About Paul Valle

Paul Valle

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.

Let’s Change – and Hopefully Fix! – the Orioles, Starting Now

Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore
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 […]

Worst Part of All This? O’s Seem Happy with Status Quo

dan duquette and buck showalter sitting at press conference
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 […]

A Case for Signing Hanley Ramirez

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 […]

Time for O’s, Tillman to Part Ways

Chris Tillman, Orioles pitcher, wipes his brow with his arm.
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 […]

Time to Plan the Future & Trade a Veteran Leader

Manny Machado & Jonathan Schoop.
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 […]

A Frigid Start

A baseball player breaks his bat over his knee.
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, […]

O’s Should be Feeling Fine After Taking Tough Series in NY

Anthony Santander and Adam Jones in a victory hug.
When the Orioles boarded their train home from New York on Sunday night, their 4-6 record looked a lot better than maybe any other .400 team in baseball. See, it’s how the Orioles got there that was nothing short of remarkable. After losing two of three games to the Minnesota Twins in the season-opening series, a series in which they looked lifeless, they headed out to Houston to visit the Astros for their home opener. As if playing the Astros early on wasn’t bad enough, they got to do it […]

Dozier, Twins Wrong to Call Foul on Chance Sisco

Chance Sisco bunting.
A lot more came out of Camden Yards on Sunday afternoon than a sluggish offense that collected just nine hits and five runs in 29 innings in the opening series of 2018. While the Orioles were busy losing the final two games of their weekend series, the Minnesota Twins were busy reading the unwritten rules of the game and messing their diapers over a play they thought shouldn’t have happened. With one out in the ninth inning and the Orioles trailing 7-0, Chance Sisco came to the plate facing a […]

Different Season, Same Problems

Miguel Sano of the Twins swings and watches the ball fly.
On Saturday night, Andrew Cashner did something he had only done three other times is his entire big league career. He gave up three home runs in a start. The ground ball specialist had only allowed 15 home runs in 2017, but he was up in the strike zone all night. Unfortunately for the Orioles, the Twins didn’t miss. The outing was certainly not what the Orioles expected when they inked Cashner to a potentially $41 million deal in February. While it is just one start in the first series […]

MLB Preview & Predictions – Nats Finally Get Over Hump

Matt Wieters of the Nationals throws in his catcher's gear.
Last night, I posted my detailed AL East predictions. This morning, I’ll run over those quickly, before moving on to some league-wide prognostications. Enjoy!   American League   East New York Yankees: 94-68 He’s happy to be in New York, but how long will Giancarlo Stanton remain happy when his rookie manager keeps penciling him as the DH instead of in the outfield? The power will be at full capacity, in both the lineup and the bullpen. The Yankees will make a serious run at their 28th World Championship. Baltimore […]

AL East Preview & Prediction

Manny Machado stares back at the Red Sox dugout after hitting a home run as catcher Sandy Leon watches.
Opening Day is the unofficial first day of spring for many people. With every new season come new predictions. It’s part of the fun of baseball. Every team is tied for first place at 0-0, and every fan base has those die-hards who think, “This is our year!” In the American League East, many have picked the Yankees and Red Sox to battle it out for division supremacy. Both teams added some thump in the offseason looking for that knockout blow, but as we all know, good pitching beats good […]

Araujo, Cortes Do Enough to Make O’s Roster

Nestor Cortes Jr. pitches from the mound.
Opening Day is just three days away, and while there is nothing concrete, it would appear that the 25-man roster is pretty much set. We know that Danny Valencia made the team as the utility infielder and designated hitter. We know that Pedro Alvarez is headed north to backup at first base and fill the hole left in the lineup by Mark Trumbo’s ailing quadriceps. We know that Colby Rasmus and Anthony Santander will form a platoon in right field with Craig Gentry providing late-game defense, pinch-running capabilities, and the […]

Sisco Given First Chance at “Backup” Catcher Role

Chance Sisco in the batter's box..
Over the last couple of weeks, this space has been filled with columns answering the remaining roster questions facing the ball club as the Orioles prepare to fly north for Opening Day on March 29th. The pictures have certainly cleared with regards to right field, the starting rotation, and the utility infielder. The only remaining roster decisions for Buck Showalter & Co. revolved around the backup catcher and the final three bullpen spots. Over the weekend, those decisions were made evident as the team basically set their 25-man roster before […]

Orioles Starting Rotation Comes Into Focus

Dylan Bundy throwing a pitch.
Over the last week or so, this column has been dedicated to answering some of the roster questions the Orioles still have as Opening Day draws near. Having already discussed the outfield and the utility infielder, today we’ll address another roster question (that may have just) answered itself: what’s up with the starting rotation? When pitchers and catchers reported to Sarasota on February 13th, the rotation had three huge holes behind Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman. Slated to compete for the final three spots were Mike Wright, Jr., Gabriel Ynoa, […]

Orioles Get their Man in Alex Cobb

Alex Cobb of the Tampa Bay Rays.
In this space three weeks ago, I condemned the Orioles for their lack of moves to make the team a legitimate contender entering 2018. I criticized the outfield situation, namely the signing of Colby Rasmus (I’m still not sold on him, but he’s had a productive spring and seems to be a great teammate, at the very least). I tore apart the assembly of the starting rotation as I felt the Chris Tillman and Andrew Cashner signings served as nothing more than a pacifier for the fan base while the […]

Some Fans Scoff, But Flaherty Not Easy to Replace

Luis Sardinas plays third base in front of palm trees.
With just ten days left until Opening Day, the Orioles are still trying to answer a number of questions about their roster. In my last column, we talked about what I expect will happen with the 25-man roster regarding right field. Today, we’ll talk about the utility infield situation and who should–and probably will–head north with the ball club. The utility infielder needs to play good defense above all else. He needs to be able to fill in at every infield position in a pinch, and for Buck Showalter, shortstop […]

Could Right Field be a Strength in Baltimore Again?

Austin Hays follows through on his swing.
The Orioles are two weeks away from the start of the 2018 season, a season in which the ball club will attempt to climb out of last place and regain the competitiveness that saw them reach the playoffs three times from 2012-16. While the answers are beginning to sort themselves out, the same questions linger. Who will play right field, who’s the utility infielder, who will fill the three bullpen openings, and who will fill the final rotation spot when the orange carpet rolls out on March 29th? When full […]

Orioles Are Just Pretending to Try to Contend

Mike Wright winds up to pitch.
The Orioles played their second MASN-televised game of the spring on Wednesday, a game started by Mike Wright, another less-than-thrilling name thrown into the mix for the fifth and final spot in the rotation. On the broadcast, announcers Jim Hunter and Jim Palmer fawned over the big right-hander for retiring six of the seven batters that he faced. Never mind the fact that he continuously missed his spots, throwing just 16 of his 31 pitches for strikes while facing a travel roster of Cardinals minor leaguers. On the radio side […]

O’s Probably Have Little Chance of Re-Signing Schoop Either

On Tuesday, the Orioles settled on a 1-year deal with their All-Star second baseman, Jonathan Schoop for $8.5 million, as the two sides avoided arbitration. Schoop had filed at $9 million, while the Orioles countered at $7.5 million before eventually agreeing to terms. The agreement leaves only Kevin Gausman without a Major League deal among the Orioles’ seven arbitration-eligible players, with a hearing date set for Monday, February 12th. While Schoop will be earning a raise of $5.025 million from last year’s contract, the interest of the Orioles and their fans […]

Five Players The Orioles Should Sign Today

Cubs' Jon Jay finishes his swing.
As the slowest offseason in recent memory reaches mid-January, the Baltimore Orioles find themselves amongst six other MLB teams that have yet to spend a dime in free agency, joining the Atlanta Braves, Miami Marlins, Pittsburgh Pirates, Tampa Bay Rays, and Toronto Blue Jays in a club that no fan base wants any parts of. That lack of spending, combined with a rotation that currently has just two members—Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman—and the likely departure of their All-World third baseman Manny Machado has O’s fans throwing in the towel […]
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