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Is a Reunion With Jim Johnson a Good Idea?

Posted in Free Agency, Pitching with tags , , , , , on November 18, 2015 by oriolesprovingground

Late last week, there was an interesting exchange between Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter and the Orioles beat reporters involving former Orioles closer Jim Johnson. The discussion revolved around whether it was a good idea for the Orioles to bring him back as a free agent after being gone from the team for the past two years. Today over at ESPN Sweetspot Network Orioles blog Camden Depot, I explore whether that would be a good idea.


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Delmon Young is NOT a Fan of In-Between Hops

Posted in Defense with tags , on May 9, 2015 by oriolesprovingground

Delmon Young

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a fan…

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hops. Continue reading

Darren O’Day’s Game 1 Mistake to Alex Gordon

Posted in Pitching, Playoffs with tags , , , , on October 13, 2014 by oriolesprovingground

After playing two close games to start out the ALCS, the Orioles find themselves down 2-0 to the Kansas City Royals as the series resumes tonight in Kansas City for Game 3.  With the first two games being played so closely, there were several key moments that ultimately altered the outcome of each game.  One of those moments was when Darren O’Day faced off faced off against Royals LF Alex Gordon in the top of the 10th inning in Game 1.  Today over at ESPN Sweetspot Network Orioles blog Camden Depot, I examine how what looked like a good pitch from O’Day, actually wasn’t a good pitch at all.

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How Orioles Pitching Can Limit Eric Hosmer in the ALCS

Posted in Playoffs with tags , , , on October 10, 2014 by oriolesprovingground

Starting tonight, the Baltimore Orioles and the Kansas City Royals will meet in the American League Championship Series (I have a series preview up here).  It will be the first time that either team has made it that far in the postseason since 1983 (Orioles) and 1985 (Royals).  Both team’s have been great stories this year, but someone’s magical season is going to end here.  The Orioles will have to do a number of things to be successful in this series, and one of them will be for the pitching staff to limit the damage produced by Eric Hosmer‘s bat.  He’s hitting .500/.632/1.143 in 4 playoff games and is a big reason as to why their offense has been so potent in the postseason.  Today at ESPN Sweetspot Network Orioles blog Camden Depot, I examine how the Baltimore pitching staff can slow him down.

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2014 American League Championship Preview

Posted in Playoffs with tags , , , , , , , , on October 10, 2014 by oriolesprovingground

Despite both teams sweeping their opponents in the ALDS, each series was fairly close, and if a few breaks had gone the other way, each series could have easily gone to a 4th or 5th game. But that’s not what happened. The Royals came up big twice in extra winnings to notch wins, while the Orioles had two REALLY big 8th innings in their first two games to take control of their series against the Tigers. Now we have an ALCS with two teams that are in a lot of ways, very similar to each other.   The Kansas City Royals haven’t seen the World Series since 1985 and the Baltimore Orioles haven’t been since 1983. Just the fact that one of these teams (and their fans) will finally make it back there after such a long time is pretty exciting. Continue reading

Some Thoughts on Ubaldo Jimenez

Posted in Free Agency, Offseason, Pitching with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 24, 2014 by oriolesprovingground

As of Wednesday February 19, Ubaldo Jimenez officially became a member of the Baltimore Orioles.  The Orioles signed him to a 4-year, $50 million contract.  While he’s expected to perform near the top of the rotation for the duration of the contract, he’s already completed his toughest task, which was passing Baltimore’s physical exam*.  The details of the contract aren’t that important (they can be found here), but at an average annual value of $12.5 million, at first glance this looks like a decent deal for the Orioles, especially if you’re last memory of Jimenez is the unhittable version of him from the 2013 All-Star break to the end of the season.

*I know the whole “passing a Baltimore Orioles physical” has been overdone this offseason, but I felt that it was my duty to make sure I had at least one joke in here about it.  Although any joke probably wouldn’t top this tweet from former Orioles’ pitcher Jeremy Guthrie.

If you’ve been reading the different opinions about the Jimenez signing, you see a lot of the emphasis on how the signing affects the team’s playoff chances in 2014.  This is important to talk about for a couple of reasons.  One is that since Jimenez will be 30 years old during the 2014 season, there is a decent chance that the first year of his contract will be his best. Second, with all the recent talk of Baltimore’s current window of contention potentially closing in the next year or two (Hardy and Markakis are free agents after 2014, while Wieters and Davis will be free agents after 2015), it appears that productive seasons from Jimenez will be more valuable to the team’s success in his first 2 years than his last 2 years.  There may be a bit of truth to both of these points, but I don’t necessarily want to focus only on 2014 in this post. Continue reading

A First Look at Ryan Webb

Posted in Free Agency, Pitching with tags , , , , on December 11, 2013 by oriolesprovingground

Yesterday the Orioles made the signing of right-handed relief pitcher Ryan Webb official, after Webb passed his physical.  Webb signed a 2-year, $4.5 million contract with the team.  Other than the Jim Johnson trade and signing a bunch of AAAA players (guys who are too good for AAA, but not good enough to be a major league regular), the signing of Webb has been the most significant addition for Baltimore so far this offseason, which seems to be leaving most of the Baltimore fan base a little restless as numerous free agents are off the board and the winter meetings are beginning to wind down.  Since Webb has played his entire major league career in San Diego and Miami, most of you have probably never seen him pitch.  With that in mind, I am providing a first look of Ryan Webb over at ESPN Swetspot Network Orioles blog, Camden Depot.  He may be their first “major” free agent signing, but hopefully he’s not their last as the team has multiple holes to fill.

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