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.

Moose Tracks – Mussina worthy of the Hall of Fame?

mike mussina after having thrown pitch during baseball
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

buck showalter for orioles holding phone up to ear
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 […]

STILL a great time for Baltimore sports fans

playoff hats and shirts for baltimore orioles
There is a sense of pride when you are from Maryland.  Much more than I have seen from most other states, except for maybe New York.  Our state flag is repped so hard that even my closest friends who were raised in Philly and transplanted to Pittsburgh rock the red, yellow, black and white like a coat of arms. We have Old Bay, crabs, Natty Boh, the Inner Harbor, the Chesapeake Bay, Annapolis, Aberdeen Proving Ground, the Naval Academy. We have arguably the best hospitals in the United States.  And […]

O’bservations at the end of June

close up of orioles pitcher holding baseball glove
The month of June saw the Baltimore Orioles go 16-12, putting them at a season-high 11 games above .500 at 47-36, good for second place in the AL East, 2.5 games back of the Boston Red Sox. The Birds ended the month with four straight wins, including a sweep of the hated New York Yankees.  Here’s how the month shook out. Offensively Speaking The Orioles averaged 4.64 runs/game in June, their lowest output for any month this season. As a team the O’s walked just 50 times but they did […]

Strop in no position to criticize fans’ booing

pedro strop tugging at jersey making a face
Something happened the other day that caught me off-guard and I needed a few days to gather my thoughts on the whole ordeal.  And then I came to a realization. Pedro Strop needs to shut his mouth. Strop came to the Orioles in a deal during the summer of 2011 that sent Michael Gonzalez to the Texas Rangers. And at first, the deal looked like an absolute steal for the Birds. In his first 63 games for Baltimore, Strop pitched to the tune of a 1.31 ERA, giving up just […]

Two months in the books

orioles player about to hit baseball from home plate with blurred crowd in background
The Baltimore Orioles are two months into the 2013 campaign and sit at 34-28, fourth in the AL East. Through the first third of the season, the team looks well on their way to another run at the playoffs come August and September.  But in a tough American League East where four teams are at least six games over .500 and within 3.5 games of first place, how will the Orioles separate themselves from the pack?  Here’s how they got here and what they will need to make a run. […]

McDonald and Mussina – the early 90’s O’s Bundy and Gausman

two orioles players on cover of sports illustrated one with baseball in mouth
On Tuesday night it was announced that the Orioles’ number one pick from the 2012 draft would be making his major league debut on Thursday.  Former LSU pitcher and Bowie Baysox standout Kevin Gausman has made his way to the big club less than a year after the Orioles made him the fourth overall pick in the amateur draft. Kevin Gausman certainly has earned this promotion, going 2-4 with a 3.11 ERA in eight starts with the Baysox this season. What’s more impressive is over his last five starts, he […]

A closer (no pun intended) look at the losing streak

buck showalter with hands on chest yelling to referee
As a journalist, I’m not supposed to show bias, not supposed to play favorites, not supposed to show disappointment when the team I cover loses.  But ladies and gentleman, I am pissed off.  I’m talking don’t-know-what-to-do-with-myself, fidgeting-profusely pissed off. The Orioles are my team. They have been my team since I was a small child.  My love affair with Birdland is almost an unhealthy obsession. I sat through every game, whether on TV or in attendance, for 14 straight years of losing. I watched every hot start be offset by […]

Week 5 and 6 O’bservations

orioles player with arm back before pitching
*Writer’s message to readers: I just want to apologize to my readers for my brief hiatus from my weekly O’bservations.  These particular entries take extensive research and therefore require quite a bit of time to write. With my current job and some events in my personal life, the time was just not there for me to write last week’s edition.  Therefore, I have combined weeks five and six for your reading pleasures. Enjoy! When we last met, I was discussing how the Orioles were in third place after losing three-of-four […]

The Buck stops here?

close up of orioles manager with smug face
The Baltimore Orioles find themselves in the midst of a four-game losing streak, a season-high for consecutive defeats.  During those four games, the pitching staff has allowed 33 runs, including 30 during the last three games.  Jim Johnson, the gold standard in all of baseball at closing games out since 2011, has blown his last two save opportunities after converting 35 straight chances dating back to last season. The question is, who is to blame? Now, questioning Buck Showalter and how he handles his team is like questioning Ozzie Newsome […]

Epic comeback fuels O’s to series-opening win

three orioles players with backs to each other
For most O’s fans, Friday night’s game looked out of reach after the fifth inning.  Jason Hammel couldn’t escape the inning before being replaced after giving up six runs, the offense had mustered five hits, but only one—an infield single—with a runner in scoring position,  twice leaving a man stranded after getting to second base with no outs, and the Birds seemed hapless. Then came the 6th inning. Nick Markakis doubled to lead off the inning, and after Adam Jones failed to advance the runner, Chris Davis strolled to the […]

Week 4 O’bservations: The Good, Bad, & Ugly

orioles player adam jones falling on baseball field
The Orioles started out week four by winning the first three games in Oakland.  Since then, they have lost three of four, blowing a late lead in Oakland and not showing up for games one and three against Seattle. Instead of telling you why this has happened, this week we’re going to look at the good, the bad, and the ugly of the season to date. The Good The Orioles offense has been much better than last year’s to this point.  Last season, the Orioles as a team ranked 20th […]

Week 3 O’bservations

dodger player sliding into home plate with catchers arm and glove out
Last week in my weekly observations of the Baltimore Orioles, I ended my post saying that if the Orioles could stay right at or a little above .500 by the middle of week 3 that it should bode well for the rest of the season, and that all we can do is hope they make a run.  Well, the O’s made a run.  Through 21 games, the Baltimore Orioles sit at 12-9, going 5-2 over the seven games between weeks two and three.  Here’s why. The offense has made adjustments […]

Week 2 O’bservations

orioles player holding leg up after breaking baseball bat
Through two weeks and 14 games of the 2013 MLB season, the Orioles find themselves at 7-7, .500 for the sixth time this season.  By comparison, the 2012 Baltimore Orioles were never below .500 and only found themselves at an even record on one occasion when they were 3-3 after an April 11th loss to the Yankees. So why are the Orioles struggling to sustain any momentum this season?  Here’s why. They are consistently inconsistent All season long, the Orioles have won one, lost one.  After winning on Opening Day, […]

Week 1 O’bservations 2013

two orioles players standing side by side
Well, week one is in the books for the Orioles and after seven games the team finds themselves 3-4, under .500 for the first time since September 28, 2011, the last day of their 14th consecutive losing season.  So what have we learned about the Baltimore Orioles after just one week? The offense is potent The team as a whole is in the top 10 in the majors in on-base percentage (OBP), slugging (SLG), on-base+slugging (OPS), and runs scored, and in the top five in the majors in hits, doubles, […]

O’s first loss an ugly one

orioles manager looking off in distance not looking happy
Well, Opening Day sure was fun as the Orioles beat the Rays 7-4 at Tropicana Field. Last night was another story. A day after the Orioles used a complete team effort to defeat the Rays, the team squandered a four-run lead in the sixth inning on their way to an 8-7 walk-off loss. Now, it was only game two of a long, long season, and one loss isn’t a big deal.  However, this loss was hard to swallow. Entering the bottom of the sixth, the O’s were leading 4-0 and […]

Orioles Extensions Could Get Dicey

Gausman and Bundy before a Baysox game during national anthem
Friday was a busy day that saw superstar professional athletes such as Tony Romo, Justin Verlander, Buster Posey and Adam Wainwright sign monstrous deals to stay with their current clubs.  The numbers are as follows: 1.) Justin Verlander- Five-year extension, $140m, $22m option in year six (with option, $27m/yr.) 2.) Adam Wainwright- Five-year extension, $97.5m ($19.5m/yr.) 3.) Buster Posey- Nine-year contract, $167m, $19m option in year 10 (with option, $18.6m/yr.) 4.) Tony Romo- Six-year extension, $108m ($18m/yr.) Justin Verlander’s extension is added on to the two years, $40 million he […]

AL East Preview – Why the Birds are the team to beat

man hanging orioles logo along with other teams logos on wall
For more than a decade, baseball fans didn’t even need to look at the standings in the AL East.  It was a two-horse race between the Yankees and the Red Sox.  Everybody knew that both teams would be there at the end while the Rays, Jays and Orioles struggled towards mediocrity. In 2013, the East will be flipped on its head.  Come September, the O’s and Jays will be the last two teams standing, and the O’s will edge them out for the division title.  Here’s why. First, the Yankees […]
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