3:25 AM EST, Sun March 03, 2024
12 hours ago
In second spring start, Cole Irvin puts up more zeros against New York

In second spring start, Cole Irvin puts up more zeros against New York

SARASOTA, Fla. - In his second outing of spring training, O’s lefty Cole Irvin put up more zeros today and continued to show off his increased velocity.Irvin threw three scoreless innings, twice facing the top of the Yankees order, as the Orioles faced New York for the first of two games this spring.Irvin had some traffic on the bases, but put up zeros in the top of the first and second. But he needed 21 pitches to get through the first and 20 more in the second.He was once again showing the velocity bump. In his start Sunday versus the Pirates he threw two scoreless, averaging 94 mph on...
17 hours ago
John Means making progress but not likely to pitch in any spring games

John Means making progress but not likely to pitch in any spring games

SARASOTA, Fla. – The timetable for lefty John Means has not changed. He began spring training a month behind the other pitchers after he had an extended winter rest period. This followed his missing the American League Division Series with elbow soreness.But Means is continuing to throw in Florida and his next step, he said today, will be live bullpen sessions coming in the next week or two.But he is not likely to pitch in any spring training games, which run through March 24. And he is still expected to begin the regular season on the injured list. “Means, maybe, probably not,”...
17 hours ago
Orioles and Yankees lineups for game at Ed Smith Stadium

Orioles and Yankees lineups for game at Ed Smith Stadium

SARASOTA, Fla. – The Orioles currently hold the best record for the Grapefruit and Cactus leagues combined at 7-1 and have won four in a row.They try to keep a streak alive today when they host the New York Yankees at 1:05 p.m. at Ed Smith Stadium. The game will be televised live on MASN.This is the first of just two spring games between these American League East rivals, a year after the Orioles won 101 games and the Yankees won 82.Center fielder Cedric Mullins, who is 2-for-7 this spring, will lead off, followed by catcher Adley Rutschman and Ryan Mountcastle, who returns to the field at...
20 hours ago
This week we got a glimpse of what

This week we got a glimpse of what "Spring Breakout" could look like

SARASOTA, Fla. - When Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Paul Skenes, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2023 MLB Draft, faced the Orioles' Jackson Holliday, the No. 1 overall pick in 2022, on Thursday in Sarasota, it was a nice appetizer for a game coming later this month. Skenes, the LSU product, retired Holliday on the second pitch of the at-bat. He touched 102 mph during his scoreless inning versus the Orioles on Thursday. He threw 100 against Holliday.On March 14 in Bradenton, the top O’s prospects will play the top Pirates prospects as part of a new series of games this year called...
Mar 1, 2024
A look at MLB Network's stop at O's camp

A look at MLB Network's stop at O's camp

The Orioles got some national attention this week when MLB Network aired its “30 clubs in 15 days preview” on the Orioles on Thursday afternoon. If you missed it, the analysts are high on the 2024 Orioles with former player Cliff Floyd projecting another 100-win year.Yes, expectations are very high for a club that was 47-115 in the 2018 season and won just 54 games in 2019 and 52 in 2021. That was before the big leap to 83 victories in 2022 and last year to 101 which included a return to the playoffs for the first time since 2016 and an AL East title for the first time since 2014.Players...
Feb 29, 2024
Just for fun, a look at PECOTA projections

Just for fun, a look at PECOTA projections

If there is one computer projection that seems consistently confounded by the Orioles, it is PECOTA. From Baseball Prospectus, that stands for Player Empirical Comparison and Optimization Test Algorithm. PECOTA is the Baseball Prospectus proprietary system that projects player (and also team) performance based on comparison with historical player seasons.The algorithm has seldom shown the ability to project the Orioles win total well. There have been rare years where it was close but many more with big, big misses.Last year would be one, unless you don't consider predicting the eventual AL...
Feb 28, 2024
A take on how the bullpen could look for the opener

A take on how the bullpen could look for the opener

It’s still very early in spring training but never too early to take a shot at guesses – and that is what they truly are, guesses – at the makeup of the Opening Day roster.Today I will take a shot at projecting an eight-man bullpen that would work behind a starting group of five pitching in some order to include Corbin Burnes, Grayson Rodriguez, Dean Kremer, Cole Irvin and Tyler Wells beginning March 28.At the back-end closing games is righty Craig Kimbrel, who will have that job for the opener barring a big surprise or an injury issue.The Orioles, minus Félix Bautista for this season...
Feb 27, 2024
After being limited by injuries in 2023, Ryan Mountcastle looks for productive '24

After being limited by injuries in 2023, Ryan Mountcastle looks for productive '24

For a player that was limited by injuries to 115 games and 470 plate appearances in the 2023, Ryan Mountcastle still did some nice things with his potentially potent bat. Especially in the second half when his OBP soared to heights when have not seen from him in the big leagues.On the year Mounty hit .270/.328/.452/.779 producing career bests in batting average and OBP and producing his best OPS+ in his three full years of 117.In the lineup he was topped by Adley Rutschman (128), Gunnar Henderson (125), Ryan O'Hearn (122) and Anthony Santander (121).In the second half Mountcastle hit...
Feb 26, 2024
A take on Samuel Basallo from a coach he is very close with

A take on Samuel Basallo from a coach he is very close with

Orioles catching prospect Samuel Basallo can make a nice first impression. Like when he reported to Low-A Delmarva last April for his first shot at full-season minor league ball. He homered in each of his first two games with the Shorebirds.His manager then was Felipe Rojas Alou Jr. and the kid had long since made a nice first impression on Alou. As he remembers it, he first saw Basallo at the O’s Dominion academy, not the new one that just opened but the previous edition.On a sunny field then, somewhere around January of 2020 or maybe earlier, Alou recalls that he saw the young kid with a...
Feb 25, 2024
Can O's starting outfield produce a collective big year?

Can O's starting outfield produce a collective big year?

They are three of the Orioles' longest-tenured players. They have been teammates for a long time and are three of the biggest contributors on the team.Again this year for the Orioles, a lot is expected from their starting outfield of left fielder Austin Hays, center fielder Cedric Mullins and right fielder Anthony Santander.With Santander a free agent at the end of the 2024 season, it's possible this coming year will be their last together in Baltimore. Hays and Mullins are eligible to be free agents after the 2025 season.The trio enjoyed helping the Orioles return to the playoffs last year,...
Feb 24, 2024
How Corbin Burnes stacks up with other MLB hurlers since the 2020 season

How Corbin Burnes stacks up with other MLB hurlers since the 2020 season

When 29-year-old right-hander Corbin Burnes takes the mound today to start the first spring training game for his new team, the Orioles will get a look at their new ace in action for the first time in the 2024 season.They hope he is the quality workhorse and clear No. 1 pitcher that the Milwaukee Brewers saw since his rookie season of 2018. He moved into a big league rotation for good in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.Burnes is no doubt worthy of being called an ace, and you can make a case that he is the best pitcher in baseball since that 2020 season.In 2020, he went 4-1 with a 2.11 ERA...
Feb 23, 2024
Rutschman cracks top 20 and Burnes talks cutter in camp

Rutschman cracks top 20 and Burnes talks cutter in camp

With the acquisition of right-hander Corbin Burnes, the Orioles ended up with two starting pitchers and five players ranked on the list of MLB Network’s Top 100 players right now.The list was completed this week with Atlanta’s Ronald Acuna Jr. ranked No. 1 after a season with 41 homers and 73 steals – becoming the first 40/70 player in baseball history.Mookie Betts of the Dodgers was rated No. 2 with Aaron Judge of the Yankees No. 3 and Dodgers ranking No. 4 and No. 5 with Shohei Ohtani and Freddie Freeman. Three of the first five are Dodgers and two of the top nine are Yankees with...
Feb 22, 2024
Is it time for a free agent signing deadline for MLB?

Is it time for a free agent signing deadline for MLB?

With spring training games beginning this week – Saturday for the Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium versus Boston – some big-name free agents remain unsigned.We have seen big names sign big dollar deals before with the season only weeks away. The Phillies signed Bryce Harper to a 13-year deal worth $330 million on March 2, 2019.This can’t be good for the game or the players, wondering where they will be playing this year as teams are already in camp and games are about to begin.The management of the sport would like a signing deadline of some sort – a time when free agent signings come to...
Feb 21, 2024
One area the O's would love a repeat of 2023 - how well the year started

One area the O's would love a repeat of 2023 - how well the year started

The Orioles would certainly love to duplicate a few things this season from last season. They’d love to win 101 games again. They would love to win the AL East and make the playoffs again.And, to that end, they would love to do another thing the 2023 Orioles did – get off to a fast start that set a great tone for the 162-game grind.The Tampa Bay Rays got off to an even better start, but the Orioles could have been buried but by starting 22-10 they held their own early on.At that point on May 5, 2023, they were playing .688 ball with the second-best record in the majors. Behind only the...
Feb 20, 2024
A few more O's facts and opinions

A few more O's facts and opinions

Time for more Orioles facts and opinions as we get closer to their spring training opener on Saturday at Ed Smith Stadium versus Boston. Fact: The Orioles acquired Craig Kimbrel in December with the intent that he serves as the club’s closer in the 2024 season.Opinion: Despite the fact that Kimbrel is a 9-time All-Star and ranks eighth all-time with 417 saves, there is some concern about him around Birdland.And while yes, he did struggle last year in the NL Championship Series, there are reasons to believe Kimbrel will do a good enough job for the Orioles. Experience for one – few have...