Zach Wilt: O’s lucky to have Brach with Britton sidelined

Zach Britton was one of the most dominant players in baseball in 2016. Not that I’m telling you something you didn’t already know. The guy had a season for the record books, converting 47 saves without blowing a single one. His stuff - and by stuff, I mean his sinker, because he threw it 91.97 percent of the time - was so nasty that hitters ... read more

Yard Work: Episode 2

Hey, O’s fans! Welcome to the latest episode of Yard Work. In this week’s episode ... The Birds are off to another hot start to the season, posting an 8-3 mark heading into their three-game series in Cincinnati. That record is tops in the majors, and looks like a good omen to open the year. What’s been the biggest key for the Orioles so far? ... read more

Dillon Atkinson: With Mancini’s emergence, Showalter may have to get creative

Orioles converted-outfielder Trey Mancini has gotten off to a tremendous start at the plate, slashing .348/.400/.913 with four home runs in 25 plate appearances. He has been used in a platoon role to start against left-handed pitchers - which has worked out well for him with playing time, considering the American League East is filled with left-handed starters - and also has gotten one start ... read more

Opposite dugout: Resurgent Reds have surprised in early going

Manager: Bryan Price (4th season) Record: 8-5 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: SS Zack Cozart (.432, 7 RBIs), 3B Eugenio Suárez (.384, 3 HR, 10 RBIs), LF Adam Duvall (3 HR, 7 RBIs), CF Billy Hamilton (5 SB), 1B Joey Votto (3 HR, 6 RBIs), LHP Amir Garrett (2-0, 1.42 ERA), RHP Raisel Iglesias (1.17 ERA, 3 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: First ... read more

Andrew Stetka: O’s pitching staff bound to be tested

Things look pretty rosy at the moment for the Orioles, having taken three of four from the Blue Jays in Toronto and sitting atop the American League East at 8-3. The Birds even enjoyed the spoils of four straight strong performances from starting pitchers over the weekend in Canada. Though if the front office’s recent actions are any indication, big tests are ahead for this ... read more

Zach Wilt: Manny Machado will be just fine

There were a lot of bold predictions made about Manny Machado entering the 2017 season. I went big, proclaiming that this year Machado would be crowned the American League’s Most Valuable Player. It just seemed like the natural next step for one of the game’s premier young talents. Machado finished fifth in AL MVP voting last season, and finished fourth in 2015. He continues to ... read more

Opposite dugout: Blue Jays still searching for longballs, rotation rhythm

Manager: John Gibbons (10th season) Record: 1-7 Last 10 games: 1-7 Who to watch: 3B Josh Donaldson (.308/.438/.577 with 2 HR), DH Kendrys Morales (.250 with 6 RBIs), SS Troy Tulowitzki (1 HR, 9 RBIs), RHP Aaron Sanchez (1.29 ERA), RHP Joe Biagini (1.42 ERA in 6 1/3 IP) Season series vs. Orioles: 0-2 Pitching probables: April 13: RHP Kevin Gausman vs. LHP Francisco Liriano, ... read more

Yard Work: Episode 1

Hey, Orioles fans! Welcome to the season debut of Yard Work. If you followed along last season, thanks for tuning in. And if you’re new to the podcast this year, MASNsports.com Orioles beat writer Steve Melewski will be joined by MASN editor Brian Eller to bring you Orioles news and insights each Wednesday throughout the season. We’re already a week into the season, and for ... read more