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Tyler Beard

I'm Tyler Beard and I'm a Mass. Comm. major on the Journalism track at Towson University. I'm from Bel Air, Maryland and I've been a huge Orioles, Ravens and Terps fan my whole life. I've always had a passion for writing ever since I was younger and I love talking and writing sports 24/7.

The O’s Should Trade for Ben Zobrist & Jesse Chavez

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The Orioles have had some offensive struggles over the last week or so and may need to make a deal at the deadline in order to improve at the plate. The team also might want to find a reliable starter that can give the rotation more depth. Baltimore doesn’t have the pieces to make a big acquisition like Johnny Cueto or Carlos Gomez, but they could find a trading partner in Oakland. The A’s have made up some ground in the AL West but will still likely miss the playoffs, so Billy […]

Injuries, Odd Use Again Cast Doubts on O’s Pitching Development

orioles player bundy winding back about to throw pitch
It seemed like the Orioles were out of the dark ages went it came to developing pitchers through their system. The names of Garrett Olson, Hayden Penn, Jake Arrieta and Matt Hobgood felt like old memories when Baltimore had Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman and Hunter Harvey in their system. All three pitchers were sure bets to make the Orioles’ rotation in the future. However, Gausman has been the only pitcher to stay healthy through the system, as Bundy and Harvey have had continued injuries. Bundy’s has been the most frustrating, […]

Why Machado Should Stay in the Leadoff Spot

Manny Machado batting leadoff for baltimore orioles
Manny Machado has already made a name for himself as one of the top young third basemen in MLB. The 22-year-old has wowed viewers with his impressive reels of highlight plays. He has even been gifted with comparisons to Brooks Robinson. Machado’s hitting has also been above average but two knee injuries made it harder for the third baseman to show off his power and to hit above. 300. The young star struggled early in the season and was used in No. 6 spot in the lineup for a while. […]

Trading Eduardo Rodriguez Was Still the Right Move

red sox player eduardo rodriguez about to throw a pitch
The Orioles were greeted by a former prospect on Tuesday night when Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez took the mound against them. Rodriguez was traded to Boston last season for reliever Andrew Miller, who gave the bullpen a boost during the O’s playoff run. The Red Sox called up Rodriguez on May 28, and the left-hander pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings against the Rangers. He only gave up one run in seven innings against the Twins on his next start and then pitched six scoreless innings against the Orioles. A lot of […]

Orioles Choose Offense in 1st Round

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The Orioles double-dipped offensively in the first round of the 2015 MLB Draft, selecting outfielder D.J. Stewart with the No. 25 pick and shortstop Ryan Mountcastle with the No. 36 pick. Your browser does not support iframes. Stewart, who played his college baseball at Florida State, was named the 2014 ACC Player of the Year. The left-handed batter had a combined .344 average in his three seasons at FSU, including 27 home runs and 168 RBI’s, according to thebaseballcube.com. Here is an analysis of the pick by the Eye on […]

Could a Trade Help Boost O’s Struggling Offense?

zobrist just about to hit baseball with bat
The Orioles haven’t lived up to certain expectations so far this season and it’s no secret that in the month of May the problem has been a lack of offense. May is a small sample size but it’s discouraging to see that the Orioles are only getting production from a couple of players in the lineup as of late. Baltimore may choose to make a trade or two if they continue to lack in runs. Here are a few deals that could happen or makes sense: Orioles Receive: IF Ben […]

Youth Movement Quietly Underway in Baltimore

Tyler Wilson pitches during Spring Training.
The Orioles have faced quite a few injuries this season, which have resulted in a couple of minor league pitchers’ debuts. Mike Wright, Oliver Drake, and Tyler Wilson are three names that have been known by Orioles’ fans for just a small amount of time but have actually been familiar names in the minor league system. All three pitchers have spent extensive time in minor leagues for the Orioles and have finally made their major league debuts for their parent team. The trio has combined for 20 and 1/3 innings pitched […]

Wright the Right Man to Replace Norris

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It was a hot day at Camden Yards on Sunday, but that didn’t stop Mike Wright from bringing more heat in his Major League debut. Wright was called on to start against the Angels after Bud Norris couldn’t go due to an illness and Chris Tillman was scratched with back tightness. He was faced with the tough task of making his first start against a lineup that features Mike Trout and Albert Pujols. Wright showed an impressive fastball early on and was able to get his first major league strikeout […]

Should O’s Call Up Zach Davies?

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It’s no secret that the Orioles have a bit of a dilemma in their bullpen with Kevin Gausman and Jason Garcia. Gausman is supposed to be a future ace for the team but is being kept in the bullpen right now instead of being stretched out as a starter. Garcia has been very shaky, sporting a 6.35 ERA, so won’t be trusted by Buck Showalter to be thrown out into any close games. It might be time to consider bringing up right-hander Zach Davies, who has pitched admirably in Triple-A Norfolk […]

A City United by Baseball

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The city of Baltimore has been a special place for a very long time. It’s been home to some amazing sports teams over many years, including the beloved Orioles. The Orioles really brought the city together starting in the 60s with a winning ball club and players that actually loved the city. Players, like Brooks Robinson actually lived in the city and connected with its residents. They showed they were a crucial part of Baltimore and that they could share a special bond with the fans. This type of love […]

Pitching Notebook: Norris, Gausman, & Garcia

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It looks like the best days of Bud Norris are well behind us as the right-hander has posted two horrific starts and another so-so one here in the early going in 2015. Norris has pitched a combined 10.1 innings and has given up 20 runs (all earned) on 18 hits and six walks in his three starts. Nothing about those stats warrants Norris to receive any more chances to stay in the rotation, especially with Kevin Gausman waiting in the wings. There has always been speculation that Norris would be […]

Jeer Alex Rodriguez for the Right Reasons

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Camden Yards has a ton of elements to it that make watching baseball enjoyable. Great food, a winning team and a fantastic fan base, just to name a few. Another thing that makes baseball exciting is booing opposing teams because it’s just what baseball fans do. However, things step up a notch when the Yankees come to town, bringing with them players like Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez. It’s only natural to boo Teixeira, as the local product turned down playing for his hometown team for a division rival. It’s […]

Can Givens Help 2009 Draft Class Finally Break Through?

Mychal Givens pitches for the Baltimore Orioles in Spring Training.
Many Baltimore fans either don’t have fond memories of the 2009 MLB Draft, or else have chosen to block it from said memories altogether. Why? Well, that was the year the Orioles selected pitcher Matt Hobgood with the fifth pick of the first round. Hobgood was drafted out of high school and figured to be a cheap signing, which is why Baltimore ultimately selected him. However, Hobgood struggled all through the minors and, at 24, is still trying to make his way into the majors. The 2009 MLB Draft looked […]

Shaky Starts Provide Golden Opportunity for Jimenez

orioles jiminez on mound throwing pitch
There were a lot of fans that were upset at the fact that Ubaldo Jimenez essentially beat out Kevin Gausman for the final rotation spot. Gausman had a better spring but Jimenez pitched well enough down the stretch to keep himself in the rotation. It also helps that the Orioles are paying him $50 million. However, Chris Tillman has been the only impressive starter so far as Wei-Yin Chen and Miguel Gonzalez had their struggles. Chen couldn’t make it through five full innings and Gonzalez struggled with command, walking five […]

Hardy’s Injury Opens Door for Jimmy Paredes

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This was supposed to be a season for the Orioles to escape the injury bug that plagued them throughout 2014, but so far in 2015, the bug is unfortunately biting once again. It appears J.J. Hardy, Matt Wieters and David Lough will all begin the season on the DL, which is something Baltimore fans won’t be happy about. However, the injuries give certain players, like Jimmy Paredes, new life when it comes to their possibility of cracking the 25-man roster. Paredes has been looking for a chance to make the […]

How the O’s Can Keep Jason Garcia & Logan Verrett

maryland orioles player body hunched over after throwing pitch
The Orioles want to try to keep their Rule 5 picks, Logan Verrett and Jason Garcia, but they already have an overcrowded bullpen. It’s no surprise the team wants to keep both pitchers, as they have been impressive in Spring Training so far. The two pitchers have a combined 16 innings, 16 strikeouts and have only given up one earned run (Verrett). So how can Baltimore keep both players on the team? There’s always the option of working out a trade with the Mets (Verrett’s original team) and the Red […]

Should the O’s Kick the Tires on Ryan Howard?

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Ryan Howard was one of the most feared power hitters in the NL just a few years ago, putting together a four-year stretch where he hit at least 45 home runs every season. However, the Philadelphia star is now 35 years old, and has struggled to stay healthy the last few seasons. His average has also dropped, as he managed just a .223 average last season. The Phillies have been looking to move Howard for some time now and announced that they would cover most of the $50 million remaining […]

Baltimore Orioles 2015 Pitching Staff Prediction

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We’re more than a week into Spring Training and certain players are working hard to crack the 25-man roster. Some of the tightest battles are among Orioles’ pitchers, so here is my prediction as to what the pitching staff would look like if the season started today.   Rotation 1.     RHP Chris Tillman  This is the easiest prediction to make, as Tillman has been Baltimore’s best pitcher for the last few seasons. He had a strong outing against Philadelphia on Monday and has basically locked up the No. 1 spot […]

Will Rule 5 Pick Jason Garcia Make the Squad?

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Recently, the Orioles have a history of letting Rule 5 draft picks stick around on the team. Baltimore selected Ryan Flaherty in 2012 and T.J. McFarland in 2013. Both players have shown their value, with Flaherty being used as a utility man and McFarland as a long reliever. This season, the O’s picked up pitchers Jason Garcia and Logan Verrett in the Rule 5 Draft. Garcia is an exciting selection because of his high-velocity fastball and because he’s only 22 years old. So can a pitcher, who hasn’t pitched past […]

For O’s, Wesley Could be Just Wright

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As we O’s fans know very well, sometimes, there are signings that aren’t flashy or expensive. Last season, the Orioles opened up their wallet and dished out $50 million to pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez and $8 million to outfielder Nelson Cruz. Baltimore has taken a different approach this season and one of their most “expensive” signings in free agency was relief pitcher Wesley Wright. The Orioles signed Wright to a 1-year, $1.7 million deal in December. He spent the 2014 season with the Chicago Cubs and posted a 3.17 ERA in 48.1 […]
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