Wild Card Game: Toronto Blue Jays 5, Baltimore Orioles 2 in 11 innings

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by joelapinski on Wednesday 5 October 2016 at 7:37 am

The Baltimore Orioles saw their 2016 season end in a thud last night, as Ubaldo Jimenez gave up a 3-run, walk0ff homer by Edwin Encarnacion of the Blue Jays in the 11th inning!

The Orioles were only 4 of 37 (.108 avg) with 1 walk and 12 whiffs against Blue Jays’ pitchers last night, and it’s hard to win that way.  Mark Trumbo was 1 for 4 with 1 run scored, 1 homer and 2 RBI in this game, as he provided most of the offense for the Orioles in this game.  Adam Jones (1 for 5 with 1 run scored), Manny Machado (1 for 4) and Michael Bourn (1 for 4 with 1 stolen base) were the only other Orioles with a hit last night!

Chris Tillman didn’t pitch that well for the Orioles, but he did keep them in the game until he left it.  He pitched 4 1/3 innings in which he gave up 4 hits, 2 runs (both earned) and 1 walk while whiffing 4 batters.  Then the bullpen was pretty awesome.  Mychal Givens, Donnie Hart, Brand Brach, Darren O’Day and Brian Duensing combined to throw six shutout innings in which they only gave up 2 hits and 1 walk while whiffing 7 batters.  Then for some reason, manager Buck Showalter called on Ubaldo Jimenez instead of all-world closer in the 11th inning and it doomed them.  Jimenez pitched to three batters and they all got hits, including a devastating bomb to Edwin Encarnacion that ended their 2016 season with a thud!

Baltimore Orioles (89-73) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (89-73)

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by joelapinski on Tuesday 4 October 2016 at 12:06 pm

The American League Wild Card Game pits two foes from the American League East foes that know each other pretty well.  The game is tonight and it will be held at the Rogers Center in Toronto.

The starting pitchers in tonight’s game are Chris Tillman for the Baltimore Orioles and Marcus Stroman for the Toronto Blue Jays.  Here is a closer look at the both of them:

Chris Tillman, Orioles – 28-year old righty Chris Tillman is coming off his best season for the Baltimore Orioles.  He pitched in 30 games (all starts) for the Orioles this year and he was 16-6 with a 3.77 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.  He gave up 155 hits and 66 walks while whiffing 140 batters in his 172 innings pitched in 2016.  Tillman pitched in 4 games (all starts) against the Blue Jays this year and he was 1-1 with a 3.63 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.  He has pitched in 24 games (all starts) in his career against the Blue Jays and he is 5-10 with a 5.44 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP.  Tillman has not had success in the playoffs so far in his career.  He has pitched in 2 games (both starts) in the playoffs in his career so far and he is 1-0 with a 6.75 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.  Blue Jays’ batters are 94 of 314 (.299 avg, .948 OPS) with 20 homers and 55 RBI against Tillman so far in his career.

Marcus Stroman, Blue Jays – 25-year old righty Marcus Stroman pitched in 32 games (all starts) for the Blue Jays this year and he was 9-10 with a 4.37 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.  He gave up 209 hits and 54 walks while whiffing 166 batters in his 204 innings for the Jays this year.  He pitched in 4 games (all starts) against the Orioles this year and he was 1-2 with a 7.04 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 7 games (6 starts) in his career against the Orioles and he is 2-3 with 1 save, a 5.27 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP.  Stroman has already pitched in 3 games (all starts) in the playoffs for the Blue Jays in his career so far and he is 1-0 with a 4.19 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP.  Orioles’ batters are 38 of 127 (.299 avg, 798 OPS) with 5 homers and 21 RBI against Stroman.

Batters to watch for the Orioles:

These four guys have had success against Stroman so far in their careers:

Adam Jones – Jones is 6 for 15 (.400 avg, .838 OPS) with o homers and 2 RBI.

Matt Wieters – Wieters is 5 for 14 (.357 avg, 1.257 OPS) with 2 homers and 6 RBI.

Mark Trumbo – Trumbo is 5 for 11 (.455 avg, 1.136 OPS) with 0 homers and 0 RBI.

Pedro Alvarez – Alvarez is 3 for 8 (.375 avg, 1.125 OPS) with 1 homer and 1 RBI.

Batters to watch for the Blue Jays:

These six guys have had success against Chris Tillman so far in their careers:

Edwin Encarnacion – Encarnacion is 17 for 58 (.293 avg, .833 OPS) with 3 homers and 5 RBI.

Jose Bautista – Bautista is 12 of 45 (.267 avg, .926 OPS) with 3 homers and 7 RBI.

Kevin Pillar – Pillar is 8 for 23 (.348 avg, 1.116 OPS) with 3 homers and 6 RBI.

Russell Martin – Martin is 6 for 14 (.429 avg, 1.295 OPS) with 0 homers and 1 RBI.

Troy Tulowitzki – Tulowitzki is 5 for 12 (.417 avg, 1.712 OPS) with 3 homers and 5 RBI.

Devon Travis – Travis is 3 for 8 (.375 avg, 1.444 OPS) with 1 homer and 7 RBI.

Hyun Soo Kim has been solid for the Baltimore Orioles in 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Friday 30 September 2016 at 9:00 am

28-year old lefty swinging outfielder Hyun Soo Kim was signed to a 2-year, $7 million dollar contract last winter.  He had an awful spring training and the Baltimore Orioles wanted to send him to the minors, but he rejected the demotion due to a clause in his contract.  The only two options the Orioles had at that point were to keep him on the active 25-man roster or to cut him loose and pay him $7 million bucks over the next two years.  They decided to keep him on the roster, and he has rewarded them in 2016.  Kim has played in 92 games for the Orioles so far this year and he is 91 of 296 (.307 avg, .814 OPS) with 35 runs scored, 6 homers, 22 RBI and 1 stolen base.  Kim has played in 17 games so far in September and he is 11 for 42 (.262 avg, .799 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 2 homers and 7 RBI.  This past Wednesday, Kim came up and hit a pinch hit, 2-run homer in the top of the 9th inning off of Blue Jays’ closer Roberto Osuna, to give the Orioles a huge victory!

The Baltimore Orioles re-sign Franderlyn Romero

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 27 September 2016 at 3:40 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have re-signed 23-year old righty starting pitcher Franderlyn Romero.  Romero has pitched in 24 games (all starts) in A-ball for the Orioles and Reds this year and he was 7-8 with a 4.90 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.  He gave up 142 hits and 31 walks while whiffing 96 batters in his 123 innings in the minors this year.  Romero has now pitched in 94 games (78 starts) in his first seven years in the minors and he is 21-29 with a 3.62 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.  The Orioles will give Romero another look in 2017.

Trey Mancini has come up to the show swinging for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Monday 26 September 2016 at 2:37 pm

24-year old righty swinging 1B/DH Trey Mancini came into this season as the Baltimore Orioles‘ #8 prospect according to Baseball America and he is showing why since they called him up!  Mancini has played in 4 games for the Orioles in his first taste of the show so far this year and he is a very impressive 5 for 11 (.455 avg, 1.864 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 3 homers and 5 RBI.  Mancini also played in 142 games earlier this year in AA+AAA-ball for the Orioles in which he was 154 of 546 (.282 avg, .815 OPS) with 78 runs scored, 20 homers, 68 RBI and 2 stolen bases.  The Orioles hope that Mancini can keep up the good work the rest of the way in 2016!

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.

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