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The Payoff Pitch: Rants & Raves & Adam Pohl

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This week, I take aim at both Steve Phillips and The Washington Post’s Thomas Boswell, who each had some terrible takes this week. The former’s was about Stevie Coop and his save, the latter’s about rebuilding baseball teams in general, and the Orioles in particular. Later in the show, I’m joined by the voice of the Bowie Baysox at Prince George’s Stadium, Adam Pohl (@PohlAdam). Adam fills us in on how some of the Baby Birds who are currently playing in Bowie are doing lately. The Baysox have been on […]

Hot Take Tuesday: O’s Won’t Have a Top 3 Pick in 2020

As I write this before the first pitch is thrown in the series opener between the Orioles and Padres on Monday night, the Birds have enjoyed a decent stretch of baseball. Since their last series with San Diego, in which the Friars secured a two-game sweep at Camden Yards, the O’s are 13-12, and in search of their first winning month since August of 2017. In the process of winning those games, they’ve actually forfeited their hold on the worst record in baseball, which for those closely following the rebuild, […]

Renato Núñez: Building Block or Trade Chip?

Renato Nunez plays the field.
In a lost season for the Orioles in 2019, the organization has certainly had some bright spots about which fans can be excited… John Means shocked the organization and fanbase by becoming the best starter on the club and making the American League All-Star team. Trey Mancini is rebounding from his rough 2018 campaign, having the best season of his career and is the leader of the youngest ballclub in baseball. Anthony Santander, a 2017 Rule 5 selection by former executive vice president and general manager Dan Duquette, is excelling […]

Potential Partners & Returns for Givens & Villar

Mychal Givens on the mound looking in.
Griesser’s Suggested Change of the Week With the MLB Trade Deadline approaching, it’s no surprise that my Suggested Change of the Week will revolve around the departure of a player or two. I don’t really think I need to go into much more detail about that, but I’ll remind everyone that as one of the worst teams in the league, the Orioles have no need for players with current value, and should ship them off to bring in younger talents who could make the club better when it becomes relevant […]

The Payoff Pitch – Asher Woeja-whonow w/Todd Karpovich

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In this week’s episode of The Payoff Pitch, we are joined by Todd Karpovich, who writes for several sites including PressBox, Russell Street Report, Forbes, and others. (Note: We apologize for the feedback during the call with Todd. We’ll do our damndest to make sure it doesn’t happen again!) We talk about Asher Wojciechowski, the potential next Orioles to be traded, Mark Trumbo‘s potential return, and more.   Stay tuned for this week’s 5-minute Baby Bird update in The Payoff Pitch Prospect Report!

Hot Take Tuesday: “Woj” Claims His Spot as O’s #2 Starter

Asher Wojciechowski pitches.
In such an awful year for Orioles pitching, a great deal of my articles – especially the Suggested Change of the Week variety – have revolved around the rotation. This installment of Hot Take Tuesday will be no different. A few weeks ago, I argued that John Means’ season may be the best since Erik Bedard graced the Yard. I stand by that statement, but the person I’d believed would jump to second-best has been far from trustworthy in 2019. With that in mind, I see the rotation pecking order […]

Miguel Castro as an Opener?

Miguel Castro throws in Sarasota.
Griesser’s Suggested Change of the Week I’d say if there is anything at which the Orioles are worst, it’s pitching. Most of you would likely agree. Simply put, they have the worst ERA in the majors. That should be all you need to know. As a product of that, Mike Elias has been scrounging for scraps to place on the bump, and after trading one of the team’s more consistent starters in Andrew Cashner, the search is only going to be heightened. Now don’t get me wrong. There’s no way […]

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

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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

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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 […]