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Opposite dugout: Tampa Bay scuffling, has dropped season-high five straight games

Manager: Kevin Cash (1st season) Record: 24-24 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: LF David DeJesus (.322, 18 RBIs), 3B Evan Longoria (.284, 5 HR, 23 RBIs), 2B Logan Forsythe (21 RBIs), RF Stephen Souza Jr. (7 HR, 17 RBIs), RHP Jake Orodizzi (3-5, 2.31 ERA), RHP Brad Boxberger (13 saves, 2.95 ERA) Season series vs. Orioles: 3-3 Pitching probables: May 29: RHP Nate

Matthew Taylor: Measuring historical dominance by Orioles pitchers

Which Orioles pitchers have had the most dominant individual outings by modern statistical measures? That’s one of the questions that came to mind for me as I read Joe Sheehan’s article “The Case for ... The Pedro” in the May 25 edition of Sports Illustrated. Sheehan discusses Corey Kluber’s May 13 outing for the Cleveland Indians, during which he struck out 18 batters and walked

Opposite dugout: White Sox return to Baltimore for doubleheader after April postponements

Manager: Robin Ventura (4th season) Record: 20-24 Last 10 games: 3-7 Who to watch: 1B Jose Abreu (.284/.346/.497 with 8 HR, 29 RBIs, 10 BB), RF Avisail Garcia (.327/.365/.456 with 48 hits and 18 RBIs), SS Alexei Ramirez (40 hits, 20 RBIs), LHP Chris Sale (3-2, 54 K), RHP David Robertson (9 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 0-1 Pitching probables: May 27: LHP Chris Sale

Zach Wilt: The Orioles’ balance of power

If the Orioles could go back and time and play the 2012 version of themselves, I’m certain that the series would like identical to what we just watched against the Astros. A.J. Hinch’s club reminds me exactly of what I watched here in Baltimore two seasons ago. The ‘Stros are a scrappy group of power hitters who deliver clutch hits, are never out of games

2015 live chats kick off with Adam Jones and Chris Davis

An old veteran of the MASNsports.com live chat sessions, Adam Jones joined host Courtney Connor for the first edition of the 2015 season. He wielded fans’ questions submitted to MASN’s Twitter, Facebook and website. While some of the questions were hard-hitting baseball questions, others were hilarious, off-the-field questions for the center fielder. @masnOrioles if you were given one of the Buck garden gnomes where would

Domenic Vadala: Is it time for O’s to get creative at first base?

I was a bit shocked when I saw the lineup hours prior to Monday’s game against Houston. Aside from the time when he was suspended, when’s the last time the Orioles’ starting lineup didn’t include Chris Davis? Sitting Davis on the bench is something that was lauded by many fans, and understandably so. Hovering around the Mendoza line isn’t exactly what one would have expected

Matt Kremnitzer: Joseph has been a pleasant surprise in 2015

Heading into the 2014 season, Caleb Joseph was a few months from turning 28, yet he’d never played in a single major league game. But early in the season, Matt Wieters was placed on the disabled list with an elbow injury, and soon was lost for the season. Steve Clevenger made the club out of spring training as the team’s backup catcher, but it quickly

Andrew Stetka: A look at the O’s secondary pitching prospects

As the Orioles offense continues to plod along through May, the organization’s pitching depth is also being tested. The young arms are passing the exam so far. Over the last week or so, we’ve seen Mike Wright, Tyler Wilson and Oliver Drake make their major league debuts with the Birds. These are three O’s draft picks that aren’t nearly as highly touted as the three

Opposite dugout: Surprising Astros are a study in statistical contrasts

Manager: A.J. Hinch (1st season) Record: 29-16 Last 10 games: 7-3 Who to watch: 2B Jose Altuve (.294/.345/.428 with 5 HR, 25 RBIs, 14 SB), CF Jake Marisnick (.281 with 16 RBIs and 9 SB), LF Colby Rasmus (8 HR, 17 RBIs), LHP Dallas Keuchel (6-0, 1.67 ERA), RHP Luke Gregerson (12 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (3-4 in 2014) Pitching probables: May

Opposite dugout: Reeling Marlins feature slugging Stanton, GM-turned-manager Jennings

Manager: Dan Jennings (1st season) Record: 16-26 Last 10 games: 1-9 Who to watch: RF Giancarlo Stanton (.239/.324/523 with 12 HR, 39 RBIs), SS Adeiny Hechevarria (.297 with 20 RBIs), CF Marcell Ozuna (.276 with 3 HR, 12 RBIs), RHP Dan Haren (4-2, 3.47 ERA), RHP A.J. Ramos (0.90 ERA, 0.75 WHIP, 26 Ks in 20 IP) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (2-1 in

Matthew Taylor: When wooden foul lines factored into a wager between pitchers

Orioles pitchers Hoyt Wilhelm and Billy O’Dell each entered the 1959 season with one career home run. Wilhelm’s homer came during his rookie campaign with the New York Giants in 1952; O’Dell’s blast was in 1958 for the Orioles. The players made a bet about who would hit the most home runs in 1959. The anniversary of O’Dell winning that bet, thanks to a quirky

Zach Wilt: Putting faith in the arms while O’s lumber slumbers

When your favorite team has lost four of their last seven games, it’s easy to be nitpicky. When they’re in fourth place in the AL East on May 21, it’s even more easy to just be flat out negative. Watching Nelson Cruz blast a three-run homer in his return to Charm City was painful, not only because of the dozens of replies I received on

Domenic Vadala: With Wright, Orioles are doing things the right way

For starters, the debut of Mike Wright on Sunday was about as awe-inspiring as a debut can be. Seriously, I can’t imagine what must have been going through his mind walking off the mound in the 8th inning to a standing ovation like he did. And he indicated as much after the game, saying that you really couldn’t draw it up any better than that.

Orioles attend second annual Manny Machado BaseBOWL Tournament

On a rare off-day, the Orioles still came together to participate in the second annual Manny Machado BaseBOWL Tournament on May 19. Machado’s teammates attended the sold-out event at Mustang Alleys Bar, Bowling and Bistro in Baltimore to showcase their bowling skills alongside Orioles fans to help raise money and awareness for Baltimore City’s Department of Recreation and Parks. “They’re going to be able to

Matt Kremnitzer: Looking at the O’s corner outfielders

The Orioles have a corner outfield problem: The team’s assortment of corner outfielders has been underwhelming When it comes to the Orioles outfield, there’s Adam Jones in center field, and then there’s a lot of spare parts. That doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing, except when those parts all aren’t playing well. And right now, they aren’t. Jones is second in the majors

Opposite dugout: Cruz crushing homers, but Mariners yet to put it together

Manager: Lloyd McClendon (3rd season) Record: 17-20 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: LF/DH Nelson Cruz (.340/.395/.694 with 15 HR, 30 RBIs), 3B Kyle Seager (5 HR, 21 RBIs), LHP J.A. Happ (3-1, 2.98 ERA), RHP Fernando Rodney (5.65 with 9 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (2-5 in 2014) Pitching probables: May 19: RHP Taijuan Walker vs. RHP Miguel Gonzalez, 7:05 p.m.,

Matthew Taylor: Taking aim at Eutaw Street

I have long home runs on the mind. First, there was the anniversary last Friday of Frank Robinson becoming the only batter to hit a ball out of Memorial Stadium. Then the Miami Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton put a ball out of Dodger Stadium on Tuesday. Let’s talk longball in this week’s guest blog. The longest Orioles home run so far this season belongs to ...

Opposite dugout: Even with Trout, Angels have been dreadful on offense

Manager: Mike Scioscia (16th season) Record: 17-17 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: RF Kole Calhoun (.314, 18 RBIs), CF Mike Trout (.289/.356/.562 with 9 HR, 19 RBIs, 9 SB), 2B Johnny Giovatella (.284, 13 RBIs), RHP Garrett Richards (3-1, 2.27 ERA), RHP Huston Street (11 saves, 3.07 ERA) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (2-4 in 2014) Pitching probables: May 15: RHP Jered

Zach Wilt: What a difference 24 hours makes in defensive perception

Baseball has a funny way of balancing things out over the course of 162 games. The thing I’ve learned in my years of watching is that a team is never as good as it looks during a lengthy winning streak and never as bad as it looks during a losing skid. It’s easy to think that your team is going to win 100 games when

Hitting the Books with Gary Thorne: “Truman”

David McCullough is my favorite historical writer and one of my favorite writers, period. I could have picked any of his works to mention here and been positive on all, but “Truman” was a delayed read for me and I just finished it. President Harry S. Truman was unique and appears even moreso today. Plain speaking and a common touch are not exactly words we

Domenic Vadala: ReOpening Day recalls memories of Fantastic Fans Night

Perhaps I’m a bit biased, but Baltimore has always had the best fans - always. Some might point to the empty seats at Camden Yards in losing years as evidence against that, but work with me. On Monday, we witnessed what was termed “ReOpening Day” in the wake of the civil unrest just a couple of weeks ago. And speaking for myself, it brought back

Orioles fans can win up to $50,000 instantly, thanks to the Maryland Lottery

Another season of Baltimore Orioles baseball means another year to win big with the Maryland Lottery! Are you game? With its Baseball Bucks scratch-off, the Maryland Lottery is giving you the chance to win up to $50,000 instantly! If you don’t win on the ticket, you can still hit a home run by becoming a Maryland Lottery Contestant of the Game. For your chance

Matt Kremnitzer: What should we know about Jimmy Paredes?

Jimmy Paredes has never been nearly this good at the major league level. Right now, he has a batting line of .363/.386/.675 (193 wRC+) in 83 plate appearances. He’s never received more than 179 plate appearances in any single season, and he has a career batting line of .259/.294/.383 (85 wRC+). But that hasn’t mattered, as he’s been a vital cog in the Orioles’ offensive

Opposite dugout: Blue Jays boast big bats, but can they pitch well enough to win?

Manager: John Gibbons (8th season) Record: 16-16 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: 3B Josh Donaldson (.317/.379/.578 with 7 HR and 21 RBIs), C Russell Martin (.293/.396/.609 with 7 HR and 10 RBIs), 21B Devon Travis (.288 with 7 HR and 25 RBIs), RF/DH Jose Bautista (5 HR and 18 RBIs), 1B Edwin Encarnacion (5 HR and 18 RBIs), RHP Aaron Sanchez (3-2, 3.62

Andrew Stetka: It’s still too early to panic

Every Orioles fan is feeling a little down today. The team seems to be in a rut, a funk, some kind of a ditch that is causing wheels to spin while the car stays put. It looks grim after five losses in six games, especially since it followed five wins in six games. There is always light at the end of the tunnel, though. The

Orioles fans create ReOpening Day, encouraging fans to welcome team back to Birdland

On April 29, amid civil unrest in the city of Baltimore, the Orioles defeated the White Sox 8-2 in front of an announced attendance of zero. While the game was closed to the public and the stadium was empty, it seemed as if the whole world was watching. For many baseball fans outside of the city, it was nothing more than a topic of discussion.

Matthew Taylor: Going deep to find members of exclusive Orioles club

Minnesota Twins rookie Eddie Rosario homered on the first big league pitch he ever saw on Wednesday. Rosario became the 29th player to knock the first pitch of his first at-bat out of the park. No Orioles player has ever homered on the first pitch they ever saw; however, two O’s players homered in their first at-bat. Meanwhile, one former Orioles pitcher homered on the

Fans encouraged with giveaways, ticket discounts to “Vote Orange” for 2015 All-Star Game

Don’t blink, because before you know it, it will be July. Granted, we’re only in the first week of May and it seems as if baseball is just starting to get into full swing. (Pun very much intended.) Although we’re only about a month in, we have already seen some amazing baseball moments. Manny Machado continues to make so many nearly impossible plays look routine.

Opposite dugout: Yankees benefiting from resurgent offense, lockdown bullpen

Manager: Joe Girardi (8th season) Record: 17-11 Last 10 games: 7-3 Who to watch: CF Jacoby Ellsbury (.355/.427/.409 with 11 SB), LF Brett Gardner (.309/.444/.404 with 13 RBIs, 8 SB), 1B Mark Teixeira (10 HR, 23 RBIs), DH Alex Rodriguez (6 HR, 16 RBIs), RHP Dellin Betances (3-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 SV, 26 Ks in 15 1/3 IP), LHP Andrew Miller (0.00 ERA, 11 SV,

Zach Wilt: What are the Orioles missing?

What are the Orioles missing? A veteran outfielder, a big-time slugger and a shutdown reliever. That’s what the Orioles lost during the offseason to the free agent market. After nine seasons in black and orange, Nick Markakis signed on with the Atlanta Braves. Nelson Cruz, who was arguably the best free agent signing last offseason, cashed in on his 40-homer season with a $57 million

Hitting the Books with Gary Thorne: “Fridays with Red”

Bob Edwards hosted the National Public Radio morning show for years. For 12 of those years, baseball broadcaster Red Barber joined Edwards once a week for an over-the-fence conversation on subjects that ranged from the Brooklyn Dodgers to bird watching to blooming flowers. Barber was retired in Florida during this time. He had concluded one of the most storied broadcast careers in history. For more

Domenic Vadala: Dealing with injuries and their aftermath

Every Major League Baseball season is different, and there are no ifs, ands, or buts about that. However, I would submit that if there’s one thing that has kind of marred the first month of this year, it’s been injuries. This is true regarding the Orioles, and it’s true of other teams. If anything, the Orioles are probably luckier than most teams in that J.J.

Matt Kremnitzer: Miguel Gonzalez is at it again

Orioles pitching has been better lately, and Miguel Gonzalez’s solid performance on Saturday (7 2/3 scoreless innings of four-hit ball with a walk and six strikeouts) played a part in the turnaround. It’s been easy to routinely overlook Gonzalez, who always seems to be mentioned as a bullpen option instead of a lock for the rotation. I’m certainly guilty of that. But after five starts

Opposite dugout: Mets have cooled off after hottest start in the majors

Manager: Terry Collins (5th year) Record: 16-10 Last 10 games: 3-7 Who to watch: 1B Lucas Duda (.304 with 2 HR, 12 RBIs), CF Juan Lagares (.324 with 11 RBIs), RHP Bartolo Colon (4-1, 3.31 ERA), RHP Jacob deGrom (2-3, 3.34 ERA), RHP Jeurys Familia (1.35 ERA, 10 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (3-0 in 2012, 19-9 all-time) Pitching probables: May 5 -

Andrew Stetka: Paredes’ place on the roster

Baseball rosters fascinate me - the way they are constructed, they way certain players must pass through waivers or be optioned to the minor leagues. It’s all a messy and complicated puzzle. Now that we are through the first month of the season, the most intriguing part to the Orioles puzzle is Jimmy Paredes. I wonder every day how that puzzle piece fits into the

Opposite dugout: Bizarro series as hard to predict as Rays’ success so far

Manager: Kevin Cash (1st season) Record: 12-10 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: OF David DeJesus (.277/.386/.383 with 1 HR, 8 RBIs), 3B Evan Longoria (.293/.393/.427 with 7 2B,1 HR, 4 RBIs), RF Steven Souza Jr. (4 HR, 11 RBIs), CF Kevin Kiermaier (.306/.338/.565 with 2 HR, 7 RBIs), RHP Chris Archer (3-2, 0.84 ERA, 37 Ks), Closer Brad Boxberger (2-1, 1.93 ERA, 5

Matthew Taylor: Digging deeper for hope and inspiration

I started blogging about the Orioles in 2006. I chronicled six of the final 14 losing seasons in Baltimore; to date, I have written about a heck of a lot more losing than winning. Various motivations have helped me to keep at it for as long as I have, some of which make sense and others that are simply foolish. At the core of it

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