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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

105.7 the fan logo
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!

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

The Payoff Pitch logo.
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

sun setting on brick building and camden yards
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 […]