Sept. 16, 2014
The New York Yankees have been eliminated from the division race. The Orioles are more than 13 games up on them in the standings and are 11-4 in head-to-head competition with New York this season. This simply doesn't happen very often. There was a time, however, that I assumed it would.
Sept. 12, 2014
As I've looked back on the 1954 Orioles during this 60th anniversary season, I've wondered what the team did well besides creating a sense of civic pride for a city that was thrilled to have a baseball team. Gary Thorne provided at least one answer earlier this week on the MASN broadcast: They were good at keeping Boston off the scoreboard.
Sept. 9, 2014
It's the year of the back-handed compliment in Baltimore. One version goes as follows: "Even for a down year in the A.L. East, the Orioles are doing well." Comments about the O's success seem to come with a qualifier attached.
Aug. 29, 2014
Yusmeiro Petit of the San Francisco Giants established a new major league record on Thursday by retiring his 46th consecutive batter. That broke the old mark of 45 that belonged to Mark Buehrle.
I had two thoughts upon learning of the record: 1. Congratulations, Yusmeiro! and 2. What does this have to do with the Orioles?
Aug. 25, 2014
The O's longest losing streak this year is four games. The '97 Orioles had two losing streaks longer than that.
I'm traditionally a sports pessimist, yet I have faith in this year's team. With their second half surge the 2014 Orioles have given fans every reason to believe that they will win the divsion. From there, anything is possible.
Aug. 22, 2014
The Orioles left Atlanta and headed home to face Montreal with a nine-game lead on the second-place Yankees. John Eisenberg considered the series with the Expos a letdown after what he termed "a celestial series with the Braves."
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.