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Thursday Thoughts: Orioles Right to Extend Netting at OPACY

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1. I was only mildly surprised by Saturday’s Andrew Cashner trade, and really only for a second. It makes total sense that the O’s would deal Cashner, who had put up some decent numbers this season prior to his Boston debut the other night. What shocked me more than the trade, however, was the reaction to it. I guess I haven’t adjusted my brain to be able to deal with Orioles fans who expect anything other than misery for at least the next five years. This is year one of that, […]

The Payoff Pitch – We’re Still Here with Glenn Clark

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The All-Star break is over, and so is my vacation! On this week’s show, I’m once again happy to be joined by Glenn Clark of GlennClarkRadio.com and PressBoxOnline.com. Paul and I talk about the upcoming sellouts at Aberdeen, the Andrew Cashner trade, whether or not it makes sense to trade Trey Mancini, and what fans can do going forward to stay sane during the early stages of this rebuild. Thanks for listening, and stay tuned to ESR for this week’s Payoff Pitch Prospect Report!

Hot Take Tuesday: Cashner Trade O’s Most Important This Year

Andrew Cashner pitches.
I’m sure most of you have heard, but the big news of the weekend was the O’s trading Andrew Cashner. On Saturday, Mike Elias agreed to a deal with Boston that gives the Sox the back-end stability they coveted, while bringing two 17-year old international prospects to Baltimore’s system. Since the two position players don’t carry huge names or a known potential because of their age, there’s been a decent amount of backlash for the trade, as many feel Elias sold low on Cashner. However, in this week’s Hot Take […]

Who (Else) Could be on the Move for the Birds?

Mychal Givens on the mound looking in.
A Quantitative Analysis of the Birds Before the Trade Deadline We’re now past the halfway point of the 2019 MLB Season and trade rumors are already swirling. I don’t expect Mike Elias to be as active as Dan Duquette was at this time last year, but I do expect two or maybe even three Orioles to be dealt. I’ll take a look at eight potential trade candidates and show where they rank in advanced statistics. Front Offices value the advanced data much more in the modern day, along with contract […]

2019 Orioles Now Shooting for 54.5 Wins

2019 Orioles
The writing was on the wall long ago. Every Orioles fan knew that 2019 was going to be a trying season as the club enters a long, arduous rebuild. But as the All-Star break comes and goes, Baltimore’s position in the standings is even bleaker than most expected. Before accentuating the positives, let’s recap the bad. At roughly the midway point of the year, the Orioles own a league-worst 27-62 record (.303 win percentage) and a -165 run differential. The updated win total projection for Baltimore has been set at […]

Seven Predictions for the Second Half

Renato Nunez swings.
The All-Star break has come to an end and it’s time for real Major League Baseball games to start back up. With that said, I’d like to have a little fun with some bold – and some not so bold – predictions for the Baltimore Orioles for the remainder of the 2019 campaign. I’m curious to see which of these you agree with and the ones that will cause you to question my intelligence as a writer. Both reactions will be welcomed. Let’s get started. 1. The Orioles will trade […]

O’s Should Acquire (and Flip) Hechavarria

Adeiny Hechavarria of the Mets.
Griesser’s Suggested Change of the Week As I outlined recently, the 2019 Baltimore Orioles are not going to have a particularly active trade deadline. While the team is in no position to buy and likely would prefer to sell than stand pat, Mike Elias doesn’t have too many chips on hand. However, despite that unfortunate reality, it’s possible that the O’s could make moves to advance the rebuild. I’ll explain how in this week’s Suggested Change of the Week. If the Orioles want to move forward in acquiring prospects, there’s […]

John Means Was the Most Deserving O’s All-Star

John Means pitching.
While many O’s fans are still stinging that Trey Mancini was “snubbed” for the 2019 All-Star Game in favor of John Means, the fact is that Means had just as much of an argument for being included on the squad as did Trey. A glance at the three main providers of Wins Above Replacement (WAR) for fans tells the story. At FanGraphs, Means has racked up 1.9 fWAR to lead the team, compared to Mancini’s 1.6. Andrew Cashner even bests Mancini here, coming in at 1.8. At Baseball Reference, Mancini’s […]

Newfound Respect For Chris Davis

Chris Davis trots around the bases.
I’ve railed on the man some fans haver endearingly referred to as “Crush” (or “The Crusher” if you’re Mike Bordick) for years. After the Orioles made the mind-boggling decision to compete against themselves in the bidding for then free agent Chris Davis and up the ante by $11 million, I opined that the Davis deal would set the O’s back years. And it has. Davis has been flat out awful and ironically the only thing saving his spot on the team’s roster is that bloated contract. Team owner Peter Angelos […]

Hot Take Tuesday: Means’ Season O’s Best Since Bedard

John Means pitches.
In a frustrating 2019 campaign, the first year of a long rebuild that the Orioles are undergoing, it’s critical for fans to follow the exciting stories. They’re few and far between, that’s for sure, but it’s on us to enjoy them when we see them. To that point, there’s no easier story to enjoy than the emergence of John Means, the Orioles’ new ace. As the O’s All-Star representative, Means has quickly become a fan favorite and a household name in Baltimore. That’s impressive, especially given the fact that he’s […]

Given a Chance, Sisco Flourishing

Hello Birdland! I am back after a bit of a hiatus, but I don’t think anybody could blame someone for not having much to write about when it came to the Orioles for the past offseason through the first part of the 2019 season, especially anything positive. Here we are at the All-Star break though, and the Orioles are what we thought they would be. However, we are finally seeing glimpses of the future in players that are finally making an impact in the present. This has finally inspired me […]

Strategies For Betting The O’s

The Baltimore Orioles may not be one of the surest bets in baseball right now, given that they are in one of the league’s toughest divisions and in a bit of a rebuilding phase. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t opportunities throughout the season to bet on the Orioles in positions that could be advantageous to a bettor. Utilizing these strategies to back the O’s in certain spots could help Orioles fans win their wagers on the team more frequently throughout the 2019 season. Betting against the public One […]

David Lebron Loves Going Against the Best

David Lebron pitches.
David Lebron, pitcher, a 26th-round draft pick of the Texas Rangers, acquired by the Orioles in February and now playing for the Frederick Keys, was kind enough to sit down with me this week. Matt: So David, you grew up in Miami-Dade County, is that correct? David Lebron: Yes Matt: So, with that area being such a talent-rich area, do you think that drove you to succeed? Lebron: Yeah no doubt. I mean, growing up, we’re playing a lot of good talent down there. It kind of brings out the […]

Hot Take Tuesday: Expect a Boring First Trade Dealing for Elias

Jonathan Villar in the batter's box.
Last Monday, my fellow ESR blogger Dillon Atkinson wrote an article focusing on the numerous Orioles players that could be available for trade to the rest of the MLB. Honestly, Dillon sort of stole my thunder, as this post was about to be my Hot Take Tuesday. Luckily, it’s a story that could wait a week, so here we go. While there are a great deal of players that Mike Elias may consider moving, the Baltimore Orioles are not going to be legitimate sellers. Before you turn on me, understand […]

Peralta Should Head Back to Frederick

Ofelky Peralta pitches.
Griesser’s Suggested Change of the Week In all honesty, rather than making a whole new suggestion for this change of the week, I could stick to my guns and maintain the opinion that Bowie starter Zac Lowther should take a ride to Norfolk; his weekly start was strong once again, going 6.0 innings while giving up just two runs on four hits. At the same time, I’m not Mike Elias, and my opinion of extended success at a level may not quite match his. I respect his belief that players […]

Thursday Thoughts: Don’t Buy Into The Fan’s Manny Shtick

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After a brief hiatus, Andrew Stetka returns with his Thursday Thoughts column for ESR. 1. I was pleasantly surprised, for the most part, in the crowd’s reaction to Manny Machado’s return to Baltimore this week. It’s not that I expected to hear overwhelming booing from the fans, but I expected to hear more of it than I did. It’s great that, at least over the TV broadcast, it couldn’t really be heard at all. It looked all positive for Machado, who deserved all positive. Machado provided Orioles fans with some […]

The Payoff Pitch – Manny Love Fest w/Matt Pyne

machado wearing headset at press conference
On this week’s episode of The Payoff Pitch, ESR’s Matt Pyne joined me once again. We talked about Manny Machado’s return to Baltimore, the signings of Adley Rutschman and Gunnar Henderson (see Matt’s piece on slot value here) as well as their immediate futures in the organization, plus whether or not the Birds can punt 2020 like they have 2019. Thanks for listening, and stay tuned for The Payoff Pitch Prospect Report coming Thursday!