In his guest column for Baseball Prospectus, The Agony of Rational Rooting, Nick Piecoro gives voice to a nagging feeling he’s had – that, despite how enjoyable it may be to see a struggling team’s fanbase re-energized, the Baltimore Orioles’ 2012 season doesn’t seem earned.
Zach Britton‘s overall performance from the box score was a bit less than stellar, but he is finally healthy and making his mark again with the parent club.
Tillman’s ability to turn from “thrower to pitcher” took a great first step against the Mariners.
Hammel’s head-turning numbers put him just outside the top five in wins, ERA, Ks and batting average against among American League starting pitchers. He also ranks 5th in the AL in WAR, 5th in FIP, and 4th in xFIP.
The Orioles could use some consistency and lack a big bat that can stabilize a lineup. They could use a player to help fill the gap up the middle, or someone at the hot corner who can provide an offensive and defensive upgrade.
Is he the right guy? Certainly he has solid experience in scouting and player development, and previous experience as a GM. Here is a brief overview of each critical area of responsibility.
Pitching is still a giant need for the Orioles and it is one of the weakest crops over the last few seasons. The Orioles need a guy to pair with Jeremy Guthrie to hold down the fort and lessen the stress on the bullpen.