-Tommy Hunter has been a solid reliever this year for Baltimore. His peripherals are even better than last year. His 0.6 HR/9 is really impressive, considering that's less than half of what is career mark is. 2015 is his last year under Oriole control.
-Brian Matusz sucks. Oh well. He'll probably be a non-tender candidate this off-season. If he wants too much money..see ya. LOOGYs are easy to find. He was the highest drafted pitcher of the Orioles cavalry (Matusz, Tillman, Britton, Arrieta), and he's the one finding the least amount of success right now. Arrieta's been a stud in Chicago, but I'm intent that he was never going to succeed with Baltimore. He had a 6.5 BB/9
with the Orioles before they traded him. Whether that was his fault of the coach's fault, I don't know. Tillman will never be an ace, but he's a middle of the rotation innings eater (I'd never thought I'd say that about Chris Tillman). He has the 12th most innings pitched in the American League. Sonny Gray and Garret Richards are the only pitchers younger than him that have more innings pitched. Plus, Tillman is only a month older than Richards, and Gray is going to get shut down soon. Britton never succeeded as a starter, but found his niche in the bullpen.
-Caleb Joseph deserves more credit than I've given him. I was very skeptical at first, because he was always considered a poor defender, and he hadn't even shown he could hit AAA pitching yet. But, after a brutal first month, he has hit well for a catcher and has played excellent defense. I'm not really sure what all the scouts all these years have been looking at, because they sure missed this. Joseph has a 1.7 WAR over 56 games, which translates out to a 4.25 WAR over 140 games. And, he has a .248 BABIP
which is likely to rise. Wieters has one year left on his contract, and he's coming off TJ surgery, so trading him wouldn't be logical. But I'd want Joseph to play everyday too. Hundley will be gone next year, so maybe Wieters and Clevenger in Baltimore, with Joseph in AAA?
Jemile Weeks should have been in Baltimore a long time ago. Schoop sucks. Maybe he'll be better in the future, but this is not his time. Flaherty is awful too. Non-tender candidate this off-season? I'd like to see Cord Phelps get some at-bats. He's been smoking hot in AAA.
The Orioles are 7.5 games in first. I'm not worried about anything yet. The Rays aren't as scary without Price. Without May, the Bluejays are 42-51. My philosophy is, get into the playoffs, and anything can happen from there.