2018 season recap: Givens thrived in closer role

If you just look at a few basic stats, it appears that Orioles reliever Mychal Givens had a much better season in 2017 than he did in 2018. In 2017, he went 8-1 with a 2.75 ERA. This year, he was 0-7 with a 3.99 ERA. But a look at other stats shows Givens’ last two seasons were more comparable than the above would indicate. ... read more

A look at Wade Miley’s very brief start and more Manny Machado

Baltimore fans who remember Wade Miley’s lack of success as an Oriole probably thought he might not pitch deep into Game 5 of the National League Championship Series yesterday when his Milwaukee Brewers faced the Los Angeles Dodgers. They were right. Miley lasted one batter. He threw just five pitches as he walked Cody Bellinger. But he wasn’t pulled due to ineffectiveness or an injury. ... read more

2018 season recap: Andrew Cashner’s battle for consistency

If the rebuilding Orioles are going to take a turn for the better during the 2019 season, no doubt they’ll need solid starting pitching to do it. One pitcher who has room for improvement is right-handed starter Andrew Cashner. His stats took a big fall from his 2017 season with Texas. On Feb. 15, Cashner signed a two-year free agent deal with Baltimore worth $16 ... read more

Manny Machado jogged to first and got ripped for it

Former Oriole Manny Machado is 8-for-27 (.296) with three homers and nine RBIs in seven playoff games for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He’s had some big swings and made some outstanding plays in the field. But he was in the news during Game 2 of the National League Championship Series on Saturday for the wrong reason. For not running hard to first base on a ... read more

For the Orioles, will the dollars make sense?

As a rebuilding team intending to rely on younger and less experienced players, the Orioles will also likely be a team that may not pursue many free agents this winter and certainly not many commanding significant dollars. The Orioles’ payroll is going down as they attempt to reset it. Cot’s Baseball Contracts ranks the O’s year-end 40-man roster payroll at 14th in the majors from ... read more

First offseason edition: “10 questions for O’s fans”

If you’ve been reading here for a while, you are probably quite familiar with today’s blog format and it doesn’t take much explaining on my end. Today I’ve posed 10 questions and are looking for your responses. Answer one question or all 10. Provide short answers or long. Respond to answers by other readers. It’s all good. Here are the questions: 1. Who do you ... read more

A look at organizational rankings and other notes

When Baseball America released its latest organizational rankings in early August, the Orioles fell three spots. Ranked No. 17 at the start of the 2018 season, they were now ranked No. 20 among all the farm systems in baseball. That seemed strange since it followed the July trades in which the Orioles added 15 players to their organization, including one top-100 prospect in outfielder Yusniel ... read more

Could Johnny Baseball have a reunion with the Orioles?

Second baseman Jonathan Schoop had a career year in 2017 and was named Most Valuable Oriole. He’s had a pretty terrible year in 2018 and didn’t start any of the three games for the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Division Series against Colorado. Here’s a crazy thought: Has Schoop played so poorly for the Brewers that they will non-tender him, making him a free ... read more