Game 83: Orioles at Rangers

The Orioles were pounded by the Rangers yesterday, giving up 14 runs on 18 hits (two home runs). The O’s will bring up Mitch Atkins to pitch against Matt Harrison and the Texas Rangers.

Rangers:

Batting Fielding fWAR
Ian Kinsler .244/.362/.437 6 3.6
Elvis Andrus .271/.321/.335 3 2.2
Josh Hamilton .294/.353/.536 -2 1.5
Adrian Beltre .273/.318/.478 7 2.9
Michael Young .318/.353/.475 -4 1.6
Nelson Cruz .248/.297/.547 -4 1.1
Mike Napoli .226/.348/.504 1 1.5
Yorvit Torrealba .259/.293/.375 -1 0.5
Endy Chavez .319/.361/.538 0 1.1


A very good lineup, as many saw yesterday.  They pounded out hit after hit (double after double, if you watched the 2nd inning last night).  Beltre and Chavez hit home runs, which shows that they have power from 1-9 in the lineup.

Matt Harrison:

ERA FIP xFIP K/9 BB/9 GB% fWAR
3.30 4.14 4.19 5.4 3.6 45.1% 1.1

Harrison’s numbers aren’t all that bad, a decent ERA but his xFIP is a little high.  Also, he walks too many per nine, which usually comes back to hurt him.  He enters tonight with a 6-7 record.

Throws a decently hard fastball and has a good change-up.  Also, shows a good drop in velocity from his fastball/two-seamer to his curveball.


Orioles:

Batting Fielding fWAR
J.J. Hardy .294/.354/.523 -2 1.9
Nick Markakis .292/.340/.386 0 1.3
Adam Jones .283/.325/.460 -10 1.3
Vladimir Guerrero .276/.313/.376 0 -0.1
Mark Reynolds .233/.356/.515 -19 0.9
Matt Wieters .262/.314/.395 5 2.0
Derrek Lee .236/.297/.346 3 0.0
Nolan Reimold .255/.354/.491 -1 0.3
Robert Andino .258/.330/.311 2 0.5

Though the O’s got pounded yesterday, there were some spots in the lineup.  J.J. has now homered in 9 straight series, Vlad walked twice (and was hit by a pitch, wow), and Reynolds hit two home runs (that’s 6 in his past 5 games).  Reynolds is kept in the 5th spot and Andino is back in tonight against the lefty.

Mitch Atkins (from Triple-A):

ERA FIP xFIP K/9 BB/9 GB% fWAR
3.11 4.21 N/A 5.6 3.1 N/A N/A

Atkins is called up from Triple-A and was acquired from Chicago (Cubs). Pretty decent numbers, based off of 46.1 IP this year.

Based off of last year with the Cubs.  Uses mostly four pitches (also has a cutter, but under 2%) and his slider and curve have great movement.  He gave up so many runs because he didn’t hit his spots very well last year.


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