Category Archives: Orioles

DMV: The New Chris Davis Ice Cream Appears Crush-Worthy

O’s win 7-2 at Cleveland behind Bud Norris. Now two back. [Steve Melewski]

The O’s GIFs of the Week continue to be awesome. [Camden Chat]

Chris Davis has an ice cream now. It’s called Crunch Davis. [The Sun]

Tyler Clippard blew it, Nats lost 3-2 in Philly. Now 7.5 back. [Nats Insider]

Bryce is getting treatment on his hip, which is news to Davey. [Nats Journal]

Mike Shanahan confirmed that RGIII is starting in Week 1. [The Insider]

Three theories about why the Redskins kept Pat White. [Hogs Haven]

Skins modify Cofield’s deal to save $2.4m in cap space. [The Insider]

The costumes from the Redskins players’ island party are amazing. [Bog]

Kansas St. is trying to steal JMU’s “Start Wearing Purple” thunder. [JMUSB]

This is what JMU’s new basketball court will look like. Okay. [JMUSB]

That Guy who worked at the 9:30 Club has died. [Washington City Paper]

DMV: Jim Johnson Keeps Blowing

Jim Johnson kicks a bat rack after blowing save in Arizona

O’s lose third straight game in walk-off fashion in Arizona after Jim Johnson blows his second straight save, fall 2.5 back in Wild Card. [Camden Chat]

Johnson blew three saves in 2012. In 2013 he’s blown nine. [Sweet Spot]

Nats win fifth straight game, remain 8.5 back in Wild Card. [Nats Insider]

Denard Span made a game-saving catch to finish it off. [Nats Insider]

Desmond crushed 448-foot HR, longest in Nats Park in ’13. [Nats Enquirer]

Nats’ Gulf Coast team is 41-6, on 17-game win streak. [Nats Journal]

Clinton Portis is leading a suit against the NFL for head injuries. [TWT]

Here’s the story of RGIII rehabbing in a local man’s swimming pool. [Bog]

What Al Harrington brings to the Wiz: He’s a 4 that can shoot 3s. [BF]

Gilbert Arenas will be the third-highest paid NBA player this year. [TAI]

JMU football is ranked 19th in the FCS this preseason. [JMU Sports Blog]

100 reasons Baltimore > D.C., according to Baltimorons. [DCist]

(Jim Johnson GIF taken with love from Baltimore Sports Report.)

DMV: Chris Davis Sweats Where He Wants

Chris Davis can sweat wherever he wants to, and more Orioles GIFs. [CC]

Orioles can’t lose in Texas, sweep Rangers, Tillman gets 12th W. [BS]

Nats don’t need to trade for pitcher, need current players to step up. [Boz]

Speaking of new starters, Ross Ohlendorf gave a good effort. [Nats Insider]

Jayson Werth is not interested in any ‘doom and gloom’ questions. [NE]

It’s possible Richard Justice thinks the Nats need a new skipper. [Bog]

RGIII meets with Dr. Andrews on Wednesday, here are 4 scenarios. [RR]

Check out new all-football all-the-time MMQB site from Peter King. [MMQB]

PK says RGIII starts taking snaps on 8/15, starts MNF opener. [MMQB]

Terps recruit Melo Trimble appears to be really good at scoring. [CSNB]

Most misleading headline ever features topless Brewers fan. [Deadspin]

Phil Mickelson had one of the all-time best closing rounds in a major. [FTW]

DMV: O’s Call Up One Cuban Slugger And Sign Another

O’s bring 26-year-old Cuban outfielder Henry Urrieta to the bigs after he hit .365/.427/.531 in AA and AAA. He figures to get time at DH. [O’s Insider]

O’s sign 24-year-old Cuban OF Dariel Alvarez for $800k. []

Everything you need to know about Dariel Alvarez. [Prospect Pipeline]

Chris Davis, the AL East horse race among five MLB things to watch. [FTW]

Plans for a new Nats spring training facility have hit a snag. [Nats Journal]

Read an excellent excerpt from Dave Sheinin’s new RGIII book. [WaPo]

DMV: Bryce Harper Vs. Chris Davis For All The Home Runs

Home Run Derby offers Chris Davis a chance at national spotlight. [FTW]

Every O’s All-Star came to Baltimore through Andy MacPhail. [BS]

Orioles GIFs of the Week, including an All-Star wet willy. [Camden Chat]

Good: Bryce Harper usually makes the most of his big moments. [NI]

Bad: Ian Desmond calls out Harper for a selfish ejection on Saturday. [NE]

Cool pic of Pierre Garcon hanging with Nats before a game in Miami. [HH]

47-46 48-47 at the break, Nats in contention but something’s a little off. [Boz]

John Wall is off the hook, this is the worst first pitch in a long time. [DS]

Not sure why he’s there, but Otto Porter has struggled at the 2. [CSNW]

Caps and MoJo in contract negotiations, but how much is he worth? [JR]

JaVale McGee still has pogo stick legs for a 7-footer. Watch. [FTW]

Machado’s Latest Best Play Ever

Manny Machado made that play right there, and it’s the latest greatest of his young career. Considering he turned 21 yesterday, he was probably hungover when he did it too.

Somehow, the play was only the second most incredible thing an Oriole did in New York today, because Adam Jones hit a two-run, ninth-inning homer off of Mo Rivera to beat the Yanks 2-1. Double-plus incredible.

Back to Manny, though: This was his 10th “Web Gem” of the season, which leads MLB. It’s just another excuse to add to this ongoing Manny Machado GIF set, which may become the world’s longest web page someday.

Update: Deadspin has an awesome GIF of Manny and Brooks Robinson basically making this same play.

DMV: Chris Davis, Not On Steroids

With incredible season bringing out PED-theories, Davis shuts it down. [OU]

Jason Hammel can’t finish strong in Chicago, O’s win streak snapped. [CC]

Brian Roberts appreciates Camden Yards support despite injuries. [CSNB]

Strasburg throws a gem, makes Brew Crew lose helmets, still loses. [NE]

Not pointing blame at team, Stras sick of talking about run support. [NE]

Drew Storen got smacked around in a 4-run eighth, not pretty. [WP]

Mike Ribeiro’s wife #pissedbeyondbelief at Caps for letting hubby go. [FTW]

Donte Stallworth explains his past hate gave fuel to LGBT support. [Bog]

Kevin Durant is unequivocally one of the good guys. [Bog]

John Wall and Dwight Howard travel to China, hilarity ensues. [CSNW]

We all knew MJ was up to no good at times, but Kennedy?!?!? [Deadspin]

O’s Trade Spare Parts For New Starting Pitcher Scott Feldman

Scott Feldman is a 30-year-old, 6’7″, Hawaiian-born Jewish righthander with a three-quarters deliver. He was good for the Cubs in the first half, posting a 3.46 ERA and 1.14 WHIP. He was bad with Texas before that (4.81, 1.42). Oh, and he punched a guy in the armpit once.

All he cost the O’s is Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop, owners of ERAs above 7. They have good stuff, though, so maybe they turn it around in Chicago. I kinda hope they do.

The Cubs also got some international bonus pool spending money, and the O’s also got Steve Clevenger, a 25-year-old backup catcher who went to high school in Baltimore and hit the ball well in the minors. So there’s that.

Back to Feldman. Fangraphs says “he’s worth +1 or +1.5 wins” for the rest of the season. And then there’s this from his Wikipedia page:

Towards the end of the spring training in 2006, Feldman was feeling confident that he was going to make the parent club’s 25-man roster. A week before opening day he was called into Manager Buck Showalter’s office. But instead of telling Feldman he had made the team, for the first 10 minutes Showalter and the team’s pitching coach Mark Connor spoke on and on about how Feldman had had a solid spring training — but needed to work on some things. Feldman couldn’t believe it but eventually thought, “Holy smoke, I’m going down [to the minors].” Suddenly, unable to continue the prank any longer, Showalter burst out laughing: “Pack your bags, rookie, you’re coming with us!”

If he’s okay by Fangraphs, and he’s okay by Buck, then he’s okay by me. Onward, O’s. When they get Wei-Yin Chen back they actually have a decent rotation here.

O’s First Half Winners & Losers

Handing out labels following the O’s strong first half of the 2013 season.


Chris Davis — Had a historically awesome first half (e.g., he’s on pace for the third-most extra base hits in a season), and totally looks like my brother.

Manny Machado — He’s second in Baseball Reference WAR and sixth in Fangraphs WAR despite not turning 21 until Saturday. Have a pop, kid.

Chris Tillman — Is now 19-5 with a 3.33 ERA and 1.18 WHIP this year and last. Appears to have figured it out at 25.

Miguel Gonzalez — Is now 15-7 with 3.49 ERA and 1.20 WHIP this year and last. I guess 2012 was no fluke.

Adam Jones — Slightly better than his career averages, but not quite as good as last year. I’ll take it.

J.J. Hardy — Having a bit of a bounce-back. Is actually third on the team in Fangraphs WAR.

Nate McLouth — His career resurgence carried over to this spring.

Darren O’Day — Continues being awesome, especially against righties.

Tommy Hunter — Turns out he’s a dominant reliever. Didn’t see that coming.

Buck Showalter and Dan Duquette — They took their jobs when the franchise was rock-bottom. Now they’re on pace for a second-straight 93-win season.


Brian Roberts — Missed the entire first half only to come back strong on Sunday night against the Yanks. Rooting hard for this guy to finally be healthy.

Jason Hammel — As bad this year (5.09 ERA) as he was good last (3.40).

Freddy Garcia — Gave it a shot, but, yeah, he’s shot.

Wei-Yin Chen — Has been out two months. Back soon. O’s need him.

Dylan BundyHad Tommy John last Thursday. :(

Nick Markakis — It’s masked a bit by decent vanity numbers, but he’s actually having the worst offensive season of his career.

Jim Johnson — Saved 35 straight games, then blew five in a five-week span.

Pedro Strop — Last year’s breakout is this year’s hot mess.

Jake Arrieta — His ERA by year, so far: 4.66, 5.05, 6.20, 7.23.

Ryan Flaherty — Steve Lombardozzi North, meaning he’s a perfectly serviceable utility man pressed into far too much duty.

Nolan Reimold — One of these years he’s going to put it together/stay healthy/get a chance. This does not appear to be that year.

Alexi Casilla, Steve Pearce, Danny Valencia, Taylor Teagarden — These are all bench guys or names I just made up. You make the call.


Matt Wieters — His bat has always been a disappointment, and this may be his worst season at the plate. What he does behind it keeps him out of the Losers, though.

Brian Matusz — Deadly against lefties in his new-ish reliever role.

Zach Britton — Getting another shot at starting but isn’t doing much with it.

Chris Dickerson — Had a nice run in May (four HR in 35 AB), came back to Earth in June (18 K in 43 AB).

Kevin Gausman — Got to the Majors super-fast, then got super-shelled. Seems to be straightening out.