This week on Waiver Wire Gems – American League:
Jake Arrieta, SP Baltimore Orioles (27% owned in Yahoo, 36% ESPN)
Current Stat Line: 5 W / 1 L / 46 K / 4.03 ERA / 1.23 WHIP
His ERA won’t kill you and he’s winning games. Good K rate to go on top of it and you have yourself a nice back of the rotation pitcher available free on the wire in most leagues.
Projection: 14 W/ 6 L / 165 K / 3.95 ERA / 1.25 WHIP
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5 April 2011
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Day games during the week are the best. Nothing like checking stats during the workday. Thankfully, Mondays always bring plenty of afternoon action to help get us through the day…
Rookie Brandon Beachy shut the Brew Crew down. He made one mistake and Rickie Weeks made him pay. In total, Beachy allowed just 5 baserunners, 1 run and struck out 7 over 6 innings. in 10-team leagues or more I’d grab him. May not fare as well in his next start vs. the Phightins but he has talent.
Believe it or not, the Orioles are 4-0 in no small part to their pitching staff. Today’s hurler, Jake Arrieta, went 6 strong allowing 8 baserunners, 1 run, striking out 3. He has the Rangers at home in his next start. Monitor.
Randy Wells was decent in beating the DBacks. He allowed 10 baserunners, 1 run, and struck out 6. Against a more potent lineup, more than 1 baserunner would’ve scored.
In his first start since 2009, Erik Bedard took a loss at the hands of the Rangers. Just a medicore outing, but the fact he actually pitched is noteworthy. Bedard ended the night after just 5 innings and 96 pitches, allowing 6 baserunners, 3 earned runs, while striking out just 3. He gets the Indians on Sunday and I’m starting him.
One of those ding dongs Bedard gave up was to Nellie Cruz. That makes 4 in 4 games. The guy is en fuego. If he can stay healthy, you’re looking at first round stats. Therein lies the rub.
11 February 2011
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Today’s focus: Baltimore Orioles
To all the other teams in the American League East, having the Orioles in the division has made life much easier the last few years. Never a need to worry about being in the basement when you’ve got good old Baltimore to fill the cellar for you. The Orioles find themselves coming off three years in a row at the bottom of the pile and amazingly 13 losing seasons in a row.
Baltimore has stayed out of the free for all signings for the last several off seasons and focused on developing talent from within. Players such as Matt Wieters, Nick Markakis, Jake Arrieta and Brian Matuzs are considered high ceiling guys. This offseason however, they revamped the left side of their infield by bringing in JJ Hardy and Mark Reynolds, inserted a veteran presence into their rotation with Justin Duchscherer, added first baseman Derrek Lee and DH Vladimir Guerrero . Further development of their young pitchers, many of whom were at one time rated top prospects by Baseball America, and continued growth of their developing players should allow for an improved season. The addition of Buck Showalter as manager has reinvigorated this group and has them once again believing in their ability to win.
Notable Losses Include: Kevin Millwood, Julio Lugo, Ty Wigginton, Corey Patterson, David Hernandez, Matt Albers
Notable Pick Ups: Derrek Lee, JJ Hardy, Mark Reynolds, Kevin Gregg, Brendan Harris, Justin Duchscherer, Vladimir Guerrero
At this point the O’s have picked up some nice infield help, have a good/potentially very good young pitching staff, a solid clean up hitter with the addition of Vlad, and a positive outlook with Showalter at the helm. I’ll go out on a limb here and say this team breaks .500 and ends their streak of last place finishes in the division this season.
4 February 2011
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3 teams. 3 years. At some point, someone’s gonna be left holding the bag that once contained Vlad the Impaler.
Assuming Vladimir Guerrero stays healthy for majority of the season, he has the ability to produce. He turns 36 in a few days, so at some point he’ll start to run on E. Baltimore took a shot, outbid themselves by about 3-mil, and now has a very underrated lineup that is pretty legit. Hope for the best!
Luke Scott will now move to LF and his value remains the same, although many believe it’s easier to “see the ball” when you actually play and don’t sit on your arse for most of the night; the ole Frank Thomas syndrome.
Felix Pie is now on the bench. In deep-deep leagues he’ll have value as soon as one of Vlad’s knees falls off.
In a signing with much less fanfare, and obviously not important for us to blog about sooner, Justin Duchscherer will be slotted in most probably as the O’s #4. I’ll be the first to admit, me likes me some DUKE-shur and for the price? Tasty. You’ll remember Justin most for breaking 3 of his 11 hips doing the “Moneyball Dance.” Anyway, I am buying for the back-end of my rotation – solid peripherals.
Chris Tillman and Jake Arrieta will battle it out in Spring Training to determine the O’s #5 starter, otherwise known as the “O’s Starter Most Likely to be Beat like a Red-Headed Step-Child by the Yankees and Sawx.”