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Give That Fan a Podcast – Episode 1

Give that Fan a Podcast
In the debut episode of Give That Fan a Podcast, I’m joined by Paul Valle III, former host of The Payoff Pitch, who passes along the reins of the Eutaw Street Report podcast airwaves. We introduce you to the new show, recap the 2020 season, and take a look at what the Orioles roster might look like heading into next year. Fanimal Radio · Give That Fan a Podcast – Episode 1: Paul Valle III Thanks for listening!

Which of the flO’s Gets the Best Hair BEVy?

Longtime followers of Eutaw Street Report will remember that we always participate in the midseason show put on by our friends over at Bird’s Eye View, The BEVy Awards. Of course, since 2020 was such a crazy season, things are a bit different with the event this year, but, as they say, THE SHOW MUST GO ON! Jake and Scott are still putting on the BEVy awards, but they are doing it as an end-of-year show this year, instead of the usual midseason version. We thank them for trying to […]

Ryan Mountcastle Worth the Wait

After Birdland was initially left disappointed on this front through the first few weeks of the truncated 2020 season, Ryan Mountcastle was finally called up from the alternate site in Bowie to make his much-anticipated MLB debut. The 2015 first-round pick did not disappoint, hitting .333/.386/.492 over 140 plate appearances in 35 games, with five home runs, five doubles, and 23 driven in, good for a 140 OPS+. Perhaps the most encouraging part of Mountcastle’s debut three dozen games was that his walk and strikeout percentages, both concerns during his […]

Orioles 2020 Recap

After the final game of MLB’s regular season on Sunday, the Orioles’ wacky 2020 campaign came to an end. It was certainly a shortened span full of highs and lows, but in the end, we all should just be happy that the season was completed, despite COVID’s presence. Actually, having said that just now, I think there’s a lot more to be happy about. For a great deal of the year, the Orioles were quite successful. A number of players surprised and the team outperformed expectations. Keeping that in mind, […]

Orioles Deal Miguel Castro to Mets

Miguel Castro throws in Sarasota.
Mike Elias pulled off another trade just ahead of today’s 4 PM deadline, dealing Miguel Castro to the New York Mets for Kevin Smith. It marks the end of Castro’s frustrating time in Baltimore, a tenure during which the lanky right-hander flashed plenty of promise, but could never put it all together. His best year as an Oriole was actually his first, in 2017 when he had a 3.53 ERA in 66 IP. His ERA climbed to 3.96 and 4.66 over the next two seasons. This year, he sports a […]

O’s Deal Givens & Millone Ahead of Trade Deadline

It’s apparent that Mike Elias has been busy in the days leading up to this year’s late MLB trade deadline. On Sunday morning, the team announced that they had traded pitchers Tommy Millone and Mychal Givens, to the Atlanta Braves and Colorado Rockies, respectively. For Millone, who was a reliable starter over his month with the Birds – in six starts, he threw 29.1 innings with a 3.99 ERA and 31 strikeouts to only four walks – the O’s received the always exciting players to be named later (two, to […]

Which O’s Will Be on the Move at Trade Deadline?

Mychal Givens on the mound looking in.
As I explained in my last piece on our beloved Orioles, they’re not contenders, and likely won’t be a playoff team. Still, come this weird season’s trade deadline on August 31, they are in position to make a postseason push. Will GM Mike Elias stick to the plan to rebuild that he entered the year with, or will he throw the Orioles into the MLB’s ring of buyers this year? Only time will tell, but for now I’ll give my trade deadline predictions as to the direction Baltimore will head. […]

Get Your Tony Taters Shirt Now!

One of the most pleasant surprises here during this truncated Orioles 2020 season has been the play of Anthony Santander. The former Rule V pick just had his 18-game hitting streak snapped, but came right back with a clutch RBI that tied the game late in last night’s loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. Santander has posted a .279/.328/.631 line, with 10 home runs and 21 driven in, good for a 148 wRC+. Even though most of Birdland (though not Mike Bordick…) has now learned how to properly pronounce Santander […]

Orioles Sweep Phils, Win 14th* Straight Game

Hanser Alberto slides into home.
*stay with me here The Birds completed a three-game sweep over the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday night, on the back of another 15-hit performance. The 11-4 win was the Orioles’ fifth straight win. Remember, MLB is only playing 60 games here in this truncated 2020 season, so each game is the equivalent of 2.7 games. Winning five straight in a 60-game season is therefore the equivalent of winning (2.7 x 5 = 13.5) 14 games in a regular year. That’s nothing to sneeze at. Thanks to my friend Rob (@oriolesfactoids) […]

Rio Ruiz Did WHAT?!

Rio Ruiz has really come into his own in his second season in Baltimore. The 26-year-old has put up an .885 OPS (141 OPS+), with four home runs, a double, and nine RBI through 49 plate appearances. He was out with an injury for a few games last week, during which time the Birds lost four of the seven games they’ve lost all season. That prompted the following light bulb over my head: Guys. Guys. ORIOLES – RIO = LOSE — Eutaw Street is Empty Report (@EutawStReport) August 6, 2020 […]

Young Birds Could Make O’s Even More Exciting

It would be foolish to consider the Orioles “contenders” after their hot start—they’re simply not. At the same time, it would also be foolish to overlook the clean, new-look style of baseball they’re playing thus far this season, as it has propelled them to one of the more surprising starts in the league. Sitting at .500 with a 7-7 record as I write this, Baltimore has outperformed expectations through the first few series due to timely hitting, solid power, and shockingly strong pitching. In fact, had they avoided a clunker […]

O’s Sweep of Gnats Delayed by Grounds Crew Fail

Nationals grounds crew fail
The Orioles were in position to pull off an unlikely sweep of the reigning World Series Champions down in Washington D.C. yesterday afternoon, leading 5-2 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning on the strength of RBI by Bryan Holaday, Hanser Alberto, and Anthony Santander. This after 11-0 and 5-3 wins in the first two games of the series, on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Then, despite clear skies over the large majority of the DC-Baltimore area, a stray storm popped up over Gnats Park. The deluge wasn’t expected to […]

Mahomes’ Record Contract

Understanding The Revolutionary New Contract Of Patrick Mahomes An impeccable sportsman: Patrick Mahomes is known to everyone. A legend in the field, he has several noteworthy achievements to boast of. But now he is not only making history in the field but is also creating ripples in the world of sports by signing a historic contract. A contract like never before: All the glass ceilings of previous sporting events have been shattered by the recent contract extension of Super Bowl MVP with the Kansas City Chiefs to a tune of […]

O’s, MLB Navigating Rough COVID Waters Already

sun setting over camden yards
I’d avoided writing about the COVID19 pandemic here on Eutaw Street Report for months. The news has dominated all of our lives for nearly five months now, and it seemed somehow inappropriate to opine on it as it related to baseball. Others here at ESR have filled the void at various times, including Andrew Stetka and Aidan Griesser, and for that I’m thankful. Speaking of being thankful, I was just that – apprehensively, but completely – when MLB play resumed last weekend. The Birds putting a spanking on the Boston […]

Thursday Thoughts: Here We Go…I Guess?

sunset view of oriole park at camden yards
1. With the Orioles set to embark on what is sure to be the weirdest of their 65+ seasons in Baltimore, things are still extremely weird and uncomfortable in the world around them. It’s not even really a world around them, it’s the world they’re directly living in. It’s the same one we’re all living in, and it hasn’t seemed to get much better since mid-March, when sports as a whole were put on hold. But now baseball’s back, for better or potentially worse. I’m still not convinced it’s the […]

2020 Orioles Predictions

With the Orioles’ season opener under a week away, it’s time to unveil my 2020 predictions, which of course I was hoping to release around mid-March. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic threw a wrench in my – and everyone’s – plans, and here we are. The MLB will have a 60-game season now, which should make for an extremely intriguing year, even for a Baltimore squad that appears unlikely to make any waves. However, given the shortened campaign, if the Birds get off to a hot start, you never know! I’ll […]

Paul’s Payoff Pitch Farewell

The Payoff Pitch logo.
Anthony Santander has finally joined the Orioles (it was revealed that he had tested positive for Covid19), but Dwight Smith Jr. is still nowhere to be found. Richie Martin suffered an injury requiring surgery and will be out for a few months. In the finale of The Payoff Pitch, Paul runs down those stories and more as we are now just over a week from our delayed MLB Opening Day. Plus, a personal note… Fanimal Radio · Paul’s Payoff Pitch Farewell Thanks for listening to The Payoff Pitch, and see […]

The Payoff Pitch: Show Me The Baseball!

The Payoff Pitch logo.
In this week’s episode of The Payoff Pitch, I go over the Orioles’ truncated 60-game schedule, wonder why a couple Orioles haven’t been seen on the field yet, and tear into the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network for their refusal to show us any O’s intrasquad or other summer camp action. Fanimal Radio · Show Me the Baseball! Thanks for listening!

The Payoff Pitch: Baseball is…Back?!

The Payoff Pitch logo.
Two weeks, two installments of The Payoff Pitch! It seems Major League Baseball and the Players Union got their heads out of their own posteriors long enough to reach an agreement on a 60 game season to be played in 66 days beginning July 23/24. And while excitement for the first live American team sports since March abounds, the future of the game of baseball, with a new Collective Bargaining Agreement on the horizon, is cloudier than ever. I delve into the details of the new season, while also looking […]

Baseball’s Back…But At What Cost?

game at camden yards with no one in stands
It’s been a hell of a few months for all of us, not just as Orioles fans or even as baseball fans, but as humanity. The world has been turned upside down by a global pandemic, and the baseball world is no exception to that. You’ll quickly notice that there is more to all of this than meets the eye. It’s not about the game or the Orioles. It’s not about their rebuild, their draft, or their draft position next year. Baseball just went through something horrific. It was a […]