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  • Series Preview against the Oakland A's

    The Baltimore Orioles who are fresh off taking two of three from the Blue Jays now turn their attention to the AL West leading Oakland A's as they come in for a three game weekend set. The O's enter the battle of division leaders with a 41-25 record on the year, 1.5 on the Yankees who are faltering right now. The Yankees have lost 8 in a row. The Orioles on the other hand have won 6 of 10 to over take the Yankees for first place in the East.

    The Oakland A's enter the series with a 44-22 record on the year, winners of 4 in a row and 8 of their last 10. The Oakland A's are fresh off sweeping the New York Yankees in Yankee stadium and outscored them 23-13 during the series. The A's like the Orioles played extra innings in yesterday's game. The A's game went 16 innings before the A's scored the winning run in the 16th. The A's offensively have received a balanced contributions from their hitters as Danny Valencia leads the team in batting at .309 and seven of the nine regulars are hitting over .260. The A's also have 4 hitters who have hit over 12 homers and driven in over 35 runs. Six of the nine regulars have driven in over 30 including Khris Davis who has driven in 52 good for second best in the majors. The A's have also been the beneficiaries of great starting pitching as Henderson Alvarez, Sonny Gray, and Kris Medlen are all pitching ERAs under 2.35. They have also gotten solid starting pitching from the crafty veteran Jared Weaver who is 9-3 with a 4.27 ERA.

    The Orioles and A's both look to get after the starters early and often with both teams coming off long extra inning games. Here are the starters for the huge three game set:

    Game 1: Chris Tillman (8-4, 2.32 ERA) vs Jesse Hahn (2-4, 4.61 ERA)
    Game 2: Dylan Bundy (7-3, 2.98 ERA) vs Henderson Alvarez (10-2, 1.70 ERA)
    Game 3: Shohei Otani (9-3, 1.97 ERA) vs Kris Medlen (7-3, 2.35 ERA)

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    • June 16th OAK (44-22) @ BAL (41-25)

      Orioles walk it off again as they beat the A's in the series opener 2 to 1.





      Baltimore, MD

      OAK (44-23) 1
      BAL (42-25) 2 F

      Win Chris Tillman (9-4)
      Loss Jordan Schafer (1-3)
      Save N/A


      Adam Jones (1-4, RBI (22)) walks it off in the bottom of the 9th to give the Orioles a 2-1 victory in the series opener. After the A's tied game in the 8th, the seemed to be heading towards extra innings but it was Adam Jones who would bring in David Dahl from second to send the crowd home happy.





      Chris Tillman was masterful as he picked up his 9th victory of the year after tossing a complete game while giving up just the one run which was unearned on 6 hits and struck out 5. The lone run Tillman gave up came in the 8th after Jonathan Schoop took a routine throw and air mailed into the stands and would be followed up with a Billy Burns (2-4, RBI (22)) RBI single. Chris Davis (1-4, HR (13), RBI (21)) drove in the other run for the O's on his 13th homerun on the year, the first since returning from the DL.




      Dylan Bundy (7-3, 2.98 ERA) will battle Henderson Alvarez (10-2, 1.70 ERA) who leads the league in wins and ERA in game 2 of this three game set.

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      • June 17th OAK (44-23) @ BAL (42-25)

        Erik Aybar clears the bases in the Orioles second 4 run inning on the day as the O's cruise to a 9-2 victory.




        Baltimore, MD

        OAK (44-24) 2
        BAL (43-25) 9 F

        Win Dylan Bundy (8-3)

        Loss Henderson Alvarez (10-3)
        Save N/A


        The Orioles plate 6 runs against Henderson Alvarez who came into the game with the Major League's best ERA of 1.70 as they go onto win 9-2. After his dismal performance Henderson Alvarez's ERA went from 1.70 to 2.15.

        The Orioles used two 4-runs innings to their advantage as Chris Davis (1-3, 2B (4), 2 RBI ( 23)) and Adam Jones (2-4, HR (9), 2 RBI (24)) drove in the first four runs of the game in the bottom of the 1st on a Chris Davis two run double then an Adam Jones two run homerun followed that up to put the O's up 4-0. The Orioles would break the game open in the 6th with another 4-run inning that was capped off with a Erik Aybar (3-4 2 2B (8), 3 RBI (23)) bases clearing three run double that would put the O's up 8 to 2. Andres Manuel (1-4, RBI (2) proceeded him with a RBI single of his own which put the O's up 5-2 at the time. Carlos Gonzalez (1-4, HR (17), RBI (43) would join in on the fun with his 17th homer of the year in the 8th to make it a 9-2 game.

        Jed lowrie (2-3, HR (5), 2 RBI (26)) drove in the lone two Athletics runs on a two run homer in the 3rd that at the time cut the lead to 4-2. Dylan Bundy improved to 8-3 with an 8 inning 2 runs on 7 hits and 9 strikeout performance.




        Orioles look to bring the brooms out as rookie sensation Shohei Otani (9-3, 1.97 ERA) takes the mound against veteran Kris Medlen (7-3, 2.39 ERA)

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        • June 18th OAK (44-24) @ BAL (43-25)

          Manny Machado's two homeruns on the day lead the Orioles to a victory and a sweep of the A's




          Baltimore, MD

          OAK (44-25) 2
          BAL (44-25) 6 F

          Win Shohei Otani (10-3)
          Loss Kris Medlen (7-4)
          Save N/A


          Manny Machado (4-4, 2 HR (18), 4 RBI (45)) goes 4 for 4 on the night with two homers and four RBIs to lead the Orioles to a 6-2 victory.

          The Oakland A's took an early 2-0 lead when Marcus Semien (1-4, HR (7), RBI (33) went deep and then Billy Butler (2-3, RBI (11) drove in a run on a RBI single. The Orioles would cut the lead in half in the bottom of the 3rd when Carlos Gomez grounded into a double play but the runner from third would score. The game would remain 2-1 until the 6th when David Dahl lead off with a double then Manny Machado would take Kris Medlen's hanging breaking ball and deposit it into the seats in right center field to give the O's a 3-2 lead. Chris Davis (1-4, HR (14), RBI (24)) would make it back-to-back homeruns as he blasted his 14th homer on the year to make it a 4-2 game. Then in the 8th Manny Machado would go opposite field onto the flag court with another two run blast to put the Orioles up 6-2.

          Shohei Otani earned victory number 10 with a 7 inning 2 runs on 4 hits and struck out 7 performance. It didn't look good early for Otani who gave up two runs and threw 55 pitches through the first three innings. The victory today extended the Orioles win streak to 4 games.




          The Orioles welcome in the Minnesota Twins next for a four game series to end this 10 game homestand.

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          • Series Preview against the Twins:

            Fresh off sweeping the AL West leading Athletics, the Orioles now turn their attention to the Minnesota Twins who come into town for a four game set. The Orioles enter the series with a 44-25 record on the year, winners of four in a row and seven of their last ten. The Orioles played the Twins earlier in the year at Target Field and took 2 of 3 from the Twins but all games were decided by one run.

            The Minnesota Twins enter the series with a 33-37 record on the year, winners of two straight and are 5-5 over their last ten games. The Twins are 18-18 on the year away from Target Field this year and sit 10 games out in the division but just 4.5 back for the second wild card spot. The Twins are of course led offensively by Joe Mauer who is leading the team with a .299 batting average. Brian Doizer, Miguel Sano and Byung-Ho Park all lead the team in homers at 11. The starting rotation has been anchored by Ervin Santana who is 5-4 on the year with a 3.83 ERA and 1.20 WHIP.

            The Orioles will look to continue their win streak during this series as they look to end the homestand on a high note. Here are the starting matchups for the four game set:

            Game 1:
            Tyler Wilson (4-6, 4.34 ERA) vs Ervin Santana (5-4, 3.93 ERA)
            Game 2: Kevin Gausman (7-4, 3.05 ERA) vs Kyle Gibson (3-5, 5.16 ERA)
            Game 3: Chris Tillman (9-4, 2.12 ERA) vs Jose Berrios (0-3, 5.91 ERA)
            Game 4: Dylan Bundy (8-3, 2.92 ERA) vs Tyler Duffey (4-4, 4.47 ERA)


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            • So with just 11 days to go actually say 10 days, have you decided what team you are going to be using or are you going to be carrying over wth this team? tick tock, tick tock doc!!!
              #Baseballislife

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              • Originally posted by mlblover View Post
                So with just 11 days to go actually say 10 days, have you decided what team you are going to be using or are you going to be carrying over wth this team? tick tock, tick tock doc!!!

                At least until OSFM comes out, I will be continuing with this Franchise. After, that I will probably start a new Oriole Franchise but with Quick Manage/Critical situations I will probably also do a Rockies or Rays or Twins or Braves (LOL) Franchise as well.

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                • How long do you think it will take OSFM to be available once the game is released?

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                  • Originally posted by tocooks View Post
                    How long do you think it will take OSFM to be available once the game is released?
                    In the past it has normally been about a month after release.

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                    • Originally posted by shawn0227 View Post

                      In the past it has normally been about a month after release.
                      Ouch, I wonder if there is a way to start a franchise on launch day and integrate the minor league players later on

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                      • Originally posted by tocooks View Post

                        Ouch, I wonder if there is a way to start a franchise on launch day and integrate the minor league players later on
                        Negative. Once you start your franchise unless you want manually edit everyone then you can't add anything.

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