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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 […]

Will Crowded Outfield Push Mullins to New Heights?

Cedric Mullins runs the bases.
On August 10 of the 2018 season, Orioles fans experienced quite a bittersweet feeling — the passing of the center field torch from Adam Jones to Cedric Mullins. The former moved from center to right field to accommodate the latter, with the expectation that Mullins would be the long-term answer for the O’s in center field. The switch-hitting rookie made an immediate impact in the lineup after taking over, slashing .317/.386/.556 for the remainder of his opening month. September was not as kind to the newcomer, however, as he batted […]

Hays, Santander Homer in Win Over Tigers

Anthony Santander in the Batter's Box.
In their second of seven televised Grapefruit League games, the Orioles overcame two deficits to win their fifth game of the spring, outlasting the Detroit Tigers 7-5 at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota. The offense was paced by outfielders Austin Hays and Anthony Santander, who each homered and combined to go 4-5 with four RBI, four runs scored, and two walks. Santander’s three-run home run tied the game in the bottom of the fourth, erasing a 4-1 deficit. Andrew Cashner made his first start of the spring, throwing 54 pitches […]

Predicting the O’s 25-Man Roster

Anybody up for a roster prediction? Why not, right? At Dillon’s suggestion, I asked our writers to submit their predictions for the 25-man, then tallied up the votes to put together a master prediction. You can see individual submissions down below the main list. We’ll do the same thing again as Spring Training comes to a close, to see how much our minds are swayed between now and then. – Derek Arnold   Starting Pitchers GulfBird Sports/Craig Landefeld Dylan Bundy (7 out of a possible 7 votes) Alex Cobb (7) […]

O’s Spring Training Sleepers

Mike Yastrzemski leads off first base.
The regular season is only one month away. It sure doesn’t feel like spring yet, at least not in Maryland. Nonetheless, Spring Training games are here and players are stating their best case as to why they should make a big league club. Interestingly enough for the Orioles, they have many jobs open. Coming off a historically abysmal season, Mike Elias will eye diamonds in the rough that could make an impact in 2019. Below I’ve assembled a list of names of sleeper players to watch as Spring Training progresses, […]

In O’s Camp, List of Potential Shortstops is Long

Alcides Escobar of the Royals throws the ball.
For the Orioles, the shortstop position has always been as consistent as they come. One could rattle off a list of superior talent in franchise history without much effort. Luis Aparicio, Mark Belanger, Cal Ripken, Jr., Mike Bordick, Miguel Tejada, J.J. Hardy, and Manny Machado (even if it was only for just half a season in 2018) are all prime examples. Sure, there have been some duds along the way. Deivi Cruz, Juan Castro, Alex Cintron, Luis Hernandez, and Cesar Izturis come to mind, as the Orioles were wont to […]

Wave Him Bye Bye – Joe Angel Retires from Broadcasting

As if facing the prospect of at least one, if not several, more 100-plus loss seasons wasn’t enough here in Birdland, we’ve recently received the devastating news that we won’t even have our favorite radio voice on the call to help soothe any of the misery. Orioles radio voice Joe Angel announced his retirement yesterday via his Twitter account: https://twitter.com/WaveItByeBye/status/1096194371983011840 Last week, Baltimore Baseball’s Rich Dubroff posted that this announcement was imminent, but having heard nothing official, we Birds fans held out hope that Dubruff’s information would be proven false. […]

Who Will Catch On for the O’s in Spring Training?

Austin Wynns behind the dish.
Orioles’ pitchers and catchers reported to spring training on Tuesday, with Wednesday marking the first workout of the 2019 season for the league’s worst franchise of a season ago. Therein lies the irony. Pitchers and catchers took to the water-soaked fields Wednesday without a true starting catcher and only three spots nailed down in the rotation. While we will tackle the rotation and the bullpen in this space in due time, today we’ll focus solely on the catchers. Right now, the Orioles open camp with a competition on their hands […]