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Jorge López comes up big for Orioles, but losing streak continues

Using a pitch mix showing about 50 percent fastball and 50 percent secondary pitches, right-hander Jorge López gave the Orioles a quality start. It was quality, whether you used the definition of a quality start - three earned runs or less in six innings or more - or the old-fashioned eye test. It just didn’t lead to a win for the Orioles, as their losing

O’s game blog: Homestand begins vs. Twins

The Orioles return to Camden Yards today to host the Minnesota Twins in the start of a three-game series and eight-game homestand that will also include the Cleveland Indians and the New York Mets. The Orioles (17-36) were held to three hits yesterday in a 3-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox that extended their losing streak to 13 games. They have lost their past

More players movin’ on up on the farm

We are not even a month into the minor league season and the Orioles moved four more players Sunday with promotions. More could be coming sooner rather than later. Moving up from low Single-A Delmarva to high Single-A Aberdeen are shortstop/third baseman Jordan Westburg and first baseman J.D. Mundy. Westburg, 22, went 4-for-6 with six RBIs in his final two games with the Shorebirds. He

Another slow day on offense leads to latest loss

It was another day with little offense, another where the Orioles starter failed to get past the fifth inning, another where the bullpen gave up some late runs and another day when the Orioles could not get a win. They completed a winless road trip, going 0-10 with today’s 3-1 loss at Chicago to the White Sox, who completed a four-game sweep. This was Chicago’s

O’s game blog: The road trip finale in Chicago

Still looking for their first win since May 16 and still looking to end a long losing streak, the Orioles play the first-place Chicago White Sox today. It is the finale of a four-game series and a 10-game road trip. The last Orioles win was two weeks ago today, when they beat the New York Yankees 10-6 at Oriole Park. Ryan Mountcastle drove in four

Are more promotions brewing on the O’s farm?

When the Orioles promoted infielder Joey Ortiz yesterday from high Single-A Aberdeen to Double-A Bowie, that opened a spot for another infielder at Aberdeen. Could 19-year-old Gunnar Henderson be ready to move up already and take that spot? Would his low Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds teammate Jordan Westburg join him, or does the 22-year-old drafted out of Mississippi State move up first? Good questions, and while

O’s don’t win with Means on mound as streak continues

For the Orioles, not only has it been a while since they won, but it has been a while since they won a John Means start. Yep, their ace was 4-0 with a 1.79 ERA, but the Orioles had not won with Means on the mound since he pitched a no-hitter May 6 at Seattle. In three starts since then, Means was 0-0 with a

O’s game blog: Doubleheader day in Chicago

The Orioles have two chances today to snap the 17th losing streak of 10 or more games in club history. After last night’s rainout, the O’s and Chicago White Sox play a straight doubleheader this afternoon. It’s the third doubleheader of the season for the Orioles. The first two both came in what was originally scheduled to be a series of four games in four

Elias talks trade potential in radio interview

Leading up to the trade deadline last August, the Orioles were busy. They traded relievers Richard Bleier, Mychal Givens and Miguel Castro, and they dealt starter Tommy Milone to the Atlanta Braves. Those deals brought players like pitcher Kevin Smith, and infielders Tyler Nevin, Terrin Vavra and AJ Graffanino to this organization. The trade deadline is July 30 this year. How busy will the Orioles

O’s game blog: Matt Harvey faces Chicago (rainout tonight)

With no wins in the last 11 days and just two in the last 22 days, the Orioles take the field in Chicago tonight. The Birds play the first-place White Sox after losing 5-1 last night in the opener of this four-game series. The Orioles (17-33) have lost 10 in a row, 14 of 15 and 17 of 19 games. They have also lost nine

Holmes on Valdez’s adjustments and more

To say the least, it’s been a rough stretch for the Orioles pitching staff. They’ve allowed 77 runs during a 10-game losing streak. In May, as the club is 5-19, the staff ERA is 6.09. The Orioles now rank 14th in the American League with an ERA of 5.00, last in rotation ERA at 5.39 and 12th in bullpen ERA at 4.52. The team ERA

O’s try to deal with a losing streak that reaches double digits

Both Orioles pitcher Paul Fry and manager Brandon Hyde, in separate pregame Zoom interviews on Thursday, discussed dealing with losing for an organization that is in rebuilding mode. You knew some of it would happen, but going into last night’s game, the club had just two wins in the last three weeks. Times that many figured would be rough were rough times 10. Last night,

O’s game blog: The series begins in Chicago

The search for a win to end a long losing streak has moved from Washington to Minnesota and now on to Chicago. Tonight the Orioles take on the first-place White Sox in the first of a four-game series and the seventh game of their current road trip. The trip began after the Orioles allowed 32 runs in losing three straight at home versus Tampa Bay.

O’s Paul Fry on how players are holding up during losing run

He is in his fourth season on the Orioles. Which means reliever Paul Fry was not here in 2016, when the club was last in the playoffs. In fact, it was during his first year in 2018 that the Orioles made the mid-season trades of Manny Machado, Zack Britton and others. He’s seen a lot of ups and downs in this game and been on

Elias on team struggles and sticking with the plan

Orioles fans are understandably upset with their team right now. Even those that knew and fully accepted that there would be tough times during another season of rebuilding were hopeful they would see better from the club that what it is showing lately. When John Means pitched a no-hitter, it was for a nearly .500 club and left the Orioles with a 15-16 record on

O’s offense slowed as the losing streak rolls on

The out-of-synch Orioles, as Trey Mancini called them recently, were that again for most of today. All of it, really. When they score a bunch of runs lately, they seem to have given up a few as well. Recently, they’ve lost games scoring six, seven, nine, five and four runs. When they pitched well, they struggled to score and give their pitchers support. It had

O’s game blog: Looking for a streak-ender at Minnesota

The Orioles need a win today to both avoid being swept in this three-game series in Minnesota and also to end an eight-game losing streak. The O’s eight-game streak is their longest since they also dropped eight in a row Aug. 12-19, 2019. The club has not lost nine straight games since they lost 10 in a row from June 12-21, 2019. The Orioles have

Mountcastle’s plate discipline numbers and more on the pitching

He is a young hitter the Orioles are trying to be patient with. Some games they see the good and the bad for Ryan Mountcastle on the same night, sometimes even within the same plate appearance. On Saturday night at Washington, Mountcastle smoked a Jon Lester cutter for a first-inning grand slam. But he chased a curveball to strike out in the fifth. Monday night

O’s game blog: Dean Kremer, O’s try to end streak in Minnesota

Still looking for their first win since a week ago Sunday in Baltimore, the Orioles will try to put last night’s brutal loss at Minnesota behind them when they face the Twins tonight at Target Field. The Orioles (17-30) have allowed 62 runs during a seven-game losing streak. The seven-game streak is the longest since the O’s lost eight in a row from Aug. 12-19,

A closer look at a great start for Delmarva’s offense

When you see the scores for the Orioles’ low Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds, you notice some big offense. When the season started, they scored seven, eight and 11 runs among the first few games. Then they spent a week hammering struggling Fredericksburg during a six-game sweep. The bats didn’t slow much last week against Carolina. The Shorebirds (13-5) won 12-8 on Saturday and 13-3 on Sunday.

O’s game blog: John Means on the mound in series opener

The Orioles’ last win came eight days ago at home by a 10-6 score over the New York Yankees. Since that win - the team’s 17th on the year - the Orioles have had games scoring six, seven, nine and five runs and lost them all. Tonight they try and snap a six-game losing streak - which came via sweeps by Tampa Bay and Washington

Brandon Waddell is latest entrant to O’s bullpen

It’s been an active few days for 26-year-old left-hander Brandon Waddell, a pitcher that didn’t know a single teammate when he joined the Orioles yesterday in Washington after his call-up from Triple-A. He began this year with the Minnesota Twins - the Orioles’ opponent tonight - then got claimed by the Orioles, went to Triple-A Norfolk and now finds himself in the Orioles bullpen. He’s

Bradish gets set for Triple-A debut, O’s offense perks up

The Dylan Bundy trade has been looking pretty good recently for the Orioles. It was a trade from Dec. 4, 2019 with the Los Angeles Angels and the Orioles got four right-handers in return. They added Kyle Bradish, Kyle Brnovich, Zach Peek and Isaac Mattson. Mattson has already made it to Baltimore and Bradish got one step closer Saturday with his promotion from Double-A Bowie

O’s game blog: Matt Harvey faces the Nationals

The Orioles gave up 32 runs and got swept three straight earlier this week by the Tampa Bay Rays. Now they have allowed 16 runs in losing the first two games in Washington. They need a win this afternoon to avoid back-to-back three-game series sweeps. So yeah, it’s been a rough stretch for the team and the pitching staff. While the O’s offense has underperformed

As a Rule 5 pick, pitcher Tyler Wells trying to prove he belongs

As the season goes on, the Orioles seem to be gaining more confidence in Rule 5 pitcher Tyler Wells. The right-hander came on in the sixth inning Friday night with the Nationals leading 2-0. The game was still very much on the line. And Wells has been holding his own. Not bad for a young pitcher who had Tommy John surgery in May 2019, so

O’s pitching bashed as Nats rally from five down (quotes added)

This is how badly it is going for the Orioles right now: For the second time in four games, they held a five-run lead but did not win. Leading 5-0 in the first and 6-1 after they batted in the top of the third, O’s pitching collapsed to allow four runs each in the third and fourth innings and three in the sixth today as

O’s game blog: Game 2 of the series at Washington

For the Orioles, the games march on and so does the search for wins. After last night’s 4-2 loss at Nationals Park, the clubs play the middle game of a three-game series at Washington today. It’s the second of a 10-game road trip for the Orioles. The Birds have been held to three runs and six hits in back-to-back losses by 10-1 to Tampa Bay

Pregame notes on Mullins, Harvey, the offense and more

As the Orioles offense has continued to struggle - they are 0-17 when scoring two runs or fewer after Friday’s loss at Washington - it’s also been a little tougher for center fielder Cedric Mullins at the top of the order. Opponents can see he was hitting well to begin the year, but not many others were and he became a focal point in their

Bats slowed in loss as road trip begins (more on Valdez’s role)

As the Orioles began a three-game series and 10-game road trip on Friday night, their offense had another slow night. After being held to one run and two hits on Thursday afternoon, they got two runs on four hits last night and lost 4-2 to Washington. The Orioles continue to be, as Trey Mancini put it a few days ago, “out of synch.” When they

O’s game blog: Series begins at Nationals Park

The Orioles resume interleague play tonight as they face their neighbors to the south. They play at Washington tonight in the first of three games this weekend at Nationals Park. It is the start of a 10-game road trip. The Nationals (17-23) are in the last in the National League East, 4 1/2 games behind the division-leading New York Mets. The Nats are coming off

A few minor league notes and a few O’s pitching stats

The Orioles’ four full-season minor league teams are currently playing .576 ball with a combined record of 34-25 through 59 games. The Orioles have three first-place teams among four as Double-A Bowie, high Single-A Aberdeen and low Single-A Delmarva are all either in or tied for first place in their respective leagues. Triple-A Norfolk is the outlier, and it’s been a tough year for the

O’s have played 31 games vs. clubs currently with winning records

The Orioles schedule takes a turn beginning today. A turn away from American League East games. Thus far, they have played 23 of their 43 games and seven of 14 series within the division. After playing 54 percent of their current schedule against the AL East, the Orioles will play none of their next six series against the AL East. They go to Washington beginning

Rough stretch vs. AL East ends as O’s are swept by Rays

After getting swept by the Tampa Bay Rays - and allowing 11 homers and 32 runs in the three games - the Orioles will find out how the other half lives for a short while. After playing 10 of their last 12 games within the rugged American League East, they will now play their next six series outside of the division. It starts tomorrow with

O’s game blog: Shooting for a win in the series finale

The Orioles have scored 13 runs in the first two games of their series with the Tampa Bay Rays. But they’ve given up eight homers and 22 runs and lost both games. They need a win today to avoid being swept three straight in the final game of a homestand. They are 1-4 on this homestand and 6-17 at home for the season. The Rays

O’s offense perks up in losses, Elias on core players and more

O’s fans had been waiting for the Orioles to break out on offense. And now they have scored 10, six and seven runs the last three games. But as Trey Mancini said after the game Tuesday, they are not synching up right now. When they get pitching, the hitting comes up short and when they get hitting, the pitching is not there. The O’s have

One that got away: O’s lose five-run lead and game to Rays

Trey Mancini was driving in runs and John Means needed just 13 pitches to get the first six outs tonight. The Orioles led Tampa Bay 5-0 after two innings and had their ace on the mound. What could go wrong? The Rays could outscore the Orioles 9-2 from the fifth inning on to come from five runs down and beat the Orioles. And that happened

O’s game blog: John Means tries to pitch O’s over Rays

He has been one of the best pitchers in the majors this year and tonight the Orioles ask left-hander John Means (4-0, 1.21 ERA) to pitch them to a win to end a losing stretch. Not a losing streak so much, but a run where they have lost five and six and eight of their last 10 games. Means is pitching on seven days’ rest

O’s notes on Harvey’s struggles, one-run games and more

Before he made a start last week at Citi Field against the New York Mets, Orioles right-hander Matt Harvey was solid during his most recent three-start stretch. In those games - against the Yankees, Athletics and Red Sox - he went 2-1 with a 1.72 ERA, .193 batting average against and .608 opponent OPS. I think Birdland would happily take that and run with it.

O’s game blog: The Tampa Bay series opener

After playing half of their 40 games against Boston and the New York Yankees - and going 8-12 - the Orioles will see a different American League East foe tonight. They host Tampa Bay to start a three-game series. The Orioles beat the Yankees 10-6 on Sunday as Ryan Mountcastle drove in a career-high four runs and Maikel Franco hit a two-run homer as part

Maikel Franco on slump-busting game and O’s tough schedule

When a player has just four hits over a 13-game stretch, that is a definite slump. But when the same player has three hits, including a homer and double, in the game that follows, that could be a slump breaker. That is the hope and goal for Orioles third baseman Maikel Franco. He went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs Sunday as the O’s beat

Minor league notes on OBP, Aberdeen’s steals, promotion timing and more

Birdland has likely noticed and no doubt enjoyed some great starts by both individual players and teams on the Orioles farm. Through Sunday’s games, three of the O’s four full-season affiliates are playing .667 ball or better. The four teams have a combined record of 29-18 (.617) and the Orioles rank seventh among major league organizations in minor league win percentage. Among several players off

Mike Elias on the handling of the young pitchers

It is one of the biggest challenges facing all 30 big league teams during the 2021 season: how to manage the innings for their pitchers. In the full 162-game season in 2019, Orioles pitchers threw a combined 1,443 innings. During the 60-game season last year, that number was just 518 2/3 innings. Getting back to that large number, while also keeping pitchers healthy, is going

Checking in on good signs as O’s beat Yankees

As the Orioles played the Yankees today in the third game of this series while trying to avoid a sweep, there were a few good signs that could prove to be a positive for the club no matter today’s result. But the Orioles did get a winning result today. They beat New York 10-6 and improved to 17-23 at the 40-game mark. They snapped a

O’s game blog: Adam Plutko faces Yankees

The Orioles need to beat the New York Yankees at Camden Yards today to avoid a three-game sweep. New York rallied to win 5-4 on Friday and then scored five early runs last night to post an 8-2 win. The Orioles (16-23) will reach the 40-game mark today. They have lost four in a row and seven of eight games. The O’s are 3-6 against

Some big nights on farm, but O’s fall big to Yankees

As it turned out, right-hander Jórge Lopez might have broken through that fifth-inning barrier and had a strong outing in his previous game versus the Boston Red Sox, but he could not build on that last night. López got an early exit, the Orioles fell into an early deficit and they added another loss against the New York Yankees. The Yankees led 5-0 after two

O’s game blog: Jorge López faces New York at Oriole Park

After Friday’s 5-4 loss to the New York Yankees, the same two teams meet tonight at Oriole Park with the Orioles hosting the second game of a three-game series and six-game homestand. The O’s scored three in the last of the fifth to lead 4-2 last night. That was before Gio Urshela’s pinch-hit three-run homer in the seventh put New York ahead. The Yankees went

Plutko on heavy innings load and praise for young pitchers

After his latest scoreless outing for the Orioles last night, one that reduced his ERA to 1.27 over 21 1/3 innings, right-hander Adam Plutko said he is ready to take the ball again. He has carried a pretty heavy innings load so far, leading the team among relievers in innings. He has five more than Tanner Scott, the reliever with the next most innings after

A frustrating one-run loss for the O’s, plus farm notes

We’ve seen seasons when the New York Yankees batters had their way with Orioles pitching at Camden Yards. This is not one of those seasons. The Yankees were 2-2 at Camden Yards this year, scoring 17 runs in those four games heading into last night’s series opener at Oriole Park. And while they hit three homers last night - they had hit six in the

Kremer makes progress against Yankees, but pinch homer sinks O’s

For Orioles right-hander Dean Kremer, it was the same team, but a different night and a much different result. For the Orioles, the final result was not at all what they wanted. A pinch-hit three-run homer in the seventh by Gio Urshela off Travis Lakins Sr., lifted the New York Yankees to a come-from-behind 5-4 win in the series opener. The O’s led 4-2 until

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

The Orioles begin a six-game, seven-day homestand against two American League East teams tonight when they host the New York Yankees at Oriole Park. It is the start of a three-game series. The Orioles (16-21) got swept two straight by the New York Mets on Tuesday and Wednesday, scoring a combined three runs in the two games. They have lost five of the last six

Notes on John Means and DL Hall, plus Thursday on the farm

When a pitcher is 4-0 with a 1.21 ERA and a WHIP of 0.712, he is certainly doing a lot to help his team win. But for Orioles ace John Means, the contributions he makes extend well beyond the nights he is pitching. Means recently talked about his willingness to mentor O’s young pitchers and teach them about the importance of having a daily routine

If you have an ace, should you consider trading such a player?

A caller to my postgame radio show on Tuesday night expressed a take that the Orioles could trade left-hander John Means, and that they could get a big package of prospects for their ace pitcher. Other fans have expressed concerns that the club would even consider such a move. While none of us know exactly how executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias feels

O’s game blog: Matt Harvey faces Mets at Citi Field

After they allowed two runs in the last of the ninth last night and lost 3-2 to the New York Mets, the Orioles will try to bounce back today. They play the Mets at Citi Field, looking for a win to split the two-game series. New York came to bat in the last of the eighth trailing the Orioles 2-0, but scored once in the

Notes on pitchers’ strengths, Matt Harvey’s start and DL Hall

It was an interesting question posed to Orioles pitching coach Chris Holt during a recent Zoom interview with reporters. As pitchers continue to get better, throw with more and with more velocity, and use technology to improve spin rates and breaking pitches, are scouting reports less important? Are pitchers improving so much and so confident in their strengths that they pitch to that more often

O’s game blog: John Means faces Mets in series opener

Orioles lefty John Means was stacking up good start after good start, and just when it seemed it would be hard for the next one to top the last one, he pitched a no-hitter. Coming off his 12-strikeout no-hitter last Wednesday at Seattle, Means (4-0, 1.37 ERA) is back on the mound tonight at Citi Field as the Orioles begin a two-game series with the

A look at the rotation that led Aberdeen to a 5-1 start

For the high Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds, it was a stunning run of outstanding pitching to start the year. They won their first five games at Wilmington last Tuesday through Saturday, allowing just eight runs total. And Aberdeen’s starting pitchers - led by national top 100 prospect Grayson Rodriguez - allowed just one run over 23 innings during the 5-0 start. Rodriguez was the IronBirds’ opening

Jorge López clears fifth-inning hurdle and O’s beat Red Sox

He’s been pitching better lately and tonight Orioles right-hander Jorge López got past a big obstacle - the fifth inning. Entering this outing tonight - his seventh of the 2021 season - López had an ERA of 3.00 when pitching in the first four innings of his starts. But his ERA in the fifth inning was 42.43. That is not good. He had allowed 11

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

After losses by 6-2, 11-6 and 4-3 on Sunday afternoon, the Orioles host Boston tonight at Camden Yards. It’s the final game of a four-game series that Boston has won and now will try to sweep. When the 2021 season began, the Orioles swept three straight from Boston at Fenway Park. The scores were 3-0, 4-2 and 11-3. In that series, O’s pitchers held Boston

John Means on Player of the Week award and his next start

For his next act, Orioles left-hander John Means will face the New York Mets tomorrow night at Citi Field. It will be his first game since his no-hitter Wednesday at Seattle. His first time out since today being named American League Player of the Week. An award last won by an Oriole when Trey Mancini was so honored on Sept. 23, 2019. An award last

On the farm, a team chemistry lesson

The Double-A Bowie Baysox came this close to a 4-0 start. They were an out away from a one-run win on Friday at Altoona, but they got tied in the ninth and lost 5-4 in 10 innings to fall to 3-1. The Baysox (3-2) also lost Saturday and they were rained out on Sunday. So after today’s off-day, Bowie will host Reading on Tuesday night

Frustrating loss: O’s fall 4-3 to Red Sox at Camden Yards

Right-hander Dean Kremer had a solid, if not long, outing. Cedric Mullins hit another home run. Orioles pitching got out of a bases-loaded jam in the Boston seventh when the Red Sox had a chance to extend a one-run lead. But after all that, the Orioles still could not beat Boston at home. The Red Sox beat the Orioles 4-3 on a frustrating day in

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

The Orioles have not won a home series this year - going 0-3-1 - and they need to win the last two games of this current series with Boston just to gain a split. The Red Sox have posted 6-2 and 11-6 wins to start this four-game set at Oriole Park. Rookie Zac Lowther allowed seven runs over 2 1/3 innings last night and Boston

O’s lose again at home to Red Sox, but Aberdeen still unbeaten

The fact that shortstop Ramón Urías made an error playing behind pitcher Pat Valaika in the ninth inning last night probably tells us something about how this game went for the Orioles. Valaika went on to put up a zero in his one inning and that was something. But overall, not a good night for the Orioles, who got whipped 11-6 by Boston. And the

O’s game blog: Zac Lowther makes first MLB start

For the fourth time since last Aug. 31, the Orioles will send out one of their young pitching prospects tonight for his first big league start. Lefty Zac Lowther, who has put together a very strong minor league resume for the club, will face Boston in the second of a four-game series. When Keegan Akin made his first start last Aug. 31 on the road

Ryan Mountcastle on getting his offense going

As Ryan Mountcastle tries to get his bat going consistently, a few recent games and last night’s three-hit effort are steps forward for the O’s 24-year-old outfielder/first baseman/designated hitter. As his struggles went on in the season’s first few weeks, Mountcastle said he tried to draw on last year as a reminder of what he could do. He hit .333/.386/.492/.878. His OPS plus of 139

Notes on Friday’s loss, Lowther’s start and Aberdeen at 4-0

For the Orioles, the road to get back to the .500 mark is hard. Very hard. They have had seven tries since April 10, playing games where they were one game under .500. With last night’s 6-2 loss to Boston, they are 0-7 in those games. The Orioles (15-17) had chances last night, going 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position and leaving 10 men on

O’s game blog: Matt Harvey faces Boston in series opener

As the Orioles get ready to, hopefully, play Boston for the third series this season tonight, they can look back on two very different series against the Red Sox. The start of tonight’s game, which was set for 7:05 p.m., is being delayed by rain. Shortly after 8 p.m., an approximate start time of 8:40 was announced. The Orioles opened the year by sweeping three

O’s still not making a dent in their playoff odds

Through 31 games, the Orioles continue to hover around the .500 mark. They are playing .484 ball via win percentage at 15-16. And they have played a difficult schedule. Of the club’s 31 games, 26 have been played versus teams that have a current winning record and 12 have been played versus first-place teams in Boston and Oakland. That strength of schedule at .522 is

The lefty who didn’t get prospect attention is being noticed now

We have pointed it out before, but it still holds true: John Means was never ranked once among the Orioles’ top 30 prospects by Baseball America and barely made it onto the MLBPipeline.com list. But not being ranked doesn’t mean you can’t make the majors, be good when you get there and be a Rookie of the Year contender. For Means, check, check and check.

John Means adds name to O’s history book with no-hitter

He was hitting corners. He was getting four pitches over consistently for strikes. He was throwing a remarkable percentage of first-pitch strikes. And he was dominating. But would John Means make history this afternoon or just post another dominant start and lead the Orioles to another win? It was the first part. Today the lefty produced the sixth no-hitter in Baltimore Orioles history and the

O’s game blog: The series finale in Seattle

The Orioles can produce both a winning series and a winning road trip with a victory this afternoon at Seattle. The trip began when they took two of three from first-place Oakland over the weekend. It continued Monday with a 5-3 win at Seattle before last night’s 5-2 loss. The Orioles (14-16) are playing .467 ball at the 30-game mark. That would produce a final

The RISP issues and a look at opening night on the farm

For the Orioles, it has been a recurring problem with their offense: a lack of clutch hits. This issue showed up again big time in the second game of the Seattle series Tuesday night. The Orioles had the bases loaded and one out in the second inning. They had bases loaded and two outs in the sixth and the same situation in the eighth. The

This time, Mariners have a big eighth to beat O’s (quotes added)

On a night when the Orioles continued to not capitalize on bases-loaded situations, the Seattle Mariners did in a big way with one of their own. And that led Seattle to a 5-2 win over the Orioles on Tuesday night in the second game of the series. Right-hander Travis Lakins Sr. started the last of the eighth in a 1-1 tie and gave up a

O’s game blog: Shooting for a series win at Seattle

Enjoying a good road trip with three wins in four games, the Orioles look for another victory when they play at Seattle tonight in the second of a three-game series. The Orioles were being shut out through seven innings and down 1-0 last night when they erupted for a five-run eighth and a 5-3 win. Cedric Mullins and Freddy Galvis hit two-run homers. It was

Where the O’s top 30 prospects will begin the minor league season

With Minor League Baseball opening a new season tonight, here is a look at where Orioles prospects on the MLBPipeline.com top 30 are beginning the new season. Triple-A Norfolk leads the way with a roster currently holding eight top 30 prospects, while Double-A Bowie, high Single-A Aberdeen and low Single-A Delmarva have five each. Norfolk: (9) Yusniel Diaz, (10) Keegan Akin, (11) Zac Lowther, (15)

Opening night starter: DL Hall moves up to Double-A and debuts tonight

Right-hander Grayson Rodriguez might be the Orioles’ highest-ranked pitching prospect. But left-hander DL Hall is not far behind. And now armed with a fastball that touches 100 mph and what he believes is improved command, the 22-year-old Hall will make his Double-A debut tonight. He’s on the mound when the Bowie Baysox play at Altoona on opening night. In the most current national rankings, Baseball

O’s hit two homers in eighth, rally to beat M’s (with quotes)

If one of the Orioles’ goals tonight was to get right-hander Dean Kremer back on track, they did that. But could his strong outing lead to a win in the series opener at Seattle? It was a night where Seattle went with a bullpen game. And that actually was not great news for the Orioles. The Mariners bullpen began the game first in the majors

O’s game blog: The series opener at Seattle

The West Coast road trip continues at T-Mobile Park tonight when the Orioles play the Seattle Mariners to start a three-game series. The Orioles (13-15) took two of three over the weekend at Oakland. Seattle (16-13) won two of three from the Los Angeles Angels. The Mariners are 5-2-2 in series play this year and 8-6 at home. They are 14-8 in their last 22

Galvis on getting back in lineup and trying to maintain a hot bat

Just when he was starting to hit on a team that could have used some offense, new Orioles shortstop Freddy Galvis had to miss four games. He suffered a sore left adductor/groin on April 26 against the New York Yankees. But he was back in the lineup over the weekend, starting at short for the last two games of the series at Oakland. “I think

There were good signs over the weekend for the offense

It was at least a small step forward over the weekend at Oakland for the Orioles on offense. They scored 16 runs on 28 hits, batting .264 for the three games with four doubles and four home runs. There was no offensive explosion, but there seemed to be less chasing of pitches and more clutch hits. Again, no outpouring of clutch hitting, but seeing Trey

O’s game blog: Going for a sweep in Oakland

The Orioles are enjoying the West Coast so far. They’ve started a six-game road trip by going 2-0 at Oakland and can record a three-game sweep of the Athletics today at Oakland Coliseum. If the Orioles win: * They will have their second three-game sweep, with both coming on the road.* They will have a season-best four-game winning streak.* They’ll be back at .500 for

We are now just two days from minor league opening day

The Orioles are excited to see their young minor league players on the field starting Tuesday for many reasons. They had a strong preseason camp in Florida leading to Friday’s release of the break-camp rosters. The organization feels a farm system that is now ranked fifth by MLBPipeline.com and seventh by Baseball America is robust. Final roster decisions were tough. “I think what is interesting

O’s game blog: Trying to build on Friday’s win at Oakland

With back-to-back one-run wins over the New York Yankees and Oakland Athletics under their belt, the Orioles take the field today at Oakland looking to move to within a game of the .500 mark. It’s the second game of a three-game series and six-game trip to face the top two clubs in the American League West. With Friday’s 3-2 win over Oakland, the Orioles (12-14)

Hyde on Means: “He’s turning into a complete pitcher”

Suddenly, they are the cardiac Orioles. They lose a ninth-inning lead against the New York Yankees, but beat them in 10 on Thursday. They travel across the country, almost lose a lead in the last of the ninth at Oakland but beat the first-place A’s for the second time in a row. One guess as to which pitcher started both games? It was John Means

The ace does it again: Means pitches O’s past A’s (updated)

Giving up a homer would annoy any pitcher. Tonight when he gave up one, it seemed to really annoy Orioles left-hander John Means. And Oakland batters would pay for that. A walk followed that solo homer in the Oakland second inning. Then Means would strike out eight of the next 12 Oakland batters and retire 14 in a row. He was well on his way

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