Found August 07, 2012 on
The Outside Corner:
Everyone keeps waiting for it, but it still hasn't happened. Everyone keeps pointing to their horrible run differential, but it hasn't made a difference. Nope, sorry folks, the Baltimore Orioles are still right in the thick of the playoff race and it doesn't look like they are going to go away anytime soon.
It defies almost every shred of baseball logic the surprising Orioles are still very much in contention one week into August. Given that they have an underwhelming roster and have carried a negative run differential almost all season, Baltimore is going from surprising to mind-blowing. When they got off to a hot start to the season, everyone said it wouldn't less. In the long run, the Orioles deficiencies were supposed to catch up with them. The only problem is that the long run isn't as neatly defined as a 162-game season, even if our brains really want that to be the definition.
If that were the case, the Orioles would have gone into their predictabl...
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Will the Orioles walk through it.Let's face it, when you look at the numbers the Orioles probably don't belong where they are right now. There are a million reasons why the Orioles should not be here, yet they are four games over .500 and sit a mere 1.5 games back in the wild card. After a disappointing effort in last night's 2-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, a game that...
At the start of the season – or better yet, this offseason – I didn’t give the Orioles chance in hell to finish with over 70 wins.Or finish .500.Or over .500.Or even more preposterous … a playoff team?Based on their run differential, and a litany of other statistics, the Baltimore Orioles have no business being an over .500 team.They should not should be 58-51, and much more...
Lost in the hoopla of yesterday’s huge extra-inning comeback win by the Birds was this little bit of insanity.
Game situation: Bottom of the 11th inning, game tied 7-7. Mark Reynolds lead off for the Orioles, facing Oliver Perez of Seattle. Two ball, two strike count.
And away we go:
h/t Orioles Nation
I was chatting on GMail with a buddy at the time. Here are our reactions to...
The injury updates were aplenty for the Baltimore Orioles on Monday, and none of them were all that encouraging. Jim Thome and Jason Hammel aren't expected back until September -- meaning the club will need more starts like Chris Tillman's outing Monday, and more homers from guys like Nick Markakis. Thome said Monday that he may be sidelined for longer, as he'll go...
At the start of the season – or better yet, this offseason – I didn’t give the Orioles chance in hell to finish with over 70 wins.
Or finish .500.
Or over .500.
Or even more preposterous … a playoff team?
Based on their run differential, and a litany of other statistics, the Baltimore Orioles have no business being an over .500 team.
They should not should be...
The Baltimore Orioles came up in the Tampa Bay area, taking two consecutive contests in their three-game set.
Amazingly, for a team that has had pitching issues and troubling scoring runs for much of the summer, the Orioles are hanging in there within the playoff hunt. They are pulling out the close contests, winning the one-run games, and getting contributions from seemingly...
Steve Johnson struck out nine over six innings in his first major league start, Matt Wieters tied a career high with five RBIs and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Seattle Mariners 9-2 Wednesday night for a three-game sweep.
Nick Markakis and Mark Reynolds homered and Adam Jones had three hits for the Orioles, who have won five straight and eight of 10. It was Baltimore's 60th...
(Editor’s note: Matt might be getting a little ahead of himself here. Still, I for one am just thrilled to be having these types of discussions in August, so I have no reservations about posting this.)
After Monday night’s games, the Orioles are just 0.5 games out of the second wild card spot, and one full game out of the first. Following a strong road trip and opening what...
Adam Jones singled home the winning run in the 14th inning, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Seattle Mariners 8-7 Tuesday night after rallying from a five-run deficit.
It was the fourth straight victory for the Orioles, who moved eight games over .500 (59-51) for the first time since June 29.
Matt Wieters homered twice, J.J. Hardy contributed a pivotal three-run drive and Nick...
The Baltimore Orioles have been confounding sabermetricians and national pundits all year. The Orioles currently sit eight games over .500 and tied for the second wild card spot even though they have been outscored this year. And not just outscored, but outscored badly. The Orioles current run differential is currently -54 (455-509), that is awful. It is one of the worst run differentials...
Chris Tillman took a three-hit shutout into the eighth inning to extend a run of successful starts by Baltimore pitchers, and the Orioles beat Jason Vargas and the Seattle Mariners 3-1 on Monday night.
Nick Markakis homered and Mark Reynolds had three hits and an RBI for the Orioles, who have won six of eight to improve to 58-51. Baltimore didn't record its 58th win last year...
Gambling Insight M’s vs O’s Game 3
Baltimore has won 12 straight extra-inning games after blanking Seattle over the final eight innings of Tuesday’s contest. The Mariners probably come into this game steaming from last night.
Seattle Mariners vs Baltimore Orioles
Wednesday August 8
Oriole Park at Camden Yards – Baltimore, MD
Moneyline: Baltimore -125, Seattle +115...
M’s fall to O’s in 14
The Headline: after 14 innings, an Adam Jones walk off single seals the deal for a Mariners loss.
Seattle Mariners 7, Baltimore Orioles 8
When: 7:05 ET, Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Where: Camden Yards, Baltimore
Temperature: 85 degrees
Umpires: Home — Mark Wegner, 1B — Brian Knight, 2B — Wally Bell, 3B — Mike Winters