The Baltimore Orioles put an end to the Oakland Athletics’ 13-game win streak on Sunday, and they took an epic victory lap on social media after doing so.
The A’s came into Sunday’s game having not lost since April 9. They had also taken the first two games of their road series in Baltimore, but the Orioles broke the win streak and avoided a sweep with an 8-1 rout on Sunday.
The Orioles’ response? Tweet out an edited video of The Undertaker from 2005, complete with his coffin representing the other teams that failed to beat Oakland during the win streak.
The 9-12 Orioles probably won’t have a ton to celebrate this year. They might as well live it up here.
There were moments during the A’s streak that were fairly fortuitous, but that’s how streaks like this happen. Besides, keeping it alive as long as they did just made for some good content for the Orioles.
Matt Harvey is once again trying to land on an MLB roster, this time with a new team.
Harvey has agreed to a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles, as first reported by Jon Heyman of MLB Network.
Harvey had a brief cameo in the majors in 2020 with the Kansas City Royals, a stint which saw him give up 15 earned runs in 11.2 innings. That came after he had supposedly impressed team officials.
The Orioles won’t be expecting much here, as Harvey hasn’t been at all effective since 2015. The pitcher turns 32 in March, so a turnaround is unlikely. The team is simply hoping to catch lightning in a bottle, much like they are with the signing of Felix Hernandez earlier in the offseason.
Several Miami Marlins players and coaches have tested positive for the coronavirus in recent days, and the team’s home opener has been canceled as a result.
A total of at least 14 players and coaches have tested positive for COVID-19 in recent days, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan. The Marlins were scheduled to fly home to Miami from Philadelphia on Monday to host the Baltimore Orioles, but the game has been canceled.
Multiple Marlins players tested positive last week, including Sunday’s scheduled starting pitcher Jose Urena. Urena was scratched from his start and Robert Dugger took his place. Miami defeated the Phillies 11-6.
The Marlins were originally scheduled to travel home from Philly on Sunday, but that was postponed to Monday. The plan was then for them to arrive home just hours before their game against the Orioles. It’s now unclear how long they will remain in Philadelphia or if Tuesday’s game will be called off as well.
Dennis Eckersley offered a funny but true comment about the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night.
Eckersley is a studio analyst for NESN, which is the TV home of the Boston Red Sox. He is friends with Orioles broadcaster Jim Palmer, and made a comment recognizing what a tough job Palmer has.
He’s not wrong pointing out how tough it must be announcing for the Orioles.
Not only did Baltimore get trounced 13-2 by the Red Sox on Friday night, but they have finished last in the AL East the last three seasons. Their 47-115 record in 2018 was the worst in MLB, and their 54-108 record last season was the second-worst in MLB. It’s not easy to maintain enthusiasm about a team losing that much.
Yasiel Puig remains unsigned as MLB summer camps ramp up, but he seems to have interest from a new team.
The Baltimore Orioles are interested in Puig, according to Marc Feinsand of MLB.com. In fact, the Orioles have made Puig at least one contract offer.
Puig has been a free agent since the end of last season, and has been very picky about his destination. This isn’t the first MLB offer he’s received, but he turned that one down for a few very specific reasons.
Puig definitely still seems to want to get paid a good amount, but the market just hasn’t been there for him. He’s 29 now and hit a modest .267 last season for Cincinnati and Cleveland, though he did contribute 24 home runs. Puig probably won’t come close to hitting .300 again, but he’s got 20-homer pop and can bring energy to a team. That may be what the Orioles, who aren’t expected to contend, need to at least provide a little shot in the arm.
It’s no secret that the Baltimore Orioles are one of the worst teams in the league, and the New York Yankees are one of the best. Put the two together 19 times a year as AL East rivals, and you’re going to get some gaudy numbers.
Still, the eye-popping numbers put up by Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres are unparalleled. Torres has been a decent, but not great hitter against teams other than Baltimore this season. When the Orioles come to town, however, he turns into peak Barry Bonds except even better.
Torres hit a home run in his first at bat against the Orioles on Monday, adding to the numbers. Such is Torres’ dominance against Baltimore that nearly half of his 2019 home runs — 11 of 24 after Monday’s aforementioned homer — have come against Baltimore.
Torres is a career .360 hitter against the Orioles, so this is nothing new. He’s been so dominant against them that Baltimore’s announcers have noticed and are extremely sick of him.
The Baltimore Orioles’ win over the Houston Astros Sunday was certainly unexpected, but the scale of the surprise only becomes apparent when you look at the odds.
According to ESPN, some sportsbooks listed Baltimore as high as +420 underdogs before Sunday’s game, with the runaway Astros putting Justin Verlander on the mound against the hapless Orioles. That would be the largest upset dating back to 2005, according to archived odds from BetLabSports.com.
The Astros, meanwhile, became only the second favorite of -400 or greater to lose in Major League Baseball over the same span. The Minnesota Twins lost to the Washington Nationals in 2007 in a game in which the Nationals were +390 underdogs.
No matter how you look at it, the odds indicate this was one of the biggest upsets in baseball in the last decade and a half. It required a walkoff home run in a three-run bottom of the ninth to happen, and that came after a massive blunder that justified Baltimore’s underdog status.
The Baltimore Orioles are one of the worst teams in baseball, and teams as bad as they are tend to find new ways to lose every day. Sunday was no exception.
Baltimore held a 5-4 lead in the 9th, but the Houston Astros put the first two men on in the inning for Michael Brantley. Brantley ripped a line drive to right that would have given Houston the lead either way but got even worse thanks to right fielder Anthony Santander.
So what exactly happened in that right field corner? The simple answer is Santander completely forgot how to throw.
That’s a bad one. The only consolation was that the Astros would have taken the lead no matter what, but Santander’s effort was ruled a throwing error, giving Brantley a triple and an extra base on the mistake.
Despite the blunder, the Orioles rallied in the bottom of the ninth off Astros closer Roberto Osuna and actually came back to win 8-7. That’s some happy news for a team that has endured a difficult week/a>.
The Baltimore Orioles broke out some special uniforms on Saturday to celebrate Maryland Day, but many fans did not seem to like them.
Take a look at the uniforms the Orioles were wearing for their home game against the Cleveland Indians.
The jerseys and bill of the cap featured patterns from the Maryland state flag. Those are the same patterns heavily embraced by the University of Maryland on their sports uniforms.
Most of the comments about the uniforms from fans on social media was negative.
Despite the negative feedback, the Orioles seemed to thrive in the unis. They scored six runs in the fourth to take a 7-0 lead on the Indians, while Andrew Cashner had only allowed one hit to that point.
The Baltimore Orioles have handed out a record bonus to No. 1 overall pick Adley Rutschman.
The Orioles officially announced Rutschman’s signing on Monday, and according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, the deal is for a record $8.1 million.
Rutschman, a catcher from Oregon State, was so feared at the college level that he got the Barry Bonds treatment late in the season. The Orioles clearly feel he’s worth big money. They worked quickly to get him signed, into their system, and hopefully prepare him to become a franchise cornerstone for years to come.
Rutschman batted over .400 two seasons in a row, including .427 as a junior this season with a 1.356 OPS.