BirdsHouse: Sizing up spring training

Written by on March 16, 2016 in Orioles, Sports, Uncategorized - No comments

While the Baltimore Orioles are not exactly off to a great start, posting a record of 1-11 with two ties as of March 13th, there are some players who are having a good spring.

Jonathan Schoop is one of those players.  So far Schoop has played in nine games and is batting .400 over that span.  Schoop has hit one home run and driven in four runs so far.  Mark Trumbo has been off to a good start also, batting .333 over eight games with a home run and 3 RBI. 

Kevin Gausman has only pitched once so far but looked good, throwing two scoreless innings where he struck out three batters and allowing only one hit.  Oliver Drake has been pitching well also, throwing five scoreless innings and striking out five batters.

The newly acquired Pedro Alvarez has made an impression in his first taste of action as an Oriole, going 1 for 3 with a double and a run batted in.

While there are some O’s having a good spring, there are a few that are taking a little extra time to shake off the cobwebs….

Nolan Reimold has gotten off to a slow start as he is just batting .136 over his first seven games.  Chris Davis is also starting off a bit slowly, batting .167 in his first seven games. 

Miguel Gonzalez has had a super rough spring, surrendering 14 earned runs in three starts, giving him an ERA of 22.24.  Both Ubaldo Jimenez and Mike Wright have pitched in three starts and both have an ERA of 9.45. 

While there are some guys struggling a bit out of the gate, it’s nothing to be alarmed about just yet as players use spring training to focus on specific aspects of their game, so it’s not time to start worrying just yet. 

Actually, there is one player you might want to worry about a little bit, and that is Matt Wieters.  Wieters underwent Tommy John surgery during the 2014 season and missed quite a bit of time due to that last season as he tried recovering from it.  During the O’s Saturday afternoon game against the Minnesota Twins, Wieters was removed in the first inning due to soreness in his elbow. 

Obviously, the Orioles will be extra careful with his elbow but it is still concerning to see him come out of a game with any level of an injury.  Hopefully, it is just some soreness and stiffness and he will be ready for the start of the regular season.

By Andy Mindzak

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