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The Case for More Playing Time for Travis Snider in Baltimore Orioles Outfield

May 27th, 2015 at 10:01 AM
By Josh Michael

The Baltimore Orioles offense has struggled to find consistency thus far this season, and while he may not be the absolute solution, we believe that Travis Snider is deserving of more playing time for the O's.

Snider has appeared in 32 games for the Orioles this season, which sounds like a lot considering they have played 43, but he has only garnered 101 plate appearances. To put that in perspective, Adam Jones has played all 43 games and has 182 plate appearances and Caleb Joseph has played 36 games and has 131 plate appearances.

Needless to say, Snider is not getting what can be considered everyday at bats, but we think that there is an argument that he should.

One thing that helps keep an offense clicking on a consistent basis is having guys on base, thus the all important on base percentage. Jimmy Paredes leads the O's with a .374 OBP (among guys with 50 or more plate appearances) with Joseph in second at .366, but what you may be surprised to see is that Snider has the third highest OBP on the team at .356.

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Minor League Rundown: 5/26 Baltimore Orioles Affiliates Go 2-1, Eddie Gamboa Good

May 27th, 2015 at 8:43 AM
By Josh Michael

Here is your daily Baltimore Orioles Minor League rundown with quick game summaries for each of the Orioles Minor League affiliates for the day. Keep in mind that we have kept this to the five major affiliates, but will give you periodic updates on the Orioles DSL and GCL teams as well throughout the summer.

Four of the five of the Orioles' major affiliates are underway in 2015, while the Aberdeen Ironbirds opening their season in June.

'Camden Yards 3rd base replacement' photo (c) 2011, Keith Allison - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

AAA Norfolk Tides (25-21)

Tides win 3-1

  • Rey Navarro went 2-3 with a RBI
  • Dariel Alvarez went 2-4
  • Eddie Gamboa tossed six shutout innings without allowing a hit, but walked four and struck out four

AA Bowie Baysox (23-22)

Baysox win 4-2

  • Matt Wieters went 2-4 with a run scored
  • Brandon Snyder went 2-3 with a home run, three RBI, a walk and a run scored
  • Jhonathan Ramos tossed five shutout innings while allowing three hits, on walk and struck out six. It was his first start since being promoted from High-A Frederick

High-A Frederick Keys (24-21)

Keys off Tuesday

Low-A Delmarva Shorebirds (22-23)

Shorebirds lose 9-4

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News and Notes: Baltimore Orioles Offense Quiet, Matt Wieters Begins Rehab Assignment, & More

May 27th, 2015 at 7:46 AM
By Josh Michael

It's time for your daily dose of Baltimore Orioles news and notes. Today we talk about the O's quiet offense on Tuesday, Chris Tillman's much improved performance and Matt Wieters began his rehab assignment.

Orioles offense continues to struggle for consistency

A day after hitting two home runs off of a guy who had only given up one all season (Keuchel), the Orioles' offense failed to scratch across more than one run on Tuesday.

The O's fell 4-1 to the Houston Astros Tuesday and managed to record just five hits in the process. What makes it even worse is that Jimmy Paredes (3-4, 2B, R) had three of the team's five hits, resulting in six Orioles' starters going hitless in the game.

The only RBI belonged to Chris Davis, who put together a nice at bat to fight off some two-strike pitches and produced a sac fly to score Paredes. In their minimal opportunities, the O's failed to cash in going 0-5 with runners in scoring position and leaving five men on base. Baltimore also grounded into three inning-ending double plays, all three coming in the first three innings of the game.

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Baltimore Orioles Recall C Steve Clevenger, Designate C Ryan Lavarnway for Assignment

May 26th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
By Josh Michael

The Baltimore Orioles made a roster move Tuesday, recalling catcher Steve Clevenger from AAA Norfolk, and in a corresponding move, they designated catcher Ryan Lavarnway for assignment.

In need of some offense from the back-up catcher position, Clevenger makes perfect sense for the Orioles.

Clevenger, 29, hit .352/.413/.451 with three doubles, two home runs and 14 RBI in 27 games for the AAA Norfolk Tides this season.

He has had an incredible May thus far as well for the Tides hitting .380 (19-50) with a home and eight RBI in 14 games this month.

The move makes sense in regards to Lavarnway as well, who was hitting just .107 with a double and a run scored in 10 games this year with the O's.

Clevenger's defense has been much improved with the Tides this year, and was always the thing that seemed to keep him out of Baltimore.

What we find interesting is the timing of the move because of this week's schedule. The Orioles play seven games over the next six days, which would lead you to believe that the back-up catcher is likely to start at least two of those games, especially one of the two games in the double header on Thursday against the Chicago White Sox.

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Beast of the East? AL East Anything but Thus Far This Season, up for Grabs

May 26th, 2015 at 10:24 AM
By Josh Michael

The AL East has been considered one of, if not the toughest division in all of baseball for quite some time, but thus far in 2015, it has been anything but the Beast. It's a division that is up for grabs and just waiting for a team to get hot to begin to run away from the pack, can it be the Baltimore Orioles?

It seems like for at least a decade, the AL East has been viewed as the cream of the crop in regards to the difficulty of being in the division. While it is still an extremely competitive race inside it's division, the AL East in no where near the top of the divisions in baseball.

The AL East is a combined 109-116 this season, the only division where each team in it has lost at least 20 games this season. On the flip side of that though, the AL East is also the only team to have each team with 20 or more wins. Some say that the AL East looks worse than it really is because they have played within their own division so much this season already and just beat themselves up.

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