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John’s Two-Pitch Mix Means Business

John Means pitches.
Left-hander John Means has had an exceptional start to the season for the Orioles in 2019, certainly a surprise to most. If you asked fans back during spring training, “who will be on the opening day pitching staff?,’ I’d argue the majority — if not all — would’ve left Means off the list of 12 to 13 arms. Heck, even the pitcher himself thought he was going to be an early cut from camp. He started the season in the O’s bullpen in a long-relief role, and has made two […]

Rain Will Impact Weekend Series vs. Twins

distant view from stadium seats of camden yards at night
Tonight’s game is likely to be a rainout, as showers and thunderstorms will become likely this afternoon and evening. The weather should improve significantly tomorrow with some sun and dry conditions but it could be a bit on the breezy side. Easter Sunday is likely to be more cloudy and I can’t rule out a shower, but the Orioles should be able to get the game in. Follow Christopher Bressi Weather Forecast Page for more information and daily forecasts. www.facebook.com/BressiWeather Weather images used from: Business vector created by macrovector – […]

The Payoff Pitch – Davis Gets a Hit w/Glenn Clark

Chris Davis holds his bat.
In this week’s episode of The Payoff Pitch, Glenn Clark of PressBox and GlennClarkRadio.com was kind enough to join me for the show. We talk about Chris Davis making history (then maybe breaking out of it?), some baby Birds pitching well down on the farm, Trey Mancini’s future, the excitement of having the number one overall pick, trusting the process, and plenty more! This was a fun show, so we really hope you tune in and let us know what you think. Tweet your comments to me @PaulValleIII or to […]

Trey Has Been The Man-Cini

Trey Mancini gets ready to field.
The mention of Trey Mancini sets off a bit of a firestorm among O’s fans. There are those who view him as a cornerstone piece of the team, a player “to build around,” who will be a star on the next good Orioles team, one that’s ostensibly four-five years in the future. These are the same folks who were furious that the team traded Jonathan Schoop last summer, for the most part. Then there are those who view Mancini as a nice piece, but certainly not a centerpiece…more of a […]

Chris Davis Got a Hit…Now Get a Shirt!

Chris Davis, newly-crowned owner of The Worst Slump in Baseball History trophy, finally broke out of it on Saturday against the Boston Red Sox. Not only did Davis single to knock in two runs in his first AB in the Birds’ 9-5 win. He picked up THREE hits in the game, including a double, and four RBI. Way to break out of it, Chris! He’d run into some terrible luck during the hitless streak, and all of baseball was relieved, in their own way, to see him finally have a […]

The Orioles Defense is a Pleasure to Watch

Hanser Alberto makes a diving stop.
In the process of blogging about Chris Davis‘ record-setting futility this morning, I found myself complaining that it was the only subject of discussion surrounding the O’s among national outlets. In writing that, I also realized it was the only headline on ESR this morning as well. I need to remedy that. So, let’s talk about this O’s defense! The Birds have turned 16 double plays, tied for most in the majors with the Atlanta Braves. We’ve witnessed some great infield wizardly over recent seasons, with the steady consistency of […]

Chris Davis Now Owns the Worst Slump Ever Record

Chris Davis upset
The Orioles racked up 15 hits in Monday’s 12-4 win over the Oakland Athletics, which also broke a four-game losing skid. Sadly, a different streak continued, as none of those 15 hits came off the bat of Chris Davis. Davis, of course, entered the game on an 0-for-44 streak dating back to last season. The all-time leader in at-bats (by a non-pitcher) without a hit was Eugenio Velez, who went 0-for-46 over the 2010-11 seasons. Davis needed a hit in one of his first three at-bats to avoid making history. […]

Rain Could Delay Start of O’s-A’s

view of outfield during orioles game with clusters of clouds overhead
Doesn’t look like we have to worry about any postponements this week, however. The best weather for the four-game set with Oakland will be Wednesday and Thursday with sunny skies both days. Thursday is an early “get away day” game at 12:35pm so hopefully that nice weather will bring out some fans! The game that will have the highest chance of a potential ran shower will be tonight, but it doesn’t look like it will be enough to postpone the game. At most, a delayed start if a shower/thunderstorm is […]

O’s Early 2019 Advanced Analytics Leaders

Trey Mancini gets ready to field.
A Quantitative Analysis of the 2019 Baltimore Orioles…so far Alright baseball nerds, time to do a bit of a deep dive into the 2019 Birds as they begin to integrate data and information or ‘analytics’ into their play. 2019 marks a new era in Baltimore, accompanied by a new regime. I had the pleasure of sitting in on a book signing and Q&A with Astroball’s Ben Reiter along with Orioles Assistant GM and Head of Analytics Sig Mejdal on Friday, learning some valuable lessons. First, analytical data doesn’t tell the […]

Thursday Thoughts: Expectations, No-Hit Bids, & The Davis Problem

Chris Davis in the batter's box.
1. There’s no question that the Orioles’ hot start is exciting. Even after coming into the season expecting the worst from this team, there’s always a desire to watch a winning baseball team. Who knows how long the O’s will keep up their winning ways, but when you anticipate a lot of losses coming in, you learn to appreciate victories even more. I’ve written a lot about expectations over the last handful of seasons. This season’s are obviously the lowest they’ve been in perhaps seven or eight years. It’s important […]

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 […]