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 […]
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 […]
In this week’s episode of The Payoff Pitch, I go over the laundry list of roster moves the Orioles have already made here over just a week of the season. In the second segment, I’m joined by ESR’s own Matt Pyne (he also hosts the Baseball is Boring podcast) to talk about this article he wrote earlier this week. Thanks for listening!
For the home opener edition of The Payoff Pitch, I was fortunate enough to be joined in studio by Jeremy Conn of 105.7 the Fan here in Baltimore. “Jerry Love” and I talked about the Orioles’ hot start, pulling a guy pitching a no-hitter, the Birds’ use of an “opener,” trusting the process, and plenty more. Listen here! Thanks for listening/watching!
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 […]
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 […]
In this episode of The Payoff Pitch, Paul goes over the list of surprises on the Baltimore Orioles’ 25-man roster to start the 2019 season. He is joined by Scott Magness of Bird’s Eye View to talk about things to watch for this season and to get schooled on WAR. Video version coming tomorrow. Thanks for listening!
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!
In this inaugural episode of The Payoff Pitch (new version), I catch everyone up on Spring Training to this point. Later in the show, fellow ESR writer Dillon Atkinson joins me to talk about roster decisions, Chris Davis’ status, and plenty more. Thanks for listening!
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Last week in this space, we talked about how one of the biggest frustrations for Orioles fans is the lack of transparency within the organization and an unwillingness–to this point–to make any changes to a ballclub that finds itself with the worst record in baseball at 23-54. [Related: The Worst Part of All This? O’s Seem Fine with Status Quo] On a regular basis, the Orioles trot out failing hitters and faltering pitchers as the team descends below mediocrity into what can only be described as a laughing stock. In […]
The Orioles are the worst team in baseball, and it’s not even close. Having lost 14 of their last 16 games and mired in a seven-game losing streak, the Orioles’ record sits at 19-48, worst in all of baseball by 2.5 games (the Royals, losers of 9 of 10 games, are 22-46). What doesn’t sit well in Baltimore isn’t the poor record so much as the lack of action taken. Offensively, the team is in the bottom third of the league in every major category except for home runs. In […]
After sweeping a two-game series from the Mets at Citi Field, the Orioles are now 5-1 in “The Big Apple” … and 14-40 everywhere else. Though the Birds might be flying high after winning back-to-back road games for just the third time this season, it is important not to lose sight of the fact that the same issues still abound for the ball club, as the team combined for just three runs on 11 hits (all singles) in the series. The Orioles rank last in the American League, and next-to-last […]
I was sitting on the beach on July 4, 2012. The Orioles were playing the Seattle Mariners and had called up Chris Tillman from the minors to make the start against the team that had traded him away in a package with Adam Jones four years prior. I had seen this scenario before. Tillman gets called up after a strong showing in the minors, does okay, but can’t get out of his own way with elevated pitch counts and ill-placed fastballs when behind in the count. Knowing this, I opted […]
The Orioles are already eleven games below .500 after losing the final three games of a four-game series against the Cleveland Indians. By the grace of God, they were granted a reprieve Tuesday with a rainout against Tampa Bay. With the losses piling up, trade speculation is beginning to surround the Orioles and Manny Machado once again. The Orioles, already 11.5 games behind division leading Boston, should certainly entertain the idea of making a trade. Just not for Machado. Look at the Orioles objectively. They have a prospect catching at […]
Many of us at Eutaw Street Report started writing about the Baltimore Orioles because of our love for the team. We were fans before we became journalists. In some cases, like mine, we went to school to become journalists so that we could write specifically about the Orioles. At times, our fandom comes out, the same as you. Knee jerk reactions are part of the process. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve screamed at my television, or told Chris Davis or any other struggling player that he sucks, […]