There’s something that’s just not natural about noon baseball, but here we are on Wednesday afternoon, with the Orioles playing the rubber game of a series against the Rays at this hour. If you’re stuck at work and unable to watch this particular contest, that may actually be better for you. Ubaldo Jimenez is pitching. Well, there’s always a chance it won’t be horrible today. The most maddening thing about Jimenez is that you know those great outings are locked up in there somewhere. They just seldom surface. There’s not much reason to believe today will be the day. The loss on Tuesday night has sent the Orioles to 4.5 games back of a wild card spot. They must pass six teams. If they are going
Posted: July 26, 2017, 3:43 pm
We’re more than halfway through the season in the minor leagues, which means it’s time to reevaluate prospect rankings and dive a bit deeper into who sits on top of the lists. This week, it was MLB Pipeline’s turn to adjust their rankings as the outlet released a new MLB Top 100 along with top 30 lists for each team. And of course, the Orioles were included in the fresh rankings. The full Orioles Top 30 has quite a few adjustments and quite frankly several surprises. Below, a few of the most notable storylines to emerge from the new list that includes high praise for several selections from the 2017 Draft. Austin Hays leapfrogs Ryan Mountcastle, ranked #2 in the organization If you’ve been following
Posted: July 26, 2017, 3:13 pm
A look at what’s happening all around the majors today:
DARVISH TEXAS FINALE?
Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish makes his final scheduled start before Monday’s non-waiver trade deadline with growing speculation that the potential free agent could be
Posted: July 26, 2017, 6:38 am
The Orioles woke up this morning with an 8% chance of making the playoffs, according to Fangraphs. They have had the worst starting rotation in the AL by a large margin for some time, as well as an offense with multiple $10+ million players underperforming expectations. Despite these things, not only have the Orioles not given up on the season, but MASN’s Roch Kubatko reports that the team is “actively seeking a starting pitcher.” The idea of trading any kind of asset for one starting pitcher that can’t possibly make a difference in this season just makes me sigh and shake my head. On the other hand, the Orioles rotation is so bad that even a mediocre starter would represent an improvement on
Posted: July 25, 2017, 6:58 pm
The Texas Rangers are ready to move ace pitcher Yu Darvish. All it will take is someone to meet their asking price. Sources told ESPN that Rangers general manager Jon Daniels began calling potential suitors Monday and telling them the team is open to trading Darvish for the “right deal.” If no team offers a return package to the Rangers’ liking, Daniels has informed clubs that Texas will hold on to Darvish and continue to make a push in the American League wild-card race. The latest development appears to be the Rangers’ most declarative statement yet on Darvish, who instantly becomes the prize catch of the trade deadline. After 4 p.m. ET next Monday, trades become considerably more challenging
Posted: July 25, 2017, 3:26 pm
The Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays are teams currently heading in different directions. Kevin Gausman pitched six strong innings, Adam Jones homered and the Orioles sent the Rays to their season-worst fifth straight loss, 5-0 Monday night. ”It all feeds off the starting pitching,” Jones said.
Posted: July 25, 2017, 3:15 am