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Commentary & Analysis

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

The Orioles made it to October before being eliminated from the postseason

Last year’s Orioles were eliminated on August 28. This way was a lot more fun.

Bryan Baker’s Tale of Two Seasons

Baker started off 2022 slow, but unlike a lot of the bullpen, he is not flagging down the stretch.

Nick Vespi remains an option for overworked bullpen

The soft-tossing lefty can not be optioned again this season if recalled, but the Orioles could use one more look at Nick Vespi.

Which Orioles prospects could make the Gunnar Henderson leap in 2023?

The breakout season from the Orioles’ star rookie saw him go from Aberdeen to Baltimore in less than a year. We examine the crop of prospects that could make a similar jump in 2023.

It’s unclear how Austin Hays fits into the Orioles’ future

The veteran outfielder has had a solid season at the plate, but a declining defensive skillset and a wave of young talent behind could have him on the move this offseason.

What is the next great Orioles team going to look like?

The Orioles gave us some fun times for a while this year. What will they look like when they’re even better than this?

How good are Jorge Mateo’s Gold Glove odds?

Mateo should find himself in a three-man race with Houston’s Jeremy Pena and Boston’s Xander Bogaerts, with a chance to edge them out.

Will the Orioles still need a “veteran presence” in 2023?

Rougned Odor and Robinson Chirinos have served a purpose this year, but will the Orioles have room for anyone who does not produce at the plate in 2023?

Brandon Hyde would make history with AL Manager of Year win

Playoffs or not, Hyder has done more than enough with the 2022 Orioles to merit the post-season hardware.

Ryan Mountcastle is just scratching the surface

His hard-hit numbers are the highest he’s ever put up, suggesting improvements to come.

Could the Orioles offense see more turnover than the rotation this offseason?

The Orioles rotation has exceeded expectations while the offense has struggled down the stretch. Does Baltimore’s lineup contain fewer sure things than everyone may have thought?

What the Orioles’ rivalry with the Blue Jays can tell us about the 2022 season

The Orioles’ shortcomings in their matchups with Toronto this season highlight the inconsistencies of an unproven lineup.

Even as the Orioles fall out of the playoff race, there remains plenty to learn about this team

The season is slipping away from the upstart Birds, but with a bright future there are still storylines worth watching in the final weeks.

The O’s have already won the battle of the payrolls

Whatever happens down the stretch, this team has extracted maximum productivity from its players and proven itself to be much more than the sum of its parts.

Will another Orioles prospect debut this season?

Could Jordan Westburg, Grayson Rodriguez or any other prospect join an already impressive rookie class with the Orioles this season?

Has Anthony Santander earned a larger role in the long-term future of the Orioles?

Once seen as future trade bait, the outfielder’s career year in 2022 has shown why he deserves a larger role in the Orioles’ future plans.

The unexpected cromulence of Jordan Lyles

What makes a 31-year-old veteran with a career 5.12 ERA start putting up some of his best-ever numbers in his twelfth season?

Tyler Wells could give the Orioles bullpen exactly what it needs

Tyler Wells emerged as Baltimore’s best starter before suffering an injury at the end of July. Now, with the rotation thriving, Wells is poised to give the Orioles one more late-inning reliever.

Orioles’ masterful pitching display against the Astros shows how far this staff has come

The Astros have one of the league’s best offenses. The Orioles rotation made them look silly for three games.

The Orioles are having issues against left-handed pitching, up and down the organization

There are plenty of areas where the Orioles offense could stand to improve. Their performance against left-handed pitching may the most glaring.

Ranking the best and worst batting eyes on the Orioles

The good news: Adley Rutschman, Terrin Vavra, Anthony Santander, and Tyler Nevin are putting up above-average walk rates. After that, though, it’s crickets.

Who should back up Ryan Mountcastle at first base?

The Orioles' logjam at first base is a thing of the past. Tyler Nevin has struggled at the plate, but can Baltimore afford to go without him?

How the 2022 team can avoid the same fate of the “Why Not?” Orioles

The 2022 and 1989 O’s share a lot of similarities. However, this year’s bunch will need to learn from where the ‘89 team failed if they want to make the playoffs.

The wait for Gunnar Henderson is nearly over

There isn’t much more for the infielder to accomplish down in Triple-A, and the Orioles have an immediate need for pop on their infield.

The Orioles still have six top 100 prospects even with Adley Rutschman in MLB

The Orioles had the best MLB farm system before the season and it’s looking like they still might.

How is Austin Voth pulling this off?

Since joining the Orioles in June, Voth has a 2.81 ERA in 14 appearances. Credit a change in pitch mix that’s helped him cut his hits allowed by half.

Under Mike Elias, the Orioles’ lineup has greatly evolved

Adley Rutschman arrived, but how else has the Orioles’ lineup improved this year?

DL Hall’s debut provides a cautionary tale for bringing up other top prospects

Many in Birdland are clamoring for the promotion of top minor leaguers, but Hall’s outing against Tampa showed the downside of rushing rookies to the majors.

Rougned Odor deserves his Orioles roster spot even if his role should change

The veteran infielder has been a major contributor to the culture shift in the Orioles’ clubhouse this season.

Saturday afternoon Orioles game thread: at Rays, 4:10 ET

Welcome to the show, DL Hall!

What needs to happen for the Orioles to make it into the postseason?

The Orioles are in a six team mix for the three AL Wild Card spots. They need to find their way to at least 85 wins.

The best part of the O’s recent success? There’s room for improvement.

Winning while everybody’s at peak performance is one thing; the Orioles may still have room to grow.