The O’s take game two of the three game set with the Angels and look for the series victory in today’s rubber match. The bullpen held up very well yesterday and Brad Bergesen got the quality start and the victory in yesterday’s game.
A decent lineup from the Angels, with the middle of the lineup being their best contact hitters. Callaspo and Kendrick have a very good knack for getting on (see the high averages) and with Hunter, Abreu, and Wells good at drawing walks, Callaspo and Kendrick get more RBI opportunities.
Chatwood has been average at best this year. Though his ERA is a little above average, his FIP and xFIP don’t reflect well on it. Also, anytime a pitcher has a higher BB/9 than K/9, it shows that he really has not been performing well. There’s not much of a chance of him thriving in the majors with a K:BB ratio like that.
He has good whiff % on his fastballs, which is good to see out of relatively straight pitches. But to only have 15% and 14% on his curve and change, respectively, is not good to say the least. He needs to help himself out and get those K pitches working with more whiffs on his off-speed.
Josh Bell is back in the lineup at DH and with the news that Scott is out for the year, Reimold and Pie (sigh) should be splitting time in LF for the rest of the year.
Guthrie got a win in his last outing against the Red Sox, giving up 2 ER in 7 IP (great job from Jeremy). If he can continue to put the Orioles in winning situations by giving them quality starts, he can definitely get a few more wins.
He needs to miss more bats with his fastball and sinker. Location is the name of the game for Guthrie and if he really wants to be effective, he needs to keep the ball down and in the zone (which he has done well all year, see his low walk count).
Stats: UZR, WAR, ERA, FIP, xFIP, K/9 & BB/9, GB%, PitchFX