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Matt Wieters’ return could complicate things for Orioles

Matt Wieters will return to the Baltimore Orioles’ lineup this Thursday or Friday. The return of the All-Star catcher could not come at a better time, as the Orioles have lost three in a row to fall to 23-27. Caleb Joseph, who filled in for Wieters during his absence this season, struggled mightily during the month of May. After batting .327 in April, Joseph’s batting average...
Via Baseball Essential
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

What Will the Orioles’ Starting Rotation Look Like in 2016?

Baltimore Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman throws against the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 31, 2015, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton) Many believed that, by this point in time, Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman would be pitching every fifth day for the Orioles. But Bundy’s UCL reconstruction surgery and the organization’s hesitations to insert...
Via The Sports Journal
1 day ago  |  Discuss

MLB Power Rankings (June Edition): How Good Are the Orioles?

Oct 3, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones (10) singles against the Detroit Tigers during the fourth inning of game two of the 2014 ALDS playoff baseball game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports Today is the first day of June, which means it’s time for our updated MLB power rankings.  The end of each...
Via TopSportsReport
1 day ago  |  Discuss

MLB Quick Hits: O's Jones still day-to-day

Orioles CF Adam Jones didn't play on Saturday or Sunday because of a mild left ankle sprain. MASNSports.com reports that Jones might be able to play Monday night and should avoid the DL, while the O's website suggests that Jones could be used as a DH until he's ready to play the field. Manager Buck Showalter says Jones is "close," and if you own Jones in a weekly league, take the...
Via Fox Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Walk-off win could propel Orioles

There are nights over the course of Major League Baseball’s 162-game schedule that can make or break a team. I believe last night was just one of those nights for the Baltimore Orioles. After being put to sleep by Nate Karns who threw seven innings of one-hit ball for the Tampa Bay Rays, the Orioles battled back to get a 2-1 walk-off win in the ninth. Losing this game would not...
Via Baseball Essential
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Buck Showalter calls out reporter for yawning (Video)

Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter called out a reporter for yawning during a press conference which followed the nightcap of Thursday's doubleheader against Chicago. "Did you just yawn? There's no yawning in here. Do you drink coffee? (No.) That's your fault."H/T BC. This post appeared first on Holdout Sports. Follow us on Twitter and Like us on Facebook.
Via Holdout Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Baltimore Orioles: impact of Matt Wieters’ return

The Baltimore Orioles may have something to look forward to in the coming week as their starting catcher Matt Wieters plans to return June 4th against the Cleveland Indians. Being two games behind first place of the American League East division, the O’s are looking for a spark that can put them past the leading New York Yankees. Can the 29-year-old Wieters be a key factor for...
Via isportsweb.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Orioles’ development of Wright and Wilson looks good

Normally, starting two rookie pitchers with a combined total of two Major League starts in a double header is a recipe for two tallies in the loss column. That would be the case for most teams, but after years of struggling to develop Major League ready starting pitching, the Baltimore Orioles appear to finally have developed a pair of starters who can be competent pieces in a big...
Via Baseball Essential
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Has Matt Wieters lived up to expectations?

Tonight marks six years since the major league debut of Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters. Wieters fielded a bunt and recorded an out on the very first pitch of that game, and when he stepped to the plate for the first time, was welcomed by a standing ovation and enormous applause from the Baltimore crowd. Matt Wieters came into his career with near-messianic expectations, at...
Via isportsweb.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Adam Jones turns two with outfield assist (Video)

Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones is quietly putting together an outstanding season, both at the plate and in the field. During game one of a double-header, Jones showed off his cannon in centerfield, completing a double play on the tagging runner:If he keeps this up, combined with his fantastic year at the plate, he could be in the mix for an MVP award.
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Injuries Delaying Dylan Bundy’s Return to Baltimore Orioles

BALTIMORE, MD – SEPTEMBER 25: Dylan Bundy #49 of the Baltimore Orioles pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 25, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images) When the Baltimore Orioles took Dylan Bundy fourth overall in the 2011 draft and was able to make his debut the very next year, it seemed a windfall for the team...
Via The Sports Journal
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Two Chris Davis Homers Power O’s over Astros

Baltimore Orioles’ Chris Davis (19) celebrates his two-run home run with Manny Machado (13) in the dugout during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Wednesday, May 27, 2015, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) The Orioles used a big fourth inning and a plus performance by Ubaldo Jimenez to beat the Houston Astros 5-4 on Wednesday at Camden Yards. With...
Via The Sports Journal
5 days ago  |  Discuss

J.J. Hardy, Steve Pearce need work on their handshakes (GIF)

Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy and right fielder Steve Pearce struggled to get on the same page with their handshakes during a rain delay prior to Wednesday's game against Houston. This handshake has room for improvement. #IBackTheBirds pic.twitter.com/pWisApd8SN — Orioles on MASN (@masnOrioles) May 27, 2015Seems like they couldn't decide whether to high-five, shake hands...
Via Holdout Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

J.J. Hardy and Steve Pearce Have Major Handshake Issues

It’s been a rough first 44 games for the Orioles’ J.J. Hardy and Steve Pearce. Combined, both players combine for a WAR of just 0.2 (via FanGraphs) and seven home runs, which probably isn’t what Orioles were hoping for when Nelson Cruz packed up his boomstick and jetted over to Seattle. However, what’s even more concerning is that the duo’s struggles have apparently followed...
Via Busted Coverage
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Ubaldo Jimenez Dials up the Past

I understand the phrase “playing with house money.” I’ve used it myself a fair amount of times. So as I’m about to suggest the Baltimore Orioles are playing with house money regarding the current Ubaldo Jimenez, I stop. Quite literally they are playing with their own. They have been since February 2014 when they signed him to a four-year contract totaling $50 million. ...
Via The Sports Post
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Wieters in rehab start: 'I feel good right now'

Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters has been on the road to recovery since Tommy John surgery last season.The former All-Star took a step forward (after a few setbacks earlier this season), appearing in a game for Double-A Bowie. Wieters went 2-for-4 at the plate and threw out a runner trying to steal.Following the game, he told Steve Melewski of MASN Sports that he thinks he...
Via Fox Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Baltimore Orioles: Matusz suspension presents dilemma for MLB

This past weekend was not a pleasant one for the Baltimore Orioles as they lost two of three to the lowly Marlins. Watching the Orioles trying to score runs was painful, as they put up a goose egg in a 13-inning game Saturday. However, the Orioles pitching staff was in the spotlight during that particular game when relief pitcher Brian Matusz was ejected in the extra inning affair...
Via isportsweb.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Brian Matusz suspended eight games for substance on arm

For the second time in less than a week, a Major League Baseball pitcher has been handed an eight-game suspension for using a “foreign substance” while pitching. BAL pitcher Brian Matusz has received an 8-game suspension for having a foreign substance on his arm during Saturday night's game at Miami. — MLB Communications (@MLB_PR) May 25, 2015   Baltimore Orioles reliever Brian...
Via Sportsnaut
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Orioles Pitcher Brian Matusz Ejected For Foreign Substance On Arm (Video)

Baltimore Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz ran into a little trouble during extra innings of Saturday’s game against the Miami Marlins. It wasn’t because of poor performance, but rather for the possible performance enhancer on his right forearm. Marlins manager Dan Jennings, who earned his first career win Saturday night, didn’t waste any time violating one of the unwritten...
Via NESN.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Brian Matusz ejected for having foreign substance on arm

For the second time in three days, an MLB pitcher was ejected for having a foreign substance on his arm. On Saturday, the lucky (or unlucky, I guess) recipient of an ejection was Baltimore Orioles reliever Brian Matusz, following in the footsteps of Brewers reliever Will Smith, ejected on Thursday from the Brewers-Braves game. Matusz retired two batters in the 12th inning of...
Via The Outside Corner
9 days ago  |  Discuss

The Potential New J.D. Martinez

As far as health is concerned, the Orioles have had something of a middle-infield catastrophe, with injuries to J.J. Hardy, Ryan Flaherty, and Jonathan Schoop. Injuries sometimes force teams to do creative things, and what we saw Buck Showalter do was push Steve Pearce to second base on the fly. Pearce had never played the […]
Via Fangraphs
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Adam Jones Is Up to Something

Monday afternoon, I participated in an Orioles-centric podcast, where one of the things I was supposed to talk about was Manny Machado. I wrote about Machado a couple of weeks ago, and more specifically, I wrote about him suddenly exercising a lot more patience at the plate. From what we understand about plate-discipline statistics, they […]
Via Fangraphs
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Orioles workers who lost wages during protest will be paid

In late April, Baltimore Orioles employees lost wages for an entire week. Two games were justifiably canceled and one was played in front of an empty Camden Yards stadium, while three others were moved to Tampa Bay where the Orioles acted as the home team. The cancelations were a direct result of civil unrest in Baltimore, from those protesting the death of Freddy Gray at the...
Via The Outside Corner
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Buck Showalter weighs in on situation in Baltimore

Lots of people have been giving their opinions on the Baltimore protests, but Buck Showalter might have made the strongest statement, ironically, by claiming he had nothing worthwhile to add. After Wednesday’s bizarre game at Camden Yards, where the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Chicago White Sox 8-2 in front of zero fans, the O’s manager was asked to comment on all that has...
Via NESN.com
April 30, 2015  |  Discuss

MLB announces significant scheduling changes for Orioles

The Baltimore Orioles and Major League Baseball are taking near-unprecedented steps to avoid danger in Baltimore. The Orioles and MLB announced schedule changes as Baltimore remains very much in turmoil with riots and protests still ongoing across the city. The unpredictable nature of the events caused the O’s to postpone games Monday and Tuesday versus the Chicago White Sox....
Via NESN.com
April 28, 2015  |  Discuss
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