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Series Preview: Orioles (24-65) vs Yankees (58-29)

After getting swept out of Minnesota, the Orioles close out the first half of the season with an eight-game homestand beginning today with a doubleheader against the Yankees. The Orioles (24-65) are hoping to snap yet another lengthy losing streak before the Al-Star break. Their current six-game skid marks the eighth time that they’ve lost five or more games in a row. To make matters worse, they’ve only won once in their last 14 contests. The Yankees (58-29) are still rolling steady after taking two of three on the road […]

Chris Davis Set to Break Orioles Strikeout Record

He just tied a franchise record previously held by Orioles’ great, the Iron Man, Cal Ripken. He tied the record with 8,027 FEWER at bats than Cal. He tied the record with 2,029 FEWER games than Cal. That’s the equivalent of 12 ½ FULL seasons. Impressed? He adds to his amazing feat at the rate of once every 2.7 plate appearances. If he continues his torrid pace for the balance of his contract, he will rank 5th in Major League Baseball history, one notch ahead of Alex Rodriquez, who took […]

Our 2018 BEVy Categories

GulfBird Sports/Craig Landefeld
The All-Star Break approaches. Though this season has seemed to go on forever, it’s somehow just over half finished. Ah, the joys of cheering for a (checks notes) 24-59 baseball team. Jake & Scott over at Bird’s Eye View are soldiering on though, bringing us the SIXTH annual BEVy Awards show. We’re happy to do our small part here at ESR, so please vote on the categories below! Our categories have been the same since 2013 – The Forgotten Man Award and the “Why Are You Breaking My Heart Like […]

A Sinking Ship Named The Baltimore Orioles

A Sinking Ship Named The Baltimore Orioles
It’s been said regularly throughout the history of the great game of baseball, that regardless of what you do, you will win a third of your games and lose a third. It’s what a team does with that other third that will make the difference between a successful season or a bad season. Therefore, it stands to reason that the Orioles should at least finish with 54 wins. Unfortunately for Buck Showalter & Co., the O’s are on pace to win just 46 games. FORTY. SIX. GAMES. And of course, […]

Taking Stock of the Farm System (Pre-Trades Edition)

Ryan Mountcastle prepares to field.
This Orioles franchise is a pivotal point, with a lame duck GM and an uncertain future. They don’t spend internationally, so they bank on nailing the draft each and every year. That’s not the best practice in my opinion – or anyone’s opinion for that matter. In fact, Jim Palmer seems to agree. 🤷🏻‍♂️ 2018 MLB International Signings Tracker https://t.co/3aIUdJTa3U — Jim Palmer (@Jim22Palmer) July 3, 2018 I’m here today to talk the O’s farm system as it sits now, before the trades that will – hopefully – be made […]

Tuesday’s O’s Links: Undefeated in July!

Manny Machado in front of sign at spring training 2015.
(That’s one of my favorite pictures of Manny Machado, via our awesome photographer Craig Landefeld. It’s old, but I don’t know how many more chances I’ll get to use it. So enjoy it with me one last time.) It’s July 3, and the Orioles haven’t lost a game yet this month. They’ve only played one, sure, but we’ll take literally any tiny victory we can get these days. The international signing period began yesterday, and you won’t believe this, but…the Orioles are the only eligible* team that has yet to […]

O’s Salvage Game Against Angels

On a blistering Sunday afternoon, the Baltimore Orioles’ bats were just as hot and snapped a seven-game losing streak with an 8-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels. Mark Trumbo powered the offense, hitting two of the team’s four home runs. Manny Machado and Trey Mancini also homered for the Orioles, who won for just the second time in 19 games at Camden Yards. Kevin Gausman continued to build on his last four outings where he had allowed 8 earned runs in 24.1 IP (2.96 ERA) to drop his season […]

I Don’t “Like Our Guys” Anymore

I have a T-shirt. It was a freebie that I picked up on arrival at Camden Yards. Many of you probably have it as well. It says, “We Like Our Guys”. You know what? I don’t anymore, no matter the insistence of The Warehouse. Let’s break it down. Chris Davis – The worst player in MLB Jonathan Schoop – Amazingly almost as bad as Chris Davis. He’s really bad. Manny Machado – Awesome but his value is completely tied up in what he can bring back in a trade. If […]

Series Preview: Orioles (23-57) vs Angels (41-41)


sunset view of oriole park at camden yards
After getting swept by the Mariners for the first time in a four-game series, the Orioles will conclude their home stand by hosting the Angels for a three-game set over the weekend. The Orioles (23-57) are trying to snap another five-game losing streak in tonight’s series opener. It’s the seventh time they’ve lost five in a row during the first half of 2018. With a 6-18 record during the month of June, the O’s will also be looking to avoid their second 20-loss month. The Angels (41-41) come into town […]

Thursday’s O’s Links: The O’s Haven’t Beaten An AL Team in a Month

Zach Britton gets up after making a tag on the first base line, as Chris Davis Watches.
I dunno, guys. I keep saying there’s no bottom, and the Orioles just keep proving me right. Did you know that they have now lost 14 straight games against American League teams, and haven’t beaten an AL team since May 25, over a calendar month ago? Seems impossible right? I assure you, it’s not…not for these Birds. These Birds, who have now managed to surpass even the 1988 Orioles in ineptitude! The 2018 Orioles are now 23-56. The 1988 Orioles through as many games were 24-55. This team is bad. […]

Bullpen Arms Lead Tides to Four-Game Sweep of Stripers

A trio of pitchers who normally pitch out of the Tides bullpen combined for 12 strong innings during a four-game series against the Gwinnett Stripers, helping Norfolk kick off what could be the most important homestand of the year by sweeping all four games. Pedro Alvarez had five RBIs in three games, including a walk-off two run double in the tenth inning of the series finale. TIDES SEASON TO DATE The Tides (40-35, 2nd in the IL South through Wednesday) returned home on Monday after stumbling their way through a […]

Thursday Thoughts: Buck Showalter On the Way Out of the Dugout?

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. When I woke up this past Sunday morning and heard about a weekend column by The Baltimore Sun’s Peter Schmuck, my eyes glazed over. Schmuck took to writing about rumors that the Orioles could be relocated, and it […]

Gary Thorne: Orioles “are Within Shi***ng Distance”

Gary Thorne and Jim Palmer in the O's booth, Gary wearing a mother's day giveaway hat.
Orioles fans have grown to love Gary Thorne and all his goofy exclamations in the broadcast booth (most of us, anyway – I still come across the random fan here or there who despises Gary). There’s even a Twitter account in his honor, @DrunkGaryThorne. In Monday night’s loss to the Seattle Mariners, Gary may have finally reached his zenith. He was, I assume, trying to say that the Orioles were within striking distance of Seattle headed to the bottom of the ninth inning. (Shocker: they did not strike). He, instead, […]

Let’s Change – and Hopefully Fix! – the Orioles, Starting Now

Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore
Last week in this space, we talked about how one of the biggest frustrations for Orioles fans is the lack of transparency within the organization and an unwillingness–to this point–to make any changes to a ballclub that finds itself with the worst record in baseball at 23-54. [Related: The Worst Part of All This? O’s Seem Fine with Status Quo] On a regular basis, the Orioles trot out failing hitters and faltering pitchers as the team descends below mediocrity into what can only be described as a laughing stock. In […]

Series Preview: Orioles (23-53) vs. Mariners (47-31)

Seattle Mariners players celebrate during their win.
After surprisingly winning two of three in Atlanta, the Orioles will now return home to take on the Mariners for a three-game set. The Orioles (23-53) have been playing much better in recent times by winning four of their last seven contests. The bats also seem to be heating up as they’ve scored an average of six runs a game during that span, and they’ll be looking for more of the same during their upcoming seven-game home stand. The Mariners (47-31) head into town in second place in the AL […]

The Rundown: Trumbo Heats Up, Davis Returns

Mark Trumbo is heating up at the right time as he has hit five home runs since June 17. At this point, the Orioles need every veteran playing at the top of their game in hopes to showcase them in trades. Obviously, Manny Machado is the franchise changer, followed by Zach Britton, but the organization can still get something of value in return for the other veterans with Trumbo being in that mix.   Davis Returns Chris Davis returned after missing eight games to work on getting back to the […]

Series Preview: Orioles (21-52) @ Braves (43-30)

After dropping two of three against the Nationals in DC, the Orioles will now head to Atlanta to take on the Braves for a three-game set over the weekend. The Orioles (21-52) are still stuck in a rip tide as they prepare to take on the Braves, and help doesn’t seem to be coming anytime soon. They’ve won just four times through seventeen games in June and have gone 4-22 over their last 26 contests. The Braves (43-30) are still holding a firm grip on first place in the NL […]

Thursday Thoughts: Prepare for Disappointment in Machado Trade

Manny Machado follows through on his swing.
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 Orioles finally went and did it this week. They benched Chris Davis, and there’s no real clear-cut path to playing time for the first baseman. Davis’ benching comes at a time where it doesn’t really matter. It’s […]

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 […]