Week in review: Givens’ future role, trade talk and more

It is time for another week in review entry, where we take a look back at some of the stories and dicussions featured here in the last week. On Monday, we looked at reliever Mychal Givens and his possible future as a closer for the Orioles. Givens went 8-1 with a 2.75 ERA and 1.042 WHIP last season. His average against dropped from .220 in ... read more

Another look at pace of play, plus final AFL statistics

Once again, Major League Baseball is talking about pace of play. They don’t refer to this as time of game, which was up in 2017 and the longest we’ve ever seen. But MLB wants more on-field action and wants it to happen it seems, in a more timely fashion. But let’s talk time of game for a moment. In 2015 - the first year of ... read more

Still talking free agent pitchers, plus other notes

If a pitcher that tied for the National League lead in losses and who has had two Tommy John procedures doesn’t sound like he could help the 2018 Orioles, then right-hander Tyler Chatwood is not for you. But when a national reporter said the Orioles have interest this week, the season for rumors officially began. The Orioles will no doubt be linked to many free ... read more

Two O’s go from down the board on draft day to award finalists

All big league teams strive to hit on players later in the First-Year Player Draft. There is always pressure on first-round picks, and they get the most bonus money and the most attention from media and fans. But you need more than the highest drafted players to come through for long-term big league success. In that regard, 2017 wasn’t bad for the Orioles as a ... read more

Some trade banter and other notes

If the Orioles discuss trading closer Zach Britton - or any prominent player - and then pull off a deal, can it help the team address its biggest need? Will the Orioles get starting pitching in return? That would be desirable for the Orioles. With just two pitchers set for the 2018 rotation in Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman, they are going to need to ... read more

Is bullpenning taking hold? (hot stove season heats up)

As the discussion about bullpenning in baseball continues and more teams talk about pulling their starters earlier in games, it will be interesting to see if the Orioles have interest in a similar plan. Teams like the Mets and Rays have indicated a desire to be more proactive in pulling starting pitchers next season before they face batting orders the third time through. This story ... read more

Will Mychal Givens’ role become more prominent in the future?

Can a pitcher with zero career saves be a future closer for the Orioles? If that pitcher is right-hander Mychal Givens, I believe the answer is yes. He has the velocity, has the stuff, is durable and has the mentality, in my opinion, which might be the hardest of all to find in a late-inning pitcher. One key trait of any closer is the ability ... read more

Week in review: A look at how far the O’s have to go and other topics

Time for another look at some stories and topics we’ve touched on here in the past week. Feel free to comment on any or all three once more. On Monday, we got a lot of responses to the question, “How far away are the Orioles?” The 2017 club stayed in the race into September. In fact, on the night of Aug. 30, the Orioles won ... read more