Orioles Will Stop Speed

Okay, we all know that the Kansas City Royals are great at running, and will try and small-ball their way to victory against the Baltimore Orioles, but, it is not going to work against the Orioles. Chris Tillman has only allowed 1 runner to steal a base against him this year out of four tries, making for a 75% caught stealing rate. Sacrifices? Sure, what about them? Tillman has also only allowed one sacrifice bunt against him and five sacrifice flies for the 2014 season.

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Orioles Sweep Detroit; Advance To ALCS

Nelson Cruz's two run homer carries the Orioles to that ALCS - Rick Osentoski USA Today
Nelson Cruz’s two run homer carries the Orioles to the ALCS – Rick Osentoski USA Today

The Baltimore Orioles swept the Detroit Tigers, and, in doing so, advanced to the American League Championship Series for the fist time since 1997.

1997 was the last time the Orioles won a playoff series as well.

It was also manager Buck Showalter’s first playoff series win in four tries. He previously lost in the ALDS in 1995 (Yankees), 1999 (Diamondbacks) and 2012  (Orioles).

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Player Profiles: Bud Norris

wpid-724px-bud_norris.jpgHave yourselves some Buds because it is Bud Norris player profile time.  The Baltimore Orioles acquired Bud Norris from the Houston Astros in 2012 before the trade deadline, so far it has been a good trade for the Orioles.  The Orioles did have to give up one of their top local prospects in Josh Hader for Norris and L.J. Hoes.  The Orioles traded for Norris because he still had years left on his contract and the Orioles were in need of some solid starting pitching. Norris while he may not be flashy is almost always solid.  Read more about Player Profiles: Bud Norris

Where Are They Now: Part Two

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This post will focus on notable Orioles draft picks. Of course drafting is by no means an exact science. It is easy to say “oh they should have drafted this guy instead of this guy” after the fact. I will start the post off with maybe the biggest flop in Orioles drafting history.

Billy Rowell– Rowell was taken ninth overall in the 2006 draft, and The Orioles gave him a $2.1 million bonus. In 1,966 at bats, the supposed power hitter, was only able to get 40 home runs in the minors. Then when the Orioles tried to move him to pitcher in 2012 Rowell hade arm soreness that sent him home, never to return. To make things worse, the next two players selected in the draft were Tim Lincecum and Max Scherzer.

 

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