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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.

The Payoff Pitch – Stan “The Fan” Charles

The Payoff Pitch logo.
This week, I’m joined by Baltimore sports talk icon Stan “The Fan” Charles of Press Box and PressBoxOnline.com. How much longer can the Orioles keep running David Hess & Dan Straily out there to get beat around? Where are the potential future relievers on this team? What’s up with the lack of fundamentals? Stan and I disagree about Trey Mancini’s future in Baltimore, and plenty of more great O’s talk! Thanks for listening to the Payoff Pitch c/o D&L Professional Window Tinting.

The Payoff Pitch: Prospect Talk with Adam McInturff

Zac Lowther pitching.
The Orioles have been, as expected, a bit tough to watch in 2019. So this week, we head down on the farm with Adam McInturff, Assistant Director of Pro Scouting for 2080Baseball.com. Adam updates us on some pitchers in the Birds’ system, like DL Hall, Zac Lowther, Keegan Akin, and more. We also talk about some bats like Ryan Mountcastle and Austin Hays. Earlier in the show, I answer some questions from listeners. Check out the show below. Thanks for listening!

The Payoff Pitch – Juice & Juiced Balls

Miguel Castro pitches.
Today on the show, I go over some of the Birds’ recent roster moves, including designating Mike Wright for assignment and optioning Cedric Mullins to AAA. I also climb on my soapbox a bit about some silly Chris Davis speculation. Fellow ESR blogger Dillon Atkinson joins me to talk about his recent pieces on John Means and Miguel Castro. Listen here: Until next week…

Comeback Falls Short as O’s Can’t Avoid Sweep

Dwight Smith Jr. hits against the Twins.
On an Easter Sunday where the sun shone brightly on one of baseball’s greatest cathedrals, Dylan Bundy was hoping the baseball gods would smile upon him in his fifth start of the young campaign. His first four starts were far from a religious experience. Despite being put in an early hole thanks to two unearned runs in the first inning, Bundy turned in his first quality start of the season, pitching six innings and allowing just two earned runs. More importantly, he allowed no home runs and walked only one […]

Can Bundy Start to Turn Things Around?

Dylan Bundy throwing a pitch.
As Dylan Bundy prepared to take the mound for his fifth start of the season, the 26-year-old righty was hoping that a quick start led to a far better finish this time around. In his first four starts, Bundy has flourished in his first three innings. On pitches one through 50, Bundy has allowed a .108 batting average and just one home run. Pitches 51 and beyond? Those numbers explode to .467 and six. We all know the 2018 numbers: a Major League-leading 41 home runs allowed and 16 losses […]

The Payoff Pitch – Davis Gets a Hit w/Glenn Clark

Chris Davis holds his bat.
In this week’s episode of The Payoff Pitch, Glenn Clark of PressBox and GlennClarkRadio.com was kind enough to join me for the show. We talk about Chris Davis making history (then maybe breaking out of it?), some baby Birds pitching well down on the farm, Trey Mancini’s future, the excitement of having the number one overall pick, trusting the process, and plenty more! This was a fun show, so we really hope you tune in and let us know what you think. Tweet your comments to me @PaulValleIII or to […]

2019 MLB Preview & Predictions

Carlos Correa and George Spinger celebrate.
I wasn’t going to do my MLB predictions piece this year, but after writing my AL East preview and predictions, the juices were flowing and I figured, what the hell? So here it is, my MLB predictions, 2019 edition.   American League East New York Yankees (100-62) The best lineup in baseball. The best bullpen in baseball. A solid rotation. The Yankees have turned baseball games into five-inning affairs in 2019. Good luck to everybody else. Boston Red Sox (98-64) A good rotation and a great lineup will give way […]

2019 AL East Preview & Prediction

Mookie Betts of the Red Sox in the on deck circle.
Every year since 2013, I have written an American League East preview. This year will be more of the same, but with one key difference: this is the first season in which I will be doing my preview/prediction with no hope that the Baltimore Orioles will play worthwhile baseball beyond Opening Day. With that sobering fact in mind, I will also add my All-Star representative predictions for each AL East squad just so this can be at least a little fun. So without further ado, I give you the American […]

The Payoff Pitch Episode 2 w/Ken Weinman

David Hess pitches.
In the second episode of The Payoff Pitch presented by D&L Professional Window Tinting, I go over some of the recent roster moves, including the somewhat surprising demotion of Austin Hays to minor-league camp. I’ll also try to figure out what’s going on with the Birds’ rotation, and I’m joined by Ken Weinman of 105.7 The Fan to get his thoughts. Later in the show, I debut a new segment: Nerd Stat of the Week. Thanks for listening!

Bundy’s Slow Spring Start Has Shades of 2018 Nightmare

Dylan Bundy throwing a pitch.
If the Orioles have any chance at being remotely competitive in 2019, their pitching staff is going to have to improve by leaps and bounds over the last two seasons. At the forefront of that needed improvement stands Dylan Bundy. The Orioles drafted Bundy with the fourth overall pick in 2011, when he was touted as the best high school pitching prospect in the country. In his first season of professional baseball in 2012, Bundy went 9-3 with a 2.08 ERA in 23 starts between Delmarva, Frederick, and Bowie, prompting […]

Hays, Santander Homer in Win Over Tigers

Anthony Santander in the Batter's Box.
In their second of seven televised Grapefruit League games, the Orioles overcame two deficits to win their fifth game of the spring, outlasting the Detroit Tigers 7-5 at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota. The offense was paced by outfielders Austin Hays and Anthony Santander, who each homered and combined to go 4-5 with four RBI, four runs scored, and two walks. Santander’s three-run home run tied the game in the bottom of the fourth, erasing a 4-1 deficit. Andrew Cashner made his first start of the spring, throwing 54 pitches […]

In O’s Camp, List of Potential Shortstops is Long

Alcides Escobar of the Royals throws the ball.
For the Orioles, the shortstop position has always been as consistent as they come. One could rattle off a list of superior talent in franchise history without much effort. Luis Aparicio, Mark Belanger, Cal Ripken, Jr., Mike Bordick, Miguel Tejada, J.J. Hardy, and Manny Machado (even if it was only for just half a season in 2018) are all prime examples. Sure, there have been some duds along the way. Deivi Cruz, Juan Castro, Alex Cintron, Luis Hernandez, and Cesar Izturis come to mind, as the Orioles were wont to […]

Who Will Catch On for the O’s in Spring Training?

Austin Wynns behind the dish.
Orioles’ pitchers and catchers reported to spring training on Tuesday, with Wednesday marking the first workout of the 2019 season for the league’s worst franchise of a season ago. Therein lies the irony. Pitchers and catchers took to the water-soaked fields Wednesday without a true starting catcher and only three spots nailed down in the rotation. While we will tackle the rotation and the bullpen in this space in due time, today we’ll focus solely on the catchers. Right now, the Orioles open camp with a competition on their hands […]

O’s Salvage Game Against Angels

On a blistering Sunday afternoon, the Baltimore Orioles’ bats were just as hot and snapped a seven-game losing streak with an 8-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels. Mark Trumbo powered the offense, hitting two of the team’s four home runs. Manny Machado and Trey Mancini also homered for the Orioles, who won for just the second time in 19 games at Camden Yards. Kevin Gausman continued to build on his last four outings where he had allowed 8 earned runs in 24.1 IP (2.96 ERA) to drop his season […]
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