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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Why the Baltimore Orioles’ outstanding closer should not win the Cy Young | FOX Sports

Mariano Rivera never won a Cy Young Award; he finished second once, third three times. Rivera also never won an MVP, never even finished higher than ninth.

Relievers, on occasion, do win a Cy Young, an MVP, or even both. Eric Gagne captured the Cy in 2003, Dennis Eckersley the Cy and MVP in 1992, Willie Hernandez both in 1984. So, if you want to tell me that Orioles closer Zach Britton is a candidate for both honors this season, I won’t complain. But the argument for Britton is more an argument of convenience than an argument that actually is convincing. And as the discussion builds, both the sabermetric camp and the traditional Baseball Writers Association of America camp are guilty of overreaching.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 25, 2016 at 09:38 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: cy young award, orioles, zach britton

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Orioles Chris Tillman headed to disabled list | MLB.com

Not good.

Orioles ace Chris Tillman is headed to the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation after receiving a cortisone shot Tuesday. Tillman was scheduled to pitch Thursday at Washington, but he felt pain in his shoulder while throwing his bullpen session Tuesday, and he was examined by Dr. Leigh Ann Curl.

“I thought once it got loose it would really go away, but it never really did, and that was my first time actually experiencing it while throwing,” Tillman said after the Orioles’ 8-1 win over the Nationals. “Last time, I was pretty sore right after my start, but after feeling it today, I’d much rather just get this behind us and get out in front of it so that way we’re not worried about it for the rest of the year.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 24, 2016 at 07:23 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: chris tillman, injuries, orioles

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Mark Trumbo’s last seven hits have been home runs, as he just can’t stop launching Trum-bombs | MLB.com

Trum-bombs?

With this, Trumbo became the first Oriole to have home runs on seven straight hits. The MLB record is 11 straight, set by Mark McGwire in 2001, and nobody else has more than eight to his name.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 23, 2016 at 09:25 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: mark trumbo, orioles

Friday, August 19, 2016

MLB Now breaks down Zach Britton | MLB.com

I’m not sold.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 19, 2016 at 09:40 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, zach britton

Orioles homer six times against Astros | MLB.com

The Orioles used six home runs—including two each from J.J. Hardy and Chris Davis—on Thursday to blast their way back into a second-place tie with the Red Sox in the American League East.

Baltimore roughed up red-hot Astros rookie Joe Musgrove, tagging him for eight runs in a 13-5 series-opening win at Camden Yards.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 19, 2016 at 08:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Dylan Bundy providing Orioles rotation a lift | orioles.com

Dylan Bundy is ready to take on the big league challenge.

Finally.

The fourth player taken in the 2011 Draft, the right-hander from Oklahoma, is healthy.

Finally.

And the timing couldn’t be better for the Orioles.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2016 at 08:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dylan bundy, orioles

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Machado: “Eventually things will turn around” - School of Roch

I’m not ready to write off the Orioles.

Machado agreed that the Orioles (63-50) are facing their biggest challenge and a trip to San Francisco awaits them after Thursday’s game.
“Definitely, hands down, it probably is,” Machado said. “This is going to separate us, hopefully. We’re going to get stronger from this and we’re going to learn from it, too.
“I think everyone is going to get into their groove. We’re squaring balls up, which is the best part about it. It’s just not landing, so we just have to take that as a positive and take it out tomorrow. “

Jim Furtado Posted: August 11, 2016 at 09:21 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: manny machado, orioles

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Believe in Baltimore:  O’s are for real

“I don’t remember a time in the last five years when the Orioles’ success was not belittled and/or dismissed within minutes of it being noted. The Red Sox were about to make a run; the Yankees are hanging on; the Rays have young talent ready to sprout; the Blue Jays are finally having the season we’ve all been waiting for them to have. The Orioles? Well, the Orioles are bound to fade. They’re playing above their heads. They can’t keep this up.

The Orioles have kept this up.”

escabeche Posted: August 09, 2016 at 08:09 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Monday, August 08, 2016

Manny Machado hits 3 homers in first 3 innings | MLB.com

The new Manny being Manny.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2016 at 09:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: manny machado, orioles

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Dylan Bundy takes another step by completing seven scoreless innings - Baltimore Sun

Orioles fans must be pretty happy today.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 03, 2016 at 10:37 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dylan bundy, orioles

Monday, August 01, 2016

Orioles acquire LHP Miley from Mariners

Seattle received left-hander Ariel Miranda in the trade. The Cuban pitcher has spent most of the year with Triple-A Norfolk. He appeared in one game for Baltimore on July 3 at Seattle, allowing three runs and four hits in two innings.

‘‘Ariel Miranda is a power left-handed pitcher with a four-pitch mix that is major league ready that provides us with flexibility,’’ general manager Jerry Dipoto said in an email. ‘‘We are very excited for what he can bring to the Mariners.’‘

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 08:26 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, orioles, trade deadline, trades, wade miley

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Umpire rushing Matt Wieters into box draws Orioles catcher’s ire in loss to Blue Jays - Baltimore Sun

The pace of play rules are a joke.

“I feel like you have [to take] time and an umpire is more worried about pace of game and the players are more worried about trying to win a game. I’m trying to try to calm down and I needed to step out of the box because I thought the ball was low and he’s trying to rush me back in the box and I just didn’t appreciate that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2016 at 08:35 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: matt wieters, orioles, pace of play, rules of the game

Monday, July 25, 2016

Message from weekend sweep: O’s are resilient, but still need to add pitching - BaltimoreBaseball.com

Message from weekend sweep: O’s are resilient, but still need to add pitching

There are two important things that can be gleaned from this weekend’s sweep of the Cleveland Indians at Camden Yards.

One: Good teams are resilient. They battle when things don’t look particularly promising. And they do it in a convincing way. This is a good Orioles team.

Two: Don’t be fooled. The Orioles still need starting pitching reinforcements, no matter how well the rotation has pitched recently. Because this game’s outcome is so often decided by quality pitching.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2016 at 08:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The potential bombshell Cubs trade that never materialized | FOX Sports

The scenario, according to major-league sources, unfolded like this:

The Cubs tried to acquire left-hander Drew Pomeranz before the Padres sent him to the Red Sox for Class A right-hander Anderson Espinoza — simple enough.

The Cubs’ plan, though, wasn’t to keep Pomeranz, who is under club control through 2018. No, the Cubs wanted to spin Pomeranz for a starter who is under even longer team control.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Baltimore Orioles, So Consistent, Crave Another Measure of Success - The New York Times

Thank Dan Duquette and Buck Showalter.

The Baltimore Orioles have the most victories in the American League in the last five seasons. Let that sink in for a moment.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2016 at 11:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Sunday, July 17, 2016

For Orioles’ young pitchers Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman, the future is now - Baltimore Sun

Bundy goes into the rotation.

And now, after pitching the first half of the season in relief, Bundy, 23, will join Gausman, 25, in the starting rotation, making his first major league start on Sunday afternoon against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field – a ‘hallelujah’ moment for Orioles fans who have been waiting for the team’s top young pitchers to reach their mark.

Down the stretch, the Orioles will lean on their prized young arms to help them get to the postseason.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 17, 2016 at 08:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dylan bundy, orioles

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

MASN Dispute Won’t Be Resolved by MLB Panel

Just another baby step toward the (non) resolution of the MASN dispute between the Orioles and Nationals.

A New York Supreme Court justice ruled Monday that the Orioles-controlled Mid-Atlantic Sports Network won’t have to return next month to a Major League Baseball arbitration panel to have its long-running television rights fee dispute with the Washington Nationals decided.

Bote Man makes baseball fun again Posted: July 13, 2016 at 06:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: legal, masn, nationals, orioles, tv rights

Monday, June 27, 2016

Trumbo on All-Star support: “It makes you feel pretty special” - School of Roch

Trumbo began last week trailing the Red Sox’s Mookie Betts by only 27,023 votes for third place in All-Star balloting, which will be updated again today before teams are announced on July 5 at 7 p.m. on ESPN. He’s batting .279/.330/.554 with 22 home runs that lead the majors and match his 2015 total. His 55 RBIs lead the Orioles.
Mark-Trumbo-back-on-deck-white.png“I don’t actively check it,” Trumbo said. “I have updates that come in from time to time. I guess it’s a nice situation to be in, but it’s also kind of a distraction, too. It’s inevitable you’re going to think about it a little bit, but there’s more important stuff going on out there.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2016 at 08:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: all stars, mark trumbo, orioles

Friday, June 24, 2016

Say what you will, but the Orioles are doing something right | FOX Sports

Can they really get much for him with his injury history?

Which raises the question: How far would the Orioles go to upgrade? Would they trade right-hander Dylan Bundy, whom they drafted fourth overall in 2011 and who is finally healthy and contributing as a reliever after missing most of the previous three seasons with injuries?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 24, 2016 at 06:32 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dylan bundy, orioles

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Baltimore Sun: Ubaldo Out, Gallardo In Orioles Rotation

Buck gives Ubaldo the boot to the bullpen as Gallardo returns from the DL.

As Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez struggled through May and slumped to the status of, statistically, the worst starting pitcher in the majors, his job remained his because the answer to any questions about a replacement was a question of its own: “Who else?”

Manager Buck Showalter on Tuesday finally had an answer. Right-hander Yovani Gallardo will return from the disabled list Saturday and start in Jimenez’s place in the Orioles rotation. Jimenez, for the second time in his three seasons with the Orioles, has been banished to the bullpen.

Chris Fluit Posted: June 15, 2016 at 08:19 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dumpster fire, orioles, ubaldo jimenez, yovani gallardo

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

The reason why the Royals have considered trading Yordano Ventura - Yahoo Sports

Another stupid skirmish.

Yordano Ventura, petulant child, roared back to life Tuesday night, when after missing Manny Machado twice with brushback pitches during his second at-bat he planted a 99-mph fastball in Machado’s ribs in the third. Were this some other pitcher, maybe any other, Machado would’ve shaken off the pain and hobbled to first base. That it happened to be someone who in three consecutive starts last season incited benches to clear provided the tinder, kindling and logs for a Machado spark that otherwise would’ve idly died.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 08, 2016 at 09:07 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, royals, yordano ventura

Friday, June 03, 2016

Orioles outslug Red Sox to cap wild series | MLB.com

Seven homers are a big deal.

Mark Trumbo and Adam Jones both went deep twice and Manny Machado blasted a two-out, three-run homer in the seventh inning off reliever Junichi Tazawa to break a 5-5 tie. The O’s homered in five straight innings, including Francisco Pena’s first career long ball in his Baltimore debut, to overcome a rocky sixth from starter Ubaldo Jimenez, who surrendered five runs in the frame after allowing just one hit in the first five innings.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 03, 2016 at 10:27 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, red sox

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Need a wedding song? O’s reliever Brad Brach (and wife) has you covered - BaltimoreBaseball.com

Posted as a public service for engaged Primates.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 31, 2016 at 08:33 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: brad brach, orioles

Sunday, May 29, 2016

How are you liking the decision to keep Matt Wieters now? - BaltimoreBaseball.com

Things can change in a hurry. Yesterday, the Indians stole five bases on Wieters (Jimenez 4, Givens 1), including SB by the speedy Lonnie Chisenhall, Mike Napoli, and Carlos Santana. So, I guess respect only goes so far.

Flash forward to now: Thanks to a torrid recent run, Wieters headed into Saturday slashing .292/.333/.451 with four homers and 16 RBIs. More important, he’s playing more often behind the plate and his defense has been noteworthy. His catcher’s ERA is 3.28, which is 13th overall in the majors and third among players with at least 25 starts at catcher.

Perhaps what’s more impressive is that Wieters is 4-for-8 in throwing out would-be basestealers. What stands out to me are the eight attempts. Teams are respecting his arm again.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 29, 2016 at 07:53 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: matt wieters, orioles

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Braves trade minor leaguers for draft pick (and Matusz)

The Braves made another trade Monday that underscores the importance they place on the June draft in their rebuilding plan.

They traded minor league pitchers Brandon Barker and left-hander Trevor Belicek to the Orioles in exchange for left-handed reliever Brian Matusz and the No. 76 pick in next month’s draft. That brings to five the number of picks the Braves hold among the first 80 picks in the June 9-11 draft, Nos. 3, 40, 44, 76 and 80.

The Braves immediately designated for assignment the contract of Matusz, who could traded or released.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 24, 2016 at 11:08 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, brian matusz, draft picks, orioles, trade

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