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Baltimore Orioles fall out of playoff contention

In my season preview I predicted that the Baltimore Orioles would at the very least be in playoff contention until the end of the season. At the end of the day, I was technically right – however with last night’s 9-6 loss, the Orioles were officially eliminated from the playoff picture. With one week to go in the season, the O’s are now playing for pride.

Jeremy Hellickson was tagged with the loss, however he pitched a quality start and put the O’s in a position to win. Hellickson’s line: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 4 K. I mentioned this yesterday, however Hellickson seemed to fit the mold of making it through the order once, and then having some trouble. There’s something that Oriole pitchers are doing which is easily picked up by other teams, as once they’ve gone through the order once they seem to figure them out.

The Birds got on the board first as Schoop scored after Adam Jones‘ single. Both runners were allowed to advance after a two-base error. And that lead stood up for a couple of innings until the third, when another Oriole bugaboo popped up. The Birds have seemingly let their guard down all year it seems when they seem on the verge of getting out of an inning or an at-bat. With two outs in the third, Hellickson allowed a base hit. And then another…

…and then he allowed Duda to have a fairly epic at-bat, working the count full, and he then smacked a three-run homer. And that’s what Tampa’s done to teams’ pitching for years. They wear out your pitching and eventually they give in and throw a pitch that Tampa wants. And that’s how they win.

Tampa would put up two further runs in the seventh, and four in the ninth. They just don’t quit, until that third out in the inning is made. And yes, that’s to their credit. However from the Orioles’ perspective it has to be frustrating to play against.

But the O’s did show some fight in the last of the ninth. Welington Castillo‘s RBI-double cut the lead to 9-2. Austin Hays added a two-RBI double, and Manny Machado an RBI-single – as did Chris Davis. At the end of the day however, while the Birds had the tying run on base in the ninth, it goes as a loss. And one that guaranteed that the Orioles’ season would end next Sunday at that.

The Orioles will attempt to split the series with Tampa, in the final game at Camden Yards this year. Dylan Bundy gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Tampa’s Chris Archer. Game time is set for just after 1:30.

Baltimore Orioles swept away in prime time

Jeremy Hellickson turned in a quality start last night for the Baltimore Orioles. Hellickson’s line: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 1 K. Hellickson pitched to contact for most of the night, as evidenced by the zero walks. Needless to say, he put the Orioles in a position to win the game.

But once again Oriole bats couldn’t muster much in the way of offense in Cleveland. The good news in this game was that the O’s actually held Cleveland at bay for most of the game as well. The difference of course was that Cleveland was able to net just a little more than the Orioles. And that’s been the story of the Orioles’ season to this point – it seems that no matter what they do, someone else is doing just a little bit more.

Cleveland took a 1-0 lead on an RBI-ground out by Ramirez in the second inning. And after that it seemed that both teams settled in for a pitcher’s duel on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball. However again, Cleveland already had the lead. That meant that the O’s would have to score at least two to bea them.

And two runs the Orioles would get. The issue was that Cleveland put three on the board. As I said, someone else always seems to do just a bit more. The O’s did however tie the game in the sixth. Schoop’s RBI-single plated Machado, and the Orioles had a fighting chance. But back-to-back homers in the bottom of that inning from Perez and Lindor gave Cleveland a 3-1 lead. The O’s would get a solo home run of their own from Davis in the seventh, but it wasn’t enough.

Of course this was Cleveland’s 18th win in a row, which is fairly impressive. In that sense the Orioles shouldn’t worry too much about being swept over the weekend, as they’ve swept several teams during this run. But as I’ve said before, the Birds have a knack for catching teams while they’re hot. And the fact that it comes in the middle of a playoff chase doesn’t help matters. Hellickson spoke to both of these points after the game (quote courtesy of Roch Kubatko, MASNsports):

We’re still not out of it, but it’s not a good time to come in here and play these guys, that’s for sure. We’re probably going to have to run off a few in a row and get back in it.

The O’s now head to Toronto for the opener of a three-game series. Ubaldo Jimenez gets the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Toronto’s Marco Estrada. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Turnabout is fair play

The Baltimore Orioles are back in Charm City, and that’s a very good place for them to be right now. On Wednesday the Birds finished up a ten-game road trip, all games of which were out west. Luckily for the Orioles, they got all of the west coast games done in the one fatal swoop. No multiple trips out to the west coast this year.

So now the tables turn a bit, as the O’s get set for series’ with Anaheim this weekend, and Oakland early next week. All of those west coast teams seemingly will come through Camden Yards and the east coast. So yes, turnabout is fair play!

I’ve long said that teams such as the Orioles, Anaheim, Oakland, Seattle, New York, Boston, etc. should get special concessions in a sense. It’s tough being on the opposite coast and far away from any of your affiliates. Would it kill MLB to allow teams to put one or two minor leaguers on a taxi squad who in theory could step in at any point?

These are tough road trips for sure. The O’s probably squandered opportunities in each of the games they lost, and perhaps the distance played a role. So in theory, those breaks should not go the Orioles’ way. At least one would think.

The home stand opens tonight as Anaheim comes to town for a three-game set. Jeremy Hellickson gets the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Anaheim’s Andrew Heaney. Game time is set for just after 7 PM this evening.

Baltimore Orioles sweep Kansas City away behind Jeremy Hellickson

Jeremy Hellickson wasn’t a member of the Baltimore Orioles in 2014 when they were unceremoniously swept in the ALCS by Kansas City. However there had to be a few Orioles who were thinking about that last night as the Birds swept Kansas City behind a dominant effort by Hellickson in his  Orioles’ debut. Hellickson’s line: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K.

Sweeping a regular season series isn’t payback per se for a playoff sweep. But given that this is a Kansas City team that was often seen gesturing towards the Orioles’ dugout in a taunting anner in that series among other things, odds are a few Orioles thought back to that. Ultimately when you don’t yield any runs, there’s no chance of losing. That’s a truth that’s been proven in baseball time and time again.

The Orioles’ other new acquisition, Tim Beckham, got the scoring started in the last of the second with an RBI-double.A few moments later Caleb Joseph smacked a two-run homer, and the O’s led 3-0. However in the middle of the third a rain storm hit Camden Yards, sending the game into a rain delay.

The delay lasted all of 35 minutes, and was more of an annoyance than anything else. But it didn’t change how dominant Jeremy Hellickson was looking in his Orioles’ debut. He mowed Kansas City hitters down left and right, and the Orioles’ 3-0 lead seemed to stand up. He did run into some trouble in the sixth with two runners in scoring position and nobody out, however he pitched out of it.

The Birds would add to their lead in the last of the eighth, cementing the win and the sweep. Chris Davis‘ two-RBI double ran the score to 5-0, and Tim Beckham smacked an RBI-triple to run it to 6-0. Beckham’s looked well worth his price as well since coming to Baltimore. Granted he’s also gotten on base consistently which is good to see, however if there’s one thing that’s striking about him it’s his speed. With most other players that RBI-triple probably would have been a double. Not with Tim Beckham. He’s fast as the day is long – and the Orioles could use that type of speed.

Kansas City was pretty hot coming into the series, but the Orioles made them look pedestrian. And as we know, teams will go through bad spurts over the course of a season. They’ll hopefully also go through good spurts, which is what we’re now seeing out of the Birds. It’s up to them whether or not that continues, and for how long.

The Orioles will now open up a three-game ser with Detroit at Camden Yards. Chris Tillman gets the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Detroit’s Matthew Boyd. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

Baltimore Orioles fall in Texas, acquire Jeremy Hellickson

Jeremy Hellickson is now a member of the Baltimore Orioles. But more on that later. Chris Tillman was ineffective for the Orioles last night in the Texas heat. Tillman’s line: 4.1 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 2 BB, 6 K.

Texas jumped all over Tillman from the beginning, mainly by putting runners on base. Mazara’s two-RBI double in the first inning gave them an early 2-0 lead. Two innings later they led 4-0 after a two-run homer by Andrus. Needless to say, it wasn’t looking like Tillman’s day.

Beltre’s RBI-single would run the score to 5-0, and he would add a second RBI-single in the fifth. Gomez would add an RBI-single as well, and the Birds trailed 8-0 after five. They would get a solo homer by Schoop in the sixth and an RBI-single by Davis in the eighth, however that was all they could muster in an 8-2 loss.

However it was after the game that we found out the O’s had made some news. They consummated a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies which sent the aforementioned Jeremy Hellickson to the O’s. The Orioles gave up outfielder Hyun-Soo Kim, and minor league pitcher Garret Cleavinger. Philadelphia also got international bonus money, and cash.

On the surface, this appears to be a “ho-hum” type of deal. And odds are it is. Hellickson’s 6-5 on the year with a 4.73 ERA. Now will he be an upgrade from the Jimenez’s or Miley’s of the world? Odds are he will be. However there’s a hidden benefit in this trade as well for the Orioles.

For unknown reasons, Kim fell out of favor with the team in terms of playing time. He’s rode the bench most of the season. So this trade sends him somewhere where first off he can probably get on the field a bit more. However it also gives the O’s some roster flexibility. And that could help them big time.

But I suspect they aren’t done with their moves in advance of Monday’s trade deadline. We know they’ve been looking to potentially deal relievers, and in acquiring an additional starter it’s possible that either Jimenez or Miley is going to end up in the bullpen at some point. Either way, I highly doubt that the Orioles would be going with six starters.

The series in Texas continues tonight. Kevin Gausman heads to the mound for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Texas’ Austin Bibens-Dirkx. Game time is set for just after 8 PM.

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