After starting the season 7-0 things got a little tougher for the Orioles over their next 14 games which saw them at a 6-8 mark. Nothing to really worry about at this point but definitely a return to earth. Part of it has been that the starting pitching hasn't been very good, but the Orioles also struggled to score runs the last two weeks.
Orioles starting pitching thus far has thrown the 3rd fewest inning in baseball at 108.2 IP. Now it's true that they have had two postponed games, but the league leading Blue Jays (What?) have tossed 142.1 IP. So even if the Orioles starters had tossed two complete games in those rain-outs they only be at 124.2 IP and still well behind. (both were home games and I'm assuming they win, CG loses are rare). The Birds' starter ERA is a hefty 4.72, 22nd in the league.
Yovani Gallardo: The worst offender, 7.00 ERA over 4 starts, is now on the DL. Kevin Gausman and Tyler Wilson have both tossed nice starts since he's gone down. It remains to be seen if the team's biggest outside acquisition will contribute this year.
Wandy Rodriguez: So the Orioles picked up 37-year-old Rodriguez today. Much like his former rotation-mate Bud Norris, he was perhaps best known for being linked to potential trades all the time back when the Astros were rebuilding.
He hasn't been the same since his 2013 was cut short. Although he did show flashes of his former self in 2015 with the Rangers. While his overall 4.90 ERA is bad, he actually had eight 1-run starts in 2015. The issue is the other starts were bad.
So we'll see which Wandy shows up.
Mike Wright vs. Vance Worley: Mike Wright is two years younger than Worley, but Worley is actually only 28 and under team control until 2019. So I'm not quite sure why Wright is getting the starting rotation nod over Worley.
Wright owns a lofty 6.23 ERA over his first three starts this year, and while his FIP is more favorable it's still 5.18. In 12 games last year Wright threw to a 6.04 ERA. He's done nothing to prove that he should be starting in this rotation.
Worley on the other hand has thrown strikes and owns a career of decent results. Every year of his career save for 2013 has been either quite good or solid.
Wright has great stuff and loads of potential, but in a rotation that's struggling to throw innings from top to bottom it's hard to carry a guy learning on the job.
JJ Hardy: The veteran continues to look healthy. The last week saw the shortstop slash a solid .273/.333/.364. It is still early but it is starting to look like his two years of injuries are in the rear view mirror.
Mark Trumbo: So...Mark Trumbo is leading the AL in batting with a .354 AVG. If that seems strange consider that his BABIP was .500 for the week. But it still counts!
Adam Jones: The O's star center fielder just hasn't been right since starting the season injured. Before his double on Thursday night Jones had the lowest qualifying OPS on the team. Yes even lower than Pedro Alvarez.
Things don't look all bad for Jones though. In the last week he's only struck out five times to three walks. He's putting the ball in play, he's working counts. The hits will come.
Pedro Alvarez: Speaking of which, courtesy of Jones starting to come around, Alvarez is indeed back to having the worst (qualifying) OPS on the team. Not great for a DH, but even worse for a DH who by playing forces Mark Trumbo to right field and weakens the team defensively. To justifying Mark Trumbo in right field Pedro has to hit a ton and nearly a month into the season he hasn't hit at all.
He did have four hits this week, which is equal to what he had the first two weeks of the season. So that's a positive sign.
Kim/Reimold: Before Alvarez showed up it was assumed these two would get a ton of at-bats in the corners.
Say what you will about Kim but Reimold has continued to look like 2009 Reimold. Reimold only got seven plate appearances this week but got on base three times and scored twice. This has his triple slash at a nice .321/.367/.643.
Mr. Controversy, Hyun Soo Kim, only got five plate appearances this week in which he had three hits. He's now batting .545/.615/.545.
If those two keep doing that, Pedro isn't going to be an Oriole very long.
Joey Rickard: The Rule 5 sensation would have had a miserable week if not for his game winning homer. Otherwise he batted .179/.233/.286 over the last week. He is now third on the team in strike outs. That's not a good thing for a guy that's supposed to be high OBP/low power.
Thursday night's 10 run showing was a good start for this team that was supposed to be offense first.
They have two more against the strong White Sox but after that they get the struggling Athletics and Yankees. The Yanks starting pitching is a wreck. Could be a good week to rack up some statistics.