Spring Training: Orioles 6, Yankees 3

O’s are 5-7 so far in Spring Training; a 68 win full season pace (not that it matters). Endy Chavez is batting .409/.458/.591, which hopefully won’t encourage Buck to make him the team’s lead-off hitter (which he was for this game). Nick Johnson is at .348/.464/.478; Mark Rernolds, JJ Hardy, and Matt Antonelli have each walked more times than they’ve struck out (though have only 2 home runs between them); Chris Davis has a not surprising .276/.300/.483 line. On the pitching side, I love seeing Brian Matusz’s 13-0 strike-out to walk ratio and reports that he’s throwing in the low 90’s, though I’m still not getting my hopes up that he’ll be back to “normal”; after the season he has last year, just being a major league caliber pitcher at all would be nice.

The Good:

  • Endy Chavez picked up three more hits, moving his average to .462. Career OBP in the Majors is still just .313, of course.
  • Adam Jones hit a three-run homer, going down and getting a pitch that might have been off the plate away and driving it out to center-field.
  • Matt Wieters did work on both sides of the ball, homering at the plate and throwing out a couple of potential base-stealers plus picking off a runner at second. 
  • 2001 third round draft-pick Mike Wright pitched two and a third innings in relief, K’ing 4.
  • Stu Pomeranz came out throwing some gas in the 9th, striking out the side.

The Bad:

  • Alfedo Simon didn’t look great when he was pitching – it seemed to me like he wasn’t get much power from his pitching motion, and the fastball didn’t have it’s usual pop (plus, he was throwing a lot of off-speed stuff, though maybe he was jsut working on something). Thus, it wasn’t surprising to find out he left the game after two innings (one run on two hits, a walk, and a hit batter; no K’s) with a groin strain.
  • I’m mostly just picking on him, but Chris Davis went 0-4 with a strike-out and looked absolutely terrible against lefty (and former Oriole) Clay Rapada.

The Final:

The Orioles beat the Yankees! Sure it’s only Spring Training, but that’s still always nice. It sounds like Zach Britton will be missing some more time with shoulder inflammation, which isn’t great news. If I’m the Orioles, I don’t care at all about Britton’s contributions to the team in 2012 and am completely concerning with his long-term health when it comes to decision making.