Now that the 2017 season is all but over, thoughts about the 2018 Orioles roster begin to percolate. And one Oriole that comes to mind who really doesn’t deserve more than a cup of coffee, but will likely get a free refill, is Mark Trumbo. Even though Trumbo’s skill set doesn’t match the Orioles’ needs for next season, his contract all but guarantees he will be on the opening day roster. He has two years and $26 million left on last year’s ill-advised three-year deal, and the Orioles will therefore give him another opportunity at everyday play despite coming off of his worst-ever season. Ever since his opening day, walk-off homer defeated the Blue Jays 3-2, Trumbo has been a major disappointment
Posted: September 22, 2017, 1:13 pm
Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will become eligible for free agency after the 2018 season and is likely to get a windfall. The club, however, isn’t expected to pursue trading their star at the hot corner this offseason, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Machado, 25, has been one of baseball’s best players since debuting in 2012. He had a slow start to the 2017 season, seeing his OPS nearly drop below .700 in early July, but a strong second half has made his overall numbers more than respectable. Machado is batting .264/.318/.484 with 32 home runs and 92 RBI in 651 plate appearances while playing Gold Glove-caliber defense at third base. Just because the Orioles don’t plan to move
Posted: September 21, 2017, 8:05 pm
It’s not the offseason quite yet, but with the Orioles playing the way they are, no surprise that eyes are turning towards the offseason and the future beyond that. Here’s a little tidbit from FanRag’s Jon Heyman: The Orioles don’t intend to trade Manny Machado this offseason. For Orioles fans, this news inspires the same sort of reaction that you might get if there was a press conference announcing that a previously unknown asteroid will not obliterate life on Earth in two days time. That would absolutely be a good piece of news to receive, but since you weren’t sitting around worrying about the asteroid, the news that it’s not going to kill you won’t affect your plans for three days from now.
Posted: September 21, 2017, 6:13 pm
MLB.com (16th; LW: 16th) Alyson Footer at MLB.com leaves the Orioles right where they were. I’m guessing a bunch of other teams must have had weeks as bad as Baltimore. Bleacher Report Power Rankings (15th; LW: 14th) Joel Reuter drops the Orioles just one spot. Seems generous to me. CBS Sports (19th; LW: 18th) Matt Synder drops the O’s another spot. “Now with seven players having at least 20 home runs, the Orioles have tied an all-time MLB record. Sadly, they won’t be breaking the record, as Seth Smith would need to hit seven more homers to make that happen.” reddit’s Power Poll (18th; LW:17th) The community editors over at reddit lower the Orioles another slots. “As the O’s limp to the finish
Posted: September 21, 2017, 4:13 pm
BALTIMORE — Roaring from behind and then finally winning in extra innings, the Boston Red Sox did more than merely maintain their lead in the AL East. They showed their mettle, a characteristic that should come in handy during the postseason. Andrew Benintendi hit a two-run single in the 11th inning, Mookie Betts had four RBIs and Boston beat the Baltimore Orioles 10-8 Monday night for their ninth win in 12 games. Xander Bogaerts homered and scored three runs for the Red Sox, who remained three games ahead of the second-place Yankees in the AL East and reduced to four their magic number for clinching a playoff berth. Boston erased a five-run deficit with a six-run fifth inning and needed 10
Posted: September 21, 2017, 3:30 pm
You could say last night went as well as could be expected. Not only did Wade Miley do his best impression of himself, but Chris Sale recorded strikeout number 300 in the concluding inning of an eight inning, 13 strikeout shellacking. Would a post-op Tim Beckham and an under the weather Manny Machado have helped? Surely. But with the way things have dominoed over the past two weeks, it probably wouldn’t have mattered. Captain Hindsight would tell you this thing was over a while ago. Lost in the commotion of the Orioles getting carved up like a ‘76 throwback and Orioles Twitter fruitlessly bickering about who needs to be fired for a lot of players sucking, Tanner Scott made his big league debut.
Posted: September 21, 2017, 2:13 pm