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O’s show they’re going for it

Last season, in their return to the playoffs, the Orioles made a late-season to bolster the rotation with the acquisition of left-hander Joe Saunders.

This season, the Orioles have announced to the American League East, and the rest of baseball, that they are going for the pennant.
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O’s struggles not cause for alarm, yet

The Orioles have been a very good road team to this point in the season. However, they are only 9-11 at home and are currently riding a five-game losing streak at the friendly confines of Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

It’s easy to blame closer Jim Johnson because he blew two saves. The real problem here is the starting pitching though.

None of the starters, save Chris Tillman, has been able to go six innings or more in their starts.
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O’s should pursue Greinke

So there’s this rumor about the Orioles and Zack Greinke. It’s obvious the Birds need to upgrade their rotation after three-fifths of it was demoted to Triple-A Norfolk within the past week and left-hander Zach Britton apparently not ready to be with the big club.

The Brewers appear to be falling out of the race for their division with the Pirates and Reds winning. That may lead to Milwaukee becoming a seller at the trade deadline to replenish their farm system.
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Thome is now an Oriole

The Orioles acquired Jim Thome from the Phillies. That’s perfect for the offense.

Thome is perfect to plug in at the cleanup spot. Or he can hit fifth behind center fielder Adam Jones.

The Orioles needed another bat with an offense that clearly misses right fielder Nick Markakis hitting third.

Now the only problem seems to be what to do with Mark Reynolds, Chris Davis and Wilson Betemit.

I think the Orioles may try to move Reynolds before the deadline. He strikes out a ton and hasn’t provided a lot of power to this point in the season.

It’s nice to see the Orioles strike early in the trading period, however.

Davis acquisition likely takes O’s out of Fielder sweepstakes

The trade deadline started with a bang for the Orioles. They traded reliever Koji Uehara to the Texas Rangers for right-handed pitcher Tommy Hunter and first baseman Chris Davis.

The value the Orioles got for a setup man is tremendous. However, there’s a downside to the Davis acquisition.

Davis is a young first baseman that is under team control until after the 2015 season. Although it was an unlikely signing, the Orioles have no reason to pursue Milwaukee’s Prince Fielder this offseason.
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Picking a bone with baseball

I’m not one to usually complain about things that happen in sports. Generally, if a team is bad, it’s about the personnel, not the umpires or referees. However, the discipline handed down from Major League Baseball to the Orioles is ridiculous only because it wasn’t equal to the discipline to the Red Sox.

Kevin Gregg, Mike Gonzalez and Buck Showalter all received suspensions of varying lengths and Jim Johnson received a fine for his actions in the brawl last weekend. If that’s fair discipline, which it is, why didn’t Boston get the same reaction from MLB.
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What will it cost to extend J.J. Hardy?

Shortstop J.J. Hardy, acquired for Jim Hoey and Brett Jacobson this offseason, is having a standout offensive season. He has 11 home runs, including a home run in nine straight series.

The problem is he’s on a one-year contract worth slightly less than $6 million. There is no obvious replacement from the minor leagues for next season. So what contract should the Orioles extend to Hardy?
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Is it time to send Zach Britton to Triple-A?

Rookie left-hander Zach Britton was wildly successful for the Orioles for the first two months of the season, pitching to an ERA of 2.14. In his last three starts, though, Britton’s ERA has risen to 3.33 and hasn’t gone beyond six innings in any of his outings.

It was assumed, after spring training, Britton would be sent down for 20 or 21 days so he would have an extra year of service time with the Orioles. However, Brian Matusz was injured and Britton was recalled on the third day of the season. He was fantastic having just one glitch until May 24.
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Did the O’s really miss J.J. Hardy that much?

The Orioles made four offensive acquisitions this offseason. It was widely believed designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero would be the offensive force in the middle of the lineup. For the most part, Guerrero has done his job.

However, the key to the entire offense may be shortstop J.J. Hardy. Hardy was out for 27 games and the Orioles went 10-17. He has been in the lineup for 12 games and the Orioles are 9-3. One of those losses was against the Texas Rangers when he had one at-bat and it was decided he needed to go on the disabled list.
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Losing ways the norm or an aberration?

The Orioles’ 6-1 start was surprising to fans and media alike. Even more surprising, though, may be the team’s current seven-game losing streak.

During the seven-game streak, the Birds haven’t been hitting very much. Worse than the hitting has been the pitching.

After starting the season with brilliance, the starting staff has struggled to get deep in to games. As the starting pitching falters, the bullpen then becomes overused making the pitching staff very average.
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