28 year-old left-handed reliever Pedro Viola spent most of the 2011 season in Double-A, where he did a nice job (2.04 ERA, 9.1 K/9, 2.9 BB/9). He was called up to the majors for a couple games at the end of May, and then again for a couple weeks at the end of June. Viola only […]
Nolan Reimold broke on the scene in 2009 with a very nice partial rookie season, hitting .279/.365/.466 despite suffering from an Achilles injury. Personal issues, among other struggles, made 2010 a year to forget though, as his line fell to .207/.282/.328 and he spent most of the season in the minors. That’s where he started […]
The Orioles took a flier on Jeremy Accardo this off-season, hoping to bolster the back end of the bullpen. I noted that giving (just) over a million dollars to (basically) a replacement level player wasn’t the best idea, but that it wasn’t a significantly terrible move. Accardo started the year in Baltimore, but struggled and […]
Matt Wieters came into the 2010 season with some people considering him a disappointment. The guy who was supposed to be “Mauer With Power” and demolished the minor leagues was just a .266/.328/.393 career hitter. Many of the raw tools were still there, but we hadn’t seen them put to use in games consistently. Here […]
Yesterday the 2011 regular season came to an end – certainly in extremely exciting fashion, as the Orioles came back in the bottom of the 9th inning against Jonathan Papelbon and the Red Sox to win game 162 and knock Boston out of the play-offs* (in conjunction with the Rays erasing a 7-0 deficit to […]
My final post at MASN’s Orioles Buzz is a post I think I’ve done annually, looking at how ineffective just shelling out a ton of money for big-time free agents is without major progress from the guys already on the roster – in this case, namely Prince Fielder, CJ Wilson, Edwin Jackson, and Francisco Rodriguez. […]
My post for MASN’s Orioles Buzz this week looks at Brian Matusz’s awful season from a historical perspective. Check it out here.
My post for MASN’s Orioles Buzz this week takes a look at two topics I’ve hit on before; Jim Johnson’s ability to close, if needed, and how signing Kevin Gregg was a bad idea. Check it out here.
I know this is like two weeks overdue, but it’s still worth looking at any good move made by the Orioles. This one had the Birds sending reliever Mike Gonzalez to the Rangers in return for reliever Pedro Strop. That makes twice this year the O’s helped upgrade the Texas bullpen, and also spelled the […]
My post for MASN’s Orioles Buzz this week is on one thing the O’s pitchers have been especially good at this year… hitting. Check it out here.
My MASN Orioles Buzz this week is on JJ Hardy, his bounce-back season, home runs, career progression, and platoon splits. Check it out here.
After taking game one from the Blue Jays on Tuesday, the Orioles were not only shut out yesterday but slaughtered. A 13-0 loss which saw Bautista hit is 39th home run of the season. The Orioles look to bounce back and take this series against the Jays. Blue Jays: Batting Fielding fWAR Yunel Escobar .288/.363/.409 […]
The Good: Other than the second inning – which had walk-walk-three-run homer – Jeremy Guthrie did a fine job. Final line; 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 5 K. Jim Johnson had two shutout innings in relief Matt Wieters hit a home run to dead center-field (his 15th of the year) and also […]
The Good: Alfredo Simon looked pretty good, mixing up his pitches and occasionally getting the Yankees looking. He didn’t generate too many whiffs though, and when he missed the strike-zone, it tended to be up. Still, a fine start against the majors’ top offense. Final line; 7 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 6 […]
With the storm having come and gone, the O’s continued their series with the Yankees today with a double header. Game 1: The Good: Zach Britton had his best start in quite a while, perhaps going back to his shutout in May. He kept the ball down – when he missed the zone, it tended […]