Opposite dugout: Astros struggling to continue last year’s success

Manager: A.J. Hinch (2nd season) Record: 17-28 Last 10 games: 3-7 Who to watch: 2B Jose Altuve (.328/.413/.582 with 9 HR, 27 RBIs), RF George Springer (.254/ with 9 HR, 25 RBIs), SS Carlos Correa (.253 with 7 HR, 20 RBIs), LF Colby Rasmus (8 HR, 31 RBIs), RHP Doug Fister (4-3, 4.22 ERA), RHP Will Harris (0.46 ERA, 11 holds) Season series vs. Orioles: ... read more

Ryan Romano: How unlucky is Ubaldo Jimenez?

One of the trickier elements of baseball analysis is figuring out the role of luck - or the absence thereof - in a player’s output. When we look at Ubaldo Jimenez, and see that he has a 6.04 ERA in 2016, we can safely say that he’s not this awful of a pitcher, and that he’ll allow fewer runs as the season goes along. But ... read more

Andrew Stetka: Orioles have a stadium to be proud of

I was baffled late last week when I read that the Texas Rangers are aiming to have a new ballpark built within the next five years. I visited what is now called Globe Life Park but was then called the Ballpark in Arlington just four short years ago. My visit came in August on a warm Texas night when Adrian Beltre clubbed three home runs ... read more

Matthew Taylor: How are O’s tallying so many comeback wins?

What should we make of the Orioles’ growing number of comeback wins? Is it a function of the powerful lineup? The outstanding bullpen? Orioles Magic? The answer isn’t as simple as any one thing; however, the most significant factor in the O’s disproportionate number of comeback victories is what happens in the early innings. The team is making a habit of digging itself into early ... read more

Opposite dugout: Angels sticking to formula of riding Trout’s superstardom

Manager: Mike Scioscia (17th season) Record: 19-22 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: CF Mike Trout (.327/.416/.588 with 10 HR, 31 RBIs), 3B Yunel Escobar (.309/.362/.426), RF Kole Calhoun (.291/.371/.412 with 20 RBIs), DH Albert Pujols (8 HR, 27 RBIs), LHP Hector Santiago (3-2, 3.42 ERA), RHP Fernando Salas (2.18 ERA, 2 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (4-2 in 2015) Pitching probables: ... read more

Yard Work podcast: Episode 2

Gas up that mower and pull out those gardening gloves, O’s fans. It’s time for a little Yard Work! On this week’s episode, Steve and I talk about the Orioles’ most recent homestand against the Tigers and Mariners. Where do the Orioles sit after taking three of four from Detroit and losing the three-game series to Seattle? Also, we’ll look back at reliever Darren O’Day’s ... read more

Zach Wilt: Why Hyun Soo Kim should be an everyday player

One of my favorite moves of the offseason was the Orioles’ addition of Hyun Soo Kim. It just seemed like the perfect Dan Duquette acquisition. Over the years, the O’s executive vice president of baseball operations has shown a unique ability to find major league talent in some unconventional places. Remember Nate McLouth in 2012, who was designated for assignment by the Pirates earlier in ... read more

Dillon Atkinson: Machado at shortstop is a different, enjoyable look

As you all know, Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy fouled a ball off his left foot on May 1 and was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a hairline fracture, with the expected return being six to eight weeks. The veteran shortstop was off to a solid start to the season, especially with the glove. His trip to the disabled list created questions among Orioles ... read more