O’s First Half Winners & Losers

Handing out labels following the O’s strong first half of the 2013 season.

Winners

Chris Davis — Had a historically awesome first half (e.g., he’s on pace for the third-most extra base hits in a season), and totally looks like my brother.

Manny Machado — He’s second in Baseball Reference WAR and sixth in Fangraphs WAR despite not turning 21 until Saturday. Have a pop, kid.

Chris Tillman — Is now 19-5 with a 3.33 ERA and 1.18 WHIP this year and last. Appears to have figured it out at 25.

Miguel Gonzalez — Is now 15-7 with 3.49 ERA and 1.20 WHIP this year and last. I guess 2012 was no fluke.

Adam Jones — Slightly better than his career averages, but not quite as good as last year. I’ll take it.

J.J. Hardy — Having a bit of a bounce-back. Is actually third on the team in Fangraphs WAR.

Nate McLouth — His career resurgence carried over to this spring.

Darren O’Day — Continues being awesome, especially against righties.

Tommy Hunter — Turns out he’s a dominant reliever. Didn’t see that coming.

Buck Showalter and Dan Duquette — They took their jobs when the franchise was rock-bottom. Now they’re on pace for a second-straight 93-win season.

Losers

Brian Roberts — Missed the entire first half only to come back strong on Sunday night against the Yanks. Rooting hard for this guy to finally be healthy.

Jason Hammel — As bad this year (5.09 ERA) as he was good last (3.40).

Freddy Garcia — Gave it a shot, but, yeah, he’s shot.

Wei-Yin Chen — Has been out two months. Back soon. O’s need him.

Dylan BundyHad Tommy John last Thursday. :(

Nick Markakis — It’s masked a bit by decent vanity numbers, but he’s actually having the worst offensive season of his career.

Jim Johnson — Saved 35 straight games, then blew five in a five-week span.

Pedro Strop — Last year’s breakout is this year’s hot mess.

Jake Arrieta — His ERA by year, so far: 4.66, 5.05, 6.20, 7.23.

Ryan Flaherty — Steve Lombardozzi North, meaning he’s a perfectly serviceable utility man pressed into far too much duty.

Nolan Reimold — One of these years he’s going to put it together/stay healthy/get a chance. This does not appear to be that year.

Alexi Casilla, Steve Pearce, Danny Valencia, Taylor Teagarden — These are all bench guys or names I just made up. You make the call.

Medium

Matt Wieters — His bat has always been a disappointment, and this may be his worst season at the plate. What he does behind it keeps him out of the Losers, though.

Brian Matusz — Deadly against lefties in his new-ish reliever role.

Zach Britton — Getting another shot at starting but isn’t doing much with it.

Chris Dickerson — Had a nice run in May (four HR in 35 AB), came back to Earth in June (18 K in 43 AB).

Kevin Gausman — Got to the Majors super-fast, then got super-shelled. Seems to be straightening out.

7 thoughts on “O’s First Half Winners & Losers”

  1. Honestly I like your stats better than the ones the other sites run. They’re just being biased and trying to hold the DMV down. Though I think you have a typo. I think Tillman is 29-5, not 19-5. Just a heads up.

  2. Sunday Night Baseball they threw up a graphic of potential SP trade targets.

    Matt Garza
    Scott Feldman
    Ricky Nolasco
    Bud Norris
    Yovani Gallardo

    Who ya got?

  3. @ThisGuy – O’s just got Feldman and a catcher from the Cubs for Strop and Arrieta. I guess Garza was too expensive or we would have had to give up prospects.

    Also, Jim J deserves to be in medium. Yes I know the blown saves suck, but the guy is also leading the league in saves.

  4. How the fuck is Johnson in the Losers? One week justifies that label? Fail.

    Also, Chen hasn’t been out 2 months and was their best pitcher when healthy.

    Both should be Medium. Not everyone can have Machado/Davis numbers.

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