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Do the Baltimore Orioles Need to Acquire a Starting Pitcher? We Don’t Think So

July 22nd, 2014 at 9:26 AM
By Josh Michael

We have been flooded with questions from our readers and followers asking about the Baltimore Orioles trying to acquire a starting pitcher at the deadline, and who they should get. While we do answer the questions as to who may be fits for the rotation, we do not believe that the Orioles need to acquire a starting pitcher.

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That stance may not be popular among Orioles fans, but hear us out first.

First off, of the starting pitchers that are legitimate aces or even number twos, and we are talking about David Price, Jon Lester, James Shields, Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee, only the two Philadelphia Phillies pitchers are legitimate possibilities because neither the Rays or Red Sox would trade their guys within the division and the Royals believe they are still in the race, so they are not going to dump their best pitcher, at least not yet.

Hamels and Lee are both really expensive and would cost top prospects and the Orioles have stayed the course on not including top prospects in trade offers, and we have not heard anything to the contrary regarding that stance. Now it is possible a bunch of mid-level prospects could get the deal done, including guys like Eduardo Rodriguez, Mike Wright, Dariel Alvarez, Buck Britton, Tim Berry and others, but would you want the Orioles to essentially drain their minor league organizations for either Lee or Hamels? We wouldn't.

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Adam Jones Blasts Two, Bud Norris Solid as Baltimore Orioles Down Los Angeles Angels 4-2

July 22nd, 2014 at 6:57 AM
By Josh Michael

After a tough series against the Oakland A's, the Baltimore Orioles rebounded to take game one of their three game set with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 4-2 courtesy of two, two run home runs from Adam Jones and a strong start from Bud Norris.

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Jones and the Orioles did not wait long to get things going as Nick Markakis led off the game with a single and two batters later, Jones crushed a no-doubter over the left field wall for a two run shot and a 2-0 lead before Norris even took the mound.

Baltimore's bats laid quiet after the first until the sixth, when that man, Mr. Jones came to the plate with two outs and Markakis on second, who doubled two batters prior. Jones' first home run was a no doubter, but the 1-1 pitch he launched over the left center field wall was borderline majestic as it traveled an estimated 443 feet, his longest home run of the season, and more importantly broke a 2-2 tie to give the O's a 4-2 lead, that they would not relinquish.

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Baltimore Orioles Look to Bounceback Against Los Angeles Angels After Dropping Two of Three to Oakland

July 21st, 2014 at 7:52 AM
By Josh Michael

The Baltimore Orioles are in the midst of a ten game west coast road trip that has the O's playing three of the best teams in the American League. Baltimore will look to get back on track tonight against the Los Angeles Angels after beginning the road trip by dropping two of three to the Oakland A's.

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The A's and Orioles split the first two games of their three game set, with Oakland actually stealing one in game as they scored three runs off of Orioles closer Zach Britton in the bottom of the ninth. The A's dominated game three to secure the series win as Baltimore's pitching was not missing any bats and the Orioles offense was dominated by A's pitcher Sonny Gray and company.

Now the Birds have flown south and will open a three game set vs the Angels tonight. Here are the pitching matchups for the three game set:

  • Tonight – Bud Norris (7-6, 3.96 ERA) vs Matt Shoemaker (7-2, 4.38 ERA)
  • Tuesday – Miguel Gonzalez (4-5, 4.04 ERA) vs Hector Santiago (2-7, 4.32 ERA)
  • Wednesday – Chris Tillman (7-5, 4.03 ERA) vs Jered Weaver (10-6, 3.43 ERA)
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Orioles101 Mailbag: Trade Deadling the Focus, Starting Rotation Questions Frequent

July 20th, 2014 at 6:30 AM
By Josh Michael

It's Sunday, and that means its time for yet another edition of Orioles101 Mailbag, and this week as we all enjoyed, or dreaded the lack of baseball from the All Star Break, we were flooded with Baltimore Orioles questions on the approaching trade deadline as well as the starting rotation.

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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 should be the top priority for the Orioles at the trade deadline?

We touched on this earlier this month (click here to view article) and our opinion has not really changed. We believe the top priority should be a solid left handed bat to come off the bench. Seth Smith would have been the type of player we are talking about, but his trade rumors ended when he signed an extension with the San Diego Padres a couple of weeks ago. If you look at the current Orioles lineup and bench, the only left handed hitters you have available off the bench in the late innings is David Lough and Ryan Flaherty. No disrespect to those guys, but neither of them strike any type of fear in opposing pitchers while at the plate. A left handed reliever would be a nice addition as well.

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Orioles101 Minor League Spotlight: Slew of Baltimore Orioles Prospects Make Debuts After Promotions

July 19th, 2014 at 6:30 AM
By Josh Michael

It's time for another edition of Orioles101's Minor League spotlight and today we focus on a slew of Baltimore Orioles minor league prospects who were promoted after the All Star break and made their debuts with their new affiliates this week.

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Three of the bigger names in the Orioles organization have been 1B Christian Walker, and outfielders Dariel Alvarez and Mike Yastrzemski, all of whom were promoted after the All Star break. Walker and Alvarez were promoted to AAA Norfolk from AA Bowie, while Yastrzemski was promoted to AA Bowie from High-A Frederick.

It is actually the second promotion of the season for Yastrzemski as he began the year with the Low-A Delmarva Shorebirds and made their respective All Star Game, and was promoted to the High-A Frederick Keys. It didn't take long before the Orioles wanted to really see what the grandson of the legendary Carl Yastrzemski has as they promoted him again to Bowie.

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