The Orioles are about to begin a crucial road trip

Hello, Camden Chatters.

The early results are in, and it looks like the Orioles’ second half of the season will be just as exciting as the first. The club opened its post All-Star Break roster by winning four of seven games at Camden Yards against two tough AL East opponents, the Yankees and Rays. The O’s capped the successful homestand on one of the craziest plays in recent memory, Trey Mancini’s improbable home run inside the park in perhaps his last batting home as an Oriole. Check out my game recap for all the glorious details, and don’t forget to vote in the Most Birdland Player poll (spoiler: it’s Trey Mancini).

So where do the Orioles go from here? We know, of course, where they’re going physically – to Cincinnati for three games, then to Texas for three more – but more specifically, where will the front office take the team? Will the Orioles stay the course and trade veterans like Mancini, Anthony Santander, Jorge López or someone else? Will they decide to stay the course as much as possible and see if this current roster can stay in the hunt for the playoffs? Would they even consider (gasp) adding young veteran players who could boost the team this season and in the near future? We will find out in the next few days.

In the meantime, the O’s, currently three games behind the Rays for the final Wild Card berth, have a golden opportunity to gain ground in the playoff race sometime next week. As they face last-place Reds and equally run Rangers, nearly every other team in pursuit of the Wild Cards – the Blue Jays, Mariners, Rays, Guardians and Red Sox – will play at least three games against more than . 500 clubs in this period.

Regardless of what the Orioles roster looks like at the end of this road trip, they have a great chance to keep racking up the wins and making a playoff push. Who among us thought that would even be a possibility by July?

Connections

Mancini waves to crowd, Mo after inside park emotion – MLB.com
You can just feel the love that all of Trey Mancini’s teammates have for him. I’ll understand it from a baseball sense if the Orioles trade him, but man, it’s gonna be a sad day.

Baltimore Orioles surge ahead of trade deadline – The Washington Post
Chelsea Janes cleverly breaks down the challenge facing the front office next week: how to balance the value of exchanging veteran players with the value of maintaining a harmonious and upbeat clubhouse atmosphere. I’m glad it’s not my job to make these decisions.

Stop the process: Bright future for rebuilt Baltimore Orioles comes sooner than expected – Reuters
The current and former Orioles have nothing but praise for the Orioles mastermind, management and coaching staff. It seems good!

The Orioles aren’t just a one-streak wonder | FiveThirtyEight
Brian Menendez breaks out the stats to explain how – and improbably – the Orioles have been good over the past 2 months. I will never tire of the sudden national media craze for the Orioles.

Connolly: Jackson Holliday has all the tools, but not as much pressure as the Orioles’ new No. 1 – The Athletic
Dan Connolly writes that Holliday can be a successful player even though he’s not a superstar but just a “JJ Hardy with speed”. I’m sorry, but that’s an almost impossible level of beauty.

Orioles birthdays and history

Is it your birthday today? Happy birthday! No player in Orioles history was born on July 29. Sorry.

The Orioles’ last win on this date was in 2018, a season in which any O win was a rarity. The O’s bludgeoned the Rays at Camden Yards, 11-5, with every Oriole in the roster picking up at least one hit. Chris Davis, in the midst of a historically abysmal season, hit two homers. The O’s also hit three home runs on that date, with Dick Brown’s two-run hit on Mickey Lolich sealing a 2-1 over the Tigers in 1963, Brooks Robinson’s 11th-inning outburst beating Cleveland in 1972 and Manny Machado smashing a home run in the 12th inning in 2014 to topple the Angels.

The Orioles made a bunch of trades on this day in history. Most notably, in 1988, the Orioles traded veteran right-hander Mike Boddicker to the Red Sox for prospects Brady Anderson and Curt Schilling. Although Boddicker, an Orioles Hall of Famer, had a stellar career and won a World Series in Baltimore, the deal was a big win for the Birds. Anderson became an O Hall of Famer himself, hitting 209 home runs and notching a club-record 307 stolen bases, while Schilling had a career worthy of Cooperstown (if only the O’s hadn’t). not stupidly traded by Glenn Davis long before that).

And on that date in 2010, the Orioles officially hired Buck Showalter as their new manager, finally ushering in an era of greatness for a franchise that had long lacked it. Showalter took over a team that was 32-73 and led them to a 34-23 record the rest of the way, then ended the Orioles’ 14-year losing streak and presided over three clubs in O’s post-season over the next six years.