April 2012 - Baltimore Orioles Wiretap
Matusz Has First Quality Start Since 2010
Brian Matusz allowed two runs in six innings against the Blue Jays on Thursday night, recording his first quality start for the Orioles since 2010. "He pitches like that, he's going to get all the wins he wants," Buck Showalter said of Matusz. Matusz entered the night having lost his past 12 decisions dating to last June.
RealGM's MLB Team Rankings Through 4/27
The Opsera is a statistic RealGM Executive Editor Chris Reina created in order to objectively rank teams by how well they hit (OPS) and pitch (ERA). In order to determine the Opsera rating for each, we take their OPS, multiply that number by 10 to move the decimal point over one place to the right and then subtract their ERA from that number. Below are the rankings through the Thursday, April 26th games: The rankings from last week are in parenthesizes. The rankings and Opsera rating for each team will be volatile this month as the data increases. After 162 games in 2011, the Rangers had the highest rating (4.21) and the Twins the lowest (2.08). It is doubtful that Texas will maintain such a high rating, while Boston could jump several points over the next week. 1. (1) Texas Rangers - 5.85 The Rangers have the highest OPS and the third-lowest ERA in baseball. 2. (2) St. Louis Cardinals - 5.12 Only three teams have scored more runs than the defending champions. 3. (4) Washington Nationals - 4.36 If only the Nationals knew of a prospect that could boost their offense... 4. (7) Baltimore Orioles - 4.27 Baltimore has allowed five combined runs in their last four games (all wins). 5. (3) Los Angeles Dodgers - 4.19 It is early, but the Dodgers are clearly the class of the National League West. 6. (T8) Chicago White Sox - 3.89 Their numbers actually look better than their record at this point. 7. (5) New York Yankees - 3.88 Their pitching depth is suddenly a deficiency, but the alarm has not yet gone off. 8. (14) San Francisco Giants - 3.70 They have managed just fine without Brian Wilson to this point. 9. (6) Philadelphia Phillies - 3.62 If the pitching falters even a little bit, the Phillies will be in serious trouble. 10. (T8) Atlanta Braves - 3.59 Believe it or not, it is the pitching that has been middling. 11. (26) Tampa Bay Rays - 3.45 12. (21) Pittsburgh Pirates - 3.36 13. (12) New York Mets - 3.34 14. (11) Miami Marlins - 3.27 15. (15) Houston Astros - 3.21 16. (16). Oakland Athletics - 3.20 17. (18) Kansas City Royals - 3.10 18. (25) Cincinnati Reds - 3.08 19. (17) Toronto Blue Jays - 2.99 20. (13) Colorado Rockies - 2.98 21. (24) San Diego Padres - 2.96 22. (10) Detroit Tigers - 2.89 23. (27) Milwaukee Brewers - 2.67 T24. (19) Cleveland Indians - 2.63 -- (20) Arizona Diamondbacks - 2.63 26. (22) Seattle Mariners - 2.57 27. (23) Los Angeles Angels - 2.40 28. (29) Boston Red Sox - 2.27 29. (30) Chicago Cubs - 1.91 30. (28) Minnesota Twins - 1.28
Willis Filling Grievance Against Orioles
Dontrelle Willis is filing a grievance against the Orioles, alleging the team placed him on the restricted list and is preventing him from signing with another team. Willis left Baltimore's Triple-A affiliate with the consent of a team official. The pitcher received permission from Tripp Norton, Baltimore's director of baseball administration, before leaving the Norfolk Tides last Wednesday, according to his agent. Dan Duquette, Baltimore's executive vice president of baseball operations, said on Monday that Willis left Norfolk without the organization's permission. As long as Willis remains on the restricted list, he can't sign with another club without Baltimore receiving compensation.
Willis Reportedly Leaves Triple-A Team Without Permission
Dontrelle Willis has reportedly left Baltimore's Triple-A team in Norfolk without the organization's permission after being placed on the minor league restricted list. The Orioles have no plans to release the left-hander. When Baltimore signed Willis, he said he was willing to do anything for the opportunity to get back to the big leagues, including beginning the season in the minors.
Orioles Sign Hall To Minor-League Deal
The Orioles have signed veteran infielder Bill Hall to a Minor League contract, according to multiple sources. Hall will report to Baltimore's Triple-A team in Norfolk and will replace Josh Bell, who was dealt to the Diamondbacks this weekend after he was designated for assignment.
Will Orioles Deal Adam Jones Before Summer?
Adam Jones has enjoyed a great start to the season, leading to rumors about when and if the Orioles will trade the outfielder. He entered play on Friday batting .321/.357/.679 on the year, and .345 with four homers the past seven days. Jones was involved in some trade rumors over the winter and Baltimore has a number of holes to fill on their roster. The Orioles may look to deal him well ahead of the July deadline to make sure his value doesn't decrease.
Orioles Sign Joel Pineiro To Minor League Deal
The Orioles have signed veteran right-hander Joel Pineiro to a minor league contract. Manager Buck Showalter has been operating this season without a designated long reliever, and Pineiro could ultimately fill the void. He is expected to join Triple-A Norfolk this week and be part of the rotation there.
Hammel Takes No-Hitter Into Eighth Inning
In his debut with the Orioles on Sunday, Jason Hammel took a no-hitter into the eighth inning against the Twins. Justin Morneau ended the no-hit bid with a leadoff double off the right-field wall in the eighth. "It wasn't actually that bad of a pitch," Hammel said. "Obviously, Morneau is a great hitter. It was a changeup that was up just a little bit. Oh well." The crowd of 14,738 at Camden Yards stood in appreciation of Hammel's performance. "It was a pleasure to do that for the fans, the first time they've seen me," he said. "They sure knew what was going on and they backed me up pretty good." The Orioles would win the game 3-1.
Orioles Release Armando Galarraga
Baltimore has released pitcher Armando Galarraga. The Orioles made the decision in order to send Dana Eveland to Triple-A Norfolk.
Reds Claim Alfredo Simon Off Waivers
The Reds have claimed pitcher Alfredo Simon off waivers from the Orioles, according to a source. The right-hander, who made 16 starts and 23 appearances in Baltimore, was placed on waivers on Friday.