Despite struggles early on in the season, Matt Albers has stepped into a period of recent success on the mound. During a time when the O’s bullpen has been taxed and overused, Albers has been a bright spot. Amber recently had a chance to talk with the reliever about the state of the O’s ‘pen and his role in it, before also touching on
Brain Roberts’ first at bat in the big leagues since April 10th was forgettable. Back in the leadoff spot Friday night, he grounded out to second - pretty uneventful. Look closer. Roberts saw seven pitches in that at bat. It’s the little aspects of the game (like that) that make Roberts so valuable as the offensive table setter. He works the counts, forces a
Josh Bell is walking a fine line with the Birds, but it’s not because of his play. With so many roster moves ahead in the next week, Bell seems to be the odd man out in the Orioles clubhouse. See how he feels about possibly being involved in the next move and how his Major League experience has gone so far.
Since returning to Baltimore in 2004 I’ve covered the Orioles now for six and a half seasons. Each year like clockwork the team doesn’t just take a spiral downward in the second half, it takes a nose dive. Could this be the first time in years the Orioles have a better second half than first?
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A switch-hitter for the Orioles for 13 seasons, Hall of Famer Eddie Murray actually didn’t start switch-hitting until the year before he was a rookie in the Major Leagues. By the end of his career, he retired with 3,255 hits and 504 home runs. Matt Wieters was the O’s first-round pick in the 2007 MLB Draft and has been switch-hitting since he was five
Jake Fox was recently acquired by the Orioles from the Oakland Athletics after being designated for assignment. Amber asked Jake if interim manager Juan Samuel has defined his role yet. Also, Jake said he’s trying to find his swing and knows that if he hits he will get more playing time. Jake plays both corner infield and outfield positions. He can also be used
Though I was a bit surprised to see Ty Wigginton as the choice to represent the Orioles in this year’s All-Star Game, I’m happy for him. For the record, Ty himself, as well as manager Juan Samuel both said they were surprised by the pick. I do admire the way Wigginton made a conscious decision not to mope when the O’s signed Garrett Atkins