I was 9 in 1997, when the Orioles won 98 games and the American League East title. Davey Johnson’s club fell in the AL Championship Series to the Indians and then the Birds had losing seasons for the next 14 years. Between that time I graduated high school and college at Towson University, got married to a lovely bride who endured by baseball obsession, and
Manager: AJ Hinch (4th season) Record: 100-58 Last 10 games: 7-3 Who to watch: 2B Jose Altuve (.318/385/.451, 17 SB), 3B Alex Bregman (51 2B, 31HR, 103 RBIs), 1B Yuli Gurriel (.291/.323/.430), CF George Springer (62 BB), RHP Justin Verlander (2.60 ERA), RHP Roberto Osuna (20 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 3-0 Pitching probables: Sept. 27: RHP Gerrit Cole (15-5) vs. RHP David Hess (3-10),
This week marks the final week for guest bloggers on MASNsports.com and I could not think of a better way to wrap up the year than to look forward to next year. Today I present my bold Orioles prospect predictions for the 2019 season. Remember, these are bold predictions, so some of them may seem far-fetched, but if they all come true next year, please
Registration is now underway for the ninth annual KidsPeace Trick-or-Trot 5K run and one-mile walk, which will be held at Camden Yards on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 8 a.m. KidsPeace, in partnership with the Orioles, O’s manager Buck Showalter and his wife, Angela Showalter, invite you to run or walk to support kids in foster care. Entrants can dress in their favorite Halloween costumer -
As the Orioles enter the final week of their worst season in team history, they are likely closing the chapter on a much larger story. It’s likely the end of two eras in Baltimore that include two of the franchise’s most important figures. Buck Showalter and Adam Jones probably aren’t returning to the team in 2019, and that brings up a lot of emotions for
Manager: Alex Cora (1st season) Record: 105-51 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: DH J.D. Martinez (41 HR, 124 RBIs, .329/.401/.624), RF Mookie Betts (.343/.434/.636, 28 SB), LF Andrew Benintendi (.283/.361/.460, 20 SB), 1B Steve Pearce (.282/.397/.500), LHP Chris Sale (2.00 ERA), RHP Craig Kimbrel (42 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 14-2 Pitching probables: Sept. 24: RHP Dylan Bundy (8-15) vs RHP Nathan Eovaldi
Whatever your best memory of the 1983 Orioles World Series season - Tippy Martinez picking off three runners in an extra-inning game before emergency catcher Lenn Sakata won it with a walk-off homer, Tito Landrum’s sudden death blast in the American League playoffs, Rick Dempsey’s MVP performance in the Fall Classic or Cal Ripken Jr. catching the last out in the clincher against the Phillies
At 44-108, 2018 has officially become the worst season in franchise history for the Orioles. In 65 years of Orioles baseball, 2018 marks just the third 100-loss season. The Birds lost 107 games in 1988, when they began the year 0-21, and 100 games in their inaugural season in 1954. Their .289 winning percentage this season is their lowest in franchise history. With 10 games
Manager: Aaron Boone (1st season Record: 93-59 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: DH Giancarlo Stanton (35 HR, 93 RBIs), RF Aaron Judge (.279/.391/.534 with 26 HR), 3B Miguel Andújar (.295/.329/.520 with 84 RBIs), SS Didi Gregorius (84 RBIs, 10 SB), LHP CC Sabathia (3.80 ERA), LHP Aroldis Chapman (31 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 10-6 Pitching probables: Sept. 21: RHP Yefry Ramírez (1-6)
Last week, I highlighted three Orioles prospects that saw their stock rise the most in 2018. This week, I will flip the script and highlight three prospects that saw their stock drop the most. As I did last week, I want to remind you that this is not a list of three prospects that had the worst seasons or the three worst prospects in the
Manager: John Gibbons (11th season) Record: 67-82 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: 1B Justin Smoak (24 HR, 75 RBIs), OF Randall Grichuk (23 HR, 54 RBIs), DH Kendrys Morales (21 HR, 57 RBIs), RHP Ken Giles (22 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 12-4 Pitching probables: Sept. 17: LHP Ryan Borucki (3-4) vs. TBA; 7:05 p.m., MASN2Sept. 18: RHP Aaron Sanchez (4-6) vs. RHP
One of the biggest pieces of the Orioles rebuild didn’t come to Baltimore in a trade or free agent signing, but actually in a hiring from ESPN. Buck Showalter hung up his suits and put on a uniform again back on July 29, 2010. Showalter chose No. 26, to honor the late great Johnny Oates, and took over as the O’s skipper on Aug. 3.
Manager: Rick Renteria (2nd season) Record: 57-89 Last 10 games: 3-7 Who to watch: 1B José Abreu (.270 with 22 HR, 78 RBIs); SS Tim Anderson (130 hits, 26 SB); 3B Yolmer Sánchez (133 hits, 30 2B); DH Matt Davidson (20 HR, 58 RBIs); RHP Lucas Giolito (10-10, 5.76 ERA); RHP Reynaldo López (5-9, 4.22 ERA); RHP Jeanmar Gómez (4.82 ERA) Season series vs. Orioles:
The 2018 season for the Orioles is mercifully getting close to being over, and with the rebuild in process, there is not much hope in Birdland for a drastically improved 2019. With that being said, the rebuild puts added focus on the prospects, and today I am going to highlight three O’s prospects that saw their stock rise the most in 2018. Before I present
Manager: Bob Melvin (8th season) Record: 87-57 Last 10 games: 7-3 Who to watch: 3B Matt Chapman (.280 with 22 HR, 53 RBIs), 2B Jed Lowrie (.274 with 21 HR, 89 RBIs), RF Stephen Piscotty (23 HR, 74 RBIs), DH Khris Davis (41 HR, 108 RBIs), 1B Matt Olson (25 HR), RHP Mike Fiers (11-6, 3.36 ERA), RHP Blake Treinen (37 saves, 0.93 ERA). Season
Adam Jones hasn’t seen the field for the Orioles since Wednesday in Seattle. Following an off-day Thursday and three straight games on the bench over the weekend against the Rays, the longtime outfielder is expected to return to action tomorrow when the Birds open a three-game series against the Athletics. It was pretty obvious to many when Jones nixed any trade back in July that
No pitcher in baseball has surrendered more home runs this season than Dylan Bundy. In 146 innings, Bundy has allowed 35 longballs, seven more than the next closest starting pitcher. That’s 2.16 homers per nine innings, making Bundy the only starter in baseball with more than two. It’s probably hard to remember way back to April, but I’ll try my best to refresh your memory.
Manager: Kevin Cash (4th season) Record: 75-64 Last 10 games: 7-3 Who to watch: 2B Joey Wendle (.297/.346/.425), 3B Matt Duffy (.296/.354/.371), RF Mallex Smith (.302/.373/.424, SB), DH/1B C.J. Cron (26 HR, 61RBIs), LHP Blake Snell (2.02 ERA), RHP Sergio Romo (19 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 8-8 Pitching probables: Sept. 7: RHP Dylan Bundy (7-13) vs. LHP Blake Snell (17-5), 7:10 p.m., MASN2Sept. 8:
Last season, there was little to no doubt who was going to earn both the Orioles’ minor league Pitcher of the Year (Alex Wells) and Player of the Year (Austin Hays) awards. This year, the races are much tighter, and despite many people giving left-hander Keegan Akin the award, I am here to tell you not to do that just yet. First, let me state
Manager: Scott Servais (3rd season) Record: 76-60 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: DH Nelson Cruz (33 HR, 83 RBIs), 2B Dee Gordon (30 SB), RF Mitch Haniger (23 HR, 84 RBIs), SS Jean Segura (.321) 1B Ryon Healy (24 HR, 66 RBIs) LHP Wade LeBlanc (8-3, 3.71 ERA), RHP Edwin Díaz (51 saves, 1.93 ERA) Season series vs. Orioles: 4-0 Pitching probables: Sept.
Following a weekend sweep at the hands of the second-worst team in baseball, the Orioles remain the worst team in the game at 40-97. They are barreling toward one of the worst campaigns in team history and are starting a rebuilding process that is expected to be measured in trips around the sun rather than mere months. I’m going to bet many Orioles fans chose