Game 144: Orioles 4, Blue Jays 3

The Good: * Rick Vandenhurk did a nice job in relief, coming in after Brian Matusz was removed to start the second (he was hit on the leg with a comebacker, though it looked more precautionary than serious). Final line; 5.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR. And he needed […]

Game 139: Orioles 6, Yankees 2

The Orioles went 3-1 while I was away, which was a pleasant surprise. Nice to see Brian Matusz had a solid start (Guthrie too), as well as Chris Tillman making an appearance (even with the two home runs). Nick Markakis even hit a home run!  So good times all around this past weekend. The Good: […]

Game 134: Orioles 4, Red Sox 6

The Good: * Matt Wieters looked really good at the plate, showing a patient approach, hitting two doubles (one deep to the opposite field, and one pulled into the gap) and added a single off of Papelbon, lining a 96 mph fastball to center. The Bad: * Brad Bergesen had a rough night; 5.1 IP, […]

Productive Hitting Without The Walks

Felix Pie recently set a Baltimore Orioles record, going 63 straight plate appearances putting the ball in play (no strike-outs, no walks, no HBP). Since the streak was snapped though, Felix has K’ed 9 times and only walked twice, batting just .264/.286/.340. Overall this season, Pie is striking out in just 12.8% of his at bats (almost […]

Game 133: Orioles 6, Red Sox 9

The Good: * It might not help his ERA, but Jake Arrieta had perhaps his best start in the majors up to this point. Final line; 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, o BB, 5 K, 1 HR. It was the first time all year he didn’t walk a batter (previous low was 2), and […]

Orioles Magic In August

When Buck Showalter took over as manager and the Orioles started out 5-1 on his watch, I looked at how the team was doing it. With the team having finished August 17-11 – their best record in the month since 1997 – I thought I’d do an update (using full August stats for ease, which […]

Game 132: Orioles 5, Red Sox 2

The Good: * Brian Matusz kept rolling, with only one blip on his record. Final line; 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR. He dominated David Ortiz, who went 0-3 with 3 K’s and is now 0-9 with 8 strike-outs in his career versus Matusz. Brian only got a few […]

Orioles In Fantasyland

A few weeks ago I finished reading Fantasyland – a book* by Sam Walker of the Wall Street Journal chronicling his quest to win an expert rotisserie baseball league (Tout Wars) – and there were a few Orioles-related parts that I thought were amusing. The whole thing was a good** read, actually. * I don’t […]

Game 130: Orioles 5, Angels 0

The Good: * Kevin Millwood had perhaps his best start of the season. Final line; 8 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K. Couldn’t have done this kind of stuff before the trade deadline? * Jim Johnson was back on the mound after a long absence due to injury. He looked like the […]

Game 129: Orioles 3, Angels 1

The Good: * Brad Bergesen stayed with the prominent four-seamer strategy (averaging almost 92 mph with the pitch, and getting 5 whiffs with it), and it worked once again. Final line; 8 IP, 4 H, 1 R*, 0 BB, 4 K. Despite locating up in the zone more and not using his sinker much, Bergy […]

Is Joel Guzman’s Break-Out For Real?

Former top prospect Joel Guzman has had a good season in the minors for the Bowie Baysox this year, and that’s had people talking about his potential future contributions in the majors recently. There are points for and against Guzman being thought of as a future big leaguer: For: * He’s still only 25 years old * […]

Game 127: Orioles 4, White Sox 2

The Good: * Brian Matusz was on his game again, with just a single blemish (courtesy of Gordon Beckham). Final line; 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR. Not a huge fan of having him throw 115+ pitches two starts in a row though. * Brian Roberts worked a free […]

Matt Wieters & Groundballs

I was asked a question in the comments, and thought the answer was worthwhile to post. “Daniel, Can you get me this piece of information, I don’t know how to find it? How many groundballs to the right side of the infield has Wieters hit this year? It seems like he rolls over an inordinate amount […]

2010 Fans’ Scouting Report

Tom Tango organizes Fan Scouting Reports each year to get a better handle on baseball players’ defense.  Everyone should go over to his blog to fill out some info for the O’s so he can get a good sample size. A description of the project can be found below, and the results for the Birds […]

Game 124: Orioles 8, Rangers 5

I won’t get a chance to finish watching the game, but I couldn’t not say something about this absurd game. Cliff Lee is awesome. He’s a very good bet to win the AL Cy Young award. In his last start against the O’s though – his first in a Rangers’ uniform – he took the […]