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Connolly's Corner By Dan Connolly

Orioles' 2018 Season Hinges On An Improved Starting Rotation

While there will be no shortage of storylines throughout the Orioles' 2018 season, Dan Connolly says what kind of year Baltimore has hinges on one thing: starting pitching.

How Many Games Will The Orioles Win In 2018?

Dan Connolly says the 2018 Orioles look at lot like the 2017 Orioles, which is why he's predicting the team will again win 75 games this season.

Playing WAR Games In Order To Analyze Orioles Pitching Greats

Dan Connolly looks at what modern metrics -- particularly WAR, or Wins Above Replacement -- say about the greatest pitchers in Orioles history.

Eli Manning Saga Brings To Mind Buck Showalter's 'Fallen Star' Phrase

Dan Connolly says the situation with Eli Manning and the New York Giants brings to mind Buck Showalter's homespun vernacular regarding fallen stars.

Is Orioles Catching Prospect Chance Sisco Ready For The Majors?

Dan Connolly says just because catcher Welington Castillo is no longer with the Orioles doesn't mean the Chance Sisco era needs to begin immediately, as the Orioles prospect may need more time to work on his defense in the minors.

To Improve Starting Pitching, Orioles Must Be Willing To Make A Trade

Dan Connolly says Dan Duquette is going to find starting pitching any way he can, but the most logical route is to trade for it -- and trades can easily blow up on you, too.

Skill Was Always There, What's Separated Jonathan Schoop Is The Work Ethic

Despite his breakout, All-Star season, Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop is still working every day to be better. And Dan Connolly says that's what sets him apart.

It's Hard To Buy Into The Plan Of Hope The Orioles Are Selling

Dan Connolly says the Orioles' trade deadline moves show the organization is hoping the team's struggling starting rotation just works itself out, but in baseball, it doesn't usually work out that way.

At A Crossroads, No Easy Answer To Which Path Orioles Should Take

Dan Connolly says decisions made during the days leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline may have a profound impact on the Orioles' organization for years to come.

Orioles' Reluctance To Spend On International Amateurs Is Hindering Farm System

Dan Connolly says the Orioles excel at recognizing talent in other organizations and acquiring those players at minimal cost, but there's a conspicuous boulder in the way of making the farm system as good as it should be.

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Orioles' Chris Tillman Was Better, But Not Good Enough

Chris Tillman improved over recent starts, but he still gave up four runs across six innings in a 4-0 loss to Cleveland April 21.

Dylan Bundy Rescues Orioles From Tailspin

Baltimore right-hander Dylan Bundy threw six innings of one-run ball as the Orioles halted a six-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over Cleveland April 20.

Fantasy Baseball Waiver-Wire Targets: April 20, 2018

Phil Backert surveys the fantasy baseball waiver wire, and he suggests owners target Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Mallex Smith.

Alex Cobb's Orioles Career Has Gotten Off To A Rocky Start

In his first two starts with the Orioles, Alex Cobb has allowed 15 runs, 12 of them earned, on 20 hits in seven innings.

Orioles' 2018 Season Continues To Be Troubling

With three weeks of the 2018 season complete, the Baltimore Orioles have won just five games, losing five of their first six series of the year.

Cal Ripken Jr. Receives 'Great Americans' Medal At Smithsonian

Orioles legend Cal Ripken Jr. was honored with a "Great Americans" medal from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, reminiscing about his playing days and sharing stories about the streak.

Despite Lack Of Run Support Dylan Bundy Continues To Dominate

Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy hasn't recorded a win this season, but he is among the league leaders with a 1.40 ERA. He has struck out 31 batters in 25.2 innings while yielding just one home run.

Fantasy Baseball Risers, Fallers: April 16, 2018

Phil Backert highlights the top fantasy baseball risers and fallers of the past week, from Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt to Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.

Stan 'The Fan' Charles' MLB Power Rankings: April 16, 2018

Where do the Baltimore Orioles stand in Stan "The Fan" Charles' latest MLB power rankings?

Orioles Newcomer Andrew Cashner Embraces His Edge

"I just like to compete, and I feel like if I can elevate other people's games around me, it's just going to make us better as a team," Orioles right-hander Andrew Cashner said.

Orioles' Inability To Get On Base Continues To Hinder Club

While most point to the Orioles' starting pitching as their biggest issue year after year, Stan "The Fan" Charles says the team's lack of on-base productivity has been the biggest issue.

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