Brian Matusz Showing Flashes of Promise

Brian Matusz has a terrible 2011 season. He was hurt, came back with a big drop in his velocity, and ended the year with a 10.69 ERA. Watching him pitch, it was hard to believe he was truly healthy. This year has been a bit of a different story. Though his ERA has been above […]

How For Real Are The Orioles’ Pitchers?

I wrote about the position players yesterday; Adam Jones is clearly playing over his head (we don’t know by how much, but I’d wager that he doesn’t end the year with 50 home runs), but otherwise things seem relatively reasonable overall. There will be some drop-off there, but maybe not a huge amount. It’s on […]

How For Real Are The Orioles?

That’s a question a lot of people are asking these days, as the O’s sit atop the standings in the AL East. Short answer: probably not. The team has legitimately played well so far this year, but they’re not this good. Right now they’re on pace for 100+ wins, and everyone knows they can’t keep […]

Game 36: Orioles 5, Yankees 8

Taking two of three against the Rays – and almost completing the sweep with a valiant (though failed) comeback yesterday – is pretty good. Only a two-game set with the Yankees remains in the “hard” stretch, before the O’s get to face KC and Washington. The Good: Jason Hammel started the game out quite nicely, […]

Game 34: Orioles 5, Rays 3

Lots of roster moves for the O’s recently. The latest has Mark Reynolds going to the DL, with Bill Hall getting called up to take his place (Hall does done a fine Reynolds’ impression in the minors this year, striking out 25 times in 15 games). Brad Bergesen was designated for assignment to open up […]

Orioles Acquire Mike Belfiore From D’Backs For Josh Bell

The Orioles traded third-baseman Josh Bell over to Arizona last month, and the Diamondbacks now have sent over left-handed pitcher Mike Belfiore to complete that deal. Bell was mostly a disappointment in Baltimore after coming over from the Dodgers in the George Sherrill trade. His plate discipline went south, as he hit just .200/.221/.264 when […]

Orioles Split Double Header With Texas

The rain-out yesterday might have provided a nice reprieve for the O’s after the drubbing the Rangers inflicted on them in the first two games of the series. Game one started out in impressive fashion, as the O’s set an AL record when Ryan Flaherty, JJ Hardy, and Nick Markakis hit three straight homers to […]

Game 29: Orioles 3, Rangers 14

Fresh* of taking 5 of 6 in New York and Boston, the O’s come home to face off against probably the best team in baseball. * Actually, probably not very fresh at all, given the marathon yesterday. The Good: Stu Pomeranz was called up before the game to add some depth to the weary bullpen […]

Orioles Beat Red Sox In Amazing 17 Inning Game

17 innings. 8 Oriole pitchers. Plus Chris Davis. I came home around 7pm, expecting the final game of the O’s-Sox series to be long over. It was still the top of the 17th though, which means I was lucky enough to be able to revel in some of the insanity. Some assorted (mostly real-time) thoughts: […]

Game 27: Orioles 8, Red Sox 2

Game one of this series, the O’s went into Fenway and had to face Jon Lester – that usually seems like an auto-loss. Especially when the Birds fell behind. But no, they battled back – a Wieters’ triple, Mark Reynolds’ first home run of the year (plus a double and a walk), three walks and […]

Orioles Take Two Of Three From The Yankees

Normally, going into Yankee Stadium is a nightmare for the Orioles and their pitchers (they went 2-7 with a 6.49 ERA there last year). Their first trip to New York was a bit more impressive this season. On Monday, Jason Hammel continued to impress with a 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 5 […]

Game 19: Orioles 5, Blue Jays 2

Things I didn’t expect to hear at the end of April – the starting pitching is carrying the Orioles (the pitchers allowed 1 earned run in this series with the Jays). Yep. The Good: Brian Matusz continues to improve on the mound. I didn’t have a great angle to see the plate, but it seemed […]

Trading For Jason Hammel Looks Good So Far

When the Orioles traded Jeremy Guthrie for Jason Hammel (and Matt Lindstrom), I said ” It’s entirely possible that Hammel and Guthrie are similarly good pitcher… If the Hammel of old shows up in 2012, there’s a good chance the Orioles will have actually upgraded their rotation.” It’s incredibly early, but so far the returns […]

All or Nothing: Oriole Long Balls

I’ve got a post up at Camden Depot looking at how home run centric the Orioles’ offense has been so far this season (answer: very): check it out.

Game 13: Orioles 3, Angels 6

For those near a radio tomorrow (well, later today) at 1:35, turn to 1090am to hear me talk some Orioles baseball on WBAL. The Good: Brian Matusz had a rocky first inning, due largely to poor fastball command, but once he started to mix his pitches things turned around. The off-speed stuff looked good – […]