Jonathan Schoop is having an outstanding season for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Friday 15 July 2016 at 7:34 am

24-year old righty swinging 2B Jonathan Schoop of the Baltimore Orioles is having an outstanding season so far in 2016.  Schoop has played in 87 games for the Orioles so far this year and he is 99 of 326 (.304 avg, .847 OPS) with 49 runs scored, 14 homers, 52 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  To show you just how good the Orioles’ offense has been so far this year, Schoop is #5 on the team in runs scored, homers and RBIs!  Schoop has now played in 315 games in his first four years with the Orioles and he is 283 of 1,100 (.257 avg, .728 OPS) with 136 runs scored, 46 homers, 137 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  The Orioles hope that Schoop keeps raking in the second half of the season.

Mark Trumbo of the Baltimore Orioles is an All Star

Blogged under All-Stars,Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Sunday 10 July 2016 at 9:28 am

30-year old righty swinging OF/DH Mark Trumbo of the Baltimore Orioles has been selected to the All Star Team for the second time in his career.  He has played in 86 games for the Orioles so far this year and he is 99 of 345 (.287 avg, .920 OPS) with 54 runs scored, a Major League leading 28 homers, 68 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Trumbo has now played in 776 games in his first seven years in the show and he is 738 of 2,899 (.255 avg, .778 OPS) with 371 runs scored, 159 homers, 477 RBIs and 21 stolen bases.  The Orioles need Trumbo to keep raking in the second half of the 2016 season.

Matt Wieters of the Baltimore Orioles is an All Star

Blogged under All-Stars,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Sunday 10 July 2016 at 9:23 am

30-year old switch-hitting catcher Matt Wieters of the Baltimore Orioles has been selected to the All Star Team for the 4th time in his career.  He has played in 63 games for the Orioles so far this year and he is 58 of 221 (.262 avg, .741 OPS) with 24 runs scored, 9 homers, 37 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  He has now played in 821 games in his first 8 years with the Orioles and he is 757 of 2,932 (.258 avg, .743 OPS) with 331 runs scored, 109 homers, 408 RBIs and 7 stolen bases.

Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles is an All-Star

Blogged under All-Stars,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Sunday 10 July 2016 at 9:20 am

24-year old righty swinging 3B/SS Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles has been named to the All-Star Team for the 3rd time in his short career!  He has played in 82 games for the Orioles so far this year and he is 109 of 338 (.322 avg, .957 OPS) with 62 runs scored, 19 homers and 53 RBIs.  Machado has now played in 533 games in his first five years with the Orioles and he is 620 of 2,156 (.288 avg, .814 OPS) with 314 runs scored, 87 homers, 268 RBIs and 30 stolen bases.  Machado is a player on the rise for the Orioles and I see him making many more All-Star Games before his career is over!

Mark Trumbo keeps bashing the ball for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Friday 17 June 2016 at 10:13 am

30-year old righty swinging OF/1B/DH Mark Trumbo is crushing the ball so far this year for the Baltimore Orioles.  Trumbo has now played in 65 games for the Orioles so far this year and he is 73 of 258 (.283 avg, .898 OPS) with 38 runs scored, 20 homers, 49 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Trumbo leads the Major Leagues right now with his 20 homers!  He is #1 on the Orioles in both homers and RBIs.  He is also #3 on the team in runs scored right now!  As long as Trumbo stays healthy, he should eclipse his career highs of 85 runs scored, 34 homers and 100 RBIs all achieved in 2013 with the Los Angeles Angels.

The Baltimore Orioles are getting solid production from a couple surprising players

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Friday 20 May 2016 at 9:54 am

32-year old righty swinging outfielder Nolan Reimold and 28-year old lefty swinging outfielder Hyun Soo Kim have been playing well for the Baltimore Orioles so far this year.  Reimold has played in 23 games for the Orioles so far this year and he is 18 of 55 (.327 avg, .918 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 3 homers, 6 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  He has now played in 370 games in his first seven years with the Orioles and he is 296 of 1,161 (.255 avg, .769 OPS) with 158 runs scored, 50 homers, 152 RBIs and 17 stolen bases.  Reimold has always been a pretty solid player for the Orioles, but he has had issues staying healthy in his time with them.  Hyun Soo Kim signed a 2-year, $7 million dollar deal over the winter for the Baltimore Orioles and it came with the right for him to reject any demotion.  So when he had a rough spring training, they asked him to go the the minors and he refused.  So the Orioles added him to the roster instead of eating his $7 million bucks.  Kim has played in 12 games for the Orioles so far this year and he is 11 of 29 (.379 avg, .868 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 0 homers and 2 RBIs.  He also has walked twice as many times (4) than he has whiffed (2) so far this year for the Orioles, so he is showing a good eye at the plate when he plays.  I don’t see Kim’s playing time increasing any time soon unless the Orioles have a rash of injuries to outfielders.

Joey Rickard continues to shine for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Tuesday 19 April 2016 at 6:05 am

24-year old righty swinging outfielder Joey Rickard is already becoming a fan favorite for the Baltimore Orioles.  It’s not hard to see why if you have seen him play.  He is a full bore, get dirty type of player, which makes sense as he was a Rule 5 Draft pick from the division rival Tampa Bay Rays.  Rickard has played in 11 games for the Orioles so far this year and he is 14 of 46 (.304 avg, .777 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer and 4 RBIs.  He played in 117 games in A+AA+AAA-ball for the Rays last year and he was 127 of 396 (.321 avg, .874 OPS) with 62 runs scored, 2 homers, 55 RBIs and 23 stolen bases.  Give a lot of credit to the Orioles’ scouting staff for finding Rickard.

Manny Machado is rolling again for the Baltimore Orioles in 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Friday 15 April 2016 at 2:02 pm

23-year old righty swinging 3B Manny Machado had a true breakout season for the Baltimore Orioles in 2015.  He played in 162 games for the Orioles last year and he was 181 of 633 (.286 avg, .861 OPS) with 102 runs scored, 35 homers, 86 RBIs and 20 stolen bases.  He was an American League All-Star, won a Gold Glove Award and he was 4th in the voting for the MVP Award in 2015.  Machado has picked up right where he left off in 2015 so far this year, as he has played in 9 games for the Orioles in which he is 16 for 38 (.421 avg, 1.200 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 3 homers and 4 RBIs.  I think Machado is in for a truly huge 2016 season for the Baltimore Orioles.

A couple of the new guys are raking for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Thursday 7 April 2016 at 3:38 pm

Righty swinging outfielders Joey Rickard and Mark Trumbo are off to good starts with their bats for the Baltimore Orioles in 2016.  Rickard has played in 2 games for the O’s so far this year and he is 4 for 7 (.571 avg, 1.214 OPS) with 1 run scored and 1 RBI.  Trumbo is 4 for 8 (.500 avg, 1.056 OPS) with 1 run scored and 1 stolen base so far in 2016.  Rickard was a Rule 5 Pick over the winter and the Orioles traded with the Mariners for Mark Trumbo.  The Orioles hope this pair keeps up the good work, because the Orioles are going to have to score a lot of runs to win games this year due to their starting pitching.

Joey Rickard is raking for the Baltimore Orioles this spring

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Friday 25 March 2016 at 6:48 pm

24-year old righty swinging outfielder Joey Rickard was selected off the Tampa Bay Rays’ by the Baltimore Orioles in the Rule 5 Draft last winter.  He is making a case to make the Orioles’ opening day roster with a red hot spring.  He has played in 20 games in spring training for the Orioles so far and he is 18 for 48 (.375 avg, .996 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 1 homer, 6 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  Rickard played in 117 games in A+AA+AAA-ball for the Rays last year and he was 127 of 396 (.321 avg, .874 OPS) with 62 runs scored, 2 homers, 55 RBIs and 23 stolen bases.  He has now played in 359 games in his first four years in the minors and he is 350 of 1,237 (.283 avg, .787 OPS) with 209 runs scored, 13 homers, 149 RBIs and 73 stolen bases.  The Orioles will try to find a way to carry Rickard on the roster so that they don’t have to give him back to the Rays.

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