6:31 PM EDT, Wed June 28, 2017
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MLB trade rumors: If the Orioles are buyers, who are their sellers?

MLB trade rumors: If the Orioles are buyers, who are their sellers?

If the Orioles are going to get back into the postseason, they’re probably going to have to get some help from outside the organization. Here’s where it might come from. The Orioles have a tough choice to make over the next month heading into MLB’s trade deadline. Should they buy or should they sell? Every win keeps the O’s in the hunt of a crowded wild card race with no AL team running away with either of those spots yet. Every loss seems to confirm the hopeless cause that we all fear this team might be. On Monday, I wrote about the Orioles as potential trade deadline sellers. That...
9 hours ago
The Orioles have been the worst team at drafting this century

The Orioles have been the worst team at drafting this century

A recent deep dive into the draft ranks the Orioles as the worst organization when it comes to the amateur draft. The MLB amateur draft happened a couple of weeks ago. As I was listening to a recent episode of the Fangraphs podcast Effectively Wild they had on Ryan Nelson a baseball blogger who did his own research into how teams rank as either “good” or “bad” at drafting. The podcast had mostly to do with methodology, but his post has the hard numbers of his data crunching and the Orioles as you might have guessed, are the worst team when it comes to getting value from draft...
10 hours ago
Orioles prospects 6/27: Keegan Akin throws a no hitter for 7 2/3 innings and gets the win

Orioles prospects 6/27: Keegan Akin throws a no hitter for 7 2/3 innings and gets the win

Bowie and Frederick win. Norfolk and Delmarva lose. It’s all in the family as Preston Palmeiro, Steve Johnson and Sharlon Schoop all see action. Louisville Bats (Reds) 7, Norfolk Tides 6 Norfolk was down 7-0, but they came back and only ended up losing 7-6. So there’s that. Gabriel Ynoa (1-6) and Steve Johnson were bombed, giving up seven runs in six innings. Scott McGough, Andrew Faulkner and Shairon Martis threw three combined shutout innings. SS Sharlon Schoop – yes, Jonathan’s brother – was 0-3 and is hitting .200 on the season. Pedro Alvarez and Johnny Giavotella had one hit...
11 hours ago
Wednesday Bird Droppings: Winning is fun

Wednesday Bird Droppings: Winning is fun

The Orioles have won three games in a row! I had forgotten what that feels like. Hello Camden Chatters. Today we get to face the day with the Orioles on a three-game winning streak, their first since May 31st - June 2nd. It’ll be tough to get a fourth win in a row with Wade Miley facing Marcus Stroman, but maybe these Orioles can do it! I am feeling optimistic after three wins. Silly, I know. If you haven’t yet, definitely check in on the lovely totals with Randy DeCleene’s game recap. Let’s hit the links! Orioles are on Life Support and Need a Transplant - Camden DepotJon...
19 hours ago
Orioles back to .500 with 3-1 win over the Blue Jays in Toronto

Orioles back to .500 with 3-1 win over the Blue Jays in Toronto

Gausman and the bullpen get it done. Schoop, Jones and Trumbo provide the offense in the victory. Following a rare day off – Monday was only their second in June – Baltimore (37-38) headed north of the border to start a three-game series, Tuesday through Thursday, against the Toronto Blue Jays (36-39). Baltimore entered the game 5-5 in their last ten games, playing somewhat better than they had much of June, and on the heels of their first road series win in over two months. Paul Janish commented during the pre-game radio show that hopefully Baltimore has had their bad run, and the...
Jun 27, 2017
Orioles vs. Blue Jays series preview: The battle for AL East futility

Orioles vs. Blue Jays series preview: The battle for AL East futility

The fourth- and fifth-place clubs in the AL East meet north of the border to determine who is the worst baseball team in the division. The Orioles and Blue Jays are two teams that both expected to be a lot better this season than they actually are. Baltimore has felt like a team in crisis, especially when it comes to starting pitching, but did just take two of three from the Rays. Toronto, to be fair, has righted the ship after a disastrous opening month, but they just can’t quite get to the .500 mark. Prepare yourself for three games of mediocrity. There is no secret as to why the Blues...
Jun 27, 2017
Who will represent the Orioles in the 2017 MLB All-Star Game?

Who will represent the Orioles in the 2017 MLB All-Star Game?

The options are more limited than in recent years The recent struggles of the Baltimore Orioles has made the MLB season a bit of a drag in Charm City. No, the team is not quite as awful as the pre-2012 Birds. But the 2017 iteration of the O’s may be stuck in a similar situation to those teams when it comes to the All-Star Game. A rule remains in place for the Midsummer Classic that says all 30 major league teams must be represented on the two rosters, whether they truly deserve it or not. In the past, that meant the Orioles sent the likes of George Sherrill, Tony Batista and Ty Wiggington...
Jun 27, 2017
Orioles prospects 6/26: Cody Sedlock continues to struggle

Orioles prospects 6/26: Cody Sedlock continues to struggle

There was some good pitching on the farm last night, unfortunately it did not come from first round pick Cody Sedlock Norfolk Tides 3, Louisville Bats (CIN) 1 It was a good night for starting pitching Jayson Aquino, who pitched seven strong innings with just one run allowed. Aquino kept the Bats quiet, allowing just three hits, all singles, and two walks. He struck out five and was a ground ball machine, inducing 12 ground ball outs. The Tides weren’t much on offense, just enough to get the win. They scored all three of their runs in the third inning. Two runs came in on a Chance Sisco...
Jun 27, 2017
Tuesday Bird Droppings: The Orioles head north of the border

Tuesday Bird Droppings: The Orioles head north of the border

After a day off, the Orioles are in Toronto where they will hopefully stay out of last place. In today’s links, the Orioles won’t have many All-Stars, ex-O’s are having problems, and more. Hello, friends. Another day has dawned with the Orioles in fourth place in the American League East. They are just 2.5 games out of a wild card spot following an Indians win on Monday. That seems so improbable but it is in fact true. As bad as the last month and a half have been, the Orioles are - for now - in this race. Although the Orioles are that close, they’re also just a game ahead of the...
Jun 26, 2017
Around the AL East, Week 12: Orioles pull within four games of first

Around the AL East, Week 12: Orioles pull within four games of first

Only five games separate first from last place in the AL East. The Yankees continue to scuffle, but no other team is taking full advantage. Baltimore Orioles For the second weekend in a row, the Orioles won the last two games of a three-game set to somewhat salvage another disappointing week. Keep the Saturdays and Sundays coming. Things could be so much worse but by defeating the Rays on the road by scores of 8-3 and 8-5, the Birds are only four games behind the Red Sox and Yankees who sit atop the division. Improved performances by Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman were...
Jun 26, 2017
The Orioles need Jonathan Schoop and he’s never been better

The Orioles need Jonathan Schoop and he’s never been better

The free-swinging Schoop has tamed his offensive approach, peeling back a product that seems to only improve by the day. Down 5-4 in the top of the 8th inning yesterday afternoon, Orioles’ second baseman Jonathan Schoop was lured into a 1-2 count to start the inning. Rays’ reliever Chase Whitley forced a swing and a miss from Schoop after a 1-1 changeup, putting the oft-swinging Schoop in a typically precarious situation. Whitley followed the 1-2 changeup with a slider down and away, a pitch that has historically induced a walk back to the dugout. Nevertheless, he persisted. Passing...
Jun 26, 2017
Orioles prospects 6/25: A Norfolk pitcher struggles, again

Orioles prospects 6/25: A Norfolk pitcher struggles, again

Poor starting pitching by the Tides has been a common theme this year, one reason why the O’s have no rotation options. Other games in the O’s minors went better Sunday. Norfolk Tides 9, Gwinnett Braves 8 (11 innings) The two teams combined for 16 runs in the first four innings, with both starting pitchers getting pounded into submission before they were done, then after racking up an early 8-8 score, didn’t score again until Norfolk picked up a run in the top of the 11th inning. The Tides came out on top, though from the standpoint of wanting an O’s prospect to actually do well, it...
Jun 26, 2017
Orioles roster moves of the week: Still looking for someone who can pitch

Orioles roster moves of the week: Still looking for someone who can pitch

Darren O’Day is back from the disabled list. Some players are back from Norfolk, while others have gone to Norfolk. If you’ve been watching MASN broadcasts over the past couple of weeks, you’ve probably heard some discussion about how the Orioles don’t actually want to be constantly shuffling the pitchers on the roster. What they really want is for some of those guys to be good enough to stick around. So far, that’s only really been the case about Richard Bleier. Everyone else has been shuffling constantly. And so it was over the last week as well. Maybe with an off day this week,...
Jun 26, 2017
MLB trade rumors: If the Orioles do end up as sellers, who are their buyers?

MLB trade rumors: If the Orioles do end up as sellers, who are their buyers?

The Orioles have time to turn their season around, but if they don’t, they need to figure out who might have a need for the players they could be offering up. Whether the Orioles should or will be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline is going to be a subject of much angst and debate over the next month-plus until the deadline comes and goes. Are they more like the team that started out 22-10 or are they more like the team that went 13-28 after that? Even someone who’s feeling morose over the recently-concluded streak of 20 consecutive games allowing 5+ runs must admit that the team...
Jun 26, 2017
Monday Bird Droppings

Monday Bird Droppings

The Oriole may have returned to their five run allowing ways, but, hey...two straight wins. On the road, no less! The Orioles continue their road trip this week in yet another lovely baseball palace in Toronto. Sunday lineup delivers 8-5 win (with quotes) - School of RochNotes and quotes from the O's uplifting win in Tampa. Fanrag: Are the Orioles or Blue Jays better suited to contend in the AL East Long term prospects for the O's? Maybe don't go saving for the 2020 World Series just yet. Beyond the Boxscore: The Orioles' fall from grace If you need more data on how bad this season has...