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Manny Machado is done for the season for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Big Orioles News, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries by joelapinski on Wednesday 25 September 2013 at 6:36 am

21-year old righty swinging 3B Manny Machado will miss the rest of the 2013 season after tearing a ligament in his knee in Tampa last Monday Night.  The good news is that his injury won’t require surgery and he should be running again in six to eight weeks.  Machado played in 156 games for the Orioles this year and he was 189 of 667 (.283 avg, .746 OPS) with 88 runs scored, 51 doubles, 14 homers, 71 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  He has now played in 207 games in his first two years with the O’s and he is 239 of 858 (.279 avg, .744 OPS) with 112 runs scored, 21 homers, 97 RBIs and 8 stolen bases.  The Orioles and Machado really dodged a bullet here as this injury did not look good when it happened.

The Baltimore Orioles acquire Mike Morse from the Mariners

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Big Orioles News, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Trades by joelapinski on Friday 30 August 2013 at 1:44 pm

The Orioles have acquired 31-year old righty swinging OF/DH/1B Mike Morse from the Seattle Mariners for 23-year old lefty swinging outfielder Xavier Avery.  Morse played in 76 games for the Mariners this year and he was 64 of 283 (.226 avg, .693 OPS) with 31 runs scored, 13 homers and 27 RBIs.  He has now played in 561 games in his first 9 years in the majors and he is 520 of 1,829 (.284 avg, .816 OPS) with 230 runs scored, 83 homers, 272 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  Avery played in 120 games in AA+AAA-ball for the O’s this year and he was 118 of 455 (.259 avg, .686 OPS) with 70 runs scored, 3 homers, 35 RBIs and 29 stolen bases.  Avery did play in 32 games for the Orioles last year in which he was 21 of 94 (.223 avg, .645 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 1 homer, 6 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  Morse gives the Orioles another big bat for the stretch run.  I love this pickup for the Orioles.

The Baltimore Orioles send Wei-Yin Chen to the Gulf Coast League

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Big Orioles News, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by joelapinski on Thursday 29 August 2013 at 7:04 am

The Orioles have sent 28-year old lefty starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen to the Gulf Coast League.  Chen has pitched in 17 games (all starts) for the Orioles this year and he is 7-7 with a 3.76 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.  Those aren’t bad numbers, but he has been awful in August for the Orioles.  He started 5 games in August for the O’s and he was 1-4 with a 6.00 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.  The Orioles have called up 22-year old Kevin Gausman to replace Chen on the roster and on the pitching staff.  Gausman has pitched in 9 games (5 starts) so far this year for the Orioles and he is 1-3 with a 6.21 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP.  The Orioles hope that Gausman is better for them this time around and they will likely bring Chen back up when rosters expand in September.

UPDATE:  (8/31/2013) - The Orioles are going to call Wei-Yin Chen back up tomorrow to start against the Yankees.

The Baltimore Orioles acquire Bud Norris from the Astros

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Big Orioles News, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Trades by joelapinski on Wednesday 31 July 2013 at 2:57 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have acquired 28-year old righty starting pitcher Bud Norris from the Astros for 23-year old righty swinging outfielder L.J. Hoes, 19-year old lefty starting pitcher Josh Hader and a 2014 competitive balance draft pick.  Norris pitched in 21 games (all starts) for the Astros this year and he was 6-9 with a 3.93 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.  Norris has given up 135 hits and 43 walks while whiffing 90 batters in his 126 innings so far this year.  Norris has pitched in 119 games (118 starts) in his first five years in the majors and he is 34-46 with a 4.33 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP.  Norris will replace the struggling Jason Hammel in the starting rotation and it should be a nice upgrade for the Orioles.  L.J. Hoes came into this season as the Orioles’ #6 prospect according to Baseball America.  Hoes played in 1 game for the Orioles this year and he was 0 for 3 (.000 avg, .000 OPS).  Hoes also played in 99 games in AAA-ball for the O’s this year and he was 111 of 365 (.304 avg, .808 OPS) with 62 runs scored, 3 homers, 40 RBIs and 7 stolen bases.  Hoes played in 3 games in his two years with the Orioles and he was 0 for 4 (.000 avg, .000 OPS).  Hader came into this season as the Orioles’ #19 prospect according to Baseball America.  Hader pitched in 17 games (all starts) in A-ball for the Orioles this year and he was 3-6 with a 2.65 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.  The Orioles paid full price for Norris, but they are in a win now mode, so I think this improves their chances of making the playoffs in 2013.

The Baltimore Orioles DFA Jairo Asencio

Blogged under Big Orioles News, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by joelapinski on Sunday 28 July 2013 at 6:00 pm

The Orioles have designated 30-year old righty reliever Jairo Asencio for assignment.  Asencio pitched in 4 games (0 starts) for the Orioles this year and he was 0-0 with a 7.71 ERA and a 2.14 WHIP.  He also pitched in 34 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Orioles this year and he was 4-0 with 20 saves, a 2.15 ERA and a 0.80 WHIP.  He only gave up 23 hits and 7 walks while whiffing 41 batters in his first 37 2/3 innings in the minors this year, which was impressive.  Asencio has now pitched in 43 games (0 starts) in his first four years in the majors and he is 1-2 with a 5.34 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP.  The Orioles probably hope that Asencio clears waivers and accepts an outright assignment to AAA, so they can keep him around.

UPDATE:  (7/31/2013) - Asencio has cleared waivers and he has been outrighted to AAA-ball by the Orioles.

The Baltimore Orioles acquire Francisco Rodriguez from the Brewers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Big Orioles News, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Trades by joelapinski on Tuesday 23 July 2013 at 8:07 pm

The Orioles have acquired 31-year old righty reliever Francisco Rodriguez from the Brewers for 21-year old lefty swinging 3B/1B Nick Delmonico.  Rodriguez pitched in 25 games (0 starts) for the Brewers this year and he was 1-1 with 10 saves, a 1.09 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP.  Rodriguez only gave up 17 hits and 9 walks while whiffing 26 batters in his first 24 2/3 innings for the Brewers this year and those are impressive numbers.  Rodriguez has now pitched in 707 games (0 starts) in his first 12 years in the majors and he is 39-35 with 304 saves, a 2.64 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP.  Rodriguez is currently tied for #21 in Major League History in saves (with Jeff Montgomery) with his 304 saves.  Delmonico came into this season as the Orioles’ #4 prospect according to Baseball America.  He played in 60 games in A-ball for the Orioles this year and he was 55 of 225 (.244 avg, .822 OPS) with 33 runs scored, 13 homers, 50 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  Rodriguez didn’t come cheaply as Delmonico is a legit prospect, but he will help the Orioles at the back end of the bullpen the rest of the way in 2013.

The Baltimore Orioles call up two players

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Big Orioles News, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by joelapinski on Friday 19 July 2013 at 7:07 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have called up 26-year old lefty swinging OF/DH Henry Urrutia and 28-year old righty swinging 3B/1B Danny Valencia.  Urrutia has played in 67 games in AA+AAA-ball so far this year for the O’s and he is 95 of 260 (.365 avg, .958 OPS) with 45 runs scored, 7 homers, 43 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Those are impressive numbers for the young Cuban ballplayer, as this is his first year in the States.  He came into this season as the Orioles’ #13 prospect according to Baseball America.  He is going to get a shot to DH quite a bit for the Orioles.  Valencia played in 21 games for the Orioles earlier this year and he is 14 for 61 (.230 avg, .785 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 4 homers and 8 RBIs.

Chris Tillman of the Baltimore Orioles is added to the All-Star Team

Blogged under All-Stars, Big Orioles News, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by joelapinski on Monday 15 July 2013 at 5:51 am

25-year old righty starting pitcher Chris Tillman has been added to the All-Star Team to replace Justin Verlander, who pitched yesterday for the Tigers.  Tillman has pitched in 19 games (all starts) for the Orioles so far this year and he is 11-3 with a 3.95 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP.  Tillman has given up 110 hits and 41 walks while whiffing 89 batters in his first 111 2/3 innings, which are pretty solid numbers.  Tillman has really come around his last two years and he deserves this honor.  In his last two years, Tillman has pitched in 34 games (all starts) in which he is 20-6 with a 3.51 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.

The Baltimore Orioles activate Wei-Yin Chen off the D.L.

Blogged under Big Orioles News, Front Page, General by joelapinski on Wednesday 10 July 2013 at 4:28 pm

The Orioles have activated 27-year old lefty starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen off the D.L.  Chen pitched in 8 games (all starts) earlier this year for the Orioles and he was 3-3 with a 3.04 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.  He has given up 45 hits and 12 walks while whiffing 27 batters in his first 47 1/3 innings this year, which is pretty impressive.  Chen will get the start tonight at home against the Texas Rangers, so the Orioles hope that he isn’t too rusty.

The Baltimore Orioles are sending a quartet to the All-Star Game

Blogged under All-Stars, Big Orioles News, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by joelapinski on Monday 8 July 2013 at 1:30 pm

27-year old lefty swinging 1B Chris Davis, 30-year old righty swinging SS J.J. Hardy and 27-year old righty swinging CF Adam Jones have been elected by the fans to start for the American League in the All-Star Game.  21-year old righty swinging 3B Manny Machado was picked as a reserve by A.L. Manager Jim Leyland.  Davis is having an amazing year for the Orioles in 2013.  He has played in 88 games for the Orioles so far this year and he is 102 of 319 (.320 avg, 1.106 OPS) with 63 runs scored, 33 homers and 85 RBIs.  He has also walked 36 times while whiffing 99 times so far this year, so his batting average might be hard to maintain in the second half of the 2013 season.  Hardy has played in 89 games for the Orioles so far this year and he is 85 of 338 (.251 avg, .722 OPS) with 33 runs scored, 15 homers, 46 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  He has slowed down lately at the plate for the O’s.  Jones has been playing his usual Gold Glove caliber defense in CF and he’s also raking at the plate.  Jones has played in 89 games for the Orioles so far this year and he is 107 of 370 (.289 avg, .791 OPS) with 59 runs scored, 16 homers, 61 RBIs and 9 stolen bases.  Jones hasn’t been very picky at the plate so far this year as he has only walked 9 times so far this year while whiffing 72 times.  Machado has played in 89 games for the O’s so far this year and he is 119 of 382 (.312 avg, .812 OPS) with 53 runs scored, 6 homers, 42 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  Machado also has a major league leading 39 doubles right now.

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