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Sizing up the 2020 Orioles offense

In judging the 2020 Orioles offense, a rating may be in the eye of the beholder. And it may heavily depend on when that person watched this team. If they saw them only play National League teams, they may rate the offense as one of the best in the game. If they saw only games against the American League, they will have a few questions

A look at the MLB 16-team playoffs that start today

The truncated 2020 regular season is over, and it was used this year to eliminate just 14 teams. Now 16 play on in search of the World Series championship. Bracket playoff baseball is about to begin later today with four American League playoff games. The National League series begin tomorrow. So on Wednesday, there will be eight playoff games. Yep, eight. They’ll start at Noon,

It was a season of progress and improvement for the Orioles

For the Orioles, the 2020 season, turned out to be about progress and improvement. They moved the organization forward in bringing young talent onto the team, much of it homegrown, that performed well. They made improvement in the won-loss record. But, yes, the bar was low for that latter achievement. * The 2018 Orioles went 47-115 and played .290 baseball.* The 2019 Orioles went 54-108

O’s rally to win finale, finish 25-35

Given one last chance to get a win this year, the Orioles did just that, beating the Toronto Blue Jays 7-5. They take the final game in this series and season to finish at 25-35. After playing .312 ball in losing 223 games over the last two seasons, the Orioles finished in fourth place this year, playing .417 ball. They went 13-20 at home and

O’s game blog: The season finale arrives

The Orioles began the delayed and shortened 2020 season on July 24 in Boston. And this 60-game campaign will end today in Buffalo as they face the Toronto Blue Jays in the season finale. As recently as Sept. 8, the Orioles were 20-21 after beating the New York Mets 11-2 and were just a half-game back of the New York Yankees for the final American

A look at Mike Elias’ season-ending presser and other notes

On the next to last day of the 2020 season, Orioles executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias talked at length about this year and what lies ahead for the Orioles. It was another Zoom interview, but we didn’t really zoom through it. He was asked a lot of questions and there was a lot to absorb and wrap our heads around. No news

O’s game blog: John Means faces Toronto

The Orioles return to Buffalo’s Sahlen Field tonight for the next-to-last game of the 2020 season. It’s the second of their three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays, who beat the Orioles 10-5 last night. Toronto led that game 10-0 in the fifth inning and losing pitcher Jorge López allowed eight runs in two-plus innings. The Orioles scored the game’s final five runs. Ramón Urías,

Hyde’s protocol props, plus notes on the MVO and more

Entering this weekend, almost all the teams in Major League Baseball were on pace to be at 60 games played through the end of the regular season on Sunday. My take is this is a real accomplishment for MLB. The sport had many doubters leading up the start of the year. And as some teams had in-season COVID outbreaks, no one could take for granted

O’s game blog: The final series begins

The Orioles begin the final series of the 2020 season tonight when they play at Buffalo’s Sahlen Field against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Orioles (24-33) could finish 27-33 and would be playing .450 ball for the year if they sweep this series, but they are just 1-6 on the season against Toronto. The Blue Jays (30-27) beat the New York Yankees 4-1 last night

Santander on MVO: “It’s such an honor to receive this award”

His season ended in early September due to a right oblique strain and it wasn’t long after that the Orioles were straining to score runs. They miss outfielder Anthony Santander, who today was named the 2020 Most Valuable Oriole. The Orioles do not release results of the voting by local media that cover the team on a regular basis, but in a year with several

Trying to evaluate players in a 60-game season

If this were a normal season, players currently slumping would have over 100 games to do something about it. But now those same players have three more games. It’s probably not enough time to overcome slumps that have lasted a week or more. Some players’ stats are falling big-time and they are going to have to look at them all winter. Does that create a

Mullins’ early big hit helps O’s offense break out at Boston

As the Orioles offense broke out tonight and they won the final game of a three-game series, a somewhat unlikely source had an early big hit. It was center fielder Cedric Mullins. It’s not that he had been hitting poorly; he had not. But Mullins had struggled this year as a right-handed batter facing lefties. However, his two-run, bases-loaded double tonight was a key hit

O’s game blog: Looking to avoid a sweep at Fenway

The Orioles will fall into a tie for fourth place in the American League East with Boston if they lose to the Red Sox tonight. They began this series three games ahead of the Red Sox in the standings. But after 8-3 and 9-1 losses, they could find themselves even with another defeat. The Orioles (23-33) have scored one run or less nine times in

Pat Valaika finishing strong even as team has not

Orioles utility player Pat Valaika had an uncertain offseason, one where he was claimed by the Orioles, then Arizona, then the Orioles again. He was outrighted off the club’s 40-man roster on Feb. 11. But one day before the shortened season was set to begin, his contract was selected by the club on July 23. It was bumpy ride in the winter, but has been

These three on O’s farm looked to improve even without games

The summer was rolling on and the Orioles’ 60-game season was underway. Some, but not all, of the club’s top minor league players, were getting great work in at the alternate site in Bowie. But what about the rest of the minor league players? There are more than 100 of them. In this recent entry, pitchers Drew Rom and Brenan Hanifee provided updates about how

Another rough night in Boston for the Orioles

This is not the way the Orioles wanted to play to end the 2020 season. There are four games to go, but they need to clean a few things up and fast. They’ve lost the first two games of their series at Boston. If they get swept tomorrow, these clubs will be tied for fourth place with three to play. A last-place finish is within

O’s game blog: Dean Kremer faces the Red Sox at Fenway

After Tuesday’s 8-3 loss to Boston, the Orioles are back at Fenway Park tonight to play the second game of a three-game series. There are only five games remaining in the 2020 season. The Orioles (23-32) had a run of good pitching come to an end last night. But in fairness, they also made three errors, scored just three runs and went 3-for-15 with runners

A look at a few slumping bats as the season’s end nears

When you think about the Orioles offense in 2021 you think about getting Trey Mancini back and letting him hit in the middle of an order that includes a healthy Anthony Santander and a young Ryan Mountcastle playing in the bigs for a full season. It you can add in a healthy year for Austin Hays, that would be a real plus. If a couple

O’s game blog: The final road trip begins

As the Orioles begin their final road trip of the season tonight, they have clearly played much better on the road in 2020 than in 2019. Of course, there have been many fewer road games to play. But last year’s O’s club went 29-52 (.358) and won just five of 26 road series, going 5-17-4. This year’s club is 10-11 (.476) on the road and

Could O’s fans be getting behind this team in playoffs?

When the Orioles made the American League playoffs in 2012, they ended a 14-season drought with no playoff baseball. On Sunday, the San Diego Padres clinched their first playoff berth since 2006. That ends a run of nine consecutive losing seasons and 13 straight seasons without seeing the postseason. O’s fans can relate to how Padres fans must feel this year, ending the long postseason

Reaching for the record book as the O’s beat Tampa Bay

It was a game that had some of us - OK, me - checking the record book on several occasions. At various times Sunday I wondered about the O’s record for consecutive strikeouts, about the record for strikeouts by a pitcher in one game and the team record for strikeouts in one game. On Wednesday night, lefty Keegan Akin fanned six straight Atlanta Braves. It

A look at John Means’ big strikeout day against the Rays

Most days, Orioles left-hander John Means features a solid fastball. He throws it about 49 percent of the time and averages around 94 mph. Today, the velocity was there as usual, but the results were not usual at all. Means was showing an at times elite fastball as the Orioles edged Tampa Bay 2-1 to take the final game of this five-game series. Means usually

O’s game blog: Out to avoid a five-game sweep

The Orioles (22-31) will play their final home game of the 2020 season this afternoon when they host the Tampa Bay Rays (35-18) to wrap up a five-game series. The Orioles need a win to avoid a five-game sweep after Saturday night’s 3-1 loss. The Birds are 11-9 against National League teams, but 11-22 against the American League, facing only East Division teams this season.

As offense struggles, the starting pitching continues to impress

The Orioles rotation has gotten younger, but the best news is that it has gotten better in recent weeks. Three rookies have made their debuts in Keegan Akin, Dean Kremer and Bruce Zimmermann. Akin and Kremer have combined to go 2-1 with an ERA of 2.01 in their seven starts. And even at a time when the Orioles are not scoring much, they are 4-3

O’s game blog: Trying to break through in series with Tampa Bay

The Orioles’ last homestand of the 2020 season got off to a promising start. They took two of three games from Atlanta and held the very strong Braves offense to seven runs. But the Orioles have lost the last three games by 3-1, 10-6 and 2-1 to the Tampa Bay Rays. Tonight the clubs play the fourth game of a five-game series that ends Sunday.

Find a way: Farm pitchers get their work in even without games

Simply put, they are making the best of a rough situation. In a year without minor league baseball games, two Orioles top 30 prospect pitchers are still getting some innings in and trying to advance their careers. They have to work on their own but the Orioles are keeping tabs on them closely. This week I spoke with 20-year-old lefty Drew Rom and 22-year-old right-hander

O’s game blog: Alex Cobb faces his former team

The Orioles (22-29) have nine games remaining in the 2020 regular season. Their last home series of the year continues tonight as they host the Tampa Bay Rays (33-18) in the third game of a five-game series. The Rays swept Thursday’s doubleheader by 3-1 and 10-6 scores. The Orioles fell to 3-4 on the season against the Rays. The clubs are 6-6 in the last

Remembering 1970: Powell and Buford on World Series win

When the Orioles and Cincinnati Reds met in the 1970 World Series, we didn’t know it then but we were seeing something rare: a World Series between two clubs that won 100 or more games. It would not happen again until 2017. The Orioles have three World Series wins and this was their second one. The 108-win Birds beat the 102-win Big Red Machine, four

Hunter Harvey sizes up his 2020 season, plus other notes

No doubt the Orioles view right-hander Hunter Harvey as a valuable pitcher late in games in their bullpen both this year and beyond. But they also know they have to try to keep him healthy. He was out with a right forearm strain for more than half of this shortened season and was not activated until Aug. 30. The Orioles had already played 32 games.

The rookies took the mound, but O’s got swept in doubleheader

Who could blame left-hander Bruce Zimmermann if there were some nerves when he took the mound in the first inning tonight. He was not only making his big league debut, but doing it for his hometown team. Doing it on the same mound where he once pitched in the Brooks Robinson High School All-Star Game in 2013. And Zimmermann fell behind 3-0 after his first

O’s game blog: Kremer and Zimmermann start in doubleheader

The Orioles will send two rookie pitchers to the mound today as they host the Tampa Bay Rays in a doubleheader. This begins the last home series of the year for the Orioles, as the clubs will play five games in the next four days. Right-hander Dean Kremer (1-0, 1.64 ERA) will start Game 1 and Baltimorean Bruce Zimmermann will make his major league debut

As Bruce Zimmermann arrives, add another young arm to rotation

The Orioles’ improving rotation will see another young starter get his chance tonight. Left-hander Bruce Zimmermann, an Ellicott City product who grew up rooting for the Orioles, will get the start in Game 2 of the doubleheader with Tampa Bay. That is after another young pitcher, right-hander Dean Kremer, starts Game 1. And after another young pitcher, homegrown lefty Keegan Akin, threw five scoreless last

What would expanded playoffs in 2021 mean for O’s, plus other notes

It was not a big surprise when we learned this week that Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred has designs on making this year’s expanded 16-team playoffs permanent. The reasons for this would start with a big one: money. Extra dollars are clearly generated and that benefits both players and owners. This also will allow for pennant races to include more teams. In 2019 we

Keegan Akin delivers latest strong start for the Orioles

So much for a first-inning knockout. Orioles lefty Keegan Akin bounced back tonight in a big way from his early exit Friday night at Yankee Stadium. He set a career high with nine strikeouts in five scoreless innings and picked up his first career win as the Orioles beat Atlanta 5-1 to win the three-game series. It was the latest strong outing by Akin and

O’s game blog: The series finale with Atlanta

The Orioles wrap up their series with the first-place Atlanta Braves tonight at Oriole Park. They crushed the Braves 14-1 on Monday but had just four hits in last night’s 5-1 loss. So the series will be decided in the rubber game matchup tonight. The Orioles (21-27) have lost six of their last seven games. In five of their past six games they have scored

How the O’s teach English as a second language to young Latin players

When the Orioles sign a young international prospect at 16 from the Dominican Republic or Venezuela, they surely dream of a day when that player will be on their major league team. Maybe even become a star player on a team that can win the World Series. But these Latin American players must travel a long road before any of that can happen, and that

O’s game blog: O’s host Braves as series continues

After being swept in New York, the Orioles began their last homestand of the 2020 season in impressive fashion last night. They produced a season-high 14 runs and their biggest win margin of this year, beating Atlanta, 14-1. In the first five innings the top four in the O’s order - Cedric Mullins, José Iglesias, DJ Stewart and Ryan Mountcastle - went a combined 11-for-15

O’s used season-high five homegrown players in lineup last night

The Orioles’ 14-1 romp over the first-place Atlanta Braves last night had a distinct homegrown flavor. In Cedric Mullins, DJ Stewart, Ryan Mountcastle, Chance Sisco and Austin Hays, the Orioles had five homegrown players in their starting lineup. That was the most of any game this season. The five helped the club produce a season high in runs as they combined for nine hits, including

Another look at the most lopsided win of the 2020 season

It was stunning, surprising, unexpected. All of that and maybe more. The Orioles scored three runs over four games at Yankee Stadium and then they scored nine in the last of the third last night. And it was against the first-place Atlanta Braves. The Orioles won via a 14-1 blowout, producing more runs than they have in any game this year, and their biggest margin

A few notes on a huge night of O’s offense

After a weekend where the Orioles scored three runs in four losses at Yankee Stadium, we didn’t have to wait long to see if the club would break out tonight. The Orioles led 10-0 by the third inning and the top four in their order were putting up crazy numbers. They piled it on to beat the first-place Atlanta Braves 14-1 in a blowout win

O’s game blog: The final homestand begins

Things move fast in a shortened 60-game season and the final homestand will begin tonight. The Orioles (20-26) will host the Atlanta Braves (28-19) to start a three-game series and an eight-game homestand versus first-place teams. Tampa Bay is in town beginning Thursday. The Braves lead the National League East by 3 1/2 games over Miami and by four over Philadelphia. Atlanta just won three

Tanner Scott looks to bounce back, get strong year rolling again

If a relief pitcher gets to the mound enough, even one that is having a good season, eventually something will go wrong. For 26-year-old Orioles bullpen lefty Tanner Scott, yesterday was that day. He entered with two on and two outs in a 1-1 tie in the last of the eighth to face Brett Gardner. But Gleyber Torres had not started for New York and

Valdez still confounding foes with changeup and Means good again

What do you say about a 35-year-old right-hander who had not pitched in the majors since 2017, throws mostly changeups, was the Mexican League Pitcher of the Year last season, and now has an ERA of 0.00 in 10 1/3 innings and five outings with the Orioles? You say you’re happy he’s on their team and it was good fortune and apparently a great move

Means strong again, but O’s fall 3-1 and are swept (updated)

Left-hander John Means was able to follow righty Dean Kremer and throw another strong game for the Orioles on the mound this afternoon. But again, the offense was producing little. The Orioles would need to get at least something going with the bats to pull this game out and avoid a four-game sweep by the Yankees. But they could not do it. Gleyber Torres pinch-hit

O’s game blog: Trying to avoid a four-game sweep

After losses by 6-0, 10-1 and 2-1 in 10 innings, the Orioles need a win today against the Yankees in New York or they will be swept four straight. They have been swept in a series four times this season and once before in a four-game series. That was at home against Miami in early August. In the first three games of that series, the

The young pitchers are providing hope for the future

It has been a disappointing weekend in New York for the Orioles. But it was a real positive to see right-hander Dean Kremer have another strong outing on Saturday afternoon. He faced the Yankees again, and again threw well against them. In two starts versus New York he has allowed five hits and two runs over 11 innings. The Yankees have hit just .135 (5-for-37)

Dean Kremer strong again, but O’s lose to Yankees

It was another impressive day for Orioles right-hander Dean Kremer. Taking the mound after his club got swept in a doubleheader on Friday, Kremer gave his team a very solid outing against New York. Facing the Yankees for the second time in six days, he threw well against a team that had scored 16 runs last night and 23 runs during a three-game winning. But

O’s game blog: Dean Kremer faces the Yankees

After a miserable night of baseball - one that saw them lose 6-0 and 10-1 - the Orioles try to regroup today and gain a game on the Yankees as the series continues. It’s the third game of a four-game series. The Orioles (20-24) have lost three in a row since winning six of eight games. They are 10-9 on the road and 11-16 versus

McKenna soaks it up during taxi squad experience

When young outfielder Ryan McKenna joined the Orioles as a taxi squad player in New York this week, he was a step closer to playing in his first big league game. As he looked around the clubhouse, not only was he reunited with former minor league teammates but he saw them thriving and leading the Orioles to wins. He was the Orioles’ fifth pick in

Rough night at the office: O’s outscored 16-1 in twinbill

Since the New York Mets’ Michael Conforto made that incredible catch with the bases loaded against the Orioles in the sixth on Wednesday night, it seems not a lot has gone right for the club. Tonight, they got blanked in the first game by the New York Yankees, and then the Baltimore defense came unglued in the last of the first in the nightcap. The

O’s game blog: The series begins in the Bronx

The Orioles have 18 games remaining in this truncated 2020 regular season. Their last playoff berth came in 2016, but this year they’ve got a shot to get back into what is an expanded eight-team American League field. The Orioles are pursuing the New York Yankees and the teams begin a four-game series with a doubleheader today at Yankee Stadium. New York holds the No.

Cedric Mullins on his hot hitting, bunt hits and more

The Orioles’ 2015 draft class has been well represented in several of their recent wins. The club’s top pick in that draft, taken No. 25 overall, was DJ Stewart. Then 11 picks later, the Orioles selected Ryan Mountcastle. Much later in round 13, with overall pick No. 403, they added Campbell University outfielder Cedric Mullins. The Orioles have won six of nine games to move

Young O’s to gain some valuable experience in stretch run

A couple of hours before his team was scheduled to open a big series in the Bronx against the New York Yankees, Orioles manager Brandon Hyde told us via Zoom interview that his team’s demeanor was no different than it had been all year. The game last night would later get rained out, and now this pivotal four-game series will begin with a doubleheader later

O’s head to Bronx and Elias talks prospects (game rained out)

Few games this season have started so well for the Orioles on offense. They had a 5-1 lead in the third inning after Hanser Alberto singled in a run. To that point in the game, they were 10-for-16 at bat and 5-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Well, we didn’t know then that the Orioles would go 0-for-7 with RISP the rest of that game

O’s game blog: Trying to extend a winning streak

After hitting four homers in an 11-2 win over the New York Mets last night, the Orioles face the same club tonight as their playoff pursuit continues. The Orioles begin play 1/2 game back of the New York Yankees for the No. 8 American League playoff berth. The Orioles (20-21) have won four in a row and six of their last eight games. They are

Several Orioles will wear No. 21 on Roberto Clemente Day

The Orioles are joining all of Major League Baseball in celebrating the 19th annual Roberto Clemente Day tonight during their game against the New York Mets at Citi Field. This commemorative day was established by Major League Baseball to honor Clemente’s legacy and to officially acknowledge local club nominees of the Clemente Award. As part of the league-wide celebration, the Roberto Clemente Day logo will

Birdland dream scenario: O’s beat out the Yankees for the playoffs

It is a scenario that probably the most enthusiastic and exuberant Orioles fans among you could not have imagined: The 2020 Orioles knocking the New York Yankees out of the playoffs. Remember before the season, when some fans wondered if the Orioles could contend in a shortened season with expanded playoffs? Well, those two factors have combined to see the Orioles indeed as contenders with

John Means comes up big as O’s win road trip opener

The Orioles just completed a 4-2 homestand where they hit well and pitched well for the most part. Both continued tonight as they recorded an impressive 11-2 win over the New York Mets. It was a strong start to an important six-game road trip. The trip began with the Orioles trailing the Yankees by 1 1 /2 games for the No. 8 American League playoff

O’s game blog: The road trip begins

The Orioles tonight begin their third and last stretch of 20 games that will complete the shortened 2020 regular season. They also begin their next-to-last road trip of the year. They play the New York Mets the next two nights at Citi Field, then move to Yankee Stadium for four games starting Thursday. The Orioles (19-21) and Mets (19-23) split two games last week in

Carson Fulmer gets latest chance for success with Orioles

The latest pitcher the Orioles wants to take a look at to see if they can tap into talent that must be there somewhere is right-hander Carson Fulmer. On July 25, Detroit claimed him off waivers from the Chicago White Sox, the club that had drafted him. On Aug. 24, Pittsburgh claimed him from Detroit. On Saturday, the Orioles claimed him from Pittsburgh. That is

O’s pitching stats are trending in the right direction

Let’s take a few moments today to appreciate the recent improved play of the Orioles. I’ll throw some player and team stats into the beginning of this entry that illustrate that better play. I will add that some of this was surprising to me and I’ve watched every pitch of the 2020 season. * Over the last 14 games, the team ERA is 3.26. That

When the call came, O’s prospects were ready

It’s challenging for all Major League Baseball organizations. First, to properly develop their prospects and second, to know when the right time is to call them up. Too soon and a player can struggle, lose confidence and start their career maybe questioning whether they belong and can play in the majors. But with left fielder Ryan Mountcastle, pitcher Keegan Akin and yesterday, another pitcher in

An inning-by-inning look at Dean Kremer’s strong debut

Right-hander Jorge López pitched well in an Orioles win on Friday night, lefty Keegan Akin did so in a victory last night and O’s right-hander Dean Kremer made an outstanding major league debut this afternoon and got his first major league win. It was a strong display of starting pitching that helped the club to three straight wins. Kremer allowed just one run and hit

O’s game blog: Dean Kremer makes his major league debut

Right-hander Dean Kremer will make his major league debut this afternoon as the Orioles wrap of a four-game series with the New York Yankees. A win today would give the Orioles (18-21) a series win and three straight victories over the Yankees (21-18). Kremer was part of the Manny Machado trade of July 18, 2018. The Orioles sent Machado to the Los Angeles Dodgers and

A look at the MLB Network special on Cal Ripken Jr. with Tom Verducci

The story of Cal Ripken Jr. and his amazing consecutive games streak would no doubt be a source of pride for Orioles fans if Ripken had been born in Florida or California. But because he is a local product and his family has such strong ties to the team make this story all the more special and sweet for O’s fans. It’s almost homegrown overload.

Keegan Akin’s second MLB start was even better than the first

On a night when Yankees ace Gerrit Cole fanned eight of the first nine Orioles he faced, an O’s rookie left-handed starter was not bad either. Not bad at all as Keegan Akin threw 5 1/3 scoreless for the Orioles in his second major league start. And it was a night when Akin showed that some of the work he did last year to improve

O’s game blog: Keegan Akin faces Gerrit Cole and the Yankees

After beating the New York Yankees last night for the first time since March 31, 2019, the Orioles look for two in a row against the Bronx Bombers tonight at Camden Yards. The O’s lost the opener of Friday’s doubleheader 6-5 before winning 6-3 in the nightcap. The Orioles (17-21) ended a 19-game losing streak to New York, improving to 1-3 in the season series.

Did O’s ‘pen provide a glimpse of the future in opener?

It may have happened during one of the toughest losses of the year. But as the Orioles were struggling for the clutch hit that never came in the opener of yesterday’s doubleheader, their new-look bullpen was throwing gas. It was definitely a look at the immediate and perhaps long-term future for a Baltimore bullpen that has lost Richard Bleier, Mychal Givens and Miguel Castro in

Jim Callis with props for O’s draft, plus other notes

When I interviewed MLBPipeline.com’s Jim Callis this week it was apparent he is very high on the O’s 2020 draft, where they selected six players over the draft’s five rounds. Here is a review of the Orioles’ draft: * Round 1 (No. 2 overall) - O’s selected University of Arkanas outfielder Heston Kjerstad. He was signed to a bonus of $5.2 million, which was well

O’s game blog: Orioles and Yankees meet in doubleheader

We haven’t been able to say this often in recent years, but it’s a struggling New York Yankees team that comes to Camden Yards tonight as the Orioles’ homestand continues. They’ll play a doubleheader to begin a four-game, three-day series through Sunday. The New York Mets beat the Yankees 9-7 in 10 innings Thursday on Pete Alonso’s two-run, walk-off homer. New York (20-16) is tied

MLBPipeline.com’s Jim Callis on O’s organizational ranking and more

MLBPipeline.com’s Jim Callis has been analyzing and covering baseball prospects for a long time. He said one of the most subjective things he takes part in each year is organizational rankings of farms system in Major League Baseball from No. 1 through No. 30. Until recently, his outlet didn’t rank all 30, just the top 10 or 15. But now they include every big league

What does a season without games on farm mean for pitchers’ innings?

This unique 2020 season, a year without minor league games, is going to provide teams throughout baseball with challenges in handling their pitching prospects moving forward. Some of these young arms will get some innings in at alternate camp sites around the major leagues or maybe even get some quality innings in while throwing to hitters on their own. But what will it mean toward

A mixed bag for John Means as O’s lose to New York

There was some good and some not so good for O’s lefty John Means today. He went 5 1/3 innings and that was a season high, topping the 4 2/3 innings he threw Aug. 4 against Miami. He also threw a season-high 81 pitches. That is seven more than in his last outing against Toronto. So, he continues to get stretched out and that part

O’s game blog: Going for a two-game sweep

After an offensive breakout last night, with three homers and 15 hits, the Orioles beat the New York Mets 9-5. They will try for a two-game series sweep this afternoon at Oriole Park. The O’s (16-19) improved to 7-13 at home, 8-6 versus the National League, 4-8 in series-opening games and won their second in a row after a five-game losing streak. The Mets (15-21)

After whirlwind offseason, Valaika settles in with Orioles

Pat Valaika is settling in nicely with his new team. Injuries to other players opened up some playing time for him and as more at-bats were coming, so have more hits. He went 4-for-4 last night in the Orioles’ 9-5 win over the New York Mets. Last season with Colorado, Valaika had four different stints with the big league team, getting 86 total plate appearances

Games or not, O’s turn Bowie site into strong player development experience

Were this a “normal” baseball season, players would be getting into games on the farm and getting plenty of at-bats and innings in during minor league games. It would provide chances to improve their skills and advance their careers. Without that this year, the Orioles have tried to develop a strong Plan B at their alternate site at Prince George’s Stadium, home of the Double-A

O’s game blog: The homestand begins

After a stretch of playing 13 straight games against American League East teams, the Orioles begin a two-game home series against the New York Mets tonight. This begins a stretch of 12 straight games through Sept. 13 against New York teams. They will meet the Mets four times and play the Yankees eight times. The Orioles went 3-10 in the stretch of games against Boston,

There are reasons to not give up on Cole Sulser

On a team that didn’t have a true closer going into the 2020 season, right-hander Cole Sulser, a veteran before this year of only 7 1/3 major league innings, was thrust into the role. He’s had some big blow-ups recently and now has been moved out of the closer’s role. But in my humble opinion, he certainly should not be moved off the team. The

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