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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 

Monday’s O’s Links: Where Have You Gone, “Crush?”

A baseball player breaks his bat over his knee.
Jeremy Hellickson went full Oriole yesterday, going from absolutely cruising (26 pitches in three perfect innings to start the game) to blowing up (five runs in the fourth), denying his team the three-of-four they could have REALLY used in Oakland. Now they head to Seattle, which gives me nightmares, and has ever since Hisashi Iwakuma no-hit us a couple years back, needing two of three to salvage a 5-5 road trip. Not ideal! Let’s see what’s up in the links. Rotation Fixes Still Needed for O’s Our own Andrew Stetka, […]

“O’s Cap” Dooms Birds to 10 Straight Friday Losses

The Orioles looked to be well on their way to notching their second straight win last night to begin their four-game set in Oakland. The win would have also gotten them back to .500 (again), and made them 3-2 through half of this crucial 10-game west coast swing. Ubaldo Jimenez was dominant, striking out 11 over 5.1 innings (and eight in the first three) before being removed from the game thanks to a line drive to the leg. They were up 4-3 headed to the bottom of the eighth, with […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Because Of Course That Happened

Parker Bridwell of the Orioles holds a baseball near his cap.
The O’s missed out on a golden chance to pick up another game in the Wild Card hunt, because former Bird Parker Bridwell shut them down over seven innings. OF COURSE HE DID. Who didn’t see that coming? Let’s see what everybody is saying about Mr. Bridwell & more today. Among Orioles’ Recent ‘Lost Boys’ Dumping of Bridwell May be Biggest Headscratcher The O’s let Bridwell go for absolutely nothing, after never even giving him a real shot at the MLB level. Perhaps he isn’t REALLY a 3.00 ERA pitcher, […]

Monday’s O’s Links: Get Those Coffeemakers Ready

Manny Machado and Mike Trout sie-by-side.
After Friday night, it looked like the Orioles were really going to make last week a complete mirror image of the 2014 postseason – instead of sweeping Detroit in three then getting swept in four by Kansas City, they were going to sweep KC for three, then get swept by the Tigers over four straight. Fortunately, they righted the ship and managed a split with Detroit to put the finishing touches on a very nice 5-2 homestand. Now comes the dreaded West Coast trip. Get the coffeemakers ready, Birdland. We’ve […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Congrats to Nick Markakis!

player after just hitting pitch during baseball game
So far, this week is turning out like a mirror image of the 2014 postseason. Hopefully the Birds can turn the tide and pick up at least two (preferably three) games against Detroit this weekend, to cap off what would have been quite a successful homestand before heading off on the dreaded west coast trip. Let’s see what everybody is saying about our O’s. Orioles Take the Road to 2018 The Orioles, in doing what they did at the trade deadline, laid bare not only their intentions to keep trying […]

Orioles Acquire Tim Beckham from Rays

Tim Beckham of the Rays gives a high five.
The 4:00 PM deadline came and went, and O’s fans accepted the fact that Zach Britton, as well as lesser pieces like Welington Castillo, Seth Smith, and Brad Brach, were all staying put, and no haul of prospects would be coming to Baltimore. We were ready to move on, though most found themselves cursing Dan Duquette’s (or Peter Angelos’, depending on where you prefer to place your blame) name. But then, at about 4:09, something hit our Twitter timelines. The Orioles had, in fact, made a move! Who was on […]

Monday’s O’s Links: As the Rumor Mill Turns

Zach Britton throws from the mound.
The O’s took two of three in Texas over the weekend, finishing the season at 6-1 against the Rangers. Can’t we play them more often? In other news, the rumor mill continues to turn, but so far the only trade the O’s have pulled off is Hyun-soo Kim for Jeremy Hellickson. Some fans aren’t too happy about that one. What else is up? For teams thinking prices on RP market would come down as 4pm gets closer, they're not. Hand, Britton, Kintzler all garnering huge interest. — Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) […]

Orioles Trade Hyun-soo Kim for Jeremy Hellickson

The Orioles made a very puzzling move late tonight. While they were getting pummeled by the Texas Rangers 8-2, Dan Duquette was shuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic, trading OF Hyun-soo Kim to the Philadelphia Phillies for Jeremy Hellickson. First and foremost, I’m happy for Kim, as I’m sure most O’s fans are. While I love Buck Showalter, his usage (or lack thereof) of Kim over the last 1.5 years was always a sore spot. Kim proved that he could hit at the MLB level when given the chance, […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Market Weak for Zach Britton

Zach Britton looks into home plate.
The O’s get back at it tonight in Texas, where the Rangers will be looking for some revenge. I regret to inform you that we still have no trades to report, so let’s see what else is up… Trade Retrospective: Wade Miley vs. Ariel Miranda With no 2017 trades to talk about yet, let’s talk about a 2016 one that’s going, uh… Is it that bad though? Joe Wantz of Camden Depot investigates. Ranking the Orioles’ Top 40 Prospects Right Now Top 40! FORTY! Greg Goldstein digs deeeeeeep for Baltimore […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: O’s Delusional?

Wade Miley was decent last night, except for that one inning in which he wasn’t. Those five runs Tampa put up in the second inning were enough for them to pull off the 5-4 victory and even the series. The O’s try to take it today at Noon, but Ubaldo is on the bump, so we’re not getting our hopes up. Still no trades to report, so let’s see what else is up in the Blog O’sphere. Should the Orioles Buy, Sell, or Stay at the MLB Trade Deadline? SB […]

Monday’s O’s Links: Britton Sets AL Record, but Teams Still Scared?

Zach Britton throws in spring training.
The O’s narrowly avoided the sweep on Sunday, which may be a bit of a double-edged sword. With the nonsense Dan Duquette was spewing at the season-ticket holder event on Saturday afternoon, maybe the Birds NEEDED to be swept. There’s still no selling going on. With every day that remains the case, the chances that the O’s do something really silly just increases. To the links, where we may have some answers…. How Has Dan Duquette Fared in “Sell” Deals? Dan Connolly chronicles Dan Duquette’s history of trading away veteran […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Bidding War Emerging for Britton?

orioles pitcher with arm back and about to throw ball
A four-game sweep! Who saw that coming? Not many of us, that’s for darn sure. The buzzsaw that is the Houston Astros come to town now though, so we’ll see how the hot Birds can stack up against a true contender. The bet here is that we’ll all by screaming “SELL!” again by Monday. That’s probably not a bad thing, because… Bidding War Emerging for Zach Britton Buster Olney says teams are bidding against each other for Zach. This is good news. Caleb Joseph has Recovered Nicely Matt Kremnitzer on […]

Does Trey Mancini Have a Rookie of the Year Case?

Trey Mancini of the Orioles leans forward in sunglasses.
Yesterday, our friends over at @BirdlandStats (check out their work on ESR here) tweeted out some interesting facts about Trey Mancini and past Rookie of the Year award winners: Most recent rookies (qualified for BA title) w/ 15+ HRs, 50+ RBIs, & .300+ BA: T. ManciniA. JudgeC. SeagerJ. AbreuM. TroutA. Pujols — O's Stats & Facts (@BirdlandStats) July 20, 2017 I don’t know about you, but I’m not sure that I can say I quite realized how remarkable “Boom Boom” has been for a rookie this season. Now, he of […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Rockies Interested in Gausman & Bundy

Dylan Bundy jogs in Spring Training.
The last two nights have been a nice little reminder that baseball can indeed be fun. Now the worry is, of course, that they’ll also fool the owner into thinking this team has the potential to keep winning games every night for the next two-plus months, which is, of course, not the case. Let’s see what everybody else is saying. Orioles Score Six Runs Before Recording an Out Like I said, that was fun. Four Possible Trade Packages for Zach Britton The O’s could get a lot for Zach Britton. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 – […]
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