The Rundown: Hess Impressive in Debut, Mountcastle Returns

Ryan Mountcastle prepares to field.
It took almost two months, but the Orioles are actually looking like a decent baseball team, winning five of their last six games. It should be noted that they faced two struggling teams — the Royals and the Rays — but it was fun to watch solid baseball. A bigger test comes arrives week against the surprising Phillies and the Red Sox.   Hess’ Impressive Debut In recent years watching Ubaldo Jimenez struggle and more recently Chris Tillman, fans have clamored for better options than running out the same struggling […]

Time for O’s, Tillman to Part Ways

Chris Tillman, Orioles pitcher, wipes his brow with his arm.
I was sitting on the beach on July 4, 2012. The Orioles were playing the Seattle Mariners and had called up Chris Tillman from the minors to make the start against the team that had traded him away in a package with Adam Jones four years prior. I had seen this scenario before. Tillman gets called up after a strong showing in the minors, does okay, but can’t get out of his own way with elevated pitch counts and ill-placed fastballs when behind in the count. Knowing this, I opted […]

Thursday’s O’s Links: Who Will Seize Power in the Warehouse?

Brady Anderson and Dan Duquette talk with a microphone.
Guys, the Orioles won a game! A baseball game! Not like, one Oriole beat another Oriole in ping pong in the clubhouse! They actually played another major-league team and had more runs after nine innings. On top of that, Chris Davis has now homered two nights in a row! Mark Trumbo smoked a rocket single to score the two game-winning runs! One more win to 10. Dare to dream, Birdland. To the links. Orioles Game of Thrones and the Way Forward Orioles Hangout’s Tony Pente has a new 11-page piece […]

Thursday Thoughts: O’s Need a Plan for Front Office Future – Now!

Manny Machado & Jonathan Schoop.
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 took me a minute to grasp, but I figured out that since April 21, there have been the same number of no-hitters in Major League Baseball as there have been Orioles wins (three). That’s how it’s been […]

Series Preview: Orioles (8-26) vs. Royals (11-23)

sunset view of oriole park at camden yards
After going winless during their six-game stay on the West Coast, the Orioles will now return home to take on the Royals over a three-game set. The Orioles (8-26) will also be hoping that their upcoming nine-game home stand can help them climb out of the darkness. They’ve now dropped ten of their last twelve contests and have ended up in the win column just four times over their last 24 games. As a result, the O’s now dwell in the cellar of both the division and the American League. […]

Tuesday’s O’s Links: 0-Tel California

Pedro Araujo walks off the mound as the A's celebrate behind him.
After another winless road trip (their second already this season), and with a day off, many folks thought the Orioles would make some sort of management or front office shake-up yesterday. HA! Those people haven’t been following the Orioles for very long. We know better. To those oh, so uplifting links. Feels Like the Perfect “Fall” Day in Baltimore Like I said, many expected someone to get the axe yesterday. Most normal organizations would fire somebody if the team got off to the awful start the O’s did. The Orioles […]

Orioles Losers of 101 of 162 Games

cartoon of sad orioles bird face
We all remember when the Orioles started 2017 with a 22-10 record, right? Does that seem like a million years ago or what? Little did we know, that would be the best that we Birds fans would feel about ourselves for the foreseeable future. I bring up that hot start not to further depress you – though that could easily be a side effect…sorry – but because, if you were to start a “season” with the game after that 22-10 start, then it would have ended last night in Oakland. […]

Series Preview: Orioles (8-23) at Athletics (15-16)

Andrew Cashner pitches.
After getting swept by the Los Angeles Angels, the Orioles will look to salvage something from a West Coast trip in their upcoming three-game series in Oakland. The Orioles (8-23) must be wondering when the tide will turn for them. A brutal start to the season has left them in the cellar of the American League East. They’ve now won just three contests over their last 18 games, and their woes are magnified away from Camden Yards. The O’s have lost nine straight games on the road and have been […]

Thursday Thoughts: Defending the Davis Contract (Kinda!)

Chris Davis prepares to defend at first base.
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. Another week, another bit of time spent by me in this space explaining something I wrote on another website. I take the time this week because my piece over at MASNSports.com on Chris Davis has generated a ton […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Orioles Top Trade Chips…Sad Yet?

Dylan Bundy jogs in Spring Training.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before (actually, don’t, because I’m going to finish anyway): The Orioles couldn’t muster up any offense and wasted a good starting pitching performance. The Birds had just one hit – a Manny Machado double, of course – until the ninth inning in their opener in Anaheim. They put together three in the ninth to tie the game at 2-2, but Brad Brach was Bad Brach and he let the Halos walk it off just a half-inning later. Alex Cobb finally remembered how to […]

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. […]