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Ok I am going to be frank, coming into the season I had no expectations for the Baltimore Orioles. Years of futility plus an assortment of questionable offseason trades didn’t give the fans much faith. Take that and mix in an incredibly deep AL East and you have a recipe for disaster.
And yet, here we are.
At the halfway point of the season the Orioles stand at 45-40, and somehow still hold onto a slim lead in the wildcard lead. So let’s do like college professors do and give Baltimore their midterm report.
We are going to break up the grades into multiple different categories, including player performance and those so called “questionable” offseason moves. Finally we will give an overall grade to the first half of the Baltimore Orioles season.
So let’s start things off with the Orioles weak point coming into the year, starting pitching.
Starting Pitchers: If this was purely based on preseason expectations I could not give a high enough grade. But sadly, that is not the case. I have...
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O’s prospects Manny Machado and Dylan Bundy had their say in last night’s MLB Futures Game in Kansas City, as both contributed to the U.S. team’s 17-5 win over the World team.
Bundy was far from perfect, allowing 3 hits in his one inning pitched. However, he managed to do so without giving up a single run, and because the U.S. took a lead they would not relinquish during the...
If the season were to end at the All-Star break, the Baltimore Orioles would be a playoff team. Given that scenario in March, Orioles fans would have been ecstatic. Riding a string of 14 straight losing seasons and with a bevy of questions heading into Opening Day, the expectations weren't high for the 2012 Orioles. The three weeks following the All-Star break will be crucial...
The Baltimore Orioles have reinstated outfielder Nick Markakis from the 15-day disabled list and optioned infielder Joe Mahoney to Triple-A Norfolk.
Markakis was reinstated Monday after going on the DL June 1, retroactive to May 30, with a broken hamate bone of the right wrist. It was the first time in his career that he was on the DL.
Markakis batted .300 with a double and two...
The Baltimore Orioles have activated outfielder Nick Markakis from the 15-day disabled list on Monday. Markakis suffered a broken hamate bone in his right wrist on May 30th.
The former first round pick in the 2003 amateur draft is batting .256 on the season, with eight home runs and 26 runs batted in. Markakis is currently available in 43% of Yahoo standard leagues, and could be...
Baltimore Orioles general manager Dan Duquette is confident about the team's chances of signing first-round pick Kevin Gausman.
"We intend to sign him," Duquette told FOXSports.com in an interview Tuesday, hours before he planned to attend the All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium (MLB on FOX, 7:30 p.m. ET).
Duquette said the sides have made "progress" recently...
What can you say about the Orioles? For the past few weeks, they’ve been lackluster and on the left coast last night – in Anaheim – their struggles at the plate continued.
Jered Weaver and the Angels defeated the Orioles again, this time by a score of 3-0. Once again, Weaver treated the Orioles like garbage, as he went eight innings, allowed only three hits and struck out...
Orioles pitcher Miguel Gonzalez notched his first major league win Friday, and he did so using Nick Adenhart's glove, a former teammate who was killed in a car accident in 2009.
The All star Break is upon us and the Orioles are currently sitting five games over .500, bunched with the non-New York teams in the AL East. The first half of the Orioles' season has outperformed everyone's wildest expectations and the team has some very serious, and very important decisions to make. [oriolepost]
General Manager Dan Duquette has to decide how much he...
Right fielder Nick Markakis excelled during his time in Bowie.
Everybody knows the inning ended after the third out. What this post presupposes is ... maybe it didn't?
Umpire: Literally couldn't care less. Hang on. Let me try to care less.
Umpire: /juxtaposes stakes of baseball game with reality of world where 170 million live on a dollar a day in China alone.
Umpire: No. Same. That ball was fair by the way.
Philadelphia Philly outfielder Hunter Pence had something get in his way last night on his way to scoring on a Juan Pierre double. Third base coach Juan Samuel. How about that?
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The All-Star Break is upon us, and until game action starts up again on Friday, we're going to do a brief season in review of the 2012 MLB season thusfar. Our staff has voted on a variety of awards, and we're going to roll them out over the next four days.
Today, we're going to go with "unofficial" awards, and first, we're going to look at the most...