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Wei-Yin Chen Looks to Change His Past Luck Against Toronto Blue Jays Tonight

September 15th, 2014 at 1:45 PM
By Josh Michael

The Baltimore Orioles are set to host the second place Toronto Blue Jays for three games beginning tonight with Wei-Yin Chen getting the start and he will be looking for his first career quality start against the Jays.

Chen (15-4) is having a tremendous season for Baltimore this year as he leads the team with 15 wins, but over the course of his three seasons with the Orioles, the Blue Jays have not been kind to him.

Oddly enough, despite the Blue Jays being an AL East opponent, Chen has only faced Toronto twice in those three years.

Unfortunately, the Blue Jays have treated Chen unkindly as they have accrued a robust .378 average against Chen in his two starts, which include 17 hits and three home runs. Chen has allowed nine earned runs in his two career starts against Toronto and has an 0-2 record with a 8.10 ERA and a 2.000 WHIP in ten innings.

Chen started one game against the Blue Jays in 2012, zero in 2013 and one this season.

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Chris Tillman is Simply Getting the Job Done for the Baltimore Orioles

September 15th, 2014 at 10:08 AM
By Josh Michael

Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Chris Tillman tossed 6 2/3 innings of one run baseball in the O’s 3-2 dramatic victory over the New York Yankees on Sunday Night and continued quite an impressive streak.

Tillman’s outing marked his 19th consecutive start where he has allowed three earned runs or less stretching back to June 10!

Extending his streak to 19 consecutive starts allowing three earned runs or fewer ties Tillman with Milt Pappas for the third longest streak by an Orioles starter in club history. Steve Barber is second in club history with 20 straight, while Dave McNally holds the club record with 25 consecutive starts allowing three earned runs or fewer.

How good as Tillman been? Well for starters, the Orioles have won each of his last ten starts, and he currently owns the lowest ERA (2.54) in Oriole Park History for a single season (minimum ten games started). Tillman has not allowed more than three earned runs in any of his 17 starts at the Yard this season.

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Kelly Johnson, Baltimore Orioles Walkoff on New York Yankees and Reduce Magic Number to Three

September 15th, 2014 at 7:48 AM
By Josh Michael

Kelly Johnson delivered a one out, RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to score Steve Pearce and complete the Baltimore Orioles comeback victory 3-2 in walkoff fashion over the New York Yankees on Sunday Night to reduce their magic number to clinch the AL East to three games.

Johnson, who would likely not have been in the game if Chris Davis was not suspended, capped off an exciting ninth inning that saw Baltimore score two runs in an inning that ended in a walkoff for the second time this series, as Jimmy Paredes deliver a two run double in the 11th inning for a walkoff victory on Friday.

Baltimore entered the bottom of the ninth trailing 2-1 and Yankees closer David Robertson entering the game, which was the third straight appearance for the right hander. Nelson Cruz led off the frame with a double and Quintin Berry came in to pinch run for his since he represented the game tying run with no outs. Steve Pearce followed with a game tying double to drive in Berry.

Adam Jones delivered a RBI double in the sixth inning that scored Alejandro De Aza to tie the game at one.

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Orioles101 Mailbag: Baltimore Orioles Playoff Starting Rotation and Roster the Focus

September 14th, 2014 at 7:00 AM
By Josh Michael

It’s Sunday, and that means it’s time for Orioles101 Mailbag and this week, we were flooded with questions surrounding the Baltimore Orioles possible playoff starting rotation and 25-man roster.

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As we always do, we want to remind you that if we receive multiple questions on the same topic, we answer them with one general answer as opposed to answering each one and repeating ourselves.

What do you believe the Orioles starting rotation would be if the playoffs started today?

Easily the most frequently asked question this week, and it’s a valid question. Ironically, the answer to this question has seemed to be able to change almost weekly as the current Orioles starters continue their great performance that began around June 1.

Right now, we would tab the rotation as Chris Tillman, Wei-Yin Chen, Miguel Gonzalez and Bud Norris with Kevin Gausman moving to the bullpen for the playoffs. Remember a team only uses four starters in the playoffs and Gausman would be a valuable weapon out of the bullpen.

Who will make the Orioles 25-man roster for the playoffs?

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Outfielder Dariel Alvarez Showcased His Talents in Baltimore Orioles Organization This Season

September 13th, 2014 at 7:00 AM
By Josh Michael

It’s time for another edition of Orioles101 Baltimore Orioles Minor League Spotlight and this week we take a look at the player who arguably had the second best offensive season of any player in the Orioles minor league system, outfielder Dariel Alvarez.

Alvarez, who was signed out of Cuba by the Orioles in July of 2013, has been quite a find so far for Baltimore as he has been extremely impressive at the minor league level.

The soon to be 26 year old (November 7) had quite a 2014 season.

Alvarez began the year with the AA Bowie Baysox, and along with 1B Christian Walker, the two made quite a tandem in the middle of the order. Walker, who we recapped his great season here, won the 2014 Brooks Robinson Minor League Player of the Year Award for the best player in the Orioles minor league system.

If not for Walker’s great year, Alvarez would have likely been the recipient, but Alvarez enjoyed his time playing with Walker.

“He is a guy with a lot of talent and I was proud to play with him,” Alvarez told out editor.

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