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Baltimore Orioles Set to Face Some Interesting Roster Decisions in the Near Future

April 17th, 2015 at 7:00 AM
By Josh Michael

The Baltimore Orioles were able to avoid a majority of their roster decisions that faced them in spring training due to guys going on the disabled list to open up spots. Time heals all wounds and the Orioles are about to face a whirlwind of roster decisions as players return from the disabled list.

Buck Showalter likes to say that “things have a way of working themselves out” in terms of roster decisions, and he’s right more often than not. Think about it, in spring training fans were asking, will Jimmy Paredes make the team? Will Nolan Reimold? How do you trim the bullpen down? And many more.

Before you knew it, JJ Hardy, Paredes, Matt Wieters, and David Lough all had to go on the DL and thus opened the door for Ryan Lavarnway, the ability to keep all three of Ryan Flaherty, Jonathan Schoop and Everth Cabrera and even opened a roster spot to keep eight bullpen arms to start the season.

Since then, we have seen Ryan Webb traded, Logan Verrett lost to waivers, Nolan Reimold sent to AAA and Wesley Wright hitting the DL opening a spot for Lough when he returned.

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How the Baltimore Orioles Starting Rotation Stacks up a Week and a Half into 2015

April 16th, 2015 at 10:18 AM
By Josh Michael

It's very early in the season and we all understand that, but we thought it would be interesting to take a look at how the Baltimore Orioles' starting rotation stacks up just a week and a half into the 2015 season.

Baltimore currently owns a 5-4 record and sits in a tie for second place in the AL East one game behind the Boston Red Sox.

In 2014, there were many factors to the Orioles' success and run to their first AL East title since 1997, but perhaps the most important was the performance by their starting rotation.

Baltimore's starting rotation owned a 68-45 record with a 3.61 ERA, a 1.28 WHIP, and a .251 opponents batting average. If you are wondering how that stacked up in the American League, their starter's ERA ranked fifth, their wins tied for first, their WHIP ranked eighth and their opponents batting average ranked fifth.

Needless to say, it was the best collaborative effort from an Orioles' starting rotation in quite some time and it's no coincidence that the team went on to win the AL East by 12 games. After all, five of the six primary starters for the O's had an ERA under 4.00.

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Minor League Rundown: 4/15 Baltimore Orioles Affiliates Have Two Double Headers, Go 5-1

April 16th, 2015 at 9:01 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.

Four of the five of the Orioles' major affiliates are underway in 2015, while the Aberdeen Ironbirds opening their season in June.

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AAA Norfolk Tides (4-3)

Tides win 8-0

  • Nolan Reimold went 2-5 with two runs scored, hitting .360 this season
  • Chris Parmelee went 2-4 with a walk, home run, three RBI, and two runs scored
  • Mike Wright tossed six shutout innings allowing three hits and two walks and striking out four

AA Bowie Baysox (4-3)

Baysox win 7-3

  • Derrick Gibson went 2-4 with a walk
  • Sean Halton went 2-5 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored
  • Elih Villanueva tossed five innings while allowing two runs on three hits, one walk and striking out seven

High-A Frederick Keys (6-1)

Game 1 – Keys win 7-0

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News and Notes: Five Run Sixth Propels Baltimore Orioles, Brad Brach Returns to Form, and More

April 16th, 2015 at 8:04 AM
By Josh Michael

The sun always shines a little brighter on days like today. In today's edition of news and notes, we touch on the Baltimore Orioles five run sixth inning Wednesday Night, Brad Brach returning to form, and Bud Norris was better in his second start of the season.

Five run sixth propels O's to 7-5 win and a series victory over the New York Yankees

The Orioles entered the bottom of the sixth inning trailing 3-2 and had already left a small village on the bases in the first five innings. Baltimore immediately saw their deficit erased when Jonathan Schoop led off the inning with a solo bomb to left center field to tie the game at three, and that was just the beginning.

Alejandro De Aza followed with a single and was moved up to second on a sacrifice bunt by Everth Cabrera. After an intentional walk to the hot hitting Adam Jones, Yankees' manager Joe Girardi decided to make a pitching change to bring in a lefty to face Travis Snider. O's manager Buck Showalter countered the move by pinch hitting Delmon Young and he did what he almost always does, came through with a go ahead single.

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Eight Games in, Baltimore Orioles’ Bullpen Uncharacteristically Near Bottom of League

April 15th, 2015 at 10:03 AM
By Josh Michael

The Baltimore Orioles have had one of the best bullpens in all of baseball over the past three years, and while we still believe that they do and come the end of the season their numbers will reflect it, eight games into the 2015 season the O's bullpen is among the league's worst.

The bullpen has been a big strength for the Birds during their three straight winning seasons, but in 2015, it has been an Achilles heel thus far.

In the eight games this season, the Orioles' bullpen has posted a 5.34 ERA with a 1.29 WHIP over 28 2/3 innings pitched. In addition, the bullpen has allowed 18 runs (17 earned) on 26 hits, three home runs and 11 walks.

Here is how the Orioles' bullpen numbers rank in MLB:

  • 5.34 ERA – 29th
  • 1.29 WHIP – 20th
  • 11 walks – tied for 10th most
  • 3 home runs allowed – tied for sixth most
  • 26 hits allowed – 7th most
  • 28 2/3 innings – 12th most
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