The O’s got knocked around in game two yesterday, which did a number on their pythag (down to 5-3). Need more offense.
As good as second-baseman Brian Roberts has been in the lead-off spot for the O’s, Ian Kinsler has been better for Texas. Same thing with Nick Markakis and Nelson Cruz.
The Dutch Oven is a solid young left-handed pitcher already, who should help the Rangers make up for the loss of Cliff Lee (if only a little) now that he’s a full-time starter.
Holland throws pretty hard, and his slider and change-up are both effective offerings which should allow him to handle both right-handed and left-handed batters fairly well (though righties have taken him deep at a much higher rate in his career).
Jake Fox in left-field? Should be interesting. It’s those other positions that drag down Fox’s value, given that he’s not a good fielder. If he just stuck to catching, I think he’d end up above replacement level.
Good to see Guthrie healthy enough to take the mound (or, at least I hope that’s why he’s out there).
The horizontal movements from the PitchFX seemed off (miscalibration?), so I shifted the pitches to the left a little to more where they’re “supposed” to be. It also said he threw a bunch of cutters, which I folded into fastballs for now. You can see how Guthrie had his off-speed stuff working in the first start.
Stats: UZR, WAR, ERA, FIP, xFIP, K/9 & BB/9, GB%, PitchFX