Just a handful of Astros who won last year's World Series were with the team when their rebuild began, a signal to the Orioles and their fans that they might not see the current players around when the winning returns.
Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo are working to rebound from frustrating performances last season, and it’s impossible to understate what it would mean for the Orioles if both of them had big bounce-back seasons in 2018.
The Orioles reluctantly packed up for a long road trip on Sunday and left the friendly confines of Camden Yards, where they have piled up more home victories than any other major league team and own the sport's second-best home winning percentage. It didn't hurt that they took advantage of a couple of soft opponents to close out their recent homestand with a five-game winning streak or that they have played more home games than any other team, but winning more than 70 percent of your home games
On Friday, the Orioles will open their longest road trip of the season thus far: a three-city, nine-game, 10-day trip that will take them to face the Los Angeles Angels, Houston Astros and Cleveland Indians, forcing them to play games in three different time zones.
Major League Baseball tried something a little different this year, syncing up all games on Oct. 4 to potentially ramp up excitement in case any playoff races could be decided or tiebreakers forced on the final day of the regular season.
It's still possible for the Orioles to go on the mother of all late-season winning streaks and climb over several other clubs to snatch the second American League wild card entry, but it's still not plausible.
Orioles starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen allowed just one run in 7 1/3 innings pitched, Adam Jones and Chris Davis hit home runs and closer Zach Britton held on during a touch ninth inning to beat the Seattle Mariners, 3-2.
Orioles were hoping they'd get right-hander Chris Tillman back on the mound Friday against the Los Angeles Angels. The best-case scenario now is that Tillman returns from a sprained left ankle in time for Sunday's series finale in Anaheim, not far from where he grew up. If not there, he'll likely start Monday's opener in Seattle against the Mariners, the club that drafted him in 2006.
Minutes after the Orioles¿ week-long homestand ended with a 6-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers, manager Buck Showalter¿s mind was already on to the team¿s next challenge, their nine-game, 10-day West Coast road trip to Oakland, Anaheim and Seattle.
A set of hot streaks catapulted some long-gone teams back into the rankings this week, including a pair of American League East teams. Were the Orioles one of them? As always, these rankings are completely subjectively, yet still objectively correct.
A decade ago, it was nicknamed the "American League Beast," the biggest, baddest division in all of baseball. It featured the sport's two free-spending behemoths and three other talented but inferior teams that seemingly prayed for the gift of realignment to win a title. But the American League East has become — gasp — anyone's race each season, with four clubs winning the division title in the past five years. Only the Toronto Blue Jays haven't captured the crown recently.
The Orioles' trade with the Boston Red Sox on Thursday that added left-handed reliever Andrew Miller to the bullpen was received with positive reviews in the clubhouse, both for what he does on the mound and what he won't be doing anymore.
If reports are true that the Oakland Athletics have made their second blockbuster deal of the summer and sent Cuban slugger Yoenis Cespedes to the Red Sox for Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes, then there¿s really only one way to look at the situation: A¿s president Billy Beane has decided that it¿s now or never.
In Monday night's series opener against the Los Angeles Angels, Adam Jones hit a pair of two-run homers for his fifth career multihomer game, providing the Orioles with all the offense they needed in a 4-2 victory at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.
The Orioles had to make a roster move in order to recall right-hander Bud Norris from Double-A Bowie to make tonight's start, and they optioned catcher Steve Clevenger back to Triple-A Norfolk before the game.
The Orioles might have the chance to play the Oakland Athletics again in October, with much higher stakes on the line. But following a humbling, 10-2 loss Sunday afternoon, the Orioles couldn't escape Oakland quick enough.
The Orioles, currently four games up on the second-place Toronto Blue Jays in the American League East, will lead off the second half by playing 29 consecutive games against teams with a record of .500 or better.