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The over/under for Baltimore Orioles wins in 2010 is 74.5

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, If I Were A Betting Man by chinmusic on Wednesday 31 March 2010 at 8:35 am

The key with the Orioles is going to be the pitching staff. The Orioles brought in Kevin Millwood to be the #1 starter and lefty Mike Gonzalez to be the closer over the winter and those are huge upgrades for the pitching staff. The Orioles really need Brad Bergeson, Brian Matusz and David Hernandez to step up in the rotation. The Orioles should score more than enough runs this season with Miguel Tejada and Garrett Atkins manning the corners in the infield in 2010. Brian Roberts has a herniated disc and that could be a huge problem for the Orioles this season as they really don’t want to use Ty Wigginton there. I think that this will be the year that Matt Wieters, Nolan Reimold and Adam Jones will really step up. I figure that the Orioles will finish fourth place in the A.L. East but I think they will win more than 74.5 games in 2010 so take the over.

The Baltimore Orioles sign Joey Gathright

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Tuesday 30 March 2010 at 9:15 am

The Orioles have signed 28-year old lefty swinging outfielder Joey Gathright to a minor league deal. Gathright played in 37 games last season for the Red Sox & Cubs in which he was 8 of 30 (.267 avg, .579 OPS) with 9 runs scored and 2 stolen bases. He has now played in 445 games in his major league career and he is 309 of 1,175 (.263 avg, .630 OPS) with 177 runs scored, 1 homer, 96 RBIs and 80 stolen bases. This was a good depth signing for the Orioles as Gathright will start the season in AAA and get a call if they need him.

Dave Trembley needs to make some headway for the Baltimore Orioles in 2010

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Monday 29 March 2010 at 10:37 am

The Orioles have brought in Kevin Millwood, Miguel Tejada, Mike Gonzalez and Garrett Atkins over the winter so the expectations are that the Orioles should approach a .500 record in 2010. This is by far the most talent the Orioles have had in manager Dave Trembley’s tenure as the team’s manager. Trembley led the Orioles to a 64-98 record (39.5%) last season and that was pretty awful. They brought him in some help in the form of new bench coach Jeff Datz who is a good strategist on game days. Trembley has a 172-244 (41.3%) record in his three years with the Orioles. Owner Peter Angelos likely will not tolerate another awful year for his team in 2010 so Trembley’s job is in jeopardy if the Orioles don’t show significant improvement this year.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE MANAGER IN 2010: C

The Baltimore Orioles acquire Steven Lerud from the Royals

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Monday 29 March 2010 at 10:32 am

The Orioles have acquired 25-year old lefty swinging catcher Steven Lerud from the Royals for a player to be named later. Lerud played in 95 games in AA-ball last season in which he was 73 of 304 (.240 avg, .674 OPS) with 31 runs scored, 4 homers and 26 RBIs. He has now played in 519 games in six years in the minors and he is 396 of 1,740 (.228 avg, .677 OPS) with 202 runs scored, 42 homers and 224 RBIs. This was a move for organizational depth at catcher as Lerud doesn’t have much of a upside.

The Baltimore Orioles have the makings of a decent pen for 2010

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Wednesday 24 March 2010 at 12:40 pm

The Orioles went out and signed 31-year old lefty Mike Gonzalez to take over as the full-time closer this year. Gonzalez pitched in 80 games (0 starts) last season for the Braves and he was 5-4 with 10 saves, a 2.42 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. He only allowed 56 hits in 74 1/3 innings last season while whiffing 90 batters showing how nasty his stuff really is. He has now pitched in 302 games (0 starts) in his seven years in the majors and he is 14-16 with 54 saves, a 2.57 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. The Orioles really need Gonzalez to stay healthy because the back up plans are not good ones.

26-year old righty Jim Johnson will probably be the top set-up man for Gonzalez in 2010. He pitched in 64 games (0 starts) for the Orioles last season in which he was 4-6 with 10 saves, a 4.11 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. Johnson did not pitch well when elevated to the closer job last season after the Dodgers traded George Sherrill to the Dodgers. I look for Johnson to do a solid job for the Orioles in 2010 unless they need him to close for some reason.

34-year old Koji Uehara is converting to the pen for the 2010 season. He pitched in 12 games (all starts) for the Orioles last year and he was 2-4 with a 4.05 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. Uehara has great control as he only walked 12 batters in 66 2/3 innings for the Orioles last season. Uehara will likely be very important for the Orioles in 2010 as he can work multiple innings at a time.

35-year old lefty Mark Hendrickson will likely have a more important role for the Orioles in 2010. He will work out of the pen full-time for the first time in his major league career. Hendrickson pitched in 53 games (11 starts) for the Orioles last season and he was 6-5 with 1 save, a 4.37 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP. He pitched much better in relief last season so Hendrickson could have his best year in his major league career in 2010.

26-year old righty Cla Meredith will likely get some work early in ballgames for the Orioles in 2010. Meredith pitched in 29 games (0 starts) for the Orioles last season and he was 0-0 with a 3.77 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. He pitched in 64 games (0 starts) overall for the Padres & Orioles last season in which he was 4-2 with a 3.99 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. The Orioles didn’t seem to trust Meredith in close games so he will likely be coming in when they are losing.

27-year old righty Matt Albers needs to rebound for the Orioles in 2010. He pitched in 56 games (0 starts) for the O’s last season in which he was 3-6 with a 5.51 ERA and a 1.73 WHIP. He has now pitched in 84 games (3 starts) in his two years with the Orioles and he is 6-9 with a 4.66 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP. If he is focused and motivated Albers could be effective like he was in 2008 for the Orioles.

32-year old lefty Will Ohman will be trying to make the O’s as a lefty specialist. Ohman pitched in 21 games (0 starts) for the Dodgers last season in which he was 1-0 with 1 save, a 5.84 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP. He has now pitched in 324 games (0 starts) in his major league career and he is 11-9 with 3 saves, a 4.25 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP. Ohman was hurting last year so maybe a return to health will spark him into having a decent year for the Orioles.

34-year old lefty Alberto Castillo will also try to win a job as a lefty specialist. Castillo pitched in 20 games (0 starts) for the Orioles last season and he was 0-0 with a 2.25 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. He has now pitched in 48 games (0 starts) in his 2 years with the Orioles and he is 1-0 with a 3.32 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP. Castillo has looked good in his chances with the Orioles but he seems a little far down the depth chart as 2010 opens.

25-year old righty Kameron Mickolio has a huge upside and this might be the year it all comes together for him. Mickolio pitched in 11 games (0 starts) for the Orioles last year and he was 0-2 with a 2.63 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP. He whiffed 14 batters in only 13 2/3 innings for the Orioles last season showing what kind of stuff he has. Mickolio pitched in 35 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball last season and he was 3-3 with a 3.50 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP. He whiffed 52 batters in only 43 2/3 innings last season in the minors while only giving up 32 hits! Mark my words…..this will be the year that Mickolio makes an impact with the O’s.

28-year old righty Dennis Sarfate has the stuff to succeed but he just hasn’t got the job done yet for the O’s. He pitched in 20 games (0 starts) for the Orioles last season and he was 0-1 with a 5.09 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP. Sarfate has pitched in 77 games (4 starts) in his 2 years with the Orioles and he is 4-4 with a 4.82 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP. Sarfate’s biggest issue has been his control as he has walked 76 batters in 102 2/3 innings in his two years with the Orioles. His control has wasted the fact that he has good stuff as he has only given up 83 hits with the O’s while whiffing 106 batters. If he throws strikes he can help the Orioles but that is the only way.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE BULLPEN IN 2010: C

The Baltimore Orioles will be serving youth in the #3-#5 slots in the starting rotation in 2010

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Friday 19 March 2010 at 2:21 pm

35-year old righty Kevin Millwood and 30-year old righty Jeremy Guthrie will be the anchors of a starting rotation featuring a bunch of young talented pitchers behind them. Millwood started 31 games for the Rangers last season and he was 13-10 with a 3.67 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. He has produced double digit wins in 8 of his 13 years in the majors. Millwood will likely win 12-15 games for the Orioles this season working over 200 innings as long as he can stay healthy.

Jeremy Guthrie had a rough time in 2009. He started 33 games for the Orioles last season in which he was 10-17 with a 5.04 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP. He gave up 224 hits in 200 innings last season including 35 homers! In his first two years with the Orioles, Guthrie pitched in 62 games (56 starts) in which he was 17-17 with a 3.66 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. The Orioles really need Guthrie to return to form in 2010.

24-year old righty Brad Bergesen really pitched well for the Orioles last season before his season ended due to injury. Bergesen started 19 games as a rookie for the Orioles last season and he was 7-5 with a 3.43 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP. The Orioles are hoping that Bergesen can put those numbers pitching a complete year in 2010.

23-year old lefty Brian Matusz is the Orioles’ #1 prospect according to Baseball America and he showed why last season. Matusz started 8 games for the Orioles last season in which he was 5-2 with a 4.63 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP. Matusz also started 19 games in A+AA last year in which he was 11-2 with a 1.91 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP. He only allowed 87 hits in 113 innings in the minors last season while whiffing 121 batters showing how nasty his stuff is. He has a huge upside and the Orioles hope he gets there soon.

21-year old righty Chris Tillman is the likely leader for the #5 spot in the rotation. Tillman started 12 games for the Orioles last season in which he was 2-5 with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP. Tillman also started 18 in AAA-ball last season and he was 8-6 with a 2.70 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP. Tillman also has a huge upside.

24-year old righty Jake Arrieta is the Orioles’ #4 rated prospect heading into 2010 according to Baseball America. Arrieta started 28 games in AA+AAA-ball last season and he was 11-11 with a 3.40 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. He has now pitched in 48 games (all starts) in his two years in the minors and he is 17-16 with a 3.17 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. Arrieta has whiffed 268 batters in 263 2/3 innings in his minor league career while only allowing 222 hits showing what kind of stuff he has.

24-year old righty David Hernandez got his first taste of the majors in 2009 and he got beat up a bit. He pitched in 20 games (19 starts) for the Orioles last season and he was 4-10 with a 5.42 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP. He gave up 118 hits in only 101 1/3 innings and a stunning 27 of them left the ball park. He also walked 46 batters which is way too many. Still, Hernandez has good stuff so he might be able to turn things around for the Orioles at some point.

26-year old righty Jason Berken started 24 games as a rookie last season for the Orioles and he was 6-12 with a 6.54 ERA and a 1.74 WHIP. Berken threw a lot of extended batting practice last season as he gave up 164 hits in only 119 2/3 innings last year for the Orioles. The Orioles will be in trouble if they need him to start in 2010.

24-year old lefty Troy Patton started 20 games in AA+AAA ball last season and he was 7-5 with a 3.83 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. He is the Orioles’ #14 rated prospect coming into this season according to Baseball America. He last pitched in the majors in 2007 with the Astros working in 3 games (2 starts) in which he was 0-2 with a 3.55 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP. Patton was part of the return the Orioles got when they traded Miguel Tejada to Houston.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE ROTATION IN 2010: C+

The Baltimore Orioles get Steve Johnson back from the Giants

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Wednesday 17 March 2010 at 7:30 pm

The Giants have returned 22-year old righty starting Steve Johnson to the Orioles. He was a Rule 5 Draft Pick for the Giants last winter, so the Orioles made $25,000 bucks on the deal. Johnson pitched in 27 games (25 starts) in A+AA-ball last season in which he was 12-7 with 1 save, a 3.41 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. He has now pitched in 91 games (82 starts) in his minor league career and he is 33-28 with 1 save, a 4.13 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP. The Orioles are glad to get Johnson back.

The Baltimore Orioles lose Michel Hernandez

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries by chinmusic on Tuesday 16 March 2010 at 11:15 am

The Orioles have lost catcher Michel Hernandez for the next 4-6 weeks due to a fractured right index finger. This cuts the competition for the backup catcher job down to Chad Moeller vs. Craig Tatum. My money would be on Moeller who did a decent job for them last year. Hernandez will start the 2010 season in AAA after he recovers from his injury.

Nick Markakis will man RF for the Balitmore Orioles in 2010

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Monday 8 March 2010 at 2:35 pm

26-year old lefty swinging Nick Markakis is one of the best right fielders in all of baseball. He played in 161 games for the Orioles last season and he was 188 of 642 (.293 avg, .801 OPS) with 94 runs scored, 18 homers, 101 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. Markakis made 6 errors in 161 games in RF last season while showing slightly below average range. But, Markakis had 13 assists in RF showing off a great throwing arm. Look for Markakis to hit around .300 with 100+ runs scored, 25+ homers and 100+ RBIs in 2010 if he stays healthy.

26-year old righty swinging Nolan Reimold (LF) and 31-year old lefty swinging Luke Scott (DH) both have starting jobs but they can handle RF in a pinch if something were to happen to Markakis.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE RF IN 2010: A

Adam Jones is a player on the rise for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Monday 8 March 2010 at 2:29 pm

24-year old righty swinging Adam Jones was having an outstanding season before it ended due to injury. Jones played in 119 games for the Orioles last season and he was 131 of 473 (.277 avg, .792 OPS) with 83 runs scored, 19 homers, 70 RBIs and 10 stolen bases. The sky is the limit for Jones as a hitter as he could have a monster year for the Orioles in 2010 if he can stay healthy. Jones made 5 errors in 118 games in CF last season while showing outstanding range. Jones also had 9 assists out of CF which shows that he has a howitzer attached to his right shoulder. If Jones cuts down on the errors he will be a Gold Glove candidate soon.

25-year old lefty swinging Felix Pie is the top backup in CF for the Orioles. Pie played in 101 games for the Orioles last season and he was 67 of 252 (.266 avg, .763 OPS) with 38 runs scored, 9 homers and 29 RBIs. Pie only made 1 error in 42 games in CF last season while showing outstanding range. He had 2 assists out of CF last season showing off a good throwing arm. Pie was once a top prospect and he started to show why last season for the Orioles and they hope he keeps up the good work in 2010 and beyond.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE CF IN 2010: B+

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