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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.

Week 2 O’bservations 2014

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In week one of the 2014 season, the Orioles went just 2-5, including a four-game losing streak after a win on Opening Day. The rotation was a mess as Chris Tillman provided the only quality start of the week, going 8.1 innings in his 3-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers, while the offense just couldn’t seem to get anything going as the team was held to four runs or less six times. So what would week two have in store for the residents of Birdland? The Orioles started week two […]

Week 1 O’bservations 2014

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Through the first week of the 2014 season, a few surprises have caused the Orioles to find themselves looking up in the standings as they finished the first seven games with a 2-5 mark. For the second straight season the Birds have started the campaign with a losing record. Hopefully they fair a bit better this time around. So how did they come to this record? A Call for Arms Aside from Chris Tillman (13.1 IP, 1.35 ERA), the starting rotation hasn’t even been mediocre – they have been downright […]

American League East Preview & Prediction

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It’s the best division in baseball. Four teams won 85 or more games last season and all four of those teams have made a playoff appearance in one of the last two seasons. The American League East boasts the best baseball money can buy. A division that was once dominated by two teams (New York and Boston) for more than a decade has turned into a free-for-all with the consistency of the Tampa Bay Rays and the emergence of the Baltimore Orioles as an offensive powerhouse. And one cannot speak […]

2014 National League & World Series Predictions

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Ladies and gentlemen, baseball is back. We are less than one week away from the official stateside start to the MLB season (the Dodgers and Diamondbacks played two regular season games in Australia last weekend), and with a new season comes new expectations. With practically every team in first place (sorry Arizona), it is only fitting that we here at Eutaw Street Report project which teams stay there and which teams fall back to the pack. So, without further ado… See my AL predictions here…   NL East Washington Philadelphia […]

2014 American League Predictions

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Ladies and gentlemen, baseball is back. We are less than one week away from the official stateside start to the MLB season (the Dodgers and Diamondbacks played two regular season games in Australia last weekend), and with a new season comes new expectations. With practically every team in first place (sorry Arizona), it is only fitting that we here at Eutaw Street Report project which teams stay there and which teams fall back to the pack. So, without further ado… See my NL predictions here… AL East Tampa Bay Baltimore […]

Predicting the 25 Birds That Will Fly North to Baltimore

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With Opening Day looming in one week, the Orioles are rounding out their roster as Spring Training comes to a close. But what will that roster be? Today, we take a look at the possible 25-man Opening Day roster. Keep in mind this is only a prediction and the roster is subject to change day-to-day and week-to-week. With today’s trade of Alex Gonzalez for Steve Lombardozzi, it’s obvious that Dan Duquette isn’t anywhere near finished making moves. With that in mind, here we go…   Pitchers Chris Tillman-SP Ubaldo Jimenez-SP […]

O’s Should Keep “Nick the Stick” in Baltimore

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He has never made an All Star team. He has never been a Silver Slugger or led the league in any major offensive category. The man just shows up every day and goes to work. He doesn’t hit eye-popping home runs. He doesn’t run like a gazelle and has never stolen more than 18 bases in a season. The man just shows up every day and goes to work. All offseason, Orioles fans have been clamoring for two things: moves to give the team a fighting chance at playoff berth […]

Hey O’s fans – It’s not so bad!

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We’ve heard all the complaints about the lackluster offseason the Orioles have had to this point. Pitchers and catchers reported yesterday, and the biggest news from the warehouse since the final game of last season has been the announcement of the agreement (pending a physical) with Korean pitcher Suk-Min Yoon, a former Korea Baseball Organization MVP and All-Star coming off a season plagued by a shoulder injury. Could this ball club have done more to improve? Yes, absolutely. Does the Yoon signing change the Orioles’ stance that they need to […]

For O’s, improving OBP and RISP as important as adding another starter

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It’s the same thing, just a different day. Another cold winter day goes by to match the cold Orioles offseason. We’ve been singing the same tune since the Winter Meetings in December. We’ve discussed the need for pitching, namely a starter and a closer. We’ve discussed the need for a competent DH and the unwillingness to part with a first round pick or spend the money the market dictates to fill these holes. What we haven’t discussed is the core of this team that makes them contenders without doing much […]

As FanFest looms, O’s still looking for arms

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With FanFest coming on Saturday and the last big name off the board in Masahiro Tanaka, Orioles fans are growing increasingly impatient with the lack of moves this offseason. We’ve discussed it all before. This team is one or two solid moves away from making a serious run. Buck knows it, Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Dan Duquette knows it, the league knows it, and the fans know it. But what are the moves this team needs to make? The most glaring need is starting pitching. In 2013, Orioles […]

Roberts to NYY a tough pill to swallow

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In an offseason of disappointing signings – or lack thereof – the Baltimore Orioles and their fan base have yet another tough blow to stomach. Second baseman Brian Roberts is a New York Yankee. The oft-injured former All-Star signed a 1-year, incentive-laden $2 million contract to become the starting second baseman for the Yankees, leaving many to wonder how the Orioles weren’t able to pony up a similar contract for the hometown favorite. If you had told me at any point this offseason that Brian Roberts would sign that type […]

O’s fans’ frustration with quiet offseason reaching a boiling point

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I’ve been trying to hold back my disapproval of the Orioles’ offseason thus far. I kept telling myself, “Wait until after the winter meetings are over. See if they make a move then before you scrutinize.”  And then after the winter meetings I tried telling myself—for a day or so—to give them some more time; hell, it’s not even Christmas. But enough is enough. When I go over to MASN Sports, I should not be reading a blog post from Roch Kubatko asking how the pick of Michael Almanzar in […]

So long, Jim Johnson

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Well sports fans, for those of you hoping you had seen the last of Jim Johnson in an Orioles uniform, you got your wish Monday night. The Orioles have traded their former all-star closer to the Oakland Athletics for second baseman Jemile Weeks, the 12th overall pick in the 2008 MLB draft. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal was the first to report the deal. Johnson was set to make roughly $10.8 million this season through arbitration, and those in the warehouse couldn’t justify handing that type of money over to a […]

Worst-Case Scenario: Red Sux are Champs again

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Well, the World Series is over and those bearded chowder-eaters from up north are champions for the third time in 10 seasons. And as a fan, it makes me sick. I know, I know, as a journalist I am not supposed to show bias, favoritism, or disdain. But this is a fan website, so I’m going to let the fan in me out for a moment. Watching the Red Sox celebrate on the mound at Fenway brought about a feeling similar to the aftermath of eating week-old Thai food. Growing […]

One for the Birds

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My heart was heavy Sunday as I watched the Orioles turn one last 5-4-3 double play to end their season with a 7-6 come-from-behind victory over the Boston Red Sox.  The Baltimore Orioles were a damn good baseball team this year, but their 85-77 record simply was not enough earn them a shot to play into October. The Birds finished on a high note, winning four of five to end the season, hopefully high enough of a note to provide momentum for next year. A lot of fans—myself included—are disappointed […]

Looking ahead – Birdland 2014

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The Baltimore Orioles have five games left in their 2013 season. Five games that don’t mean anything, other than getting that ever-elusive 82nd victory to officially put together back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 1996-1997. On Tuesday night, the O’s came from ahead to lose their sixth game in a row while the Cleveland Indians celebrated a walk-off victory on the ageless Jason Giambi’s two-run homer, ending the Birds’ playoff chances, and effectively, their season. With the 2013-14 offseason a mere five days away, the Orioles have a […]

O.R.I.O….No.

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Well, they did it to us again. The O’s took two-of-three from the Red Sox last week and had positioned themselves nicely to make a run at the playoffs as they headed to St. Petersburg to take on the Rays in a four game series. If the Orioles were to win three of the four games against the Rays, they were pretty much assured of heading back to Baltimore with at least a share of the lead for a Wild Card berth. But that’s not what happened. Instead, our beloved […]

Back to October

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It was cold, dark and rainy. The tarp covered the field and fans sat and waited patiently for something that had eluded them for so long. It had been 15 years; what was three more hours? As I sat there last night after another Orioles’ win—one that saw them push their record to 13 games above .500—I began to think about October baseball. With their third straight victory paired with losses by Tampa Bay and Boston, the O’s moved to within 1.5 games of a Wild Card berth and 4.5 […]

Moose Tracks – Mussina worthy of the Hall of Fame?

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So last night/this morning I was looking at the ballot for Hall of Fame induction for 2014. Three names jump off the list at first glance: Greg Maddux with his 355 wins, Tom Glavine with his 305 wins, and Frank Thomas with his 524 home runs. After an embarrassing 2013 induction class of zero (living), Major League Baseball and the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) need to hit a home run with this year’s crop of Hall of Fame talent. To me, this means Maddux, Glavine and Thomas all […]

Frustrating losses aside, Birds still primed to make their move

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Okay everyone.  Take a step back from the ledge. Everything is going to be all right. I promise. How quickly our perception can change.  The Birds were flying high two days ago, playing their best baseball as the bats were heating up, the starting pitching was finally finding consistency, and the defense was still solid. The O’s had won five in a row and eight-of-nine. And then they lost. And then they lost again. Perhaps if the Orioles had been bludgeoned the last two nights, or if they had just […]
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