Some Orioles home run math

Even without Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis, the 2015 Orioles outscored and outhomered the 2014 club. The final runs tally was 713 to 705 and the final homer tally was 217 to 211. If the O's lost 40 homers from Cruz, 14 from Markakis and six from Steve Pearce, who went from 21 to 15, how in the heck did they hit more this year? ... read more

Playoffs game blog: A look at the O's against the playoff field and tonight's games

The Orioles finished the 2015 season with a .500 record, going 81-81. But they had a record of 26-37 (.413) against teams that made the 2015 playoffs. Here is the rundown: * 8-11 against Toronto * 10-9 against the New York Yankees * 3-4 against Kansas City * 1-6 against Texas * 3-4 against Houston * 1-3 against the New York Mets The Orioles did ... read more

O's pitcher Mike Wright looks back on 2015 season and ahead to his future

For 25-year-old right-hander Mike Wright, the 2015 season was a mixed bag. He pitched well at Triple-A and made the major leagues for the first time. Those were positives. But after initial success with the Orioles, there were struggles. He has proven he can get outs at Triple-A. Now, as he looks ahead to 2016, Wright has to prove he can consistently do that at ... read more

Playoffs game blog: Keuchel back to the mound; Toronto faces elimination tonight

As the American League playoffs resume today, Toronto faces elimination in one Division Series series. In the other, Dallas Keuchel will try to pitch Houston into a series lead in the first Astros home playoff game since 2005. Kansas City plays at Houston this afternoon in Game 3 of that series, which is tied 1-1. Right-hander Edison Volquez (13-9, 3.55 ERA) faces Keuchel (20-8, 2.48 ... read more

A look at the controversial play at second base last night and other playoff notes

It was a crazy play at second base in the seventh inning last night. When the Dodgers' Chase Utley attempted to break up a double play, it led to an injury, a controversy, a critical out lost for the Mets and a confusing replay ruling. Utley barreled into Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada with runners on first and third and one out, with the Mets leading ... read more

Playoffs game blog: Mets and Cards look for 2-0 edge tonight in NLDS

Today is a travel day for the four teams in the American League Division Series, which resumes tomorrow. Texas leads Toronto 2-0 while the Houston-Kansas City series is tied 1-1. So far there has been a home-field disadvantage in the playoffs, as the home teams are 2-6. The St. Louis Cardinals host the Chicago Cubs later today in Game 2 of their National League Division ... read more

A look at O's fans' rooting interests now and a take on Matt Wieters

Have the playoffs been going the way Orioles fans hoped for so far? The teams that O's fans seem to be rooting against are losing. The Yankees were eliminated by Houston in the American League wild card game. Then O's fans have looked on as Texas has taken a 2-0 lead on the AL East champion Toronto Blue Jays in the American League Division Series. ... read more

Playoffs game blog: It's Cubs against Cards, Dodgers against Mets as NLDS begin tonight

The opening games in the two National League Division Series are set for tonight. First, the St. Louis Cardinals (100-62) will host the Chicago Cubs (97-65), and then the Los Angeles Dodgers (92-70) host the New York Mets (90-72). The longtime rival Cubs and Cardinals are meeting in the postseason for the first time. During the regular season, St. Louis went 11-8 versus Chicago. Cubs ... read more