Thursday, July 9, 2015

Orioles - Week 7 (2015)

Sweep of Jay's give O's winning week

Despite the rash of injuries that the O's have had over the past couple weeks, coupled with their lack of hitting production, the O's managed to go 4-2 this past week. Including a sweep over the bottom dwelling Toronto Blue Jays.

Matt Wieters on his first week back was being put into action sparingly. He had 9 at bats with 4 hits including 2 HR's. Caleb Joseph also assisted with 5 hits over the course of 14 AB's. 

Adam Jones is still having one of his worst seasons as an Oriole and went 4 for 24, dropping his season hitting average to .205. Another black hole in the lineup is Chris Davis who is leading the MLB in strike outs with an astounding 56 K's in 176 plate appearances. He had 1 hit this past week in 19 plate appearances. When Chris Davis was asked about his slump this season, he stated "My swing is just not coming through like it normally does, I generally do have a high strikout rate, but I usually can drive balls to the opposite field and that is not happening this year."

There has been rumors that the O's GM is looking to shop both Chris Davis and Matt Wieters as a potential package deal to find a hitter. Both of their deals are up this year and have a slim chance of returning to the O's.

The O's begin next week playing the Houston Astros. Also, the 2015 All-Star voting begins on Monday, May 25th. It is unlikely any of the O's hitters make the team (Machado is injured), however there is a slim chance that 1 or 2 pitchers can make the reserves. STAY TUNED!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Orioles - Week 6 (2015)

Cabrera Trade Providing Dividends

On May 11th, the Baltimore Orioles made a trade to provide their outfield with another bat that they so desperately needed since Nick Markakis left in the off-season. That was for the former hitting (*) champion, Melky Cabrera. Many fans were not happy with the trade, one fan stated "We do not want a cheater on our team, we already had one of those". That fan was talking about Rafael Palmeiro, who was also caught lieing to congress stating "I have never used steroids. PERIOD."

However, fans may likely forget that Cabrera was a "cheater" if he keeps hitting like he did in his first week. He batted .308 with an astounding 11 RBI's in his first week as an Oriole.

The hitting began to come around as the Orioles won 4 of 6 this past week. It was almost a 5 of 6 week until the Angels' Mike Trout exploded for a 4 hit, 2HR (1 grand slam), 6 RBI performance in which the Angel's came back from a 6 run deficit to defeat the Baltimore Orioles. 

Manny Machado down with injury (Yes, again)

For the 3rd straight year, the young phenom Manny Machado had another injury. Granted, this one is not season ending but it will keep him out until around the All-Star break. On May 17th, Manny Machado had a forearm injury that is believed to be a sprain. He has since been placed on the DL. Buck Showwalter and the General Manager are still discussing options to fill this huge void.

Orioles - Week 5 (2015)

Orioles Stay Stagnant 

The Baltimore Orioles have yet to go on a big streak and take advantage of the AL East. During this week, the O's went 2-4 against both New York teams. The Orioles began their interleague play against the New York Mets who are 20-11. The Met's starting pitching is what holds them together as they are 1st in all categories. The O's fell to the Met's in both games.

The O's then took the subway to their bitter rivals, the New York Yankees. The Yank's were in 1st place, so this 4 game set came at the perfect time. Could the O's take advantage? In the first game, Miguel Gonzalez pitched a gem allowing 1 hit in 7 innings pitched. His bid for a no-no was broken up by a Brett Gardner HR in the 7th. Yes, Brett Gardner broke up the no-hitter with a homerun.The O's won that game 4-3. After the game, Gonzalez was interviewed by Baltimore Sun reporters stating "For some reason, I seem to come up with my best pitching against the Yankees, it is almost as I thrive against them."

Following that game, Wei-Yen Chen gave a great 8.2 innings pitched allowing 3 runs. The O's bats came alive against the young pitcher, Nathan Eovaldi, with 8 hits and 5 ER's over 5.2 innings. The O's won that game 7-3. As the series looked as one that could get the O's back in the AL East fight, they lost the final 2 games 1-4 and 6-7.

The black-hole for the O's still remains with their hitting as they are batting an overall .249 with a league low OBP of .694. However, the O's are looking to increase their hitting as they recall both Matt Weiters and Steve Pearce. They are both coming off of the DL and will be added to the roster this Monday to play against Toronto.

Trade - O's deal Everth Cabrera and Travis Snider to White Sox for Cabrera

In an effort to cut costs, the Chicago White Sox made a deal with Baltimore to send Melky Cabrera and his $8 million contract to the O's for two players who have small salaries. Melky Cabrera is currently batting .309.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Orioles - Week 4 (2015)

Offense Continues to Slack

The Orioles have done nothing to provide their fan base with confidence that letting Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis was the correct move. So far through the year, the O's are 13th in Runs scored (103), 12th in Batting Average (.251), and 13th in OBP (.303). This lack of production has placed the O's in 4th place with a record of 12-13 after 4 weeks into the season.

Last week, the O's went 2-4 including being swept by their division rival, Tampa Bay.

During this stretch, their pitching remained one of the best in the AL. Chris Tillman has been leading the way with a 1.46 ERA and 10k's over the past 7 days. O's Adam Jones has been on a rollar coaster at the plate. In his last 5 games, he remains hitless with an 0-20 streak. You at some point have to wonder when Showalter will move him down in the lineup. The answer could be soon....

Matt Wieters and Steve Pearce were both sent on Rehab Assignments to AAA Norfolk. They are expected back towards the end of next week, barring any setback. A few moves will have to be made.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Orioles - Week 3 (2015)

Orioles - Week 3

What a week the Baltimore Orioles had. As Adam Jones stated last week, "You just need to keep grinding". The Orioles went 5-2 that included a 3 game sweep of the Blue Jay's in which each win was by 1 run. Zach Britton spoke with Dan Connolly from the Baltimore Sun and stated "This is the importance of the bullpen, a lot of times we are overlooked but when you play close games like this, it is important to hold the other team to that score". The Orioles currently sport the best Bullpen ERA in the American League at 2.27

After a slummping start to the season, Adam Jones finally began to heat up with 12 hits in his 29 at bats this week. He had a line of .414/.655/.1089 (AVG/OBP/OPS),

With all of the good news going around Baltimore, it was upsetting to see another "Should have been star" injured in Kevin Gausman. After the team doctor reviewed his injury, it was deemed necessary for him to be placed on the 60 day Disabled List with shoulder inflammation. With this move, T.J. Mcfarland was recalled from AAA Norfolk and put into the Bullpen. Buck Showalter decided to add Ubaldo Jimenz from the bullpen to the starting rotation. He will pitch his first game on Monday (April 27th) against Chicago. JJ Hardy was also recalled this week after he was activated from a prior injury.

In Free Agent news, a minor league offer was given to second baseman, Jose Fernandez out of Cuba:

The next series will be played against the Chicago White Sox, the first team the O's will play this year that is not in the AL East. The White Sox are off to one of their worst starts in franchise history at 3-15.

Orioles - Week 2 (2015)

Orioles - Week 2 (2015)

It was a tough second week of the year for the O's who only went 2-5. This included being swept by the Yankees. One of the big issues that the O's failed to have a successful week in which they fell to 5-7 on the year and 3GB of the division leader, Yankees was due to their lack of production.

Adam Jones over the past week only had 4 hits in his 26 at bats. This has given him a stat line of .167/,164/.315. In order for the Orioles to be more consistent, they are going to want more production from their #3 hole hitter. During an interview with MASN's Roch Kubatko, Adam said the following:

"It is only the beginning of the year, all you can do is stay on the grind and continue to wait for your pitches. It is disappointing that we had a stretch where we slumped like this, however it will come around. If you notice, some of the other guys are keeping us a float such as Caleb Joseph and Manny Machado"

Adam is correct, with Matt Wieters currently on the Disabled List, Caleb Joseph has done a splendid job filling in. He is currently batting .318 with 3 home runs and 14 RBI's.

Per the General Manager, Dexter Morgan, "We will explore all options related to Matt upon his return." As you may know, Matt is in the final year of his current deal and the O's are not knowing for making large free agent signings. Similar to last year when the O's let Nick Markakis walk and go to the Atlanta Braves. Speaking of whom, Nick took NL Player of the week honors batting ,565 with 1 HR and 3 RBI's.

The Orioles will wrap up their series with the Red Sox on Monday for Patriot's day. they will then go on to play the Blue Jay's and Ray's in the upcoming week. Lets see if Adam Jones can finally come up big!

Standings/Team Leaders

Orioles 2015 - Week 1

The beginning of a new season has the O’s hoping that they can continue their new founding success. With the disappointment of losing to the Royals in the ALCS last year, they have new high expectations of competing for the AL crown this year. The O’s continued their new found philosophy of not spending high dollars on free agents

Through the first week of the season, the O’s ended it with a 3-3 record, taking 2 from Tampa and only 1 from Toronto.

Thankfully, all teams in the AL East have the same record at 3-3. Leading the offense for the O’s in the first week of the season was that name all of the fans like to say “ALLLEHANDAROOO” (Alejandro) De Aza”. Through the first week, he is sporting a .368/.429/.579 stat line. Leading the way for the pitchers is that of Chris Tillman who defeated the Ray’s in his first start of the season. He only allowed 1 run on 5 hits. The next 7 days are still against the AL East with 3 games against New York at home and 3 games against Boston at Boston.