Adam Jones is off to a lousy start in 2016 for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Monday 9 May 2016 at 10:35 am

30-year old righty swinging CF Adam Jones is off to a lousy start with the bat in 2016 for the Baltimore Orioles.  Jones has played in 26 games for the Orioles so far this year and he is only 19 of 95 (.200 avg, .543 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 1 homer and 9 RBIs.  Jones has been a little banged up this year, which gives him an excuse.  That being said, from 2012-2015, Jones played in 618 games for the Orioles in which he was 700 of 2,491 (.281 avg) with 365 runs scored, 121 homers, 368 RBIs and 40 stolen bases.  Jones was an American League All-Star for the Orioles in every year from 2012-15.  He also won Gold Gloves in three of those years and he won a Silver Slugger Award.  The Orioles need Jones to pick up the pace with the bat in the near future.

Pedro Alvarez is off to a very slow start with the bat for the Baltimore Orioles in 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Friday 29 April 2016 at 6:09 am

The Baltimore Orioles signed 29-year old lefty swinging DH/1B/3B Pedro Alvarez this spring to a 1-year, $5.75 million dollar deal late in free agency to provide them with power.  From 2012-2015, Alvarez averaged 27.8 homers and 79.5 RBIs per season for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  But, he has shown none of that kind of power so far this year.  Alvarez has played in 15 games for the Orioles so far this year and he is 8 for 44 (.182 avg, .558 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers, 1 RBI and 1 stolen base.  The Orioles aren’t going to wait forever for Alvarez to start hitting….so he needs to start showing them something soon.

The Baltimore Orioles hope to get more offense from their catchers soon

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Tuesday 12 April 2016 at 7:13 am

The Baltimore Orioles didn’t expect 29-year old switch-hitting catcher Matt Wieters to accept the qualifying offer they extended to him, but he did.  He is off to a slow start with the bat for the O’s so far this year.  He has played in 5 games for the Orioles so far this year and he is 4 for 20 (.200 avg, .488 OPS) with 0 runs scored, 0 homers and 4 RBIs.  29-year old righty swinging Caleb Joseph hasn’t done much at the plate so far this year either.  He has played in 2 games for the Orioles so far this year and he is 1 for 6 (.167 avg, .452 OPS) with 2 runs scored.  I think these guys will get back on the right track in the near future.

Hyun Soo Kim is having issues so far in spring training for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster,Spring Training by joelapinski on Thursday 10 March 2016 at 9:40 am

The Baltimore Orioles sign 28-year old lefty swinging Hyun Soo Kim over the winter with the idea of starting him in LF in 2016.  He is finding out so far that the pitching is much better over here than what he was facing in Korea.  He has played in 6 games so far this spring and he is 0 for 18 (.000 avg, .000 OPS).  The disturbing this about Kim so far this spring is that he is swinging at everything (0 walks) and he’s making a lot of contact (3 whiffs), but it’s weak contact.  The Orioles don’t have a lot of good options on the roster to replace Kim in LF if he continues to look overmatched at the plate.  Rule 5 pick Joey Rickard, O’s prospect Dariel Alvarez, Alfredo Marte and Nolan Reimold are the top options on the roster right now.  The Orioles could decide to deal for Jay Bruce (who the Reds essentially dealt to the Blue Jays earlier this spring, but a failed physical of the Blue Jays’ prospect heading to Cincy nixed the deal). They could also sign Marlon Byrd or Alex Rios to a 1-year, incentive laden deal….as they are both somehow still free agents.

It’s getting close to time for the Baltimore Orioles to make a switch at 2B

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Wednesday 24 April 2013 at 1:20 pm

It might be time for the Orioles to let 26-year old lefty swinging 2B Ryan Flaherty to grab some pine while 28-year old switch-hitting Alexi Casilla takes over at 2B while Brian Roberts is out of action.  Flahery has played in 12 games for the Orioles so far this year and he is only 3 for 36 (.083 avg, .342 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 1 homer, 2 RBIs and 13 whiffs.  Casilla has played in 12 games for the O’s so far this year and he is 7 for 26 (.269 avg, .642 OPS) with 3 runs scored and 2 stolen bases.  Flaherty needs to sit until he starts to hit better.

Ryan Flaherty and Steve Pearce can’t buy a hit right now for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Wednesday 10 April 2013 at 1:31 pm

26-year old lefty swinging 2B Ryan Flaherty and 29-year old righty swinging DH/1B/OF Steve Pearce have night been able to buy a hit for the Orioles so far in 2013.  Flaherty has played in 4 games for the O’s so far this year and he is 0 for 14 (.000 avg, .000 OPS) with 6 whiffs.  Pearce has played in 3 games for the Orioles so far this year and he is 0 for 10 (.000 avg, .091 OPS) with 1 walk and 5 whiffs.  These guys are going to start seeing their P.T. diminish if they don’t start hitting better in the near future.

Mark Reynolds and Wilson Betemit are going to get pinched for P.T. for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Saturday 11 August 2012 at 9:02 am

With Manny Machado taking over at 3B, it leaves 29-year old righty swinging Mark Reynolds and 30-year old switch-hitting Wilson Betemit to share 1B the rest of the year. Reynolds has played in 87 games so far this year for the O’s and he is only 60 of 286 (.210 avg, .705 OPS) with 40 runs scored, 9 homers, 34 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Betemit has played in 96 games so far this year and he is 86 of 326 (.264 avg, .754 OPS) with 39 runs scored, 12 homers and 37 RBIs. Despite both of these guys having good power, they also at times look like they have holes in their bats as they have whiffed a combined 204 times so far this year (Reynolds 107, Betemit 97)

Robert Andino is going back to his utility role for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Wednesday 13 June 2012 at 8:11 am

With Brian Roberts back, 28-year old righty swinging Robert Andino will go back to his utility role. Andino has played in 59 games for the Orioles so far this year and he is 53 for 218 (.243 avg, .628 OPS) with 23 runs scored, 3 homers, 17 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. He has now played in 292 games in his first four years with the Orioles and he is 235 for 934 (.252 avg, .646 OPS) with 123 runs scored, 12 homers, 69 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. Andino did a decent job filling in for Roberts while he was out of action, but being a utility man better suits his talents.

The Baltimore Orioles should think about giving up on Ryan Flaherty

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Sunday 3 June 2012 at 8:07 am

The Orioles like 25-year old lefty swinging IF/OF Ryan Flaherty’s versatility in the field. But, the Orioles should consider sending Rule 5 pick Flaherty back to the Cubs, or make a deal with them so they can send him to AAA. Flaherty has played in 26 games for the Orioles so far this year and he is 8 for 54 (.148 avg, .379 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 1 homer and 3 RBIs. He has shown no patience at the plate as he has only walked 1 time while whiffing 17 times so far this year. If Flaherty doesn’t turn things around soon, the Orioles have to get him off the roster one way or another.

The Baltimore Orioles are getting next to nothing out of their DHs this year

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Monday 23 April 2012 at 9:33 am

The Orioles aren’t getting much from their DHs so far this year. 30-year old switch-hitting Wilson Betemit was supposed to be the starter at DH, but he isn’t hitting too well so far this year. Betemit has played in 10 games for the Orioles so far this year and he is 7 for 38 (.184 avg, .547 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 1 homer and 5 RBIs. I think the Orioles should just stick with Betemit at DH for now, because lefty swinging Nick Johnson is hitting like a pitcher right now. Johnson has played in 7 games for the Orioles so far this year and he is 0 for 23 (.000 avg, .115 OPS) with 1 run scored, 1 RBI and 1 stolen base. Johnson better start hitting soon, or the Orioles are going to cut him loose.

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