A mix of young and old will be key to Baltimore Orioles success

While the 2012 Orioles proved to be a major surprise throughout the MLB, the 2013 team failed to improve upon the success from the previous year, falling just short of the postseason. At their core, the Orioles are made up of young and upcoming stars, who are finally starting to shine. Players like Chris Davis, Adam Jones, JJ Hardy, and Manny Machado are among the best at their positions...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Chris Davis still without home run this season

Don’t you just love how early-season baseball stats can be inflated? You know, the whole so-and-so “is on a pace” to do something ridiculous. Like the San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Belt — a great name for a slugger, by the way — is on a pace for about 100 home runs. Or, on the other hand, the Orioles’ Chris Davis is on a pace to hit zero home runs. Through eight games...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

The Boys are Back – Red Sox Discussion

USA TODAY SPORTS The Boston Red Sox got back to their winning ways Wednesday with a 6-2 win against Baltimore. The Red Sox picked up where they left off on October 30th with John Lackey picking up the win and Uehara closing out the game in a non-save situation. Lackey looked strong with only one bad inning where he gave up a home run to Nelson Cruz scoring Chris Davis. Those were...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Baltimore Orioles: Roster breakdown

The last day of March is (nearly) upon us, and that means the MLB season is ready to being once again. For the Baltimore Orioles, the offseason was a quiet one. Well, it was quiet, anyway, before two big names signed contracts to greatly improve Charm City’s 2014 outlook. With 25-man rosters now complete, let’s examine the Orioles’ depth chart to look for potential weaknesses...
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Knowing the competition: Baltimore Orioles

Chris Davis hit 7 home runs against the Yankees in 2013, on his way to a career high total of 53. (Photo courtesy of Threat Level: 8 Buck Showalter has ushered in a new era of Baltimore Orioles baseball. With his mastery managing skills, he has made the O’s competitive again. Yeah, he also took over at a time when the Orioles, as a franchise, were grooming good,...
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22 days ago  |  1 Comment

MLB players with the most to prove in 2014

The phrase “something to prove” gets thrown around a lot in sports. Essentially, when we say that, we’re pointing at players who overachieved or underachieved, and need to do *something* to show that either they still have something left in the tank, or that their success wasn’t a fluke. Needless to say, there are several players that have quite a bit to prove this season...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Rival Roundup - The Yankees against the AL East

I just concluded a four-part series over at It's About the Money, Stupid that compared the current Yankees to their four rivals in the American League East.The first part covered the Baltimore Orioles. Questions answered were:What does the Orioles' rotation look like?Will Chris Davis regress?How will Manny Machado recover from his injury?The second part covered the Tampa...
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March 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Manny Machado not ruling out Opening Day

The Baltimore Orioles are hoping that their star second-year infielder Manny Machado will be able to play on Opening Day, and Machado hasn’t ruled that possibility out yet. He has been struggling in his recovery from injury recently, but certainly is still hoping to make a full recovery prior to the seasons beginning. It will be interesting to see where he’s at in a week from...
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March 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Three key questions for the Baltimore Orioles

Orioles fans probably have a lot of questions about their team going into the 2014 season. Can they break through to the promised land once again? Will Buck Showalter’s magic continue for another season? Will the Orioles struggle without closer Jim Johnson in the fold? All of these questions are worthy of being asked, but they’re not the three key questions for this Orioles team...
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March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

The two biggest weaknesses of the Baltimore Orioles

There’s not too much to say about the Baltimore Orioles – their offseason activity was non-existent until late in the winter, when they made two of the best signings of any team by inking both Nelson Cruz and Ubaldo Jimenez to below market deals. But adding that pair of players to a young core that includes Matt Wieters, J.J. Hardy, Adam Jones, Chris Davis, and a currently injured...
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March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Season Preview: Baltimore Orioles

Mevs has been adding a paragraph to each one of my posts so far. And although I appreciate the marketing for the sites that I have written for and for my own Twitter account, I’m honestly just here for the LOLZ, the booze and the free finger food (cheese and crackers y’all. Cheese…and…crackers). But, before I get belligerent and filled up on tasty hor dourves, how about we...
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Manny Machado’s knee isn’t ready

Baltimore Orioles star third baseman Manny Machado has experienced a setback with his surgically repaired knee. Machado was scheduled to undergo an exam on his knee Tuesday, but it has been postponed because of scar tissue.  Machado has not appeared in a game this spring and has yet to resume running. “There’s no sense in doing [the appointment] until he can really show them...
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Baltimore Orioles: 3 up and 3 down

Baltimore Orioles: 3 up and 3 downSome trends are simply unrepeatable, and the Baltimore Orioles learned that first hand in 2013. The O’s were easily 2012’s breakout team across all of MLB, snapping a string of last-place finishes and losing-record seasons to blaze their way into the postseason. The buzz leading into 2013 was that they simply wouldn’t be able to maintain their...
March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins offense explodes in ninth inning to beat Orioles

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) -- Chris Davis hit a long home run to center field in the Baltimore Orioles' 9-2 loss to a Minnesota Twins' split-squad on Monday. Davis, the major league home run leader last year with 53, hit his first -- and the Orioles' first -- of spring training in the fourth game. Bud Norris started for the Orioles and threw two shutout innings, allowing one...
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March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

After monster 2013, Chris Davis headlines our potential 2014 Fantasy Baseball Busts

On the heels of our overall sleeper piece, and with notice of the fact that our position primers contain a few brief names to beware of at each position, here is our list of 2014 fantasy baseball busts. Bust is an ambiguous term, as we’re not necessarily using it to define a player who completely falls apart in 2014 but a player who is at risk of under performing relative to their...
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February 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Orioles Free Agent Moves – Sign Jimenez, Agree to Terms with Cruz

  Photo Credit: Spring training is in full swing (yay). There are a handful of free agents with major league experience still shopping their services. Baltimore went shopping, and picked up a starter (Jimenez) and a power bat (Cruz). Let’s look at these guy. Last Wednesday, Baltimore announced signing Jimenez for 4 years/$50M. Jimenez turned 30 on 22 January of this...
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February 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Nelson Cruz a huge signing for Orioles

The Baltimore Orioles agreed to a one-year, $8 million contract with outfielder Nelson Cruz earlier today, and it is a move that made them much stronger. First, the contract that they were able to sign him to is extremely team friendly, mainly because of the off the diamond issues that Cruz had last season in Texas. Despite the concerns about his substance abuse issues, those are...
Via Sports-Glory
February 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Orioles Still Interested In Ike Davis

Joel Sherman of the NY Post, writes that the Baltimore Orioles still have interest in Ike Davis, to serve primarily as a designated hitter. Sherman shares: Baltimore believes it has several options, including free agents Nelson Cruz and Kendrys Morales. However, both of those players were made qualifying offers, which means any team – other than their last one – that signs...
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February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Looking forward to spring training: Baltimore Orioles

Baltimore Orioles fans have plenty to be excited about in 2014. The franchise seems to have finally turned a corner and shaken off the cobwebs that remained from 15 straight losing seasons. Now, Baltimore is respected league-wide (and more importantly, division-wide) as a talented contender. For the first time in decades, fans have every right to expect a playoff berth, and to be...
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February 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Baltimore Orioles “very interested” in Ervin Santana

According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, the Baltimore Orioles’ interest in starting pitcher Ervin Santana has been increasing over the past week. The Orioles have been searching to bolster their starting pitching before the season, and Santana is one of the best options left on the free agent market. There have been quite a few teams that have expressed interest in signing...
Via Sports-Glory
February 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Does Freeman's contract mean more for Davis?

If you’re thinking that Freddie Freeman’s eight-year, $135 million comparison is an approximation of what the Orioles might have to pay Chris Davis, it’s not a bad assumption. The Atlanta Braves’ first baseman, who is two years younger than Davis, reached an agreement on Tuesday. Atlanta moved quickly to lock up Freeman who is in his first year of arbitration eligibility...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers

One of the best ways to have a great fantasy baseball season is to put trust in players that others don't.  However, those players need to be carefully selected and heavily researched.  My name is Zack Burgess (@FantasyZack) and these are my sleeper candidates for the 2014 Fantasy Baseball season and I hope you enjoy! I would love to hear what you think and make sure to post...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
February 04, 2014  |  Discuss

O's offered Chris Davis deal

Baltimore Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said the team offered slugger Chris Davis a long-term deal this offseason -- a claim that seemed to surprise baseball's reigning home run king. Duquette, speaking Saturday at the team's annual FanFest, said that contract talks with Davis "really hasn't progressed" this winter. Davis, who led the majors...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 02, 2014  |  Discuss

AL East Preview: Baltimore Orioles

Will the Orioles be flexing their muscle in 2014?(Photo courtesy of Icon SMI)Ben WhiteheadContributing WriterWe continue our look at each of Boston’s AL East opponents with our second part of the four-part AL East Preview series. We will break down their 2014 roster (to this point), project where they will finish in the standings and also how the Sox stack up against them.Yesterday...
Via RedSoxLife
January 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Potential Deals For Ike Davis Are Still Out There

Bleacher Report’s lead writer Jason Martinez put together an interesting piece speculating the top potential trade packages the Mets still might pursue to move Ike Davis. Recently, comments from the front office insinuate the search to find Davis a new home might be over. That may be true, but it’s equally possible Sandy Alderson’s comments are simply subterfuge intended to...
Via Mets Merized Online
January 21, 2014  |  Discuss

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