The Baltimore Orioles claim catcher Gustavo Molina off of waivers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page by chinmusic on Monday 30 July 2007 at 9:35 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have claimed catcher Gustavo Molina off of waivers from the Chicago White Sox.  Molina is not much of a hitter as he has played in 10 games this season for the White Sox and he was 1 for 18 (.056 avg, .156 OPS) with 1 RBI.  Molina makes Paul Bako look like Ivan Rodriguez with the bat so don’t expect too much from him in the future.

The Baltimore Orioles will likely place Chris Ray on the DL

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Injuries by chinmusic on Wednesday 25 July 2007 at 7:26 am

Orioles’ closer Chris Ray will likely be placed on the disabled list with a bone spur in his right elbow.  This might explain why he has pitched so poorly this season as he is 5-6 with 16 saves, a 4.43 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.  Still, the options to replace Ray are not pretty.  It’s possible that Paul Shuey, Danys Baez and lefty Jamie Walker will be splitting up the save opportunities.

The Orioles demote Garrett Olson to AAA ball

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page by chinmusic on Friday 20 July 2007 at 5:01 pm

The Orioles have demoted Garrett Olson to AAA.  He started 2 games for them this season and he was 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA and a 2.04 WHIP.  In 9.1 innings he allowed 11 hits, walked 8 batters and whiffed 8.  Replacing Olson in the rotation will be Steve Trachsel who will be coming off of the disabled list.  He has started 17 games this season for the Orioles and he is 5-6 with a 4.95 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP.  In 92.2 innings he has allowed 95 hits, walked 45 batters and whiffed 31.

The Orioles place Melvin Mora on the DL

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Injuries by chinmusic on Thursday 19 July 2007 at 5:10 pm

The Orioles have placed Melvin Mora on the 15-day disabled list with a left mid-foot sprain.  Mora has played in 79 games this season and he is 79 for 298 (.265 avg, .787 OPS) with 46 runs scored, 12 homers, 41 RBIs and 7 stolen bases.  This will definately hurt the offense of the Orioles as Chris Gomez looks to be the new thirdbaseman for the time being.

The Baltimore Orioles have a few pitchers that are disappointing this season

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Pitching BP by chinmusic on Tuesday 10 July 2007 at 8:49 am

Chris Ray, Daniel Cabrera, John Parrish and Danys Baez are all letting the Orioles down this season.  Ray has a good year last season as the O’s stopper but he’s been awful this season.  Ray is 4-6 with 14 saves and a 4.89 ERA.  Those are poor numbers for a stopper and if he doesn’t straighten out soon the Orioles might think about replacing him in that role.  He’s too talented to pitch as bad as he has this season.  Daniel Cabrera is the man with the Golden Arm….too bad he never knows where the baseball is going when it leaves his hand.  Cabrera is 6-10 with a 5.04 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP this season and he has allowed 17 homers which is way too many.  Cabrera has great stuff as evidenced by the fact that he has only allowed 112 hits in 121.1 innings this season……but he doesn’t know how to pitch.  Until he starts throwing more strikes (61 walks in 121.1 innings) he will never come close to realizing his potential.  John Parrish is coming off of serious injury issues in the past but like Cabrera….he can’t throw strikes.  Parrish has only allowed 30 hits in 34 innings this season but he has walked 28 batters and that just won’t get it done.  You can’t walk batters when coming out of the bullpen and be an effective pitcher….period.  Parrish is 2-0 with a 5.82 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP this season and he’s in danger of being converted into a mop up man.  Danys Baez is hurt right now but he has been pathetic this season for the Orioles.  Baez is 0-4 with a 6.52 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP this season.  If Baez doesn’t improve when he comes off of the DL he will also wind up being a mop up man.

The Baltimore Orioles have a couple of standout pitchers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Throwing Well by chinmusic on Tuesday 10 July 2007 at 8:36 am

Erik Bedard and Jeremy Guthrie have both been outstanding in the rotation for the Orioles this season.  Bedard is 7-4 with a 3.40 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP so far this season.  Bedard has been bringing the heat as he is leading the American League in strikeouts with 149 in 121.1 innings pitched.  Bedard has never had a complete season of pitching well at the major league level so the Orioles have their fingers crossed.  Guthrie was stolen off of waivers from the Cleveland Indians this season and he has been outstanding for the Orioles.  He is only 4-2 (because of the weak O’s offense) with a 2.74 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP this season.  Guthrie has great stuff and he’s been very difficult for opponents to hit off of as he has only allowed 75 hits in 102 innings this season.

The Baltimore Orioles have some guys that need to pick it up with the bat

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Tuesday 10 July 2007 at 8:26 am

The Orioles have a few players that have been ice cold this season.  Aubrey Huff hasn’t been cold and he’s a notorious second half player but that doesn’t excuse a first half in which he hit .259 with 6 homers and 38 RBIs.  Look for Huff to be much better in the 2nd half of 2007.  Ramon Hernandez has been hurting this season and it has shown in his play on the field as he only hit .236 with 4 homers and 34 RBIs in the first half.  Corey Patterson has been a huge disappointment for the Orioles after he played so well for them last season.  He is hitting a weak .232 with 2 homers, 21 RBIs and 18 stolen bases.  If Patterson doesn’t pick it up soon Jay Payton could take some of his playing time away.  Jay Gibbons has also been a huge failure this season as he is hitting .212 with 5 homers and 21 RBIs.  Gibbons has already started losing playing time and that will continue unless he starts hitting like the Orioles know he can.

The Baltimore Orioles had a couple of players that had good first halves

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Playing Well by chinmusic on Tuesday 10 July 2007 at 8:18 am

The Orioles were lucky that Brian Roberts had such a good first half for the Orioles.  He hit .322 with 56 runs scored, 5 homers, 27 RBIs and 27 stolen bases.  He makes it all go for the Orioles on offense.  Miguel Tejada also had a good first half even though he didn’t hit for power.  He hit .306 with 7 homers and 41 RBIs before breaking his wrist a couple of weeks ago.  The Orioles need Tejada to get healthy soon so they can stay ahead of the Devil Rays in the standings.  Chris Gomez (.297 avg), Kevin Millar (.277 avg) and Nick Markakis (.280, 9 HR, 51 RBIs) all hit the ball well in the first half of the season also and the O’s need them all to have strong second halves.

The Baltimore Orioles have an awful first half of the 2007 season

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page by chinmusic on Tuesday 10 July 2007 at 8:10 am

The Baltimore Orioles finished the first half with a 38-49 record which has them in 4th place in the American League East, 15 games behind the Boston Red Sox.  The main problem with the Orioles this season has been their hitting which was not thought to be a weakness of the team heading into this season.  The Orioles have a .729 team OPS which is only ahead of the Royals (.717) and the White Sox (.696).  The Orioles have scored 390 runs this season which is #12 in the American League and they only have 65 homers which is also 12th in the American League.  The Orioles have too many good hitters to be such a poor hitting team and I think they will hit the ball better in the second half of the season.

J.R. House leaves the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,The Minors by chinmusic on Monday 9 July 2007 at 9:06 am

Catcher J.R. House exercised an out clause in his contract and has become a free agent.  He had to be disturbed that he was getting passed over by Alberto Castillo every time that Ramon Hernandez got injured so that’s probably why he left. He played in 81 AAA games for the Orioles and he was 93 for 314 (.296 avg, .805 OPS) with 38 runs scored, 7 homers and 48 RBIs.

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