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The Rundown: Bundy Throwing Cutter, Who Hits Leadoff?

Dylan Bundy pitches.
It feels like spring training has been going on forever and we’re still four weeks away from Opening Day. The Orioles have lost a core group to the World Baseball Classic, but at least it appears that injured players Chris Tillman, J.J. Hardy and Zach Britton are all progressing well and remain on the timetable set by the team.   Bundy More Comfortable with Cutter/Slider One of the more intriguing storylines this spring has been Dylan Bundy’s willingness to add his cutter/slider back into his repertoire. This is a situation […]

Monday’s O’s Links: It’s WBC O’Clock

Mychal Givens pitches.
Welcome to WBC week, Birdland. While the Spring Training games might get a little less interesting (or more interesting, I suppose, depending on your perspective) as teams lose several stars to the international competition, we’ll at least have some competitive baseball to watch. Already this morning, I’ve watched the tail end of Israel’s extra-innings upset over Team Korea, and I’m looking forward to plenty more WBC action. As for the O’s, let’s get to them links… WBC 2017: Where to Watch the O’s Speaking of the WBC, Camden Chat’s Mark […]

AL East Positional Rankings – Third Base

Manny Machado in front of sign at spring training 2015.
In part four of my positional rankings, I look at arguably the most talented position in the division: third base. Third basemen in the American League East have combined for 11 All-Star appearances, nine 30-homer seasons, five Gold Gloves, four Silver Slugger awards, two league leaders in RBI, a league leader in doubles, a Platinum Glove, an AL MVP, and a World Series MVP. In a word, third base in the AL East is stacked. The top two on this list should be pretty obvious, the only mystery being who […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Caleb Gets Off the Schneid…Kinda

Caleb Joseph swings.
Happy Friday, Birdland! Let’s see what’s up in the Blog O’sphere today. O’s Roster Crunch Could Affect Mancini, Taverez, Santander A continuing story of Spring Training is the Birds’ outfield competition. Zach Spedden, who covers the O’s minors for Baltimore Sports and Life, weighs in on three guys who – to use March-speak – are firmly on the bubble. Caleb Joseph Hits a Spring Training Home Run The Birds’ backup backstop launched a homer last night, picking up his first RBI since the 2015 season. Of course, it doesn’t really […]

Welington Castillo Catching On or Catching Up?

Welington Castillo
Orioles fans, and to some extent, the media members who cover them, are up in arms over new catcher Welington Castillo’s decision to play for his native Dominican Republic’s team in this month’s World Baseball Classic. He’ll leave camp this weekend to report to his country’s squad. The international tournament blows a huge crater into his first spring training session with the Orioles – his first real opportunity to become acclimated with a new-to-him pitching staff, fellow catchers on the team, coaches and especially manager Buck Showalter. Minus the appearance […]

AL East Positional Rankings – Second Base

Jonathan Schoop prepares to catch the ball.
In parts one and two of my series of positional rankings, I focused on catchers and first basemen in the American League East. Today, I’ll look at the second basemen within the division. As was the case with the two previous installments, this list will be based on depth charts from multiple platforms as of today. The players, and therefore the rankings, are subject to change. But until then, here we go: the starting second basemen, ranked from best to worst, in the AL East.   Second Base 1. Dustin […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Should Mark Trumbo Hit Leadoff?

Mark Trumbo swings.
The O’s have had a rocky couple of days in Grapefruit League play, dropping back-to-back games to the Yankees and Phillies. They’ll take on the Red Sox today before splitting the squad for two tomorrow. You can listen on 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore both today and tomorrow at 1:05. Let’s hit the links. You’ll want to plug in your headphones for today’s set. Around the Beat Podcast: Matt Wieters Baltimore Baseball’s Dan Connolly grabbed former Birds backstop Matt Wieters for a phone interview earlier this week. Matt talks about […]

What Would O’s Look Like Without Schoop & Hardy?

Jonathan Schoop prepares to throw to first as Manny Machado watches.
The World Baseball Classic is about to begin and with that, the Baltimore Orioles are set to lose a handful of players to the tournament. The first to go will be second baseman Jonathan Schoop as the Netherlands team will travel to South Korea for his first national team action. The rest of the Orioles will continue to play Spring Training games as some of their teammates take part in the tournament. The O’s have the luxury of having players that can play multiple positions. Chris Davis is locked in […]

Section 336 Pod 204: Millennials

Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop jog in Spring Training.
Today on the show – The Orioles have a lot of outfielders, Matt Wieters is a National, baseball needs to change, and Millennials, Yuck.   Leading Off Time for Spring Training games, which means it’s time for goofy fans to complain about weird stuff over on the O’s Facebook page. A bunch of O’s have nagging injuries, and Bert is ready to throw in the towel in February.   Spring Training Talk The outfield is packed. Who will make the team? What happened to Jason Garcia? Christian Walker is now […]

AL East Positional Rankings – First Base

Chris Davis prepares to field.
In an effort to more thoroughly predict the AL East this season, I have decided to rank each team, position-by-position. Last time, I ranked the catchers. In today’s piece, I rank the starting first basemen within the division. Before we get started, a disclaimer: a lot can change between now and the start of the regular season. For example, Greg Bird is expected to be the everyday first basemen for the Yankees, but the team will try to find at-bats for newly signed Chris Carter, which means there could be […]

Monday’s O’s Links: Brach’s Next Contract, Sisco, & Utility Men

Buck Showalter holds a bat in Spring Training.
The Birds picked up a couple wins in exhibition games over the weekend, saving us a repeat of last year, when goofy fans were hand-wringing for two weeks while the team lost fake game after fake game before recording their first victory. This week, we finally have our first MASN broadcast of 2017! Check out the Birds today at 1:05 against the Yankees if you are able. To the links… Strop’s New Deal Could be a Brad Brach Blueprint I still miss Pedro Strop (don’t @ me, bro). As Camden […]

AL East Positional Rankings – Catcher

Francisco Pena in Spring Training.
With Opening Day a mere five weeks away, it’s time to take a look at how things could shape up in the American League East for the 2017 season. And what better way to “predict” the standings in the division than to go position by position to figure out which team is the best of the best? Now, we all know that predictions are just that; predictions. Look no further than PECOTA and FanGraphs to see what they really amount to. The Orioles, for example, have been picked to finish […]

PiR: O’s Err in Letting Christian Walker Go for Nothing

Christian Walker throws in Spring Training.
Maybe you are new to the Eutaw Street Report. Let me explain this article a bit. I remember growing up reading the sports pages of the Baltimore Sun newspaper every single day. I really looked forward to one specific article that ran every month or so that was a “Fact and Opinion” column. I believe it was John Eisenberg who wrote it. It must have been popular, because I remember the sports editor of The Aegis in Harford County, Randy McRoberts, copying the idea every now and then in his […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Birds Earn High Grade for Offseason

Seth Smith throws the ball.
There is baseball weather in Baltimore on February 24, which is cool for us, but probably terrible for our kids and grandkids. It’s at least appropriate for the moment though, as the O’s play their first “real” fake game of Spring Training today, taking on the Detroit Tigers at 1 PM. In the meantime, let’s see what’ up in the Blog-O’sphere. Dylan Bundy Poised to Make Big Strides in 2017 As Orioles fans, we’re conditioned to be very wary of getting too optimistic about pitchers, especially our young pitchers. There […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Britton’s Oblique Flares Up, Bundy Turns Ace?

Dylan Bundy jogs in Spring Training.
As intrasquad games continue in preparation for the first Spring Training game very shortly, it seems like we get more bad news out of Sarasota every day. First it was Chris Tillman, then it was J.J. Hardy, and now…ugh. Let’s hit the links. Britton Held Out of Intrasquad Game Due to Oblique Issue As The Sun’s Eduardo Encina reports, Zach Britton was held out of the first two instrasquad games because he is showing signs of an oblique injury. Ah, the dreaded oblique. For now, it’s “purely precautionary,” and I’m […]

A Farewell Letter to Matt Wieters

Matt Wieters tips his hat in the line at the All-Star Game introductions.
Dear Matt, I’m sorry. I’m sorry that we dubbed you “Mauer with Power” and “Jesus in Cleats” before you even appeared in a Major League game. We should have let you be Matt Wieters. You see, O’s fans were looking for anything to consider a diamond in the rough. We drafted you during the tenth season of what would become fourteen in a row of losing baseball. You tore your way through the minor leagues and, by the time you made your debut in 2009, fans saw a potential franchise […]

The Rundown: Crowded Outfield in Sarasota

Joey Rickard throws.
Welcome back to “The Rundown.” Over the course of the season, we will try to tackle the most important topics surrounding the Orioles on a weekly basis. Spring Training is in full force with the Grapefruit League schedule starting on Friday, so hopefully many of these questions will be answered over the next month.   A Very Crowded Outfield Even with the injury to staff ace Chris Tillman, the starting pitching may not be the top storyline to follow this spring. Between the subtle shots between Adam Jones and Dan […]