After the third Chris Tillman start of two innings or less this season, last night, right-hander Miguel Castro came to the rescue of the Orioles pitching staff.
Castro came in with the Orioles down 6-3 in the second inning and pitched long enough and well enough for the Orioles to score eight unanswered runs and win 11-6 to take the series over Kansas City.
Castro pitched 4 2/3 innings, the second longest outing of his career, and gave up no runs on four hits on 65 pitches.
"I just went out...
Orioles great Brooks Robinson was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983 after a brilliant career that included 16 Gold Gloves and the MVP Award for the 1970 World Series.
Now Brooks is getting another award closer to his home for more than 50 years. He is one of seven new members of the the Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame. The new inductees will enter officially during a ceremony Nov. 12 at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie.
The state's official Hall of Fame began...
Tommy Hunter, at least for one night, rejoins the Orioles rotation tonight in Minnesota. Steve Johnson will also be starting for the Triple-A Norfolk Tides at home against Rochester.
You have to wonder if Johnson could soon get a crack at the Orioles rotation. While Johnson has been used mostly in relief in recent appearances with Norfolk, he was a starting earlier this year and could be someone to look at if Hunter struggles tonight.
Hunter has certainly gotten several chances this year to...
Here are a few notes about some Orioles and their recent performance at the bat.
* Mark Reynolds drove in a season-high five runs in the Orioles 8-2 win last night. Reynolds had four RBIs total over his previous 11 games and was just 6-for-38 in those 11 games, but he had three hits last night.
After going through a stretch where he hit just one homer over 19 games, Reynolds has now hit three homers in his past five games.
He had 23 homers at the end of July. Last year, he had 24 at the end...
A few impressions and opinions on the happenings at Orioles camp in Sarasota.
*The injury news about Brian Roberts and Derrek Lee reminds us of the biggest issue facing this team this year. It's not how much Vladimir Guerrero has left, the progress of the young rotation or the development of Matt Wieters. It's the health of this team. They can't afford to lose many players and certain guys like Roberts and Lee are pretty critical to the hopes that this team is better and a good year is...
The stat that keeps rearing its ugly head did again for the Orioles last night.
They went 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position and today a couple of players talked about the lack of hitting in those key situations.
"Is it tougher? (hitting in those spots)," Adam Jones repeated the question. "You've just go to be more selective. It's baseball, the opposition is trying to get you out and they're succeeding now.
"We have so much scouting today and technology to keep people in...
The O's bullpen has been pitching much better lately with an ERA of 1.65 over the last 12 games.
Several pitchers are throwing well out of the pen right now. A list that includes first-year Oriole Will Ohman.
Turns out he is more than a funny guy.
He is also turning out to be more than a left-handed specialist. In fact this year, lefties bat .231 vs. Ohman and right-handers hit .200 vs. him.
"The one difficulty with carrying that label (of lefty specialist) is the splits are so glaring...
As good as Brian Matusz has been for most of this year, there is one trend when he pitches that needs some improving on his part.
With each succeeding plate appearance during the game, opponent batters hit Matusz better according to stats posted at baseball-reference.com
That can and does happen to many pitchers, but it is something worth noting about Matusz and Dave Trembley has taken note of it, too.
"I think his curveball could get better. He relies on his changeup a lot. If he...
*That even though the Orioles offense has produced 19 runs over the last three games, several players are currently in or have recently been in RBI droughts.
Atkins - Just 1 RBI his last 17 games
Markakis: Has 0 RBI his last 6 games and 3 in 12 games
Scott: Had just 2 RBI in a recent 10-game stretch, but now has 7 RBI the last three games.
Tejada - Recently went 10 games without an RBI, but now has 5 over the last three games.
Wieters: Just 1 RBI his last 10 games
*The O's bullpen is on...
Sometimes to make a game-winning play you have to be prepared for it before it happens.
That was the case today for O's left fielder Corey Patterson.
In just his second game with the team, he threw out Josh Wilson at the plate on Ichiro Suzuki's single to end the game as the Orioles beat Seattle 6-5.
Corey Patterson gets a pie in the face after throwing out the potential game-tying run at the plate
"With Ichiro up I knew he had more power to his pull side. Anything he hits opposite...