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Weather Looks Warm & Dry for O’pening Series

collage of group pictures from baltimore orioles opening day
The weather actually looks quite similar for all three games of the New York Yankees series. The home opener will feature times of sun and clouds with temps in the low 60s during the game. Saturday appears to be set up for similar weather but with it being a night game, temps will drop into the 50s once the sun sets. Sunday looks to be the warmest of the three, but we need to keep an eye on a storm system to our west. If it speeds up, it could […]

Ain’t the Beer Cold? Get your Shirt Now!

Legendary Baltimore Orioles and Colts broadcaster Chuck Thompson made this phrase famous in Charm City over 50 years ago, and even now, over a decade after his passing, Birdland still knows exactly what it means. Ain’t the beer cold? Now, thanks to our friends at Breaking T, you can let everyone know you enjoy cold beer and Orioles wins wherever you go. Get yours here! We’ve partnered with Breaking T plenty of times before, with shirts like Dealin’ Bundy, Adam Bomb, Straight Outta Camden, and more. These shirts are extremely […]

Hyde Pulls David Hess in 7th Inning with No-Hitter Going

David Hess, Brandon Hyde, and O's players meet on the mound.
In just his fourth game as manager, new O’s skipper Brandon Hyde faced a huge decision – about as big of one as could be imagined during the first week of the season. Starter David Hess was cruising to the tune of 6 1/3 IP, one (very questionable) walk, and a career high eight strikeouts. He was cutting through the Toronto Blue Jays’ revamped lineup (one that, to my eye, isn’t any better right now on paper than the O’s lineup that seems to be the constant butt of jokes […]

The Payoff Pitch on Birdland Radio

On Sunday, I was fortunate enough to join Paul Valle, host of the D&L Tinting Payoff Pitch, for the third installment of Birdland Radio. Birdland Radio, for those not familiar, is the brainchild of Josh Sroka of Section 336. It’s 12+ hours of Orioles podcasts on or around the start of the season. Like I said, this is the third time he’s done it, and the third time ESR has participated. Listen to our hour here: Yesterday, Paul and I got into a bunch of O’s topics, including: The ways […]

Forecast for O’pening Day Improves

sun setting over camden yards
Great News! The coastal storm that has been mentioned will stay far enough off the coast and move quickly enough to not effect the weather for opening day! We should be in between storm systems allowing for times of sun and clouds with temps in the upper 50s to low 60s. Thursday April 4 Times of clouds and sun First pitch temp: 60F GFS Model outlook for Orioles Home Opener Images from GFS model showing rain to our northwest but dry for the Baltimore region. Temperatures should range from the […]

Orioles Will Not (GASP!) Go 0-162

Richie Martin high fives Brandon Hyde and his O's teammates as he enters the dugout.
Much to the surprise of seemingly everyone who follows or covers baseball, the 2019 Baltimore Orioles will NOT be going 0-162. Perhaps even more shockingly, they won’t even be going 0-18 against the mighty Yankees of New York. Now that you’ve picked your jaw up off the floor, let’s talk a little about how these scrappy Birds shocked the sports world and managed to come out ahead in a nine-inning contest of hardball. Before we get into that though, let’s check out the post-game festivities in the Birds’ clubhouse: https://twitter.com/Orioles/status/1112113671533150208 […]

Reasons for O’s Fans to be Optimistic in 2019

view of brick building directly behind camden yards with scoreboard
The Baltimore Orioles are heading into an important season in franchise history, even if they aren’t expecting to become competitive in the American League East right away. The team is undergoing an overhaul to where they are hoping that they can get back to the top of the American League in the near future, meaning that the most important thing for the Baltimore Orioles is finding out exactly what they have going forward. As is expected when going through a rebuild like the one that the Orioles are currently on, […]

Orioles Home Opener Forecast – 1 Week Out

collage of group pictures from baltimore orioles opening day
The forecast for the Orioles “Away Opener” against the Yankees has worked out well, as first pitch today was around 50F with partly cloudy skies. Now let’s take a closer look at the Orioles’ home opener. The home opener weather will depend on a coastal storm that will develop and track north early next week. This will provide rain early in the week. In order for O’pening Day to be a nice day, we need this to move well off the coast by Thursday. Thursday April 4 Times of clouds […]

2019 MLB Preview & Predictions

Carlos Correa and George Spinger celebrate.
I wasn’t going to do my MLB predictions piece this year, but after writing my AL East preview and predictions, the juices were flowing and I figured, what the hell? So here it is, my MLB predictions, 2019 edition.   American League East New York Yankees (100-62) The best lineup in baseball. The best bullpen in baseball. A solid rotation. The Yankees have turned baseball games into five-inning affairs in 2019. Good luck to everybody else. Boston Red Sox (98-64) A good rotation and a great lineup will give way […]

Sportsbooks Hold Out Little Hope for the Orioles

sunset view of oriole park at camden yards
The forlorn-looking Orioles are praying for a brighter 2019. The 2018 season was not a fun one for Orioles fans. They suffered an eye-watering 115 losses and recorded the worst win percentage in the league. It was a long, hard season, and there seems little hope of 2019 being any brighter. Unsurprisingly, the Orioles underwent a significant spring cleaning of their hierarchy in the offseason, letting manager Buck Showalter walk, along with general manager Dan Duquette. The team’s new management team involves Mike Elias and head coach Brandon Hyde, formerly […]

2019 AL East Preview & Prediction

Mookie Betts of the Red Sox in the on deck circle.
Every year since 2013, I have written an American League East preview. This year will be more of the same, but with one key difference: this is the first season in which I will be doing my preview/prediction with no hope that the Baltimore Orioles will play worthwhile baseball beyond Opening Day. With that sobering fact in mind, I will also add my All-Star representative predictions for each AL East squad just so this can be at least a little fun. So without further ado, I give you the American […]

Mike Elias is the Personal Trainer Birdland Needs

Mike Elias and Brandon Hyde at the press conference introducing Hyde.
As we sit here on the eve of another Opening Day in Birdland, the feeling is a bit different than that to which we’ve become accustomed around here. Generally, as recent seasons approached, sentiment around Birdland ran from one end to another of a pretty short spectrum: MOST fans found themselves in one of two camps: either “they didn’t do enough to build upon last year” or “this is the year they finally take that next step!” There was a third group though. A minority, to be sure, but a […]

Roster Moves Show Elias Takes No Shortcuts

Austin Hays slashed .351/.385/.892 with five home runs in 40 plate appearances. Chance Sisco posted a .382/.533/.765 line with four homers in 45 trips to the plate. Evan Phillips didn’t give up a single run over 9 ⅔ innings on the mound. These are just a few of multiple young players in the Orioles’ organization who played extremely well during spring training but won’t break camp with the club. So why in the world did the O’s option each of them to the minors? I’m here to try to make […]

Orioles Opening Day(s) Forecast

sun setting over camden yards
Orioles “Opening Away Day” vs. Yankees   Thursday March 28 Partly Cloudy First pitch temp: 50F GFS Model outlook for “Opening Away Day”. Images from GFS model showing dry conditions and temps around 50 for NYC. All models showing dry conditions so confidence in this forecast is high.   Orioles Home Opener “First Look” It appears that a warmer weather pattern will be in place, but the first week of April looks potentially stormy for the U.S. For good opening day weather we have to hope that the Baltimore area […]

Thursday Thoughts: Buckling Up is Done, Now We Strap In

Cedric Mullins in the batter's box.
1. As we all come out of hibernation and rub our eyes to awaken before baseball season, let’s not be too afraid of what we’re expected to encounter as Orioles fans. This one is going to be rough. Like, really rough. Let’s also remember that baseball is fun, and actually, already underway. The Mariners and A’s have taken care of that over in Japan with a pair of regular season games. 2. The only thing I’ve been able to think about regarding the 2019 Orioles thus far is how painful […]

The Payoff Pitch Episode 2 w/Ken Weinman

David Hess pitches.
In the second episode of The Payoff Pitch presented by D&L Professional Window Tinting, I go over some of the recent roster moves, including the somewhat surprising demotion of Austin Hays to minor-league camp. I’ll also try to figure out what’s going on with the Birds’ rotation, and I’m joined by Ken Weinman of 105.7 The Fan to get his thoughts. Later in the show, I debut a new segment: Nerd Stat of the Week. Thanks for listening!

Mike Elias on International Scouting: “You Have to Go All In”

Yusniel Diaz rounds the bases.
In the new issue of PressBox, Stan “The Fan” Charles sat down with Mike Elias for an interview on a range of topics, from Elias’ background, to his feelings on analytics, his thoughts on manager Brandon Hyde, and more. One answer from Elias that caught my attention was in response to a question about international scouting. SC: The Orioles have never dedicated many resources to international scouting. You clearly have a very different view of that. Can you talk a little bit about that and what international scouting director Koby […]

Bundy’s Slow Spring Start Has Shades of 2018 Nightmare

Dylan Bundy throwing a pitch.
If the Orioles have any chance at being remotely competitive in 2019, their pitching staff is going to have to improve by leaps and bounds over the last two seasons. At the forefront of that needed improvement stands Dylan Bundy. The Orioles drafted Bundy with the fourth overall pick in 2011, when he was touted as the best high school pitching prospect in the country. In his first season of professional baseball in 2012, Bundy went 9-3 with a 2.08 ERA in 23 starts between Delmarva, Frederick, and Bowie, prompting […]