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Aidan Griesser is a student at Boston College but don't worry, the evil influence of Boston sports can't sway his devotion to the Baltimore Ravens and Orioles! Aidan's from Annapolis and previously worked with the B-More Opinionated podcast for two years. When it comes to sports writing, Aidan is interested in the ins-and-outs of every league and has an affinity for hot takes!

Dugout Blowup Should be Last Straw for Davis

Griesser’s Suggested Change of the Week The Orioles highlight of this week, while a disappointing one, is undoubtedly the exchange between manager Brandon Hyde and first baseman Chris Davis on Wednesday night. Though it easily could have been nothing, having that sort of scuffle caught on camera in a 14-2 blowout loss to the Yankees is downright embarrassing. Chris Davis has to be held back from going after Orioles' manager Brandon Hyde #mlb pic.twitter.com/Kn6wEfNcZb — Sports Gifs & Videos (@Supreme_gifs) August 8, 2019 In the aftermath, most of the discussion […]

Hot Take Tuesday: Orioles Better Positioned than Sox for Future

Mike Elias on his laptop.
When you’re writing about a sub-.500 club with little to be excited about, it’s often difficult to find fiery ideas for your weekly Hot Take Tuesday segment. This past week, I was really going through the struggle – I honestly had no idea what I’d be writing about. That is, until I came across a fascinating tweet from the MLB Pipeline’s page that really got the gears turning. According to their newest top-100 prospect list, the Orioles have the 10th most “prospect points” of the entire league’s system, not a […]

Jay Flaa Should Get the Next Crack at Opener

Jay Flaa pitching.
Griesser’s Suggested Change of the Week In an unexpectedly quiet trade deadline, Mike Elias surprised me by not dealing one of either Jonathan Villar or Mychal Givens. Had he done so, I would have centered this Change of the Week around replacing either player. When the dust had officially settled, I figured I’d have to dig real deep to make any sort of recommendation to the O’s GM for the upcoming week. However, I think I do have a little change he could make to help this team in the […]

Hot Take Tuesday: O’s Won’t Have a Top 3 Pick in 2020

As I write this before the first pitch is thrown in the series opener between the Orioles and Padres on Monday night, the Birds have enjoyed a decent stretch of baseball. Since their last series with San Diego, in which the Friars secured a two-game sweep at Camden Yards, the O’s are 13-12, and in search of their first winning month since August of 2017. In the process of winning those games, they’ve actually forfeited their hold on the worst record in baseball, which for those closely following the rebuild, […]

Potential Partners & Returns for Givens & Villar

Mychal Givens on the mound looking in.
Griesser’s Suggested Change of the Week With the MLB Trade Deadline approaching, it’s no surprise that my Suggested Change of the Week will revolve around the departure of a player or two. I don’t really think I need to go into much more detail about that, but I’ll remind everyone that as one of the worst teams in the league, the Orioles have no need for players with current value, and should ship them off to bring in younger talents who could make the club better when it becomes relevant […]

Hot Take Tuesday: “Woj” Claims His Spot as O’s #2 Starter

Asher Wojciechowski pitches.
In such an awful year for Orioles pitching, a great deal of my articles – especially the Suggested Change of the Week variety – have revolved around the rotation. This installment of Hot Take Tuesday will be no different. A few weeks ago, I argued that John Means’ season may be the best since Erik Bedard graced the Yard. I stand by that statement, but the person I’d believed would jump to second-best has been far from trustworthy in 2019. With that in mind, I see the rotation pecking order […]

Miguel Castro as an Opener?

Miguel Castro throws in Sarasota.
Griesser’s Suggested Change of the Week I’d say if there is anything at which the Orioles are worst, it’s pitching. Most of you would likely agree. Simply put, they have the worst ERA in the majors. That should be all you need to know. As a product of that, Mike Elias has been scrounging for scraps to place on the bump, and after trading one of the team’s more consistent starters in Andrew Cashner, the search is only going to be heightened. Now don’t get me wrong. There’s no way […]

Hot Take Tuesday: Cashner Trade O’s Most Important This Year

Andrew Cashner pitches.
I’m sure most of you have heard, but the big news of the weekend was the O’s trading Andrew Cashner. On Saturday, Mike Elias agreed to a deal with Boston that gives the Sox the back-end stability they coveted, while bringing two 17-year old international prospects to Baltimore’s system. Since the two position players don’t carry huge names or a known potential because of their age, there’s been a decent amount of backlash for the trade, as many feel Elias sold low on Cashner. However, in this week’s Hot Take […]

O’s Should Acquire (and Flip) Hechavarria

Adeiny Hechavarria of the Mets.
Griesser’s Suggested Change of the Week As I outlined recently, the 2019 Baltimore Orioles are not going to have a particularly active trade deadline. While the team is in no position to buy and likely would prefer to sell than stand pat, Mike Elias doesn’t have too many chips on hand. However, despite that unfortunate reality, it’s possible that the O’s could make moves to advance the rebuild. I’ll explain how in this week’s Suggested Change of the Week. If the Orioles want to move forward in acquiring prospects, there’s […]

Hot Take Tuesday: Means’ Season O’s Best Since Bedard

John Means pitches.
In a frustrating 2019 campaign, the first year of a long rebuild that the Orioles are undergoing, it’s critical for fans to follow the exciting stories. They’re few and far between, that’s for sure, but it’s on us to enjoy them when we see them. To that point, there’s no easier story to enjoy than the emergence of John Means, the Orioles’ new ace. As the O’s All-Star representative, Means has quickly become a fan favorite and a household name in Baltimore. That’s impressive, especially given the fact that he’s […]

Hot Take Tuesday: Expect a Boring First Trade Dealing for Elias

Jonathan Villar in the batter's box.
Last Monday, my fellow ESR blogger Dillon Atkinson wrote an article focusing on the numerous Orioles players that could be available for trade to the rest of the MLB. Honestly, Dillon sort of stole my thunder, as this post was about to be my Hot Take Tuesday. Luckily, it’s a story that could wait a week, so here we go. While there are a great deal of players that Mike Elias may consider moving, the Baltimore Orioles are not going to be legitimate sellers. Before you turn on me, understand […]

Peralta Should Head Back to Frederick

Ofelky Peralta pitches.
Griesser’s Suggested Change of the Week In all honesty, rather than making a whole new suggestion for this change of the week, I could stick to my guns and maintain the opinion that Bowie starter Zac Lowther should take a ride to Norfolk; his weekly start was strong once again, going 6.0 innings while giving up just two runs on four hits. At the same time, I’m not Mike Elias, and my opinion of extended success at a level may not quite match his. I respect his belief that players […]

Hot Take Tuesday: Stand and Cheer for Manny, Birdland

Manny Machado in front of sign at spring training 2015.
As many of you probably know, our beloved Orioles will be playing host to the San Diego Padres starting Tuesday evening. While this series normally would carry excitement because of the interleague dynamic, it’s especially important to the city of Baltimore because it marks the return of one Manny Machado to Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Since his departure last trade deadline, Machado has been a member of the World Series runner-up Los Angeles Dodgers and signed an incredible contract with San Diego this winter. In just under seven full […]

Zac Lowther Has Earned a Promotion to AAA

Zac Lowther pitches.
Griesser’s Suggested Change of the Week Last week, I suggested one Bowie pitcher be moved all the way up to the major leagues to aid the Orioles’ horrendous pitching staff. While Mike Elias ultimately hasn’t made that decision just yet, a promotion of some type can’t be too far off, as Bruce Zimmermann went on to pitch a complete-game shutout a few nights later. This week, my suggested change won’t be quite as dramatic, as the player won’t be jumping two rungs of the professional baseball ladder. Instead, I recommend […]

Hanser Alberto is the Answer at Leadoff Hitter for O’s

Hanser Alberto and Renato Nunez high five.
Leadoff hitter has been a massive position of need for the Baltimore Orioles since the departure of Brian Roberts. They’ve fiddled with the role, finding waiver wire pickups, drafting Rule-5 players, and trading for players late in the year, typically all before settling on a player meant to bat in the middle of the lineup. Now, with a new regime and a whole new roster (albeit a subpar one), the Orioles seem to have finally found a guy to kick the game off: Hanser Alberto. Quite frankly, Alberto has been […]

Time for Bruce Zimmermann to Get the Call

Bruce Zimmermann pitches.
Griesser’s Suggested Change of the Week With the sheer volume of games in an MLB season, it’s inevitable that teams need to change things up on a regular basis. In fact, for an organization that’s grinding through the early stages of a rebuild like the Orioles are, it’s typical for some notable change to take place at least once per week. Keeping that in mind, as I transition into my work with Eutaw Street Report, I think it makes sense that I offer an eye on the thoughts that may […]
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