Game 81: Orioles at Braves

As we finish the first half of the season, the O’s look to get on the winning track and end a 5-game losing streak.  They look to avoid a second straight series sweep, this one at the hands of the Braves.

Braves:

Batting Fielding fWAR
Jordan Schafer .224/.293/.306 4 0.6
Jason Heyward .234/.328/.408 -3 0.7
Chipper Jones .257/.342/.420 -4 0.8
Brian McCann .311/.386/.521 -2 3.1
Freddie Freeman .267/.336/.425 -7 0.2
Dan Uggla .177/.244/.334 -4 -0.6
Nate McLouth .232/.346/.335 -8 0.3
Julio Lugo .143/.143/.143 -1 -0.2
Brandon Beachy .000/.000/.000 0 -0.2


A strong Braves lineup, power galore, with Heyward in the two spot, followed by Chipper, McCann, Freeman (hits the ball VERY hard) and Uggla.  Saying that Uggla is having an off-year is almost an understatement, but he is still a dangerous spot in the middle of that lineup.

Brandon Beachy:

ERA FIP xFIP K/9 BB/9 GB% fWAR
3.04 3.12 2.90 10.5 2.4 31.2% 1.2

Beachy has been very good in his ten starts for the Braves.  Though he only has three wins (along with one loss), he’s done everything he can do to get wins.  An insane K:BB ratio, and a good ERA gives him some great numbers.  Only downside is he does give up one home run per nine innings.

Beachy has very good stuff, getting good whiff percentages on every pitch.  Good velocity on his fastball/cutter and has good movement on his other pitches.


Orioles:

Batting Fielding fWAR
J.J. Hardy .291/.351/.515 -3 1.7
Nick Markakis .285/.334/.378 0 1.0
Adam Jones .288/.330/.471 -10 1.5
Mark Reynolds .228/.354/.483 -17 0.7
Derrek Lee .245/.307/.359 3 0.2
Luke Scott .227/.306/.414 -2 0.2
Craig Tatum .300/.400/.300 0 0.2
Blake Davis .333/.429/.444 -1 0.1
Zach Britton .600/.600/.800 0 0.2


Interesting move putting Reynolds in the cleanup spot.  Tatum also takes Wieters’ spot in the lineup (the only Oriole to make the AL All-Star team, as of now, might I add).

Zach Britton:

ERA FIP xFIP K/9 BB/9 GB% fWAR
3.38 3.83 3.83 5.4 3.1 54.3% 1.5

Britton continues to struggle after his great start, even though his numbers are not that bad.  His K:BB ratio is the only bad number around him, he walks too many for the amount he strikes out.

He’s getting a few less whiffs on his two-seamer than before, but a whole lot more on his slider (which is great if you ask me).


Stats: UZRWARERAFIPxFIPK/9 & BB/9GB%PitchFX