On this week’s episode of The Payoff Pitch…should fans freak out about rumors the Orioles might be moving to Vegas? Let’s get into that ridiculous brouhaha. After that, we’re joined by Jon Meoli of The Baltimore Sun to talk about the Birds so far, his niche with advanced analytics on the O’s beat, John Means, some prospects, and more. Thanks for listening!
When we think Low-A professional baseball, ‘excitement’ and ‘compelling’ probably don’t come to mind, but that’s exactly what the Delmarva Shorebirds have been in 2019. Off to a 24-4 start, the Shorebirds are starting to turn some heads. Mainly, they have been led by a young pitching staff full of recent Oriole draft picks. This list includes 2018 picks Grayson Rodriguez (1st Round), Blaine Knight (3rd round), and Drew Rom (4th Round). The Orioles are in full-blown rebuild mode, and to give fans any hope for the future, their lower […]
In case you missed all the hubbub, there was a firestorm of sorts in Birdland yesterday. First, let’s get this out of the way: Yesterday during @Bruce45Sports Saturday show, Bruce had attorney Benjamin Neil as a guest. Mr Neil mentioned a rumor involving the Orioles. It should be taken as just that, a rumor. There are no facts to back up his claim. (1 of 3) — Chuck Sapienza (@chucksapienza) May 5, 2019 . @1057TheFan allows our guests a platform to speak on their areas of expertise. Guests that choose […]
Norfolk, VA- Growing up in Michigan, Orioles pitching prospect, Keegan Akin, played football and wrestled along with playing baseball. His junior year of high school, he put all other sports aside and started focusing solely on baseball. His goal was to play college baseball. As Akin put it, “My goal was always to go play college ball. My junior year of high school I started talking to some schools and that was when I quit playing football and basically just stuck with baseball.” The left-handed hurler stuck with baseball and […]
The Birds are in for a challenge this weekend with the impressive Rays coming to town. They aren’t the only ones though: we forecasters have our work cut out for us as well. A storm system tracking into the Ohio Valley and Mid Atlantic will produce rounds of shower and thunderstorm activity from Friday afternoon until Sunday Morning. Exactly when these rounds occur is tough to say, and will determine what (if any) impacts they have on the games. At this time, at least a delay appears likely at some […]
Baseball’s Boring episode 32 w/Dennis Gilbert Tim Anderson is my favorite player. Oh yeah and we’re joined by Bobby Bonilla’s agent, Dennis Gilbert. Yawn.
It’s not hard to find negative things to talk about in regard to the 2019 Baltimore Orioles. The pitching staff is giving up home runs at a record-setting pace. The team has very few pieces that could be considered “trade bait” as a way to bring more talent into the organization later this summer. Dylan Bundy continues to head in the wrong direction. The defense is making the pitching even worse. As far as positives, they’re obviously fewer and further between. In general, those of us who choose to watch/listen […]
The Orioles have been, as expected, a bit tough to watch in 2019. So this week, we head down on the farm with Adam McInturff, Assistant Director of Pro Scouting for 2080Baseball.com. Adam updates us on some pitchers in the Birds’ system, like DL Hall, Zac Lowther, Keegan Akin, and more. We also talk about some bats like Ryan Mountcastle and Austin Hays. Earlier in the show, I answer some questions from listeners. Check out the show below. Thanks for listening!
This is a weekly column that dives into some random thoughts about the Orioles/MLB. I used to do eight as a nod to Cal Ripken Jr. A couple years back, I cut it down to four or five, so consider it the Earl Weaver/Brooks Robinson era of Thursday Thoughts. (Today we have a Billy Ripken version) – A.S. 1. There’s been some bluster over the last few weeks about the fact that the Orioles are one of a handful of teams that haven’t handed out an extension to any players. […]
How much attention are you paying to this year’s Orioles? You can be honest. This is a safe place. There are a lot of options out there. Game of Thrones is wrapping up its run on TV. There is yet another Avengers movie in theaters. And don’t pretend that you aren’t at least a little excited to see the live-action Aladdin with Will Smith as the Genie. The Orioles aren’t exactly making it a difficult choice. There is plenty of blame to go around, but it all starts and ends […]
This is a weekly column that dives into some random thoughts about the Orioles/MLB. I used to do eight as a nod to Cal Ripken Jr. A couple years back, I cut it down to four or five, so consider it the Earl Weaver/Brooks Robinson era of Thursday Thoughts. (Today we have a Billy Ripken version) – A.S. 1. No one should be surprised at the demotion this week of Orioles center fielder Cedric Mullins. Neither fans, nor coaches or even Mullins himself can fret at the fact that he […]
Today on the show, I go over some of the Birds’ recent roster moves, including designating Mike Wright for assignment and optioning Cedric Mullins to AAA. I also climb on my soapbox a bit about some silly Chris Davis speculation. Fellow ESR blogger Dillon Atkinson joins me to talk about his recent pieces on John Means and Miguel Castro. Listen here: Until next week…
Yesterday, in an attempt to try to divert our eyes from the trainwreck taking place at Oriole Park at Camden Yards every night, we looked at a few of the prospects in Norfolk. I introduced that piece by talking about how the Orioles can’t hit any home runs, and can’t keep the ball in the Yard, and thus get drubbed at home all the time. Well, last night, the Birds bashed four home runs and didn’t allow a single one in a 9-1 bashing of the Chicago White Sox. So…you’re […]
Orioles reliever Miguel Castro has started the 2019 season the exact wrong way. Over 11 2/3 innings, the right-hander has given up 14 earned runs, 19 hits, three home runs, and seven walks, while striking out nine batters. He was never a dominant pitcher, but has shown the potential to become one out of the bullpen. Since being dealt to the Orioles, he has posted a 3.53 ERA in 2017 and 3.96 ERA in 2018. Per Brooks Baseball, His average fastball velocity over his years in Baltimore are 96.12, 95.96 […]
Believe it or not, the 2019 MLB season is nearly a month old already. As is common with April baseball, there has been plenty of early-season ridiculousness. Cody Bellinger and Christian Yelich are hitting home runs at a ridiculous rate. Christian Walker and Daniel Vogelbach are suddenly good. Noah Syndergaard is bad. The Rays can’t stop winning, while the Red Sox are toiling near the bottom of the standings. In times of uncertainty, we can all cling to one constant: The Orioles are bad. Like, really, really bad. Of course, […]
We knew this would happen eventually, though we probably hoped it wouldn’t be quite so early on in the season – the big league club is downright impossible to watch, at least without constantly grimacing. The Birds are now 1-10 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and they’ve had to use a position player on the mound (Hanser Alberto, Chris Davis, and Jesus Sucre) three times in eleven home contests. They can’t hit the ball out of the park (they’re 21st in MLB in dingers), and the pitchers can’t keep […]
The weather looks pretty good for the entire three-game set with the White Sox series, as there is only a very slight chance of a shower Tuesday evening but it’s unlikely to affect the game much. Enjoy and Go Os! Follow Christopher Bressi Weather Forecast Page for more information and daily forecasts: www.facebook.com/BressiWeather Weather images used from: Business vector created by macrovector – www.freepik.com
On an Easter Sunday where the sun shone brightly on one of baseball’s greatest cathedrals, Dylan Bundy was hoping the baseball gods would smile upon him in his fifth start of the young campaign. His first four starts were far from a religious experience. Despite being put in an early hole thanks to two unearned runs in the first inning, Bundy turned in his first quality start of the season, pitching six innings and allowing just two earned runs. More importantly, he allowed no home runs and walked only one […]
As Dylan Bundy prepared to take the mound for his fifth start of the season, the 26-year-old righty was hoping that a quick start led to a far better finish this time around. In his first four starts, Bundy has flourished in his first three innings. On pitches one through 50, Bundy has allowed a .108 batting average and just one home run. Pitches 51 and beyond? Those numbers explode to .467 and six. We all know the 2018 numbers: a Major League-leading 41 home runs allowed and 16 losses […]
Left-hander John Means has had an exceptional start to the season for the Orioles in 2019, certainly a surprise to most. If you asked fans back during spring training, “who will be on the opening day pitching staff?,’ I’d argue the majority — if not all — would’ve left Means off the list of 12 to 13 arms. Heck, even the pitcher himself thought he was going to be an early cut from camp. He started the season in the O’s bullpen in a long-relief role, and has made two […]