What to do with Jimenez?

Ubaldo Jimenez When the Baltimore Orioles signed Ubaldo Jimenez it came with huge fanfare and huge promises. Jimenez signed a four-year $50 million dollar contract and the Orioles gave up their first round pick of the 2014 MLB draft.  So far it has been a rocky marriage, to say the least. Jimenez has struggled with a four and nine record with a 4.83 era and the run support has not been there for Orioles.  Read more about What to do with Jimenez?

Orioles midseason report card: The starting pitchers

gausman-pitching-glasses-orange-sidebarComing into the season the starting pitching was a bit in question, I actually liked all our starters but they have had their ups and downs.  The Baltimore Orioles for the most part have had six starters this season which is unlike the past few seasons in which it seemed like the Orioles rotation was changing every week.  This is my report card for the Orioles starting pitching staff.

Chris Tillman: Tillman was the Orioles opening day starter and has very well for the most part but had a rough few games.  Tillman went through a groin injury but still started all his games.  Tillman’s numbers would be outstanding if not for that groin injury.  Look for Tillman to have a strong second half.  Tillman has a 4.11 era and a seven and five record.  Grade B Read more about Orioles midseason report card: The starting pitchers

Beating Yu Darwish and now the first-place Birds

wpid-2014-06-13-00-18-48-1116174156.jpegIt’s easy to forget that well-traveled Joe Saunders pitched a big game for Baltimore in 2012. It was the strange one-game playoff game in 2012. Clearly the Orioles were a big underdog in Texas on Friday Oct. 6th. The Japanese sensation Yu Darwish would pitch for Texas. But what the heck, we were back in the playoffs. And the O’s scored first. Nate McClouth reached on an error by Michael Young and JJ Hardy’s hit up the middle gave us a quick 1-0 lead.

And Saunders gave us some good pitching. It was 1-1 in the sixth when Adam Jones’ fly ball brought in the go-ahead score. It was soon 3-1 O’s when the new Nationals outfielder, McClouth delivered a run-scoring hit. Manny Machado and McClouth drove in runs in the two-run ninth. Jim Johnson had a shaky save the O’s had stolen one in Texas. Read more about Beating Yu Darwish and now the first-place Birds

Orioles lineup 6/25/2014

Photo: Greg Mac
Photo: Greg Mac

The Baltimore Orioles play the Chicago White Sox in the final game of the three-game series. The Orioles lost last night, snapping their three-game win streak. The Orioles hope to rebound tonight and win the series with Ubaldo Jimenez on the mound.

Jimenez has been really struggling to throw strikes again and has been very wild in a bad way. Nick Hundley will catch Jimenez giving Caleb Joseph a day off. Read more about Orioles lineup 6/25/2014

Pete Harnisch stepped on a nail: And a split with the Jays

What could us Orioles fans expect in 1989? The year before the dreaded O”s had lost 21 games in a row to start the season. This proud franchise now had the worst team on the planet. Were the Birds done as a winning program?

The good news was 1988 was over. On June 22, 1989, the Orioles were in California. Catcher Bob Melvin had the big hit of the first inning. It was a two-run single as Baltimore had a 3-run frame. By the fifth inning, this game was tied up at 5-5. Jim Traber homered for the O’s and that was the key blow in a 6-5 win. Read more about Pete Harnisch stepped on a nail: And a split with the Jays

One great playoff game: And the bad Manny

It’s October 10, 1973. And frankly the Birds of Baltimore had their backs to the wall. Powerful Oakland (with Reggie Jackson) were up two games to one in a best of five AL championship series. And the clinching game for Oakland saw the A’s chase O’s ace Jim Palmer with a three-run third inning. Roy Fosse’s two-run double was the key blow. Vida Blue was breezing and this game was also breezing by. It was 4-0 heading to the Orioles seventh. We had nine outs to go and the season would be over. Read more about One great playoff game: And the bad Manny