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A closer look at Keegan Akin’s start, plus a trade note

Orioles lefty pitching prospect Keegan Akin threw a very strong game today against Toronto in Buffalo. In fact, he became just the third O’s starter on the year to not allow an earned run. He gave up two unearned runs in 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision. The Orioles broke a five-game losing streak and avoided a four-game sweep and winless road trip. They beat

O’s game blog: Keegan Akin makes his MLB starting debut

Through the season’s first 30 games, the Orioles did not suffer a walk-off loss. But that has happened twice in the last three games and in the same series against the Toronto Blue Jays. Today the Orioles (14-19) will need a win in Buffalo to avoid a second series sweep by Toronto (18-14) this year. This would be a four-game sweep and Toronto is already

Another tough loss caps eventful day in Birdland

When the local nine lets a lead get away in the eighth inning and gets tied and in the ninth inning and loses, let’s just say there have been better days in Birdland. But it was an active day and certainly not without some potentially very positive developments. * Let’s start with Ryan Mountcastle. He hit two homers and each one gave the Orioles the

Yep, it happened again: O’s lose in a walk-off

On the day Ryan Mountcastle hit his first two homers, both giving the Orioles the lead, would it be enough to end a four-game losing streak? Mountcastle blasted No. 1 on a 2-2 changeup off Tanner Roark in the second. That gave the O’s a 1-0 lead. He hit No. 2 off a Roark fastball with a man on in the sixth. That gave the

O’s game blog: Looking to snap a four-game losing streak

With a record of 0-2 in this series and 0-4 on this road trip, the Orioles play the Toronto Blue Jays again today in Buffalo. The Blue Jays shut out Baltimore 5-0 yesterday as O’s hitters went 5-for-32 with just one extra-base hit, a double. During a four-game losing streak the Orioles have scored just nine runs. An offense that averaged 5.35 runs per game

César Valdez on return to MLB: “One of the best days of my life”

During an otherwise kind of drab 5-0 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays Saturday night, the Orioles unveiled a 35-year-old right-hander pitching in the big leagues for the first time in over three years. A veteran throwing a huge assortment of off-speed pitches that fooled not only Blue Jays hitters but the Statcast system that tracks pitches and pitch speed. When César Valdez came on

Bullpen coach shows confidence in Sulser, talks on other pitchers

During pregame interviews on Saturday, it’s pretty clear the Orioles still believe in right-handed reliever Cole Sulser. He has a 3.68 ERA and a 1.091 WHIP in 11 games. He has saved five games, but also has had some big issues late in games, like giving up a two-run walk-off homer to Toronto’s Randal Grichuk on Friday night. Darren Holmes, the O’s first-year bullpen coach,

O’s game blog: Looking to get a win on this road trip

The Orioles have played three close games on this road trip, but lost them all. They began the trip with the best road record in the majors at 8-1. But they lost 4-2 and 4-3 to Tampa Bay and 5-4 last night in 10 innings to Toronto. Tonight they play the Blue Jays again in Buffalo in the second of the four-game series. The Orioles

A few notes after a walk-off loss to Blue Jays

Grabbing defeat from the jaws of victory, the Orioles were an out away from a solid win last night. But they couldn’t get it. An out that would have given them a close win during a string of close losses, would have given them their first win over Toronto and would have pulled them within a 1/2 game of the Blue Jays for the No.

John Means makes progress, but tough ending for O’s

On a night that the Orioles lost another close game, lefty starter John Means took at least a small step forward. But Toronto beat the Orioles 5-4 in 10 innings as they fall to 0-4 against the Blue Jays and 14-17 for the season. O’s killer Randal Grichuk blasted a two-run homer to center with two outs in the 10th off right-hander Cole Sulser. Sulser’s

O’s game blog: The series opener against Toronto

After losing two games against Tampa Bay and after last night’s postponement, the Orioles tonight begin a four-game series in Buffalo against the Toronto Blue Jays (15-14). The Jays, who swept three from the Orioles earlier this season, hold third place in the American League East and are the current No. 8 seed for the AL playoffs. Toronto is 1 1/2 games ahead of the

Orioles discuss Jackie Robinson Day

Jackie Robinson Day is being formally commemorated today and tonight around Major League Baseball. There will be a focus on Robinson’s activism and impact on civil rights in society during and following his playing career. Today’s date of Aug. 28 is the anniversary of the March On Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963, which Jackie and Rachel Robinson and their children attended. It is

On day with no game, the Orioles stood tall

After their first team meeting on Thursday afternoon, the Orioles decided to play last night against the Tampa Bay Rays. But upon heading out to batting practice and during BP, more conversations took place in smaller groups. The players then asked manager Brandon Hyde to hold a players-only meeting and they did. More thoughts and emotions were expressed. It appears some players that perhaps hadn’t

O’s game blog: Series finale against Tampa (updated)

In a sense, we could call this the season of series sweeps for the Orioles. They have played nine series to completion and three times they swept their opponent and three times they got swept. Tonight they will try to avoid being part of a seventh sweep in 10 series on the year. They’ve lost two close games at Tropicana Field this week to Tampa

O’s had some ups and downs in the first half of the season

The Orioles reached the midpoint of this truncated 60-game season by going 14-16. So close to pulling out another win last night, one that would have left them at .500 at the 30-game point. They were certainly streaky in this span of games. They have had a six-game winning streak and a six-game losing streak. They swept three series, something they did not do once

O’s game blog: Looking to get the offense going at the Trop

After a 4-2 loss in the series opener at Tropicana Field last night, the Orioles will play in St. Petersburg against Tampa Bay again this evening. It’s the second of a three-game series and seven-game road trip. The Orioles are 8-2 on the road and began Tuesday night with the best road record in the majors. They also had won eight in a row on

A look at the player leadership group on O’s farm

With the feeling that players helping other players can produce positive results in addition to camaraderie and chemistry, the Orioles now have a player leadership group on the farm. Some of the players doing the leading in this group include Adley Rutschman, Gunnar Henderson, Brett Cumberland, Isaac Mattson and Brian Gonzalez. The O’s highest draft pick in 2014, taken No. 90 overall in round three,

Two errors, too many strikeouts as O’s fall in road trip opener

If the Orioles were going to beat the Tampa Bay Rays tonight and improve to 9-1 on the road, they were probably going to have to figure out how to put the ball in play against one of the best strikeout pitchers in the game. Tall right-hander Tyler Glasnow had an ERA of 6.00 entering this game, but also had fanned 35 batters in 21

O’s game blog: The road trip begins

The last time they played the Tampa Bay Rays (19-11), the Orioles (14-14) completed a three-game sweep at Camden Yards. They beat Tampa Bay 6-3, 5-4 in 11 innings and 5-1. Against a team playing .633 ball halfway through a 60-game season, O’s pitchers recorded a three-game ERA of 1.86, held the Rays to a .190 batting average and produced 31 strikeouts while walking nine

A look at Brian Gonzalez’s ascension to the O’s player pool

His addition to the Orioles’ 60-man player pool on Aug. 7 may have surprised some people. But after a season at Double-A Bowie where he made gains pitching as a reliever for the first time, left-hander Brian Gonzalez got the call to join the Bowie alternate camp. After the Aug. 1 trade of Richard Bleier left just two bullpen lefties on the big league roster

O’s starters’ innings are down, but they are not alone

No doubt the Orioles could use more innings from their starting pitchers. They have gotten just three outings this year in 28 games when the starter pitched six innings or more. They have no outings of seven innings. Right-hander Alex Cobb went 6 2/3 innings against Toronto on Aug. 17 and that is a season high for the club. But throughout baseball, after a quick

A few random thoughts on the .500 Orioles

The Orioles are a .500 team (14-14) 28 games into the 2020 season. That is an impressive record for a club that combined to lose 223 games the last two years. We’ll see what the final 32 games will hold, but the club did enough the last two days to snap the losing streak, beat Boston twice and get back to the .500 mark. A

Series split: Rio Ruiz gets clutch hits as O’s beat Boston

In the first two innings today, the Orioles had numerous chances to score against Boston right-hander Zack Godley. But they went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position and stranded five runners. They got leadoff doubles each inning, but the clutch hit didn’t come. The question that s the game went on: Would the early failures come back to bite them later? Not today. Third baseman

O’s game blog: Looking for a series split with Red Sox

The Orioles came from behind twice last night to win and snap a six-game losing streak. Today they play the final game of a 10-game homestand and four-game series when they host the Boston Red Sox. The O’s trailed last night 3-1 before Anthony Santander’s game-tying two-run homer in the eighth. He blasted No. 10 a distance of 426 feet down the left field line

More on a dramatic win and Mike Elias on trade deadline

With his team’s losing streak at six games, it had been a week between wins. The Orioles lost three straight to Toronto and it would be three in a row against Boston with another loss last night. So O’s manager Brandon Hyde was ready to try to make any move that could help his team win Saturday night. “We chased that one a little bit

Pedro Severino’s walk-off hit ends losing streak in 10th (updated)

It was looking like another lifeless night for the Orioles offense and that the club was headed to a seventh straight loss. Then right fielder Anthony Santander turned around seven innings of offensive frustration with one swing. He got a 93 mph high and in fastball from lefty reliever Josh Taylor and smoked a ball down the left field line in the last of the

O’s game blog: Alex Cobb faces Boston

The Orioles’ last win was a week ago tonight. They beat the Washington Nationals at Camden Yards 7-3. It is one of just four home wins in 17 games this year (the team is 8-1 on the road). Hanser Alberto and Pedro Severino each drove in two runs and right-hander Asher Wojciechowski went five innings to pick up the win. But since that victory the

Mountcastle’s debut significant for the organization, plus other notes

It is an exciting day for any organization when one of its top prospects arrives in the majors. And the big day for the Orioles and Ryan Mountcastle arrived Friday versus Boston. He walked twice and was part of a late rally, but the Orioles lost 8-5 as their losing streak reached six. But this was not just another game for the player or the

O’s game blog: Trying to end a losing streak

Orioles prospect Ryan Mountcastle makes his major league debut tonight as the Orioles host Boston at 7:35 p.m. Mountcastle, the 2019 International League MVP and O’s Minor League Player of the Year, will bat sixth and play in left field. Last year at Triple-A Norfolk, he batted .312/.344/.527 with 35 doubles, a triple, 25 homers, 83 RBIs and an OPS of .871. He led the

As offense slowed, O’s made the call to get Ryan Mountcastle

The Orioles have picked a good time to call up one of their top hitting prospects in infielder/outfielder Ryan Mountcastle. Their lineup needs some help right now and recently lost both center fielder Austin Hays and shortstop José Iglesias to the injured list. That might have been the tipping point. About a week ago, it seemed the O’s were just about first or second in

Taking a look at a losing streak, plus Cossins on Hyde

The Orioles’ losing streak has reached five games, and they’ve earned it. They’ve gone from 12-8 (.600) to 12-13 (.480). They are still winning at a much greater percentage than the team that lost 108 games last year. But during the losing streak, the Orioles have been outscored 33-17. In three of the last four games they have scored two runs or fewer. They’ve scored

Not tonight: O’s losing streak reaches five

The Orioles might have thought and hoped that a new series and a clean slate would help them end a losing streak. And they would get a shot to do it against the last-place Boston Red Sox. But nothing went according to such a plan. The Orioles could not hit Boston right-hander Nathan Eovaldi again and their own mistakes again contributed to a loss. Boston

O’s game blog: Series opener against Red Sox

The Orioles (12-12) will look to snap a four-game losing streak tonight when they host Boston (7-18) to open a three-game series at Oriole Park. The O’s were swept three in a row by Toronto by scores of 7-2, 8-7 and 5-2. The Red Sox begin play tonight with the worst record in the American League, playing .280 ball a year after going 84-78. Boston

Bats productive, but O’s catchers work to improve the defense as well

When looking at reasons for the Orioles’ improved offense, the production from their catchers has been a key reason in helping the team improve as a whole. Pedro Severino is batting .338 with an OPS of 1.018 and Chance Sisco is batting .270 with an OPS of 1.005. The O’s catching trio - including Bryan Holaday - leads the American League in catcher OPS at

As Santander continues to rake, will rest of O’s keep up?

In the big picture, the Orioles are 12-12 to start a 60-game season and contending for a playoff berth. They have shown much improvement on offense and in their bullpen. But in the smaller, most recent slice of the season they’ve gone 1-5 in six games and contributed to their own demise a couple of times. Baserunning mistakes late in the game Tuesday and in

Rough stretch: O’s losing streak reaches four games

The good start for the Orioles - one that saw them playing .600 ball 20 games into this shortened season - has now hit the skids. The Orioles lost 5-2 to Toronto this afternoon as the Blue Jays completed a three-game sweep. The Orioles have lost four games in a row. They fall to 12-12 and are 1-5 over the last six games. They are

O’s game blog: Trying to avoid being swept

In some respects, it has been the year of the sweep for the Orioles. They have swept series from the Rays, Nationals and Phillies. They have been swept by the Yankees and Marlins. So they have completed seven series with five ending in sweeps. They need a win today to avoid being swept for the third time in 2020. The O’s bats were held to

Caleb Joseph on return to Baltimore, plus other notes

It is a very familiar sight but in an unfamiliar uniform. Catcher Caleb Joseph, the Orioles’ seventh-round draft pick in 2008 who spent five seasons with the big league club, returned to Baltimore this week. He’s on the Toronto Blue Jays’ taxi squad after spending last season with the Arizona Diamondbacks. After spending a few years wondering if he would ever move past Double-A Bowie

Mistakes in 10th doom O’s to a gut punch loss

That was a huge gut punch loss for the Orioles tonight, 8-7 in 10 innings against Toronto. In the top of the 10th, a play that was ruled a throwing error on defensive replacement Chris Davis from first base put Toronto ahead 8-7. He made a diving stop with runners on second and third and one out, and from the ground threw home. The ball

O’s game blog: Another chance to bounce back

They were held to five hits last night in a 7-2 loss to Toronto. The Orioles (12-10) host the Blue Jays (8-11) again tonight in the second of a three-game series. Toronto’s four-run third inning against right-hander Alex Cobb was highlighted by Randal Grichuk’s three-run homer. Grichuk has 28 extra-base hits in 28 career games against the Orioles. He is a career .342/.383/.792 batter against

Are three losses in four just a bump in the road for O’s?

We have to find out - and we will in the next few days - whether the Orioles have hit a small bump in the road or if they ran into a pothole. The club has lost three of its last four. Their record has dropped from 12-8 to 12-10 with back-to-back losses. The lineup has lost outfielder Austin Hays to injury and shortstop José

O’s game blog: The series opener with Toronto

During this truncated season, where the Orioles will play 40 of 60 games against American League East opponents, tonight they get back to divisional play. After going 7-5 in 12 straight games versus National League teams, the Orioles begin a three-game series at Oriole Park against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Orioles (12-9) are three games behind New York for the AL East lead and

O’s group of four stacked up with Dodgers’ group on MLB Network

The Orioles offense, particularly four of their key hitters, got some national recognition during a segment on MLB Network today. Not only that, but in a video segment anchored by former Orioles infielder Bill Ripken, when compared to a more heralded and accomplished Los Angeles Dodgers quartet, the Orioles four stacked up very well. Ripken showed a stat comparison of how Anthony Santander, Pedro Severino,

Skipper Brandon Hyde has been a strong leader for Orioles

Through a 12-9 start, with 35 percent of the 2020 season in the books, there has been a lot to like in Birdland. The offense has been a real surprise and one of the majors’ best. The bullpen has shown improvement. The Orioles are a playoff contender through 21 games. But maybe one overlooked aspect of this good start is the steady hand of manager

O’s come back from four runs down, but rally falls short

It wasn’t the first time. Or the second. But the third time the Orioles faced three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer, they finally got to him. They sure did. His former catcher, Pedro Severino, unloaded a three-run homer to left that pulled the Orioles from 5-1 behind to within 5-4. On an afternoon that had the look for a while of a not today

O’s game blog: Shooting for another series win

The Orioles will try to continue their weekend success today when they wrap up a three-game series with the Washington Nationals. The Orioles are 9-2 on weekends and 3-0 in weekend series. It started when they went 2-1 at Boston and then later swept Tampa Bay three straight at home. They swept three at Washington last weekend. The completion of the suspended game happened Friday,

Notes on O’s 20-game start, the bullpen and more

At 20 games into the 2020 season, the Orioles are in second place in the American League East at 12-8, with the fourth-best record in the league. Since they got swept in four in a row by the Miami Marlins, they have gone 7-1. They continue to hit well against accomplished pitchers and are beating good teams. No one can say they haven’t earned 12-8.

O’s game blog: O’s offense faces Nats’ lefty Patrick Corbin

After another “flush it” game for the Orioles, it’s “bounceback” time again. Their two most lopsided losses of the 2020 season have come in their first game and their last game. They lost 13-2 on opening night at Boston and 15-3 last night at home versus the Washington Nationals. Tonight they host the Nats in the second game of a three-game series. The Orioles’ (11-8)

New O’s RHP López looks for fresh start with Orioles

Right-hander Jorge López, the newest Orioles pitcher, might look at the club’s roster and realize that several players once claimed on waivers by the team are currently playing very well. He’d like to be next. Designated for assignment recently by the Kansas City Royals, he was a waiver claim of the Orioles during last Sunday’s game at Washington. He’s not had consistent major league success

Alex Cobb’s take on the O’s bats and other notes

We’ve talked often here this season about how individual Orioles have improved from last year and how that has made the team better overall. Players worked hard during the winter and continued that during baseball’s shutdown that began in mid-March. They used coaching tips and guidance along with data and analytics and a lot of hard work to make themselves better. The product is seen

O’s game blog: Suspended game resumes in the sixth

If you want to confuse yourself consider this: The Orioles will have a six-game winning streak if they hold on to win the completion of Sunday’s suspended game against Washington. If the Nats come from behind to win the Orioles will have a three-game winning streak. How can they have a winning streak if they lose? Well, this game will officially count on the day

After COVID-19 bout, Bruce Zimmermann is back chasing MLB dream

It did seem a bit strange when the Orioles released their initial 60-man player pool that Baltimorean Bruce Zimmermann was not on the list. The 25-year-old lefty, acquired in a trade on July 31, 2018, had been with the club and was still on the roster when the first spring training was shut down. He had pitched well in Florida and was set to start

A look at how the O’s offense has fared against some top pitchers

Some of the offensive stats the Orioles are putting up so far in the 2020 season are quite impressive. Some are not expected to hold up over 60 games, of course. Players and teams can get off to fast starts and level off. It is expected. But one potentially quite encouraging aspect to the start of this season that could bode well for the offense

A look at the latest comeback win on this road trip

The Orioles have been the comeback kids on this road trip to Washington and Philadelphia. They won this afternoon and are 5-0 on this trip. Four of the wins have been come-from-behind victories. Today the offense erupted for four runs in the fifth, two runs two innings later, three more in the eighth and two in the ninth to produce an 11-4 win over the

O’s game blog: Looking for a second series sweep

In today’s series finale at Citizens Bank Park, the Orioles will be pitching a former Phillies farmhand and Philadelphia will be pitching a former Orioles player. Right-hander Thomas Eshelman (0-0, 3.68 ERA) starts for the O’s and right-hander Jake Arrieta (1-1, 2.45 ERA) starts for the Phillies. The Orioles, who lost three one-run games in the Marlins series, have beaten the Phillies 10-9 in 10

Ruiz drew gains from minors trip, Sisco with something to prove

With as well as he is playing right now for the Orioles, on offense and defense, it can be easy to forget that third baseman Rio Ruiz spent some time in the minor leagues last year. It was just five games in late July and early August at Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk. And to hear O’s manager Brandon Hyde tell it now, this was

O’s overcome deficit, 15 strikeouts to beat Phillies (quotes added)

On a night the Orioles got a short outing from their starter, struck out 15 times and fell behind 3-1 in the third, they still managed to win. The strong start of the 2020 Orioles continued tonight at Philadelphia. Chance Sisco produced a clutch two-out, two-run single in the fourth and Rio Ruiz hit a go-ahead solo home run in the fifth as the Orioles

O’s game blog: Looking for two in a row in Philly

The Orioles look for their fourth straight win tonight when they play the second game of their three-game set at Philadephia. The Orioles (8-7) won 10-9 in 10 innings last night in a wild, four-hour game. Their offense produced very little through five innings, and then scored 10 runs in the last five innings. They broke an 8-8 tie when Austin Hays hit a two-run

Orioles have sure packed a lot into 15 games

On a night when both teams had a lot go wrong and the bullpens combined to allow 13 runs, the Orioles bullpen at least steadied at the very end. Paul Fry got the second out of the last of the 10th and Travis Lakins Sr. got the third as they outlasted Philadelphia 10-9. The Orioles have had two extra-inning games, both rather eventful, and have

O’s game blog: Orioles begin three-game series in Philly

The Philadelphia Phillies (5-6) have hit well but not pitched very well thus far in the 2020 season. They will host the Orioles for the next three nights at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies beat Atlanta 13-8 last night at home to split a four-game series. They scored 18 runs in the two games they won and just two runs in the two they lost.

Players helping players and more about the Bowie camp

While the Orioles have gotten off to a solid start to their season, the players not currently on their roster but on the 60-man player pool get their work in at the alternate site at Double-A Bowie. And while they wait for a call that might never come, the players there go beyond just getting themselves ready. According to Gary Kendall, one of the managers

Fourteen games into season, O’s have plenty to feel good about

Tarp follies or not, the Orioles have plenty to feel good about after a weekend of solid baseball in Washington, D.C. They outscored the Nationals 21-5 and were a few innings away from an 8-7 start to the 60-game season. During a year when 16 teams will get in the playoffs, a final regular season record of 32-28 will likely be good enough. Now we

O’s game blog: Trying for a sweep at Nats Park

The Orioles, who had no series sweeps in 162 games last year, can record their second of 2020 in the season’s first 15 games today. After beating Washington 11-0 and 5-3 this weekend, the O’s can complete the sweep this afternoon at Nats Park. The Orioles’ last series sweep of the Nationals came on May 8-9, 2017, when the O’s swept a two-game series at

Notes on the comeback win and more on Keegan Akin

It is not a rule that every series the Orioles play this year has to end in a sweep. But if they beat the Nationals this afternoon in Washington, they will have played in four consecutive sweeps. The Yankees swept two straight in Baltimore, then the O’s took three straight from Tampa Bay and Miami took four in a row from Baltimore. Today we could

That escalated quickly: Eighth-inning homer barrage for the win

It happened fast for the Orioles. In a stunning three-home-run eighth inning, their dormant offense came to life big-time tonight and they rallied to beat the defending World Series champion Washington Nationals 5-3. They did it against their top late-inning relievers who played key roles in their 2019 championship run. All it took was two pinch-hit homers and an “Earl” - a three-run homer that

O’s game blog: Looking for two in a row in Washington

After Friday’s 19-hit, 11-0 win over the Washington Nationals, the Orioles and Nats play the second game of their series tonight at Nats Park. The Orioles (6-7) snapped a four-game losing streak while the Nationals (4-6) fell to 2-6 at home. The 19 hits were Baltimore’s most since Aug. 30, 2019 at Kansas City, when they had 21. According to STATS, the win marked the

O’s put it all together for one night, producing impressive result

Who could have predicted that after a 13-2 loss on opening night the Orioles would take the next two games at Boston? Or that they would sweep the Tampa Bay Rays, who won 96 games last year? Or they would be swept by the Miami Marlins, who had to retool their roster so drastically? Or that what happened last night would happen. Coming off four

Early aggressive offense leads to big number against Nats

The Orioles used a formula they used earlier this season to produce an early lead tonight. And lefty Tommy Milone took it from there. It was an impressive night of Orioles baseball. In crushing Washington 11-0 in the opener of a three-game series, the O’s scored three early runs and led 4-0 by the top of the fourth. It was quite a change from earlier

O’s game blog: The series opener at Washington

Out to break a four-game losing streak after being swept by the Miami Marlins, the Orioles (5-7) hit the road tonight for the start of a three-game series at Washington. The Nationals (4-5) host the Birds tonight, tomorrow night and Sunday afternoon at Nats Park. After scoring just one run in losing the first three games of the series against Miami, O’s batters hit four

O’s Paul Fry on velocity gain, staff strikeout rate and more

Add Orioles bullpen lefty Paul Fry to the list of pitchers that made offseason changes or tweaks that could help greatly during the 2020 season. One seemingly simple adjustment has helped Fry gain velocity. According to FanGraphs.com, his fastball velocity has gone from 90.7 mph last season to 93.5 mph in his first five outings. “It is really just, my new set position (with) hands

After tough series, when will be the right time to tap into Bowie group?

If you are trying to get a handle on how the Orioles will do this year and you watched them play the last week, you might be very confused. They swept three straight from a Tampa Bay team that won 96 games last year. Then they played the depleted Miami Marlins, who restarted their season after about a week’s stay in the hotel and with

O’s game blog: The series finale against Miami

After scoring one run on 10 hits in the first three games of this series, the Orioles host Miami tonight in the final game of the set. They’re batting just .130 (10-for-77) and have gone 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position in losing the series’ first three games. They averaged 5.5 runs per game in the four games preceding this series, but it hasn’t happened

Miguel Castro off to strong start out of O’s ‘pen

He is one of several Orioles relievers who may be showing early this season that some offseason improvements and tweaks are taking hold. O’s bullpen right-hander Miguel Castro has thrown 6 1/3 scoreless innings to date over six games, allowing four hits with one walk to eight strikeouts. For Castro, command and control have always been big because the raw stuff is solid. His fastball

As the pitching delivers, the bats go silent in Birdland

Orioles pitchers allowed just three runs combined in both games of a doubleheader but managed to lose them both. The pitchers were real good, the hitters were really not. When Austin Hays singled in a run in the sixth inning of the second game last night, it allowed the Orioles to avoid a third straight shutout, something they last endured in 2015. But in the

Few runs, no wins: O’s bats stifled by Marlins pitchers

So how did it turn so quickly on offense for the Orioles? Through Sunday they had just swept a three-game series from the Tampa Bay Rays. And while the offense was not putting up huge numbers, they were scoring just over five runs a game and were among the American League leaders in team OPS. But then the Miami Marlins came to town - a

O’s game blog: Looking for some runs against the Marlins

The Orioles had nine innings to score against Miami last night and could not. They had seven today in the first game of a doubleheader and could not score this time either. Miami’s Brian Anderson hit a solo homer leading off the fourth off Alex Cobb as the Marlins blanked the Orioles 1-0. The O’s have lost the first two games of this four-game series

O’s game blog: Alex Cobb faces the Marlins

The Orioles (5-4) will look to stay above the .500 mark with a win in the first game of a doubleheader today at Camden Yards. After losing 4-0 last night to the Marlins (3-1), the O’s host Miami for two games today. Both games are set for seven innings. Right-hander Alex Cobb (1-0, 2.89 ERA) gets the start in the opener, making his third start

A few notes and quotes as O’s get blanked in series opener

They have a depleted roster and had not played in eight days, but when you get pitching like that, you can win a ballgame. Right-hander Pablo López, 24, made a strong season debut as Miami blanked the Orioles 4-0 last night. If you can strike out Hanser Alberto twice in one game, you are doing something. López did that twice in his five scoreless innings

O’s game blog: The series with Miami begins

After one day off the Orioles get back on the field tonight. Their opponent, the Miami Marlins, have had eight days off. Their season was paused after their team was hit hard by COVID-19, which impacted 18 players and two coaches. Playing for the first time since Sunday, July 26, the Marlins (2-1) begin a four-game, three-day series versus the Orioles (5-3). Miami won two

Seeing some individual player improvement during a 5-3 start

Their pitchers - starters and bullpen - are coming off a solid weekend. Their batters are putting more balls in play and coming through at times in big spots. They are making more consistent contact, even against some tough opponents including Gerrit Cole, Blake Snell and Tyler Glasnow. Their 5-3 record was third-best in the American League heading into Monday night’s action, and 6-2 was

Some notes and quotes after an O’s weekend sweep

After a 2019 season when they went 0-13 in sweeps - they swept no one and got swept 13 times - the Orioles finally swept a team. And a good one. In 2018, the Tampa Bay Rays won 90 games, and in 2019 they won 96 and made the American League playoffs. In those two seasons, the Orioles lost 115 and 108. O’s fans have

A look at Tommy Milone’s outing as O’s sweep Tampa Bay

It started with the starter. For the second day in a row, a veteran left-hander who was signed by the Orioles to a minor league contract gave them a big effort on the mound. Tommy Milone today followed Wade LeBlanc from last night. His pitching got the club off to a nice start on the mound. And after some early missed scoring chances, the Orioles

O’s game blog: Looking for their first sweep since 2018

With a win today, the Orioles can do something they didn’t do once in 2019: sweep a series. Last year the Orioles had zero series sweeps, but they were swept 13 times by other clubs. So today, after winning this weekend by scores of 6-3 and 5-4 in 11 innings, the Orioles can sweep the Tampa Bay Rays. In the 2018 season the Orioles had

The early positive trend of strikeouts by O’s pitchers

By striking out 10 Tampa Bay batters last night, the Orioles tied a team record. Their staff has now fanned 10 or more hitters in four straight games. This is the fourth time they’ve done this since 1954. They would not have been able to tie the mark without last night’s game going extra innings. Birds pitchers had eight strikeouts through nine innings. But Tanner

O’s game blog: Looking for two in a row against the Rays

The Orioles (3-3) host Tampa Bay (4-4) tonight in the second of a three-game series. Baltimore won 6-3 last night as the O’s bullpen fanned nine and allowed one run over five innings. The O’s got back-to-back homers from Anthony Santander and Pedro Severino in the fourth and Hanser Alberto, who is batting .440, added a solo shot in the eighth. Before last night the

Eventful 24 hours: Davis is fine, O’s bounce back, Bleier traded

The news cycle and information moved fast around the Baltimore Orioles on Friday and into the first hour of Saturday morning. First they got Chris Davis back and he was indeed COVID-19-free. Then we found out that, at least for now, right-hander Kohl Stewart was opting out of the season. On the field, after a rain delay of nearly an hour and a game that

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