Week in review: A look at how far the O’s have to go and other topics

Time for another look at some stories and topics we’ve touched on here in the past week. Feel free to comment on any or all three once more. On Monday, we got a lot of responses to the question, “How far away are the Orioles?” The 2017 club stayed in the race into September. In fact, on the night of Aug. 30, the Orioles won ... read more

Another look at strikeouts and their impact on the O’s offense

Barring a batter reaching on a third strike and a wild pitch, not much good comes from a strikeout. Certainly, some good can come from a walk. Orioles fans know their team well and the Baltimore offense in recent seasons has featured too many strikeouts and too few walks. This was a problem again in the 2017 season. The Orioles’ strikeout rate of 23 percent ... read more

Looking at more free agent starting pitchers

While we wait to find out how the Orioles intend to improve on a starting rotation that produced a 5.70 ERA last season, today we take a look at three more free agent starters. CC Sabathia: It would sure look strange to see the big guy land in an O’s uniform and he will be 38 on opening day. Is it even worth such a ... read more

O’s Brian Graham on DL Hall, Cody Sedlock, Keegan Akin and more

Don’t be fooled by a 6.97 ERA for the kid. That came in just 10 1/3 innings in five August outings in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League for left-hander DL Hall. The Orioles selected Hall with their first pick in June in the draft. He was taken with the 21st pick in the First-Year Player Draft and signed to a $3 million bonus. Hall, who ... read more

Multiple-inning relievers could be big for future O’s bullpens

The average outing by a starting pitcher in the postseason this year was 4 2/3 innings. That is a pretty surprising stat for me. Sure, some early knockouts brought that number down but 4 2/3 innings on average for some of better starters in the game? No doubt the bullpens get more use in the postseason and the off-days in each series made it possible ... read more

Overlooked as a prospect, Trey Mancini got some rookie recognition

Did a player that has been underrated most of his career finally get some level of recognition Monday evening? He did. The Orioles’ Trey Mancini was named as a finalist for the American League Rookie of the Year Award. It’s an all AL East final trio with Aaron Judge of New York and Boston’s Andrew Benintendi joining Mancini. Judge is expected to become the easy ... read more

How far away are the Orioles?

It seems hard to believe when you look at the Orioles and a last-place finish in 2017, but as the calendar turned from August to September, the team was a couple of games over .500 and very close to a playoff berth. On the night of Aug. 30, the Orioles won their seventh straight game. They were 1 1/2 games behind the Twins for the ... read more

Week in review: Talking free agent pitchers, realignment and Chris Tillman

As we look back at the last week of blog entries in this space, today we welcome more comments on some of those said entries. Monday we reviewed another three free agent pitchers in this space, taking a looking at Tyler Chatwood, Andrew Casher and Miguel González. Chatwood is a right-hander that will be 28 on opening day. While he went 8-15 with a 4.69 ... read more