Baseball Archive: May / June 2011
Hardy Makes Power Hitters Look Bad
Shortstop J.J. Hardy is having the type of month most sluggers -- including ones currently on the Oriole roster -- would kill for.
Britton Looks To Win Again
Zach Britton may be 1-5 over his last six starts, but manager Buck Showalter isn't ready to count him out just yet: "He's doing some things real well and some things he will do better as he moves forward."
• Simon Comes Back, While Rapada Is Shown The Door
Orioles and St. Louis Go Way Back
Fifty-seven years ago, Major League Baseball's St. Louis Browns migrated to Baltimore to become the Orioles. Now, the St. Louis Cardinals arrive in Baltimore for a three-game series and the team's first visit to Camden Yards.
O's Sluggers Turning It Around
The Orioles currently have the eighth best batting average in Major League Baseball at .260, as Mark Reynolds and Derrek Lee are finally finding their stroke.
Intriguing Prospect Oliver Drake Grabbing O's Attention
Buck Showalter took advantage of Monday's night off to get a glimpse of the Orioles’ most intriguing work in progress -- Oliver Drake, a 6-foot-4 right-hander.
Double Standard For Brian Matusz?
Stan "The Fan" Charles looks at why manager Buck Showalter may treat Brian Matusz differently than the other struggling young pitchers in the organization.
MacPhail, Showalter Stress Patience
Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail and manager Buck Showalter answered questions from season-ticket holders before Saturday night's game against the Reds, once again stressing patience and letting fans know they appreciate the support.
Hating Yankees Only Gets O's So Far
Manager Buck Showalter likes to play up to the fans when he addresses them. So, when the team had its state of the union with fans at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Saturday, it's no surprise that he took a question about the Bronx Bombers and turned it into notable quotable.
How Long Can Jakubauskas Stay In Rotation?
Chris Jakubauskas isn't a fixture in the rotation, but he's getting close. No one expected this and it's not entirely clear whether it's a good thing yet.
Riggleman Resigning A Game-Changer
With the shocking news coming out of Washington that Nationals manager Jim Riggleman resigned because he felt he should have been offered a longterm deal by now, many are speculating about the longterm ramifications of such a move.
Davis Will Find Error Inescapable
For Blake Davis, things went terribly wrong during his first Major League Baseball game.
Arrieta Still Not Elite Pitcher
Jake Arrieta got his ninth victory of the season Monday, putting him on a solid track toward at least 20 for the season. But, is Arrieta an elite pitcher now?
O's Don't Need Pirate Comparisons
For years, the Pirates have been farther away from winning than the Orioles. Now, they're threatening to leave the Orioles behind. The Birds need a series sweep here for their own confidence, and they got off to the right start with an 8-3 win Monday at PNC Park.
Britton Keeps Level Head After Roller Coaster Start
Whether it was hard luck or growing pains, Zach Britton hit a rough patch during May and early June, but he felt he could emerge from his struggles.
Pitching Coach Connor Steps Down
Orioles pitching coach Mark Connor has resigned for "personal reasons" after just two months with the club. Bullpen coach Rick Adair will replace Connor.
Top Draft Pick Expects Top Dollar
After four years of scouting Oklahoma high school pitcher Dylan Bundy, can the Orioles sign him?
O's-Hardy Negotiations A Good Thing
As news leaked Monday that the Orioles were seeking to extend J.J. Hardy’s contract, it put into perspective the kind of team Andy MacPhail and Buck Showalter want to have.
Matusz Needs To Listen To Coaches
Brian Matusz's stuff has been subpar since returning from an oblique strain. The former first-round pick is worrying some who think he's lost zip on his fastball, but even more important may be his ability to listen to his coaches.
Small Ball Hurting Orioles In The Long Run
While the Orioles have gotten the occasional dramatic home run, like Nick Markakis' grand slam Friday, 15 of their last 21 home runs have been solo shots.
Orioles Report: Who's On First?
First baseman Derrek Lee will miss at least the first two games against the Rays to attend his grandfather's funeral in California. The O's played both Luke Scott and Nick Markakis at first when Lee missed much of May with an oblique injury.
Health Influenced Orioles' Choice
The "grow the arms, buy (or trade for) the bats" philosophy espoused by Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail was never more evident than it was in the team's choices in the 2011 MLB draft.
Orioles Load Up On College Players
Andy MacPhail and the Orioles made 29 picks on the second day of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday, completing rounds 2 through 30.
Orioles Draft Dylan Bundy
With the fourth overall pick in the 2011 MLB Draft, the Orioles selected right-handed high school pitcher Dylan Bundy. Director of scouting Joe Jordan said reported contract demands did not scare him.
Orioles News and Notes: Draft Day
When the Orioles make the fourth pick during the first round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft, look for it to come down to University of Virginia left-hander Danny Hultzen or high school pitching prospect Dylan Bundy.
• A Guide to the 2011 MLB Draft
Time For "Stall Warning" On O's?
Inspired by the recent lacrosse games at M&T Bank Stadium, Jim Henneman thinks it may be time to call a "stall warning" on the Orioles' offense. And while he hates to be "the Grinch that stole the summer," he just doesn't see how the lineup Buck Showalter is trying to piece together is going to cut it, especially in the AL East.
Matusz Carries High Expectations
After missing the first two months of the season with an oblique strain, Brian Matusz is back on the mound. Can the 24-year-old lefty change his team's fortunes?
Fox Designated For Assignment
In order to make room for pitcher Brian Matusz on the 25-man roster, the Orioles announced June 1 that catcher Jake Fox has been designated for assignment.
The Orioles' Two-Month Report Card
Everything is feast or famine with the Baltimore Orioles. A five-game winning streak is met with an eight-game losing streak. They are neither consistently good, nor consistently terrible. They're often interesting and perhaps even more frustrating.
Tillman and Bergesen Both Sent To Norfolk
Both Brad Bergesen and Chris Tillman have been optioned to Triple A Norfolk after unimpressive stints in the rotation. The moves are made in anticipation of Brian Matusz's return to the club.
Orioles Rocking At The Right Time
With their thrilling 6-5 win over the Royals at Camden Yards Thursday afternoon, the Orioles wrapped up their home stand 5-3 and are now once again at .500 and head out to Oakland with a five-game winning streak.
Orioles Continue Roll
The Orioles are within one game of .500 thanks to a 9-2 drubbing of the Royals Wednesday night fueled by an eight-run fourth inning.
Stan "The Fan:" Orioles Magic, Redux?
After Tuesday night's ninth-inning comeback, Stan "The Fan" Charles wants to know: has the magic started to creep back into the Orioles' repertoire?
• Orioles Report: Jones Making A Star Turn
Roberts Out Another Three Weeks
Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail told reporters Tuesday evening that second baseman Brian Roberts will be out another three weeks as he continues to deal with lingering effects of concussions.
O's Big Need: Relief In Reverse
While the Orioles are preparing to bring Brian Matusz back to bolster their rotation, Jim Henneman thinks they should wait until he has thrown in excess of 100 pitches in a minor league game.
Gonzalez Is A Liability For Orioles
Matt Palmer asks, how long can -- and should -- the Orioles wait for reliever Mike Gonzalez to perform?
• "Statistically Impressive?" Tillman Looking For More
Consistency Is Elusive For Reynolds
According to manager Buck Showalter, Mark Reynolds has been an eager offensive learner as he continues to work on pitch selection and recognition, but the O's third baseman is still struggling to make consistent contact.
• Wieters Delivers When It Counts
O's Prospect Hoes Seeing Progress
For Orioles second base prospect L.J. Hoes, there was actually a sense of relief when he heard the diagnosis.
Orioles Lineup Issues Start At The Top
If Brian Roberts is the straw that stirs the offensive drink, it’s no wonder the Orioles have been so flat this season.
Home UnSweet Home
One month into the regular season, the Orioles are 7-11 at home and 7-8 on the road and rank ninth out of 14 teams in the American League in attendance and 22nd in all of baseball.
Orioles In A Dangerous Territory
With Brian Matusz still on the DL, the Orioles have lost 18 of their last 26 games and are now in the lower third for both hitting averages and ERAs and back where they've been for much of the last decade -- the bottom of the standings.
Old Lock-Up May Mean New Keys
Jim Henneman thinks the city of Frederick would be making a mistake to say goodbye to the Keys, even if the independent Atlantic League is the highest bidder.
Cute Attempt At O's Bullpen Fails
Stan "The Fan" Charles thinks the O's are neither a disappointment nor a disaster, but they are looking less and less likely to be the sort of surprise contender fans were hoping for in 2011.
Berken's Up And Down Month
When reliever Jason Berken gave up the game-winning single Tuesday in the Orioles' 6-5 loss to the Royals, it was the fourth time in five appearances that he has given up a run.
Is Simon's Return A Good Thing?
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Alfredo Simon will take the mound May 5 for the Bowie Baysox. With the reliever still on MLB's restricted list after a New Year's shooting in the Dominican Republic, Matt Palmer asks, is his uncertain future worth the risk for the Orioles?
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