Orioles Update – Week of October 3rd
If there was any doubt that baseball is a centerpiece of the sports
scene around Baltimore, they disappeared completely coming down the home stretch of the regular season, as the Orioles were
simply on fire on the diamond and the fan base has shown to be one of the very best in all of Major League Baseball. Now that
the postseason is back in Baltimore, the Orioles know they have the type of special team that can beat anyone that takes the
field against them, giving the O's plenty of confidence as they look to put together a few more wins that will have fans dreaming
of the Fall Classic.
It's not exactly going to be a walk in the park as the Orioles go up against the Tigers, but that's
the beauty of postseason baseball, as you have to beat the best in order to have a shot a world title. The Tigers have one
of the most electric lineups in the league, though the Orioles are used to going up against powerhouse rosters in the A.L.
East and have proven that they can matchup with absolutely anyone. Thanks to one of the most complete teams in the league,
the Orioles have won games in many different styles this season, making them one of the most exciting and dangerous teams
in Major League Baseball.
And it also simply doesn't get any better than the playoffs when the stakes are raised and
the urgency from pitch to pitch is simply something to behold. The stands at Oriole Park at Camden Yards are sure to be absolutely
filled to the brim with passion and fanfare, but you're going to find plenty of Orioles love when the O's take to the field
in Detroit too. Put it all together and Orioles-Tigers is just one of those series that you don't want to miss out if you
love postseason baseball.
Orioles Update – Week of September 19th
The last time the Baltimore Orioles
won the American League East, Bill Clinton was still in the White House, nobody knew that Leonardo DiCaprio was about to be
the king of the world, and Cal Ripken was still the starting shortstop in Baltimore. But all of that changed recently, as
the Baltimore Orioles took charge of the A.L. East and simply ran away with the division, clinching their first divisional
title since 1997 and giving fans plenty to cheer about around town as they gear up for the playoffs. With such a diversely
talented team, the Orioles know they have the type of team that will be an extremely difficult out in the postseason, building
the fanfare to unbelievable levels around town.
In a game often dominated by superstars, the Orioles definitely have
a few of those but have shown that they can play just great all-around baseball. From their starting pitching anchored by
Wei-Yin Chin and Chris Tillman to their lineup led by Nelson Cruz and Adam Jones, the Orioles have established themselves
as having one of the deepest teams in the entire league, creating quite the stir as they look to gear up and take their swings
at a World Series ring.
But if there's one thing that manage Buck Showalter has shown it's that this isn't a team that's
going to get complacent, as they come down the home stretch of the season looking to fine tune their roster and get ready
for an intense postseason thrill-ride. Thanks to a team that has shown it can win in just about any fashion that you can win
a baseball game, a flair for the dramatic and some serious momentum coming down the home stretch, there's a great case to
be made for the Orioles being the favorite to win it all. As the Orioles continue to fire on all cylinders, this is a team
that you definitely have to keep your eye on.
Orioles Update – Week of September 12th
With yet another
impressive performance in the final game of a series sweep against the Red Sox recently, starter Wei-Yin Chen continues to
put together an astounding season that has Orioles fans as excited as they have been in a very long time. In recent series
finale, Chen simply dominated the Red Sox in Fenway, pitching five perfect innings and ending up giving the Orioles seven
sharp innings overall, letting up just one earned run, three hits and zero walks while dipping his ERA to 3.59. Most importantly
for the Orioles in their chase of the American League East title, Chen picked up the win and improved his record to 15-4,
making him one of the winningest pitchers in the league this season.
Of course, the Orioles haven't necessarily needed
to pitch all that well to win games recently, mainly considering that Nelson Cruz is red-hot once again at the exact right
moment and the Orioles have all kinds of offensive confidence at this point. Cruz tallied 12 RBIs in just his first seven
games of September, with much of that coming during an offensive explosion on Sept. 7. During that game against the Rays,
Cruz smacked two homers, drove in seven runs, racked up four total hits and reached base five times on the day, continuing
his incredible first season in Baltimore in a very big way.
With Chen firing on all cylinders and Cruz still amongst
the very top run-producers in the league, the Orioles one of their most balanced and dangerous teams they have ever had, making
them all but a lock to wrap up the season atop the A.L. East standings. The last time they ended up bringing home the division
was back in 1997 with a team that was led by Scott Erickson, Jimmy Key and, of course, Cal Ripken Jr. This time around, the
Orioles have another roster that has fans thinking about their World Series chances, making it a great time to be an Orioles
fan as the team looks to round into form and challenge for a title this season.
Orioles Update – Week of
The Baltimore Orioles continue to put together one of their best regular seasons in franchise history,
as they've all but put away the American League East by the beginning of September and look like the clear favorite to win
their first divisional title since 1997. The Orioles simply continue to win in a variety of different ways thanks to their
well-rounded roster that can do a little bit of everything, making them one of the most exciting teams in the league and building
a buzz as a World Series contender. After winning three of four from the Twins, three of four from the Rays and sweeping the
Reds, the Orioles are looking as strong as they've looked all season long.
A player who has come on strong once again
to help lead the way has been Nelson Cruz. After slowing down a bit in July, Cruz had some very big hits in August and is
once again near the very top of the league in many of the overall run production categories. With Cruz continuing to be a
nightly factor in the heart of the order, guys like Adam Jones and Nick Markakis had some timely hits as well, giving them
additional boosts in their lineup. Jones simply had another very solid month of August and Markakis has just been a very consistently
positive force in the lineup as well throughout the course of the season.
Put it all together along with some very good
outings from starters like Chris Tillman and Wei-Yin Chen and suddenly the Orioles look the type of team that can do some
serious damage in the postseason. Both Tillman and Chen were outstanding in August, with Tillman going 4-0 during the month
thanks to a microscopic 1.33 ERA and consistently pitching deep into ballgames. Chen was also nearly matching Tillman zero
for zero, as Chen continued his incredible season by going 3-1 in August to run his record to 14-4 on the season. Thanks to
contributions all over the lineup, the Orioles look like they're building one of the most dangerous teams in decades.
Orioles Update – Week of August 29th
Though Baltimore had an uncharacteristically off series against the
Cubs recently, the O's just bounced right back and got back to the winning, which they did in nice fashion by taking three
out of four at home against the Rays and once again tightening their grip on the lead in the A.L. East. Though the Orioles
have seen the Yankees starting to come on strong recently, this is a team that is all about playing consistent baseball and
they continue to take it a series at a time. Losing Manny Machado certainly won't help anything, but one of the strengths
of the Orioles is the variety of different ways that they can win a game, giving them a chance to face any sort of adversity
in their way down the home stretch.
One of the most impressive games in recent weeks was on August 25th against the
Rays. Offensively, the Orioles smacked five homers and racked up nine overall runs, though it was the pitching that seemed
to have the game well in hand from the get-go. In the game, it was Chris Tillman pitched seven shutout innings, which was
good enough to lower his ERA to 3.41 and improve his record to 11-5 on the season. Tillman hasn't lost a decision since July
12th to the Yankees and has won four consecutive decisions, helping keep the Orioles headed in the right direction.
be looking to hold onto that momentum as they head into the final month of the season, which will bring them up against the
Twins and the Reds in upcoming series. From there, it will be back to the division for the Orioles, as they'll take on Tampa
and Boston on the road before coming home for four against the Yankees and three each against the Blue Jays and Red Sox. If
the Orioles can make some plays through the gauntlet of big divisional games, the A.L. East should be as good as theirs.
Orioles Update – Week of August 22nd
With the biggest divisional lead in all of Major League Baseball,
the Baltimore Orioles are sitting pretty right now in the American League East, though that doesn't mean that they're going
to be taking the rest of their schedule lightly. Though they clearly look to be playoff bound, the Orioles are looking to
take their game to a completely different level and get ready for a deep run into the postseason. It's also been quite a while
since the Orioles have won the division, and this is a team that's looking to put the full stranglehold on the division as
they play a steady string of other A.L. East foes in the coming weeks.
Despite a brief hiccup against the Indians, the
Orioles have also been doing more than a fair share of winning in the recent weeks – all while several of their divisional
foes have been struggling to keep up. The Orioles have recently taking series against the Blue Jays, the Cardinals, the Yankees
and the White Sox, giving them one of the best records in the entire league this season in the process. Since the All-Star
break, the Orioles have also been one of the hottest teams in Major League Baseball and have shown many different ways to
The Orioles will be looking to keep that up as they head to Chicago for a three-game set against the Cubs before
returning home to take on the Rays – a team that has been on the outskirts of the playoff chase for a while but is playing
very good overall baseball. After series matchups against the Rays, Twins and Reds, the Orioles will then enter the most important
stretch of their season, as they'll play 23 straight games within the division to wrap up the regular season. But with the
Orioles clearly not backing down to anyone and taking aim at the top overall seed in the American League, it definitely doesn't
get any better than this.
Orioles Update – Week of August 15th
The season just continues to churn
along for the Baltimore Orioles, who have now extended their divisional lead in the A.L. East in a very big way and are looking
to really round into form to set themselves up for a run deep into the playoffs. But the Orioles are also a disciplined team
that knows enough not to count its chickens before they hatch, and the Orioles continue to play some very inspired baseball
as they look to keep their stranglehold on their playoff spot. It won't be easy to stay so far ahead in the division with
tough competitors looking to give a run for their money, but the Orioles clearly have no intention of going quietly this season.
for anyone who though that they might, well, the Orioles have been giving some big-time signs in recent weeks that this is
a team still on the rise. The Orioles haven't lost a series since they dropped two out of three against the Angels to start
the second half of the season, as they've rolled through the Mariners and Angels a couple series apiece and added series wins
against clubs like the Yankees, Blue Jays and Cardinals in recent weeks – all teams that are above.500 at this point.
the Orioles clearly not being intimidated by the other winning teams in the league, this is a team in which the sky seems
to be the limit this season. The Orioles also haven't won the A.L. East since 1997 and fans would love to see them raise another
banner at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. After a rough road stretch that will take them to Cleveland to take on the Indians,
to Chicago to take on both the White Sox and the Cubs, the Orioles will then come back to Baltimore on Aug. 25, where they'll
look to continue their march further up the A.L. standings with a series against the Rays. Though there is still a lot of
baseball left to be played, it's hard for fans not to love what they're seeing from their Orioles.
– Week of August 8th
Though the Orioles have played good baseball throughout the season, lately they've taken
their game to a completely different level, slaying some of the top teams in the American League in the process and solidifying
their stranglehold on the American League East. So far the list of teams they've taken series from so far in the season's
second half is staggering. The Orioles have beaten the Angels both home and away, did the same thing to the Mariners and now
just wrapped up a road series win against A.L. East rivals Toronto, putting them in an excellent position to not just make
the playoffs but build their team towards a run at a title.
But even though consistently beating some of the top teams
in the A.L. West like the Mariners and Angels is always great, it was their recent series victory over the Blue Jays that
really was a testament to how good they're really playing. Toronto has the reputation for being a very tough place to slow
down an excellent Blue Jays' offense, but the Orioles were able to really suppress the Jays on their way to bringing down
two much-needed wins. With help from Miguel Gonzalez, who went six strong innings, and their stellar bullpen, the Orioles
were able to hold off the Jays 2-1 in the series-capper, extending their lead to five full games in the A.L. East.
that game, however, it wasn't just about the pitching. Caleb Joseph apparently has decided that he was only going to hit homers
from now on, as Joseph tallied his fourth homer in as many games to lead the Orioles to the 2-1 victory. With the Orioles
getting some timely contributions from the bottom of the order and a pitching staff that is solid all the way through, this
is a team that has been turning heads around the league for a while and seems to be getting more dangerous by the series.
Orioles Update – Week of August 1
With the divisional race getting even hotter than it already is, it looks
like it just might be the Orioles versus the Blue Jays coming down the home stretch, which has fans in both cities glued to
the action as both teams look to make their move. Though the Blue Jays have put together a nice winning streak, the Orioles
have been matching them in the win column since the All-Star break, pushing the Orioles to a slim, but somewhat substantial,
lead in what could be considered the toughest division in Major League Baseball. With the Orioles showing they can win in
any number of ways, they look like a team that could be very dangerous if they make it back to the playoffs this season.
Orioles also become one of the fastest teams in the league to 60 wins this season, right up there with the Angels, the Athletics,
the Brewers and the Dodgers. Of course, it helps that the Orioles have been able to win both at home and on the road, as they've
already taken two series against the Angels and one against the Mariners – just in the second half. The Orioles even
dealt Angels' sensation Garrett Richards just his fourth loss of the season, making him drop to 11-4.
The upcoming schedule
is also filled with big games that will have plenty of buzz around Baltimore. After hosting the Mariners and playing a quick
game in Washington D.C., it will be on to Toronto, where the Orioles will play in a huge series that could give fans a huge
indication for how the rest of the season is going to play out. The Orioles also know enough not to underestimate the Yankees,
as they'll host them for another huge division rivalry as they come to town on Aug. 11.
Orioles Update –
Week of July 25
Coming out of the gate after the All-Star break, the Orioles have done well to hold their own on the
road against two of the top teams in the American League. After losing two out of three against the A's, the Orioles bounced
back by taking two out of three from the Angels in Anaheim, narrowly missing a clean sweep in an exciting series-capper on
July 23 that could even serve as a precursor to a playoff matchup. During the Angels' series, one of the highlights of the
three-game set was dishing a rare loss to Matt Shoemaker, who was 7-2 heading into his start against the Orioles.
the road series against the Angels, the Orioles also got some very timely starting pitching, with both Bud Norris and Miguel
Gonzalez pitching gems that helped to hand-deliver wins despite going up against one of the toughest lineups in the league.
With the win, Gonzalez brought his ERA back below 4.00 and now is up to five wins on the season, helping give the Orioles
a nice spark in their starting rotation that they could definitely use as they hope to keep the Yankees and Blue Jays at bay.
the Orioles also know that the division is more than just a three-team race, as the red-hot Tampa Bay Rays have been playing
well enough to get them right back into the playoff picture despite struggles earlier in the season. With the Rays back in
the thick of the playoff hunt in the A.L. East, the Orioles need to continue to play well, which won't be an easy task as
they continue through one of their toughest stretches on their schedule all season long. Continuing the road trip, the O's
will have a tough four-game set in Seattle before finally returning home, where they'll stay in the A.L. West with three-game
sets against the Angels and then Mariners once again. With the divisional race only heating up, Orioles' fans know that it's
going to be a long and exciting regular season coming down the home stretch.
Orioles Update – Week of July
The Baltimore Orioles simply continue to take care of business during their quest to top the A.L. East, setting
up what should be an incredibly exciting race to the finish this season in the division routinely considered the very best
in baseball. Looking to make a statement to close out the first half of the season, the Orioles took all four games against
the Rangers before taking two out of three from the Red Sox, two out of three from the Nationals and then two from the Yankees
as well. With a pile of wins leading up to the All-Star break, the Orioles pushed their lead in the division out to four games,
giving them a nice head start as they look to continue the winning in the second half.
As fans who saw or attended the
All-Star game know, the Orioles have all types of talent on their roster, helping to make them one of the most consistent
teams in the entire league. Leading the way, of course, was both Nelson Cruz and Adam Jones, who have developed a major reputation
around the league as one of the best one-two punches in the game. They'll come back to the Orioles in the second half looking
to continue putting up numbers in bunches, giving the Orioles and their fans plenty of reasons for optimism heading down the
Nobody said it was going to be easy, however, as the Orioles will get a major road test right out of the
gate in the second half. The Orioles will start out in Oakland against the top team in the league so far this season, followed
by a trip to play the red hot Angels and then the up-and-coming Mariners in a four-game set. The Orioles won't come back to
Baltimore until the end of the month, when they'll again take on the Angels and the Mariners in six more games against top-tier
teams in the A.L. West.
Orioles Update – Week of July 11
It's been just one of those seasons –
back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. But with a nice little winning streak, the Orioles have pushed themselves
right back to the top of the American League East, putting them in great position as they look to head to the All-Star break
atop the toughest division in baseball. We know that the Blue Jays and the Yankees won't just go away, but the Orioles are
starting to get a little swagger in their step as they've proven they can beat anyone if they play Baltimore Orioles' baseball.
the way, of course, has been Nelson Cruz, who continues to simply mash in the heart of the order and has been holding off
Miguel Cabrera, Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Abreu as the top RBI man in all of Major League Baseball. After a somewhat slow
month of June (for him), Cruz has also come out swinging in July, helping lead the Orioles to some big wins that have shot
them to the top of the standings. To end June and start July, the Orioles took all four games from the Rangers at home before
taking two out of three from the Red Sox in Boston and a wild game against the Nationals in Washington. In that game, on July
7, the Orioles exploded for six runs in the 11th inning to give them their second consecutive extra inning road win.
Orioles will be looking to keep up the hot streak as they wrap up the first half of the regular season at home against New
York, in a series that they would love to win to keep some big-time pressure on their Bronx rivals. After the break, the O's
will then hope to pick up where they left off by heading out on a major 10-game West Coast road trip that will pit them up
against the A's, Angels and then the Mariners – all teams that are currently well above.500.
– Week of July 4
With a recent series sweep against the Rangers and some other big series wins against the White
Sox and the Yankees, the Orioles remain right at the heels of the Toronto Blue Jays, providing plenty of optimism that the
Orioles can take the division if they keep playing their style of baseball. It's also easy to see that the Orioles could be
on the rise, as some of their players who struggled a bit earlier in the season are really starting to come on strong, which
is the sign of a good team starting to get better as the season wears on.
Of course, one of the major components of
the Orioles has been Adam Jones, who got off to a somewhat slow start and has been absolutely racking since April. Jones has
increased his average each successive month and is now amongst the top hitters in the A.L. in batting average. It hasn't just
been a bunch of loop singles either, as Jones bashed nine homers and drive in 20 runs in June alone, putting him right on
pace for the type of season that fans have grown to expect from a player as talented as he is.
No one is likely to forget
about the first half of Nelson Cruz either, as Cruz remains near the very top of the entire league in both homers and RBIs
even after somewhat of a pullback in June. Cruz bashed in more than 20 runs in both April and May, though that production
slipped to a still very solid 14 RBIs in June. Looking to surpass his totals from June, Cruz got right back on board by hitting
a homer in his first game of July and knocking in a run in each of the first two games of the month. With Jones coming on
strong and Cruz producing at an MVP-caliber rate, the Orioles are as dangerous as any team in the A.L. East, if not the entire
Orioles Update – Week of June 27
With the Orioles creeping up on the Blue Jays
atop the A.L. East standings as we near the hallway point of the season, it doesn't get any better than this. Thanks to their
well-balanced roster and tendency to win big games both home and away, the Orioles are making some serious noise in the American
League, setting up what is assured to be a riveting second half of the season. This is a team that has shown that it can do
a little everything, which is why fans are seeing plenty of Orioles near the top of the All-Star voting ballots.
and center, of course, is Nelson Cruz, who came over from the Rangers and has more than lived up to expectations. Cruz has
been near or at the top of the league in homers and RBIs pretty much since day one of the season, helping to pick up the club
when some of the other talented hitters were struggling. With Cruz mashing in the heart of the lineup, it was only a matter
of time before the other big bats got going, and suddenly the Orioles find themselves within striking distance of the toughest
division in Major League Baseball.
Not to be overlooked, though, was the contribution from catcher Matt Wieters, who
has now begins to rehab following successful Tommy John surgery. In just 26 games this season, Wieters was so good that he
remains the top vote-getter out of all the catchers in the American League, largely setting the defensive tone for the Orioles
and getting them headed in the right direction. Though Wieters' influence now will be behind the scenes for now, the rest
of the Orioles have shown that they're more than capable of picking up where Wieters leaves off this season, providing plenty
of clubhouse optimism as they look to continue their march toward the top of the division.
Orioles Update –
Week of June 20
The rest of the A.L. East and the American League are starting to find out what Orioles' fans already
know: this is a team that just isn't going to be going away anytime soon. Though the Orioles haven't completely turned it
on just yet, they've been playing very good and consistent baseball, which is a sign of a talented team starting to come into
maturity. Recently, the Orioles took a series from the Red Sox, split a series with the division-leading Blue Jays and then
took another season on the road against the Rays, showing that this is a team that is every bit as dangerous on the road as
they are at home.
The biggest reason for the Orioles' success this season, though, if you had to pick a particular bright
spot, would have to be Nelson Cruz, who continues to torment the pitchers around the league. Leading the league in homers
and RBIs is a great way to get your team's lineup headed in the right direction, as Nelson has picked up his teammates in
a very big way throughout the season so far. Even though he's slowed down just a tiny bit, he still has a big-time flair for
the dramatic, which he showed recently by belting a big homer in the eighth inning against the Rays to seal a series win in
Also contributing in a big way has been Adam Jones, who is having his best month of the season and is starting
to really show signs of being the star that everyone around Baltimore knows him to be. Jones has had a few different offensive
explosions so far in June, giving the O's some major firepower in the heart of the lineup outside of Cruz. Wei-Yin Chen has
also been a major bright spot for the team in the pitching rotation, as the left-hander has turned it on by winning each of
his last four decisions and lowering his ERA down to 3.78 in the process. With the well-balanced Orioles looking to continue
pushing higher in the standings this season, fans are sure to be glued to the action.
Orioles Update –
Week of June 13
It's a long, grueling season and the Orioles are just getting going, with the Blue Jays in their sights,
the Yankees battling right alongside and the rest of the division looking to catch up to the trio currently sitting atop the
A.L. East. The Orioles, again, proved that they have as much sand and grit as any team in the league, as they continue to
bounce back from every mild losing streak with poise, and it's been their consistency that has kept them right in the running
in arguably the toughest division in all of Major League Baseball.
After losing two out of three to the A.L. West-leading
Oakland A's at home, the Orioles immediately bounced back by taking two out of three from the Red Sox, and there is absolutely
nothing else like taking a series from the world champs when you're looking to start a new winning streak. The series-capper
was also a beauty, as Wei-Yen Chen pitched seven scoreless innings to help bring home the victory, pushing him to a very nice
record of 7-2 in the process. Providing the offense was the heart of the order, with Chris Davis and Adam Jones both registering
extra base hits as the Orioles jumped all over the Red Sox in the first inning and never looked back.
With games like
that to point to, the Orioles know that they have the pitching to shut down any team in the league if they're clicking, and
it isn't a secret anymore that they boast one of the most explosive offenses in the entire league. As Chris Davis gets back
to piling up big numbers and Adam Jones and Nelson Cruz continuing to light up pitchers on the regular, the A.L. East members
know that they don't want to see Baltimore pick up some momentum. With a four-game home set against the Jays and then a road
trip to both Tampa and New York, the Orioles also enter a crucial stretch that could prove to be a major turning point for
their 2014 campaign.
Orioles Update – Week of June 6
Look up at the top of the A.L. East and you
have a completely different situation than it has in many other years, as the Blue Jays have soared all the way to the top
and the Orioles are not that far behind. Though the Yankees and the Red Sox get a lot of the pub, the Orioles have been one
of the toughest teams in the league so far this season and they continue to show how balanced their roster actually is. After
a nice little stretch that saw the Orioles bring home some big wins against the Astros and Rangers, they're nipping at the
heels of the Blue Jays and are showing their fans that they're definitely not going quietly this season.
One of the
big reasons for their recent success has been Wei-Yen Chen, who just moved his record to 6-2 after beating the Astros with
another solid performance. Nobody has been able to hang a loss on Chen since he lost a tough one to the Twins at the beginning
of May, giving the Orioles a nice asset in their rotation as they look to continue their momentum near the top of the standings.
the star of the Orioles so far this season has been Nelson Cruz, who is leading the entire league in homers and RBIs at this
point and is an early favorite for American League MVP. With Nelson hitting for both average and power in the heart of the
lineup and the rest of the team's top hitters starting to come as well, the Orioles look very dangerous as they move closer
to the midway point of the season looking to track down the Blue Jays and stay ahead of the Yanks. With a tough upcoming home
stand against the A.L. West-leading A's, the Red Sox and the Blue Jays, the Orioles have some major opportunities to show
that they're for real this season.
Orioles Update – Week of May 16
If you were to ask many fans
around Major League Baseball who would be at the top of the A.L. East standings, doubtless you'd hear many talk about the
Red Sox and the Yankees, the two obvious picks given their talent and consistency. But ask the same question around Baltimore
and you'd get a different answer, as Orioles fans know that this is a special team that can compete with any team in the league.
And certainly that is being shown in the early going of 2014, as the Orioles have stormed all the way to the top of the standings
with a well-balanced team that is proving to be a major thorn in the sides of their opponents this year.
reason, of course, is their lineup, which is one of the most exciting in Major League Baseball and isn't even all the way
at its potential. With the fourth highest batting average in the league, the Orioles have the type of team loaded with players
who are good all-around hitters, not just bashers who swing for the fences. It seems that everyone on the team is hitting
at a clip of.270 or higher, with Nick Markakis leading the way as his average hovers just over.300. With 30 RBIs in his first
36 games, Cruz is among the most productive hitters in the entire league, making him the centerpiece of a lineup that has
pop all over it.
The Orioles will take that lineup on the road for another crucial test, as they'll head to Kansas City
and Pittsburgh before returning home for a four-game set against the Indians near the end of May. With the Orioles looking
to keep the pressure on the rest of the A.L. East, they'll be looking to continue lighting up opposing pitchers as they head
into another exciting stretch of the season.
Orioles Update – Week of May 9
Winning 17 of their
first 31 games of the 2014 season, the Baltimore Orioles find themselves competing with the Yankees right at the top of the
A.L. East standings, showing that their success from a year ago was definitely not just a fluke. Overall, the Orioles have
played some of the most consistent ball in the entire league, helping them take home recent series wins against the Pirates
and on the road against division rival Tampa, helping them move up the divisional standings in the process as the Orioles
look to keep the momentum going as they head deeper into May.
A major factor, of course, has been the two-headed beast
of Nelson Cruz and Matt Wieters, who have been lighting up opposing pitchers all season long. Cruz is among the league leaders
in production in both homers and RBIs so far this season, with Wieters leading the team in batting average and on-base percentage
in the early going as the potent Orioles offense continues to build a reputation. Adam Jones has also started to come on as
well, and if he can continue to play how he's capable of playing, the Orioles are sure to make some serious noise in the A.L.
East throughout the rest of the season.
Leading the way on the pitching front has been Chris Tillman, who holds the
team leads in wins, ERA and strikeouts following his seventh start of the season. With a well-balanced team that can do a
little bit of everything, the Orioles are looking like a team that is going to be there for the long haul this season as the
competitive A.L. East continues to heat up. The Orioles will be able to continue their winning ways with a couple of big tester
series coming up, as they'll take on the Tigers at home before heading out for a four-game set with the Royals in Kansas City.
Orioles Update – Week of April 25th
We found out a lot about the resolve of the Baltimore Orioles after
losing a tough series to the Red Sox and Tigers to start the 2014 season. After that, the Orioles went on to take two out
of three against the Yankees in New York then continued their winning ways with a series win against the Rays and splitting
a four-game set with the Red Sox in Beantown. Now the Orioles find themselves smack dab in the middle of the A.L. East standings,
which is never an easy task considering the level of competition and concentration of superstars on the rosters of the competition.
course, a lot of it has started on the offensive end, with Nelson Cruz off to a good start in terms of bashing homers left
and right, and he's also nearly the top of the American League in runs batted in as well. Then there's Matt Wieters, who is
defying conventionally wisdom about how catchers aren't supposed to be able to hit, batting over.340 through his first 16
games of the season. Nick Markakis hasn't been a slouch either, as he has been leading the team in overall hits in the early
going, helping to overcome somewhat slow starts from Adam Jones and Chris Davis.
And with many different Orioles contributing,
the wins should come fast and furious when Jones and Davis do find their stroke at the plate, as they're the type of superstars
who can light up the scoreboard in a real hurry. With the Orioles coming home to take on the Royals and the Pirates to wrap
up April, the Orioles and their fans are eager to see if the Orioles can keep it up and make their move further up the standings
in the A.L. East. With a potent offense and some clutch pitching, anything seems possible from here on out.
Update – Week of April 18th
After splitting their first 14 games of the 2014 regular season, the Baltimore Orioles
have shown some major flashes of dominance both at the plate and on the hill, putting them right into the middle of the race
in the A.L. East, the division typically regarded as the best division in baseball. In particular, Matt Wieters has continued
his hot start to the season, hitting above.340 in his first 12 games and leading the team in many offensive categories. Of
course, Chris Davis has had a major impact as well even as pitchers are extremely careful, delivering an on-base percentage
near.400 and remaining a major catalyst in the heart of the order. And then there's Nick Markakis, who led the team in total
hits in the first 14 games of the season with 16.
In the rotation, the Orioles have also got a big-time lift from guys
like Chris Tillman and Bud Norris. Tillman in particular has been very good, tallying an ERA below 1.00 in his first three
starts, though he took a very tough loss when he let up zero earned runs in eight innings but was still defeated by the Blue
Jays. It also helps to have Tommy Hunter slamming the door in the late-innings, as the hard-throwing right-hander notched
four early saves in his first six appearances in 2014.
Following big series wins against the Yankees and the Rays, the
Orioles are looking up in the early going and will close out the first month with tough games against the Red Sox, Blue Jays
and Royals. Then it's onto interleague play as they take on the Pirates in the final series of April as they look to pull
it together and separate themselves from the rest of the pack in the unbelievably competitive A.L. East.
Update – Week of April 11th
After a couple of tough early losses to start the season, the talented Orioles are
back to their old tricks, taking two out of three from the Yankees and showing some major signs of life as they look to make
a move up the standings in the toughest division in all of baseball. The Orioles also showed that they can shut down a tough
offense like Detroit, which they pulled off by nearly blanking them in a 3-1 win on April 6, with Chris Tillman taking down
his first win of the season and Tommy Hunter slamming the door to bring home the win.
Of course, it definitely helps
your win column when you have guys like Matt Wieters locking it down at the plate and knocking the ball all over the ballpark.
Wieters pounded out 11 hits in his first eight games of the season, racking up team highs across the board, including batting
average, on-base percentage, homers and RBIs. Also getting into the act has been Nelson Cruz, Chris Davis and Adam Jones,
showing that the Orioles have one of the most dynamic lineups in the league and a roster that can light up just about any
pitcher at any time.
Also helping the Orioles chances has been the strong pitching from Tillman in the starting rotation
as well as Evan Meek and Hunter coming out of the bullpen. With a well-balanced roster filled with players who can do a little
bit of everything, the Orioles are sure to give the rest of their A.L. East foes fits throughout the early portion of the
season. Following some big division home games against the Rays and the Blue Jays, it continues for the Orioles with tests
on the road against the Red Sox and Blue Jays, followed by the Royals and interleague games against the Pirates to wrap up
the first month of the season.
2014 Baltimore Orioles Schedule
The Baltimore Orioles are prepared to hit
the diamond in 2014 and take on some of the best ball clubs that the American League and Major League Baseball have to offer.
The A.L. East is never an easy division to play in, which means that the Orioles always have a bevy of home games against
some very competitive teams that frequently rank as some of the most star-studded teams in baseball. But the Orioles have
plenty of talent on their own and have built up some momentum in the A.L. East, with some up-and-coming talent blooming into
superstars and a balanced roster that can do a little bit of everything. The Orioles are hoping to take their game to the
next level in 2014 and make a run at the postseason, giving fans plenty of reasons for optimism. It's not only about the divisional
matchups, however, as the Orioles head to Boston and Toronto early in the season but then come home to take on the Pirates
and Royals, giving fans a chance to see the Orioles swing at some other talented teams outside of the division.
of the most anticipated games of the season will come when the Orioles' division rivals hit the field at Camden Yards. The
Orioles know that games against these teams mean a lot, because every contest could mean the world in the A.L. East standings
once it comes down to the end of the season. The O's have a lot of offensive firepower, and they'll surely be looking for
that to outweigh the good pitching that the Boston Red Sox will bring into Baltimore this season. The Red Sox won the World
Series in 2013, and the O's will be looking to dethrone the champs.
A very fun aspect of Major League Baseball is interleague
play, when the Orioles will host teams from the National League. Interleague play only takes place in a short portion of the
season, so fans will have to act quickly to see the O's take on teams that won't come to town for the rest of the season.
Interleague play is always a great way for fans to be exposed to teams that they don't get to see on a regular basis. With
a schedule filled with all kinds of different possibilities, the Orioles will be one of those teams that you don't want to
miss out on this season as they look to light up scoreboards all over the league and give their fans another memorable year
Baltimore Orioles Team Info
The Baltimore Orioles play in the American League East division
of Major League Baseball, a division that also features the Tampa Bay Rays, New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays and Boston
Red Sox. This is often one of the most competitive divisions in the MLB ranks, and the Orioles are looking to weather that
storm and rise to the top of the division ranks. The Orioles put together a solid season in 2013, winning 85 games to only
77 loses. However, that was only good enough to earn them fourth place in the AL East, which speaks to the quality of the
division as a whole.
This young group has a lot of talent, though, and could be in for a dramatic uptick in the win
column in 2014. That's what the organization is hoping for, as this club seems on the cusp of making the postseason for the
first time in years. Of course, it helps when you have Adam Jones roving the outfield and terrifying pitchers whenever he's
in the batter's box, as well as Ubaldo Jimenez taking the bump every fifth game, giving fans lots to look forward to this
season as they look to make it happen.
The MLB Experience
When you head out to the ballpark to see a Major
League Baseball game in person, prepare for an experience that is more than just watching a bunch of players throw and hit
a ball around the field. It's the smell of the grass, the crack of the bat and the roar of the crowd that will remind you
that this is one of the purest games in the world, one with roots steeped in tradition. Seeing the best players in the game
today in person will remind you of sluggers and hurlers of the past that you idolized as a child. Being there in person is
simply the best way to experience baseball, something that many fans can attest to. So head out to see the Orioles hit the
diamond this season and see why so many people head out to their local stadiums on a regular basis to watch the game they
Baltimore Orioles History
The Baltimore Orioles franchise was founded in 1894 as the Milwaukee Brewers.
In 1902, the team moved to St. Louis and became the St. Louis Browns. It wasn't until 1954 that the franchise moved to Baltimore
and was named the Orioles. The Orioles have won three World Series Championships and earned the American League Pennant seven
times, adding regular season titles in the American League East on eight occasions. Over the years, the Orioles have also
had some of the greatest players of all-time, with guys like Cal Ripken Jr., Frank Robinson and many more helping make the
Orioles one of the most prominent franchises in the league.
Baltimore Orioles Trivia
Did you know that
Cal Ripken Jr., who spent his entire career with the Baltimore Orioles, holds the record for the most consecutive games played?
right - Ripken played in an astounding 2,632 consecutive games, earning him the nickname "The Iron Man."
Fans of Major League Baseball bring a passion and intensity to the stands that is paralleled by few other sports
in the world. These folks love their baseball, and for good reason, as watching the game is always a thrilling experience.
Join the biggest Orioles fans in the county at the stadium this season and see why going to a game is such a great time. But
don't forget about the road games, as seeing your favorite team during a big away matchup will give you a whole different
perspective to watch your favorite team.