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How Has Baltimore Orioles First Base Prospect Christian Walker Looked Thus Far?

September 22nd, 2014 at 11:09 AM
By Josh Michael

One of, if not the most talked about prospect in the Baltimore Orioles organization this year has been first baseman Christian Walker and fans finally got to see him at the big league level last week as the team called him up to get some MLB action.

How has the 2012 fourth round draft pick handled himself in his brief time at the Major League level?

Walker has gotten in four games with the Orioles since being brought up last week and the young man has looked pretty good so far.

In four games, he has gotten 14 at bats and has recorded three hits, including a double and a solo home run (video below). The home run came against the Boston Red Sox over the weekend and it will be a moment he will never forget, as a player’s first career MLB home run is just something that he will always remember.

It is nice to see him show some of the extra base hit power that he has been displaying at the minor league level, but it has also been obvious that this is his first crack at the big leagues as Walker has struck out seven times already, or half of his at bats.

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Who Should the Baltimore Orioles Be Rooting for in the AL Central Race?

September 22nd, 2014 at 9:06 AM
By Josh Michael

We are in the homestretch of the 2014 regular season as the Baltimore Orioles will finish their schedule with a seven game road trip with four against the New York Yankees and three against the Toronto Blue Jays before getting ready to enter the postseason as AL East Champions for the first time since 1997. Today, we thought we would allow ourselves to look ahead a little bit and provide our opinion on which team the Orioles should be rooting for in the AL Central race.

If the season were to end today, the Orioles would be hosting the Detroit Tigers in the American League Division Series as Detroit currently leads the Kansas City Royals by a game and a half.

While the Orioles still have a chance to secure the top seed in the AL as they trail the Los Angeles Angels by 2 1/2 games, we are treating this as if they remain in the two spot.

So who should they be rooting for, the Royals or Tigers?

Conventional wisdom would tell you they should be rooting for the Royals, but we disagree, we think it would serve the Orioles better to be hosting the Tigers in the ALDS.

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Quick Baltimore Orioles Injury Update; No Real Worries as of Yet

September 22nd, 2014 at 7:07 AM
By Josh Michael

The Baltimore Orioles are sitting in the luxurious position of having clinched the American League East nearly a week ago, and being able to take it easy and rest guys if they are dealing with any type of soreness to ensure they are ready to go for the postseason. This is exactly what the Orioles are doing right now with Nick Markakis and Steve Pearce.

Markakis was hit under his right shoulder blade in that AL East clinching victory last Tuesday by Aaron Loop and hasn't played since that night. The good news is, even though he hasn't been in the lineup in nearly a week, no one is worried, including Manager Buck Showalter.

MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli quoted Showalter:

"[Nick is] getting better every day. That's why I'm not [concerned] at this point. More of the concern is diving for a ball, which he will do, sliding," said Showalter. "If you think about it, it's kind of like a blow to the rotator cuff. It got in there deep. I watched in slow motion. That thing got in between the blade."

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Orioles101 Mailbag: Baltimore Orioles Playoff Rotation a Focus, AL East Title Questions Frequent

September 21st, 2014 at 7:00 AM
By Josh Michael

It’s Sunday and you know what that means, it’s time for another edition of Orioles101 Mailbag and this week we were flooded with AL East Championship questions as well as Baltimore Orioles playoff rotation being a focus.

'J. Peterman Counterfeit Mailbag' photo (c) 2012, Bry D. - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

As we always do, we want to remind you that if we receive multiple questions on the same topic, we answer them with one general answer as opposed to answering each one and repeating ourselves.

Who should be in the Orioles starting rotation for the playoffs?

We have been getting this question for weeks now and we have even featured it in our Mailbag article in the past, but it still seems to be a hot topic, so we thought we would give our opinion on the matter.

If you have read our response to this question in the past, then you may be disappointed to see that our opinion has not changed. We still believe that the Orioles starting rotation should consist of Chris Tillman, Wei-Yin Chen, Bud Norris and Miguel Gonzalez with Kevin Gausman moving to the bullpen.

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Who Should Be the Baltimore Orioles MVO? We Chime in with Our Selection

September 20th, 2014 at 7:00 AM
By Josh Michael

Normally Saturday’s here at Orioles101 are reserved for Baltimore Orioles minor league spotlights, and we will return to that next week with an interview with LHP Matt Taylor, but today we wanted to take a look at the race for Most Valuable Oriole.

This year’s Most Valuable Oriole will receive his award on Sunday prior to the game, but who should win it?

First we will go over a few guys who were in the conversation, but who we felt were just short.

Zach Britton has been the biggest surprise of the bullpen and arguably the entire pitching staff as entering Spring Training, he was thought of by some of being a roster nuisance since he had no options remaining with no real relief experience. Fast forward to September and he is now one of the best relievers in the Orioles bullpen and one of the best closers in all of baseball. If not for other guys such as Darren O’Day being in the bullpen as well, Britton could have very well gotten our nod for MVO.

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