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Thanks to Second Wildcard, the Baltimore Orioles are in an Odd Situation at MLB Trade Deadline

July 27th, 2015 at 11:54 AM
By Josh Michael

The Baltimore Orioles enter their three-game series with the visiting Atlanta Braves at 48-49, which isn't what most fans expected at this point in the season. The MLB Trade Deadline is on Friday, and thanks to the second wildcard, the O's are in an odd and difficult position.

Baltimore is currently seven games back in the AL East, which would normally prompt a team to be sellers at the trade deadline, especially when you consider the fact that Baltimore is under .500 97 games into the season.

Despite being seven games out in the division, the O's are just 3 1/2 games behind in the race for the second wildcard, which is currently held by the Minnesota Twins.

Only 3 1/2 games out of a playoff spot would normally justify being buyers at the MLB Trade Deadline, right?

So what do the Orioles do? That's for the team to decide, but it won't be easy.

The easiest thing to do would be to wait and see where they stand after their upcoming three-game series against the Braves. After all, that would still leave them two days to make deals either as a buyer or a seller, but that's also risky because of how the trade market could fluctuate as teams make deals over the next three days.

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Minor League Rundown: 7/26 Baltimore Orioles Affiliates Go 3-2, Dariel Alvarez Homers Again

July 27th, 2015 at 9:47 AM
By Josh Michael

Here is your daily Baltimore Orioles Minor League rundown with quick game summaries for each of the Orioles Minor League affiliates for the day. Keep in mind that we have kept this to the five major affiliates, but will give you periodic updates on the Orioles DSL and GCL teams as well throughout the summer.

'Camden Yards 3rd base replacement' photo (c) 2011, Keith Allison - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

AAA Norfolk Tides (59-42)

Tides win 11-1

  • Dariel Alvarez went 1-4 with a home run, two RBI, and a run scored
  • Sean Halton went 3-4 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored
  • Mike Wright allowed one run on five hits, one walk and struck out seven over six innings pitched, he is 8-0 with a 2.41 ERA this season with Norfolk

AA Bowie Baysox (55-45)

Baysox win 10-3

  • Corban Joseph went 4-4 with a triple, two home runs, four RBI, a walk and three runs scored. Hitting .321 with Bowie this season
  • John Ruettiger went 2-4 with a run scored. Hitting .389 since joining Bowie
  • Parker Bridwell allowed three runs (zero earned) on two hits, three walks and struck out three over five innings pitched

High-A Frederick Keys (49-52)

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News and Notes: Baltimore Orioles Take Series, Nick Markakis Returns to Baltimore, and More

July 27th, 2015 at 8:05 AM
By Josh Michael

It's time for your daily dose of Baltimore Orioles news and notes. In today's series winning edition, we talk about the O's winning their series against Tampa Bay, the return of Nick Markakis to Baltimore tonight, and we preview the pitching matchups against the Atlanta Braves.

O's win 5-2, take series against Rays

Baltimore's offense struck early, and the O's pitching kept the Rays at bay to help lead the Birds to a 5-2 win and a series victory over the Rays.

The O's got three runs before Wei-Yin Chen even took the mound. JJ Hardy delivered a RBI single to score Chris Davis in the top of the first inning. He was immediately followed by Nolan Reimold, who delivered a two-run double to give Baltimore a 3-0 advantage.

Caleb Joseph provided a little insurance in the top of the fourth inning as he crushed and inside fastball over the left field wall for a two-run homer and a 5-0 lead.

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Minor League Spotlight: Checking in on the Baltimore Orioles’ Top 3 MLB Draft Picks

July 25th, 2015 at 7:00 AM
By Josh Michael

It's time for another edition of our Baltimore Orioles Minor League Spotlight. This week we thought we would take a look at the 2015 MLB Draft class for the Birds, and more specifically their first three selections.

Baltimore's first three picks came in the draft's first two rounds thanks to a compensatory pick they received from the Seattle Mariners for signing Nelson Cruz this offseason, who was extended a qualifying offer by the O's.

Their first three picks came in at the 25th, 36th and 68th overall selections, so let's check in on how those three players are doing.

Pick 25, Orioles select OF DJ Stewart, Florida State6 feet, 230 pounds

Stewart comes from an accomplished college program at Florida State. The left handed hitting outfielder has produced for the Noles' ever since he arrived, including being named ACC Player of the Year as a sophomore. This season, Stewart continued to produce and raise his draft stock as he hit .318 with 15 home runs, 59 RBI and posted a robust .500 on base percentage. If you want walks, Stewart will draw them for you. He led the NCAA with 69 walks this season and over his career, he walked more times (147) than he struck out (117).

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To Sell or not to Sell? That is the Question for the Baltimore Orioles

July 24th, 2015 at 10:56 AM
By Josh Michael

The Baltimore Orioles entered their three-game series with the New York Yankees four games behind them in the AL East, but after being swept in the Bronx, the O's find themselves seven games out and two games under .500. The question facing the Orioles now is whether they should become sellers at the MLB Trade deadline.

Orioles' Executive VP/GM Dan Duquette said earlier this week to the media that the O's will be buyers at the trade deadline, and even added that it will be the team's stance no matter how this week played out. That was on Wednesday, when the Birds were five games back and 46-46, but now they are seven out and 46-48, so despite what Duquette stated, we think the upcoming three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays this weekend will have a great impact on whether or not the team becomes sellers at the deadline.

Think about it, if the O's happen to lose this series, or even get swept, they could find themselves eight, nine or even ten games back in the AL East. If that were to come to fruition, do you really think the Orioles would be buyers? Doubtful.

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