Another mismatch (Britton tonight)

Another mismatch (Britton tonight)
Can you believe there are people, some considered very astute in the baseball industry, that we're picking the Orioles to finish ahead of Toronto this year. It now looks like the O's are on their way to 0-11 vs. the Jays as they trail 6-0 after the fourth. It is like Ground Hog day. An O's starter gives up early runs, meanwhile the opponent starter records quick outs vs. O's hitters who nightly seem to refuse to work the count. At this point, I blame the players and coaching staff. No...
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Britton not being considered for this weekend

Britton not being considered for this weekend
In a brief e-mail exchange with O's president Andy MacPhail, he said Zach Britton is "not" being considered to join the Orioles to start this weekend. So we can rule out any talk of Britton starting in Brad Bergesen's spot on Saturday. But Britton is being considered to join the Orioles later in the season, MacPhail said. Britton, who is scheduled to start for Norfolk tonight, is 1-1, 2.05 in four Triple-A starts since he moved up from Bowie. Over his last 11 starts between Bowie and...
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It's the offense, too

It's the offense, too
While there has been a lot of focus on the O's struggling starting pitching lately - as there should be - the offense has not been pulling its weight either as the club is 2-9 since the All-Star break. The O's have scored three runs or less in seven of those 11 games and they are 3-51 this year when scoring three runs or less. Over the last six games, the O's are batting just 4 for 42 (.095) with runners in scoring position. After hitting eight homers in four games at Texas before the...
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Kendall has IronBirds flying high, chasing elusive playoff berth

Kendall has IronBirds flying high, chasing elusive playoff berth
Since their first season in 2002, the Aberdeen IronBirds have been a successful minor league franchise. I said a successful, not winning franchise. The IronBirds are an amazing business success. They sellout Ripken Stadium every night, have a top-notch staff and have a respected and well-known name within minor league baseball circles. They put on a great show for the fans that pour into Ripken Stadium. But in eight seasons in the New York-Penn League, the IronBirds have had just one...
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Wieters homers twice, but O's fall at Toronto

Wieters homers twice, but O's fall at Toronto
Matt Wieters came up with his first career two-homer game, but the Orioles fell behind 8-0 after five innings and lost 9-5 to Toronto tonight. The Orioles are now 0-10 on the year vs. the Blue Jays and have been outscored 57 to 21. Gary and Mike talk with Juan Samuel following the O's 9-5 loss to Toronto The Orioles, who have lost nine games in a row at Rogers Centre, have now lost ten straight to Toronto for the first time since May of 2000. Wieters, who came off the disabled list Sunday,...
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On the farm (another Luke homer)

On the farm (another Luke homer)
Nate Moreau, who pitched a no-hitter for Frederick on June 30th at Salem, in his first start with the Keys, tonight struggled vs. Lynchburg at Harry Grove Stadium. He entered this start with an ERA of 1.89 in his first three Frederick starts, but gave up seven runs and seven hits over 3 2/3 innings. He allowed five runs in the first inning and has given up four homers after not allowing one over 19 frames in those first three starts. Tyler Townsend, who went 0 for 7 in his first two...
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Talking about Bergesen

Talking about Bergesen
I checked to see if Brad Bergesen was getting as many ground ball outs this year as last year and he is. Last year he averaged 1.57 ground outs for every fly out and this year he is at 1.59, actually a little better. But Bergesen clearly is not getting the great sink on the ball he was last June and July when he was rolling and too many of his pitches are finding the middle of the plate this year and tonight at Toronto. It's hard to figure. Why can't Bergy recapture the sink on the ball...
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O's vs. Jays - the stats

O's vs. Jays - the stats
If you are squeamish, you may want to skip these stats. Yes, the O's are 0-9 this season vs. Toronto, 0-6 in Baltimore and 0-3 in Toronto. The Orioles have lost eight in a row at Rogers Centre and 17 of their last 19 there. They have been out-scored by Toronto this year 48-16, out-homered by them 18 to 1 and Toronto has produced 45 extra-base hits in the season series this year vs. the O's 11. The Jays slugging percentage vs. the Orioles is .547 with an OPS .887 in the nine games. The...
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Updates on Mahoney and Hoes

Updates on Mahoney and Hoes
There is news to report today on two players that have been among the best this year in the Orioles farm system: L.J. Hoes and Joe Mahoney. Mahoney has been named the latest Player of the Week in the Eastern League. The 23-year-old lefty hitter went 3 for 3 in his first game at Bowie on July 9 and has been hitting ever since. He has now played 15 games at Double-A, batting .439-6-15 with an OPS of 1.317. He is batting .487 vs. right-handed pitching. Over his last four Baysox games, Mahoney...
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Monday morning musings

Monday morning musings
Some opinions for a Monday morning: *Jake Arrieta's post-game interview after Sunday's loss to Minnesota should play well with fans who have been wondering about accountability on this O's team. Arrieta took the fall for the loss and should have. But I think it was a good sign to hear him say "I really won't accept outings like this and this is not acceptable." I would like to hear more Orioles talk like this after a loss. Too often we hear how tough the other pitcher was and what...
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Arrieta takes the fall for O's latest loss

Arrieta takes the fall for O's latest loss
He may have pitched poorly on Sunday vs. Minnesota, but if you are looking for an Oriole to step up and take the blame for a loss, Jake Arrieta did just that in the O's clubhouse minutes after a 10-4 defeat vs. the Twins. "Honestly it's pretty embarrassing to go out there and not be able to give your team a quality start. I prepare myself too well to allow these kind of things to happen. I've gotta go out there and battle through six or seven innings, no matter if I have good stuff or...
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Homestand ends with a thud as Twins bomb O's, 10-4

Homestand ends with a thud as Twins bomb O's, 10-4
After sweeping four from Texas heading into the All-Star break, the O's lost 10-4 to Minnesota Sunday afternoon to conclude a 2-8 homestand coming out of the break. The homestand was marked by poor starting pitching and the fact the O's scored two runs or less six times vs. the Blue Jays, Rays and Twins. Juan Samuel talks with the media after the Oriole's loss 10-4 to the Twins Today, Jake Arrieta took the loss, falling to 3-3, 5.40. He was in trouble almost from the first pitch and gave...
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A few notes, quotes and stats

A few notes, quotes and stats
Checking on some notes, quotes and stats while watching the Twins whip the O's today at the Yard as clouds roll in beyond the outfield fences. *Did you see where the Delmarva Shorebirds played an 18-inning game Saturday night that actually ended just after midnight this morning. Lakewood won 8-7 and it was the Shorebirds first 18-inning game since May 20, 2005. The losing pitcher was outfielder Levi Carolus, despite the fact he gave up just one hit over two innings. He did issue a...
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Wieters talks about his return to the O's lineup

Wieters talks about his return to the O's lineup
When last seen on the field, Matt Wieters played on July 9th at Texas. But he injured his right hamstring that night and has been on the DL since. That stint ends today as Wieters returns to the O's lineup batting seventh and catching. "It's been hard these past couple of weeks sitting and watching. It will be good to be back on the field and get to play. "I was able to get work in and be around the club, take BP and catch bullpens. I've been doing baseball activities, so the...
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MacPhail on the Tatum decision & the trade market

MacPhail on the Tatum decision & the trade market
O's president Andy MacPhail made the decision this morning to option Craig Tatum to Triple-A to make roster room for Matt Wieters, who comes off the DL today. A few minutes ago, outside the manager's office, MacPhail talked about the decision to send Tatum out and also had some comments on the current trade market in baseball. "All the time I've been in baseball, sometimes the hardest thing for players to really get their arms around is sometimes things happen to him that really don't...
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Matusz: "I made a big stride today."

Matusz:  "I made a big stride today."
Brian Matusz hates questions about his previous starts. But he had to know someone would ask how he dealt with giving up 10 ER over 4 2/3 coming into this start tonight. Was it a test for him mentally as he took the mound tonight vs. Minnesota, coming off those two outings? "For me, I take one game at a time. If I have a bad game, I forget about it. But the media likes to put a lot on, you know, if he has a couple bad starts is he going down (to the minors) and you guys make a big deal...
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Mixed bag for Matusz

Mixed bag for Matusz
Well, this was a better outing for lefty Brian Matusz. Not good, but better. After giving up 10 ER in just 4 2/3 over his past two starts, tonight he gave up six hits and three runs over five innings. Matusz's velocity seemed to be up over his last outing and he hit 91 and 92 on the gun, more Matusz- like. But his control abandoned him at the start as he walked three of the first four hitters to load the bases. But he gave up just one run that inning and did a very good job of minimizing...
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An update on Erbe at Aberdeen (also Mickolio)

An update on Erbe at Aberdeen (also Mickolio)
In his first outing in a game since June 20 for Norfolk vs. Toledo, right-hander Brandon Erbe allowed two runs in the third inning at Ripken Stadium tonight for Aberdeen vs. Hudson Valley. Erbe, who has been out since then with right shoulder soreness, pitched scoreless ball in the first and second innings. He gave up just one hit and the two runs over three innings with two walks and one strikeout. Erbe hit the first batter of the game and then retired the next six. His fastball was...
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Does a lack of runs hurt Matusz's cause?

Does a lack of runs hurt Matusz's cause?
Since Brian Matusz shut down the Boston Red Sox on just two hits over seven scoreless innings on the fourth of July, he has made back-to-back starts where he lasted just three and 1 2/3 innings. He has given up 10 ER over 4 2/3 in those two starts as his ERA jumped from 4.56 to 5.21. I'm still firmly on the Matusz bandwagon, in fact I couldn't even find the edge to jump off if I wanted to, I am so firmly on that bandwagon. Having said that, it would silence some of the doubters a bit if he...
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Minor league news on Erbe, Mickolio and Joseph

Minor league news on Erbe, Mickolio and Joseph
Norfolk Tides pitcher Brandon Erbe, who made four injury rehab starts for the Aberdeen IronBirds last year, will be back at Ripken Stadium tonight, beginning another injury rehab assignment. He'll be joined by Norfolk and former O's reliever Kam Mickolio. Erbe has been on the DL since June 25 and has not pitched since June 20 due to right shoulder soreness. He is 0-10, 5.73 in 14 Triple-A starts this year. Mickolio, who pitched in three O's games back in April, hasn't pitched since June...
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