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The Baltimore Orioles place Justin Duchscherer on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries by chinmusic on Tuesday 29 March 2011 at 3:11 pm

The Orioles have placed veteran righty starting pitcher Justin Duchscherer on the 15-day disabled list due to a hip problem. He has only pitched in 5 games the last two years because of his hip, so this should come as no surprise to the Orioles. Young righty Chris Tillman will take over Duchscherer’s spot in the starting rotation until he is ready to return to action. The Orioles should have known better and not have signed Duchscherer in the first place as he is as brittle as they come.

The Baltimore Orioles release Randy Winn

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Monday 28 March 2011 at 2:24 pm

The Orioles have released veteran outfielder Randy Winn. Winn got caught in a numbers game with the Orioles and he got the short end of the stick. He played in 14 games for the Orioles this spring and he was 10 of 36 (.278 avg, .722 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 1 homer, 3 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Winn might hook on with another team soon, but the Orioles won’t miss him.

Buck Showalter is going to try to lead the Baltimore Orioles back to respectability in 2011

Blogged under Awards, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Friday 25 March 2011 at 6:49 am

54-year old Buck Showalter arrived on the scene in the second half of the 2010 season and the Orioles looked good under him. Showalter led the Orioles to a 34-23 (59.6%) last season which should give the team momentum heading into 2011. The Orioles also made some trades and signed some reinforcements to improve the lineup, defense and bullpen. Showalter has a career record as a major league manager of 917-856 (51.7%) during the regular season and he is 3-6 (33.3%) in the post season. Showalter is aiming to get the Orioles back on the right path and I think he will in 2011.

The Baltimore Orioles get a pitcher and lose a pitcher

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Friday 25 March 2011 at 6:43 am

The Baltimore Orioles have gotten Rule 5 Pick Pat Egan back from the Brewers while they have returned Rule 5 Pick Adrian Rosario back to the Brewers. Egan pitched in 49 games (0 starts) in AA+AAA-ball last year and he was 7-2 with 5 saves, a 3.44 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. Egan has now pitched in 112 games (31 starts) in his first four years in the minors and he is 17-15 with 9 saves, a 3.24 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. Egan is closer to the majors than Rosario, so this tradeoff favors the Orioles.

The Baltimore Orioles will have a very experienced bullpen in 2011

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Monday 21 March 2011 at 7:26 pm

The Orioles’ starting rotation might be on the young side, but the bullpen is going to be a battle-tested unit with a lot of experience. 32-year old Kevin Gregg will likely enter the 2011 season as the Orioles’ closer. Gregg pitched in 63 games (0 starts) for the Blue Jays last year and he was 2-6 with 37 saves, a 3.51 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP. He has now pitched in 406 games (8 starts) in his first 8 years in the majors and he is 25-33 with 122 saves, a 4.03 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. Gregg is not a lockdown closer by any means but most of the time he gets the job done.

If Gregg runs into any problems in 2011, the Orioles won’t hesitate to switch to 35-year old righty Koji Uehara to close. But at the start of the season, Uehara will be the main set up man for the Orioles. Uehara pitched in 43 games (0 starts) for the Orioles last year and he was 1-2 with 13 saves, a 2.86 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP. He has now pitched in 55 games (12 starts) in his first two years with the Orioles and he is 3-6 with 13 saves, a 3.58 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. Uehara has whiffed 103 batters while only walking 17 batters in his first 110 2/3 innings in the majors which shows just how aggressive he is. Don’t be shocked if Uehara gets more saves than Gregg in 2011.

32-year old lefty Mike Gonzalez was signed last year to be the Orioles’ closer but it just didn’t work out that way due to injuries. Gonzalez pitched in 29 games (0 starts) for the Orioles last year and he was 1-3 with 1 save, a 4.01 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. He has now pitched in 331 games (0 starts) in his first 8 years in the majors and he is 15-19 with 55 saves, a 2.68 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. Gonzalez has only given up 231 hits in 305 1/3 innings so far in his major league career and he has 361 whiffs, which shows how nasty he can be when healthy.

27-year old righty Jim Johnson is a solid pitcher who can work in the middle innings or later in games if the Orioles need him to. Johnson pitched in 26 games (0 starts) for the Orioles last year and he was 1-1 with 1 save, a 3.42 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP. He has now pitched in 146 games (1 start) in his first five years with the Orioles and he is 7-12 with 12 saves, a 3.65 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. Johnson will do a good job for the Orioles in 2011 as long as he can stay in one piece.

27-year old righty Jason Berken was awful in the rotation as a rookie in 2010 for the Orioles. But, they converted him to relief last season and he was very solid. Berken pitched in 41 games (0 starts) for the Orioles last year and he was 3-3 with a 3.03 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. He has now pitched in 65 games (24 starts) in his first two years with the Orioles and he is 9-15 with a 5.34 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP. Berken will likely do a decent job out of the pen for the Orioles in 2011.

29-year old righty Jeremy Accardo pitched in 5 games (0 starts) for the Blue Jays last year and he was 0-1 with a 8.10 ERA and a 2.25 WHIP. He also pitched in 42 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball last year and he was 3-2 with 24 saves, a 3.48 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP. Accardo has now pitched in 204 games (0 starts) in his first six years in the majors and he is 7-17 with 38 saves, a 3.95 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. Accardo might be a pleasant surprise for the Orioles if he gets the chance to help them out in 2011.

34-year old righty David Riske pitched in 23 games (0 starts) for the Brewers last year and he was 0-0 with a 5.01 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP. He has now pitched in 462 games (0 starts) in his first 11 years in the majors and he is 20-20 with 22 saves, a 3.67 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. Riske often looks like a deer in headlights when working in close games, so if the Orioles use him in the middle innings he might be o.k.

36-year old lefty Mark Hendrickson pitched in 52 games (1 start) for the Orioles last year and he was 1-6 with a 5.26 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP. He has now pitched in 105 games (12 starts) in his first two years with the Orioles and he is 7-11 with 1 save, a 4.74 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP. Hendrickson is valuable because he can work more than one inning at a time if needed.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE ORIOLES BULLPEN IN 2011: B

The Baltimore Orioles will serve youth in the starting rotation in 2011

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Saturday 12 March 2011 at 11:38 am

Three of the Orioles’ starting pitchers to start this year will be 25 years old or under. 31-year old righty Jeremy Guthrie heads into the 2011 season as the Orioles’ #1 starter. He started 32 games for the Orioles last season and he was 11-14 with a 3.83 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. He has pitched in four years with the Orioles in which he has worked in 127 games (121 starts) and he is 38-48 with a 4.06 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. Guthrie is not your classic #1 starter but he’s got really good stuff and he doesn’t like to give in to hitters. With the improved offense and bullpen the Orioles have in place for 2011, don’t be surprised to see Guthrie win 15 or more games this year.

24-year old lefty Brian Matusz will be the O’s #2 starter when they break camp. He started 32 games for the Orioles last season and he was 10-12 with a 4.30 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. In his first two years with the Orioles, Matusz has started 40 games in which he is 15-14 with a 4.37 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. He finished last season very strongly for the Orioles after Buck Showalter took over as the manager, so he could really improve in 2011 for the O’s.

25-year old righty Jake Arrieta had some issues in his first chance against major league hitters last year. He started 18 games for the Orioles last season and he was 6-6 with a 4.66 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP. He walked 48 batters in 100 1/3 innings last season for the Orioles and that’s way too many. If the O’s get Arrieta throwing more strikes, he could be a big time pitcher for them because he has great stuff. He also pitched in 12 games (11 starts) in AAA-ball last season for the Orioles and he was 6-2 with a 1.85 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP, which gives you a glimpse at his upside.

33-year old righty Justin Duchscherer was signed as a free agent over the winter. He started 5 games for the A’s last year and he was 2-1 with a 2.89 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. Duchscherer has only pitched in 5 games the last two years due to a bad hip. He has pitched in 224 games (32 starts) in his first 8 years in the majors and he is 33-25 with 14 saves, a 3.13 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. The Orioles hope that Duchscherer can stay healthy in 2011 because he’s a solid pitcher.

25-year old righty Brad Bergesen is penciled in as the O’s #5 starter heading into 2011. Bergesen pitched in 30 games (28 starts) for the Orioles last season and he was 8-12 with a 4.98 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP. Bergesen has now pitched in 49 games (47 starts) in his first two years with the Orioles and he is 15-17 with a 4.33 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. He will have to pitch well to keep his rotation spot because the Orioles have a lot of young pitchers in the minors who are almost ready to pitch in the show.

22-year old righty starting pitcher Chris Tillman will battle Bergesen for a spot in the starting rotation. He pitched in 11 games (all starts) for the Orioles last season and he was 2-5 with a 5.87 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP. He has now pitched in 23 games (all starts) in his first two years in the majors and he is 4-10 with a 5.61 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP. Tillman has a nice upside but it may be smart of the Orioles to leave him in the minors most of the 2011 season.

23-year old lefty Zach Britton comes into this season as the Orioles’ #2 prospect according to Baseball America. Britton pitched in 27 games (26 starts) in AAA-ball last season and he was 10-7 with a 2.70 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. He has now pitched in 105 games (103 starts) in his first five years in the minors and he is 37-28 with a 3.09 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. Britton could win a job in the rotation this spring as he has the highest upside of the Orioles’ minor league prospects.

23-year old righty Brandon Erbe comes into this season as the Orioles’ #27 prospect according to Baseball America. Erbe pitched in 15 games (all starts) in A+AAA-ball last season and he was 0-10 with a 5.74 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP. He ha now pitched in 128 games (117 starts) in his first six years in the minors and he is 28-45 with 1 save, a 4.43 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. Erbe likely won’t make it to Baltimore this year.

25-year old righty Rick VandenHurk pitched in 9 games (1 start) for the Orioles & Marlins last season and he was 0-1 with a 5.09 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. He has now pitched in 42 games (33 starts) in his first four years in the majors and he is 8-10 with a 5.86 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP. VandenHurk has great stuff but he has never put everything together at the major league level.

25-year old lefty Troy Patton missed a lot of time recently to injury. He pitched in 25 games (all starts) in AAA-ball last season and he was 8-11 with a 4.43 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP. He also pitched in 1 game in relief for the Orioles last year and he was 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 3.00 WHIP. Patton has pitched in 4 games (2 starts) in his major league career and he is 0-2 with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR ORIOLES STARTING ROTATION IN 2011: C-

Nick Markakis needs to get back on the right track for the Baltimore Orioles in 2011

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Friday 4 March 2011 at 6:52 pm

27-year old lefty swinging RF Nick Markakis strikes me as a player who is overrated. He played in 160 games for the Orioles last season and he was 187 of 629 (.297 avg, .805 OPS) with 79 runs scored, 12 homers, 60 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. Markakis is averaging 89.6 runs scored, 17.8 homers and 84.4 RBIs per year in his first five seasons for the Orioles and those are very average production numbers for a starting RF in major league baseball. Markakis is a good defensive RF as he only made 3 errors in 159 games there while showing off good range. He also has a decent throwing arm as he had 7 assists out in RF last season. Hopefully the better lineup around Markakis will help him increase his production numbers for the Orioles in 2011.

26-year old lefty swinging Felix Pie and 27-year old righty Nolan Reimold would probably platoon in RF if Nick Markakis goes down to injury. Pie played in 2 games in RF where he showed out of this world range and he had 1 assist. Reimold played in 2 error-free games in RF last season for the Orioles. They are both solid hitters and each is capable of giving Markakis a day off if need be.

36-year old switch hitting Randy Winn is going to have a hard time making the Orioles this spring. He played in 116 games for the Cardinals & Yankees last season and he was 49 of 205 (.239 avg, .663 OPS) with 23 runs scored, 4 homers, 25 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. Winn has a .284 career batting average with a .759 OPS in his first 13 years in the majors, so he can hit a lot better than he showed last year. Winn didn’t make any errors in 46 games in RF last season and he showed outstanding range there. But, he didn’t have any assists, so runners take the extra base quite often against him.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE ORIOLES RFs IN 2011: B

CF belongs to Adam Jones for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Friday 4 March 2011 at 6:42 pm

25-year old righty swinging Adam Jones will be the starting CF in 2011 for the Orioles. He played in 149 games for the Orioles last season and he was 165 of 581 (.284 avg, .767 OPS) with 76 runs scored, 19 homers, 69 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. Jones has the potential to be a 20/20 man in 2011 if he stays healthy and focused. Jones had 7 errors in 149 games in CF for the O’s last season but he showed out of this world range and he also showed off a very strong arm as he had 12 assists. The sky is the limit for Jones who has the talent needed to be the best CF in the A.L. Whether he gets to that point is solely up to him.

26-year old lefty swinging Felix Pie will be Jones’ top backup in 2011. Pie played in 9 games in CF last season for the Orioles and he made 1 error while showing awful range. Pie is a natural CF, so I think he would be fine defensively if he had to replace Jones due to injury.

36-year old switch hitting Randy Winn is #3 in line in CF for the Orioles right now. Winn played in 9 error-free games in CF last season but he showed pretty awful range. Winn is getting a little long in tooth to handle playing CF defensively.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE ORIOLES CFs IN 2011: B+

The Baltimore Orioles are in good shape in LF for 2011

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Friday 4 March 2011 at 6:36 pm

32-year old lefty swinging Luke Scott will be the starting LF for the Orioles in 2011. Scott played in 131 games for the Orioles last season and he was 127 of 447 (.284 avg, .902 OPS) with 70 runs scored, 27 homers, 72 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Scott is one of the best lefty swinging power hitters out there and if he could ever get a full season of ABs, he would easily crank 30 homers in a year. Scott is also better than most people think he is with a mitt on his hands as he works hard on his defense. He played in 14 games in LF last season and he didn’t make any errors while showing good range.

26-year old lefty swinging Felix Pie gets bumped out of a starting job, but he will get a lot of P.T. as the O’s #4 outfielder in 2011. Pie played in 82 games for the Orioles last season and he was 79 of 288 (.274 avg, .718 OPS) with 39 runs scored, 5 homers, 31 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. Pie will likely get a lot of work as Scott’s defensive replacement late in games because he’s a wizard in LF. Pie only made 1 error in 70 games in LF for the Orioles last season and he showed out of this world range and a strong throwing arm as he had 7 assists.

27-year old righty swinging Nolan Reimold could work his way into a platoon with Luke Scott, if he has a big spring. Reimold played in 39 games for the Orioles last season and he was 24 of 116 (.207 avg, .610 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 3 homers and 14 RBIs. The Orioles are hoping that was just a sophomore slump as he played in 104 games in 2009 in which he was 100 of 358 (.279 avg, .831 OPS) with 49 runs scored, 15 homers, 45 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. Reimold played in 22 games in LF for the Orioles last season and he made 1 error and had 1 assist while showing off excellent range.

36-year old switch hitting Randy Winn is also trying to win a job this spring. He played in 25 games in LF for the Yankees & Cardinals last season and he didn’t make any errors. Winn had 1 assist in LF while showing average range. Winn is going to need a great spring if he’s going to make it to the O’s roster on opening day.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE ORIOLES LFs IN 2011: B

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