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One Spring Start Does not Predict Future for Baltimore Orioles RHP Ubaldo Jimenez

March 4th, 2015 at 11:04 AM
By Josh Michael

The Baltimore Orioles opened up their spring schedule on Tuesday by taking on the Detroit Tigers and falling 15-2. Pitching was pretty abysmal for the Orioles on Tuesday, including their $50 million man Ubaldo Jimenez, but one spring start does not predict the future.

Jimenez struggled mightily in 2014, his first season with the Birds after signing a four-year, $50 million deal, the richest ever for a free agent by the Orioles. Other than a few starts, the season was pretty much a failure for the right hander. He posted a 6-9 record with a 4.81 ERA, and 1.516 WHIP in 25 appearances (22 starts).

Command was obviously the issue for Jimenez. He allowed 8.1 hits per nine innings, 5.5 walks per nine innings and hit four batters as well.

Jimenez and pitching coach Dave Wallace worked on some mechanical changes in his delivery and some positive results began to show in September of 2014. In three appearances (two starts), Jimenez posted a 3.27 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP in 11 innings, while striking out 12 and holding opponents to a .128 batting average.

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Cal Ripken Jr. to Throw Out First Pitch, Sign New Book at Baltimore Orioles Game Thursday

March 4th, 2015 at 8:54 AM
By Josh Michael

The Baltimore Orioles announced that Hall of Fame shortstop Cal Ripken Jr. will be throwing out the first pitch of the O's Spring Training game on Thursday, March 5 at Ed Smith Stadium.

The team also announced that he will sign copies of his new children's book, Out At Home, on the lower concourse beginning at 8:00 p.m.

This will be just one stop of many for Ripken. The visit is part of a national book tour for Out At Home, the fifth installment in the New York Times best-selling "Cal Ripken, Jr.'s All-Stars" series. Ripken will autograph the first 300 books, which will be available for purchase at the game for $16.99. Due to time constraints, Ripken will be unable to sign additional items.

Baltimore will be hosting the Toronto Blue Jays and RHP Miguel Gonzalez is slated to start for the Birds on the mound.

The game is one of seven Spring Training games that MASN will be broadcasting this year.

The O's also stated that tickets for the Orioles-Blue Jays game are available and can be purchased at the Ed Smith Stadium Box Office, via www.orioles.com/spring, or by phone at 877-222-2802.

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Takeaways from Baltimore Orioles Spring Opener; Some Positives, Tons of Negatives

March 4th, 2015 at 7:50 AM
By Josh Michael

The Baltimore Orioles opened up their 2015 spring schedule on Tuesday and it wasn't pretty. Baltimore fell to the Detroit Tigers 15-2 and pitching was a major concern, including RHP Ubaldo Jimenez.

As expected with a score like that, there were a ton of negatives to point out in the game, but believe it or not there were some positives as well.

We will start with the negatives, then follow with the positives, after all it's always better to get the good news last right?

Negatives

  • Ubaldo Jimenez1 1/3 IP, 2 H, 6 R (5 ER), 2 BB, 2 SO, 2 HBP. Nothing about that line looks good, including the fact that he had to throw 42 pitches to get to that point. Jimenez said after his start that he felt good and was thought he had good command of his fastball, just a couple slipped and things got out of control in the second inning. He also made an error on a bunt in the game.
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Adam Jones Lone Baltimore Orioles Player to Make MLB Network’s Top 100 Players Right Now List

March 3rd, 2015 at 12:30 PM
By Josh Michael

The Spring Training game schedule is officially underway for 2015 and MLB Network finished up the final week without game action last week with their Top 100 Players Right Now list entering 2015. Despite several Baltimore Orioles players making MLB Network's Top 10 Right now lists at their respective positions, only one, Adam Jones, made their Top 100 Players Right Now list.

The criteria for the list remained the same this year as in past years:

  • Emphasized stats from the last three (3) seasons, weighting 2014
  • Projected 2015 performance
  • Defensive position
  • Accolades
  • Intangibles

While this list, nor any other player ranking list, doesn't really matter to anyone, we were somewhat befuddled by the fact that only one Oriole managed to find their way onto the list.

Jones was an obvious choice to be on the list somewhere, and he wound up ranked as the 22nd best player in all of baseball per MLB Network's list, one spot behind Cleveland's Michael Brantley and two spots ahead of Washington's Bryce Harper.

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At What Point Should Fans Take Spring Training Games Seriously?

March 3rd, 2015 at 10:03 AM
By Josh Michael

The Baltimore Orioles get their Spring Training game schedule started Tuesday taking on the Detroit Tigers. The first game of Spring Training is exciting for fans, players, coaches and everyone involved because it signals that the season is getting closer and the evaluations can begin in game situations. At what point though, should fans begin to take Spring Training games seriously in regards to figuring out who will make the team and how the team looks for the season?

This is what they call a "million dollar question" because there is truly no correct answer.

Some people would tell you that you can't really take any Spring Training games seriously in regards to how the team will perform in the regular season, and you know what, there is some truth to that. In 2014, the Cleveland Indians and Tampa Bay Rays posted the best records in baseball in the Spring and didn't make the playoffs, while the Kansas City Royals, St. Louis Cardinals, and Los Angeles Dodgers all posted losing records in the and made the playoffs.

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