About Paul Valle

Paul Valle

Paul Valle is a Baltimore native who has always had a passion for baseball. But his passion goes beyond the average spectator. Paul has been studying baseball--specifically the Orioles--since his youth. He not only appreciates the on field play, but the strategy and statistics behind it. Paul obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism and New Media from Towson University to go along with his Associate of Arts Degree in English from Harford Community College. Paul is a regular contributor to Eutaw Street Report, and also hosts an Orioles YouTube show called "The Payoff Pitch," which you can also find at Eutaw Street Report.

Orioles Starting Rotation Comes Into Focus

Dylan Bundy throwing a pitch.
Over the last week or so, this column has been dedicated to answering some of the roster questions the Orioles still have as Opening Day draws near. Having already discussed the outfield and the utility infielder, today we’ll address another roster question (that may have just) answered itself: what’s up with the starting rotation? When pitchers and catchers reported to Sarasota on February 13th, the rotation had three huge holes behind Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman. Slated to compete for the final three spots were Mike Wright, Jr., Gabriel Ynoa, […]

Orioles Get their Man in Alex Cobb

Alex Cobb of the Tampa Bay Rays.
In this space three weeks ago, I condemned the Orioles for their lack of moves to make the team a legitimate contender entering 2018. I criticized the outfield situation, namely the signing of Colby Rasmus (I’m still not sold on him, but he’s had a productive spring and seems to be a great teammate, at the very least). I tore apart the assembly of the starting rotation as I felt the Chris Tillman and Andrew Cashner signings served as nothing more than a pacifier for the fan base while the […]

Some Fans Scoff, But Flaherty Not Easy to Replace

Luis Sardinas plays third base in front of palm trees.
With just ten days left until Opening Day, the Orioles are still trying to answer a number of questions about their roster. In my last column, we talked about what I expect will happen with the 25-man roster regarding right field. Today, we’ll talk about the utility infield situation and who should–and probably will–head north with the ball club. The utility infielder needs to play good defense above all else. He needs to be able to fill in at every infield position in a pinch, and for Buck Showalter, shortstop […]

Could Right Field be a Strength in Baltimore Again?

Austin Hays follows through on his swing.
The Orioles are two weeks away from the start of the 2018 season, a season in which the ball club will attempt to climb out of last place and regain the competitiveness that saw them reach the playoffs three times from 2012-16. While the answers are beginning to sort themselves out, the same questions linger. Who will play right field, who’s the utility infielder, who will fill the three bullpen openings, and who will fill the final rotation spot when the orange carpet rolls out on March 29th? When full […]

Orioles Are Just Pretending to Try to Contend

Mike Wright winds up to pitch.
The Orioles played their second MASN-televised game of the spring on Wednesday, a game started by Mike Wright, another less-than-thrilling name thrown into the mix for the fifth and final spot in the rotation. On the broadcast, announcers Jim Hunter and Jim Palmer fawned over the big right-hander for retiring six of the seven batters that he faced. Never mind the fact that he continuously missed his spots, throwing just 16 of his 31 pitches for strikes while facing a travel roster of Cardinals minor leaguers. On the radio side […]

O’s Probably Have Little Chance of Re-Signing Schoop Either

On Tuesday, the Orioles settled on a 1-year deal with their All-Star second baseman, Jonathan Schoop for $8.5 million, as the two sides avoided arbitration. Schoop had filed at $9 million, while the Orioles countered at $7.5 million before eventually agreeing to terms. The agreement leaves only Kevin Gausman without a Major League deal among the Orioles’ seven arbitration-eligible players, with a hearing date set for Monday, February 12th. While Schoop will be earning a raise of $5.025 million from last year’s contract, the interest of the Orioles and their fans […]

Five Players The Orioles Should Sign Today

Cubs' Jon Jay finishes his swing.
As the slowest offseason in recent memory reaches mid-January, the Baltimore Orioles find themselves amongst six other MLB teams that have yet to spend a dime in free agency, joining the Atlanta Braves, Miami Marlins, Pittsburgh Pirates, Tampa Bay Rays, and Toronto Blue Jays in a club that no fan base wants any parts of. That lack of spending, combined with a rotation that currently has just two members—Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman—and the likely departure of their All-World third baseman Manny Machado has O’s fans throwing in the towel […]

Word on the Street: Bad Pitching and an Empty Farm in Birdland

Buck Showalter stands with his hands on his hips.
The O’s have hit a rough patch, and it all starts with the starting pitching. Press play or read below for more. With the Orioles mired in a seven-game losing streak, perhaps it’s time to look at why the season is seemingly falling apart. It can all be traced back to the starting pitching. The Orioles don’t spend the necessary money on top line starting pitching, so they have to depend on their farm system. You can look at the rotation and see products of the farm system such as […]

O’s Fans Should be Encouraged by Tillman’s First Outing

Chris Tillman of the Baltimore Orioles pitches.
All things considered, it was a successful first outing for Chris Tillman. The former All-Star tossed five innings of shutout ball, limiting the White Sox to three hits while throwing 93 pitches in his return to big league action. The Orioles couldn’t have asked for much more from their veteran starter, who missed all of spring training with a nagging shoulder injury that first presented itself last August, and then re-appeared in December. Tillman would eventually require both a platelet rich plasma injection and a cortisone injection before the discomfort […]

Chris Tillman Battles for Win in First Start of 2017

Chris Tillman winds up to pitch.
Chris TIllman’s first start of the 2017 season got off to a shaky start. The workhorse would walk the first two hitters for the White Sox on nine pitches while mixing in a mound visit from Francisco Pena. Jose Abreu would follow with an eight-pitch at-bat that ended with a pop-out to first baseman Chris Davis. The bases were loaded up on a fielder’s choice in which Manny Machado‘s throw to second was late, allowing Avisail Garcia to reach. Tillman, however, managed to wiggle out of trouble, getting a lineout […]

What Should O’s Fans Expect from Chris Tillman Today?

tillman orioles pitcher on mound
For Chris Tillman and the Baltimore Orioles, game no. 30 might be the biggest game of the year to date. For the Orioles–riding a three-game winning streak–it’s an opportunity to move a season-high 10-games above .500 while also completing their first three game series sweep of the season. For Tillman, it’s an opportunity to put his lingering shoulder issues behind him once and for all, and a chance to stabilize a rotation that has been put through the ringer over the last week. More importantly for Tillman, it’s a chance […]

Baltimre Riles: Where’s the O?

Mark Trumbo of the Orioles holds his bat horizontally and looks dismayed.
The final result of a chaotic series at Oriole Park at Camden Yards over the weekend was that the Orioles won two of three games over the Boston Red Sox and have yet to lose a single series three weeks into the 2017 season. Yet all anybody can talk about is what happened between Manny Machado, Dustin Pedroia, Matt Barnes, and the rest of the actors in that unseemly play. Therein lies the problem. What we should be talking about, at least in Baltimore, is the play on the field. […]

2017 American League Preview

Chris Sale of the Boston Red Sox pitches.
Last season, I was up and down in my predictions. I correctly predicted the Orioles and Blue Jays in the playoffs and had Mike Trout as the MVP. I incorrectly picked the Astros to make it to the World Series as they failed to reach the playoffs, and I had zero of the finalists for AL Cy Young, Rookie of the Year, or Comeback Player of the Year. So I’m going to try it again this year, because why the hell not? Without further delay, my predictions for the American […]

2017 American League East Preview & Prediction

Buck Showalter and Manny Machado celebrate in the Orioles clubhouse.
As chaotic as last Spring Training was for the Orioles, the only real drama to come out of this Grapefruit season for the Birds was Chris Tillman‘s ailing shoulder. And despite the loss of Tillman, the lack of drama is probably a good thing considering how much work the Orioles have cut out for themselves in 2017. The Orioles take on the Blue Jays to start the season, looking for redemption after losing a heart-breaking 11-inning Wild Card game to Toronto to end the 2016 season. With Boston looking to […]

2017 National League Preview

Jake Arrieta of the Cubs screams and gets pumped up.
Last season, my National League Predictions were way off. I correctly predicted the NL East standings and the Rookie of the Year, and that’s about it. But, if PECOTA, FanGraphs, and meteorologists can be wrong every year and get paid for it, then I think I’m okay. This year, for the fifth year in a row I take another crack at it. So here you go, my National League and World Series predictions. [Related: 2017 American League & World Series Predictions]   National League East Washington Nationals (94-68) – Bryce […]

AL East Positional Rankings – Manager

buck showalter staring off into distance with hat and sunglasses on
In the conclusion of our positional rankings, we here at Eutaw Street Report take a look at the managers in the AL East. For some teams, the talent on the field is enough to make the manager’s job easy, while for others, the manager is the driving force that takes that team from good, to great. AL East Positional Rankings: Catcher First Base Second Base Third Base Shortstop Left Field Centerfield Right Field Designated Hitter Bullpens Starting Rotations Perhaps two of the best managers in all of baseball reside in […]

AL East Positional Rankings – Starting Rotations

Kevin Gausman delivers the pitch.
In this installment of our positional rankings here at Eutaw Street Report, we look at the starting rotations in the AL East. For most teams, the starting rotation has a direct impact on their standing in the division. For example, since 2012, each division winner in the AL East has finished in the top six in ERA in the American League. Of course, there are exceptions to every rule. The Tampa Bay Rays’ rotation has sported a top-three ERA four times since 2012, ranking as high as first twice, while […]

AL East Positional Rankings – Bullpens

Zach Britton pitches.
With the position players and designated hitters in the rearview, it’s time to focus on the pitching staffs within the American League East. In the latest installment of my positional rankings, I take a look at the bullpens in the AL East as I lead up to my annual predictions for the upcoming season. Having a strong starting rotation and solid offense are essential in building a lead and winning ballgames. But that’s only part of it. With complete games becoming a rarity, the bullpen is essentially the backbone of […]

AL East Positional Rankings – Designated Hitter

Mark Trumbo finishes his swing.
In the next part of my positional rankings, I rank the designated hitters in the American League East. Only seven players in 2016 accrued more than 400 AB as the DH, so this is an ever changing “position,” as it were. However, those seven players averaged 31 HR and 92 RBI for the season, so there is definitely an emphasis placed on the role of the DH. With the fluidity of the position being what it is, it would normally be hard to define a true DH for each team. […]

AL East Positional Rankings – Right Field

Seth Smith swings.
As my series of positional rankings continues, I take a look at the right fielders in the AL East. For the Baltimore Orioles, it has been a tough road trying to find a suitable replacement for Nick Markakis. Even with Mark Trumbo leading the league in home runs in 2016, his defense left much to be desired, leaving Buck Showalter–a defensive-minded manager–searching for another candidate to take the reins while moving Trumbo to the full-time DH role. Other Positions: Catcher First Base Second Base Third Base Shortstop Left Field Centerfield […]
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