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Zach Wilt: Could O’s offensive downturn have been predicted?

The Orioles’ offensive struggles in 2018 are well documented. We all know that this club has had a tough time scoring runs. That’s putting it lightly. The Birds rank 29th in runs this season. Their team batting average also ranks 29th and they are the only offense in baseball with a negative Wins Above Replacement. These rankings seems like a dramatic fall from where the

Opposite dugout: After hot start, Angels have hit the skids

Manager: Mike Scioscia (19th season) Record: 41-41 Last 10 games: 3-7 Who to watch: CF Mike Trout (.320 with 23 HR, 91 hits); SS Andrelton Simmons (.313 with 36 RBIs, 82 hits); LF Justin Upton (17 HR, 44 RBIs); 1B Albert Pujols (12 HR, 74 hits); LHP Tyler Skaggs (6-5, 2.69 ERA); RHP Blake Parker (9 saves, 3.29 ERA) Season series vs. Orioles: 3-0 Pitching

Josh Michael: Kirvin Moesquit has become stolen base machine for Shorebirds

I am a bit of an old-school baseball fan. I appreciate the small aspects of the game like hitting behind the runner, the hit-and-run, the sacrifice bunt and the stolen base. Many of the small things seem to have left the game, and while I understand the numbers behind it, part of me still misses them. When it comes to the Orioles, the stolen base

Andrew Stetka: What’s Tim Beckham’s future with the Orioles?

When the Orioles traded minor league pitcher Tobias Myers to the Rays at the non-waiver trade deadline last year to acquire former first overall draft pick Tim Beckham, it raised some eyebrows. Some questioned why a team that was three games under .500 and in fourth place in the division, was making a go-for-it type of move. The O’s went on to collapse at the

Opposite dugout: Mariners look to rebound in Baltimore

Manager: Scott Servais (3rd season) Record: 47-31 Last 10 games: 3-7 Who to watch: DH Nelson Cruz (20 HR, 48 RBIs), 2B Dee Gordon (19 SB), SS Jean Segura (.334 with 21 doubles), RF Mitch Haniger (58 RBIs), LHP Wade LeBlanc (3-0, 3.26 ERA), RHP Edwin Diaz (27 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (2-4 in 2017) Pitching probables: June 25:RHP Félix Hernández (6-6)

Opposite dugout: Offense has pushed Braves to top of NL East

Manager: Brian Snitker (3rd season) Record: 43-30 Last 10 games: 7-3 Who to watch: 1B Freddie Freeman (.332/.420/.539 with 15 HR, 49 RBIs), RF Nick Markakis (.323, 44 RBIs), 2B Ozzie Albies (16 HR, 42 RBIs), LHP Sean Newcomb (8-2, 2.70 ERA), RHP Julio Teheran (5-4, 3.97 ERA), RHP Arodys Vizcaíno (1.82 ERA, 15 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (0-3 in 2015) Pitching

Zach Wilt: All-Star Game nod long overdue for Nick Markakis

A familiar face is leading the National League’s All-Star voting for outfielders: our old pal, Nick Markakis, who at 34 looks like he will finally get a very well deserved first trip to the mid-summer classic. I can’t think of anyone more overdue for the honor. Markakis has spent 13 years in the big leagues playing in more than 1,900 games. As Orioles fans are

Josh Michael: Keegan Akin trending up, possibly O’s best pitching prospect

There’s no sugarcoating it, there’s not a lot to be excited about for Orioles fans at the moment. There are, however, several prospects that have seen their stock rise in 2018, and among the top of the class is left-handed pitcher Keegan Akin. Akin, 23, was selected by the Orioles in the second round of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft out of Western Michigan. Along

#VoteOrange to send your favorite Orioles to All-Star Game in D.C.

The second American League All-Star voting update was released Tuesday afternoon, and shortstop Manny Machado remains at the top of the ballot for his position. In last week’s first ballot update, Machado held a strong lead over the Indians’ Francisco Lindor by more than 110,000 votes. This week, the Orioles’ three-time All-Star has almost doubled his lead with 671,133 votes to Astros shortstop Carlos Correa’s

Opposite dugout: Injuries, stagnant offense have Nationals fighting extra hard

Manager: Dave Martinez (1st season) Record: 38-32 Last 10 games: 3-7 Who to watch: RF Bryce Harper (19 HR, 43 RBIs); SS Trea Turner (.256 with 25 RBIs, 20 SB); LF Juan Soto (.325 average with 6 HR, 14 RBIs); CF Michael A. Taylor (53 hits, 21 SB); LHP Gio Gonzalez (6-3, 3.01 ERA); RHP Max Scherzer (10-3, 2.06 ERA); RHP Sean Doolittle (1.47 ERA,

Opposite Dugout: Rebuilding Marlins look to build off series win vs. Giants

Manager: Don Mattingly (2nd season with Marlins) Record: 26-43 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: RF/3B Brian Anderson (.304, 33 RBIs), 2B Starlin Castro (.282), 1B Justin Bour (10 HR, 29 RBIs), CF Lewis Brinson (26 RBIs), C J.T Realmuto (22 RBIs), RHP Kyle Barraclough (4 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (2-1 in 2015) Pitching probables: June 15: RHP José Ureña (1-8)

Zach Wilt: Pitching staff has been hurt by O’s reliance on longball

Through 67 games this season, the Orioles pitching staff has totaled 32 quality starts. They rank seventh in the major leagues in that category. If you had told me back in February that the O’s rotation would rank in the top third of the league in quality starts in 2018 after finishing 27th a season ago, I would have predicted a playoff team with a

Youth baseball player Ralph Warner recovering from scary injury

Ralph Warner, 11, loves baseball. It’s obvious from the way he talks about Major League Baseball players he idolizes, his favorite team - the New York Mets, and his youth baseball team. Warner recently traveled to Maryland from his home in Midland Park, N.J., to compete in the Cal Ripken Experience Turn Two Tournament. He was on the mound in a championship bracket game when

Josh Michael: Checking out the O’s Dominican Summer League team

Quick, which Orioles minor league affiliate do you know the least about? Odds are, about half of you said the Rookie-level Dominican Summer League Orioles and the other half probably said either the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Orioles or the short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds because you’ve never heard about the Dominican Summer League Orioles. The DSL Orioles got their season underway on June 2, and

Andrew Stetka: Digesting disappointing news about Hunter Harvey

There’s no use trying to sugarcoat what the Orioles are going through this season. It’s bad, and has the potential to get worse. They remain the only team in baseball without at least 20 wins nearly midway through June. They are near the bottom in run differential along with every major offensive category and many of the pitching and defensive categories, as well. The snowball

Opposite dugout: Red Sox firing on all cylinders

Manager: Alex Cora (1st season) Record: 44-22 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: DH J.D. Martinez (.316 with 21 HR, 54 RBIs); LF Andrew Benintendi (.293 with 71 hits, 10 SB); 1B Mitch Moreland (.296 with 10 HR, 13 2B); SS Xander Bogaerts (.277 with 9 HR, 54 hits); LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (7-1, 3.68 ERA); LHP Chris Sale (5-4, 2.83 ERA); RHP Craig Kimbrel

Zach Wilt: Taking numbers with a grain of salt

Playing the “on pace for” game is dangerous for any sports fan. A team that reels off a bunch of wins early could be on pace for one of the best seasons ever. Remember the Dodgers last season? They had a 44-7 stretch that went from June to August and put them on a pace to win more games than any team in history. They

Opposite dugout: Blue Jays might need to start thinking about the future

Manager: John Gibbons (11th season) Record: 26-35 Last 10 games: 2-8 Who to watch: 3B Yangervis Solarte (.251 with 12 HR, 36 RBIs); 1B Justin Smoak (.253 with 9 HR, 33 RBIs); CF Kevin Pillar (.254, 58 hits, 20 2B); LHP J.A. Happ (7-3, 4.08 ERA); RHP Aaron Sanchez (3-5, 4.48 ERA) Season series vs. Orioles: 2-1 Pitching probables: June 7: RHP Andrew Cashner (2-7)

Josh Michael: Three Shorebirds selected to South Atlantic League All-Star Game, one snubbed

While the Major League Baseball All-Star Game is more than a month away, the minor league All-Star Games will be here before you know it. The low Single-A South Atlantic League is where the Delmarva Shorebirds play, and on Tuesday, three Shorebirds were named to the All-Star Game: outfielder Zach Jarrett, first baseman Seamus Curran and third baseman Trevor Craport. This year’s South Atlantic League

Opposite dugout: Injuries, offensive struggles have submarined Mets

Manager: Mickey Callaway (1st season) Record: 27-30 Last 10 games: 2-8 Who to watch: SS Asdrúbal Cabrera (.292 with 10 HR, 34 RBIs), 1B Adrián González (6 HR, 26 RBIs), LF Brandon Nimmo (.276, 14 RBIs, 6 SB), CF Michael Conforto (7 HR), RHP Jeurys Familia (2.25 ERA, 14 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (3-1 in 2015) Pitching probables: June 5: RHP Alex

Andrew Stetka: Camden Yards charms continue to surprise

The first time I attended a baseball game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, I didn’t comprehend what I was doing there. I was merely a youngster, who couldn’t have understood the magnitude of the stadium. I knew I enjoyed it. I knew it was majestic and it was part of what caused me to fall in love with not only the Orioles, but with

Zach Wilt: It’s time for Orioles to call up some prospects

Over a third of the way through the 2018 season, it’s clear that the Orioles need some changes. Desperate times call for desperate measures, as they say. When you’re 21 1/2 games out of first place, it isn’t a stretch to say that things aren’t working. These are the types of situations where the team needs to just do something different than what they’ve been

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