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Hope Springs Eternal: The Spring is Bright for the O’s

empty baseball field with sun rising
submitted by Adam Mann Kristen Hudak Baseball is right around the corner. If you’re like me, the thought of turning on the TV night after night to watch the O’s can bring about mixed emotions. It’s fun to watch the prospects develop and imagine what the team might be like in a few years. But man, it can be hard to imagine that future sometimes when the team gets knocked around game after game. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t turn a few games off last season when […]

A Look at Potential Free Agent Outfield Targets

Adam Jones looks at his bat.
submitted by Ryan Hoak The hiring of Mike Elias, now two weeks past, has brought Orioles fans’ attention to the free agent market. Now the Orioles front office can focus on possible trades or free-agent signings, alongside hiring a new manager. This administration under Elias is aware they are not building a competitive 2019 Orioles team, but that doesn’t mean they can’t plug holes in the current roster. The biggest hole in the outfield on the current Orioles roster is right field. With the likely departure of beloved Oriole Adam […]

The O’s Woes Won’t Get Me Down

Trey Mancini catches a ball at first base.
The Orioles got swept by the Seattle Mariners. Their 4-2 loss on Thursday is their 57th to-date, and the Os have secured themselves a nice cozy spot at the very bottom of the well that is the AL East. Buck and the crew are laying at the bottom, looking up. But the well is so deep that they don’t even see a ring of light at the top, and there is no Lassie to alert rescuers of their plight.   A Disappointing Season To say that the Orioles’ 2018 campaign […]

Embracing My First Losing Season as an O’s Fan

Buck Showalter scowls from the dugout.
On Saturday, August 25th, 2012, I went to see the Orioles for the first time while on holiday from the UK. They won. I should have known then that it was too good to last. There was a lot to admire about the Orioles. Camden Yards was everything I’d imagined a baseball stadium would be, filled with countless touches to give it a warmth and a sense of history while also incorporating the trappings of modernity so often lacking in the soccer stadiums I’d grown up frequenting in the UK. […]

O’s Getting Little Bang for Their Buck

As the season comes to a disappointing end, I decided to take a look back at the production we got for our buck. Here is a glorious reminder of what we are paying some of our talent in 2017: Chris Davis                         $21,118,782 Adam Jones                        16,333,333 J.J. Hardy                           14,000,000 Ubaldo Jimenez                13,500,000 Manny Machado               11,500,000 Zach Britton                       11,400,000 Mark Trumbo                    11,000,000 Chris Tillman                     10,050,000 Wade Miley                        8,916,668 Darren O’Day                     7,000,000 Just in case you are scoring at home, these 10 Orioles make up 68.42% of the 2017 Payroll…I’ll wait […]

First-Inning Frowns in Birdland

Wade Miley & teammates huddle on the mound.
So here we are… Another evening switching over to MASN to watch our beloved Orioles. So here we are… Another evening switching the station from MASN because the starting pitcher can’t even get us out of the first inning competitively. Sounds very familiar, right? Thursday night, switching the station over to a Seinfeld episode I’ve seen 100 times made me wonder just how many times this year all of us in Birdland out there have made this early switch to “more rewarding programming options.” I’m just going to dig back […]

Are the Baltimore Orioles Playoff Bound?

Oriole Park at Camden Yards press box view.
The Baltimore Orioles shouldn’t be 25-17 after 42 games, but they’ve managed to transcend mediocre metrics and precarious scenarios to start the 2017 season with a bang. One of their latest adventures – a wild, 13-11, thirteen-inning thriller in Comerica Park against the Detroit Tigers – showed the Orioles ability to gut out wins in unorthodox ways. When key contributors heal from injury, and return to expected form, Baltimore’s knack for clutch play could become an intangible strength that separates them from the rest of the AL East. Before the […]

Is Matt Barnes’ Suspension a Gift for Buck Showalter?

Boston Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes walks off the mound.
In his foreword to Harry Sheehy’s book, Raising A Team Player, Joe Torre wrote, “The fundamental lesson, and that I now teach my players, is that for a team to win on a consistent basis, players need to exhibit unselfishness.” Sports coaches will routinely tell you that they look for any advantage they can gain, no matter how small. Torre learned about selflessness, putting the team first. As he went on to say, it’s not about who does best individually; it’s better to win as a team than be a […]

Wild Card Game Attracting Soaring Prices on Secondary Ticket Market

Rogers Centre in Toronto with the roof open.
After a 162-game marathon of a season, it all comes down to one final contest. The Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles, two AL East division rivals who know each other very well, will square off for the 20th-and most important time this year when they collide Tuesday night, Oct. 4, with a postseason berth on the line. The winner will be able to claim a spot in the American League Division Series, and a showdown opposite the AL-best Texas Rangers will be awaiting them. As is typically the case […]

O’s/Red Sox Drawing High Prices On Secondary Ticket Market

partial view of brick building and entrance to camden yards
There’s a big AL East four-game series beginning in Camden Yards tonight that could pretty much solidify the division going into the penultimate weekend of the baseball season. The Red Sox, owners of a three-game first-place lead in the division, will be traveling to Baltimore to take on the second-place Orioles, who currently sit three games back with 13 left to play. The O’s also still need to further cement their position at the top of the Wild Card standings, where they are currently one game up for the top […]

O’s Remaining Home Games Will Determine AL East Champion

Orioles fans high five at Oriole Park at camden yards.
As the season approaches its last few weeks, the Baltimore Orioles (76-63) are locked into a hotly-contested race for the AL East, while trying to hold onto one of the two AL Wild Card berths should they not emerge as the division champions. Currently, Baltimore is two games out of first place in the AL East, but they do hold the second AL Wild Card slot, albeit amidst a lot of competition. The Detroit Tigers trail them by only one game, with the New York Yankees also close behind, being […]

Crucial Orioles-Red Sox Two-Game Set Yielding Standout Value On Secondary Ticket Market

sun setting on brick building and camden yards
While it’s only a two-game set, the upcoming pair of games between the Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox will each carry a lot of magnitude in regards to the tight AL East divisional race. Going into Tuesday’s action, the O’s still reside in first place in the division, but they don’t have sole possession of it, as they currently are sharing the honors with the Toronto Blue Jays. The Red Sox, meanwhile, sit only one game out, while the New York Yankees — previously thought to be sellers at […]

Orioles Set for Big August, Featuring Top Rivals & Great Ticket Value

partial view of brick building and entrance to camden yards
The Baltimore Orioles (60-45) currently sit in first place in the American League East, but by the slimmest of margins, as their lead in front of both the Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays is just one game. The New York Yankees are also hanging around in the race, being just 6.5 games back. As expected, it’s been a true dogfight in the division this year, and it should remain that way up until the final day of the regular season. That being known, it’s going to take a […]

Orioles Upcoming Home Slate Features Games Against Potential Playoff Opponents

outfield at night with scoreboard at orioles stadium
The Baltimore Orioles have been one of the biggest surprises in baseball this season. Buoyed by a dynamic, powerful lineup, the Orioles have been clobbering home runs regularly, en route to posting one of the best home records in the American Leaguel. Mark Trumbo (28 HRs) currently leads baseball in home runs, while Manny Machado is having a career year. As the calendar turns from July to August, the Orioles will need to keep winning games in order to put distance between themselves and the rest of the AL East, […]

Orioles Performance in June Bolstering Ticket Prices in July

Orioles fans high five at Oriole Park at camden yards.
The Baltimore Orioles (45-30) have played extremely well in June and as a result, they currently sit four games ahead of the Boston Red Sox in the American League East for first place in the division. Baltimore has the most home wins in the American League (31) and currently paces the league in team home runs (120). Mark Trumbo has had a resurgence in Camden Yards, pacing the team with 22 long balls. Manny Machado and Chris Davis, who are trying to keep pace with Trumbo, have clubbed 18 home […]

Baltimore Orioles Season Opening Series Seeing Affordable Ticket Prices

sun setting over camden yards
Coming off a season in which they finished at exactly 81-81 and in third-place in the AL East division, the Baltimore Orioles will be looking to take it a step further in 2016, as they seek to return to the postseason. They made quite a few moves over the offseason in trying to make that happen, particular within their batting order, in which they are just oozing power. Prior to the offseason, they already boasted fixtures in the lineup like Chris Davis, Manny Machado and Adam Jones, but didn’t get […]

The Orioles Have a Shot in the AL East

md baseball oriole player running bases
submitted by Michael Payne We’ve only just entered February, so right now there aren’t a lot of predictions flying around for the MLB in 2016. There are a number of prominent free agents who are unsigned, there may be some trade action, and teams are still months away from showcasing themselves in spring training. Even so, one early set of predictions has been released, and as many might have expected the Orioles were left out of the winner’s circle in the AL East. Specifically, the predictions had the Yankees taking […]

What Can 2015 Teach the Orioles About 2016?

sunset view of oriole park at camden yards
Consistent inconsistency – the story of the 2015 Baltimore Orioles season. It was all rolling along as it should but then late August hit. The team dropped 12 of 13 to end the month and the O’s chances of repeating as division champions took a major blow. Not only did the team end August with a massive lull, they also went 5-5 to start September with eight of those games coming against division opponents. It doesn’t make any sense to go from such a high to this unbearable low in […]

Baltimore Orioles Stumble Into September, Still Not Out Of AL Wild Card Race

tillman orioles pitcher on mound
The Baltimore Orioles aren’t acting like a team that wants to make the playoffs, as poor play at the wrong time may have the Birds in too large of a hole to climb out of. The American League East division race is out of reach, as the Orioles trail the Toronto Blue Jays by 12 games with just around 31 games remaining. That means the Orioles need to aim for the second AL Wild Card spot, but with a six-game losing streak and 12 losses in their last 13 ballgames, […]

Fans Getting Good Value on Orioles Tickets During Playoff Push

crowd of baltimore orioles fans in seats waving towels
The Baltimore Orioles have been an exciting team in 2015, having produced 464 runs thanks to a very formidable lineup of heavy hitters. Their pitching, however, has been another thing entirely, and is the main reason why they’re not closer to the New York Yankees for first-place in the AL East. While just 5.5 games behind the Bronx Bombers, the O’s might have their sights set on claiming one of the two AL Wild Card berths, as they currently share residency with two other clubs in the second slot. As […]
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