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