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2011 Orioles Retrospective: Pedro Viola

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 […]

2011 Orioles Retrospective: Nolan Reimold

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 […]

2011 Orioles Retrospective: Jeremy Accardo

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 […]

2011 Orioles Retrospective: Matt Wieters

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 […]

2011 Orioles Retrospective

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 […]

Would Free Agent Frenzy Help O’s To Compete In 2012?

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. […]

Belated Look at the Mike Gonzalez – Pedro Strop Trade

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 […]

Game 135: Orioles vs. Blue Jays

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 […]

Game 133: Orioles 6, Blue Jays 5

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 […]

Game 132: Orioles 2, Yankees 3

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 […]

Orioles Split Double Header With Yankees

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 […]