28-year old lefty reliever Zach Britton of the Baltimore Orioles has made it to the All-Star team for the second year in a row. Britton has pitched in 37 games (0 starts) for the Orioles so far this year and he is 2-1 with an American League leading 26 saves, a 0.74 ERA and a 0.82 WHIP. He has only given up 20 hits and 10 walks while whiffing 43 batters in his first 36 2/3 innings for the Orioles so far this year. Britton has now pitched in 220 games (46 starts) in his first six years with the Orioles and he is 27-21 with 99 saves, a 3.45 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.
30-year old righty reliever Brad Brach of the Baltimore Orioles has made it onto the All-Star Team for the first time in his career. Brach has pitched in 39 games (0 starts) for the Orioles so far this year and he is 6-1 with 2 saves, a 0.93 ERA and a 0.81 WHIP. He has only given up 25 hits and 14 walks while whiffing 57 batters in his first 48 1/3 innings this year. Brach has now pitched in 256 games (0 starts) in his first six years in the show and he is 21-11 with 3 saves, a 2.87 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. Brach has been a big part of why the Orioles are in first place right now and they need him to keep up the good work moving forward.
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.
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.
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!
The Baltimore Orioles have called up 23-year old righty reliever Jason Garcia. Garcia has pitched in 15 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the Orioles so far this year and he is 4-7 with a 4.79 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP. Garcia pitched in 21 games (0 starts) in his first taste of the majors for the Orioles last year and he was 1-0 with a 4.25 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP.
UPDATE: (7/11/2016) – Jason Garcia has been sent to AAA. He didn’t pitch for the Orioles this time around.
The Baltimore Orioles have called up 26-year old righty starting pitcher Mike Wright. Wright pitched in 13 games (12 starts) earlier this year for the Orioles and he was 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 for the Orioles. He has also pitched in 3 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the Orioles this year and he was 1-0 with a 0.87 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP. Wright has good stuff and he will be used out of the pen this time around, which might suit his skill set better than starting.
UPDATE: (7/9/2016) – The Orioles have sent Mike Wright to back to AAA. In last night’s 6-2 loss to the Angels, Wright worked 4 2/3 innings in which he gave up 3 hits, 4 runs (2 earned) and 2 walks while whiffing 2 batters. He will likely be back up after the All-Star Break for the Orioles.
28-year old lefty closer Zach Britton continues to roll for the Baltimore Orioles. He has pitched in 36 games (0 starts) for the Orioles so far this year and he is 2-1 with an American League leading 25 saves, a 0.76 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP. He has given up only 20 hits and 10 walks while whiffing 43 batters in his first 35 2/3 innings! Britton has now pitched in 171 games (0 starts) in his last three years with the Orioles and he is 9-4 with 98 saves, a 1.57 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP. Britton is already #5 in Orioles’ history with his 98 saves! Moving Britton from the rotation to the bullpen is the best move the Orioles have made in the last three years!
The Baltimore Orioles have sent 27-year old righty swinging outfielder Dariel Alvarez to AAA and they have sent 23-year old lefty reliever Jayson Aquino to AA. Alvarez played in 1 game for the Orioles this year and he was 0 for 1 with a walk. He has now played in 13 games in his first two years with the Orioles and he is 7 for 29 (.241 avg, .692 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 1 homer and 1 RBI. Aquino has pitched in 1 game out of the pen for the Orioles this year (his Major League debut) and he got both of the batters out that he pitched to. I could see both Alvarez and Aquino back with the Orioles at some point this year.
The Baltimore Orioles are in first place in the American League East with a 47-35 record, 2 games up on the Red Sox and 2.5 games up on the Blue Jays. The Orioles are pounding teams with their bats and closing out games with an impressive bullpen. But they aren’t going to hang on and win the division or go very far in the playoffs without improving the starting pitching. Outside of righties Chris Tillman and Kevin Gausman……the rotation flat out sucks! I don’t see the Yankees or Rays wanting to deal pitching to the Orioles, so they will have to look elsewhere. The Orioles could aim high and talk to the A’s about righty Sonny Gray or lefty Rich Hill, but I don’t think they will like the asking price on either of them. I would aim a tad lower and try to make a couple of deals for starting pitchers. I have always liked Ervin Santana of the Twins, so I would try to pry him away from them and that shouldn’t be too hard, as they are pretty awful so far this year. Then I would place a call to the Padres (Andrew Cashner), the Phillies (Jeremy Hellickson) and the Angels (Hector Santiago and Matt Shoemaker). I think getting Santana along with Cashner, Hellickson, Santiago or Shoemaker would go a long way in helping the rotation without giving up the whole farm.