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O’s game blog: The road trip opener

As the Orioles begin a two-city, six-game West Coast road trip tonight, they will send their ace to the mound. Lefty John Means (2-0, 1.50 ERA) gets the start as the Orioles play the first of a three-game series at Oakland. Means ranks third in the American League and tied for sixth in the majors in ERA. He ranks fifth in the AL in WHIP

O’s pregame notes on Franco, Galvis, Mountcastle and more

The Orioles will be without their usual left side of the infield, at least at the start, when they take the field tonight for Game 1 of a three-game series at Oakland. Neither Maikel Franco, who has made 23 starts at third base, nor Freddy Galvis, who has made 22 at shortstop, are in tonight’s lineup for the series opener. Galvis has missed the last

Orioles’ minor league break-camp rosters

We are now just a few days away from a new minor league season. Tuesday is opening day and there will be Minor League Baseball for the first time since the 2019 season. Today, we have the Orioles’ break-camp rosters for their four full-season affiliates at Triple-A Norfolk, Double-A Bowie, high Single-A Aberdeen and low Single-A Delmarva. They all begin their 120 game seasons on

The value of pitching inside and Aberdeen’s new playing surface

For Orioles starting pitchers, the ability to pitch inside and bust a hitter with an inside corner fastball was big in the series against the New York Yankees. Right-hander Matt Harvey was able to do it in Monday’s win and right-hander Jorge López had some success doing it yesterday. But rookies Bruce Zimmermann and Dean Kremer could not do it as effectively, and it made

O’s win to split series as Mancini bat resurgence continues

The Orioles still didn’t put up much offense today, but they did get just enough to win. After César Valdez could not hold a 3-2 lead in the top of the ninth and the Yankees tied it up, the Orioles produced a 4-3 walk-off win in the 10th inning. Cedric Mullins’ sac fly to center ended the game as the Orioles and Yankees split a

O’s game blog: The series finale against New York

This afternoon the Orioles (10-14) wrap up a four-game series and seven-game homestand, hosting the New York Yankees (11-13). After the Orioles won 4-2 Monday night behind Matt Harvey, their starters allowed 10 runs and 19 hits over eight innings the past two nights in 5-1 and 7-0 losses. Yankees batters went a combined 19-for-41 (.463) with four doubles and four homers the past two

Continuing to wait for the O’s offense to get it going

There are few things more frustrating to Orioles fans than losses to the New York Yankees. Except maybe blowout losses to that team, and 7-0 last night qualified. The Orioles were down 5-0 in the third inning and their struggling offense never got anything going. Trey Mancini got two hits and now has 500 for his career. But the rest of the team went 2-for-26

Another O’s starter hit hard in loss to Yankees

When Giancarlo Stanton mashed a baseball at 119 mph in the top of the first inning tonight, that was incredibly impressive exit velocity. But the grounder to third was deftly fielded to his left by Orioles third baseman Maikel Franco and he turned it into a 5-4-3 double play. But before long, some other hard-hit balls off O’s starter Dean Kremer would not be turned

O’s game blog: Game 3 of the series against New York

The Orioles and New York Yankees have split the first two games of their series at Oriole Park. The Orioles (10-13) host New York (10-13) tonight in the third game of their four-game series and this seven-game homestand. The Yankees won 5-1 last night as right-hander Corey Kluber allowed one run over 6 1/3 innings. New York hit three solo homers with Aaron Judge (No.

Adam Plutko has been a solid addition to O’s bullpen

Even though he once pitched in a college rotation at UCLA with both Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer, the Orioles could not have expected right-hander Adam Plutko to pitch this well for them. When they acquired him from Cleveland on March 27 for cash considerations, it was expected to be for long relief situations and to cover some innings. He is throwing so well for

O’s game blog: Bruce Zimmermann faces Yankees

In winning on Sunday versus Oakland and Monday against the New York Yankees, Orioles pitchers have allowed three runs in the two games. Baltimore pitchers have allowed 16 runs over the last five games and 27 runs the past 10. The pitchers are doing pretty well: * The team ERA for the season is down to 3.99, which is seventh in the American League.* The

Can Matt Harvey join John Means in pitching well atop rotation?

The Orioles have lefty John Means at the top of their rotation and he’s throwing great baseball. What if Matt Harvey could build on last night’s strong outing and join him for a nice one-two punch at the top? That could be big for the pitching staff, which already has its bullpen humming along pretty well. It would be a lift for the rotation if

Matt Harvey pitches O’s past Yankees

With one strong outing tonight, Orioles right-hander Matt Harvey both pitched past his previous five-inning ceiling and pitched the O’s to a win over the Yankees in the opener of a four-game series. After beginning Sunday with just one home win, now the Orioles have three after beating New York 4-2 in front of 6,367 at Oriole Park. The top of the eighth got dicey

O’s game blog: Orioles-Yankees series begins

The Orioles’ homestand continues tonight as they begin a four-game series against the New York Yankees. Both clubs are 9-12 and tied for fourth in the division, four games behind first-place Boston. The Orioles picked up just their second home win on Sunday, beating Oakland 8-1 and snapping the Athletics’ 13-game winning streak. Right-hander Matt Harvey (1-1, 5.12 ERA) will make his fifth start. He

Tate says O’s ‘pen is keeping it light while getting outs

The mantra for the Orioles bullpen this year might be “Keep it loose, keep it light and get a lot of outs.” Are they loose out there because they are pitching so well, or is being a loose group leading to them pitching well? The second part might be the answer, according to O’s right-hander Dillon Tate. He’s part of a bullpen that, with an

O’s get series finale and welcome Yankees tonight

The Orioles’ 8-1 win Sunday over the Oakland A’s - one that snapped Oakland’s 13-game win streak - had a homegrown flavor. The Orioles improved to 9-12 and welcome the Yankees to town tonight to begin a four-game series. The Birds had five homegrown players in the lineup, including Cedric Mullins, Trey Mancini, Ryan Mountcastle, Austin Hays and Ryan McKenna. Those players combined for eight

John Means serves as stopper as O’s win series finale

The way he was pitching, maybe Orioles left-hander John Means would not need big run support. As it turned out, he would not get it. But he was a stopper today for the O’s. He stopped a three-game losing for the team as they avoided getting swept by Oakland. Means also stopped Oakland’s 13-game winning. The run ends one short of the second-best streak in

O’s game blog: John Means faces A’s in series finale

In an attempt to pick up their second home win of the season, avoid a three-game sweep and snap Oakland’s long winning streak, the Orioles turn to their lefty ace today. John Means (1-0, 1.52 ERA) will make his fifth start. Means went seven scoreless innings on three hits last Sunday at Texas and is pitching on two extra days of rest. He threw 96

Zac Lowther talks about his call to the major leagues

Pitchers like Keegan Akin, Dean Kremer and Bruce Zimmermann have preceded him. Now 24-year-old lefty Zac Lowther arrives in the majors for the first time. Taken by the Orioles out of Xavier with the No. 74 pick in the 2017 draft, he was added to the big league roster today as Wade LeBlanc was designated for assignment. Lowther’s strong minor league resume includes being named

On MASN telecast, Elias talks about alternate camp (plus Lowther info)

Break up the alternate site Orioles. They are an unbeaten club. The group of players that provide insurance for the roster of the big league team as the wait for the minor league season to start May 4 are 4-0 in games where box scores have been provided. They have scored 38 runs in winning four versus the Nationals alternate squad camp roster. The Orioles

O’s game blog: O’s try to even series against Oakland

If the rain holds off, we should get a few answers to a few questions tonight. Such as, will the O’s offense struggle again? And, can anyone soon beat the Oakland Athletics? The A’s beat the Orioles 3-1 last night to improve to 13-7. They are 13-1 with 12 wins in a row since an 0-6 start. At the beginning of this season they were

Cole Sulser on adjustments that led to his strong start

When you count the growing list of Orioles bullpen pitchers that are throwing well, be sure to include right-hander Cole Sulser. He made a few minor adjustments and tweaks since last season, when he also got off to a good start, in hopes of seeing a solid season through to the end. The 31-year-old right-hander went 1-5 with a 5.56 ERA last season when his

On another tough night of offense, O’s ‘pen was good again

As the Orioles continue to struggle many nights on offense, there is frustration in that. But also frustration in how, with just a few more runs, they could have several more wins. Here are the scores of the last six O’s losses dating to the first doubleheader with Seattle: 4-3, 4-2, 2-1, 1-0, 3-0 and 3-1. They have allowed just 17 runs in those six

O’s couldn’t maximize big scoring chance and lose series opener

When a team is not hitting much and they get a golden chance to put up some runs, they probably need to pounce. The Orioles didn’t tonight when presented a great chance as they lost the series opener to the Oakland A’s at Camden Yards. The A’s 3-1 win is their 12th in a row. Before this, the last club to win 12 in a

O’s game blog: O’s host A’s in homestand opener

After a 3-2 road trip to Texas and Miami, the Orioles begin the second homestand of the season tonight. It’s a seven-game homestand, which begins against Oakland and continues Monday when the New York Yankees come to town. Tonight, the Orioles (8-10) host the hottest team in the majors. Oakland (12-7) has won 11 in a row and is tied with Seattle for first in

César Valdez on his success and chance to close for Orioles

In his second season with the Orioles, 36-year-old right-hander César Valdez is still confounding American League hitters. And he’s doing it in the ninth inning. And not with a 98 mph fastball, but rather a changeup that averages 78 mph. He is the opposite of a flamethrower and he uses his changeup 82 percent of the time. It’s been so good that he is off

More on the offense as O’s await red-hot Athletics

If we use the stat OPS - on-base plus slugging - the 2020 Orioles look a lot better than the 2021 club. And it’s not very close. Counting all batters - qualifiers and non-qualifiers - the 2020 Orioles had six players with an OPS of .800 or better and two at .900 plus. And another player at .791. This year’s club has just two players

What it looks like after 18 games

So the Orioles have played about 11 percent of the 2021 season. That is a sample, but a small one. Can we make any judgments from that? We can, but you run the risk of being wrong. Well, that’s never stopped us before. At 8-10, the Orioles are playing .444 baseball. That is better than their .417 win percentage from last year when they were

O’s Zimmermann done in by one pitch in loss to Miami

If you are a starting pitcher and your team has not scored you any runs, your margin for error is not minimal, it’s zero. One mistake could cost you. That happened today to Baltimorean Bruce Zimmermann. The left-hander was twirling a shutout in a 0-0 tie at Miami when one pitch that got drilled into the gap led to a three-run inning and the Marlins

O’s game blog: Looking for a win in the road trip finale

The Orioles wrap up this quick two-game series and their five-game, two-city road trip this afternoon when they again play the Miami Marlins. The Orioles won 7-5 last night and are 3-1 on this trip, which began in Texas. The Orioles are now 3-3 in series openers, and a win today would leave them 3-1 in road series. Lefty Bruce Zimmermann (1-1, 4.24 ERA) gets

Notes on Harvey’s start, Fry’s good run and chasing pitches

The Orioles will go for a two-game series sweep this afternoon and will have a 4-1 road trip if they can get another win at Miami. They took an early 6-1 lead last night and held on to win 7-5. They improved to 8-9 overall and to 7-3 in road games. They are 19-18 on the road since the start of the 2020 season. They

A few notes on another O’s road win

It was a night where the defense behind him was shaky at times. And the Orioles almost let a five-run lead get completely away. But his offense did provide a nice early lead. And that led right-hander Matt Harvey to his first win as an Oriole. And his first win for anyone since July 13, 2019. That was for the Los Angeles Angels then against

O’s game blog: Harvey on mound in Miami series opener

The Orioles have gotten five straight outings where their starting pitcher allowed two earned runs or less. This run began with right-hander Matt Harvey in Game 1 of Thursday’s doubleheader, and Harvey is back on the mound tonight. He will make his fourth start of 2021 when the Orioles open a quick, two-day series at Miami. The Orioles lost 1-0 in 10 innings Sunday at

How spring struggles turned into season success for Paul Fry

As his spring training was going from bad to worse, Orioles bullpen lefty Paul Fry was trying to remain confident and keep up a strong mental outlook. He was also hoping his manager was maintaining confidence in him. But just to be sure, a short chat with manager Brandon Hyde wouldn’t hurt. Fry, who is pitching quite well now and has for most of this

When the big three get going, so will O’s offense

It’s no secret the Orioles offense has gotten off to a slow start. You noticed, right? Through Sunday’s games they have a team batting average of .221, which is ninth in the American League. They rank last in team OBP (.278), 13th in slugging (.365) and 13th in OPS (.643). They have already scored three runs or fewer eight times and been shut out twice.

An encouraging weekend for O’s, especially on the mound

So that was a strong weekend of pitching for the Orioles. They allowed four runs in three games at Texas. Yet when they were shut out Sunday, it meant no series sweep against the Rangers. Still, they began the road trip taking two of three and head to Miami at 7-9. For the second time this season, the Orioles staff did not allow an earned

No runs, no win: O’s lose in 10 and fail to sweep

The Orioles were locked in another pitcher’s duel this afternoon. Last night they trailed 1-0 after six innings but won 6-1. It was 0-0 today in Arlington, Texas through six. And through seven. And eight and nine. But the Orioles finally cracked. Nate Lowe’s bases loaded single to left won it 1-0 in 10 innings for Texas as the O’s failed to sweep and fall

O’s game blog: Going for a series sweep at Texas

After losing Thurday’s doubleheader at home scoring three runs in two games, the Orioles scored 11 in the first two games of their series at Texas. They have posted 5-2 and 6-1 wins. Today they can sweep this series and get back to the .500 mark. The Orioles (7-8) are 6-2 on the road, winning three in a row away from Oriole Park. Last night’s

Mancini’s hit, Galvis’ defense, Kremer’s bounceback part of O’s winning night

On a night when it looked like they might get shut out, instead the Orioles scored six late runs to beat the Texas Rangers Saturday night. They have started their road trip with 5-2 and 6-1 wins. It had to be nice to win coming from behind, as they were down 1-0 heading to the seventh. But to see Trey Mancini get the go-ahead run

O’s win at Texas was led by previously struggling players (with quotes)

It was not just that the Orioles produced a comeback win in Texas, one that gives them a series victory. It was how they did it and who was responsible that was also quite big. Struggling Trey Mancini lined a go-ahead double in the eighth. Right-hander Dean Kremer, who had a 10.50 ERA at game time, pitched a strong game on three days’ rest. Shortstop

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

The Orioles’ 5-2 win at Texas last night was just their second win in a series-opening game this season. They won the other series when they got the opener, in the first series at Boston. Tonight the clubs meet in the middle game of a three-game series at Globe Life Field. The Orioles entered the Texas series having lost six of the previous seven games

O’s pregame notes on Mancini, Kremer and more

As the Orioles get set to play the second game of their series at Texas tonight, manager Brandon Hyde has dropped Trey Mancini to fifth in the batting order for the first time this year. Mancini, batting .151/.220/.358/.579 in 59 plate appearances, went 0-for-4 in last night’s 5-2 win with four strikeouts. He is 1-for-16 (.063) his last five games and 4-for-33 (.121) his last

A look at why taking Jorge López out after five was the right move

Right-hander Jorge López had a couple of good starts for the Orioles last year, but he could not put much consistency together. And then he started this year with an 11.42 ERA after two starts. But last night was about as good as he has looked in an O’s uniform. In his previous 11 games with the Orioles dating to last season - when he

O’s game blog: Road trip begins in Texas

After losing six of seven games during the season’s first homestand, the Orioles are back on the road tonight. They begin a two-city, five-game road stint at Texas versus the Rangers. It’s their first trip to Arlington, Texas, since June 4-6, 2019. The Orioles (5-8) lost a doubleheader to Seattle on Thursday and they are tied for fourth in the American League East and are

Baseball’s latest effort to get more action in the game (plus O’s notes)

Major League Baseball is a taking a distance that was kind of sacred in baseball and changing it later this year. Not in the American League or the National League, but in August in the independent Atlantic League. That is when 60 feet, six inches becomes 61 feet, six inches. MLB will experiment with one of its partner leagues when its second half starts Aug.

Starters were solid, the bats were not as O’s lose twice

Orioles right-hander Matt Harvey gave up just two runs and lefty Bruce Zimmermann gave up just two as well. But neither pitcher would get a win in today’s doubleheader against Seattle. And neither would the Orioles, who scored just three runs over two games and 14 innings. They fall twice to Seattle today by scores of 4-2 in the first game and 2-1 in the

O’s game blog: Matt Harvey and Bruce Zimmermann face the Mariners

After picking up their first win on this homestand in the second game of the doubleheader Tuesday night, the Orioles (5-6) host Seattle (6-5) today in another doubleheader. After last night’s rainout the clubs will play their second doubleheader in three days. Seattle won the twinbill opener 4-3 in eight innings Tuesday before the Orioles took the nightcap 7-6. The Birds rallied from a 4-0

Let’s play two again for O’s as minor league spring training continues

Matt Blood is beginning his second season as the Orioles’ director of player development. He joined the organization in September 2019. The 2007 University of North Carolina grad has worked in Major League Baseball for nine years with St. Louis and Texas before joining the Orioles. He and the O’s minor league and player development staff, at least most of it, have convened in Sarasota,

Ryan Mountcastle hopes his bat is starting to heat up

After batting .333/.386/.492/.878 during a 2020 season that ended with his eighth-place finish in the American League Rookie of the Year voting, Ryan Mountcastle started slowly at the plate this season. He was 2-for-16 after the first four games and batting .167 after six. But he went 3-for-6 with a pair of doubles in Tuesday’s doubleheader. He’s now 6-for-20 (.300) during a five-game hitting streak

Maikel Franco’s big swing helped O’s get their offense going

It may have been the biggest hit of the night for the Orioles and maybe one of their biggest of the 2021 season so far. They had lost Game 1 to Seattle 4-3 in eight innings and they were trailing Game 2 by a 4-0 score when third baseman Maikel Franco batted in the last of the third. The bases were loaded and there were

O’s pick up a walk-off win and a doubleheader split

Down 4-0 in the last of the third in Game 2 of tonight’s doubleheader against the Seattle Mariners, the Orioles were in desperate need of a break. They got a couple in that third inning that were big, but got another one in the last of the seventh to produce the season’s first walk-off win. Ramón Urías’ RBI single to center with two outs gave

O’s game blog: Means and Kremer pitch in doubleheader

After a rainout last night, which followed the O’s getting swept by Boston over the weekend, the Orioles (4-5) open a four-game series today against the Seattle Mariners (5-4). The clubs will play a single-admission doubleheader consisting of a pair of seven-inning games beginning at 4:05 p.m. The Orioles were outscored 27-16 versus Boston after they held the Red Sox to five runs in their

Looking at a balancing act for O’s skipper Brandon Hyde

As the manager of the Orioles, Brandon Hyde is well aware he is skipper of a rebuilding project. But at 7 p.m. every night (or earlier for day games), he badly wants to win the baseball game that is right in front of him. And Hyde will make every move he can, and any and all lineup tweaks, changes or adjustments that he hopes will

O’s game blog: The series opener against Seattle

Looking for their first win since Wednesday, the Orioles take the field at Oriole Park tonight, hosting Seattle. It’s the continuation of their homestand and the start of a four-game series through Thursday. Right-hander Dean Kremer (0-1, 9.00 ERA) will make his second start. He took the loss Tuesday in New York against the Yankees. Over three-plus innings, he gave up five hits and three

Maikel Franco’s bat may be heating up as he moves to cleanup spot

With Ryan Mountcastle among several Orioles scuffling at bat, manager Brandon Hyde dropped him down to sixth in the batting order and moved third baseman Maikel Franco up to the No. 4 spot. Franco will bat cleanup tonight at Camden Yards as the O’s and Seattle play the series opener of a four-game set. It will be somewhat familiar territory for Franco. In 117 career

Piggyback pitching will come to the O’s farm this year

When the Orioles’ minor league seasons begin next month, we could see rosters filled with starting pitchers and starting pitcher candidates. Piggyback pitching is coming to the O’s farm this year. No, this doesn’t have anything to do with anyone lugging around someone else on their back. We’ve seen it before, where a pitcher will piggyback in a minor league game. It essentially means splitting

Jorge López struggles again as O’s get swept

It was a series that began amid a lot of hope for the Orioles. They were coming home for the first time this season off a thrilling, 11-inning win Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium. They were facing a Boston team they swept three straight last weekend, winning 11-3 in the final game. But the results this time were very, very different. The Red Sox have

O’s game blog: It’s López against Pivetta at Oriole Park

The Orioles have recorded a three-game sweep over Boston this year, and the Red Sox will have one over the Orioles if they win this afternoon at Camden Yards. Boston has won 7-3 and 6-4 in 10 innings to take the first two games in this series. The Red Sox (5-3) now have the longest win streak in the American League - five in a

Frustrating ending had Birdland ornery Saturday night

It was a tough crowd on the blogs and Twitter around Birdland late last night. Blowing a late lead to the Red Sox had fans stirred up. I guess I can understand. But jumping on César Valdez because he suffered a blown save seemed a bit harsh to me. The Orioles have four wins this year. He had two saves and win in those games.

O’s game blog: Bruce Zimmermann faces Boston at Oriole Park

With Thursday’s home opener loss behind them and with a 1-3 record since a 3-0 start, the Orioles host the Boston Red Sox tonight. The Sox won 7-3 Thursday in the series opener, ending a four-game losing streak to the Orioles. Through Friday’s games, the Orioles and Boston were tied for first in the American League East at 4-3, with New York and Tampa Bay

So far, some O’s that are not big strikeout guys have struck out big

As the Orioles look to cut down on their mounting strikeout totals, perhaps the thing they can rely on most of all is track record. Several of their players that are striking out a lot right now show strikeout rates more in line with league average or less, both recently and over their careers. That can provide some hope for a club that has fanned

A take on the rotation so far and moving forward

The Orioles bullpen, which was pretty airtight in the big win Wednesday night at New York, had a few leaks on Thursday afternoon in the home opener in Baltimore. We know the team is heavy on long-relief options, and we’re going to find out over time how the late-game relievers hold up and protect leads. So far, right-hander César Valdez had been outstanding in recording

Some issues crop up as O’s have lost three of four

If we are taking a big picture view, the Orioles are tied for first place and they have a 4-3 start. A winning overall start against Boston and New York. They’d likely take that record in every seven-game sample against those clubs. But since the club’s 3-0 start in Boston, where they scored 18 runs, they have hit less and won less. They’ve allowed seven

O’s can’t hold lead, fall to Red Sox in home opener

It was a messy top of the sixth for the Orioles. A lead was lost and later so was the home opening game. The Boston Red Sox scored two runs in the sixth to turn a 3-2 deficit into a 4-3 lead and eventually pulled away for a 7-3 win. Boston improves to 4-3 with a fourth win in a row. The O’s fall to

O’s game blog: O’s play Red Sox in home opener

Riding on a bit of a high after their 11-inning win at New York last night, the Orioles would love to take that momentum and roll it into a win this afternoon. They host the Boston Red Sox in their 2021 home opener to start a three-game series. In a game where the Orioles were held to four hits and struck out 17 times, and

Another look at a wild 11-inning win at Yankee Stadium

On the night, the Orioles had just four hits. They went 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position. They struck out 17 times. Their starting pitcher didn’t get through five innings. They lost one-run leads in the eighth and 10th innings. But they won the game. It is not often we could see all that happen for the Orioles during a close game in the Bronx,

No sweep: O’s win a tense thriller 4-3 at New York (with quotes)

On a night they didn’t get much offense or a deep start from their No. 1, John Means, the Orioles did get a big win at Yankee Stadium. It was very, very hard-earned. A win that moved them alone into first-place at 4-2 atop the American League East as they head to Baltimore for the home opener tomorrow. A win that ended on a 9-2

O’s game blog: John Means faces the Yankees

The Orioles pitched one shutout last year during the shortened 60-game season. Thanks to lefty John Means, they matched that total on opening day. Tonight the left-hander will try to pitch Baltimore to a win in the final game of the series at Yankee Stadium. New York has posted 7-0 and 7-2 wins to begin the series. They’ve won 12 in a row over the

O’s pregame notes on strikeouts, the home opener and more

It’s too early in the new season to focus on trends that we are seeing on the field. But for the Orioles, the last three games have just featured too many strikeouts. They actually fanned 15 times when winning 11-3 Sunday at Boston. And then in two losses in New York there have been 27 strikeouts. Through five games the O’s strikeout rate of 31.4

Jim Callis on two under-the-radar O’s prospects

It is a question I often get from fans, and when I recently interviewed Jim Callis from MLBPipeline.com, I asked him to identify a couple of under-the-radar or underrated Orioles prospects. We often talk about those at the top of a top 30 list, but those down the list deserve some mention, too. Callis is a big fan of a couple of O’s prospects rated

Strikeouts mount as O’s lose again to Yankees

For the Orioles, the strikeouts and the frustrations are both mounting. After riding a high-scoring 18 runs in sweeping three games in Boston, the Orioles have been doing a lot of swinging and missing while losing the first two games of their series in the Bronx. The Birds were held to seven hits and fanned 14 times tonight, losing 7-2 to right-hander Gerrit Cole and

O’s game blog: Kremer against Cole in the Bronx

When the Orioles play the Yankees tonight in Game 2 of a three-game series, right-hander Dean Kremer will make his first start of the season. After his call-up last year, his first two big league starts were against the Yankees. And Kremer pitched well in both games. He allowed one run in six innings in the first and one run in five innings in the

Outfielder Ryan McKenna on making his major league debut

Ticketed to start the 2020 season at Triple-A Norfolk, outfielder Ryan McKenna, like all minor league players, didn’t get in any games last summer. He spent a lot of time putting in quality work at the O’s alternate site and trying to improve his game. He was on the taxi squad a few times, traveling with the Orioles, but never made the active roster. Yesterday

Sceroler shines during O’s first loss, now Cole awaits

So much for easing in a Rule 5 draft pick. That was the hope and goal for O’s skipper Brandon Hyde with his Rule 5 pitchers, but it doesn’t always work out that way. One Rule 5 pick, righty Tyler Wells, made it into the blowout win Sunday. But right-hander Mac Sceroler did not. A pitcher that had not thrown above High-A ball took the

In critical inning, control eluded O’s hurlers in New York

For 31 innings to start the 2021 season, Orioles pitchers were throwing a lot of strikes. But in the fifth inning tonight, they didn’t at Yankee Stadium. And it led to their first loss of the year. Right-hander Jorge López was mostly rolling through four innings tonight, just about matching Yankees lefty Jordan Montgomery in a pitchers’ duel. It was 1-0 Yankees in the opener

O’s game blog: Looking for another win in the series opener

After a three-game sweep by a combined 18-5 score at Boston, the Orioles begin a three-game series in the Bronx at Yankee Stadium tonight. New York has begun the year 1-2. They lost 3-2 in 10 innings to Toronto in their opener. They won their second game 5-3 on Saturday and lost to the Blue Jays 3-1 on Sunday. So New York scored just eight

It went well in Beantown, now on to the Bronx

There was a lot to like about the Orioles’ big weekend in Fenway Park. Besides winning all three games, there was outstanding pitching, solid defense and some timely hitting. The Orioles pitching held Boston to five runs and 15 hits over 27 innings with six walks to 24 strikeouts. They walked two batters in each game, and throwing strikes like that would be a very

Bats join the fun as O’s sweep Boston

For Orioles batters, it was like a stroll in the park today. Fenway Park. They came through early and often. The pitchers carried the club to the first two wins in this series and the O’s got more solid pitching today. But the batters really broke out the lumber. Cedric Mullins had five hits, including three doubles, and the O’s scored seven runs in the

O’s game blog: Birds go for a sweep at Fenway Park

The Orioles have used strong pitching and some clutch hitting to produce two wins over the Boston Red Sox. They’ve batted .313 (5-for-16) with runners in scoring position in the series, while O’s pitchers have allowed just two runs in two games. Wins by 3-0 and 4-2 have them set up to sweep this three-game series if they win this afternoon. The Red Sox last

O’s long relief depth includes two Rule 5 pitchers

If it’s a long reliever you seek, check out the Orioles bullpen. They have several there, waiting their chance. They include newcomer Adam Plutko and former starter Wade LeBlanc, along with the club’s two Rule 5 draft picks - right-handers Tyler Wells and Mac Sceroler. Plutko made his O’s debut on Saturday and pitched very well in his long relief outing. He threw 2 1/3

A look at Matt Harvey’s Orioles debut (O’s are 2-0)

They will want him to get deeper into the games, but besides that, right-hander Matt Harvey did a lot right in his Orioles debut today. He kept his team in the game, even though he didn’t get a decision. Harvey gave up two runs over 4 2/3 innings in his official club debut this afternoon at Fenway Park. The Orioles pulled out a 4-2 win

O’s game blog: Matt Harvey makes his O’s debut

After posting the sixth opening day shutout - and first since 2005 - in club history yesterday, the Orioles play the second game of their series in Boston this afternoon. Lefty John Means allowed just one hit over seven innings and two relievers joined him to team on a two-hitter in Friday’s 3-0 win at Fenway Park. Means threw 97 pitches, 65 for strikes. He

Rio Ruiz on his move to second base

A player with just two career innings in the majors at second base - and none in the minors - was called on to make three big defensive plays on Friday. The ball will always find you. For inexperienced second sacker Rio Ruiz, it did on opening day in Boston. Two challenging popups running into the outfield that he had to chase down and a

Another look at the sixth opening day shutout in O’s history

As far as opening day games go, this one was hard to beat. John Means was dealing, Trey Mancini officially returned to the sport and young Ryan Mountcastle came up with a clutch two-run double. The Orioles had their first win of the year and first shutout on opening day in 16 years. Means joined a list of five O’s starters who took the ball

That was a gem: Means leads O’s to shutout win at Boston

Whether lefty John Means becomes a true ace pitcher for the Orioles in the future or not, he showed us today what one looks like. Means was absolutely dominant in a 3-0 win over the Red Sox on opening day in Boston. Means allowed one hit in seven scoreless innings as the Orioles recorded their first opening day shutout since 2005. Then they beat Oakland

O’s game blog: The 2021 season opener

The Orioles open their 68th season today when they play the Boston Red Sox in Fenway Park. It is the start of a three-game series and season-opening six-game road trip that also takes the Orioles to Yankee Stadium before the April 8 home opener. That is also against Boston. The 2020 Orioles played 40 of their 60 games within the American League East. They went

Ryan Mountcastle excited to start first full season in MLB

Ryan Mountcastle is ready for a special day: his first opening day in the major leagues. His first game last year was on Aug. 21. Today he is in the Orioles lineup as cleanup hitter and DH for the season opener at Boston. It’s a big milestone. “Yeah, for sure,” he said. “I’ve gone to big league spring training four or five times and I’ve

A look at the potential of the O’s offense

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde has said he believes his team will score some runs and has some real upside on offense. He’s got a point, with players like Austin Hays, Ryan Mountcastle, Trey Mancini and Anthony Santander. You can add to that the speed of Cedric Mullins and the hope to get some offense out of other spots that would exceed what was produced there

A look at the opening day pitchers and more

Can a pitcher that had a stunning finish to one season carry that over to the next? Can two pitchers do it? If they can, then Orioles lefty John Means and Boston right-hander Nathan Eovaldi may have strong starts in today’s season opener. Means (2-4, 4.53 in 2020) and Eovaldi (4-2, 3.72 in 2020) will start on opening day at Fenway Park at 2:10 p.m.

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