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2010 Orioles Bloggers Season Awards

Baltimore Sports Report posted their 2010 Orioles bloggers season awards, which were voted on by a number of O’s blogs. Seems like my votes were out of step with the others, but it happens. Biggest Surprise: Winner: “Votes went a few ways here, but Jason Berken took it in the end.  As Camden Chat put it, “Berken’s […]

2010 Relief Pitcher Of The Year Award

Hall of Fame relief pitcher Goose Gossage was kind enough to lend his name to the BBA award for best fireman in the league. I suppose the question is whether or not you include context for a guy who’s pitching in a lot of high leverage situations but isn’t likely to finish with more than […]

2010 Rookie Of The Year Award

The Rookie of the Year award – or the Willie Mays award, as it’s known in the BBA – isn’t the easiest honor to give out, since it’s sometimes a little tricky to know how much weight to give future potential. If a 30 year old has an amazing (fluke) season, while a young top […]

2010 Manager Of The Year Award

The Manager of the Year award – named for Connie Mack in the BBA in honor of the Hall of Fame skipper – is seemingly given out more based on which teams over-preformed pre-season expectations than on any analysis of how well each manager managed (which is itself exceedingly difficult to get a handle on, […]

2010 Orioles Retrospective: Justin Turner

Justin Turner was called up early in the season to provide some infield depth with Brian Roberts on the DL, but he only stuck around for a couple weeks. He went hitless in his 9 at bats playing mostly second-base (with a couple innings at short), and then was sent back down to Triple-A where […]

2010 Orioles Retrospective: Garrett Atkins

Kicking off the individual players portion of the 2010 Orioles Retrospective, we have one of the worst players in the majors from this past season. Before the Orioles signed Garrett Atkins this off-season, I weighed in on the move several times: From: Garrett Atkins isn’t a particularly good defender (-4.9 UZR/150 career) and his offense […]

2010 Cy Young Award

With the season over, year-end awards voting time is upon us. I know it’s a bit out of order, but I wanted to start with the AL (and NL) Cy Young* awards. * Known in the BBA as the Walter Johnson award. 5. Jon Lester 208 IP, 3.25 ERA, 3.13 FIP, 3.29 xFIP, 3.20 SIERA, […]

2010 Orioles Retrospective: Buck Showalter

Two months into the season, the Orioles’ front office decided that Dave Trembley surely wasn’t the answer at manager and fired the 4th year skipper. Sure the team had gotten worse each season under his watch – and Andy MacPhail for some reason said that this season would be about wins and losses – but […]

2010 Orioles Retrospective

The 2010 Orioles finished with a 66-96 record, good for 3rd worst in the majors and 5th in the AL East. Before the season, I was hoping for something in the mid-70s win-wise, with an outside chance of getting to the .500 mark. That hope was quickly dashed, as the team started out 2-16, making […]

Game 156: Orioles 4, Rays 0

The Good: * Brian Matusz had perhaps his best game of the season, mowing through the Tampa Bay line-up. Final line; 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K. Plus more groundballs (9) than flyballs (6). It was an excellent performance, and though Matusz probably won’t catch Austin Jackson in the AL Rookie […]

Orioles vs. Blue Jays

Though the O’s ended the seasonal o-fer against the Blue Jays in Baltimore recently, their trip up north ended like every other time the teams played this year – a Jays’ sweep. A pitching staff that gives up the most home runs in the league versus an offense that’s hit – by far – the most home runs […]

Game 151: Orioles 9, Red Sox 1

The Good: * Brad Bergesen didn’t exactly have the best peripherals, but as has often been the case since Buck took over, he ended up with a quality start anyway. Final line; 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 2 K. * Brian Roberts singled and drew two free passes. * Ty Wigginton went […]

Orioles vs. Yankees

Sorry for the relative lack of posting recently, but (1) I’ve been busy and (2) it’s almost the end of the year, so there’s not much point in doing any analysis when it’ll be re-done for the 2010 Orioles Retrospective series starting at the end of the season (only 44 players so far this year!). […]

Game 146: Orioles 3, Blue Jays 1

The Good: * Nice (and quick) complete game from Brad Bergesen, who mostly featured his four-seamer and slider. Final line; 9 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR. * Every Orioles but Adam Jones got a hit, and he was robbed of a home run by Vernon Wells. * Brian Roberts […]

Game 145: Orioles 11, Blue Jays 3

The Good: * Jake Arrieta was on his game, throwing a fair number of strikes and missing low when he threw balls. Final line; 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K. He’s also finally gotten his K:BB ratio above 1 for the season, at 52 to 48. * It’s faster to say […]