Kevin Gausman is stepping up for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Friday 16 September 2016 at 11:13 am

25-year old righty starting pitcher Kevin Gausman is stepping up in the second half for the Baltimore Orioles!  Since the All-Star break, Gausman has pitched in 12 games (all starts) for the Orioles in which he is 7-4 with a 2.58 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 27 games (all starts) overall this year in which he is 8-10 with a 3.43 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.  He has given up 158 hits and 43 walks while whiffing 161 batters in his first 160 innings this year for the Orioles.  He has now pitched in 92 games (69 starts) in his first four years with the Orioles and he is 22-29 with a 3.93 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.  Gausman’s performance is finally catching up to his stuff, which has to have the Orioles excited!

The Baltimore Orioles will be without Steve Pearce indefintely

Blogged under Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Thursday 15 September 2016 at 6:46 am

The Baltimore Orioles will be without 33-year old righty swinging 1B/2B/OF/DH Steve Pearce indefinitely due to a ailing right elbow.  Pearce has played in 25 games for the Orioles since they acquired him in deal with the Rays and he is 13 of 60 (.217 avg, .729 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 3 homers and 6 RBI.  He has now played in 85 games overall this year for the Orioles and Rays in which he is 76 of 264 (.288 avg, .867 OPS) with 35 runs scored, 13 homers and 35 RBI.  Pearce has now played in 291 games in his first five years with the Orioles and he is 225 of 882 (.255 avg, .810 OPS) with 124 runs scored, 46 homers, 122 RBI and 7 stolen bases.  The Orioles will miss Pearce’s bat off the bench.

Boog Powell was a darn good 1B for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 10 September 2016 at 2:36 pm

When most people think about great first basemen in Baltimore Orioles’ history, Eddie Murray is the first guy to come to mind.  But, lefty swinging Boog Powell was also an outstanding 1B for the Baltimore Orioles.  Powell played in 1,763 games in his 14 years with the Orioles and he was 1,574 of 5,912 (.266 avg, .826 OPS) with 796 runs scored, 303 homers, 1,063 RBI and 18 stolen bases.  Powell also played in 33 games in the post-season for the Orioles and he was 33 of 126 (.262 avg, .760 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 6 homers and 18 RBI.  In the 1966 and 1970 World Series’ (both won by the Orioles), Powell played in 9 games in which he was 10 for 31 (.323 avg) with 7 runs scored, 2 homers and 6 RBI.  Powell was the American League MVP for the Orioles in 1970.  Powell played in 154 games for the Orioles in 1970 and he was 156 of 526 (.297 avg, .962 OPS) with 82 runs scored, 35 homers, 114 RBI and 1 stolen base.  Powell had 4 years of 34 or more homers and 3 years in which he had at least 109 RBI!  Powell was a 4-time All-Star for the Orioles!  Powell is still #3 in homers in Orioles’ history with 303 of them.  He is also tied for #36 in OBP (.362), tied for #19 in SLG (.465), tied for #21 in OPS (.826), #5 in games played (1,763), #8 in runs scored (796), #6 in hits (1,574), #13 in doubles (243), #4 in RBI (1,063) and he is #4 in walks (889) in Orioles’ history!

Vance Worley has been a godsend for the Baltimore Orioles in 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Tuesday 6 September 2016 at 10:02 am

28-year old righty Vance Worley has been a godsend for the Baltimore Orioles‘ pitching staff, as he has been working in any capacity that they have needed him to this year.  Worley has pitched in 32 games (4 starts) for the Orioles so far this year and he is 2-1 with 1 save, a 3.38 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP.  He has given up 78 hits and 30 walks while whiffing 52 batters in his first 80 innings for the Orioles so far this year.  In Worley’s four starts so far this year for the O’s, he is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP.  In his 28 games out of the pen, Worley is 1-0 with 1 save, a 2.95 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.

The Baltimore Orioles DFA Odrisamer Despaigne

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Monday 5 September 2016 at 8:54 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have designated 29-year old righty reliever Odrisamer Despaigne for assignment.  Despaigne pitched in 16 games (0 starts) for the Orioles this year and he was 0-2 with a 5.60 ERA and a 1.72 WHIP.  He gave up 32 hits and 15 walks while whiffing 17 batters in his 27 1/3 innings for the Orioles this year.  He has now pitched in 66 games (34 starts) in his first three years in the show and he is 9-18 with a 4.84 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.  This isn’t going to hurt the Orioles too much moving forward, as Despaigne didn’t pitch too well for them this year.

UPDATE:  (9/15/2016) – The Orioles have lost Odrisamer Despaigne on waivers to the Miami Marlins.

The Baltimore Orioles claim Drew Stubbs off of waivers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 31 August 2016 at 5:16 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have claimed 31-year old righty swinging outfielder Drew Stubbs off of waivers from the Texas Rangers.  Stubbs played in 39 games for the Braves and Rangers last year in which he was 15 of 58 (.259 avg, .757 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 3 homers, 6 RBI and 8 stolen bases.  Stubbs has now played in 881 games in his first 8 years in the show and he is 682 of 2,790 (.244 avg, .710 OPS) with 443 runs scored, 92 homers, 282 RBI and 160 stolen bases.  I like this move for the Orioles, as Stubbs can play all three outfield spots defensively.  He also adds power and speed to the lineup when he’s in it.

The Baltimore Orioles acquire Kyle Lobstein from the Pirates

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors,Trades by joelapinski on Wednesday 31 August 2016 at 5:08 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have acquired 27-year old lefty starter/reliever Kyle Lobstein from the Pittsburgh Pirates for 29-year old lefty reliever Zach Phillips.  Lobstein pitched in 14 games (0 starts) for the Pirates this year and he was 2-0 with a 3.96 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP.  He gave up 25 hits and 12 walks while whiffing 15 batters in his 25 innings pitched for the Pirates this year.  Lobstein has now pitched in 34 games (17 starts) in his first three years in the show and he is 6-10 with a 5.06 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP.  Phillips pitched in 49 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Orioles this year and he was 9-3 with 1 save, a 4.45 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP.

UPDATE:  Shortly after acquiring Kyle Lobstein, the Orioles designated him for assignment to claim outfielder Drew Stubbs off of waivers from the Rangers.

UPDATE II:  (9/3/2016) – The Baltimore Orioles have outrighted Kyle Lobstein to AAA.

The Baltimore Orioles DFA Julio Borbon

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Monday 29 August 2016 at 10:25 am

The Baltimore Orioles have designated 30-year old lefty swinging outfielder Julio Borbon for assignment.  Borbon played in 6 games for the Orioles this year and he was 4 of 13 (.308 avg, 615 OPS) with 1 run scored.  Borbon has now played in 294 games in his first five years in the show and he is 219 of 802 (.273 avg, .665 OPS) with 112 runs scored, 8 homers, 76 RBI and 47 stolen bases.

UPDATE:  (8/30/2016) – The Orioles have outrighted Julio Borbon to AAA.

The Baltimore Orioles DFA T.J. McFarland

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Monday 29 August 2016 at 10:22 am

The Baltimore Orioles have designated 27-year old lefty reliever T.J. McFarland for assignment.  McFarland pitched in 16 games (0 starts) for the Orioles this year and he was 2-2 with a 6.93 ERA and a 1.74 WHIP.  He gave up 33 hits and 10 walks while whiffing 7 batters in his 24 2/3 innings for the Orioles this year, so he got hit extremely hard this year.  McFarland pitched in 121 games (2 starts) for the Orioles in his four years with the Orioles and he was 12-7 with a 4.27 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP.

UPDATE:  (9/29/2016) – The Orioles have sent T.J. McFarland to AAA.

The Baltimore Orioles sign Tommy Hunter

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Monday 29 August 2016 at 10:19 am

The Baltimore Orioles have signed 30-year old righty reliever Tommy Hunter to a 1-year deal and he made his debut with them yesterday.  He worked 1 shutout inning yesterday for the O’s, allowing 1 hit and whiffing 1 batter.  Hunter pitched in 21 games (0 starts) for the Cleveland Indians earlier this year and he was 2-2 with a 3.74 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.  Hunter has now pitched in 213 games (31 starts) in his first six years with the Orioles and he is 21-20 with 15 saves, a 4.21 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.  Hunter has now pitched in 306 games (75 starts) in his first 9 years in the show and he is 48-35 with 16 saves, a 4.29 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.  I like this move for the Orioles, as Hunter will help them lengthen the pen.

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