Andrew Stetka: Orioles should look to deal strength for depth

There’s a good debate going on throughout the baseball world right now about Orioles closer Zach Britton. Some believe he should get consideration for the Cy Young Award at season’s end. Others don’t think that honor should go to relief pitchers who don’t accumulate as many innings as starters during the season. The argument is really about value. There’s no real question that Britton, who ... read more

Opposite dugout: Baker has Nationals back on track for postseason

Manager: Dusty Baker (1st season) Record: 73-50 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: 2B Daniel Murphy (.345/.389/.607 with 23 HR, 89 RBIs), C Wilson Ramos (.322/.369/.526 with 19 HR, 67 RBIs), RF Bryce Harper (22 HR, 68 RBIs), RHP Tanner Roark (13-6, 2.87 ERA), RHP Stephen Strasburg (15-4, 3.59 ERA), RHP Mark Melancon (1.41 ERA with 36 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting ... read more

Yard Work: Episode 11

Happy Friday, Orioles fans. Welcome to this week’s edition of Yard Work. On this episode.... It seems like the Orioles have done a total flip flop since the start of the season. For the first few months, the O’s dealt with inconsistent starting pitching. Each night was a gamble in terms of the starter and there were a few nights were a great offensive output ... read more

Matthew Taylor: Hyun Soo Kim deserving of Hitting Machine nickname

Hyun Soo Kim stepped to the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning on Thursday night with a chance to do something that no Orioles batter has done since ... Sunday. OK, so Matt Wieters’ five-hit game at San Francisco, only the third ever by an Orioles catcher, made the possibility of a five-hit game for Kim seem less important. Regardless, it would have ... read more

Jenae Cherry to debut Orioles-inspired song before Friday night fireworks

If you were at the July 22 game between the Indians and Orioles, you were lucky enough to hear a pregame concert by singer/songwriter Jenae Cherry, a Nashville-based country music staple who has a strong connection to the Orioles: She’s married to reliever Brad Brach. If you’re coming to Friday night’s game between the Astros and Orioles, you’ll have another opportunity to hear Cherry, who ... read more

Zach Wilt: Schoop drawing comparisons to game’s top second basemen

Power hitting second basemen are the quite the commodity in Major League Baseball. Most teams hope to get solid defense and above average offense from that position; adding some pop is a huge bonus. Jonathan Schoop is one of the few who provides both, a great glove in the middle of the diamond and 20-plus home run power. In his third full season in ... read more

Opposite dugout: Astros have failed to recreate mojo from last year’s playoff payoff

Manager: A.J. Hinch (2nd season) Record: 61-59 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: 2B Jose Altuve (.364/.428/.572 with 19 HR, 72 RBIs, 26 SB), SS Carlos Correa (18 HR, 82 RBIs), RF George Springer (23 HR, 68 RBIs), RHP Joe Musgrove (1-0, 1.47 ERA), RHP Will Harris (12 saves, 2.64 ERA) Season series vs. Orioles: 3-0 Pitching probables: Aug. 18: RHP Joe Musgrove vs. ... read more

Dillon Atkinson: Righties struggling against opposing southpaws

Before putting up three runs against Boston’s bullpen in Tuesday night’s 5-3 loss to the Red Sox, the Orioles were being no-hit through four innings by left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez. The young southpaw, who struck out seven batters over his four no-hit frames, was removed from the game in the fifth inning with a left hamstring injury. Tuesday night was another case of the O’s not ... read more