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RSR/ESR Senior Editor. Derek is originally from and a current resident of Pasadena, MD. He’s a graduate of UMBC and has been a lifelong Baltimore sports fan. In 2007 he founded B’More Birds’ Nest, where he wrote about the Ravens and Orioles before joining RSR in 2012. Derek tells anyone who asks that he has the best job in the world. Follow Derek on Twitter: @BMoreBirdsNest 

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Monday’s O’s Links: A Series Win!

Trey Mancini and Jace Peterson high five.
Don’t look now, but the Orioles actually won a series! I say that not in the “hey, the O’s may be ready to make a run!” sense, but rather in the “you may want to double check and make sure the sun still rose in the east this morning” sense. It was the Birds’ first home series win of the year, and just their second overall. The other, of course, was when they took three of four in the Bronx, fooling us all. The Yankees have won more games in […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Stages of Grief, Tearing it Down, & More

Tim Beckham looks through his sunglasses.
Mother Nature was sick of watching the Orioles play baseball too, so she drenched Baltimore yesterday evening, precluding the O’s and Rays from kicking off their three-game set until tonight. It’s now a two-game set, and yesterday’s game will be made up as part of a single-admission doubleheader on May 12. The Birds have lost 11 of 13 games in a span of 15 days. There was one scheduled off-day in there, plus another rainout in Boston. Those other off days…didn’t help. Perhaps this one will be different. To the […]

Monday’s O’s Links – Manny & Dylan Try to Do it All, Can’t

Manny Machado trots around the bases.
The weekend started off nicely, as Dylan Bundy dealt, Manny Machado hit a home run, and the Birds beat Cleveland 3-1. Machado added another two-homer game on Sunday, but that wasn’t enough, as the O’s lost on both Saturday and Sunday. These two can’t do it all, OTHER GUYS. Basically, the Birds have two of the best players in MLB…and nothing else. Pitchers: Bundy 1.4Berrios/Scherzer/Sale 1.3 Next Oriole… 77. Cashner 0.0 — Eutaw Street Rep⚾rt (@EutawStReport) April 23, 2018 To the links. The Disgrace of Minor League Baseball It really […]

Friday’s O’s Links – Not Great!

cartoon of sad orioles bird face
It was quite a rough road trip for the Birds, as they weren’t able to cobble together even a single win in six tries in Boston and Detroit. Getting swept in Fenway by the red-hot Red Sox? Ok, sure – not ideal, but we’ll accept it. However, losing three straight in Detroit to the rebuilding (some would say “tanking”) Tigers? Simply unacceptable. That must have been one miserable ride home from The Motor City. A super-sized version of O’s links today, since I missed Wednesday’s edition. What Do You Do […]

The Orioles Offense has Been (Mostly) Bad for a Long Time

Chris Davis swings.
When we think of the Orioles, several things come to mind: good bullpen, bad starting pitching, and an offense that is good enough to make up for the latter sometimes, and to give the former a lead late often enough, usually through the use of a large amount of home runs. That’s been the formula in Baltimore for as long as most of us remember, and for at least as long as Buck Showalter‘s Birds have made themselves relevant again in the American League East on a mostly annual basis. […]

Monday’s O’s Links – We Could Have Used More Rain

Certainly not the weekend any of us were hoping for up in Beantown. The O’s lost all three games they played, and today’s brunchtime tilt has already been rained out. The weather gods are showing the Birds some mercy at least, even if the Red Sox hitters were in no such mood. Hopefully the Birds can regroup a bit today before they head out to face Detroit. This will be just their second series of the year against a team that didn’t make the playoffs in 2017, so it would […]

Friday’s O’s Links: We Can’t Get Enough Richard Bleier

Richard Bleier throws from the mound.
After a much-needed off day, things get…well, they don’t get easier at all, quite frankly. The Birds travel to Boston to face the Red Sox, who are 10-2, for another four-game stressfest. I hate the MLB schedule-makers, man. To some links… Richard Bleier is the O’s Other Groundball-Generating Machine Camden Depot’s Matt Kremnitzer just can’t get enough of Richard Bleier. And hey, I can’t really say that I blame him. That guy has been incredibly reliable. How’s he doing it? Matt tries to shed some light on the subject. Your […]

Bundy, Machado Pacing Orioles Early

Manny Machado jogs the bases.
For a team to have a successful season – one that includes a serious playoff push, and important games well into August and September – unexpected performances must emerge. Think Steve Pearce in 2014 – 4.5 fWAR in 102 games! Mark Trumbo in 2016 – we expected some power, sure, but 47 home runs worth? Hardly. Whether or not such a player emerges here in 2018 remains to be seen. However, isn’t it also nice when the players a team expects to shoulder the bulk of the load step up […]

Monday’s O’s Links – Birds Bounce Back in Bronx

Anthony Santander, Danny Valencia, and Craig Gentry high five.
Three of four from the Yankees in New York, just as we all predicted, right? How many games will the O's win in NY this weekend? — Eutaw Street Rep⚾rt (@EutawStReport) April 5, 2018 Hey, the Birds only won TWO games in Yankee Stadium all of 2017, and they got dominated most every time they played there. Throw in that dismal 1-5 start – that is now comfortably in the rearview – and you can forgive Birdland for its collective pessimism. Now that we’re all feeling a bit better about […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Off the Schneid!

A Kingfisher smiling bird logo.
It took nearly a week, but the Birds finally picked up their second win of the season. That they did it at Yankee Stadium, where they won only two games in 2017, was a nice little bonus. Here’s to getting at least one more this weekend. Two would be awesome, but I’m not getting ahead of myself. Brad Brach struck out Brent Gardner to end the game, which was also pleasant. Extra satisfying that it was Gardner. pic.twitter.com/opI1ir7bRt — Eutaw Street Rep⚾rt (@EutawStReport) April 6, 2018 To the links. Cashner […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Warm, Warm Beer

Mike Wright of the Orioles prepares to pitch.
Just as we all predicted, Mike Wright nearly matched Justin Verlander last night. He was in line to pick up the win when he left after five innings, but on a night where the starting pitching was surprisingly good and the team finally remembered how to use those pieces of wood in their hands, it was the bullpen that failed miserably. Mychal Givens coughed up the lead, but it was our two Rule V picks who really let things get out of hand. The O’s are now 3-10 in Houston […]

Monday’s O’s Links: April Fools’ Day, or Groundhog Day?

Orioles OF Trey Mancini watches a home run at the wall.
After a magical Opening Day, where the Magic was on full display, Birdland was ready for a weekend of fun, dongs, solid starts, and shutdown bullpen innings. Alas, that was not to be. Minnesota took the final two games of the series – in distressingly dominant fashion – as the O’s bats were completely MIA, and Andrew Cashner’s egg Saturday night pale in comparison to the one Kevin Gausman poetically laid on Easter Sunday. The Birds now head to Houston and New York, so they’d better find their offense in […]

Let’s Draw a Bunch of Conclusions from One Game

Another O’pening Day, another walk-off. Ho hum. Buck Showalter moved to 8-0 on Opening Day as the Birds’ skipper, and the O’s became the first team in history to walk it off on three straight Opening Days. The #Orioles are the first team in baseball history to walk-off their opener in three straight seasons. — Ryan M. Spaeder (@theaceofspaeder) March 29, 2018 Cool! Of course, it was annoying that yesterday even required a walk-off, as the O’s had a 2-0 lead entering the ninth inning, and it was even still […]
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