The Baltimore Orioles send Mike Wright to AAA

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP,The Minors by joelapinski on Saturday 18 June 2016 at 6:55 am

The Baltimore Orioles have sent 26-year old righty starting pitcher Mike Wright to AAA.  Wright pitched in 13 games (12 starts) for the Orioles so far this year and he is 3-4 with a 6.12 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.  He gave up 73 hits (12 homers) and 24 walks while whiffing 46 batters in his first 64 2/3 innings this year for the Orioles, as he has gotten hit hard.  The Orioles should consider trying Wright in the bullpen, where his stuff could play out well.  The Orioles will activate Yovani Gallardo off the D.L. to take Wright’s place in the starting rotation.

The Baltimore Orioles bump Ubaldo Jimenez from the rotation

Blogged under Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 14 June 2016 at 6:15 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have bumped righty Ubaldo Jimenez to the bullpen.  He has pitched in 13 games (all starts) for the Orioles so far this year and he is 3-7 with a 6.89 ERA and a 1.98 WHIP.  The Orioles will activate righty Yovani Gallardo to replace Jimenez in the rotation starting on Saturday.  Gallardo pitched in 4 games (all starts) for the Orioles earlier this year and he was 1-1 with a 7.00 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP.  He pitched in 3 games (all starts) in A+AAA-ball on his rehab assignment and he was 1-0 with a 4.85 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP.  Gallardo can’t possibly be any worse than Jimenez has been so far this year.

Ubaldo Jimenez has been downright awful for the Baltimore Orioles in 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP by joelapinski on Thursday 9 June 2016 at 3:02 pm

32-year old righty starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez has been downright awful for the Baltimore Orioles so far in 2016.  Jimenez has pitched in 12 games (all starts) so far this year for the Orioles and he is 3-6 with a 6.21 ERA and a 1.89 WHIP.  He has given up 83 hits and an American League leading 35 walks while whiffing 52 batters in his first 62 1/3 innings so far this year!  He is in the 3rd year of a 4-year, $50 million dollar deal for the Orioles.  He has pitched in 69 games (66 starts) in his first three years with the Orioles and he is 21-25 with a 4.70 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.  The Orioles can’t afford to keep Jimenez in the rotation much longer if they want to make the playoffs in 2016.

The Baltimore Orioles send Mike Wright to AAA

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP,The Minors by joelapinski on Thursday 2 June 2016 at 5:14 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have sent 26-year old righty starting pitcher Mike Wright to AAA.  Wright pitched in 10 games (9 starts) for the Orioles this year and he was 2-3 with a 5.88 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP.  He has given up 56 hits (9 homers) and 16 walks while whiffing 36 batters in his first 49 innings this year, so he got hit hard.  Wright has now pitched in 22 games (18 starts) in his first two years with the Orioles and he is 5-8 with a 5.96 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP.  The Orioles might want to try out Wright as a reliever in the minors, as he has a really good arm.

UPDATE:  (6/3/2016) – The Orioles have called Mike Wright back up to the majors to replace Darren O’Day, who has been placed on the D.L.

The Baltimore Orioles are banking on some young pitchers at the back end of the rotation

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP by joelapinski on Saturday 2 April 2016 at 11:39 am

The Baltimore Orioles are banking on some young starting pitchers in 2016.  With 25-year old righty Kevin Gausman likely to start on the D.L., it looks like 26-year old righty Mike Wright and 26-year old righty Tyler Wilson will open the 2016 season in the starting rotation.  The Orioles have always had high hopes for Gausman, but he hasn’t produced up to expectations so far in his career.  He has pitched in 65 games (42 starts) in his first three years with the Orioles and he is 14-19 with a 4.21 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.  Gausman will likely get his job back and the Orioles hope that will be on April 19th.  While Gausman is on the shelf, Wright and Wilson will likely be auditioning for the #5 spot.  Wright pitched in 12 games (9 starts) for the Orioles last year and he was 3-5 with a 6.04 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP.  The Orioles hope that Wright will be better the second time around, as he does have good stuff.  Wilson comes into this season as the Orioles’ #19 prospect according to Baseball America.  Wilson pitched in 9 games (5 starts) for the Orioles last year in his first taste of the show and he was 2-2 with a 3.50 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP.  Releasing Miguel Gonzalez earlier this week is starting to look like a mistake for the Orioles.

Jason Hammel has been awful in July for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP by joelapinski on Monday 29 July 2013 at 9:02 am

I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Orioles trade for a starting pitcher before Wednesday’s trade deadline to replace 30-year old righty Jason Hammel in the rotation.  Hammel has started 4 games so far in July and he is 0-4 with a 5.52 ERA and a 1.88 WHIP.  He has given up 41 hits and 14 walks while whiffing 19 batters in his first 29 1/3 innings so far this month, as he is getting hit really hard.  Hammel has now pitched in 21 games (all starts) for the Orioles overall this year and he is 7-8 with a 5.20 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP.  Hammel has been a huge disappointment so far this year for the Orioles.

UPDATE:  (7/31/2013) – The Orioles have placed Jason Hammel on the 15-day disabled list due to right forearm soreness.  Hammel will likely move to the bullpen when he returns to action after the Orioles picked up Bud Norris in a deal with the Astros earlier today.

The Baltimore Orioles’ rotation is in shambles right now

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP by chinmusic on Monday 16 July 2012 at 9:53 am

Due to Jason Hammel’s injury, the Orioles’ new ace is lefty Wei-Yin Chen. Chen has pitched well for the Orioles so far this year as he has started 18 games in which he is 7-5 with a 3.80 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. Behind him the Orioles have 28-year old Miguel Gonzalez. Gonzalez has pitched in 5 games (2 starts) so far this year and he is 1-1 with a 2.59 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. This is his first taste of the majors. 24-year old Chris Tillman is also currently in the rotation. He started 1 game so far this year for the O’s and he was the winning pitcher, working 8 1/3 innings allowing 2 hits, 2 runs (both unearned), with 2 walks while whiffing 7 batters. He was very impressive in his first start. But, he has pitched in 37 games (all starts) in his first four years with the Orioles and he is 8-15 with a 5.33 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP. The Orioles now have to choose two more starting pitchers out of the minors. Lefty Zach Britton should get one of the jobs as he is looking good in the minors. The other spot will likely to to Jake Arrieta, Brian Matusz or Tommy Hunter. All of those guys have failed with the Orioles earlier this year. Arrieta has the best stuff, but it hasn’t translated into success at the major league level. He has pitched in 18 games (all starts) for the Orioles so far this year and he is 3-9 with a 6.13 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP. Lefty Brian Matusz has also been awful this year for the Orioles. He has pitched in 16 games (all starts) for the Orioles so far this year and he is 5-10 with a 5.42 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP. Righty Tommy Hunter also has failed so far this year. He has pitched in 15 games (13 starts) for the Orioles this year and he is 3-4 with a 6.11 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP. The #1 need for the Orioles at the trade deadline is starting pitching. They would be smart to make a deal as soon as possible if they are serious about making the playoffs this year.

Jake Arrieta continues to struggle for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP by chinmusic on Wednesday 4 July 2012 at 8:05 am

26-year old righty starting pitcher Jake Arrieta has outstanding stuff, but he just doesn’t know how to pitch. Give his arm to Jamie Moyer, and he would have 400 wins in his career already. Arrieta has pitched in 17 games (all starts) for the Orioles so far this year and he is 3-9 with a 5.81 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP. Manager Buck Showalter is starting to run out of patience with him. Arrieta has now pitched in 57 games (all starts) in his first three years with the Orioles and he is 19-23 with a 5.16 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP.

The Baltimore Orioles send Tommy Hunter to AAA

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP by chinmusic on Wednesday 30 May 2012 at 8:00 am

The Orioles have sent 25-year old righty starting pitcher Tommy Hunter to AAA. Hunter has started 10 games for the O’s so far this year and he is 2-3 with a 5.59 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP. He has given up a stunningly awful 13 homers in his first 58 innings this year. The Orioles have called up 28-year old righty reliever Miguel Gonzalez to replace Hunter on the pitching staff. Gonzalez pitched in 11 games (3 starts) in AAA-ball this year and he was 2-1 with 1 save, a 1.50 ERA and a 0.50 WHIP. He only gave up 10 hits and 5 walks in 30 innings this year while whiffing 36 batters in the minors, and that is impressive. He made his major league debut for the Orioles last night, working 3 1/3 innings allowing 4 hits and 1 run (it was earned), while whiffing 5 batters and walking none.

Kevin Gregg has been awful so far this year for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP by chinmusic on Sunday 6 May 2012 at 12:53 pm

33-year old righty reliever Kevin Gregg started 2011 as the Orioles’ closer and now he’s essentially a mop up man. Gregg pitched in 63 games (0 starts) for the Orioles last year and he was 0-3 with 22 saves, a 4.37 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP. He walked 40 batters in only 59 2/3 innings last season and it was a big reason why he lost his closer’s gig. He has pitched in 6 games (0 starts) for the O’s so far this year and he is 0-3 with 22 saves, a 4.37 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP. The Orioles aren’t going to pitch Gregg at all when the game is close until he starts pitching better.

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