Game 12: Orioles 1, White Sox 8

Another home run by Nolan Reimold (4th game in a row!) and one by JJ Hardy gave the O’s their second win in the series against the White Sox yesterday. That guarantees them at least a split, and they’ll get two chances to take the series. The Good: Fantastic first inning by Tommy Hunter, as […]

Is Matt Wieters The Best Catcher In Baseball?

Maybe*. If he keeps hitting .344/.462/.750, then I like his chances to take that crown (as well as the MVP award – and maybe the Cy Young). * Just want to make sure it’s clear that the hot start is nice but only slightly helps Wieters’ cause – he was already probably one of the best catchers […]

Game 10: Orioles 10, White Sox 4

The O’s road-trip started out on the right foot, and begin a four-game set in Chicago as the middle leg in their road trip. The Good: Jake Arrieta was once again very impressive. His fastball was 93-96, and he threw it by people (5 total whiffs). The two-seamer showed some good movement (there was one […]

Orioles Take Two of Three From Blue Jays

I only got to see the tail end of the first two games, but the Orioles taking the series in Toronto was both unexpected (given they were something like 5-290 there recently) and awesome. Nolan Reimold went 5-10 with two doubles and two homers (both in the top of the 9th – clutch!) in the […]

Game 6: Orioles 4, Yankees 6

The O’s lost game one of this series handily, game two in – not quite heart-breaking – but hard to take fashion, and have to deal with CC Sabathia in game three. The Good: Things did not get off to a particularly auspicious start for Jake Arrieta, as he gave up a two-run homer to […]

Wei-Yin Chen’s First Start For The O’s

I didn’t get a chance to see Wei-Yin Chen make his Major League debut yesterday – I got home for the bottom of the 9th, so at least I was treated to the extra-innings loss – but I’ve heard some complementary things about it. Chen’s line on the night: 5.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R […]

Should The Orioles Look At Brandon Allen?

The Orioles are not expected to get much production from first-base this year (again). Totally unrelated news… 26 year-old first-baseman Brandon Allen was just put on waivers by the Oakland A’s. Allen, a big left-handed swinger, doesn’t have a great deal of major league playing time; in 374 career plate appearances he’s hit just .205/.291/.375 […]

Game 4: Orioles 2, Yankees 6

Reversing the attendance downturn after Opening Day with the infusion of New York fans. The Good: Matt Wieters might actually be the best catcher in baseball right now. He hits his second home run of the year, over the scoreboard; doubled to the opposite field; singled through the infield shift, and then to the outfield […]

Game 4: Orioles vs. Yankees

With New York coming to town, the O’s face a little bit more of a challenge than they did with the Twins – I guess I’d be OK with them taking 2 of 3 instead of a sweep. The Yankees:   Pos Batting UZR fWAR Derek Jeter SS .231/.286/.231 0 0.0 Nick Swisher RF .273/.429/.636 0 0.2 Robinson Cano […]

Game 3: Orioles 3, Twins 1

With the series win already in their pocket, the O’s went for the sweep in what seemed like a favorable match-up. The Good: Jason Hammel. Wow. Groundout after groundout after easy groundout. Takes a no-hitter into the 8th inning of his Orioles debut (while facing the minimum, thanks to a pair of double plays). The […]

Game 3: Orioles vs. Twins

The Orioles have already won their first series of 2012, and go for the sweep today. The Twins (2012 stats): Pos Batting UZR fWAR Denard Span CF .375/.375/.375 0 0.1 Jamey Carroll SS .000/.125/.000 0 -0.1 Joe Mauer CF .167/.375/.167 0 0.0 Justin Morneau DH .375/.375/.500 0 0.1 Josh Willingham LF .286/.375/.714 0 0.1 Ryan […]

Game 2: Orioles 8, Twins 2

A win on Opening Day is standard. A win in game two isn’t so much. And the pitching match-up didn’t necessarily favor the O’s. But that’s why they play the games. The Good: Tommy Hunter only got two swings and misses on the day and his control was spotty at times, but it didn’t end […]

Game 2: Orioles vs. Twins

The Orioles picked up their usual Opening Day win yesterday, and are tied for first place in the AL East. Going wire-to-wire is probably going to require a second victory today, so they’ll need to make that happen to keep the dream alive. The Twins (2011 stats): Pos Batting UZR fWAR Denard Span CF .264/.328/.359 […]

Dylan Bundy Dominant In Pro Debut

So, maybe Dylan Bundy should have been started above low-A ball. In his pro baseball debut, for the Delmarva Shorebirds, Bundy pitched 3 perfect frames (they’re trying to limit his innings). He struck out 6, and apparently threw 21 out of 21 pitches* for strikes (that’s 100%, which seems pretty good). Even though he’s coming […]

Opening Day: Orioles 4, Twins 2

Opening Day! The Good: Jake Arrieta was tremendous (by O’s standards – he really was good though). The fastball and sinker were 93-96; the curve was a real hammer (got two swings and misses, plus a few in there for called strikes); and the slider was almost a cutter (unlike in previous years), thrown hard […]