Aug. 21, 2013
Tune in early, tune out late. That's my advice for Orioles fans in terms of maintaining sanity this season. It's the antithesis of Orioles Magic. However, after looking at O's pitching by inning earlier this week and now O's hitting by inning, it seems the Birds fly south as the games wear on.
Aug. 19, 2013
Orioles starters struggled to pitch more than five innings per outing in the early part of the season. Now the starters are pitching into the sixth or seventh inning but seem to be falling apart when they do.
Aug. 13, 2013
The Orioles arrived in Arizona this week having won seven of their last 11 games. Admit it, you wanted more. I sure did. I'm still waiting on that extended win streak that finally puts the Orioles on solid footing in the postseason race. This desire is driven more by heart than it is by head, and the truth is a big win streak is not a must. Given what's been happening in baseball this year, it only feels that way.
Aug. 8, 2013
Chris Davis helped the Orioles to a 10-3 victory Wednesday with a 447-foot home run that was the longest at PETCO Park this season and the second-longest in the history of that ballpark.
Aug. 5, 2013
The Orioles lost two of three games to the Seattle Mariners (52-59) over the weekend to complete a disappointing 4-5 homestand that also included a three-game set with the otherwise sweepable Houston Astros (36-74). The Baltimore Sun termed it "a homestand of missed opportunities."
July 24, 2013
Francisco Rodriguez is an Oriole. Acquired in a trade for minor leaguer Nick Delmonico, Rodriguez - aka K-Rod or Frankie - was 1-1 with a 1.09 ERA and 10 saves in 25 appearances for the Brewers in 2013.
July 21, 2013
A couple of stories from the weekend got me thinking about familiar faces in new places and whether the explanation that a player can improve with a "change of scenery" holds any weight. If it does, you can consider the Orioles' Chris Davis as Exhibit A.
Davis returned to his native Texas this weekend as an entirely different ballplayer. Here it is in a nutshell:
July 16, 2013
Chris Davis didn't win this year's home run derby, but he also didn't flame out in the first round. Not ideal, but entirely respectable.
So how did Davis stack up historically with other Baltimore derby participants? Here's the full rundown through the years:
2013 Chris Davis, 12 home runs, fourth place
2006 Miguel Tejada, three home runs, sixth place
2004 Miguel Tejada, 27 home runs, first place; Rafael Palmeiro, 14 home runs, third place
1999 B.J. Surhoff, two home runs, seventh place
July 10, 2013
Pitching, defense, and three-run homers. It's a phrase synonymous with Earl Weaver and the Orioles franchise he helped make great. Does it still apply?
Clearly, the O's pitching isn't anywhere near the level of those Weaver-led teams.
Defense is another story. Tbe emergence of Manny Machado and the resurgence of Nate McLouth have helped make defense a Baltimore trademark once more. The O's have the fewest errors in the majors and baseball's best overall fielding percentage.
What about those three-run homers?