Right-hander Alex Cobb gave up four home runs, including three straight in the first inning, in the Orioles' 6-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Friday. The Orioles have allowed 64 home runs through 27 games.
The Orioles have been giving up home runs at a record pace this season and Saturday shattered the major league record for homers allowed by the end of April. The 17 hit in the doubleheader sweep by the Twins also set a major league record.
Orioles' leadership has been let off the hook far too easily for the Manny Machado debacle and several others that have characterized the team’s pitiful player procurement decisions over the past five years.
Five pieces of fallout from the Orioles' four-year agreement with right-hander Alex Cobb, including what happens to the rest of the fifth starter candidates, how they build a bullpen and bench, and what it says about the Orioles both this year and going forward
Slugger Mark Trumbo hasn't won the major league home run title just yet, but he already has won the respect of everyone in an Orioles organization that must soon decide how much it wants him back after a career season.
As former Orioles slugger Nelson Cruz spent last season with the Seattle Mariners eclipsing the league-leading 40 home runs he hit with the Orioles in 2014, he shared the clubhouse with a longtime admirer who used the proximity to Cruz to make his own strides as a hitter: Mark Trumbo.
Adam LaRoche chose to walk away from the game after White Sox team president Kenny Williams told LaRoche of his wishes that LaRoche's 14-year-old son Drake be around the club less frequently. Inside the Orioles clubhouse, players tried to sort through mixed emotions.
Could the Orioles be rethinking the plan to give up their top choice in the 2016 draft for a player who rejected a qualifying offer from his original team? Or are they playing a dangerous game of chicken with the solid pitcher they need to complete a questionable starting rotation?
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette arrived at the Ed Smith Stadium complex for the first time this spring still attempting to maneuver a deal for one -- or possibly two -- remaining free agents.
The "Moneyball" Oakland Athletics found their advantage by valuing on-base percentage. The Tampa Bay Rays sought a two-percent edge over opponents, and the Pittsburgh Pirates burst to relevancy via aggressive defensive shifting. While many other clubs are only making their final preparations for spring training, Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette is one swoop away from making the February free-agent coup his team's signature advantage.
This year, Dan Duquette promised to be proactive and he delivered on that promise with the pre-winter meetings deal for Mark Trumbo, who probably isn't going to make anyone forget Chris Davis if the Orioles lose the bidding war for this year's team MVP but would be a reasonable facsimile under the circumstances.
In fairness to the Orioles, the first few weeks of the baseball offseason have not exactly been packed with hot-stove activity. The free agent market has remained quiet and trading activity has been predictably light. So, it's kind of hard to gauge just how "proactive" Dan Duquette and the Orioles front office have been thus far.