Aug. 18, 2014
If Adam Jones sounded defensive at the time - or as Roch Kubatko described it, "agitated by the panic that set in with some folks over a 2-5 start before yesterday's win" - he sounds more level-headed now. That win was even a bit predictive.
Aug. 8, 2014 Caleb Joseph homered for the fourth consecutive game on Thursday, becoming the third Orioles catcher to do so, according to many news reports. Gus Triandos and Ramon Hernandez were said to be the others. This week's Flashback Friday looks at Triandos' efforts in 1959 when he became the O's first backstop with a quartet of consecutive home run games. Sort of. Triandos was a man of multiple power hitting firsts for the Orioles. He was the first O's player with 20 home runs (21 in 1956) as well as 30 home runs (30 in 1958).
Aug. 6, 2014
Dropped to seventh in the batting order versus Toronto Tuesday, Chris Davis launched his 18th home run of the season and finished the night with a .196 batting average. One season after recording the 27th 50-homer season in baseball history, Davis could become only the ninth major leaguer to hit 20 home runs while batting below the Mendoza Line.
Here are the others I found:
Dan Uggla: .179 with 22 home runs for the Atlanta Braves in 2013.
J.P. Arencibia: .194 with 21 home runs for Toronto in 2013.
Aug. 5, 2014
Baltimore and Toronto haven't received top billing in the A.L. East for quite some time - more than two decades, but who's counting? Yet here we are in early August with the Orioles and Blue Jays at the top of the division standings and playing three of their nine, meaningful head-to-head games remaining on the schedule.
The Toronto Star begins one of its articles previewing this week's match-up, which it terms "The Battle of the Birds," by asking the following: "Hey Toronto, remember this feeling? It’s called a pennant race."
July 31, 2014
You wish the Blue Jays were further back in the standings. You're a little concerned about the Rays resurgence. But admit it, my fellow Orioles fan, you're really looking at where the Yankees and Red Sox are in the A.L. East.
If that's not the case, perhaps it should be. Why? Because the Orioles have only been this far up on both of their well-heeled division rivals at the same time twice in the past 25 years. The last time it happened, the Tampa Bay Rays didn't even exist.
July 25, 2014
I happened across a website today that features old Orioles programs and scorecards. It's worth a look at the full archive, which serves as an online treasure chest of O's nostalgia.
Here are some fun samples from the full collection:
July 22, 2014
Every team in the A.L. East thinks it can still win the division. The Orioles, however, have the best chance of doing so. With that in mind, let's not be afraid of the baseball boogeyman.
The baseball boogeyman doesn't hang out in the closet or under the bed. No, he's there at the bottom of the division standings in the form of the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays. Lately it seems lots of folks are afraid of them.
July 10, 2014
During a conversation with a work colleague this week I stated the following about my beloved Orioles: "If they could get their starting pitching together, they'd be in good shape." To which he replied, "Aren't they in first place?"