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 club was just a few seasons ago. The 2014 AL East champion O's offense ranked fifth in baseball in WAR (26.7) and led...
Manager: Mike Scioscia (19th season)
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
June 29: RHP Felix PeÃ±a (0-0) vs. RHP David Hess (2-4), 7:05 p.m., MASNJune 30: LHP Tyler Skaggs (6-5) vs. RHP Andrew Cashner...
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 has been as missing in action as their offense as a whole has been this year, but down at Single-A Delmarva, second baseman Kirvin Moesquit is...
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 end of last year and finish 75-87 and in last place in the American League East.
But the Beckham move became more clear in that final...
Manager: Brian Snitker (3rd season)
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 VizcaÃno (1.82 ERA, 15 saves)
Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (0-3 in 2015)
June 22: RHP Alex Cobb (2-9) vs. LHP Sean Newcomb (8-2), 7:35 p.m., MASN2 June 23 RHP Dylan Bundy (5-7)...
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 well aware, nine of those years were spent in Baltimore, where he was drafted in the first round in 2003, played through the minor...
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 with right-handed pitchers Cody Sedlock and Matthias Dietz, the O's used their top three choices in that draft on pitchers, and...
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 458,367.
Machado is enjoying a fantastic first half, slashing .310/.377/.567 and...
Manager: Dave Martinez (1st season)
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, 18 saves)
Season series vs. Orioles: 3-0
June 19: RHP David Hess (2-3) vs. Jefry Rodriguez (0-0), 7:05 p.m., MASN2June 20: RHP Andrew...
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 serious chance of winning the American League East. Who saw this coming?
Instead, the Orioles have a winning percentage below .300. They are 27 1/2...
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 today I thought I would update you on some early standouts thus far.
In the Dominican...
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 is officially rolling down the hill.
Many have already called for the young guys to come up and take the place of...
Manager: Alex Cora (1st season)
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 (2.00 ERA, 20 saves)
Season series vs. Orioles: 6-1
June 11: RHP Steven Wright (2-0) vs. RHP Dylan Bundy (4-7); 7:05 p.m.,...
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 finished 2017 12 wins shy of 116. Sure, it was a good season, but it wasn't what we were all expecting.
We see this type of stuff all the time when hitters get hot at the plate....
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 All-Star Game will be the 59th edition and will be held at First National Bank Field in...
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 baseball as a whole.
There are certain things about it that draw you in. It's the gardens outside home plate plaza, which always seem to be blooming with bright...
Manager: Mickey Callaway (1st season)
Last 10 games: 2-8
Who to watch: SS AsdrÃºbal Cabrera (.292 with 10 HR, 34 RBIs), 1B AdriÃ¡n GonzÃ¡lez (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)
June 5: RHP Alex Cobb (1-7) vs. LHP Jason Vargas (2-3), 7:10 p.m., MASN June 6: RHP Dylan Bundy (3-7) vs. RHP Zach Wheeler (2-4), 7:10...