About Derek Arnold

Derek Arnold

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 

Darren O’Day: Still the Man

Darren O'Day prepares to pitch.
Darren O’Day. That’s a name that, for a time, was right up there with death & taxes as far as “things you can count on.” In Baltimore, anyway, O’Day coming in in the seventh or eighth inning and quickly advancing the proceedings to allow Jim Johnson or Zach Britton their next save opportunity was nearly as automatic as ol #8, Cal Ripken Jr., trotting out onto the infield every night. Claimed off waivers from Texas in November of 2011, O’Day came to Baltimore and immediately impressed as a key cog […]

Monday’s O’s Links: Birds Fly North!

Adam Jones throws the ball in the field.
Spring Training has come to an end, and the O’s are heading north. They will stop in Norfolk for a game against the Tides, but otherwise Opening Day is basically upon us. You have three days to dig all the orange out of your closet/attic and make sure it’s washed, ironed, and ready to rock on Thursday. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. To the penultimate pre-Opening Day version of links! O’s Could Continue Having Davis Bat Leadoff When Chris Davis has been batting leadoff in Grapefruit league games, we’ve […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Dylan Bundy to Make First Opening Day Start

Dylan Bundy jogs in Spring Training.
The snow has already completely cleared from the ground in most parts of Baltimore, a fitting sight as we sit now less than a week from Opening Day. Now let’s push that mercury a bit further up, eh Mother Nature? To the links… Bundy “Humbled” to Get Opening Day Start Dylan Bundy spilled the beans in a MASN interview during yesterday’s Spring Training game between the O’s and Red Sox. Good for him! Figured it would have been Gausman again. Roberts and Manfra Elected to Orioles Hall of Fame A […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Hi, Alex!

Alex Cobb of the Rays in his windup.
While we were all scrambling to stock up on our bread, milk, and toilet paper yesterday evening, the Orioles were finalizing discussions with Alex Cobb to bring the free agent pitcher to Baltimore. Our staff gave their knee-jerk reactions to the signing here. Let’s get into some more Cobb, shall we? Rubbing Mud: Alex Cobb vs. PECOTA You may have noticed (if you’re into that kind of thing) that Baseball Prospectus’s projection system, PECOTA, isn’t a fan of Cobb. In this article from earlier in the offseason, BP’s Matt Trueblood […]

Monday’s O’s Links – Manny Goes Health Nut to Prepare for SS

Manny Machado playing shortstop.
It was a heck of a weekend for Baltimore sports fans, courtesy of the UMBC Retrievers. I’ve gushed about that elsewhere, so I’ll spare you here. On the baseball side of things, we’re now less than two work weeks from Opening Day…so of course it’s supposed to snow tomorrow. Get bent, weather. To those links. Oral History of Adam Jones’ WBC Catch A year ago yesterday, my son Brooks joined the world. Also a year ago yesterday, Adam Jones robbed Manny Machado of a home run in the World Baseball […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Mark Trumbo Heads to DL

Mark Trumbo in his fielding stance.
As Opening Day crawls toward us, it seems that Ol’ Man Winter has no designs on releasing his grip on the Baltimore area any time soon. So for now, stay inside, get cozy, and check out these O’s links. Trey Mancini – Role Player or Future Star? Orioles Hangout’s Luke Siler takes a long and detailed look at Trey Mancini from the perspective of a scout wondering what the future holds for the Trey Train. It looks like Trey is set to be an average player, unless he can make […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Chris Tillman Threw Some Pitches

Chris Tillman winds up to pitch.
I’m really sick of winter, you guys (& gals). The Yard is calling my name. On the bright side, we’re pretty much just March Madness away from Opening Day. It can’t get here soon enough. In the meantime…links! Are the Orioles Done? Trying to improve the roster, that is. Matt Kremnitzer of Camden Depot reflects on what’s been a frustrating and confusing offseason, now that it looks, for all intents and purposes, like the O’s are finished adding to the roster. Free Tickets for Kids is a Great Start. Here […]

Monday’s O’s Links: Lance Lynn Signs…Elsewhere

Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn delivers.
Over the weekend, O’s fans had our Lance Lynn dreams crushed, when it was reported that the righty had agreed to a one-year deal with the Minnesota Twins. A one-year deal…sounds like the kind of thing the O’s should have been able to offer a hefty amount for, in a win-or-die season, yes? Sigh. To the links… East Notes: Lynn, Orioles, etc. Roch says that the O’s “appeared open to three guaranteed years, but preferred two with a vesting option” in their talks with Lynn’s representatives. I’m not sure Roch […]

The Orioles Were MLB’s Slowest Team in 2017

Chris Davis trots around the bases.
Have you ever watched a bird try to fly against a strong headwind, pumping its little wings furiously in an effort to move forward, only to be slowly blown backwards, or at the very least, staying stationary, stuck in a sort of avian limbo? I always feel bad for those birds when I see them. It’s sort of the same feeling I get watching the Baltimore Orioles try to run. You don’t hear much about speed when it comes to the Orioles, and when you do, it’s in the form […]

Friday’s O’s Links: That’s Our Secret Weapon? Seriously?

Richard Bleier throws from the mound.
Someone took our advice, but it wasn’t the O’s. Jon Jay…really? Richard Bleier was a nice surprise…can he do it again? And the Orioles “secret weapon” will depress you to no end. To the links! The Rays’ Unique Starting Rotation Now this is annoying. Earlier this week, Steve Caimano wrote right on this site that the O’s should use a “3-man rotation,” splitting the fourth and fifth days among guys only expected to get through the lineup once. It seems the Tampa Bay Rays were listening – they’re doing just […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links – Riding the Trey Train into 2018

Trey Mancini watches the ball after making contact.
Right to it today… No Excuses Hold Up in O’s Failure to Aggressively Pursue Jon Jay Dan Connolly covered the O’s for The Baltimore Sun for many years. He was a victim of a round of layoffs/buyouts a few years back, and now he covers the team for his venture with Steve Cockey, Baltimore Baseball dot com. He’s been beating the Jon Jay drum all offseason, and last night, after Jay signed with KC for peanuts, Dan took the O’s brass to the woodshed over their lack of interest. Ownership, […]

Monday’s O’s Links: Kevin Gausman Sizzles in Latest Spring Start

Kevin Gausman pitches in Sarasota.
Just as we were starting to think warm thoughts, with Spring Training games in full swing and some unseasonably warm weather gracing us, Winter roared back into Baltimore over the weekend. Hopefully you have electricity, and there are no downed trees in your yard or neighborhood causing havoc. That wasn’t fun at all. For those O’s fans in the diaspora – be glad you weren’t close to home for our most recent “bomb cyclone.” ‘Tweren’t enjoyable. Now, to the links! Nine Up, Nine Down for Kevin Gausman After suffering a […]

ESR Joins The Fanimal on 105.7

Colby Rasmus finishes his swing and watches the ball as he starts to run.
Did you know that 105.7 actually has SPORTS TALK on Saturday mornings now, as opposed to just financial advice snoozefests? At least for an hour, anyway. From 8-9 AM (for now – stay tuned), the Editor-in-Chief of this here site and of our sister site, Russell Street Report, Tony Lombardi, hosts “The Fanimal,” a jam-packed hour of sports talk geared solely towards those of us who root for the Orioles and Baltimore Ravens. Tony is joined by Miles Goodman and a local musician every episode. This week, Tony was kind […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links – Masahiro Gausman?

Kevin Gausman pitches in Sarasota.
The Birds got in the win column yesterday against Tampa, winning 2-1. So no more worrying that they would match 2016’s 0-10-2 start to Grapefruit League play, I suppose. Here’s Hunter Harvey throwing some gas in the start: https://twitter.com/MLBPipeline/status/968657995340038144 Gimme dem links. Hunter Harvey Stellar in Start, After Long Road to It Britt’s recap of the game and Harvey’s outing. “Stellar” might be putting it a bit strongly, but the 3 K’s were nice. Here’s to those injury issues truly being behind Hunter. Gausman is Finding His Inner Tanaka As […]

Monday’s O’s Links: The O’s Put the Funk in Dysfunctional

Pedro Alvarez of the Orioles prepares to hit.
The O’s went winless (though they managed a tie!) during the first weekend of Spring Training action. I think it was 2016 that they didn’t win a Grapefruit League game until like St. Patrick’s Day or something, right? Remember not to get caught up in these results, friends. Here are some things to get caught up in instead. With No Deal from O’s, Flaherty Starting Over with Phillies Don’t focus on the fact that it’s Ryan Flaherty being discussed here; the lede is buried. In this piece by Eduardo Encina […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Spring Training Games Start Today!

Manny Machado trots around the bases.
I have great news and not-so-great news. The great news first – BASEBALL IS ON TODAY! You can watch the Birds start Grapefruit League play against the new-look Tampa Bay Rays at 1:05 on MASN, or listen on 105.7 The Fan. The not-so-great news: Mike Wright will be on the bump to kick things off. Not exactly setting the tone for a great season, huh? Here’s to Mike getting through his scheduled two innings without having a complete meltdown. In the meantime, whet your whistle with today’s O’s links: Orioles […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Rasmus? Really?

Colby Rasmus rounds the bases after a HR.
My 11-month old is napping, so I have a couple minutes to get you some links on this gorgeous Wednesday. Let’s get right to it. Bird’s Eye View Episode 225: Pitching Staph Are we back to weekly BEV episodes?! Or is it, like this 70-degree weather over the last couple days, just a tease? Either way, listen in to hear Jake & Scott give their thoughts on Andrew Cashner, Chris Tillman, this year’s radio crew, and plenty more. Locked On Orioles: Episode 1 Justin McGuire, who does the awesome Baseball […]

Monday’s O’s Links: Chris Tillman is Back

Chris Tillman winds up to pitch.
In the least surprising move of the offseason, the Birds brought back Chris Tillman this morning. We all expected this, and it’s finally official. Chris Tillman is returning to orioles. Deal agreed to. — Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 19, 2018 With incentives, the Tillman deal can reach up to $10 million. $3M is guaranteed. — Dan Connolly (@danconnolly2016) February 19, 2018 Player Opt-Outs Could Have Really Helped the Orioles Over at Camden Depot, Nate DeLong argues that, with the odd course this offseason has taken regarding free agent signings, along […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Straight Cashner, Homie

Andrew Cashner in an O's hat and Sunglasses.
You may have heard that the Orioles emerged from their winter hibernation yesterday and actually signed a pitcher. Let’s talk about that – and some other stuff – in today’s O’s Links. Here’s hopin’ Cashner negotiated an exemption from the Orioles’ stupid archaic facial hair policy that allows him to keep that sweet beard. Happy first Friday of Spring Training, Birdland. The Orioles are Paying Money to Andrew Cashner Jeff Sullivan writing about the Orioles? Be still my heart. If you’re looking for fancy-stat reasons to be bullish on Cashner…look […]

Orioles Sign Andrew Cashner to Two-Year Deal

Andrew Cashner pitches for the Padres.
Hey, they finally did something! Source: #orioles are signing RHP Andrew Cashner to a 2-year deal with $16 million guaranteed — Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) February 15, 2018 Andrew Cashner, most recently of the Texas Rangers, joins the Orioles as a much-needed actual MLB starting pitcher. That’s fun! Less fun are Cashner’s recent numbers and very concerning peripherals, of course. He was 11-11 for the Rangers in 2017, pitching 166.2 innings, allowing 156 hits, striking out 86 and walking 64, while posting a 3.40 ERA and 4.61 FIP. On the bright […]
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