AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST The A.L. East asks the question: What do you get when you combine one recent champion (Red Sox), the best regular season team of the last decade (Yankees), a perennial close-but-not-quite contender… Read more »
Posts Tagged: Baltimore Orioles
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A song to play while you’re reading about the Orioles: “Baltimore,” by Randy Newman. I was tempted to use Nina Simone’s version, but Randy’s is just so good. Newman is a dark comedy genius, however,… Read more »
Orioles fans have been through a lot in 2018. They were only the third team in American League history to lose at least 115 games in a season. Manny Machado, Zach Britton, Kevin Gausman and… Read more »
My friend Rob Mains already touched on the Orioles and Royals’ ability to confound sabermetric prediction models. The team was back at beating their projections for a sixth straight year, albeit by a measly two… Read more »
This entry lists the best and worst for the past 30 days of the 2017 regular season, through games of Sunday, August 27. Here is an explanation of this weekly feature. Comment of the week:… Read more »
We all know how the 2016 season ended for the Orioles. I don’t want to write about it. So, I won’t. I have forgiven Buck Showalter. I love him. I understand that long term relationships… Read more »
USA Today came out with its projected final standings for 2017 last week, which naturally demanded a team-by-team assessment of these lines. Chad Stewart and Jim Turvey decided to do just this, deciding whether they would… Read more »
Last year, I wrote the season preview for the Baltimore Orioles. This year I am at it again, albeit with far less enthusiasm and optimism. Whelp, it’s 2016 and I am two months from 30…. Read more »
Tampa Bay Rays Picked by most to finish last in the AL East, the Tampa Bay Rays have outpaced their projections by being only 3 games out of first with a 46-45 record. This outpaces… Read more »
The First Ever BttP Community Predictions
The Orioles have been a good, if not great offensive team for three years in a row now. Despite a mediocre ability to get on base, the Orioles finished the 2014 season 9th in batting average, 3rd in slugging, 6th in OPS, and 1st in home runs. The O’s were middle of the pack in getting on base, as many of their full time players are impatient at the plate and embrace a free swinging approach. This approach has worked well for them over the past 4 seasons, averaging 207 home runs, 717 runs, and a .734 OPS per 162 games.
As it stands, we are still more than two weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting for Spring Training. The bulk of the notable free agents have been signed (knock on wood, James Shields). Arbitration… Read more »
After a painfully quiet offseason for Orioles fans, on Tuesday Baltimore acquired OF Travis Snider from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for left-handed pitching prospect Stephen Tarpley and a Player To Be Named Later. Snider will attempt to fill one of the spots vacated when Nick Markakis and Nelson Cruz signed free agent contracts elsewhere earlier this offseason.
The Orioles finished the 2014 MLB season winning the AL East with a 96-66 record and made it to the ALCS before being swept by the dark magic that was the Kansas City Royals. Things… Read more »
The Braves continue to acquire recognizable faces for potentially dubious ends.
In 2013, at age 27, Chris Davis created 142.8 runs for the Baltimore Orioles, according to Baseball-Reference. That was a shockingly good number. In fact, it’s the 14th-highest number posted by any age-27 player since… Read more »
The second half of this week hasn’t lived up to the hype of Super Tuesday, but has still seen a number of moves, including a run of reliever contracts I’ll break down here. They include:… Read more »
I mention this every trade deadline and at the start of every Hot Stove season, but if you don’t talk to or read me, and haven’t noticed yet, Ken Rosenthal has the best connections for… Read more »
Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips might soon have the same title, but with a different employer. Trade rumors are encircling him as the MLB offseason approaches, and it looks like Phillips’s turbulent, disappointing 2013… Read more »
Mark Reynolds took one for a team full of players just like him prior to the 2011 season. New Arizona Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers dealt Reynolds as part of an effort to correct the 2010… Read more »