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Branden Kline’s impressive comeback continues with ascension to 40-man

After a very long road back that included Tommy John surgery and later dealing with complications from that procedure, right-hander Branden Kline moved a step closer to his big league dream. He was added to the Orioles’ 40-man roster for the first time yesterday. He’ll go to spring training with a chance to win a roster spot out of the bullpen. If he doesn’t head

2018 season recap: For Dylan Bundy, it turned south around midseason

As June came to an end, Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy had a 6-7 record and an ERA of 3.75. In June, Bundy went 3-0 with a 1.98 ERA in four starts. He was well on his way to a solid 2018 season, but it didn’t end up that way. Not even close. Completing his third straight year as a key member of the pitching staff

Long World Series game was more what’s right than wrong with MLB

I’ve heard few complaints about the length of Game 3 of the World Series, but this being sports and this being 2018, no doubt someone griped about it. Sure it ended about 3:30 a.m. Eastern time and some who started watching at the beginning, over seven hours before that, could probably not make it to the end to see the walk-off homer to complete an

These qualities could be important for the next O’s general manager

Now that Chaim Bloom will not become the next general manager of the New York Mets, he could be in the running to join the Orioles front office. That is simply my speculation and based on nothing from the club, which has been completely tight-lipped on anything that may be happening or about to happen involving its front office. But Bloom would interest most teams,

Rebuilding O’s will need to max out team control for youth

In hindsight, it was probably not a good idea for the Orioles to call up outfielder Austin Hays on Sept. 5, 2017. The Orioles started his service clock and player options before they needed to. And while at the time of his call-up the Orioles were still very much in the American League wild card race, Hays hardly played in the first week to 10

Velocity and strikeouts are up and the Orioles need to get on board

It is not exactly this easy, but one way for the Orioles could improve their pitching staff is to add pitchers who throw with premium velocity and/or pitchers who have strong strikeout rates. It is not a direct correlation, but the teams with the best strikeout rates and those that throw the hardest are often good teams with good pitching staffs. The sport keeps trending

A look ahead: Is Renato Núñez the choice for third base in 2019?

The Orioles acquired third baseman Renato Núñez off waivers from Texas on May 13 and sent him to Triple-A Norfolk. On July 20, he got the call to join the Orioles and stuck with the team through the remainder of the season. After almost eight full seasons in the Oakland organization, Núñez is trying to find a major league home, and so far his biggest

Díaz struggled with Bowie as he made swing adjustments with his new team

The Orioles lost out on signing Cuban outfielder Victor Victor Mesa, who signed with Miami. He was the No. 1 ranked international amateur prospect. But they have another Cuban outfielder in their system in Yusniel Díaz, who was ranked as the No. 3 international prospect in 2015. The Los Angeles Dodgers signed Díaz then, and he became a top 100 prospect on their watch. They

Machado’s Boston return, World Series odds and more

As he returns to Fenway Park tonight to begin the World Series, Manny Machado will be a bad guy again in Boston. But Matt Barnes probably won’t throw at his head this time and maybe Chris Sale won’t throw one behind him and tell us the pitch got away from him. That Sale is a real cutup. A few games and an entire year plus

After 2018 low point, odds are against Chris Davis being productive again

It may be very difficult - and perhaps almost impossible - at this point for first baseman Chris Davis to salvage his career and his frosty relationship with Orioles fans. It would seem about the only way that could happen would be for Davis to once again become one of the most productive hitters in the American League or something reasonably close to that. He

O’s miss out on Victor Victor Mesa, the World Series is set and more

According to various reports, the Orioles will lose out on signing both Victor Victor Mesa and his younger brother, Victor Mesa Jr. Both are now likely to sign with the Miami Marlins and that is expected to become official during a press conference on Monday. It was fun while it lasted for fans in Birdland to think their club could actually sign the highest-rated international

How to build a winning roster

When it comes to 40-man roster makeup, the numbers can sometimes be deceiving. The Boston Red Sox are four wins from winning the World Series. Yet according to rosterresource.com, the Orioles have more homegrown players on their 40-man roster than Boston, 18 to 15. Of course, right now the Orioles have a roster of 44 per that website, counting players currently on the 60-man disabled

2018 season recap: Givens thrived in closer role

If you just look at a few basic stats, it appears that Orioles reliever Mychal Givens had a much better season in 2017 than he did in 2018. In 2017, he went 8-1 with a 2.75 ERA. This year, he was 0-7 with a 3.99 ERA. But a look at other stats shows Givens’ last two seasons were more comparable than the above would indicate.

A look at Wade Miley’s very brief start and more Manny Machado

Baltimore fans who remember Wade Miley’s lack of success as an Oriole probably thought he might not pitch deep into Game 5 of the National League Championship Series yesterday when his Milwaukee Brewers faced the Los Angeles Dodgers. They were right. Miley lasted one batter. He threw just five pitches as he walked Cody Bellinger. But he wasn’t pulled due to ineffectiveness or an injury.

2018 season recap: Andrew Cashner’s battle for consistency

If the rebuilding Orioles are going to take a turn for the better during the 2019 season, no doubt they’ll need solid starting pitching to do it. One pitcher who has room for improvement is right-handed starter Andrew Cashner. His stats took a big fall from his 2017 season with Texas. On Feb. 15, Cashner signed a two-year free agent deal with Baltimore worth $16

Manny Machado jogged to first and got ripped for it

Former Oriole Manny Machado is 8-for-27 (.296) with three homers and nine RBIs in seven playoff games for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He’s had some big swings and made some outstanding plays in the field. But he was in the news during Game 2 of the National League Championship Series on Saturday for the wrong reason. For not running hard to first base on a

For the Orioles, will the dollars make sense?

As a rebuilding team intending to rely on younger and less experienced players, the Orioles will also likely be a team that may not pursue many free agents this winter and certainly not many commanding significant dollars. The Orioles’ payroll is going down as they attempt to reset it. Cot’s Baseball Contracts ranks the O’s year-end 40-man roster payroll at 14th in the majors from

First offseason edition: “10 questions for O’s fans”

If you’ve been reading here for a while, you are probably quite familiar with today’s blog format and it doesn’t take much explaining on my end. Today I’ve posed 10 questions and are looking for your responses. Answer one question or all 10. Provide short answers or long. Respond to answers by other readers. It’s all good. Here are the questions: 1. Who do you

A look at organizational rankings and other notes

When Baseball America released its latest organizational rankings in early August, the Orioles fell three spots. Ranked No. 17 at the start of the 2018 season, they were now ranked No. 20 among all the farm systems in baseball. That seemed strange since it followed the July trades in which the Orioles added 15 players to their organization, including one top-100 prospect in outfielder Yusniel

Could Johnny Baseball have a reunion with the Orioles?

Second baseman Jonathan Schoop had a career year in 2017 and was named Most Valuable Oriole. He’s had a pretty terrible year in 2018 and didn’t start any of the three games for the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Division Series against Colorado. Here’s a crazy thought: Has Schoop played so poorly for the Brewers that they will non-tender him, making him a free

After strong 2018, Paul Fry may be fixture in the bullpen

He began the 2018 season pitching well in the bullpen at Double-A Bowie and ended the year pitching well in the Baltimore bullpen. He may have found a home in that ‘pen and projects as a key member of the 2019 Orioles. It was quite a ride during the season for left-hander Paul Fry. He spent about six weeks with Bowie, about five with Triple-A

As teams interview managerial candidates, the O’s are on deck

We assume - and very likely assume correctly - that the Orioles will not begin interviewing for their open managing position until they hire a new general manager or someone with those duties and another title. But other clubs are also in the market for new managers, and they have been moving along with the process of hiring a new skipper. The Cincinnati Reds have

Looks like it’s time for Orioles to step up their analytics game

In this baseball age of Statcast, analytics and the explosion of data everywhere, the hope would be that Orioles players have had access to anything that players from Boston, New York or any other team have had access to. But maybe they don’t. This comes from the players themselves and it’s not good. “It’s been 20-fold (with increased analytics) since coming over here,’’ Kevin Gausman

For the Orioles, where will accountability factor in?

The dictionary defines accountability as “the fact or condition of being accountable.” That probably doesn’t help us much. For baseball purposes, I define it as a player taking blame/responsibility and pointing the finger at himself when he messes up. In the Orioles clubhouse in 2018, we saw many examples of players who were accountable. Trey Mancini led the league, probably. Alex Cobb always fell on

The Orioles’ minor league All-Stars for 2018

Today’s let’s take a look at some of the Orioles minor leaguers that had the most productive seasons in 2018. Presenting one man’s version of the Orioles’ minor league All-Stars for this year. This is not a listing simply of the best prospects, but the players who produced the best at each position. In some cases it’s clear cut and in some it’s not. 1B

Is it time for some tweaks to the MLB playoff format?

When the American League playoffs began Wednesday night with the wild card game, a team that won 100 games hosted a team that won 97. While that was going on, a team that won 91 games was home resting, waiting to play in a best-of-five series while avoiding the pressure of a one-game season. So, is that fair? For me, it isn’t. Boston led all

Quick takes on bullpenning, starting pitchers and Victor Victor

A few quick takes now that the Orioles’ search for a new general manager and manager is on and the Major League playoffs are underway: The A’s used an opener and lost: We can’t dismiss the use of an opener or the Oakland A’s using a bullpen game in the American League wild card game just because Oakland lost. If they had a top starter

What should the Orioles look for in a new GM and manager?

The rebuilding of the Orioles moved from the clubhouse to the dugout and front office yesterday with the news - made official last night - that Dan Duquette and Buck Showalter will not return for the 2019 season. The Orioles’ baseball operations will have a new leader, new voice and a new vision at some point this offseason. The team’s press release last night stated

Appreciating Buck Showalter: He turned a losing team into a winner (updated)

As the news came out this afternoon that Buck Showalter would not continue as the Orioles’ manager, it was not unexpected. And, as of this writing, we still have not heard official word from the team. But as reported here, Showalter met twice with ownership representatives in the last few days and this morning was told he would not be back as manager. He will

Orioles’ DL Hall is No. 1 prospect in South Atlantic League

At a time when the Orioles were last among all teams this year in Major League Baseball, they can at least say that one of their young pitchers ranked as the best in his league in 2018. Baseball America released its list of the top 20 prospects in the Single-A South Atlantic League this season on Tuesday. Delmarva Shorebirds pitcher DL Hall was ranked No.

After dealing with his own struggles, Mancini wants to lead O’s back to respectability

Among all the interviews I had with Orioles players this year, probably the most compelling to me was one that occurred in the Baltimore clubhouse on July 12. Just days ahead of the All-Star break, Trey Mancini poured his heart out about the rough season he was having - and he didn’t hold back. At the time, Mancini was 1-for-21 over his previous nine games

Mancini and Mullins on Jones, plus a few final notes

It was a season where not a lot went right for the Orioles, but on the final day, almost nothing went wrong. The Orioles pitched well, they got clutch hits, they made some plays in the field. And most importantly, they sent Adam Jones off in impressive fashion. Before the game, Jones gave bats and balls to fans. During the game they returned the love.

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