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The Orioles Through June: A Trade Deadline Starting Point

Posted in Defense, Offense, Pitching, Trades with tags , , , on July 3, 2013 by oriolesprovingground

Below are some tables looking at where the Orioles stand in relation to the rest of the American League through the month of June.  Since they are only 2.5 games out of first place and currently hold one of the 2 wild card spots, the Orioles should be buyers on the trade market this summer.  Not much analysis here, and probably not a lot that you don’t already know if you follow the team, but this is meant to be a starting point to address team needs leading up to the trade deadline on July 31.  Check the Fangraphs library for statistical definitions.

Orioles Offense

Orioles Defense

Orioles by Position

Orioles Pitching

Orioles by Pitching

Looking at the tables, it becomes pretty obvious that Baltimore needs pitching, and specifically starting pitching.  They could also use some offense at 2B and DH, but I would imagine those needs would be secondary to getting some pitching help, since as a team, they have one of the best offenses in the AL.

*As I finished up this post, news broke that the Orioles traded for Chicago Cubs SP Scott Feldman (and C Steve Clevenger) for Jake Arrieta, Pedro Strop, and international bonus cash).  While not an ace, Feldman will definitely help the Orioles starting rotation.  Needless to say, they still have some work to do on the trade market.