The Orioles enter the All-Star break preparing to navigate one of the club’s most pivotal stretches in determining its future in the weeks leading up to the nonwaiver trade deadline, moves that will serve as the building blocks of the team’s rebuild.
The Orioles’ Manny Machado continues to lead in American League All-Star voting at shortstop and has increased his hold on the top spot from a week ago in voting results released Tuesday by Major League Baseball.
Former Orioles standout Rich Dauer, who nearly died after suffering a subdural hematoma during the Houston Astros World Series celebration last year, was added to the AL coaching staff for the All-Star Game.
The first results released of American League All-Star voting show the Orioles' Manny Machado leading at shortstop by 110,000 over the Indians' Francisco Lindor. No other Oriole shows up among the leaders.
The Orioles selected eight pitchers with their first 10 selections of the MLB draft over the first two days, but tried to balance that out some while still nabbing some highly rated arms on the third and final day Wednesday.
After thinking it was a scheduling fluke earlier in the season, the Orioles will see a Yankees pitching staff that like the rest of the league won't throw many fastballs and will challenge the Orioles' aggressive approach.
The Orioles are just finding their footing after an awful start, 88-year-old owner Peter Angelos is battling health problems and it’s fair to wonder who’s running the show. According to sources, John and Louis Angelos are assuming more responsibility.
Orioles outfielder Trey Mancini grabbed a piece of the league lead with two outfield assists in Monday's 3-2 win over the Chicago White Sox, giving him six for the year and keeping the Orioles ahead in the tense middle innings.
Out of all the numbers surrounding this Orioles team, the only ones that mean anything are the 8 in the win column and the 26 in the loss column. Everything else is noise. But some of the underlying stats behind their unpleasant start go a long way toward explaining the worst record in baseball.
Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop was one of the Orioles’ top clutch hitters last year, but in the first two weeks of this season, his struggles at the plate have been compounded by some hapless at-bats with runners in scoring position.
Orioles right-hander Mike Wright Jr. has bounced back from plenty of struggles as he looks to solidify himself as a major league starter. Sunday's nightmare against the Yankees might be one bridge too far.
Any success for the Orioles hinges on whether their one-trick offense can solve the game’s growing trend of pitching backward and adapt its free-swinging approach to a style of pitching meant to exploit it.