About Taylor Lyons

Taylor is a lifelong Baltimore Orioles fan born and raised in Maryland. He is currently a freshman at LSU, where he is studying mass communications and sports journalism.

After Quiet Deadline, Projecting the ’22 Birds

Adley Rutschman swings in the batter's box
The 2021 trade deadline has come and gone. Freddy Galvis was reunited with Philadelphia, but Tanner Scott, Paul Fry and Cole Sulser, among others, are still around. With that in mind, here’s my attempt at projecting the 2022 Opening Day roster as we currently stand prior to the offseason. Pitchers (14): John Means, Bruce Zimmermann, Spenser Watkins, Alex Wells, Tyler Wells, Tanner Scott, Paul Fry, Cole Sulser, Dillon Tate, Jorge Lopez, Hunter Harvey, Michael Baumann, Dean Kremer, Zac Lowther Other possibilities: Matt Harvey, Keegan Akin, Cesar Valdez, Adam Plutko, Isaac […]

Mullins Beating “Expected” Stats: Luck, or Skill?

Cedric Mullins in the batter's box.
Since the Statcast era began in 2015, “expected” statistics have grown every season in the weight they hold among talent evaluators as well as the number of fans using them. They’re a good tool to judge whether a slumping player is showing signs of breaking out, or if a hot start is bound to fizzle. A higher expected stat than actual result offers hope, while a lower expected stat can bring worry. Statcast tracks three expected stats: expected batting average (xBA), expected slugging percentage (xSLG) and expected weighted on-base average […]

Stock Report: Mullins/Mountcastle Show in June

Stock Up Cedric Mullins No Oriole had a better month of June than Mullins. Forget American League outfielders, who fans were often comparing him to as All-Star voting came to a close last month, Mullins was one of MLB’s best players regardless of league and position in June. Mullins’ 2.1 fWAR last month was first in baseball, beating out Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Carlos Correa, Shohei Ohtani, Kyle Schwarber and Fernando Tatis Jr. His 1.194 OPS was third behind only Ohtani and Guerrero Jr., and his 37 hits were also third […]

Stock Report: May was Rough, but Mancini Mashed

Freddy Galvis fields at shortstop
Stock Up Trey Mancini Following up a good month of April, Trey Mancini took it to another level in May. To give his recent month some perspective, Mancini led all qualified designated hitters in May in average (.320), on-base percentage (.405), OPS (.993), wRC+ (176) and fWAR (1.1). Removing the positional filter, his May OPS and wRC+ both ranked in the top five in the American League. He raised his season slash line from .237/.299/.443 after April to .278/.353/.515 after May. Simply put: he’s been among the league’s best hitters […]

More Barrels on Fewer Swings for New & Improved Mullins

Throughout his minor and major league career, Cedric Mullins was your typical singles-hitting, glove-first, speedster center fielder. The defensive prowess was always obvious, whereas the well-roundedness at the plate that he is now showing was not. The changes Mullins has gone through in recent months are well known. After an offseason spent with private hitting coach Rick Strickland in 2019, Mullins came into the 2020 season with some adjustments to his swing that he’s stuck with into 2021. His decision to abandon switch hitting is also widely known as he’s […]

Fry, Plutko, Sulser Huge in O’s Bullpen Resurgence

Paul Fry
The Orioles bullpen is off to a surprising start through six weeks of the season. A group that was near the middle of the pack by most measurements in 2020 now finds itself near the top of MLB in those same categories in 2021. Those numbers could largely be credited to the suddenly-dominant Cesar Valdez, who has established himself as one of the American League’s top closers. But looking past him, there are three other prominent bullpen arms with encouraging starts to the season leading the way for one of […]

O’s Stock Report – April

Ryan Mountcastle watches a pitch
Stock Up John Means Means has carried his success from the end of last season into this year. Entering May 2nd, only three American League starters have better ERAs than Means this season, and his 1.8 bWAR is tops in MLB among pitchers. His 1.70 ERA, .838 WHIP and 27.3 K% are all career highs. Over his last 10 starts dating back to last season, Means is 5-1 with a 1.63 ERA. He has established himself as a true ace. The aspect of Means’ game he’s improved upon the most […]
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