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Even though I'm not from Baltimore, OPACY will always be my home. I love writing about the Orioles while combining analytics with my baseball intuition. Check out the new Orioles postgame show: twitch.tv/birdlandsports

Trey Mancini Should be in the HR Derby

Trey Mancini swinging his bat.
As we have seen so many times in the past, MLB fans often do not make the best choices when it comes to voting for the All-Star Game (ASG) participants. This year has been a painful reminder of that for O’s fans, since Cedric Mullins is only 9th in ASG voting out of all American League Outfielders. Luckily, the Home Run Derby participants are not determined by fan voting, because the ASG captain for each league chooses their three teammates. Because of that, you can consider the following paragraphs to […]

In Hyde’s Shoes: Who Should Start in LF?

Austin Hays takes a spring training AB
In my last article, the key question was: “What have you done for me lately?” That prompted my analysis of how DJ Stewart has been on an offensive tear recently, due to his new-found ability to hit high-velocity heaters. Still, the Orioles are in a rebuild, so the focus should be far-sighted. So, the new key question should be: “Is it better for the Orioles in the long-term to start Austin Hays or Stewart in LF?” Looking at Hays’s whole career, his best year was definitely 2019, which was the […]

Stewart & Hays – Closer Than We Think?

On May 26, I was very concerned for DJ Stewart’s sake that he would be sent down to the minor leagues and would possibly never be seen again in the orange and black, after reading this article. That was until the tables turned later that day when Austin Hays went to the Injured List (IL).  Although I have a soft spot for both players, Stewart has always been the underdog in his competition with Hays for the LF starting spot. And no, I don’t consider Ryan Mountcastle to be a […]

Mullins’ Life as a Lefty Off to a Promising Start

Cedric Mullins in the batter's box.
Last Tuesday on ESR, Rob Shields highlighted how Cedric Mullins has improved since he first came up in 2018. This 2021 season has only been going on for two weeks, but it is already his best yet. My theory is that Mullins’s resurgence is primarily due to changing from being a switch-hitter to only batting from the left side. To test that hypothesis, let’s briefly look at MLB’s history with switch-hitting. Overall, according to The Crawfish Boxes article titled “Flipping the Switch”, the amount of MLB plate appearances taken by […]

Who is the gOat of the 2010s O’s?

four all star players posed together with stadium crowd in background
submitted by Michael Vetter We all know by now that Nick Markakis has officially retired from baseball, and as my fellow ESR blogger Andrew Stetka eloquently stated, Markakis had an immeasurable impact on the franchise and is surely a top 25 Oriole of all time. He was one of the most recognizable O’s during the 2010s, an era bookended by irrelevancy, yet still full of great accomplishments. After all, the O’s won the most games of any team in the AL from 2012-2016, while becoming AL East champions for the […]

Fangraphs Says 66 Wins – How the O’s Can Beat That

Trey Mancini watches the ball after making contact.
submitted by Michael Vetter In my last blog post, I mentioned that I was not very happy with some of Fangraphs’ projections, especially because they assumed that Chris Davis would be playing more first base for the O’s in 2021 than Trey Mancini. Well, Fangraphs must have read what I said, because they now project Mancini to have more plate appearances at 1B than The Artist Formerly Known as Crush, with Ryan Mountcastle as the main First Baseman. Their projections also now have Mancini as the full-time DH, which would […]

What Are the O’s *Actual* Playoff Chances?

submitted by Michael Vetter 0.0%.  Any O’s fan who went onto Twitter the day of February 16, 2021 knows what that percentage means. For some of us, myself included, it was a brutally honest, somewhat hilarious statement by Fangraphs that there is absolutely no way that the Orioles will make the playoffs in 2021. For other fans, “0.0%” was a totally uncalled-for, direct attack against Baltimore…even though the O’s have been one of the worst five MLB teams for three straight years. Look, I know how infuriating it is that […]
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