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Chris Davis Set to Break Orioles Strikeout Record

A baseball player breaks his bat over his knee.
He just tied a franchise record previously held by Orioles’ great, the Iron Man, Cal Ripken. He tied the record with 8,027 FEWER at bats than Cal. He tied the record with 2,029 FEWER games than Cal. That’s the equivalent of 12 ½ FULL seasons. Impressed? He adds to his amazing feat at the rate of once every 2.7 plate appearances. If he continues his torrid pace for the balance of his contract, he will rank 5th in Major League Baseball history, one notch ahead of Alex Rodriquez, who took […]

Word on the Street: Bad Pitching and an Empty Farm in Birdland

Buck Showalter stands with his hands on his hips.
The O’s have hit a rough patch, and it all starts with the starting pitching. Press play or read below for more. With the Orioles mired in a seven-game losing streak, perhaps it’s time to look at why the season is seemingly falling apart. It can all be traced back to the starting pitching. The Orioles don’t spend the necessary money on top line starting pitching, so they have to depend on their farm system. You can look at the rotation and see products of the farm system such as […]

Word on the Street: Castillo a Pleasant Surprise; Can Gausman Get on Track?

Welington Castillo of the Orioles runs the bases.
While Welington Castillo has been a pleasant surprise, the O’s need more from Kevin Gausman. Press play or read below for more. After a 1-6 road trip that saw the Orioles lose every game by one run, all the team needed was return to Camden Yards to get back to their winning ways. The O’s are now 14-3 at home this season after Welington Castillo’s game winning home run in the bottom of the 10th against the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night. Speaking of Castillo, the catcher is now […]

Word on the Street: “Rivalries” Are Overrated

Buck Showalter argues with an umpire while Manny Machado watches.
O’s-Red Sox has seemingly become a “rivalry,” or at least that’s what all the big networks, who smell blood in the water, want us to believe. As an O’s fan, I’d rather just watch baseball. Press play or read below for more. With the recent bad blood that’s been bubbling up in the O’s-Red Sox games, many outlets, both in Boston and nationally, are trying to drum up the “rivalry” that’s brewing here. After the drama last weekend, ESPN quickly picked up one of the games this week. MLB Network […]

Word on the Street: Machado’s Slide Causes Controversy

Manny Machado slides into Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedrioa at second base.
We had some controversy in last night’s win. Click play or read the transcript below. The Baltimore Orioles won again on Friday night, 2-0 over the Boston Red Sox behind 7-plus shutout innings from Dylan Bundy and clutch bullpen work by Mychal Givens, Donnie Hart, and Brad Brach. Unfortunately, we’re not talking about Bundy this morning. Instead, we’re talking about a play involving Manny Machado in the bottom of the eighth inning. Machado – who had homered earlier to give the Birds an insurance run – slid into second base […]

Word on the Street: O’s Should be Pursuing a Trade for Steve Pearce

pearce after batting with confused look on face
The Baltimore Orioles missed out on Melvin Upton, Jr. They should try to acquire a former Oriole to get their LF platoon back in order. Press play or read below for more. The O’s had perhaps their most effective outfield platoon since the days of Lowenstein and Roenicke with Joey Rickard and Hyun Soo Kim. Unfortunately, Rickard is out until at least September, and while it looked for a moment like help was on the way in the form of Melvin Upton, Jr., the Blue Jays rained all over that […]

Word on the Street: If Kim Goes to DL, Reimold/Rickard Platoon in Order

orioles baseball player waiting at home plate to hit baseball
Hyun Soo Kim tore it up for the O’s in the first half, but aggravated his hamstring last week. If he goes on the DL – he’ll test the hammy on Sunday – a Joey Rickard/Nolan Reimold platoon could bridge the gap. Read below or press play for more. Hyun Soo Kim was booed on Opening Day at Camden Yards by many fans who thought he was selfish to refuse a minor league assignment after a poor Spring Training. The outfielder hit just .178 in the spring and did not […]

Word on the Street: Manny Machado is Awesome

machado wearing headset at press conference
On Manny Machado‘s 24th birthday, let’s take a moment and appreciate what he’s done so far, and look forward to what he still may accomplish as an Oriole. Press play or read below for more. Today is the 24th birthday of one Manuel Arturo Machado – happy birthday, Manny. I thought this was a good occasion to look back and celebrate all that Manny has accomplished thus far. To do this, I’ll be getting a hand from the great O’s Stats and Facts Twitter account, which you should be following […]

Word on the Street: Record Home Run Pace & Getting On Base

Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop celebrate.
The Orioles set a record for home runs in June, but the home run ball hasn’t been their only offensive weapon, nor can it continue to be going forward. Press play or read below for more. The Orioles closed out the month of June with a record in their pockets. Hyun Soo Kim‘s home run in the seventh inning of Thursday’s loss to the Mariners was the 56th for the O’s in June. The Birds passed the 1996 Oakland A’s for the most in that month. And while the Orioles […]

Word on the Street: Hurry Back, Darren O’Day!

Darren O'Day looks in at home plate.
The Baltimore Orioles desperately miss Darren O’Day. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like he’ll be back any time in the very near future. Read below or press play for more. The Orioles have a much-needed off day today, after playing 29 games in the past 30 days. Ubaldo Jimenez did a great – and unexpected – job of giving the bullpen some rest on Wednesday night, throwing six full innings in the Birds’ 7-2 win. However, when the O’s resume play Friday – starting a stretch of 16 games in 17 […]

Word on the Street: We Salute You, Zach Britton

orioles pitcher with arm back and about to throw ball
Baltimore Orioles closer Zach Britton has been dominant as a closer since moving into the role in 2014, but has taken it up another notch in 2016. Press play or read below for more. A few years ago, Zach Britton looked like he might be just another forgotten name in a long list of failed Orioles starting pitching prospects. Until Ubaldo Jimenez matched him this past Sunday, he was the last O’s starter to go just 1/3 of an inning in a start, doing so on July 30, 2011. However, […]

Word on the Street: Flaherty Proving his Value at Third Base

Ryan Flaherty stretches and watches.
I’m sure some of you have seen some of my posts for the new “Hot Take Tuesday” series here at Eutaw Street Report. My mission is to come up with an unpopular opinion and back it up with facts and statistics. I’ve swung and missed a few times, have been called an idiot on several occasions, and have been forced to eat my words when my opinion backfires. This week, I’m bringing my hot take to Word on the Street, and it’s one that opposes a past article I wrote. […]

Word on the Street: Something Magic is Happening

Orioles Magic lyrics on the wall of the stairwell.
The Baltimore Orioles have become the comeback kids lately, as their offense slumbers early in games only to explode later on. Read below or press play for more. Birdland has been getting quite the dose of Orioles Magic here of late. A week ago today, the O’s dropped their second straight to Boston to fall to just six games over .500 for the first time since May 8. Since then, they’ve won five of six, and have done so with a hefty dose of what we like to call Orioles […]

Word on the Street: Kim Continues to Impress

Hyun Soo Kim and Wayne Kirby bump fists.
Hyun Soo Kim picked up three more hits Friday night and is hitting .391. He is adjusting to MLB play very nicely. Press play or read below for more. After dropping the first two games of the Boston Red Sox series and looking like a team that may not be in the same class as their counterpart, the O’s found a way to win the next two games of the series despite horrific starting performances by Mike Wright and Ubaldo Jimenez. After a win on Friday night against the New […]

Word on the Street: Jimenez Has O’s Between a Rock & a Hard Place

Ubaldo Jimenez wipes his face with his jersey as he walks off the mound.
Ubaldo Jimenez was awful again on Saturday, lasting just 1.2 innings and allowing five runs in the Orioles’ loss in Cleveland. The team has very few good options regarding the veteran’s spot in the rotation. Read below or press play for more. What else can be said about Ubaldo Jimenez’s 2016 season? After ten starts, the 32-year-old right-hander has an ERA over six and has pitched six innings in a game just three times. His latest debacle came Saturday, lasting just one-and-two-thirds innings and allowing five runs in Saturday’s blowout […]

Word on the Street: Machado Impresses Anywhere on the Diamond

Manny Machado prepares to throw the runner out.
Manny Machado has continued his superb play since moving to shortstop with J.J. Hardy on the DL. Wherever Buck puts him, the young phenom impresses. Press play or read the transcript below for more. Manny Machado has entered the “best player in baseball” conversation with his strong start to the 2016 campaign. After becoming just the seventh player in Orioles franchise history to record 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases in a season last year, Machado has picked up right where he left off and appears to be the […]

Word on the Street: Orioles Spreading the Love on Offense

Adam Jones prepares to hit.
The Orioles offense isn’t exactly clicking on all cylinders, but the production is being nicely spread around. Press play or read below for more: Since bottoming out at .198 following an 0-for-4 in the first game of a doubleheader against Oakland on May 7, Adam Jones has hit in eight straight games, a span during which he’s gone 15-for-34 with two doubles, four homers and 10 RBI. He’s driven in at least one run in six straight games. Joining him on an offensive tear lately has been Jonathan Schoop. Schoop […]

Word on the Street: Great Early Results for Tillman’s New Arsenal

Chris Tillman winds up to pitch.
Chris Tillman‘s tweaked arsenal of pitches has him hurling as good as, or better than, ever early in 2016. Can he keep it going against Detroit? Click play or read below for more. Chris Tillman takes the mound tonight for the Orioles against the Detroit Tigers and will look to win his fifth game of the season and continue his huge bounce back season. The right-hander has a 3.05 ERA with a 1.20 WHIP, but more impressive is his 9.4 strikeouts per nine innings which ranks in the top 25 […]

Word on the Street: O’s Hardly Alone in Reliance on HR Ball

Chris Davis (19) rounds third base after hitting a monster home run in the top of the ninth inning of Craig Kimbrel.
Yes, the Orioles rely on the home run ball – maybe a little too much. But they’re hardly unique in that regard these days. Press play or read the transcript below for more. The Orioles’ power bats were on full display on Sunday afternoon, as the team mashed six home runs in their 11-3 drubbing of the Oakland Athletics. Highlighted by Manny Machado’s two dingers – one of which was also his second-career grand slam – it was a fun exhibition of power to watch indeed, as Pedro Alvarez, Mark […]

Word on the Street: Time for Buck to Shake Up the Lineup

Adam Jones prepares to hit.
The Orioles are still hovering near first place, but they’re staying there in an unexpected way. If they want to continue to contend, they need some more offense, and it might be time for Buck to shake up the batting order. Press play or read below for more. The Orioles may not be flying atop the American League East as the calendar turns to May, but it’s not like they’ve taken a nosedive either. The Birds are benefiting in games at Camden Yards, posting one of the better home records […]