Andrew Stetka: Moving Bundy to rotation a bit premature

You can call me a skeptic, a pessimist or someone who just generally doesn’t enjoy fun, but I don’t like the idea of Dylan Bundy as a starter for the Orioles right now. I thought this even before the 23-year-old former fourth-overall pick made his first major league start yesterday. This isn’t a “hot take” or an overreaction to yesterday’s outing, which was obviously less ... read more

Opposite dugout: Healing Rays still fading

Manager: Kevin Cash (2nd season) Record: 34-54 Last 10 games: 1-9 Who to watch: 3B Evan Longoria (.289/.337/.526 with 19 HR, 47 RBIs), 2B Logan Forsythe (.285 with 8 HR, 21 RBIs), SS Brad Miller (14 HR, 32 RBIs), LHP Matt Moore (5-6, 4.46 ERA), RHP Alex Colome (1.69 ERA with 19 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 2-7 Pitching probables: July 15: RHP Yovani Gallardo ... read more

Determining the Orioles’ first-half MVP

It’s hard to believe, but the second half of the season gets underway tomorrow. Of course, every team has played more than half of its games already, but this week represents the unofficial halfway point of the season. For the Orioles, it’s been a half-season full of mostly ups and a few downs. The positives include a first-place standing, a 51-36 record, an offense that ... read more

Yard Work podcast: Episode 8

Hey, O’s fans. Welcome to this week’s episode of Yard Work. We’re back after the Orioles return home from a long West Coast road trip. Steve Melewski traveled with the team so we weren’t able to record last week, but we’re all back in Charm City for this week’s episode as the team begins a brief three-game series at home with the Angels. We always ... read more

Members of 1966 team look back on the Orioles’ first championship season

Fifty years ago, the average cost of a new home was $23,300. Gas averaged around 32 cents per gallon, a dozen eggs cost 60 cents and a gallon of milk was a steep 99 cents. Lyndon Johnson was the president of the United States and, in Baltimore, the city was home to the world champions of baseball. It’s hard to believe it’s been five decades ... read more

Matthew Taylor: Players have statistics, so why not fans?

There are literally billions of data points about baseball available each season, thanks to the rise of pitch tracking and player tracking technologies. We have more objective measures than ever before regarding player performance. Fan performance, however, is difficult to examine objectively. We need to put baseball fan bases, including our own, to the test. In the best of times and in the worst of ... read more

Opposite dugout: Trout having another MVP-type season for Angels

Manager: Mike Scioscia (17th season) Record: 36-50 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: CF Mike Trout (.321 average, 18 HR, 56 RBIs); 3B Yunel Escobar (.327 average, 99 hits); RF Kole Calhoun (.284 average; 46 RBIs, 93 hits); SP Hector Santiago (6-4, 4.58 ERA); RP Huston Street (3-1, 7 saves). Season series vs. Orioles: 1-2 Pitching probables: July 8: RHP Matt Shoemaker vs. TBA, ... read more

Trumbo to participate in next week’s Home Run Derby

For the fourth year in a row, an Orioles player will try to capture a Home Run Derby title. Following Wednesday’s win over the Dodgers, Orioles slugger Mark Trumbo told reporters he will take part in this year’s event, which will feature four hitters from both the American League and National League. “I’m doing it,” Trumbo said on participating in the event. Let’s chalk that ... read more