BIRD’S HOUSE: Spring training 411

Written by on March 19, 2014 in Orioles, Sports - No comments
Tommy Hunter in his Texas Ranger days - Photo by user Galaksiafervojo via Wikimedia Commons

Tommy Hunter in his Texas Ranger days – Photo by user Galaksiafervojo via Wikimedia Commons

Spring Training is well underway, and so far the Orioles are looking pretty sharp. Currently they are 10-6. Sure, maybe it doesn’t mean too much, but it is always good to see the O’s playing winning baseball, no matter what time of year. Here are some quick player updates from Spring Training:

Chris Davis is still killing the ball. So far he is batting .500 with three home runs and eight runs batted in.

Nick Markakis is hitting well so far, batting .440 over 25 at-bats. The better news is his slugging percentage of .680, something I’m sure ownership would like to see from him if he wants to get that option picked up after the season.

Jemile Weeks is not making a case to be the everyday starter at second base. So far he is batting just .148, although he has stolen six bases and driven in five runs.

Jonathan Schoop on the other hand is making a strong case for being the starter at second. So far, Schoop is batting .400 with a home run and six RBI.

Adam Jones has been struggling a bit thus far, batting only .125, but considering it’s Adam Jones, I’m not too concerned.

Newcomer Nelson Cruz is batting .300, but in 20 AB this spring, he has yet to go deep (although he has four doubles).

J.J. Hardy is playing well so far, batting .348 with a home run and seven RBI.

Zach Britton has been making a push to get in the rotation this year, pitching well in his eight innings of work, allowing only one run (1.13 ERA) and striking out eight.

Kevin Gausman has looked pretty good so far as well, pitching to the tune of a 2.57 ERA over seven innings. His 0.86 WHIP is also pretty impressive.

Unimpressive is Tommy Hunter, who entered the season as the closer for the O’s. So far, Hunter has given up three hits, including two home runs, in his four innings of work.

Chris Tillman has been decent so far, striking out 14 in 12.2 innings played and picking up two wins along the way. On the downside, like Hunter, he has also allowed two home runs.

Bud Norris has pitched well so far, posting a 2.70 ERA in 6.2 IP while striking out eight.

One note of significance is Manny Machado’s status. During camp, Machado has had some scar tissue flare up and has not been running in the past couple of days. He is hoping to run in the next few days, but fans are a little concerned, even though Machado said it was “no big deal.”

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