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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 […]

O’s Right to Stand Pat at Trade Deadline…IF…

The trade deadline has come and gone and the Orioles largely decided to stand pat.  In a very minor move, the O’s sent Shawn Armstrong to the Rays for cash and they traded Freddy Galvis to the Phillies for a minor league arm that has some bullpen upside. Orioles General Manager, Mike Elias, talked about how they got close to at least one other trade but didn’t feel the offers were good enough to make any moves. The fans aren’t exactly excited by this decision. I understand why people are […]

Hudson Haskin Moving Up the Ranks

Hudson Haskin
submitted by Jared Pinder When The Baltimore Orioles selected Hudson Haskin in the second round in the 2020 MLB draft out of Tulane University, there wasn’t much information about him available to the average fan. Outside of playing in a small school in Division I baseball, there weren’t many looks at him. He hit for a great average in college and while he had tools like a solid glove, he only played two years and never hit for that much power. He also had a pretty unique swing that was […]

O’s That Have Had Their Jersey Numbers Retired

cal ripken posing next to his statue
The Baltimore Orioles are one of the most instantly recognizable teams in MLB. The franchise has won three World Series titles during their esteemed history, with their most recent win coming in 1983. The Orioles have also won the East Division title on nine occasions during their history, with the most recent coming in 2014. However, some players during the history of the franchise have played a greater role than others, and that has led to them having their jersey numbers retired after they have called time on their career. […]

This Gunnar Can Help the Birds Reload

submitted by Jared Pinder The O’s have a very intriguing farm system with a lot of talent at the top and solid depth as one continues looking down through the system. Most people know the names at the top – the Adleys, DLs, and Graysons – but one player has been a very fast riser this year and has shown the potential to be a key cog in the rebuild. That would be Gunnar Henderson, who is in his first season, having a breakout year. The former second-rounder out of […]

Sarasota Snapshot – GCL O’s Update

Noelberth Romero
The 2019 season featured a GCL championship team with older players that had a camp together and the chemistry showed. They won the league going away in a year where their average age was slightly higher than the league’s. They played the best and took advantage of mistakes day in and day out without making them. This season is just as exciting but extremely different. First of all, there are two teams instead of one. And secondly, the draftees from this year have yet to get started so the rosters […]

Have We Forgotten? Thoughts of an Eternal Optimist

sunset view of oriole park at camden yards
submitted by Chris Sadowski To start this off I think it helps to get an understanding of where I come from. A 26-year-old born in ’94, baseball was my first true love. I remember a splash of a game here and there in 1997, but nothing concrete. My true first memories of the Orioles reside in 2001 when my dad and I would go down to the Yard every Sunday to watch them battle at home. I fell in love with Cal Ripken like every other kid and I cried […]

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 […]

Mancini Gets Recognition He Deserves

Trey Mancini on cover of ESPN the Mag
On the morning of July 12th, it was announced that Trey Mancini would be on the cover of the ESPN magazine. There was an article written by ESPN’s Senior Writer Kevin Van Valkenburg (who used to write for the Baltimore Sun), and ESPN released an accompanying seven-minute video that covered Mancini’s journey through cancer. The article gave some insights that seemed very close and personal to Mancini, like how in the middle of his treatments he was informed of the unfortunate passing of iconic actor Chadwick Boseman due to colon […]

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 […]

After Slow Start, Mountcastle Mashing

Ryan Mountcastle watches a pitch
You were worried, don’t front. Justifiably so!; The first two months of Ryan Mountcastle’s 2021 campaign were cause for some concern. Regression to the mean was expected after the torrid pace he set after his call-up last season, but the nature in which it happened was startling: his OPS was under .600 as late as May 20th, and his slash line sat at .226/.255/.373 entering the game against the Twins on June 1. He often looked lost at the plate, striking out in nearly one third of his plate appearances […]

O’s Second-Half Primer

Yusniel Diaz rounds the bases.
The All Star break is upon us and we are more than halfway through the 2021 MLB season.  In some ways, this has been a terrible year for the O’s.  While we knew they would lose a lot of games, injuries and some poor play by young players have made things even worse.  On the other hand, the minor leagues are thriving, Cedric Mullins has turned himself into a very good player, John Means has continued to show he can be a top of the rotation starter and Ryan Mountcastle […]

And With the 5th Pick, the O’s Select….

men sitting at draft tables in large open room decorated with sports stuff
Recently, I participated in a MLB Mock Draft with @prospectslive and their staff of writers. The picks have already started ahead of us. The time to add another exciting and talented piece to the rebuild is quickly approaching. One by one they get to Baltimore’s selection, the 5th overall. Here’s what happened, and my thinking behind my pick… Finally the product of the team’s research and scouting became Sam Houston St outfielder Colton Cowser, a lefty hitter who throws right. Thrilled to get my guy, I expected there to be […]

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 […]

O’s Should Look to San Diego for Rebuilding Blueprint

You could argue that the Orioles are at a bit of a crossroads right now. By that I mean, they need to decide when to bring young prospects up, when do they make key trades, key FA signings, etc.…Do they start this year?  Do they wait another year?  Can they allow 2022 to be another poor year because of a dwindling and disgruntled fan base? Orioles GM Mike Elias came from Houston and everyone likes to point to Houston as some kind of proof that losing 100+ games for several […]

Fact/Opinion: Get Adley Up Here Now

Adley Rutschman swings in the batter's box
When I was growing up, back when we still read newspapers, one of my favorite columns to read was John Eisenberg’s Fact and Opinion column. So, with apologies/thanks to the former Sun writer and current Ravens.com writer, as well as author of multiple books, I present my version of facts and opinions on the Orioles Fact: On May 5, John Means threw a no hitter and the Orioles record at that time was 15-16. They were in 5th place in the division but only three games out of first. They […]

Throwing Gas & Banging Gas Cans

Bowie gas cans
If anyone ever asks me what it’s like to be an Orioles fan in 2021, I’ll tell them about the June 15, 2021 Bowie Baysox game, a 3-2 loss to the Akron Rubber Ducks. A one-run loss in a Double-A game seems pretty inconsequential. But this was no ordinary Double-A game – it was the first home start for Orioles’ vaunted pitching prospect and 2018 11th overall pick Grayson Rodriguez since he was promoted to this level. What began as a normal home debut turned into a gas can-banging affair, […]

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 […]

Give that Fan a Podcast Ep 15 – Rebuilding & Mike Elias

Give that Fan a Podcast
This one’s pretty simple. I’m tired of explaining to people what this rebuild is all about, so I made a podcast about it. I touch on the player personnel moves Elias has made since 2018, everything going on in the Minor Leagues, player development, analytics, the importance of the international market, and so on. Unedited, raw, and passionate. I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for listening!

Will Crackdown Put Means in a Sticky Situation?

John Means pitches.
Major League Baseball’s newest memo outlines a 10-game (with pay) suspension policy for any players caught using foreign substances or grip enhancement. The policy is in response to the growing concern around the league surrounding the use of different substances by pitchers to obtain a better grip on the baseball, resulting in better overall pitching performances and an even deeper disadvantage for hitters. The virtually toothless measure is likely just the first step in MLB taking a stand against pitchers using substances. In the league’s rightful push to create more […]