A year ago Saturday, amid a flurry of early-season pitching moves where the Orioles lost Parker Bridwell and shuffled the back end of their roster, executive vice president Dan Duquette acquired right-hander Miguel Castro from the Colorado Rockies.
The national narrative that developed after the Orioles' dramatic loss in Tuesday night's wild-card game was what the late, great broadcaster Howard Cosell liked to call "a piercing look into the obvious." Orioles manager Buck Showalter lost his magic touch at just the wrong moment — when God and a national television audience was watching.
After an interminable first inning against a foe that crushed him all through 2015, a slider that Orioles starter Chris Tillman is only now growing comfortable with helped him regain control and pitch his best start of the season.
Mike Wright hasn't had many opportunities to prove his worth in the Orioles starting rotation. Sixteen days into the season and Wright was stepping on the mound Tuesday for just his second start, his scheduled starts postponed twice because of weather and pushed back one other time. And even though he posted a quality start in the Orioles' 4-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, Wright might already be pitching to save his spot.
It was just Chris Tillman's first Grapefruit League start, and second game action of the spring after being limited by a hip strain that pushed back his debut. Yet his outing Tuesday fits too comfortably into the growing concern about the starting rotation to be qualified by that. It's early for everyone, but for a staff that entered the season with questions, answers have been few.
If Wednesday¿s ALDS Game 5 outcomes were any indicator, this year¿s American League Championship Series should be an entertaining one, but watching the Kansas City Royals and Toronto Blue Jays play for a ticket to the World Series has to make more Orioles fans gag.
Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman said he¿s looking forward to facing the Blue Jays in Sunday afternoon¿s series finale at Rogers Centre. He concedes that the Jays lineup is also probably looking forward to facing him.
Orioles catcher Matt Wieters missed Saturday afternoon¿s game against the Blue Jays with a left wrist injury he sustained while diving toward the first-base bag attempting to tag Toronto shortstop Troy Tulowitzki in the sixth inning of Friday night¿s game in Toronto.
The Orioles failed to adequately replace right fielder Nick Markakis last winter, but Gerardo Parra came better late than never. He gives the Orioles both the on-base potential and defensive ability that they lost when Markakis signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Braves.
Before last Friday's deadline, the O's traded pitching prospect Zach Davies to the Milwaukee Brewers for outfielder Gerardo Parra and sent reliever Tommy Hunter to the Chicago Cubs for outfielder Junior Lake.
Now that the much-anticipated midseason trade deadline has passed, it's probably a good time to take stock of what happened over the past week and consider how it might impact the Orioles and the American League East.
Two days after acquiring Troy Tulowitzki, a hitter they didn¿t seem to need, the Blue Jays forked over top prospect Daniel Norris for two months of David Price, one of baseball's few unquestioned No. 1 starters.
The Toronto Blue Jays might have altered the balance of power in the American League East with the acquisition of premier power-hitting shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, but there was no indication Tuesday that the deal had ramped up pressure on the Orioles to make a dynamic midseason move of their own.
Designated hitter Nelson Cruz and center fielder Adam Jones, the Orioles' two representatives who played in the All-Star Game on Tuesday at Target Field in Minneapolis, had similar results in each of their two at-bats during the annual event.
There's a distinct dichotomy that surrounds Orioles center fielder Adam Jones in Baltimore. He is the club's most consistent performer and surely one of its most ardent community ambassadors. And yet he also receives the most criticism from fans for his play.