Elias conducts season-ending review on final weekend

The standings can’t be ignored, no matter how much Orioles executive vice president/general manager Mike Elias is comforted and encouraged by prospect performance and the work done at the alternate camp site. How he judges a season includes production on the field. “It’s very difficult for me to label any season a success where we have a losing record and don’t make the playoffs,” he ... read more

Orioles and Blue Jays lineups (updated)

José Iglesias is starting at shortstop tonight in Buffalo after serving as the designated hitter and homering in the last two games. Ramón Urías has moved to second base, with Hanser Alberto now the designated hitter. Urías hit his first career home run last night and is batting .381 (8-for-21) with two doubles, a homer and three RBIs in nine major league games. Austin Hays ... read more

Iglesias hasn’t got time for the pain

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde can read the statistics. He can stand in the dugout and watch the innings and at-bats. The stuff that’s laid out for everybody. Sometimes, it’s the little things that grab his attention. That don’t directly impact a 13-1 win but stand out as much as the home runs and strikeouts. José Iglesias convinced Hyde that he could play Thursday night in ... read more

López ambushed early in Orioles’ 10-5 loss (updated)

An abnormal 2020 season that began with serious doubts about its staying power naturally is ending for the Orioles in Buffalo. Because so little has felt right. So little has made actual sense. Manager Brandon Hyde joked again today about doing his Zoom conference call from “a tent.” The ballpark’s extreme makeover couldn’t hide all the blemishes. Hyde also stressed again the importance of finishing ... read more

Hyde on Sunday starter, Núñez, Hays leading off and Santander

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde has confirmed today that left-hander Keegan Akin will close out the season with Sunday’s start against the Blue Jays in Buffalo. Akin will be making his sixth major league start and eighth appearance. The bullpen also could be active on Sunday. “It’s going to be Keegan Akin,” Hyde said. “And maybe Johnny Wholestaff after.” Left-hander John Means gets the start Saturday ... read more

Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays

Jorge López makes the start tonight for the Orioles as they begin a three-game series against the Blue Jays in Buffalo that closes out the 2020 season. López has registered back-to-back quality starts. The Orioles haven’t announced their Sunday starter. John Means is on the mound Saturday. Austin Hays is leading off for the first time since Aug. 1 and playing left field, with Cedric ... read more

Santander chosen as Most Valuable Oriole

Anthony Santander demonstrated his value to the Orioles this summer during his appearances in the lineup and in right field. He also showed how much he’s missed. Santander appeared in 37 games before the Orioles shut him down with a strained right oblique muscle, but his overall impact earned him the Louis M. Hatter Most Valuable Oriole award for 2020. The award is voted upon ... read more

Rotation a possible remedy for defensive regression

The defensive decline that’s hurting the Orioles on the field and in the metrics again is going to be a point of emphasis in the offseason. Doesn’t it seem that way every year since the days of Manny Machado, J.J. Hardy and pre-decline Adam Jones? The Orioles wanted an upgrade at shortstop, discussed Adeiny Hechavarría and signed plus-plus defender José Iglesias to a one-year deal ... read more