Is This a Rebuild or Sell Off?

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As the 2018 season mercifully nears its end, I have started to play a little game. What game you ask? Allow me to bring in Petyr Baelish to explain: I was ecstatic as the Orioles began to make their much needed moves, trading valuable pieces in Manny Machado, Zach Britton, Jonathan Schoop, Kevin Gausman and Brad Brach. It was a vital first step to start the arduous rebuild process for a team in need of not only organizational depth, but one in need of increased talent at virtually every position […]

The Mount Rushmore of the Baltimore Orioles

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A couple of seasons ago we presented a few versions of a local area sports Mount Rushmore. One version was for the Ravens and another for Baltimore area sports in general. It’s interesting to see how sentiments sway over time. For example, a few seasons ago the Ravens Mount Rushmore consisted of Ray Lewis, Jonathan Ogden, Ed Reed and Matt Stover. A couple seasons later many argued that Joe Flacco or Ray Rice should replace Stover. Whatever your opinion is, the topic is one that inspires passionate debate. And now […]

We Want More Dylan Bundy!

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At this point, we could write a whole novel on Dylan Bundy’s history with the Orioles even though he’s only pitched five career innings in the MLB. Drafted fourth overall in 2011, Bundy had a cup of coffee in the majors in 2012, but injuries have derailed his once very promising career in the years since. Bundy is out of minor league options this year, so he has to be on the MLB roster, giving Buck Showalter another de facto Rule 5 player. He has been placed in the bullpen, […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: De Aza Lands in Division, Snider TOOTBLANs

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The O’s have hit their low-water mark for the season (so far) at five games below .500 after blowing a 4-0 lead in Houston last night and losing their fourth in a row following their walk-off win last Friday. Way to seize the momentum, huh? Hopefully this is rock bottom. The links are sad today. Red Sox to Acquire De Aza Alejandro De Aza, DFA’d by the O’s last week, will ultimately stay in the AL East, going to Boston for…wait for it…cash considerations. Because of course. Keep clicking back […]

Four Moves the Orioles Should Make Right Now

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Watching the Orioles right now is about as much fun as having a root canal. It’s painfully obvious that everybody is pressing at the plate, especially with runners on, as the offense continues to spit and sputter and the losses keep mounting. It’s like we, as O’s fans, are in some sort of Groundhog Day, Orioles Edition. Every game feels exactly the same. The team scrapes, claws, and fights to muster just a run or two to take a very slim lead. That day’s starting pitcher, who had been pitching […]

The Rundown: Can O’s Turn the Page as the Calendar Flips?

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The Orioles – and the fan base – cannot be more excited to see the calendar turn to June. It was a very frustrating month of May that saw the team continuously make mental mistakes and produce an offense that finished 27th in runs and dead last in OPS in all of baseball. Consider that they also played three “home games” on the road to start the month and it is certainly a relief to bid May a fond Gary Thorne “adieu, adieu.” Luckily, the American League East is a joke […]

Elias Silences Birds’ Bats, Mariners Take 4-2 Win

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BALTIMORE— The Seattle Mariners may have only one ace on their staff in Felix Hernandez, but in his fourth career start against Baltimore, 26 year-old Cuban lefty Roenis Elias sure resembled the King with a dominating performance that withstood a 9th inning comeback attempt by the Orioles. In 7 2/3 innings Elias allowed only one run on six hits, with a befuddling change-up that kept Baltimore off-balance the whole evening. It wasn’t until there were two outs in the 8th inning that Baltimore even had a real threat, and it was […]

Thursday Thoughts: O’s Healing, Jones Scorching, OPACY “Re-Opening”

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This is a weekly column that dives into eight random thoughts about the Orioles/MLB. Why eight? It’s a nod to Cal Ripken Jr. of course. That, and doing 2,632 of these would be a little overboard. – A.S.  1. The Orioles are finally getting a bit healthier. It looks more and more like J.J. Hardy and Ryan Flaherty will return in the next few days. Wesley Wright is set to throw off a full mound on Monday as he rehabs a shoulder injury. Matt Wieters is playing in extended spring training […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: These O’s Ain’t Royal Rumblers

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The Birds’ trip to New York got off to a bit of a rough start, as one bad inning doomed Bud Norris. Though he went seven strong, the Mets’ three-run fourth inning was enough, as Bartolo Colon dominated the O’s bats and pitched out of a key second-and-third, one out situation in the fourth to escape unharmed. Manny Machado hit a solo homer, and Chris Davis added another off Mets’ closer Jeurys Familia, but the good guys lost 3-2. They look to salvage a split of the short two-gamer tonight […]

PERCEPTION IS REALITY: Bubble Players Make Final Push

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REALITY: Ubaldo Jimenez has improved this spring, but a glance around Twitter reveals that he doesn’t seem to be making many new fans. PERCEPTION:  Why is that? Why are Orioles fans hoping or wishing that Jimenez fails? Everyone complains that the Orioles do not spend enough money in the offseason. You do realize that if Jimenez fails, you can kiss any chance of the Orioles spending money in future offseasons goodbye? Last offseason, the Orioles spent the most money they have ever spent on a free-agent pitcher to sign Jimenez. […]

“Drought Bracket” is Fun, but the “Dark Years” are Over

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The “dark years” tournament has been fun, but should also be an eye-opener for some of us. Think about the “problems” we have this year in Spring Training compared to years past. The O’s are honestly trying now to fit what looks like seven starters into five slots. The guys vying for the spots in the rotation are legitimate starters! I can’t recount how many times heading into those 12+ losing seasons that we had two legit starters and needed three other reclamation projects to step up. I think about […]

Tarp Crew: The Bullpen Perspective

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For the last several years, when the Orioles are leading in the late innings, we fans have felt pretty good. The bullpen has, for the most part, been rock-solid, and done their part to secure an O’s W more often than not. I got to know some of those guys in the bullpen during my days on the Tarp Crew. As I said previously, the bullpen job was my favorite, and that was because of all of the fun and laughs that I had during my time there. I remember […]

THE RUNDOWN: Spring Training Questions Remain

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We have reached the mid-point of spring training and many of the questions heading into the month for the Orioles have not been answered as the start of the season quickly approaches. Let’s take a look at a few of them and see if we can figure out the direction the team may go. Starting Second Baseman Maybe I put too much stock into the signing of Everth Cabrera. When Dan Duquette decided to give the former All-Star over two million dollars to sign with the O’s, I thought that […]

Thursday Thoughts: Wieters’ Backup, Davis’ Comments, & Will Ferrell

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This is a weekly column that dives into eight random thoughts about the Orioles/MLB. Why eight? It’s a nod to Cal Ripken Jr. of course. That, and doing 2,632 of these would be a little overboard. – A.S. 1. If Chris Davis wants the Orioles to “commit to the future before he does,” maybe he shouldn’t get himself suspended prior to the postseason…Then he’d be able to contribute and help the team when they reach the doorstep of the World Series. I didn’t really understand Davis’ comments to the “Baltimore Sun” […]

Baltimore Orioles 2015 Pitching Staff Prediction

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We’re more than a week into Spring Training and certain players are working hard to crack the 25-man roster. Some of the tightest battles are among Orioles’ pitchers, so here is my prediction as to what the pitching staff would look like if the season started today.   Rotation 1.     RHP Chris Tillman  This is the easiest prediction to make, as Tillman has been Baltimore’s best pitcher for the last few seasons. He had a strong outing against Philadelphia on Monday and has basically locked up the No. 1 spot […]

Section 336 Epsiode 104: Spring Training ’15 – Monday

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Section 336 Spring Training Week is here! The guys are in Sarasota, Florida to bring you an entire week of new shows. In today’s show, Schaetzle – who joined us last year – eats some words regarding Delmon Young, Bud Norris makes Bert make a bunch of excuses for him, and more. Enjoy this show and be sure to check back tomorrow for another episode from Section 336 Spring Training Week. And, here’s a special edition of CRIBS – Sarasota. Enjoy!

GIFs: First O’s Broadcast a Welcome Distraction from Snow

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On a day that saw much of the Baltimore area covered by 5-10 inches of snow, the Orioles provided some solace in the form of an evening game against the Toronto Blue Jays on MASN. With temperatures well below freezing where many viewers were, it was nice to hear the voices of Gary Thorne and Jim Palmer and see many regulars in action. In a way, it was a perfect ending to a winter day. Miguel Gonzalez got the start and had a relatively easy time completing a scoreless two-inning […]

O’s, Yoon Set to Part Ways

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Remember last winter when we all got way too excited about this picture? Prior to signing either Ubaldo Jimenez (another one that we got duped on) and Nelson Cruz (one that many of us didn’t get excited enough about, as it turned out), the O’s were rumored to be in on an international pitcher, and they eventually picked up pitcher Suk-Min Yoon from South Korea. He signed for three years and $5.575M, but will apparently not be fulfilling that contract. Today, quoting reports out of that country, the O’s beat […]

The West Coast View: July 8th

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Here we are a week before the All-Star break, and I can’t tell you with any confidence whether or not the Orioles will finish the year in first place or in fifth place in the AL East. Doesn’t it feel great to have no idea? While things look a whole lot brighter after Sunday’s comeback win over the Yankees in the Bronx, not everything is sparkling in Birdland. After a 2-4 week, some glaring holes were discovered in the Orioles armor. These aren’t holes that no one could see coming. […]