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O’s game blog: O’s host Yankees in homestand opener

The Orioles begin a six-game, seven-day homestand against two American League East teams tonight when they host the New York Yankees at Oriole Park. It is the start of a three-game series. The Orioles (16-21) got swept two straight by the New York Mets on Tuesday and Wednesday, scoring a combined three runs in the two games. They have lost five of the last six ... read more

Notes on John Means and DL Hall, plus Thursday on the farm

When a pitcher is 4-0 with a 1.21 ERA and a WHIP of 0.712, he is certainly doing a lot to help his team win. But for Orioles ace John Means, the contributions he makes extend well beyond the nights he is pitching. Means recently talked about his willingness to mentor O’s young pitchers and teach them about the importance of having a daily routine ... read more

If you have an ace, should you consider trading such a player?

A caller to my postgame radio show on Tuesday night expressed a take that the Orioles could trade left-hander John Means, and that they could get a big package of prospects for their ace pitcher. Other fans have expressed concerns that the club would even consider such a move. While none of us know exactly how executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias feels ... read more

O’s game blog: Matt Harvey faces Mets at Citi Field

After they allowed two runs in the last of the ninth last night and lost 3-2 to the New York Mets, the Orioles will try to bounce back today. They play the Mets at Citi Field, looking for a win to split the two-game series. New York came to bat in the last of the eighth trailing the Orioles 2-0, but scored once in the ... read more

Notes on pitchers’ strengths, Matt Harvey’s start and DL Hall

It was an interesting question posed to Orioles pitching coach Chris Holt during a recent Zoom interview with reporters. As pitchers continue to get better, throw with more and with more velocity, and use technology to improve spin rates and breaking pitches, are scouting reports less important? Are pitchers improving so much and so confident in their strengths that they pitch to that more often ... read more

O’s game blog: John Means faces Mets in series opener

Orioles lefty John Means was stacking up good start after good start, and just when it seemed it would be hard for the next one to top the last one, he pitched a no-hitter. Coming off his 12-strikeout no-hitter last Wednesday at Seattle, Means (4-0, 1.37 ERA) is back on the mound tonight at Citi Field as the Orioles begin a two-game series with the ... read more

A look at the rotation that led Aberdeen to a 5-1 start

For the high Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds, it was a stunning run of outstanding pitching to start the year. They won their first five games at Wilmington last Tuesday through Saturday, allowing just eight runs total. And Aberdeen’s starting pitchers - led by national top 100 prospect Grayson Rodriguez - allowed just one run over 23 innings during the 5-0 start. Rodriguez was the IronBirds’ opening ... read more

Jorge López clears fifth-inning hurdle and O’s beat Red Sox

He’s been pitching better lately and tonight Orioles right-hander Jorge López got past a big obstacle - the fifth inning. Entering this outing tonight - his seventh of the 2021 season - López had an ERA of 3.00 when pitching in the first four innings of his starts. But his ERA in the fifth inning was 42.43. That is not good. He had allowed 11 ... read more