Hello, friends. Another day has dawned with the Orioles in third place in the American League East. They're now 10.5 games behind the division-leading Red Sox. More importantly, though, they are 3.5 games behind both the Twins for the second wild card spot, with a total of five teams still to pass. Monday's triumph over the Athletics helped the O's pull a little closer. If you missed some or all of the 7-3 win, make sure to read Donovan's recap of the game, and don't forget to vote in the MBP poll. Nothing so cool as a total solar eclipse will be happening today, although there will be a Summit of the Boogs that possibly includes as many as three Boogs. That sounds remarkable in its own way,
This week, Orioles prospect Lucas Humpal took a few minutes to chat with us about his 2017 season, one that has been quietly building toward a very respectable campaign once it’s all wrapped up. On the year, Humpal has made 23 starts and tossed 140 innings, keeping his ERA at a very steady 3.92. In those innings, he’s allowed 138 hits but has walked just 30 batters, a K/9 rate of only 1.9. It’s been relatively smooth-sailing for most of the year, but Humpal still hasn’t cracked the Orioles top-30 on MLB Pipeline. Of course, you can chalk some of that up to him being 23 years old in his first full season as a pro (he tossed for four seasons at Texas State). Being above age 22 at low-A ball doesn’t
John Wesley Powell, a first baseman and four-time All-Star on the dynastic Baltimore Orioles of the late 1960s and early 70s, got the nickname "Boog" from his father at a young age and went by it his entire life. Herschel Mack Powell, a 24-year-old rookie outfielder on the Oakland A's, got the nickname "Boog" from his family at a young age and went by it his entire life. The younger Boog Powell was nicknamed after the elder Boog Powell, but they're not related. The rookie Boog Powell hit his first career home run on Monday, a towering shot that landed on the right-field concourse at Camden Yards - not far from where the 1970 AL MVP Boog Powell now sells delicious pit beef to hungry baseball fans.