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Having Benched Him, Buck Now Throws Some Shade at Chris Davis

Chris Davis & Buck Showalter.
It may have taken him just a bit longer than it took some of us, but it seems that Buck Showalter has reached the end of his patience with Chris Davis. Davis has already been sitting for a week, having last stepped to the plate on June 11 against Boston, when he went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts. When asked yesterday if his return was imminent, Buck was quite non-committal: “It’s getting close,” Showalter said. “I know he didn’t have an off-day yesterday. Trust me. He worked on a lot of […]

Tuesday’s O’s Links: Where We Only Win on “Holidays”

Jonathan Schoop takes a swing.
The Birds can’t even manage to win two of three from the “hey, we got rid of all our good players and we’re openly trying to be awful!” Miami Marlins at HOME over the weekend, so the season of misery rolls on as scheduled. The O’s did win one game, on Sunday, Father’s Day. In a nice bit of dark symmetry, that was their first home win since MOTHER’S DAY! In between, they lost 11 straight at OPACY, tying a franchise record. And how are things going in the front […]

Tides Recap: Wilkerson Does it All as Norfolk Takes 3 of 4

Steve Wilkerson of the Frederick Keys.
Utility man Steve Wilkerson made his presence known during a weekend series against the Charlotte Knights, playing three different positions, making sparkling defensive plays, and contributing clutch hits as the Tides took three of four games against last-place Charlotte.   TIDES SEASON TO DATE The Tides (36-30, 2nd in the IL South through Sunday) entered the series with Charlotte having lost two out of three games to the Gwinnett Stripers (Braves’ AAA club) and scoring just four runs in those three games. Starting pitcher John Means (6 IP, 0 R, […]

Series Preview: Orioles (19-48) vs. Marlins (26-43)

Kevin Gausman pitches in Sarasota.
After getting swept against the Red Sox, the Orioles will now conclude their home stand by taking on the Miami Marlins for a three-game set over the weekend. The Orioles (19-48) nightmare campaign continues to fall deeper into the abyss. Their current seven-game losing streak is the sixth time that they’ve lost five-plus games in a row and the third time that they’ve lost seven-plus straight. They’ve also won just twice over their last sixteen contests. The Marlins (26-43) should be coming into town feeling good after taking three of […]

Worst Part of All This? O’s Seem Happy with Status Quo

dan duquette and buck showalter sitting at press conference
The Orioles are the worst team in baseball, and it’s not even close. Having lost 14 of their last 16 games and mired in a seven-game losing streak, the Orioles’ record sits at 19-48, worst in all of baseball by 2.5 games (the Royals, losers of 9 of 10 games, are 22-46). What doesn’t sit well in Baltimore isn’t the poor record so much as the lack of action taken. Offensively, the team is in the bottom third of the league in every major category except for home runs. In […]

“AAAA” Players Can’t be Any Worse than “MLB” Players O’s are Using

Renato Nunez of the A's poses with his bat.
It’s been no secret that the Orioles have been terrible this season: The Birds have the worst record in the major leagues, and Chris Davis has had the worst season of any hitter this year by several measures. The farm system is noticeably lacking strong prospects, especially at Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk. Everyone expects Manny Machado to be traded at some point before August. Put simply, there hasn’t been a whole lot to cheer for this year. So where should the Orioles go from here? I wrote a few […]

Thursday’s O’s Links: The Worst Team Ever?

Trey Mancini of the Orioles dives as the baseball bounces by.
It just gets worse…and worse…and worse. After being swept by Boston, the Birds have now lost seven straight. Again. Their pace is something to behold…more below. /holds nose To the links… Davis has Struck Out in 21 Straight Games – Personal & Team Records within Reach Let’s check in with Matt Taylor over at Roar from 34, shall we? Matt chronicles Chris Davis’ latest strikeout streak, which is about to break his own ridiculous strikeout streak, and which is catching up to the Orioles’ all-time record. Appreciation for Jim Palmer […]

Tides Recap: Cedric Mullins, Doubles Machine

Cedric Mullins in the batter's box.
Despite four doubles from center fielder Cedric Mullins, the Tides dropped two of three games to the Gwinnett Stripers to open a seven-game homestand. The Tides welcome the Charlotte Knights to Harbor Park on Thursday for a four-game weekend series.   TIDES SEASON TO DATE The Tides (33-29, 2nd place in the IL South through Wednesday) finished a six-game road trip prior to this homestand with a record of 3-3. Third baseman Renato Nunez hit .346 with three doubles over those six games, while catcher Caleb Joseph has hit .370 […]

Thursday Thoughts: Richard Bleier Goes Down with Lat Injury

GulfBird Photo/Craig Landefeld
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. Everyone in the Twitterverse or the blogosphere continues to talk about the Orioles like changes need to be made. Changes on the field, changes off the field, and changes in the dugout have been speculated upon for weeks, […]

Tuesday’s O’s Links: Just One Game Ahead of the 1988 Team

Zach Britton pitches for the Orioles.
Every time we think perhaps the Orioles have reached “rock bottom,” they just plunge through the floor and reveal that there is somehow, still another, lower, level. After sweeping the New York Mets in a short two-game set at Citi Field, the Birds have now lost five straight. Last night, they wasted eight shutout innings from Dylan Bundy, losing 2-0 to Boston in 12 innings. Hey girl – not that you need a reminder of how bad this season is, but through 65 games in 1988, the Orioles were only […]

Series Preview: Orioles (19-45) vs. Red Sox (44-22)

baseball players trot around the bases as the pitcher watches.
After getting swept during a gut-wrenching four-game set in Toronto, the Orioles will now return home and take on the Red Sox over the next three games at Camden Yards. The Orioles (19-45) will be looking to break out of the darkness at home, but it won’t be easy as they’ve gone 1-9 over their last ten games against the Red Sox. To make matters worse, they’ve also gone just 2-11 over their last thirteen contests. The Red Sox (44-22) will continue battling the Yankees in the two-horse race for […]

Series Preview: Orioles (19-41) @ Blue Jays (26-35)

Rogers Centre in Toronto with the roof open.
After sweeping the Mets during their two-day stay in New York, the Orioles will now fly north of the border and take on the Blue Jays for a four-game set before returning home. The Orioles (19-41) may still own the worst record in the big leagues, but they’ll be feeling good coming into Toronto after winning consecutive games for just the fourth time this season. The Blue Jays (26-35) have seen their season derail in a hurry, and will be looking to get back on track against the Orioles. After […]

Thursday Thoughts: Schoop’s Struggles Put O’s in Tough Spot

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. The 2018 Orioles won’t go the whole season without sweeping a series. Okay, it was just a two-game series. And okay, it was just the Mets. But it still counts. The Orioles needed just three runs to win […]

A Case for Signing Hanley Ramirez

After sweeping a two-game series from the Mets at Citi Field, the Orioles are now 5-1 in “The Big Apple” … and 14-40 everywhere else. Though the Birds might be flying high after winning back-to-back road games for just the third time this season, it is important not to lose sight of the fact that the same issues still abound for the ball club, as the team combined for just three runs on 11 hits (all singles) in the series. The Orioles rank last in the American League, and next-to-last […]

Series Preview: Orioles (17-41) @ Mets (27-30)

Jonathan Schoop and Adam Jones celebrate while Manny Machado looks on.
After losing both games of a rain-shortened series against the Yankees, the Orioles will now head to Queens to take on the Mets for a quick two-game set before traveling to Toronto. The Orioles (17-41) are looking to snap a seven-game losing streak tonight at Citi Field, but wins have been hard to come by on the road this season. The Birds went just 4-13 while on tour in May and have compiled a woeful 7-23 record away from Camden Yards. The Mets (27-30) came into 2018 with high hopes […]

Tuesday’s O’s Links: Welcome to the O’s, Grayson Rodriguez

Grayson Rodriguez pitches.
It’s very likely that the only thing that kept the O’s from getting swept in a four-game home series against the New York Yankees was the weather. Two of the four games were postponed, which is, apparently, all the mercy we can expect from the baseball gods here in 2018. The Birds now head to Queens to take on the other New York team for two before going up to Toronto. Maybe they’ll surprise us and win some games on the road trip? Now that the team is on the […]

Tides Split Rain-Shortened Series with Rochester

Orioles pitcher Jimmy Yacabonis on the mound.
LAST SERIES RECAP The Tides entered the series against the Rochester Red Wings stuck in a four-game losing streak and fresh off of a sweep at the hands of the Pawtucket Red Sox. Norfolk scored only six runs in the three games against Pawtucket, though the bullpen posted a 1.98 ERA over 13.2 innings pitched. The Orioles promoted one of their top prospects, outfielder Cedric Mullins, to the Tides from Double-A Bowie before Saturday’s game against the Red Wings. As of June 1, the club held a 28-23 record and […]

The Rundown: Time to Move AJ…or At Least, His Position

Adam Jones throws the ball in the field.
The Orioles will attempt to shape the future of their organization over the next three days with the MLB Draft beginning tonight. This should continue over the next two months as Dan Duquette’s recent comments to the Baltimore Sun indicate he is ready to embrace a rebuild. I emphasize he as we really don’t know who is calling the shots, but at least it appears Duquette understands this season is a disaster and that now is the time to pivot. We know (well, we hope) the organization can’t screw up […]

Bats Go Cold as Tides Swept by Pawtucket

The Norfolk Tides logo.
A QUICK TIDES ROAD TRIP RECAP The Tides returned to Harbor Park on Tuesday night having gone 6-2 on their most recent road trip, which saw them make stops in Charlotte and Toledo to play the White Sox and Tigers’ affiliates, respectively. The team’s 17-10 record in the month of May propelled them into the lead in the International League wild card race and left them only a half game back of Durham for first place in the IL South entering Tuesday’s game. Outfielder D.J. Stewart, the Orioles’ No. 11 […]

Series Preview: Yankees (35-17) @ Orioles (17-39)

Kevin Gausman of the Orioles pitches on the mound.
After getting dealt a three-game sweep in the “Beltway Series” against the Nationals, the Orioles will now take on the Yankees for a four-game set before hitting the road again. The Orioles (17-39) will look to snap a five-game losing streak in tonight’s series opener, and have gone just 4-11 over their last 15 contests. They’re also trying to avoid a 20-loss month with a record of 9-19 going into the final day of May. The Yankees (35-17) will be feeling good after taking two of three from the reigning […]