Orioles rank third in ESPN's power rankings

gausman-pitching-glasses-orange-sidebarThe Baltimore Orioles have the second best record in Major League Baseball and are moving up in ESPN’s power rankings.  The Orioles have been stuck ranked number five for a few weeks and have finally moved up to the third spot.  The only two teams ahead of the Orioles are the Washington Nationals and the LA Angels.  The Orioles have beat both the Angels and the Nats in the season series.  Read more about Orioles rank third in ESPN's power rankings

Darn you, Cesar Tovar; taking 3 of 4 from the Twins

Caleb_Joseph_on_June_30,_2014Yes, I’m stealing this story from my book, “Tales from Orioles Nation.” And no shame of taking 3 out of 4 from the Twins. That’s a good thing.

Now on to more one-hitters. And for this story, we need to look at the career of long-time Minnesota Twins infielder Cesar Tovar. He was a lifetime .278 hitter in a 12-year career. I didn’t even know that he passed away back in 1994 at the age of 54. Read more about Darn you, Cesar Tovar; taking 3 of 4 from the Twins

2014-15 Baltimore Ravens Season Preview

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The 2014-15 NFL Regular Season begins Thursday night in Seattle, and with the preseason finally at a close and the teams trimmed down to their 53-man rosters all that’s left is to play football. The Baltimore Ravens are coming off an 8-8 season in which they failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in the Flacco-Harbaugh era. Read more about 2014-15 Baltimore Ravens Season Preview

Orioles make first round of callups

wpid-2014-08-01-17-46-27-1637083122.jpegThe Baltimore Orioles have started making their first round of September callups. Unlike past seasons the Orioles have only recalled veteran players that will add depth to the Orioles. The Orioles have recalled Kevin Gausman, who is starting today and Evan Meek. The Orioles have selected the contract of Joe Saunders and Kelly Johnson has reported to the club.

Meek and Saunders have both struggled this season but they will add depth to the bullpen. Saunders might get a start during the doubleheader with the New York Yankees. I would be very careful if I was the Orioles about starting Saunders, he has been hit around this season. Read more about Orioles make first round of callups

Thoughts on Markakis’ Slump

Photo: Greg Mac
Photo: Greg Mac

[Note: I wrote down these thoughts after Saturday’s game but had trouble posting them. These numbers do not account for his 3-for-5 performance on Sunday.]

First, some raw numbers:

In 555 at-bats, Orioles stellar right-fielder Nick Markakis has 156 hits, including 26 doubles, a triple, and 12 homeruns.  He also has 51 walks and 74 strikeouts.  His season average?  .281.  That’s still well above the Mendoza line, and a far-cry better than Chris Davis. Read more about Thoughts on Markakis’ Slump