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Thursday Thoughts: Trying to Digest the Orioles’ Sudden Turn

sun setting over camden yards
This is a weekly column that dives into some random thoughts about the Orioles/MLB. I used to do eight as a nod to Cal Ripken Jr. As of last year, I cut it down to four or five, so consider it the Earl Weaver/€“Brooks Robinson era of Thursday Thoughts. – A.S. 1. It’s taken me a couple of days to fully wrap my head around what the Orioles did earlier this week. In fact, I still don’t think I’m completely there. But, it’s Thursday, and I’m here to opine. I […]

Taking Stock of the Orioles’ Revamped Farm System

Ryan Mountcastle swings.
We have seen a lot of change over the last month in what looks to be a shift in the Orioles’ mindset moving forward. If you believe Dan Duquette’s words, this shift focuses an emphasis on international scouting and international free agents, developing analytical and scouting resources, and spending on technology. These were the main bullet points he provided following the Manny Machado trade, and he’s echoed them over the past 48 hours or so. This should certainly give Orioles fans hope that…they’re finally becoming a competent organization? All jokes […]

KNEE-JERK REACTIONS: O’s Deal Gausman, O’Day, Schoop to ATL/MIL

The rebuild is on! The O’s completed their fourth and fifth trades this July, and for the first time dealt guys with deals expiring AFTER 2018. First, they traded Kevin Gausman and Darren O’Day to Atlanta. The Atlanta #Braves today acquired RHP Kevin Gausman and RHP Darren O’Day from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for minor leaguers RHP Evan Phillips, INF Jean Carlos Encarnación, C Brett Cumberland, LHP Bruce Zimmerman and international signing slots. — Atlanta Braves (@Braves) July 31, 2018 Just a few minutes later, they flipped Jonathan Schoop […]

Series Preview: Orioles (32-74) @ Yankees (67-37)

Zach Britton pitches in Yankees pinstripes.
After notching three straight wins to end the home stand against the Rays, the Orioles will head to the Bronx for a quick two-game set against the Yankees. The Orioles (32-74) will be looking to carry the form they showed against Tampa into their upcoming nine-game road swing as they’ve notched three straight games of ten-plus runs and a combined total of 37 runs scored to just 12 runs allowed during their current three-game win streak. It is the longest winning streak the Orioles have recorded since winning four in […]

Tides Walk it Off Three Times in 24 Hours

The Norfolk Tides logo.
After a six-game winning streak on the road propelled the Tides into the lead in the IL wildcard race, the club kept rolling with three wild walk-off victories in four games (and two days) in their first series of the homestand. Tides starters John Means, Lucas Long, and Sean Gilmartin combined for 13.1 innings of one-run ball in the three wins, while newly-acquired reliever Cody Carroll hit 99 mph and earned the win in his first outing with the Orioles organization. Poor weather conditions across the Hampton Roads area forced […]

Series Preview: Orioles (29-73) vs. Rays (52-50)

Chris Archer of the Rays prepares to pitch.
After grinding out two full games of rain-laced baseball versus the Red Sox, the Orioles will now turn their attention to their upcoming four-game set against the Rays before heading to the Bronx. The Orioles (29-73) will look to hit the road on a high note over the latter part of the week, and will be looking to improve upon their 6-14 record this month. However, the Rays are hitting their stride again as they head into Birdland. The Rays (52-50) put forth an impressive effort en route to taking […]

Prospect Profile: Cody Carroll Could be in Baltimore Soon

Cody Carroll pitches.
Though Dillon Tate is viewed as the main prize of the prospect haul the Orioles received for Zach Britton, right-handed reliever Cody Carroll may be the closest of the group to taking the mound at Camden Yards. Carroll, the Yankees’ 22nd-round selection in the 2015 draft out of Southern Mississippi, has spent the previous two seasons pitching exclusively out of the bullpen after serving as both a starter and reliever during his first full season in 2016. Standing at 6’5”, the 25-year-old logged a 2.38 ERA along with 55 strikeouts […]

The State of Birdland as the Trade Deadline Approaches

Buck Showalter and Dan Duquette at O's Fan Fest on stage.
This is a guest blog by Dillon Atkinson, formerly of Orioles Uncensored. Follow Dillon on Twitter @DAtkinsonOU. Things seem to be getting a bit chaotic and emotional in Birdland over the past couple weeks, after seeing two fan-favorite ball players get traded away from the club, and with one of those two heading to a divisional rival. I n this depressing and frustrating time for the Baltimore Orioles and its fans, I’d like to step in and express my feelings on some key topics. First of all, where the hell […]

We Salute You, Zach Britton

For the second time in as many weeks, a long-tenured Oriole, a player who had a huge hand in the team’s run of success from 2012-2016, is getting a proper Eutaw Street Report farewell. Zach Britton, who took Jim Johnson‘s mantle as Orioles closer (we won’t speak of the Tommy Hunter experiment) in 2014, who made Johnson’s own “bowling ball” sinker look like a duckpin version of the real thing, and who gave me one of my favorite twitter schtick bits of all time: .@zbritton is the dealer, @Yankees. He'll […]

KNEE-JERK REACTIONS: O’s Trade Zach Britton to Yankees

In a sign that perhaps things really have changed in The Warehouse, the Orioles have agreed to deal Zach Britton to the hated New York Yankees. (Unless, of course, Pete wakes up and vetoes this whole thing. He could certainly find something he hates in the medicals. But for now, we’re going to go ahead with the reports that the deal is done.) Have been told if deal is finalized #Yankees are sending Dillon Tate, Josh Rogers and AAA reliever Cody Carroll to #Orioles — Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) July 25, […]

Series Preview: Orioles (28-72) vs. Red Sox (70-31)

After getting swept in Toronto to begin the second half of the season, the Orioles will now host the Red Sox over the next three nights at Camden Yards. The Orioles (28-72) will be going up against the best team in baseball to kick off their upcoming seven-game home stand, so that’s really not an ideal scenario. After their rough stay across the Northern border, the Orioles are now 5-13 in the month of July and another twenty-loss month could be in the cards. The Red Sox (70-31) are beginning […]

Series Preview: Orioles (28-69) @ Blue Jays (43-52)

After a miserable first half and the coming and going of the Mid-Summer Classic, the Orioles will kick off their second half of the season with a three-game set in Toronto. The Orioles (28-69) will look to pick up where they left off after winning two straight games against the Rangers before the break. Their back-to-back wins marked just the sixth time that they’ve won two in a row this season, and a win tonight will give them their second winning streak of 2018. The Blue Jays (43-52) will be […]

What Did the Orioles Get for Manny Machado?

Manny Machado is gone. We knew it was coming, but now it’s official. When baseball resumes after the All-Star break, Machado won’t be on the field for the Orioles, and a total rebuild of the franchise may be on the horizon. So while others can do a better job singing hossanas to Manny’s past in Baltimore, allow me to look forward to the future possibilities, with a brief breakdown of the players the Orioles got in return.   Yusniel Diaz – OF (21 years old)   The headliner coming back […]

Thursday Thoughts: O’s Cornered Themselves with Machado

This is a weekly column that dives into some random thoughts about the Orioles/MLB. I used to do eight as a nod to Cal Ripken Jr. As of last year, I cut it down to four or five, so consider it the Earl Weaver/€“Brooks Robinson era of Thursday Thoughts. – A.S. 1. Perhaps the most talented player in Baltimore Orioles history is departing. Manny Machado is off to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the result of a lack of foresight from the O’s. It didn’t have to be this way. The […]

O’s Trade Manny Machado to Dodgers

Per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Orioles pulled the trigger on a deal for Manny Machado, dealing the superstar to the Los Angeles Dodgers for five prospects. Orioles getting Diaz, Kramer, Bannon, Pop, Valera, source tells The Athletic. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 18, 2018 ESR Staff react to the news here: Derek Arnold I thought I was ready for this. Then I spent a good chunk of yesterday pulling together highlights for our So Long Manny piece, and man…I was suddenly NOT ready for this. Not at all. […]

So Long, Manny Machado

It’s time for the post I hoped to never have to write, but that, in the back of my mind, I was always preparing myself for. We’ve posted these types of “farewell” articles before – for Wei-Yin Chen, for Matt Wieters – and we will again – likely for Zach Britton in the coming days. I’ve also still got one saved in drafts that I put together for Chris Davis, but never got to post. Funny how things work out (or don’t work out, if you want to look at […]

Mullins Stays Hot, but Tides Drop Three of Four

Cedric Mullins gets ready in the OF.
The Norfolk Tides (47-44, 2nd place in the IL South through Sunday) stumbled to three losses in four games against the Gwinnett Stripers during the team’s first series since the AAA All-Star break. Center fielder Cedric Mullins, the No. 5 prospect in Baltimore’s minor league system, collected six hits in the series while extending his hitting streak to 15 games. Starting pitcher Asher Wojciechowski was another bright spot, tossing eight innings of one-run ball during Friday’s game.   Gwinnett 4, Norfolk 1 Gwinnett shortstop Luis Marte went 3-for-4 at the […]

Thursday Thoughts: The O’s Historically Bad Defense

This is a weekly column that dives into some random thoughts about the Orioles/MLB. I used to do eight as a nod to Cal Ripken Jr. As of last year, I cut it down to four or five, so consider it the Earl Weaver/€“Brooks Robinson era of Thursday Thoughts. – A.S. 1. After a week away from this column, we’re getting back into action with plenty of rumors and speculation. Regular readers of this piece will notice there wasn’t one here last week. I took my own little All-Star break […]

What are These Guys Still Doing Here?

O, how I love thee, let me count the ways. By love, I mean hate, and by thee I mean the 2018 Baltimore Orioles. This year has been so lacking in enjoyable baseball that I have been unable to muster the courage to put pen to paper (or fingers to keys) these last couple of months. Alas I have returned to offer you some thoughts as we near the halfway point of 2018.   Manny and Co. Someone explain to me why NO ONE has been traded yet? I want […]

The Rundown: O’s Fans Should Welcome NYY to Manny Talks

While we continue to wait for the Orioles to tear down their roster and embrace a full rebuild, we still have to watch players like Joey Rickard play on a nightly basis. There are a lot of aspects of this season that are extremely frustrating, but the lack of change on any level may rank at the top. I really hope that the All-Star break and/or the trade deadline is when there is a mass exodus and we start seeing players who we all hope will have a future on […]