For all the turnover the Orioles bullpen experienced last summer with their trades of Zack Britton, Brad Brach, and Darren O'Day, things stayed relatively stable this offseason at the back end of the bullpen.
What's proved to be a year of seismic changes for the Orioles on and off the field still packed in plenty of actual baseball over the required 162 games, even if it might have been nice for them to mercifully end by about halfway through.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter led the Orioles to success as part of a wave taking over the game that emphasize bullpen usage and defense. That the rest of the league caught up and passed them on that front doesn't take away from the success it brought.
Pose the question to anyone in an Orioles uniform, and the pause before he speaks is pregnant. The sigh is audible, the stare far away. The question is almost as loaded as the possible answers — and there's no one answer: How did the Orioles' season fall apart so fast?
A friendly rivalry was almost settled Friday night when Darren O'Day was set to face Ryan Flaherty, but manager Buck Showalter's decision to intentionally walk him avoided that "potential moment" in favor of trying to win the game.
Orioles center fielder Adam Jones has had a challenging stretch in center field over the past week or so, but manager Buck Showalter said it's not at the point where he or Jones needs to change anything.
On the six-year anniversary of Adam Jones' contract extension that kept him off the free-agent market and in Baltimore through his prime, he and the club reflect on what made the last such deal they signed worthwhile and why others haven't had the same opportunity.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter on how the team prepares to face three relievers as starters this weekend against Tampa Bay, and what's next for injured All-Stars Darren O'Day (elbow) and Mark Trumbo (knee)
The Orioles' insistence on saving the likes of Mychal Givens, Richard Bleier and Brad Brach for protecting leads in the absence of Zach Britton and Darren O'Day only goes to show how difficult things have been around them.
Despite the uncomfortable position they've found themselves in with star third baseman Manny Machado, absent trading him away to a contending team or re-signing him to a crippling extension, there's not much the Orioles could have done to avoid it.