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Hot Take Tuesday: Stand and Cheer for Manny, Birdland

Manny Machado in front of sign at spring training 2015.
As many of you probably know, our beloved Orioles will be playing host to the San Diego Padres starting Tuesday evening. While this series normally would carry excitement because of the interleague dynamic, it’s especially important to the city of Baltimore because it marks the return of one Manny Machado to Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Since his departure last trade deadline, Machado has been a member of the World Series runner-up Los Angeles Dodgers and signed an incredible contract with San Diego this winter. In just under seven full […]

Our 2019 BEVy Nominees

Tanner Scott pitches.
It’s BEVy time again! Can you believe it? It seems like just yesterday the Orioles walked down the orange carpet, took a lead against the Yankees into the late innings, and then saw the bullpen immediately shit said lead away. Of course, the bullpen shitting probably did happen again yesterday. And the day before. And it’ll happen tomorrow. Such is Orioles baseball in 2019. Only three-plus months left of it! Can the Birds lose fewer than the 115 game bar of awfulness set by last year’s squad? Stay tuned. Anyway, […]

Potential Partners for the Birds’ Top Trade Chips

Jonathan Villar in the batter's box.
The trade deadline is a little over five weeks away – July 31 at 4:00 p.m. ET – and the Baltimore Orioles will certainly be acting as sellers for the second consecutive season as they continue to stock the farm system in the ongoing rebuild process. Let’s take a look at some trade chips the Orioles have who have a chance to be on the move this summer. They could either be players who are of high interest to other clubs or players who the Orioles would like to move. […]

Zac Lowther Has Earned a Promotion to AAA

Zac Lowther pitches.
Griesser’s Suggested Change of the Week Last week, I suggested one Bowie pitcher be moved all the way up to the major leagues to aid the Orioles’ horrendous pitching staff. While Mike Elias ultimately hasn’t made that decision just yet, a promotion of some type can’t be too far off, as Bruce Zimmermann went on to pitch a complete-game shutout a few nights later. This week, my suggested change won’t be quite as dramatic, as the player won’t be jumping two rungs of the professional baseball ladder. Instead, I recommend […]

The Payoff Pitch – Offensive and Offense-less w/Derek Arnold

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The Orioles are offensive to the senses, yet still boast a punchless offense. On this week’s episode, Paul is joined by Eutaw Street Report Senior Editor Derek Arnold. The guys talk about the disappearing Orioles offense, Chance Sisco’s future in Baltimore, and the joys of watching awful pitching year in and year out (hi Dan Straily). Thanks for listening, and be sure to check out The Payoff Pitch Prospect Report, coming later today!  

Davis Crossed the Boundaries of Baseball & the U.S.

Chris Davis holds his bat.
Nobody probably would have bet, not even on any of the games on the table of an online golden casino, on the fact that Chris Davis would make the headlines even outside the circle of baseball fans and even in Europe, but that’s what’s really going on. The Baltimore Orioles player has articles dedicated everywhere, although perhaps not for reasons of which he’d be proud. Every professional player would like to be remembered for the records he broke, but Chris, when he retires, will hope that everyone will have forgotten […]

Playing the Slots with MLB Draft Picks

Gunnar Henderson fields.
Adley Rutschman still hasn’t signed, which could be causing some apprehension in Birdland. The reality is, Rutschman is signing. For how much of a signing bonus has yet to be determined, but it will probably land in the $8 million range (slot is $8.4 million). Bobby Witt Jr. signed for his full bonus (nearly $7.8 million), breaking Casey Mize’s $7.5 million record. This gives the Beverly Hills Sports Council (Adley’s representation) some leverage in negotiations. But no matter the figure, Adley will sign and become a member of the Orioles […]

Hanser Alberto is the Answer at Leadoff Hitter for O’s

Hanser Alberto and Renato Nunez high five.
Leadoff hitter has been a massive position of need for the Baltimore Orioles since the departure of Brian Roberts. They’ve fiddled with the role, finding waiver wire pickups, drafting Rule-5 players, and trading for players late in the year, typically all before settling on a player meant to bat in the middle of the lineup. Now, with a new regime and a whole new roster (albeit a subpar one), the Orioles seem to have finally found a guy to kick the game off: Hanser Alberto. Quite frankly, Alberto has been […]

Sunny and Hot for O’s-Red Sox

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The weather will be quite pleasant for the opening game and middle game of the Red Sox weekend series with Friday evening’s game featuring very comfortable temperatures. We’ll warm up a bit for Saturday and Sundays game. A storm system may move in late Sunday but it should hold off until after the game is complete. Follow Christopher Bressi Weather Forecast Page for more information and daily forecasts: www.facebook.com/BressiWeather

Time for Bruce Zimmermann to Get the Call

Bruce Zimmermann pitches.
Griesser’s Suggested Change of the Week With the sheer volume of games in an MLB season, it’s inevitable that teams need to change things up on a regular basis. In fact, for an organization that’s grinding through the early stages of a rebuild like the Orioles are, it’s typical for some notable change to take place at least once per week. Keeping that in mind, as I transition into my work with Eutaw Street Report, I think it makes sense that I offer an eye on the thoughts that may […]

The Payoff Pitch: Dillon on Dylan

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On this week’s show, I’m joined by fellow Eutaw Street Report writer Dillon Atkinson. We talk about the recent turnaround from O’s pitchers, especially Dylan Bundy, and the way John Means and Gabriel Ynoa are stabilizing the rotation. On offense, we discuss Richie Martin’s sudden surge, Dwight Smith Jr.’s injury, Anthony Santander’s call-up, and more. Be sure to read Dillon’s article on Dylan Bundy here.

Rain May Cut O’s-Jays Series Short

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The weather should be quite pleasant for the opening and middle game of the Blue Jays series. We’ll watch Wednesday just in case showers move in earlier than expected but it should hold off until well after last pitch. Thursday is the most likely day to feature rain showers as a disturbance will move in from the southwest. However, it looks like most of the showers will be during the day with decreasing chances at night. There could be a delay to start Thursday but ultimately the game may be […]

Dylan Bundy’s Adjustments Proving Effective

Last year, Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy produced the worst season of his major league career, as he recorded a 5.45 ERA and 5.17 FIP over 171 2/3 innings while giving up a big-league leading 41 home runs. White Sox starter James Shields was next on the list with 34 long balls surrendered. There’s no way he could be worse in 2019, right? He’s a clear bounce-back candidate. Well, things didn’t look that way to start this season. In Bundy’s first six starts of this year’s campaign, he pitched to a […]

The Payoff Pitch: Draft Recap with Adam McInturff

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For the second time this season, Adam McInturff (@2080Adam) of 2080 Baseball has been kind enough to join us for the show. He goes over the Birds’ top several picks in the 2019 draft, including (of course) Adley Rutschman, but also Kyle Stowers, Zach Watson, and more! Listen here: Stay tuned for another edition of The Payoff Pitch tomorrow, where we’ll be premiering our new video segment, the Payoff Pitch Prospect Report!

The Warehouse Episode 35: Adley Our Lord & Savior

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They did not screw it up! The Orioles picked the guy that the entire baseball world expected them to. Adley Rutschman, the switch-hitting catcher out of Oregon State, now becomes the crown jewel of an O’s farm system on the rise. Will he actually be better than Buster Posey? How soon can he make it to the big leagues? How often will fans misspell his name? All questions that will be answered in good time. Now is a time of celebration. So far, Mike Elias’s first draft in charge of […]

Orioles Select Adley Rutschman First Overall

Adley Rutschman on TV.
After much unnecessary hand-wringing, the Orioles did what everyone expected them to do all along, drafting Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman with the first overall pick in the 2019 MLB first-year player draft. The Birds kept their cards close to the vest, as even moments before the pick was made, experts on Twitter had no idea if Mike Elias & Co. would throw a last-second curveball. An aside: I much preferred this to say, the NFL Draft situation, where the top overall pick is now known hours, if not days, […]

Who Will Orioles Draft with First Overall Pick?

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Oriole fans are eagerly anticipating Monday’s First Year Player Draft as Baltimore will make the 1st Overall Pick for only the second time in franchise history. This pick could very well define the Mike Elias era and the rebuild overall. More than likely whoever gets drafted 1.1 will immediately be the face of the Orioles for years to come. This guy will be billboard material and a guy people will rally around, watching his every move as he ascends through the Orioles system. Elias recently said he and his staff […]

The Payoff Pitch – Draft Preview with Luke Jackson

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Only five days until the 2019 MLB draft! Who will the Orioles pick? Most assume it will be Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman, but Texas high schooler Bobby Witt Jr. and Cal first baseman Andrew Vaughn could still be in the mix. Joining me today to talk about the draft, and give great scouting reports on all three players, is Luke Jackson from Press Box. Listen here: Thanks for listening/watching!