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

#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 458,367. Machado is enjoying a fantastic first half, slashing .310/.377/.567 and...
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Opposite dugout: Injuries, stagnant offense have Nationals fighting extra hard

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, 18 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 3-0 Pitching probables: June 19: RHP David Hess (2-3) vs. Jefry Rodriguez (0-0), 7:05 p.m., MASN2June 20: RHP Andrew...
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Zach Wilt: Pitching staff has been hurt by O's reliance on longball

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

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 today I thought I would update you on some early standouts thus far. In the Dominican...
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Andrew Stetka: Digesting disappointing news about Hunter Harvey

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 is officially rolling down the hill. Many have already called for the young guys to come up and take the place of...
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Opposite dugout: Red Sox firing on all cylinders

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 (2.00 ERA, 20 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 6-1 Pitching probables: June 11: RHP Steven Wright (2-0) vs. RHP Dylan Bundy (4-7); 7:05 p.m.,...
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Zach Wilt: Taking numbers with a grain of salt

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

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) vs. LHP Jaime García (2-4); 7:07 p.m., MASNJune 8: RHP Kevin Gausman (3-5) vs. LHP J.A. Happ (7-3); 7:07 p.m., MASN2June 9: RHP...
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Josh Michael: Three Shorebirds selected to South Atlantic League All-Star Game, one snubbed

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 All-Star Game will be the 59th edition and will be held at First National Bank Field in...
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Andrew Stetka: Camden Yards charms continue to surprise

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 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...
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Opposite dugout: Injuries, offensive struggles have submarined Mets

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

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 doing everyday because clearly the routine just isn't working. This is particularly true with the Orioles offense, which scored...
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Josh Michael: Recent promotions clear way for left-hander Cameron Ming

Josh Michael: Recent promotions clear way for left-hander Cameron Ming
The low Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds got off to a roaring start and thanks in large part to the performance of their starting rotation. A couple of those starters, Michael Baumann and Zac Lowther, have been promoted to high Single-A Frederick, clearing the way for left-hander Cameron Ming. Ming, 22, was selected by the Orioles in the 14th round of the 2017 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Arizona. With the likes of guys like Brenan Hanifee, Baumann and Lowther on the...
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Opposite dugout: Yankees bring plenty of punch to the party

Opposite dugout: Yankees bring plenty of punch to the party
Manager: Aaron Boone (1st season) Record: 35-17 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: 2B Gleyber Torres (26 RBIs), SS Didi Gregorius (35 RBIs), 3B Miguel Andújar (.290), RF Aaron Judge (15 HR, 40 RBIs), DH Giancarlo Stanton (11 HR, 29 RBIs), LHP Aroldis Chapman (12 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 1-3 Pitching probables: May 31: RHP Sonny Gray (3-4) vs. RHP Andrew Cashner (2-6), 7:05 p.m., MASNJune 1: RHP Masahiro Tanaka (6-2) vs. RHP Kevin Gausman (3-4), 7:05 p.m., MASNJune 2: RHP Domingo...
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Andrew Stetka: Time has come to take stock of the Orioles

Andrew Stetka: Time has come to take stock of the Orioles
The day has finally come. Memorial Day is here and the self-imposed benchmark for self-evaluation is upon us. The Orioles are 17-36, the second-worst record in baseball behind the White Sox. They have the third-worst run differential in the game at minus-79. They've won a mere seven games away from Camden Yards, the worst road record this season. They are now a full eight games out - of fourth place - in the AL East. The O's are 19 games back of the Red Sox for the division lead and 15 1/2...
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Opposite dugout: Despite injuries, pitching-rich Nats only a game out of first in NL East

Opposite dugout: Despite injuries, pitching-rich Nats only a game out of first in NL East
Manager: Davey Martinez (1st season)Record: 29-22 Last 10 games: 5-5 Players to watch: LF Juan Soto (.286), , RF Bryce Harper (.232 with 16 HR, 38 RBIs, 44 BB), SS Trea Turner (.270 with 6 HR, 22 RBIs, 14 SB) LHP Gio Gonzalez (5-2, 2.38 ERA), RHP Max Scherzer (8-1, 2.13 ERA), RHP Sean Doolittle (1.93 ERA, 11 saves) Series vs. Orioles: First meeting (2-2 in 2017) Pitching probables: May 28: LHP Gio Gonzalez (5-2) vs. RHP Alex Cobb (1-6), 1:05 p.m., MASNMay 29: RHP Jeremy Hellickson (1-0) vs....
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Zach Wilt: Breaking down Jonathan Schoop's struggles at the plate

Zach Wilt: Breaking down Jonathan Schoop's struggles at the plate
Jonathan Schoop took a huge step forward at the plate for the Orioles last season. The second baseman earned his first trip to the All-Star Game and slashed .293/.338/.503 while totaling a team-high 3.8 fWAR (5.2 on Baseball-Reference.com). Schoop was 25, turning 26 in October, and chatter began about him becoming a cornerstone upon which the Orioles could build their next winning franchise around. He played 160 games in 2017 after iron-manning through 162 the previous season. Schoop saw...
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Opposite dugout: Rays starting relievers in all three games vs. Orioles

Opposite dugout: Rays starting relievers in all three games vs. Orioles
Manager: Kevin Cash (4th season) Record: 23-25Last 10 games: 7-3Who to watch: C Wilson Ramos (.301 with 6 HR, 24 RBIs), CF Mallex Smith (.293, 11 SB), OF Johnny Field (.280 with 4 HR, 8 RBIs), RHP Sergio Romo (1-0, 4.34 ERA), RHP Alex Colomé (11 saves)Season series vs. Orioles: 3-3 Pitching probables: May 25: RHP David Hess (1-1) vs. RHP Sergio Romo (1-0), 7:10 p.m., MASNMay 26: RHP Andrew Cashner (2-5) vs. RHP Ryne Stanek (0-0), 4:10 p.m., MASNMay 27: RHP Kevin Gausman (3-3) vs. RHP Sergio...
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Josh Michael: Mike Yastrzemski could finally be turning things around

Josh Michael: Mike Yastrzemski could finally be turning things around
There are certain names in the baseball world that, when you hear them, you immediately think of some of the greats. Orioles prospect Mike Yastrzemski has one of those names, and after his recent promotion to Triple-A, he may finally be turning things around. Yastrzemski, 27, is the grandson of baseball Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski, and has long been a fan favorite when talking about O's prospects. The ceiling was high, to the point that even O's executive vice president Dan Duquette stated...
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Andrew Stetka: Could O's learn from Rays' new pitching strategy?

Andrew Stetka: Could O's learn from Rays' new pitching strategy?
The long-running baseball standard of seeing starting pitchers go deep into games is falling by the wayside. This is not news, as it's been happening for years. Starting pitchers are throwing fewer innings. It used to be that starters would pitch complete games regularly. In fact, the last three full seasons have seen the lowest number of complete games in major league history. There were 104 thrown in 2015, 83 in 2016 and just 59 times did a pitcher go the distance last season. Long gone are...
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