Around the Nest: Edition 1 – Brnovich gives back in time of need

Most of the time, when we focus on the Birdland community, we are talking baseball or associating it to baseball in some capacity.

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O’s 3 big questions for 2023 season

Let’s start off by saying this gives no guarantees of anything going forward, just scenarios, possibilities and hypotheticals that could manifest or transpire. 

It’s the offseason in baseball, and we have until March 30, 2023, before the first pitch of the regular season will be thrown for the Orioles.  

In the meantime, guys like me get to do this thing where we try to predict or even give the possibilities of what will happen between now and then.  

So buckle up, as I take you through some scenarios, hypotheticals and possible rumors heading into the 2023 Orioles season.

The Santander Elephant

For the last couple of seasons, Anthony Santander has been a name that has been mentioned through circles in front offices across the sport. 

Everyone knew the Orioles had a log jam of outfielders arriving, so players like Cedric Mullins, Austin Hays and Santander might be available for the right price.   

Despite the air of rumors, Santander survived. That was until this season when Ryan McKenna found his major league groove and worldly outfielder Kyle Stowers was pushing his way up to the big league roster.

Everyone just knew that the trade deadline would come, Santander would be gone and the future could start showcasing talent. Well, this never happened, and Santander went on to hit 33 home runs on the season, 11 more than the next closest player.  

Where Santander loses value, though, is his defense. In 2022, Santander recorded a minus five in Defensive Runs Saved and had a minus four in Outs Above Average, as he would play a total of 994.2 innings in the field.

Though he did record five outfield assists, Santander slots in as a better DH than outfielder. This makes Santander a good fit for the offense, and at 28, it would still allow him to fill in the if needed.

The question becomes, are the Orioles going to look for a suitor, or does Santander fit into future plans? 

” Well, Santander’s been a popular guy with other teams since I’ve been here. But look, we like him. He batted third for us all yea. He can play a really solid right field. He’s great in the clubhouse. A switch-hitting DH, he goes well with Adley [Rutschman] in the middle of the lineup and the other guys that we have coming.”

Orioles GM Mike Elias on Anthony Santander

Listening to O’s GM Mike Elias, it appears that Santander is considered a part of the future plans. But what is not said above, is if they are looking at extending Santander.

“So we see no real strategy in moving him, and I’m excited he’s coming back for the next two years. But, you know, obviously, we do our jobs and we listen to people.”

Orioles GM Mike Elias on the future of Anthony Santander in Baltimore

So it does appear, for now, that the Santander rumors might still fly here and there. But if Elias has his way, Santander should be here at least through 2024, barring major trade offers.

Adley Rutschman: What will a full season look like?

We all know who Adley Rutschman is and how the hype train met with reality was everything, and possibly more, that we could hope for in the former No. 1 overall pick.

Unfortunately, in 2022, we had to wait until the end of May to see Rutschman make his major league debut.

Due to an elbow strain, Rutschman would have to wait until May 21, 2022, to wear the orange and black at Camden Yards. Of course, there was an adjustment period, but in the end, it was the Rutschman Effect that turned a floundering season into one of the most exciting in recent memory.

Upon Rutschman’s arrival, the Orioles were sitting at 16-24 and struggling to score runs. Their starting pitching was struggling, and though the bullpen was strong, it was being used at a high rate. 

The expectations were not too high at this time, but at least we could see what Rutschman would bring to the table. 

From that point on, the Orioles would amass a 67-54 record while compiling a 50-33 record in games that Rutschman was catching. It wasn’t until the end of September that the Orioles were eliminated from postseason contention, and the Rutschman Effect had been experienced. 

Rutschman would win Most Valuable Oriole, becoming just the third rookie to do so and third catcher in Orioles history to win the award.  

Rutschman would play a total of 113 games, splitting time at DH as well as behind the plate. He would slash .254/.362/.445, collecting 13 home runs, 42 RBIs, 35 doubles (an Orioles rookie record), 65 walks and would throw out 31% of would-be base stealers, while amassing a 5.3 fWAR and an 18 Defensive Runs Saved.

But of course, that has this writer wondering just what a full season of Adley Rutschman could bring. I won’t ask you to temper expectations, but this is all hypothetical based on this past season.  

Now, taking into account that Rutschman would play 93% of the games he was active for last year, that would translate to Rutschman playing a combined 150 games in a full 162-game season. He caught 83% of the games he appeared in last season, which would put him in line to catch about 110 games in a full season. 

That would be normal wear for a catcher across a full season, so we can deduce that these would be relatively close to what we can expect or look forward to in 2023. 

Based on this number alone, this would project Rutschman to accumulate about 525 at-bats and total about 132 hits over a full season. This would see Rutschman end up hitting about .252 across a full season.  

That’s a respectable line offensively. We should see about 40 doubles, 22 home runs, about 68 RBIs, 75 walks and 93 runs scored, which would make for a very strong offensive line and production in the lineup, especially for a catcher.  

Once again, these are hypotheticals and based on averages from his rookie season with small adjustments to figure with an increase of playing time, at-bats and opportunities over the season. But as you can see, this would make Rutschman one of the top offensive catchers in the game and catapult him even more so to one of the premier backstops defensively.

Does 2023 become the first of many competitive seasons?

Last season, we saw the building blocks of what has been promised take the first big step forward. With the likes of Rutschman, Gunnar Henderson, Kyle Stowers and Kyle Bradish making their big league debuts, the Orioles would go on to win 83 games.   

Of course, other rookies would contribute to the success of last season. But the bigger question is, does 2023 mark the beginning of a decade of postseason contention moving forward?

Based on what was seen last season and what is set to come from other prospects, the foundation has been laid for a strong future. We still have yet to see what Grayson Rodriguez will bring to the table, but the success of other big-name prospects has led to an encouraging step towards consistency. 

If things fall the way they did last season, the early projection would place the Orioles as a 90-win club in 2023. And to think, Rodriguez will be arriving, D.L. Hall will have a bigger impact and with the return of John Means, the excitement level can only raise the bar of expectations.  

We should see Kyle Bradish take a step forward as well, giving the rotation the possibility of quality starts on a nightly basis. Plus, with Dean Kremer, Austin Voth and Mike Baumann, the depth of the pitching staff seems to be deeper than we all even anticipated.  

There is also Jordan Westburg, Joey Ortiz, Colton Cowser, Heston Kjerstad, Jackson Holliday and many others who are rising through the system and should be making debuts within the next couple seasons. 

The promise looks to feature an Orioles team that will compete yearly for the AL East crown and postseason positioning, with the hope of a World Series crown. With the recent success of 2012-2016 Orioles, this current run has the ability to surpass that group with excitement and sustainability, with the proper moves and extensions along the way.  


I won’t go making a stamp of guarantee with these answers, but these three questions loom large as we head toward 2023. The hypotheticals and projections would seem to be leaning toward realistic over fiction.

We will have to revisit these questions at the end of 2023 to see how much holds true. But in themeantimee, I hope this brings some excitement, peace of mind and hope towards a strong season.

Which question looms large in your mind this offseason? Let us know in the comments below! And make sure to follow The Baltimore Battery on Facebook and Twitter, and use the hashtag #baltimorebattery when sharing our content!

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Brandon Hyde runner-up in BBWAA 2022 AL Manger of the Year vote

Brandon Hyde was hired as manager of the Baltimore Orioles on December 14, 2018. To say his first big league gig was going to be fun would seem to be the last word to enter the conversation. 

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Orioles add 5 prospects to 40-man roster

Today was the deadline for organizations to protect players from the Rule 5 Draft by adding them to their respective 40-man rosters.

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Kjerstad wins AFL MVP, how 2 Oriole prospects dominated 2022 AFL season

Every off-season, MLB prospects from all 30 teams go off to different offseason programs to stay crisp and have extra practice to get ready for the next season.

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Baltimore Orioles 2022 season recap: Part 4 – Rookie production

The 2022 Baltimore Orioles were not supposed to compete for anything other than a No. 1 pick. But, then again, baseball is played on the field, not on paper, and the Orioles exceeded expectations by a long shot.

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O’s claim outfielder Daz Cameron off waivers

The Baltimore Orioles are working on completing their 40-man roster. On Wednesday, they claimed outfielder Daz Cameron off waivers from the Detroit Tigers.

With this move, the Orioles have now filled 34 of their 40 roster spots as they prepare for the offseason free agency period.

Cameron is 25 years old and was originally drafted in the Competitive Balance Round-A as the 37th overall pick out of Eagle’s Landing Christian, McDonough out of Georgia by none other than current O’s GM Mike Elias.

During his time in the minors, Cameron hit .248 across 600 games. He would collect 561 hits, including 120 doubles, 33 triples and 53 home runs.

Showing off his speed, he would collect 136 stolen bases as well. Through his efforts, he would make his major league debut on September 20, 2020.

Cameron, son of former big leaguer Mike Cameron, was acquired by the Detroit Tigers when they traded Justin Verlander to the Astros in 2017.

For the Tiger, Cameron has played 73 games across parts of three seasons. He has slashed .201/.266/.330.

Cameron has hit five home runs, collecting 24 RBIs and nine stolen bases. On the defensive side, he has committed just one error in 144 total chances.

As Cameron joins the Orioles, Elias now has had more Elias-Astros draftees on the Orioles’ 40-man roster than Elias-Orioles draftees in his tenure.

We want to welcome Daz Cameron to the Orioles, as we look forward to seeing what he brings to the table in Birdland.

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Baltimore Orioles 2022 season recap: Part 3 – Pitching & Defense

Ramón Urías’ Gold Glove win Tuesday, together with Jorge Mateo’s selection for the Fielding Bible Award last week, illustrates the stark contrast of the Orioles’ defense during the 2022 season with last year’s loosely defined version of it.

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Ramón Urías takes home AL Gold Glove at third base

An already surprising and exciting 2022 season for the Baltimore Orioles got a bit better Tuesday, as in addition to the first winning season since 2016, one of the O’s key players added some hardware to the mix.

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Baltimore Orioles 2022 season recap: Part 2 – Offensive production

The 2022 season for the Baltimore Orioles was one of many surprises.

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Case for Mateo: Why O’s shortstop should be Gold Glove finalist

The 2022 Rawlings Gold Glove finalists have been named, and the Baltimore Orioles will have two representatives with an opportunity to win some hardware.

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Baltimore Orioles 2022 season recap: Part 1 – Front office evaluation

The Baltimore Orioles front office, led by Executive Vice President and GM Mike Elias, made moves this past season that impacted the O’s year entirely.

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O’s claim veteran outfielder Jake Cave off waivers

The offseason has started early for the Baltimore Orioles, as their first move has officially been made a little under a week since their final game played of the 2022 season.

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2022 Orioles MiLB All Star Team

As the 2022 MiLB season has come to an end, it’s only right that we decide to honor players who have had incredible seasons.

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O’s look to clip Blue Jays’ wings in final series of 2022

The Baltimore Orioles have secured a winning year for the first time since 2016, with their 82 wins being their highest total since the same year.

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Orioles set to face Judge, AL East Champion Yankees in division match-up

The Orioles came into September competing for a postseason birth.

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O’s make final trip to Fenway for 4 games against Red Sox

With just 10 games left on the regular season schedule, the Orioles are set to kick off their final road trip, beginning at Fenway Park in Boston.

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Despite struggles against Tigers, O’s postseason hopes alive

To say the Orioles have struggled against the Detroit Tigers this year would be an understatement.

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O’s look to gain ground, as Tigers visit OPACY

Way back in May, the Orioles had just swept the now-NL-Central-leading Cardinals in a dominant three-game performance.

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Battle of Birds: Orioles drop 2 of 3 to Jays

The Orioles entered their series with the Toronto Blue Jays needing to win at least two games to make the trip successful.

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Wild times in store: Orioles battle Blue Jays with postseaon hopes at stake

The Baltimore Orioles are taking the fight north, as they head to Toronto to take on the Blue Jays in a mid-September matchup.

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Orioles sweep Nats: Take MASN Cup

Sometimes the best cure to turn fortunes around is to beat up on a weaker opponent.  

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O’s, Nats complete Beltway Series with 2 games in DC

With just seven series left on the 2022 schedule, the Orioles are set to finish off their inter-league play in DC Tuesday and Wednesday against the Washington Nationals.

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Tides take series against RedBirds, win back-to-back series

The Norfolk Tides spent a stretch from the end of June to the near end of August looking to gain some footing. Not winning any of the eight series they played, they would not back down.

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Aberdeen set to soar into postseason

The Aberdeen IronBirds are ready for postseason baseball after completing their 2022 season.

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2022 Delmarva Shorebirds Season Recap

It is time to say goodbye to the 2022 Delmarva Shorebirds. A team that record-wise did not perform that well but gave us entertainment day in and day out.

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Orioles finish homestand against Red Sox

The Baltimore Orioles are coming off a tough series loss to division rival and holder of the third AL Wild Card spot, the Toronto Blue Jays, that left them 4.5 games out of a postseason birth.

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Grayson Rodriguez: Return of baseball’s top pitching prospect

Most baseball fans in and around Baltimore know of baseball’s top pitching prospect, right-hander Grayson Rodriguez.

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O’s, Blue Jays face off in huge series from OPACY

So far this season, the Baltimore Orioles have a record of 6-3 against the Blue Jays.

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O’s win series against A’s

The Baltimore Orioles opened a 10-game home stand by welcoming the Oakland Athletics to town.

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Chaos Comin’: O’s set to battle A’s from OPACY

The hype is real. The Baltimore Orioles are once again in another important series, something that seems to be the theme going forward.

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Orioles have third consecutive winning month, first time since 2016

This is starting to become routine. The Orioles have won another month, and the month of August couldn’t have been more special.

Between playing in the Little League Classic to starting the month 5-0, the Orioles are playing exceptional baseball. So, let’s break down how big the month of August actually was for the Birds.

First, let’s talk about four key players, two pitchers and two position players that had a massive impact on the O’s winning month. Those guys are Cedric Mullins and Jorge Mateo, along with pitchers Kyle Bradish and Félix “The Mountain” Bautista.

Cedric Mullins:

Mullins had a month like no other.

Slashing a clean .296/.358/.469 with a .827 OPS, along with 29 hits (team-high), six doubles, one triple and three home runs, Ceddy continues a season where he is dominating the outfield and even started September off with a bang.

Mullins even had an 11-game hitting streak during the month, along with seven stolen bases, solidifying the O’s leadoff spot.

Jorge Mateo:

Mateo is another guy that has had a very solid month.

The speedster slashed .277/.327/.489 with a .816 OPS and had 26 hits, six doubles, one triple and four home runs (tied team-high).

Add that with 17 RBIs (tied team-high) and four stolen bases, Mateo is having a complete breakout year and could possibly be knocking on the door for a 20-20 season.

Kyle Bradish:

Bradish finally had the breakout we all have been waiting for in the month of August.

After a sketchy start and an unfortunate injury, Bradish had a insane month, starting five games and going 28.2 innings pitched.

The young right-hander went 1-1 with a 3.14 ERA and tallied 26 strikeouts and an opponent’s batting average of .236. Bradish has begun to turn his season around and become the person that we traded Dylan Bundy for in 2020.

Félix Bautista:

Now we move to Mountain Time.

Bautista had one of the best months of August when it comes to relief pitchers. Going 7/7 in saves and pitching in 13 games, he had a 1-0 record with a 1.23 ERA and 20 strikeouts.

“The Mountain” continues to grow in the American League Rookie of the Year conversation and has a great shot the more takes the mound in the ninth.

Now, let’s talk about the Orioles as a whole.

The O’s had a 17-10 record in the month of August and an 8-2 series record. Offensively, the Birds slashed .244/.313/.404 with a .717 OPS. Over their 219 hits, they had 47 doubles, three triples and 30 home runs, with 114 RBIs and 118 runs scored.

On the pitching side, the Orioles had a 3.43 ERA, pitched three shutouts, had nine saves, 199 strikeouts, a 1.21 WHIP and an opponent’s batting average of .250.

Finally, the month of August was filled with debuts and special moments. Three players debuted in the month of August for Baltimore.

On August 2, we saw outfielder and former trade piece from the Manny Machado trade, Yusniel Díaz. On August 13, we saw top left-handed pitching prospect, D.L. Hall. And lastly, on August 31, we saw top prospect, infielder Gunnar Henderson.

Also included, we saw many firsts. On August 25, outfielder Kyle Stowers hit his first major league home run to tie the game in the ninth off Liam Hendriks.

On August 31, in his second career MLB at-bat, Gunnar Henderson hit a no-doubt shot for his first big league hit and home run.

On August 13, we saw D.L. Hall have his first big league pitch and strikeout.

And finally, on August 1, we saw Terrin Vavra have his first career major league hit.

The Month of August was nothing but magical and a positive step in the right direction for this young club. As the season decreases in games, our love for this team increases with passion.

Let’s ride into September and show MLB that the Orioles are a true contending postseason team.

Who stood out to you the most in the month of August? Let us know in the comments below! And make sure to follow The Baltimore Battery on Facebook and Twitter, and use the hashtag #baltimorebattery when sharing our content!

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O’s catch Cleveland off Guard, complete 4-2 road trip

Can you hear that? There’s a rumble throughout baseball, and it’s coming from Baltimore.

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O’s call-up top prospect Gunnar Henderson for postseason push

Being argued as the top prospect in baseball is not something many 21-year-old ball players can stake a claim to. Then again, Gunnar Henderson is not your normal 21-year-old ball player.

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Shorebirds win series against Lynchburg, walk-off Hillcats 3 times

The Delmarva Shorebirds had one of the most clutch series this season, winning four of six games played against the Lynchburg Hillcats, with three of those victories being walk-offs.

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Tide steady: Norfolk splits series with Jacksonville

The Norfolk Tides are still looking for their first series win since the end of June. After splitting their most recent series with Jacksonville, the Tides will go into September having not won their last eight series.

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IronBirds soar by Blue Rocks for series victory

The IronBirds have been in a dog fight as of late. After blowing away the competition in the first half, they had come back down to earth and were struggling to find some consistent footing in the second half.

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Walk-off win ties Bowie for first preceding big series at Erie

The usual suspects played key roles in a 5-4 walk-off win over the Altoona Curve Sunday, a win that bumps their record back to 60-60, and 33-18 in the second half.

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Astros become latest victim of Orioles Magic, O’s take big series

Orioles Magic is spreading through baseball like a wild fire in a California forest.

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Orioles set to face Mancini & Astros for 3

The Baltimore Orioles continue their push in the AL Wild Card race, as they head to Houston, where they will face former Oriole and fan favorite Trey Mancini for the first time since he was traded earlier this month.

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Orioles stymie ChiSox, take 2 of 3 from Camden Yards

If someone would tell you that a visiting team would collect 34 hits in a series, while yielding only 18, you would be safe to assume that the visiting team took the series with no issue.

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Remember the name, Jud “the Stud” Fabian

Jud “the Stud” Fabian: A 21-year-old Orioles outfield prospect that has already made an impact in such a short amount of time.

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Ortiz keeps sparkling, Baysox fall out of first in loss to Altoona

With most of Baltimore and its social media salivating over when the Orioles will end the suspense and bring up No. 1 prospect Gunnar Henderson and No. 2 prospect Grayson Rodriguez, the automatic question becomes that of who will take their place with the Triple-A Norfolk Tides.

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O’s travel back home to face White Sox for 3

Following a wildly exciting victory in the Little League Classic, the Orioles enter yet another big series, sitting at 63-58 on the year.

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Shorebirds split slugging series against Red Sox

The Delmarva Shorebirds wrapped up their away series against the Salem Red Sox in a very offensive fashion.

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O’s add to Red Sox’s woes, take 2 of 3 in series win

The Baltimore Orioles were upposed to be the sure victory for opponents, be out of any contention by the end of April and be lucky to win close to 60 games this season.

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Orioles battle Red Sox in AL East showdown

The Orioles are back in action after a back-to-back losses headed into the weekend. They will look to right the ship, as they host the Boston Red Sox for a three-game series.

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O’s take series from Jays, 1.5 back of Wild Card spot

The Orioles have used August as a spring board to further along their attack on the AL Wild Card standings.

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Bowie splits with Akron, playoff chances in jeopardy

The Bowie Baysox came into the week in first place and had the highest chance to make the Double-A postseason in the second half. But the Akron RubberDucks had other plans.

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O’s announce minor league promotions

It’s Monday, which means that it is roster movement day for the Orioles’ farm system.

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Tides split series with Red Wings

Amid all the struggles the Tides were having, one thing that offered a hope of relief was a series with the Rochester Red Wings.  

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Calling on Hall: D.L. Hall set to join Orioles in St. Petersburg

As first reported by MASN’s Roch Kubatko, left-hander D.L. Hall will be joining the Baltimore Orioles in St. Petersburg, Florida, for their series against the Tampa Bay Rays.

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O’s take series from Jays, move into Wild Card spot

Ladies and gentlemen, the Baltimore Orioles are no fluke.

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With tough schedule ahead, O’s host Blue Jays for 3

The Baltimore Orioles have defied the expectations of most the baseball world. A team that was supposed to be a “cellar dweller” for the season has turned out to be one of, if not the biggest, surprise in baseball.

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Aberdeen soars to series victory over Blue Rocks

Aberdeen came into their series with the Blue Rocks struggling a bit in the second half of the season.

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Baysox bludgeon Harrisburg for 8th straight win, climb over .500

When nine different hitters drive in a run in a 14-3 win Thursday, then the Bowie Baysox continue with an 8-0 win Saturday, how do they top that? How does a nine-run first inning and an 18-1 Sunday thrashing of the Harrisburg Patriots sound?

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Orioles take series against Pirates, are 2 games back of AL Wild Card spot

The Baltimore Orioles welcomed the Pittsburgh Pirates to town for a three-game set, and the Birds would ultimately come out on top.

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O’s look to continue post-deadline hot streak against Pirates

Since trading Trey Mancini and Jorge López, many Baltimore Orioles fans believed GM Mike Elias and the O’s were throwing in the white flag.

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Texas swept away: O’s sweep Rangers in Arlington for first time since 2013

For the first time in team history, the Baltimore Orioles have swept the season series from the Texas Rangers.

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Trade front goes quiet, it’s all about pitching depth

Sometime after Andy MacPhail took over as the Orioles’ President of Baseball Operations in mid-season of 2007, he said one of the first things he told owner Peter Angelos was that in the business of acquiring pitchers, you have to divide by two. Only half of the pitchers you either draft or trade for as minor leaguers, will make it.

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O’s acquire clubhouse-favorite Brett Phillips from Rays

The Baltimore Orioles spent the last two days trading veteran stalwart Trey Mancini and reclamation project Jorge López for a flock of minor league arms.

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Orioles start August with plethora of roster moves

The Orioles as an organization have started August off on many roster changes.

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Jorge López traded to Twins for 4 minor league pitchers

Reports out of Baltimore have Jorge López heading to the Minnesota Twins for multiple pitching prospects.

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Orioles, Rangers set for 3-game series in Arlington

The last time the Rangers saw the Orioles, the Birds were in the early stages of a 10-game winning streak and taking the baseball world by surprise.

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Shorebirds have fantastic 5-1 week against Hillcats

The Delmarva Shorebirds are having a not-so-great season. But the team did have a great week, as they had a 5-1 series win over the Lynchburg Hillcats.

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Orioles have back-to-back winning months, finish 16-9 in July

The Baltimore Orioles are one of the hottest teams in baseball.

The month of July was insane to watch as an Orioles fan, with many historic moments and a lot of excitement and potential.

Between the many walk-offs, from Mancini to Mullins, to the 10-game winning streak that we all love. We can once again say the Orioles have another winning month.

Let’s break down the three key players and one key team factor that led the O’s to their best month since 2016:

Ramón Urías:

Ramón Urías had a month like no other. He was an impact out the gate and had a month like we haven’t seen for some time in Baltimore.

In 21 games, he slashed .343/.387/.600 with a team-high .987 OPS. He also had a team-high five home runs and 18 RBIs.

Urías also had a multi-home-run game against the Tampa Bay Rays during the month. He has looked insane, and we hope he continues to be an underrated star on this team.

Adley Rutschman:

Once again, our beloved catcher had a solid month.

Adley has been what we needed him to be thus far since his May 21st debut. In the month of July, he slashed .290/.425/.478 with a .903 OPS.

He also had a team-high 15 walks. Include that with his amazing defensive skills behind the plate and heads up base running, our star in the making gets better by the month.

Spenser Watkins:

Any Oriole fan knows that the starting rotation is probably the weak point. And honestly, that is not saying too much.

But one guy who had a good month and turned his season around was Spenser Watkins. Starting four games, Watkins had a 2-0 record with a 2.35 ERA in 23 innings.

Striking out 17 batters and only walking four, Watkins had a .241 opponents batting average. Here’s to hoping this is the turn around the 29-year-old.

The “Score-ioles”:

The best way to win games in MLB is to score runs. Now, everyone already knows that, but when it comes to the 2022 Orioles in July, they knew it pretty well.

Only getting shutout one time the entire month, the Orioles had an amazing run differential of 111-92, or a +19. While including three walk-off winners and multiple late-inning comebacks, the Orioles showed absolutely no signs of quitting this month.

All in all, the Orioles had an impressive month of July and finished the month with a 16-9 record and a season record of 51-51. The O’s are staying hot, as they are currently just three games out of the last AL Wild Card spot.

Who stood out to you for the O’s in the month of July? Let us know in the comments below! And make sure to follow The Baltimore Battery on Facebook and Twitter, and use the hashtag #baltimorebattery when sharing our content!

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Baysox dominate their way to 5-1 series win against Altoona

The Bowie Baysox have been on a tear in the second half of the Eastern League season, and they continued their amazing streak with a 5-1 record over the Altoona Curve this week.

Led by hot bats and lights-out pitching, the Baysox are currently holding a one-game lead over the Erie Seawolves in the second half.

When talking about this series, however, the first name that comes to mind is outfielder and O’s No. 3 prospect, Colton Cowser.

During this series, Cowser slashed .524/.557/.952 with an OPS of 1.529. He also carried the team with 11 total hits through the series, including two home runs and nine RBIs.

Cowser finished out an incredible July and first month with the Bowie Baysox where he slashed .324/.446/.649 with an OPS of 1.095.

Speaking of hot bats, let’s talk about one of the more underrated prospects in Joey Ortiz. The O’s No. 13 prospect decided to break out this month and ended July with an amazing series.

Slashing an impressive .519/.536/1.000 with an OPS of 1.536 during the series, Ortiz tallied a team-high 14 hits and 11 RBIs. He also hit three monster home runs, and best of all, had only three strikeouts in 27 at-bats.

Ortiz finished out July slashing .404/.438/.674 with an OPS of 1.112 and recorded an impressive 36 hits and, once again, only 11 strikeouts in 89 at-bats. Obviously, he should be Player of the Month, right?

We talked about two of the great hitters, but now it’s time to talk about the offensive production overall in this series.

First, let’s talk about the run differential. The Baysox scored 56 combined runs in this series, averaging 9.3 runs a game.

The Curve scored a combine 25 runs and averaged a combine 4.16 runs per game, meaning that not only did the Baysox double Altoona’s total runs scored, they had a run differential of 31 runs, averaging just over five more runs than the Curve.

We also have to mention that the Baysox had a hit total of 68, averaging just over 11 hits a game. Altoona’s hit total was 41, and they averaged just under seven hits per game.

All in all, the Baysox had a incredible series against the Curve. As stated earlier, they do have a one-game lead over the Erie Seawolves, as Bowie moves to a 18-8 record in the second half.

The Baysox will begin a series against the Harrisburg Senators on the road starting Tuesday.

Who stood out to you in Bowie this week? Let us know in the comments below! And make sure to follow The Baltimore Battery on Facebook and Twitter, and use the hashtag #baltimorebattery when sharing our content!

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O’s drop series to Reds, fall back to .500

The Orioles came into Cincinnati riding a series victory and winning home stand, ready to take on the last play Reds in a three-game set.

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Orioles fly high to Cincinnati for 3-game interleague series

The Baltimore Orioles have gone from an expected 100 losses to one of the most talked about teams in the last couple months.

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O’s take 3 of 4 from Rays, even season series

A season ago, seeing the Tampa Bay Rays was considered an automatic loss for the Baltimore Orioles.

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Case for & against O’s trading Trey Mancini

Trey Mancini has gotten a lot of mileage out of the fact that he was probably the best player on the team between his arrival in Baltimore and being forced to miss a year with cancer two years ago.

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Low Tide: Bulls Sweep Tides in shortened series

The Norfolk Tides seem to struggle when they get closer to .500. A team with a lot of talent, they came off the long break to a three-game series with the Durham Bulls.

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Shorebirds suffer 3-game sweep in shortened series

Over the past weekend, the Delmarva Shorebirds faced off against the Fredericksburg Nationals. And much like their previous meetings, the Nationals left victorious.

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O’s host Rays for 4 games from OPACY

After a disheartening series loss to the New York Yankees, the Orioles will host yet another AL East team, this time the Tampa Bay Rays.

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Baysox bring broom, fritter away chance for weekend sweep

The Baysox coughed up a 6-0, second-inning lead and never scored again, losing a 7-6 game to the Richmond Flying Squirrels yesterday, a blemish on a weekend featuring victories Friday and Saturday.

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O’s fall short against Yankees in weekend battle

The second half is under way for the Orioles. Their first second half series was against the vaunted New York Yankees, and up until game three, this was a series that showed the Orioles are no longer pushovers.

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O’s open second half against Yankees

The All-Star break is over, newly drafted No. 1 overall pick Jackson Holliday has signed and the Orioles are set to start the second half with a series against the division rival New York Yankees.

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O’s draft selections: Day 3

The Baltimore Orioles have been looking to develop pitching in the minor league system for sometime now.

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O’s draft selections: Day 2

The first day of the MLB Draft saw the Orioles welcome new overall No. 1 pick, shortstop Jackson Holliday, to the organization, along with three college bats.

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BlueClaws ground IronBirds in 4-2 series

The Aberdeen IronBirds came into the week as one of the top teams in the league. A strong first half and a good start to the second half had them fighting for first place.

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Baysox absorb 9-0 loss, go 4-1 against Akron

The week that was ended with a resounding thud at Prince George’s Stadium this weekend, as a Saturday rainout and a 9-0 loss Sunday followed a four-game Baysox winning streak over the Akron RubberDucks.

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O’s Draft Day selections: Day 1

Draft day has come and gone, and with all the excitement of who might go first overall, Birdland was waiting with anticipation to find out who the newest Baby Birds would be.

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Rays stop red hot Orioles: O’s .500 at break

The Orioles came into Tropicana Field riding a 10-game winning streak. At the same time, they were riding a 10-game losing streak at the Trop. Something was going to give.

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3 contributing factors to Orioles 10-game winning streak

Well, one small part of a big season unfortunately came to a end Friday July, the O’s 10-game winning streak that put them over .500.

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Orioles announce Minor League Players of Month for June

The Baltimore Orioles have announced their June Minor League Players of the Month, right-handed pitcher Peter Van Loon and outfielder Heston Kjerstad.

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