Game 84: Orioles at Rangers

The O’s took a tough loss yesterday at the hands of the Rangers.  After scratching across 2 runs and taking the lead (and getting a quality start in Mitch Atkins’ Orioles debut), the bullpen couldn’t hold the lead.  The O’s look to avoid the sweep on the road tonight.

Rangers:

Batting Fielding fWAR
Ian Kinsler .244/.361/.435 6 3.6
Elvis Andrus .268/.320/.332 3 2.2
Josh Hamilton .298/.356/.535 -2 1.5
Adrian Beltre .273/.317/.478 7 2.9
Michael Young .323/.357/.478 -4 1.8
Nelson Cruz .252/.300/.546 -4 1.1
Mitch Moreland .273/.339/.458 -4 0.9
Mike Napoli .220/.339/.489 1 1.4
Endy Chavez .323/.364/.538 0 1.1

The Rangers lineup pounded out 10 hits yesterday–their second straight game with double-digit hits.  The O’s simply could not shut them down.

Alexi Ogando:

ERA FIP xFIP K/9 BB/9 GB% fWAR
2.86 3.34 3.72 6.7 2.0 36.3% 2.1

Ogando comes in with rather good numbers.  He also enters today’s game with an 8-3 record.  He probably could strike out more with the great pitches he has.

Ogando uses three pitches but uses them very well.  His fastball might not have too much movement, but coming in at 95 makes it pretty hard to hit.  His sinker acts like his fastball but drops off right before it reaches the batter and has great bite.


Orioles:

Batting Fielding fWAR
J.J. Hardy .292/.351/.530 -2 2.0
Nick Markakis .294/.340/.386 0 1.3
Adam Jones .285/.327/.461 -10 1.4
Vladimir Guerrero .279/.315/.378 0 -0.1
Matt Wieters .269/.320/.412 5 2.2
Mark Reynolds .230/.352/.507 -19 0.8
Derrek Lee .233/.293/.341 3 -0.1
Felix Pie .239/.252/.292 -5 -1.1
Robert Andino .254/.326/.306 2 0.5


J.J. Hardy hit ANOTHER home run yesterday.  Two straight games for him, number 13 on the season.  Also, Wieters hit his 8th on the year, 5th from the right side.  Pie is in the lineup today over Reimold.

Jeremy Guthrie:

ERA FIP xFIP K/9 BB/9 GB% fWAR
3.93 4.11 4.05 5.9 2.2 35.0% 1.3

Looking at Guthrie’s number you’d think that he’d have 5-7 wins at this point in the year.  But that’s not been the case for Guthrie this year.  He’s been the hard-luck loser so far for the O’s (see Kevin Millwood last year, except Guthrie is better).  He enters tonight’s game with a 3-10 record, even after putting out quality start after quality start.

Guthrie doesn’t get all that many whiffs but he gets a fair share (and a good amount for how many he walks).  Uses all of his pitches often and works them well around the plate.  As long as he keeps the ball down in the zone he remains very effective.


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