Goodbye Mr. Davis; Sweeping the Bosox

Nice to wake up today to see that the Orioles lost Chris Davis for the season. Yes that’s sarcasm. Sure, he’s been a flop for most of the year, but his homers certainly have been effective. What else could go wrong for this team that is running away with the AL East? First we lost switch-hitting catcher, Matt Wieters. Next, the wonderful Manny Machado and now Davis. That’s a lot of punch out of the team.
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A trip to Chicago for the Orioles

I’m thinking the last time the Orioles showed up to this part of the country, it was the Aubrey Huff show. He was drilling shots all over Milwaukee and the two Chicago ball parks.

I saw our first-place Birds twice this time around. We beat Chris Sale as Nick Markakis made a great catch in right field. We also sat though a three-hour rain delay at Wrigley Field. And it ended poorly 7 hours later with an Orioles loss.
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A Mets and Yankees game plus the Orioles's stay in first place

victory jump opening day 2014I remarked to my boys that this was my third Mets Stadium. Of course, I’m an Orioles fan for life but took a trip when small to Old Polo Grounds to see the Mets play in 1963 or so. All I recall was Pirates outfielder Donn Clendenon hit a homer that hit a woman in the stands.

And so I went to Shea sometime in the early 1980s and on Sunday it was Citi Field so see Bartolo Colon take on the visiting Giants. Sure, it’s a nice stadium and both Colon and Madison Baumgarten were pitching well. That was the good news for the Mets. After that, the Giants went to crush the Mets. We saw homers fly out of the place. Hunter Pence hit two shots. Baumgarner cruised. Read more about A Mets and Yankees game plus the Orioles's stay in first place

116 wins and taking 3 of 4 from the Mariners

Why is this Orioles fan (for life), pumping up the Seattle Mariners? It’s just amazing that’s why. Maybe the most stunning fact of 2001 season was the campaign of second baseman, Bret Boone. He had never driven in 100 runs in a season and knocked in 141 runs that year.

There was one 15-game winning streak. These Mariners won 116  games and dropped just 46. Seattle only won the Western Division by 14 games and that’s because Oakland won 101 games.
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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

Yaz and the triple crown: taking 2 of 3 from the Sox

I’ve always maintained that if Frank Robinson didn’t get hurt in 1967, there would be no triple crown for one Carl Yastrzemski. Nothing against Yaz as he was a terrific player. Recall, the previous season, Robinson won the triple crown for Baltimore with a .316 average, 49 homers and 122 RBIs. So the great Robinson naturally came back in 1967 and got off to a great start. Read more about Yaz and the triple crown: taking 2 of 3 from the Sox