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Commentary & Analysis

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

In moving fences back, the Orioles solve a small problem, leaving the big one for later

The Orioles moving back the fences should help their pitchers a bit. They’ll really solve their problem when they get better players.

Orioles prospects were a mixed bag in the Arizona Fall League this year

The Orioles sent a group of players to Arizona this fall for extra work, and while most of them struggled and some got injured, there were a couple of bright spots.

How long should the Orioles continue to put their top talent up for sale?

Trading established players is the mark of a rebuilding team, which the Orioles are. But when does it become time to start keeping them to support the new foundation?

An early preview of next year’s Orioles pre-Rule 5 draft 40-man roster decisions

The Orioles added six prospects to the 40-man roster ahead of the Rule 5 draft, just like last year. How many are already lined up for next year?

Which Orioles prospects could be added to the 40-man roster today?

Later today, the Orioles will add prospects to the 40-man roster to protect them from the Rule 5 draft. O’s beat writers expect 4-6.

Will the Orioles continue their streak of successful shortstop acquisitions?

The Orioles have rarely gone outside the organization for help, but they’ve struck gold more than once at short. Should the moves generate optimism for future success in free agency?

How the new CBA addresses service time could completely alter the 2022 Orioles

The club has a slew of prospects that could be deemed "big league ready" sooner than they would have under existing rules.

Which free agent catching options could keep the spot warm for Adley Rutschman?

The Orioles have no catchers on their 40-man roster at the moment, and they could use more pitch framing skills.

Third base is a murky position for the Orioles going into next season

There are some candidates but no locks at the hot corner, and it’s anyone’s guess how that’s going to look for Baltimore in 2022.

The Orioles found an All-Star out of nowhere in Cedric Mullins

Nobody could predict Mullins’ monster breakout in 2021, but we were lucky enough to witness it.

John Means had his ups and downs as the de facto ace for the Orioles

A terrific start, frustrating middle and encouraging end summed up the left-hander’s injury-affected season.

Trey Mancini’s triumphant return in 2021 was baseball’s best story

It was an amazing year for Trey Mancini, who returned to form after missing all of 2020 due to cancer.

Matt Harvey took his lumps and failed to materialize as a trade chip

Matt Harvey impressed during a pair of stretches, but struggled through the majority of the 2021 season.

Ryan Mountcastle showed he can be on a good Orioles team with his first full season

Ryan Mountcastle led all rookies in home runs this year. The big questions: Can he be at least this good again? Can he be better?

Jorge López may be done starting, but his relief days are just beginning

The Orioles needed the right-hander to fill a role for most of the year that probably did not make the best use of his skills.

Keegan Akin’s failure to develop added to the Orioles’ season-long pitching woes

The Orioles hoped the homegrown lefty would emerge as a capable starter in his first full year. It didn’t happen, aside from a few late flashes of competence.

Dillon Tate had a headscratcher of a season, but the value is still there

In 2021 Tate regressed in two main areas: strikeouts and high-leverage situations. Would a more defined role help?

Between Pedro Severino and Austin Wynns, Orioles didn’t get much from catchers this season

While the franchise waits for Adley Rutschman’s arrival, Severino provided a declining bat and Wynns lived below the Mendoza line.

Austin Hays impressed with a nearly full season and solid numbers in 2021

The young Orioles outfielder spent most of his time in the outfield corners this year and was productive on offense, for the most part.

When healthy, Bruce Zimmermann gave the Orioles a chance to win

Bruce Zimmermann looked the part of a back-end starter in the AL East when healthy. Where does the local product factor into the Orioles future rotation?

Cole Sulser started 2021 as just another Orioles reliever and ended it as the closer

Nothing about how Cole Sulser pitched in 2020 made him look like a future, successful high-leverage reliever. He turned himself into one anyway.

Injuries prevented Anthony Santander from shining in 2021

The Orioles’ right fielder was hoping to follow up an impressive 2020 with a breakout campaign, but three separate IL stints put a stop to that.

Orioles prospect season in review: Coby Mayo and Darell Hernaiz

Teenagers to start the year, infielders Mayo and Hernaiz put some skills on display in promising seasons at Single-A Delmarva.

Rookie closer Tyler Wells paid immediate dividends as a Rule 5 pick

The first year is usually a rough one for Rule 5 picks, of those who even stick in the majors. It wasn’t for Wells, who emerged as a bullpen ace for the O’s.

DJ Stewart did not show enough in 2021

If his defense were a little better... If he made more contact... If the power were more consistent... There are too many "if"s with DJ Stewart to overlook.

Tanner Scott’s 2021 season was marred by inconsistency

After a terrific 2020 that seemingly had the hard-throwing left-hander on the brink of even bigger things in 2021, Scott instead struggled down the stretch for the Orioles.

Dean Kremer took a major step backwards this past season

Starting pitcher Dean Kremer lost his control and his confidence this past season, which will take time and a lot of hard work to regain.

The emergence of Ramón Urías ranks among top highlights from 2021 season

Ramón Urías took his opportunity and ran with it after Freddy Galvis went down at the end of June. The 27-year-old will have a chance to carve out a permanent role with the club next season.

Plan A of Orioles pitching failed, so they got a lot of Spenser Watkins and others

This was a good year to be a minor league journeyman pitcher at Norfolk. It wasn’t so good for the Orioles to need those journeymen, though.

The Orioles needed more from Paul Fry and César Valdez

It what was a tough season for the entire O’s bullpen, these two veterans were particularly bad in the second half.

The Orioles are still looking for answers at second and third base

The O’s shuffled through a number of players at the hot corner and the keystone in 2021, with little success.

The Orioles fan’s rooting guide to the National League playoffs

The Orioles are out on the golf course, but you’re home watching the postseason. Who will you be rooting for?