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Zach Wilt: Looking at the Orioles’ window to win

I used to be a firm believer in the “window to win” methodology in baseball. Not familiar with the “window to win?” I can explain. The Orioles are a small market team that will never have the payroll to compete in the free agent market with the Dodgers, Red Sox, Cubs or Yankees. That means that they have to acquire quality young talent with a

Opposite dugout: Rays aim to hold off O’s and Jays for third place in AL East

Manager: Kevin Cash (2nd year) Record: 77-82 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: LF Corey Dickerson (.278/.321/.488 with 27 HR, 62 RBIs), 3B Evan Longoria (.260 with 19 HR, 83 RBIs), 1B Logan Morrison (37 HR, 83 RBIs), RF Steven Souza Jr. (30 HR, 78 RBIs), RHP Chris Archer (9-12, 4.18 ERA), RHP Alex Colomé (3.15 ERA with 46 saves) Season series vs. Orioles:

Dillon Atkinson: A lot of questions need answering before next spring

The Baltimore Orioles are currently 75-83, tied with the Toronto Blue Jays for last place in the American League East division. This is the club’s first losing season since 2011, and first under executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette. The Birds gave the fans something to cheer and hope for heading into September, but the last month has been a pure disappointment. If

Opposite dugout: Disappointing season nearing an end for Pirates

Manager: Clint Hurdle (7th season) Record: 71-85 Last 10 games: 3-7 Who to watch: CF Andrew McCutchen (.273/.358/.470 with 26 HR, 79 RBIs), 1B Josh Bell (24 HR, 83 RBIs), RHP Chad Kuhl (7-11, 4.31 ERA), LHP Felipe Rivero (1.72 ERA, 19 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 0-2 Pitching probables: Sept. 26: RHP Kevin Gausman vs. RHP Trevor Williams, 7:05 p.m., MASN2 Sept. 27: RHP

Andrew Stetka: Hardy left an impression on Orioles

In my consumption of Orioles news and commentary over the last week, I heard something that caught me off-guard. The Orioles Hall of Fame conversation came up and it surrounded shortstop J.J. Hardy. My immediate reaction was puzzled. Why would Hardy be a shoe-in for the team’s Hall of Fame? He’s never even been the best player on his own team, let alone a standout

Zach Wilt: What the Orioles can learn from this year’s postseason clubs

September can be challenging if your team isn’t one of the 10 still playing postseason baseball. With eight games remaining, the Orioles are five games back of a playoff spot and would have five teams to hurdle over to get there. They haven’t been mathematically eliminated yet, but it’s not looking good. In recent years, this part of the season has been exciting around Charm

Opposite dugout: Third place, .500 mark are Rays’ late goals

Manager: Kevin Cash (2nd year) Record: 74-78 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: LF Corey Dickerson (.277 with 26 HR, 60 RBIs), 3B Evan Longoria (18 HR, 83 RBIs), 1B Logan Morrison (36 HR, 82 RBIs), RF Steven Souza Jr. (30 HR, 78 RBIs), RHP Alex Cobb (11-10, 3.63 ERA), RHP Chris Archer (9-11, 4.02 ERA), RHP Alex Colomé (45 saves) Season series vs.

Dillon Atkinson: Who could return to next year’s starting rotation?

As the 2017 season is winding down, what looked to be a fun race for the postseason is now a disappointing finish that came up short. This team has flaws. The offense is inconsistent, at times the defense is shaky and the bullpen, while being good overall, has let us down here and there. But you know exactly what I left out because it’s the

Opposite dugout: These Red Sox can run

Manager: John Farrell (5th season) Record: 85-64 Last 10 games: 7-3 Who to watch: RF Mookie Betts (90 RBIs, 43 doubles, 24 steals), LF Andrew Benintendi (85 RBIs, 19 steals), C Christian Vázquez (.298), 3B Rafael Devers (.826 OPS), RHP Craig Kimbrel (33 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 6-10 Pitching probables: Sept. 18: RHP Doug Fister vs. RHP Dylan Bundy, 7:05 p.m., MASN Sept. 19:

Andrew Stetka: O’s gave it a run, but never had horses for postseason

For all intents and purposes, the 2017 Orioles season is over. We’re probably a week or two late on declaring this. Some would say we are a month or two late. Sure, there are still games left on the schedule and baseball will be played over the final few weeks, but the Orioles as a team for this year are done. They were “done” multiple

Gary Thorne hosting “Hide a Book Day” at Oriole Park on Sept. 18

MASN broadcaster Gary Thorne may just be one of the most interesting men in the world. The longtime play-by-play man, who was recently inducted into the UMaine Sports Hall of Fame, is known for his illustrious sports broadcasting career. But beyond the box, there are so many other interesting facts about Thorne. Sit down and chat with him for a few minutes, and you’ll learn

Zach Wilt: A look at the Orioles’ home and road splits

It’s almost time to put the 2017 major league regular season to rest. How does summer always go by so fast? Our Baltimore Orioles have just 15 games remaining and are sitting three games below .500 at 72-75 and 5 1/2 games back of a wild card spot. The O’s have seen it all over the last six months. They dominated April with a 15-8

Opposite dugout: Division crown still within Yankees’ grasp

Manager: Joe Girardi (10th season) Record: 79-66 Last 10 games: 7-3 Who to watch: RF Aaron Judge (.273 with 41 HR, 90 RBIs), SS Didi Gregorius (.290 with 73 RBIs, 138 hits), LF Brett Gardner (.260 with 20 HR, 141 hits), LHP CC Sabathia (11-5, 3.85 ERA), LHP Aroldis Chapman (4-3, 18 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 9-6 Pitching probables: Sep. 14: LHP Wade Miley

Dillon Atkinson: With 17 games left, it’s time to look to the future

After losing their sixth consecutive game on Tuesday night, the Orioles are currently 71-74, in fourth place in the American League East and 4 1/2 games out of a wild card spot. If a 4 1/2-game deficit wasn’t already enough to battle, it’s worth noting the Orioles have six teams that they would have to hop over to get into the postseason. Playoff hopes are

Andrew Stetka: A nod to ESPN, and national coverage for O’s

Many Orioles fans groan whenever the team plays a game on national television. It happens sparingly, but when the Birds get placed on a Saturday afternoon FOX telecast or ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” as they were this weekend, the performance isn’t usually up to par. There’s something about the bright lights of the national stage that seems to make the O’s shrivel. This is, of

Opposite dugout: Blue Jays turn to offseason as disappointing season winds down

Manager: John Gibbons (10th season) Record: 66-77 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: 1B Justin Smoak (.278/.358/.550 with 37 HR, 85 RBIs), 3B Josh Donaldson (.254/.378/.519 with 25 HR, 64 RBIs), DH Kendrys Morales (27 HR, 78 RBIs), RHP Marcus Stroman (11-7, 3.18 ERA), RHP Roberto Osuna (3.66 ERA, 35 saves, 0.93 WHIP) Season series vs. Orioles: 5-11 Pitching probables: Sept. 11: RHP Ubaldo

Zach Wilt: Debating the Orioles’ MVP

Since Aug. 1, the Orioles are 20-15 and have outscored their opponents by 38 runs. This turnaround was not forecasted by many, as the Birds were a season-high seven games under .500 on July 16 and had slipped to 4 1/2 games back of a wild card at the end of the month. Their August turnaround came at the perfect time and would not have

Opposite dugout: Power bats and strong arms carrying torrid Tribe

Manager: Terry Francona (5th season) Record: 84-56 Last 10 games: 10-0 Who to watch: 2B José Ramírez (.309 with 25 HR, 69 RBIs), SS Francisco Lindor (27 HR, 71 RBIs), RF Jay Bruce (.278 4 HR, 14 RBIs), DH Edwin Encarnacion (33 HR, 85 RBIs), RHP Trevor Bauer (15-8, 4.39 ERA), RHP Cody Allen (2.70 ERA, 24 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 3-1 Pitching probables:

Opposite dugout: Yanks hold wild card, could vie for East title

Manager: Joe Girardi (10th season) Record: 73-63 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: 2B Starlin Castro (.309), RF Aaron Judge (38 HR, 85 RBIs), C Gary Sánchez (79 RBIs, 28 HR), LF Brett Gardner (18 steals, 20 HR), SS Didi Gregorius (.290, 62 RBIs), RHP Dellin Betances (10 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 7-5 Pitching probables: Sept. 4: LHP Jordan Montgomery vs. RHP Dylan

Zach Wilt: Welcome to September baseball

Welcome to baseball season in September. Our Orioles had their season-high seven-game winning streak snapped last night and are currently sitting three games above .500. They wrapped up August as one of the hottest teams in baseball after having won three consecutive series, clicking on all cylinders. The playoff race is officially on, but where did this sudden surge come from? From June 11-Aug. 28,

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