12:21 AM EDT, Sun October 22, 2017
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Saturday ALCS open thread

Saturday ALCS open thread

The American League Championship Series can't go any farther. It all comes down to Game 7 between the Yankees and Astros. This one is for all the marbles, or at least all of the American League marbles. The American League Championship Series between the Yankees and Astros has gone as far as it can go, all the way to Game 7. That's despite the Astros opening with a 2-0 lead and the Yankees storming back to a 3-2 edge. Now it's 3-3 and this is it. The home team has won every game of this series so far. That could be heartening for the Astros faithful. On the other hand, pitching for the...
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Saturday Bird Droppings: Where the ALCS is getting all the drama

Saturday Bird Droppings: Where the ALCS is getting all the drama

The ALCS is coming down to a dramatic Game 7. The Orioles can watch on TV. In today’s links, Steve Wilkerson makes his roster case, Pat Connaughton keeps making it in the NBA, and more. Hello, friends. There are now 158 days remaining until Orioles Opening Day 2018. There will be Game 7 of the ALCS tonight between the Yankees and the Astros and then there will be no more baseball until the World Series gets underway in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Things don’t get much more dramatic than coming down to the final game of a series. Anything can happen from here on. Perhaps the Astros will get...
Oct 20, 2017
Friday ALCS open thread

Friday ALCS open thread

It's do or die time for the Houston Astros on Friday night, as they return to their home city needing a win to force a Game 7 against the Yankees, to be played tomorrow night, if necessary. That's not the greatest situation to be in, although they probably feel a little bit better about everything with Justin Verlander taking the mound for them. Including the postseason, Verlander has only pitched in eight games for the Astros. He was the winning pitcher in all eight games, including one outing where he pitched in relief. That also included a complete game earlier in this very series, a...
Oct 20, 2017
For Kevin Gausman, a familiar story this season

For Kevin Gausman, a familiar story this season

A rough first-half, supplemented by a strong second-half, reminded us Kevin Gausman is capable of becoming a top-of-the-rotation starter. Sounds familiar, huh? As a young man, I was not fortunate enough to grow up with a fondness for Orioles starting pitching. As an adult, I have not been fortunate to grow up with a fondness for Orioles starting pitching. Time is a flat circle, folks. When the Orioles drafted Kevin Gausman, a fellow Coloradoan who was the talk of high school baseball in the state when we were both seniors in high school, I was thrilled. I’d seen enough and heard enough...
Oct 20, 2017
Orioles’ starting rotation went from bad to worse after adding Jeremy Hellickson

Orioles’ starting rotation went from bad to worse after adding Jeremy Hellickson

Acquired at the trade deadline from the Phillies, Jeremy Hellickson did his part to support one of the Orioles’ worst rotations in years. When I first received this assignment to write about Jeremy Hellickson’s 2017 season with the Orioles, I was tempted to submit the headline, “Hellickson’s contributions as an Oriole,” along with a blank page of copy. That would about sum it up, but instead I chose to share a few observations to show just how bad Hellickson played while wearing the black and orange. Of course we all know that the right-handed pitcher came to Baltimore in a trade...
Oct 20, 2017
Friday Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles scrap heap signings never stop

Friday Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles scrap heap signings never stop

The Orioles found a scrap heap guy on Thursday because Dan Duquette never sleeps. In today’s links, pondering Harvey’s role, Davis’s production, and more winning from high school Orioles teams. Hello, friends. There are now 159 days remaining until Orioles Opening Day 2018. One baseball game awaits our attention tonight as the ALCS returns to Houston and the Astros try to survive and force a Game 7 against a resurgent Yankees team. I wish I didn't have to write that. Tonight could be the last game being played until Tuesday. The Dodgers polished off the Cubs in five games on Thursday...
Oct 19, 2017
Thursday NLCS open thread

Thursday NLCS open thread

The Cubs are in win or go home mode against the Dodgers, and they are running head long into Clayton Kershaw. Well, good luck. The National League Championship Series could come to a close tonight. The same was true last night, but the Cubs managed to win a game and avoid a sweep at the hands of the Dodgers. Chicago's reward for doing this is that they need to win for a second consecutive game to continue the series - only today, instead of facing Alex Wood (who, in fairness, was incredible this season) they go up against Clayton Kershaw, who hasn't had a WHIP above 1 for the past five...
Oct 19, 2017
Injuries dashed the high hopes for Zach Britton’s 2017 season

Injuries dashed the high hopes for Zach Britton’s 2017 season

The Orioles closer fought injuries all season long in 2017 while his command and effectiveness suffered. Coming off perhaps the greatest season by a reliever in MLB history, no one’s stock was higher than Zach Britton’s entering the 2017 season. Fresh off of back-to-back-to-back sub-2 ERA seasons as a reliever, Britton looked to pick up right where he left off in the midst of a 49-game streak of converted saves. Unfortunately for the southpaw, his body had other ideas and Britton never found his 2016 form while fighting a multitude of injuries. Britton’s ailments started way back in...
Oct 19, 2017
Thursday Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles want a lefty

Thursday Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles want a lefty

The ALCS tilts towards the Yankees because justice is absent from this universe. In today’s links, the search for a lefty, the growth of the Orioles farm system, and more. Hello, friends. There are now 160 days remaining until Orioles Opening Day 2018. For today, at least, there is one game to be played that may entertain us. The Cubs avoided a sweep at the hands of the Dodgers on Wednesday night, meaning that Game 5 of the NLCS awaits. It’s an off day for the ALCS as the series travels back to Houston. The Astros, after coming to New York in command of the series, get back to their...
Oct 18, 2017
Ubaldo Jimenez’s 2017 was a disappointment similar to 2016

Ubaldo Jimenez’s 2017 was a disappointment similar to 2016

The year wasn’t kind to Jimenez. With that behind him and the Orioles, where does it leave the team’s rotation plans moving ahead? Describing a year pitched by Ubaldo Jimenez isn’t exactly something you can summarize succinctly. Seemingly every season throughout his career, there’s been a unique storyline that has emerged and placed a stamp of strangeness on that particular year. It’s not exactly the way every Major League pitcher does it, but the Ubaldo way has been simple: it’s never a predictable ride. Though if there was any year in his career that falls under the...
Oct 18, 2017
Dylan Bundy showed glimpses of greatness. Now we’re ready for the whole show.

Dylan Bundy showed glimpses of greatness. Now we’re ready for the whole show.

The Orioles pushed Dylan Bundy in 2017 to a career high in innings and Bundy responded by being the Orioles best starting pitcher. Can he do it again next year? Coming into the 2017 season Dylan Bundy was an untested, but still promising young pitcher. It was unclear how many innings the Orioles were going to allow Bundy to pitch in 2017 considering he only reached his career high of 109.2 innings in 2016 after being pressed into a starting role. It was also uncertain how Bundy’s body would respond considering his light professional workload to date and his lengthy injury history. Bundy...
Oct 18, 2017
Wednesday Bird Droppings: Where the ALCS is worrying us

Wednesday Bird Droppings: Where the ALCS is worrying us

The Yankees are not cooperating, the Dodgers are dominating, and Birdland is quiet. Welcome to another day of the Orioles offseason, where things aren’t going quite as we hoped in the ALCS. The Yankees came from behind to beat the Astros last night and tie the series 2-2. Over in the NLCS, the Dodgers are one game away from sweeping the Cubs and getting into the World Series. I have to say that a Dodgers/Yankees World Series would not be my favorite thing ever. Various improvements needed from these six Orioles - School of RochRoch breaks down what several important Orioles need to do...
Oct 17, 2017
Chris Tillman had a contract year to forget for the Orioles

Chris Tillman had a contract year to forget for the Orioles

The Orioles former ace struggled with injury, decreased velocity and non-existent control For Chris Tillman, 2017 was a nightmare. A shoulder injury nagged him in Spring Training and caused him to miss the first month of the regular season. But even when the right-hander was deemed “healthy”, the results were poor. He now enters the winter as a free agent with an unsure future. Tillman’s trouble with his right shoulder has become a long, drawn out issue at this point. He hit the disabled listed with it back in August 2016 before bouncing back to finish the season and pitch in the Wild...
Oct 17, 2017
Tuesday Bird Droppings: Where Buck rumors are still floating around

Tuesday Bird Droppings: Where Buck rumors are still floating around

For some reason, Phillies writers won’t stop writing about Buck Showalter and the Phillies. In today’s links, what the Orioles should look for in the rotation, and more. Hello, friends. There are now 162 days remaining until Orioles Opening Day 2018. For today and tomorrow, at least, there will be two baseball games to possibly entertain us, as both the ALCS and NLCS will be in action. The AL starts at 5 o'clock, while the NL starts at 9 o'clock. It was probably too much to hope that the Yankees would get swept by the Astros. Especially once the name of Jeffrey Maier was invoked in the...
Oct 16, 2017
Monday ALCS open thread

Monday ALCS open thread

The Yankees and Astros resume the ALCS in New York tonight. The Yankees are still looking for their first win in the series. They turn to CC Sabathia for Game 3. The Yankees and the Astros have played two games of the American League Championship Series so far and the Astros have won both. That’s plenty OK with me. The sooner the Yankees are dispatched from this picture, the better that will be for my general happiness as a baseball fan. Those guys have won quite enough for my lifetime, thank you. The series shifts to New York for the next three games, if they end up needing to play three...