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.

Chris Davis is going to be the starting 3B for the Baltimore Orioles the rest of the 2011 season

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Tuesday 13 September 2011 at 5:29 pm

The O’s already know that 25-year old lefty swinging Chris Davis is a solid defensive 3B. They are going to give him a look at 3B the rest of this year with Mark Reynolds shifting to 1B. Davis has played in 16 games for the O’s so far this year and he is 15 for 64 (.234 avg, .634 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 1 homer, 6 RBIs and 1 stolen base. He has now played in 44 games overall this year for the Rangers & Orioles and he is 34 for 140 (.243 avg, .672 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 4 homers, 12 RBIs and 1 stolen base. The Orioles know that Davis is going to start for them in 2012, they just need to find out where on the field. He has big time power, but he’s also a big time whiffer just like Mark Reynolds.

Nolan Reimold is blowing his big chance with the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Saturday 20 August 2011 at 1:33 pm

Injuries have given 27-year old righty swinging OF/1B Nolan Reimold a chance at full-time P.T. in which he was expected to take advantage of. But he hasn’t. Reimold has played in 15 games so far in August and he is 10 for 53 (.189 avg, .548 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 1 homer and 2 RBIs. He has now played in 54 games for the Orioles so far this year and he is 35 for 162 (.216 avg, .686 OPS) with 18 runs scored, 7 homers, 20 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Reimold is starting to fall out of the good graces of the Orioles. If he doesn’t straighten out soon the Orioles might not be depending on him much…if at all…..in the future.

Derrek Lee has been awful with the bat for the Baltimore Orioles so far this year

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Friday 17 June 2011 at 5:30 pm

35-year old righty swinging 1B Derrek Lee was signed over the winter to add some thump to the lineup while bringing his solid glove to Baltimore. His glove has been good but his bat has been pathetic so far this year. Lee has played in 48 games for the Orioles so far this year and he is 40 for 187 (.214 avg, .597 OPS) with 20 runs scored, 4 homers, 16 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. In his previous four years before 2011, Lee averaged 88.9 runs scored, 24 homers, 90.8 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. The Orioles need Lee to get hot with the bat if they are going to get back into the A.L. East race.

The Baltimore Orioles need Mark Reynolds to start hitting better

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Tuesday 10 May 2011 at 9:33 am

27-year old righty swinging 3B Mark Reynolds had a rough year in 2010 for the Diamondbacks. He played in 145 games for the D-Backs last year and he was 99 for 499 (.198 avg, .753 OPS) with 79 runs scored, 32 homers, 85 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. He also whiffed 211 times last year! The Orioles thought that Reynolds just had a bad year and that he would rebound in 2011, so they dealt for him. But, Reynolds is not hitting at all for the Orioles so far this year. Reynolds has played in 33 games for the O’s so far this year and he is 20 for 107 (.187 avg, .635 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 3 homers and 15 RBIs. He has walked 16 times already this year but he has also whiffed 34 times this season. The Orioles need Reynolds to start hitting soon because they were depending on him to provide a lot of power in 2011.

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