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You May Be Surprised Just How Good Baltimore Orioles’ RHP Mychal Givens Really Was

October 8th, 2015 at 11:26 AM
By Josh Michael

Over the past few years, it seems as though the Baltimore Orioles end up getting a surprise contributor to their bullpen, and this year, Mychal Givens fell into that category. You may be surprised just how good he was for the Orioles.

Most know the story that he was drafted as a shortstop by the O's, but ended up being converted to a pitcher in 2013. He had done fairly well in the minors in 2013 and 2014, but wasn't spectacular by any stretch. Then 2015 happened.

Givens began the year with the AA Bowie Baysox and quickly became a dominant reliever for the eventual Eastern League Champions.

He pitched so well, that the Orioles, who had a need in their bullpen at the time, decided to call him up to the big leagues. They also essentially made him untouchable at the MLB Trade Deadline, which had some fans perplexed. We quickly found out why.

Givens ended up appearing in 22 games for the Orioles and went 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA and 0.87 WHIP over 30 innings pitched.

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News and Notes: Former Baltimore Orioles Shine in NL Wildcard Game, Dylan Bundy Update, & More

October 8th, 2015 at 8:12 AM
By Josh Michael

It's time for your daily dose of Baltimore Orioles news and notes. In today's edition, we talk about former O's shining in NL Wildcard game, prospect Dylan Bundy takes big step, and Adam Jones reveals he is hosting another Purple Tailgate.

Former Birds shine in NL Wildcard game

If you missed it, the National League Wildcard game was played last night and the Chicago Cubs were victorious 4-0 over the Pittsburgh Pirates to advance to the NLDS, and a few former O's shined.

Obviously, all Orioles know that former Oriole Jake Arrieta has been completely dominant this season for the Cubs and he continued that on Wednesday Night. Arrieta tossed a complete game shutout while allowing just four hits, zero walks and struck out 11 in the process. The performance was phenomenal.

He continued to dominate even after he was hit by a pitch in the seventh inning and the benches cleared, oh and a poor Gatorade cooler got the wrath of Pirates' utility man Sean Rodriguez, poor cooler. Anyway, immediately after Arrieta was hit by the pitch, he put the icing on the cake by stealing second base, yes he stole second base.

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Baltimore Orioles Would Be Wise to Try to Re-sign Darren O’Day Before Free Agency Begins

October 7th, 2015 at 11:38 AM
By Josh Michael

The Baltimore Orioles have six players that are set to hit free agency this offseason and while no one is thinking that they will re-sign all six, it's certainly possible they could re-sign a couple of them. We feel that the Orioles would be wise to try and re-sign Darren O'Day before free agency begins.

While the Orioles' season is over, the MLB season is not. Eligible free agents do not actually hit the free agent market until the conclusion of the World Series, so every team still has time to exclusively negotiate with their potential free agents. What that means is the Orioles are the only team that can legally negotiate with O'Day, or any of their other free agents, until the World Series ends.

Baltimore needs to take advantage of this opportunity.

O'Day has been one of the best relievers in baseball over the past few seasons for the Orioles and even made the All-Star team this year as a non-closer, which is pretty darn impressive.

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News and Notes: Brian Matusz Has Successful Surgery, Baltimore Orioles’ TV Ratings, and More

October 7th, 2015 at 7:56 AM
By Josh Michael

It's time for your daily dose of Baltimore Orioles news and notes. In today's edition, we talk about the O's television ratings this season, Brian Matusz having successful surgery, and the Birds' AL East foe eliminated from playoffs.

O's draw solid TV ratings

The 2015 season did not go as planned for the Orioles on the field, but despite the frustrating performance on the field, they still had one of the best TV ratings in all of baseball per the Baltimore Business Journal.

The O's drew a 5.35 average household rating on MASN (through Sept 20), which was unchanged compared with the same period last season, which is impressive, considering that the Orioles went on to go to the ALCS last season.

So how good were the Orioles' TV ratings? The Birds had the fifth highest rating in all of baseball, and get this, they had the highest rating of any of the AL East teams.

As the Baltimore Business Journal mentioned, there are around 1.1 million households in the Baltimore market that have a TV, according to Nielsen, and that means on any given night, an average of 49,000 tuned into the Orioles game. Pretty impressive.

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Manny Machado Had a Pretty Special 2015 Season for Baltimore Orioles, and It’s not Over

October 6th, 2015 at 10:36 AM
By Josh Michael

If you are a Baltimore Orioles' fan, then you already knew that Manny Machado had a special year in 2015. What you may not have known is just how special it was, and that it's not even over yet.

The 23-year old Machado, had already shown that he was a star in the making during his first two and a half seasons in the big leagues, but in 2015, he rid himself of the title, "a star in the making" because he became a legitimate star.

Machado had a terrific year at the plate hitting .286 with 35 home runs, 86 RBI, 30 doubles, 20 stolen bases and scored 102 runs. He also boasted a .359 on base percentage and a .861 OPS. He was also named a 2015 All-Star as well.

He led the Orioles in stolen bases, runs scored, batting average (among qualifiers), games, hits and at bats. He was second in home runs, RBI, doubles, walks, OBP and OPS, all to Chris Davis.

In terms of how he stacked up in all of baseball, Machado finished tied for seventh in runs scored, tied for 13th in home runs, 21st in OPS, tied for 30th in RBI and tied for 28th in stolen bases.

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