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O’s tender contracts to six, agree to terms with Pearce, Reimold

Posted on 03 December 2013 by WNST Staff

The Orioles today announced that they have tendered contracts to six of their arbitration eligible players: CA MATT WIETERS1B CHRIS DAVISRHP’s TOMMY HUNTER and BUD NORRIS and LHP’s BRIAN MATUSZ and TROY PATTON. Additionally, OF’s STEVE PEARCE and NOLAN REIMOLD have agreed to terms on contracts for 2014, and RHP EDDIE GAMBOA and OF JASON PRIDIE were not tendered contracts by the club.

Wieters, 27, batted .235/.287/.417 with 22 home runs and 79 RBI in 148 games in 2013.

Davis, 27, finished third in the American League MVP voting, leading the major leagues with 53 home runs and 138 RBI while batting .286/.370/.634 in 160 games.

Hunter, 27, was 6-5 with a 2.81 ERA (86.1IP, 27ER) in 68 relief appearances.

Norris, 28, went 4-3 with a 4.80 ERA (50.2IP, 27ER) in 11 games (nine starts) for the Orioles after being acquired from Houston on July 31. He went 10-12 with a 4.18 ERA (176.2IP, 82ER) in 32 games (30 starts) in 2013.

Matusz, 26, was 2-1 with a 3.53 ERA (51.0IP, 20ER) in 65 appearances.

Patton, 28, went 2-0 with a 3.70 ERA (56.0IP, 23ER) in 56 outings.

Pearce, 30, hit .261/.362/.420 with four home runs and 13 RBI in 44 games.

Reimold, 30, played in 40 games, batting .195/.250/.335 with five home runs and 12 RBI.

Gamboa, 28, had his contract selected on November 20. He went a combined 6-11 with a 4.43 ERA (142.1IP, 70ER) and 114 strikeouts for Double-A Bowie (16 GS) and Triple-A Norfolk (nine GS) in 2013.

Pridie, 30, had his contract selected on September 25 after batting .269/.333/.434 in 118 games for Triple-A Norfolk. He went 2-for-10 in four games with the Orioles.

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Season of “Moneyball” begins for Angelos, Duquette, Buck & Orioles of 2012

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Season of “Moneyball” begins for Angelos, Duquette, Buck & Orioles of 2012

Posted on 13 July 2012 by Nestor Aparicio

The second half of the Baltimore Orioles’ re-awakening 2012 season is about to begin and the local baseball fans are a bit befuddled by it all.

As a Baltimore sports fan, I’m never allergic to exciting wins and a 12-game over .500 start to any baseball season. We’ve seen a manager who not only channels Earl Weaver in his size, stature and mannerisms but also with shrewd use of role players and borderline big leaguers. It’s been three months of watching guys who are trying hard no matter who is called up from Norfolk or who hits the disabled list. We’ve witnessed the blossoming of a true superstar in Adam Jones, who signed a record contract in mid-May against all previous precedent given by the Angelos family.

And, for the first time since 1997, this version of the Baltimore Orioles has stirred fans’ awareness – if not necessarily their emotions or beliefs – that this could be a dog-days-of-summer presentation that will bare watching as the fellows in the purple sweaters practice in Owings Mills in two weeks.

But here’s the problem: the 2012 Baltimore Orioles roster — as currently assembled on July 13th — is either in parts of tatters, simply unproven or just flat-out stinks.

I’ve been watching baseball for 40 years and I can’t think of any situation that compares to this.

The 2012 Baltimore Orioles are 45-40, now just five games over .500. However, if the season ended today they’d be in the playoffs. It’s officially the second half of the season – I watched the All-Star Game on Tuesday night even if none of the rest of you did – and the Orioles have a legitimate chance to play at least one postseason baseball game in October.

In the new Bud Selig fantasy world of more October baseball and profit, the Orioles are truly contenders in a way we couldn’t have imagined in March and haven’t seen since the Clinton administration. And no one else in the American League East looks to be galvanized to go on a tear, either.

Meanwhile the young guns of Jake Arrieta, Brian Matusz and Tommy Hunter are all in Norfolk after repeated self-inflicted shots into the bleachers after a series of “Ball Ones” and long, hot innings of ineffectiveness and blown leads.

The now-rested bullpen will attempt to continue to atone for the sins of the many failed starts over the past eight weeks.

The offense is in tatters. Despite the trade for a post-40 Jim Thome – yet another acquisition a player who is in the December of his career ala Sammy Sosa and Vladimir Guerrero — the Orioles are at least making some attempt to get to October after such an encouraging start.

Will Brian Roberts be a factor in the second half? Is Nick Markakis fully healed from his hamate bone injury? Can J.J. Hardy and Matt Wieters provide more offense in the second half? Is Xavier Avery a star or just another so-so-outfielder from the Orioles’ depth chart?

There are far more questions than answers heading into the second season of baseball.

The Orioles have been irrelevant for 15 years. This year it appears we’ll have the first-ever Ravens’ training camp opening where the orange team will be the ones making summer headlines.

Will they trade? Who will they trade? What will they get?

One thing we know: trades for legitimate pitchers and hitters who can help the Orioles will not only cost some prospects but will involve large sums of money to pay these proven

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Your Monday Reality Check-How about getting a good player next time?

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Your Monday Reality Check-How about getting a good player next time?

Posted on 09 July 2012 by Glenn Clark

I was in Paris when the Baltimore Orioles’ trade for veteran DH Jim Thome became official and didn’t get much of a chance to opine about it. My guess is that I would have politely said something along the lines of “sure, Jim Thome is better than no one, but is a part time DH with little left in the tank really going to make much of a difference?”

I’m glad I didn’t have the chance to say that. Boy would there be egg all over my face.

Thome has come to the plate in six of the Birds’ eight games since being acquired. He’s managed to collect five hits (all singles), score a run and drive in another. He’s also walked four times and struck out 11 times. He’s been far from terrible since arriving, but hasn’t really made much of a difference in the lineup either. The O’s have won three of the eight games they’ve played since acquiring Thome and enter the All-Star break without scoring a run over their last 21 innings.

The Birds finished the first half of the season with a 45-40 record, good enough for 2nd place in the AL East and currently holding what would be the second Wild Card spot in the American League. The troubling part is that over their last 19 games before the break, they compiled a 6-13 record and averaged scoring less than three runs per game during the stretch.

I don’t want to seem like I’m taking the Orioles’ pitchers off the hook during the stretch. The team allowed nearly 5.5 runs per game during the same stretch, demoting starting pitchers Tommy Hunter, Brian Matusz and Jake Arrieta to AAA Norfolk in the process.

I’ll stop short of labeling the stretch “a disaster” for the Birds, but I’ll admit that I went through about ten minutes of inner monologue before I decided the term would be unfair.

I’m not particularly mad at Thome for not lighting the world on fire during his first week with the Orioles. It would be unfair to expect any player to become a serious catalyst in just one week, but there was absolutely zero reason to expect a soon to be 42 year old who hasn’t put up particularly good offensive numbers since 2008 to be the one to do it.

The truth is that the Thome acquisition is going to bug me until the Orioles decide they want to acquire players who are actually good.

I know WNST.net’s Drew Forrester said Sunday the Birds “had better” make moves to upgrade the team before the July 31 trade deadline. My column today isn’t just an echo of Forrester’s sentiments. My column is much more particular.

I’ve said for some time that the Birds cannot view their start to the 2012 season as a sign that they’re on the cusp of turning the page. There simply is not enough evidence of that being the case. There is significantly more evidence of the Birds experiencing good fortune thanks to a couple of nice pieces (OF Adam Jones, C Matt Wieters and P’s Jason Hammel & Jim Johnson notably) and an element of luck via injuries to rival teams.

I’m certainly not backing off of those statements. The start of the 2012 season is in NO WAYS a sign that the Birds’ “rebuilding” plan has worked, or that former executive Andy MacPhail and current GM Dan Duquette have put together a group of players that are just a year away from reaching greatness. The reality is that there just aren’t enough good players either currently at the Major League level or set to reach the majors in the next year or two to suggest the team will be able to win for more than half a season.

The players I mentioned before (Jones, Wieters, Hammel, Johnson) are good players. Unfortunately, that’s about where the list ends.  OF Nick Markakis and SS JJ Hardy are supposed to be good players. SP Wei-Yin Chen and RP Pedro Strop have showed signs that they might be good players. P Dylan Bundy and SS Manny Machado are believed to be good players for the future. Thome and 2B Brian Roberts USED to be good players. 3B Mark Reynolds and 1B Chris Davis (or is that 1B Mark Reynolds and OF Chris Davis?) are players you want to believe are good but you know better.

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Can the Orioles learn from the Rockies?

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Can the Orioles learn from the Rockies?

Posted on 28 June 2012 by James Finn

Sports is a world of copycats.  Success is often followed by competitors trying to emulate your formula for success.  2008, when Ronnie Brown and the Dolphins found success with the “Wildcat” offense, 31 other NFL teams were trying to figure out a way to work that into their plan.  Tony LaRussa is credited for creating the 9th inning “Closer” role, now standard for all teams.  Even with R.A.Dickey’s success with the knuckle-ball, I’ll bet dimes to dollars there is a former pitcher in his mid-40′s trying to learn that pitch, to maybe return to the league to collect his 300th win (I’m looking at you, Mussina). Imagine Basketball without a fast-break offense, Football without the Forward Pass. Tthe Mighty Ducks without the Flying V.  Maybe I’m getting carried away.

Truth be told, everyone is looking for something that works.  Those willing to be the scapegoat for something new toe the line of risk/reward.  And ultimately, if your new way works, expect someone else to steal your method for their own gain.

The Orioles and Rockies have a direct connection this season.  They traded away veteran hurler, and all around good guy, Jeremy Guthrie for Jason Hammel and Matt Lindstrom.  Then, earlier this month, acquired former Oriole Jamie Moyer after the Rockies put him on waivers.  The birds seem to be the winners in the trade, as Guthrie’s struggles have relegated him to the bullpen, while Hammel, despite last nights outing, has been a standout in the rotation, and Lindstron, prior to injury, had a microscopic 1.29 ERA out of the bullpen (he was reactivated yesterday afternoon). Moyer, after a trio of starts at Norfolk, was released, as there wasn’t room on the 25 man roster for him.

Perhaps the Orioles, and every team for that matter, should look a little closer at what the Colorado is doing with their pitching staff.

The Rockies have begun an experiment where they are working with a 4-man starting rotation. Granted, a 4-man rotation is not something new, as it was the standard will about the 1980′s. But their approach to carrying 4 starting pitchers is unique,  where each starter would be held to a strict 75 pitch count, after which, they would rely heavily on the Bullpen.  When they made this move on June 19th, the Starters were 3-30 with a 6.28 ERA, compared to the bullpen, with a 12-10 record , 4.00 ERA.

The execution behind this radical idea is that with the limited pitch count, the starter would have reduced wear-and-tear, and be able to go every 4th day.  Guthrie, always know as a pitcher who can eat a lot of innings, alongside Guillermo Moscoso, would come in for long-relief stints, keeping short relievers fresh.  The Rockies are 3-6 since announcing this change, and while it’s too soon to see the long term effects, you have to commend them for trying to salvage their season.

The Orioles, however, are statistically the best bullpen in baseball.  Johnson is unstoppable, Strop is a future big-name closer, and situational relievers O’day, Ayala, and whatever other moving pieces come in and out of the pen have just worked.  Rick Adair has done a stand-out job managing his boys this season. Our staring pitching, however, has been laughable at times. 3 of our starting pitchers from this season have ERAs in the bottom 5 of the AL.  With only 2 of our starters (Hammel and Chen) being consistently effective, maybe it’s time for Buck to think outside the box.

Should this method work, we could see Chen and Hammel take the bump every 50% of the time.  Sooner then later, we could have a healthy Zach Britton promoted to the 25-man roster. Arietta and Matusz have shown they can be effective early in games, but as picth counts escelate, the crumble quickly. Theoretically, a 75 pitch count should take a starter to the 5th inning, as 15 pitches per inning is optimal, 4 innings of relief is about on par with how our pitchers have worked this season.

Granted, the long term effects of this could be catastrophic.  Damaging our young arms with an untested experiment would not be a popular decision around town.  And all it could take is another Extra Inning game to throw everything out of whack. But what if it works?  What if all that thin air in Colorado cleared their minds, and allowed them to see the next evolution in the way pitching is done in the big leagues, and we jumped on the bandwagon too late. This could fail miserably, or, could be the greatest thing since the “Flying V”.

What are your thoughts?

@JamesTFinn

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I answer your questions about Orioles rotation, Ravens receivers, more

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I answer your questions about Orioles rotation, Ravens receivers, more

Posted on 22 May 2012 by Glenn Clark

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Matusz takes on Hochevar in KC matinee

Posted on 17 May 2012 by WNST Staff

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Matusz, Moore do battle Saturday night at Camden Yards

Posted on 12 May 2012 by WNST Staff

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Matusz hopes to finally break through for win Tuesday night

Posted on 01 May 2012 by WNST Staff

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Struggling Matusz Takes Ball For Birds Looking For Sweep of Jays

Posted on 26 April 2012 by WNST Staff

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Buck Martinez Has Seen Positive Signs From Matusz

Posted on 24 April 2012 by WNST Audio

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