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Commentary & Analysis

Commentary and analysis on the Baltimore Orioles from the writers of SB Nation's Orioles blog, Camden CHat.

Orioles mock draft roundup with six weeks to go

The Athletic’s Keith Law’s first mock has the Orioles taking Virginia high schooler Bryce Eldridge

Adam Frazier is looking good, and the O’s front office might just know what it’s doing

The veteran 2B is coming on strong, with a .297/.384/.469 slash line in the month of May, and is contributing a lot to the team.

Reliving the Orioles season shaping victories in the first 50 games

The Orioles have already compiled a season’s worth of thrilling victories. The wild wins have helped for Baltimore’s resilient identity this year.

Jackson Holliday is making history before our very eyes

The 2022 No. 1 overall pick is blazing an impressive path to start his professional career. If he keeps up this pace, he can truly push this O’s franchise over the top.

Dean Kremer’s season is back where it should be

The Orioles’ best starter a season ago, Kremer fought through some April struggles to regain his footing this month

Mike Baumann is coming into his own as a reliever

After years of fringiness as a starting pitcher, a relief role is really allowing Big Mike’s fastball and curveball to shine.

Kyle Stowers has examples to follow in the Orioles organization

Kyle Stowers can look to Cedric Mullins and Ryan McKenna as outfielders that overcame early struggles and rejoined the Orioles.

Félix Bautista and Yennier Cano are redefining what a dominant bullpen duo looks like

Bautista was the known quantity coming into this season, Cano the unknown. Together they are combining to form the most intimidating one-two punch of relievers in MLB.

The Orioles rotation is improved but remains in need of an upgrade

While the lineup and bullpen thrive, Baltimore’s starters are holding back a team with playoff aspirations

The surprising Orioles are making things fun in Birdland

Through 40 games, things have gone better than even optimists might have hoped

So, apparently Cedric Mullins can hit lefties now

For the first time in his career, the CF is posting reverse splits and demolishing lefty fastballs.

Ryan McKenna is becoming a lineup staple for matchup focused Orioles

The fourth outfielder appears confident and comfortable in a role that should make a difference for the Orioles down the stretch.

Colton Cowser could be this year’s Adley Rutschman if the Orioles let him

The O’s top outfield prospect is raking at Norfolk and deserves a call-up. Crowded roster construction in Baltimore makes it difficult to make that a reality.

Adam Frazier has given the Orioles exactly what they needed at second base

The numbers aren’t huge, and there are flaws to pick at. But Frazier has given the Orioles the perfect bridge to whatever the team’s future will be at his position.

Kyle Gibson has hit a slight rough patch

The good news is, it is highly likely he can find his way out again.

Jorge Mateo’s breakout season has created a middle-infield dilemma

The Orioles shortstop's early-season turn toward stardom creates an even bigger headache when it comes to managing all of the system’s talented middle infielders.

Despite early success, the Orioles have plenty of room to improve

These Orioles aren’t fluky. They’re good. And there is reason to believe they will get even better.

Orioles minor league recap 4/28: Tate rehabs at Bowie, Holliday triples and homers for Aberdeen

Jackson Holliday introduced himself to High-A with a triple and homer, and Dillon Tate continued his rehab process with Bowie.

Trouble with the slurve: Gunnar Henderson’s early struggles and future adjustments

The problem: breaking balls in and around the hands. The solution: just being patient, as Henderson will eventually figure it out.

The Orioles’ strong start reduces the temptation to rush prospects

Strong starts by Yennier Cano, Jorge Mateo and Austin Hays have prevented the need to rush prospects to Baltimore

Kyle Gibson and his new sweeper are seeing early success with Orioles

The big righty was not the most exciting signing, but it’s tough to argue against how important he has been to the O’s hot start to the season.

Brandon Hyde has a new favorite in the bullpen

Right hander Yennier Canó has gone from depth to the most reliable setup man on the team right now.

Restarting the Kyle Bradish hype train

Bradish recorded only five outs before a comebacker sent him to the injured list, but the 26-year-old should provide Baltimore a much needed boost with his return.

Cedric Mullins has evolved into the ideal leadoff hitter

The Orioles center fielder is showing increased plate discipline and on-base numbers this year, making him the perfect tone-setter for an improved O’s offense.

The Orioles bullpen once again looks like an elite unit

Félix Bautista may be baseball’s best reliever, but he isn’t the only part of the Orioles bullpen that is dominating opposing lineups early on.

What’s up with Austin Voth?

The right hander’s sudden struggles with home runs and his ballooning ERA have put the Orioles bullpen in a tight place.

The Orioles could roll with three catchers long term

Anthony Bemboom outlasted the return of James McCann. Players like Terrin Vavra and Adam Frazier, paired with MLB roster restrictions against carrying extra pitchers, could keep Bemboom in the bigs long term.

Which starter could be set to lose his spot in the rotation?

With the return of Kyle Bradish on the horizon, the Orioles are likely to remove one of their current starters from the rotation. The only question is who will it be?

The curious case of Kyle Stowers

Stowers was demoted to Norfolk on Sunday after being rarely used through the season’s first week. It is a seemingly unfair outcome for a player with plenty to offer the big league squad.

Nerding out with some data on Grayson’s big day

It wasn’t always pretty, but the Orioles rookie was cookin’ with gas in Arlington yesterday.

Will Josh Lester or another first baseman hit his way to Baltimore?

The Orioles declined to carry a backup first baseman during the first week of the season, but will Josh Lester, Ryan O’Hearn or Lewin Díaz force their way to Baltimore?

The Orioles are on a mission to be the fastest team in baseball

The O’s early base-stealing performance in Boston is a sign of things to come. Baltimore looks to break base-stealing records thanks to the MLB rule changes.