Orioles Update – 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.
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 American League.
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
Front 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.
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 Tampa.
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.
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
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.
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
But 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
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
An obvious 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
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.