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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 are showing progress in the season’s final month

While wins have remained hard to come by, there have been enough individual positives to let the Orioles finish the season on a high note.

¡Gracias, Ramón Urías!

With the reliable righty’s season over thanks to a leg injury, it’s time to appreciate what he put up over 85 games.

John Means has rounded back into form

After an up-and-down 2021 season, John Means is back to being an ace for the O’s.

There’s no point in giving up on Tanner Scott and Paul Fry

Both Scott and Fry turned in disappointing efforts in the second half of the season, but neither lefty should be non-tendered this offseason.

The Orioles are closer to being a winning team at the plate than on the mound

With players like Cedric Mullins and Ryan Mountcastle, the Orioles’ lineup looks headed in the right direction. The pitching staff, on the other hand, is lagging behind.

When is the next good Orioles team going to get here?

The 2021 Orioles season threw cold water on anyone who got their hopes up after 2020. When will better times arrive?

The Top 10 Orioles in WAR this season: It’s an interesting list

There are a few standouts, a few surprises, and not a ton more beyond that.

For the Orioles, Adley Rutschman represents much more than just a power bat

The Orioles no. 1 prospect has brought out the best in Norfolk pitching staff since his promotion to Triple-A, pointing towards a bright future in Baltimore.

Which Orioles’ overachiever possesses the brightest future?

The Orioles have had several players exceed expectations during a difficult season. Do any project as a long term contributor?

Austin Hays is building momentum again heading into the offseason

Hays’s progression seemed to stall midway through the season, but the 26-year-old once again has finished with a flourish. This time, can he build on this breakthrough?

Matt Harvey did enough to continue his big league career, but will it be in Baltimore?

The numbers aren’t particularly good, but the Orioles got exactly what they needed from the veteran right-hander.

Jorge Mateo’s bat: Better than advertised

The O’s shortstop is having some batted-ball luck, but he’s also walking more and striking out less than usual.

Tyler Wells, Orioles closer of the future?

The Orioles may have their diamond in the rough in Tyler Wells, proving once again that the Rule 5 draft is a worthwhile endeavor.

Hyde, Orioles navigating difficult rotation situation

Brandon Hyde has done the best he can to navigate a nearly impossible starting pitching situation. Look for the Orioles to provide extra rest to pitchers through the month of September.

Keegan Akin looks close to figuring it out for Orioles

After struggling mightily throughout the season, the former high-ranking prospect has started to make strides at the major league level.

Remember when Ryan Mountcastle couldn’t take walks?

A big part of the rookie’s late-season offensive revival has been patience at the plate.

What does the future hold for the Orioles at third base?

The Orioles will have to explore all options this offseason and beyond as they try to secure a long-term solution at third base.

Jorge Mateo is flashing more than just speed with the Orioles

Jorge Mateo has benefited from consistent at bats in Baltimore. Does the speedster have a future with the Orioles beyond 2021?

Paul Fry’s season slippage a stunning storyline for Orioles

Once looking like one of the best relievers in baseball, Fry began struggling in June and hasn’t been able to kick it, and is off the major league roster as a result.

DJ Stewart is playing for his future this September

The former first-round pick has shown upside at the plate, but is it enough to keep him on the Orioles roster in 2022?

Jorge López already looks good in the bullpen

In just two appearances in a relief role, his velocity is up and his walks and hard contact are down.

Anthony Santander’s recent hot streak has turned around his season

Coming into the month of August, Santander was having a disappointing year. But he’s caught fire at the plate recently and turned things around.

Some suggestions for the Orioles to try to break the Curse of the Cat

The Orioles have lost 19 straight games, beginning the day after the cat got onto the field at Yankee Stadium. Maybe it’s no coincidence.

Which 2022 starting pitchers are already on the Orioles active roster?

The Orioles have plenty of pitching prospects waiting in the wings, but which players already with the team project as starters next season?

How much blame does Brandon Hyde deserve for how the season has deteriorated?

The Orioles are the worst team in baseball, and generally the manager is in trouble when that happens. But is Hyde responsible, or is this totally a front office shortcoming?

Of course the Orioles will need to add pitching talent in order to compete

Grayson Rodriguez is the crown jewel of the Orioles’ current crop of young arms, but it should be assumed that the organization will pull off several significant deals by the time they are ready to compete.

It’s up or out for Triple-A Norfolk’s current rotation

This could be the last year for some prospects—especially Dan Duquette-era prospects—to make an impression with the team.

Potential September call-ups on the Orioles 40-man roster

The Orioles are likely to add pitchers from their 40-man roster to the big leagues next month, in lieu of extra position players.

Has the Orioles lineup improved since Mike Elias took over in 2019?

The Orioles have not concentrated their efforts on the major league roster, but has the lineup improved since Mike Elias took over prior to the 2019 season?

John Means’s post-injury performances a growing cause for concern

A potential Cy Young candidate early in the season, the lefty has looked downright ordinary since coming back from a shoulder injury.

Now that Chris Davis is gone, he won’t be disappointing Orioles fans any more

Chris Davis made some good Orioles memories. More recently he’s made a lot of bad ones. In retirement, the disappointment can stop.

Now healthy, Austin Hays seems to be settling into his big league role

The oft-injured outfielder has started to heat up and show off the kind of player he could be for a long time to come.