The Baltimore Orioles are enjoying an off day Thursday before beginning a three game series in the Bronx against the New York Yankees, so we thought we would take a look at each of the active Orioles players and see how their 2014 is shaping up compared to their career averages. We continue on with part two, the Orioles pitching staff.
We have broken the article down into three sections: above average, average and below average. What we are doing here is looking at each pitcher's numbers in 2014, and comparing those to what their overall career numbers are to see what kind of year they are having in 2014. Just because someone may fall in the average category, it does not mean that they are not having an above average year when compared to all of MLB, it means their 2014 numbers are falling in line with their overall career numbers. Some of them may surprise you, both good and bad.
- Zach Britton – This was probably the most obvious of any pitcher on the staff as the struggled starter was converted into a reliever this season and ultimate into the team's closer and has flourished. Britton has a 0.72 ERA and has converted nine of his ten save opportunities. His WHIP is an unbelievable 0.88. His career numbers are a 4.25 ERA with a 1.43 WHIP.
- Darren O'Day – As good as O'Day has been throughout his career (2.51 ERA, 1.05 WHIP), he is performing above his average career numbers as he currently has a 1.47 ERA with two saves (ties a career high) and has only walked eight batters this season.
- Ryan Webb – The offseason acquisition got off to a rocky start this season, but has turned it around greatly and is performing better than his career numbers. Webb has a 2.64 ERA, with a .214 opponents batting average and a 1.01 WHIP which beats his career marks of a 3.23 ERA, .262 opponents batting average and 1.33 WHIP.
- Kevin Gausman – OK, so there is not much of a career to base his 2014 performance on, but through four starts this season, which includes a brutal start earlier in the season against the Detroit Tigers where he gave up five runs in four innings, Gausman owns a 2.74 ERA with a .238 opponents batting average and a 1.17 WHIP. He has allowed two runs in 19 innings over three starts since being recalled. His career ERA is 4.71 with a .264 opponents batting average and a 1.29 WHIP.
- Bud Norris – Arguably the best pitcher in the starting rotation all season, Norris appears to be putting up a career year to this point as he has a 3.73 ERA with a .234 opponents batting average and a 1.17 WHIP. All three categories are much lower than his career numbers of 4.30 ERA, .259 opponents batting average and 1.40 WHIP.
- Wei-Yin Chen – Outside of the wins column, Chen is having his typical season with the Orioles as he owns a 3.78 ERA with a .281 opponents batting average and a 1.24 WHIP. Chen has drastically reduced his walks, but opponents are hitting for a higher average than his .264 career number. Chen's career ERA is 3.99 and his career WHIP is 1.28.
- Brian Matusz – One of the more tougher pitchers to base this season's performance against his career as he has multiple years as a starter and as a reliever, but we ended up putting him in the average category because his 4.21 ERA and 1.52 WHIP are pretty close his career numbers, but he is having a below average season thus far when compared to his career numbers as a reliever.
- Miguel Gonzalez – Gonzo is in this category largely in part due to his early season struggles as they inflated some of his numbers a bit. Gonzalez has a 4.41 ERA with a .272 opponents batting average and a 1.42 WHIP this season, which are all worse than his career numbers of a 3.73 ERA, .246 opponents batting average and 1.26 WHIP. He has been much better over his last ten starts however.
- Chris Tillman – Certainly a surprise to see here after his finish to the 2012 season and his 2013 campaign, but Tillman's owns a 4.82 ERA with a .268 opponents batting average and a 1.49 WHIP this season. Of course, many of his numbers are drastically inflated due to the two, yes two, one inning performances this season. Tillman's career ERA is 4.36 with a .255 opponents batting average and a 1.35 WHIP.
- Ubaldo Jimenez – Probably the biggest disappointment thus far for the Birds as the offseason acquisition has been a far cry from the $50 million man the O's hoped for. Jimenez is 2-8 with a 4.86 ERA with a .247 opponents batting average and a 1.51 WHIP. He has given up 45 walks in 76 innings pitched. Jimenez's owns a career ERA of 3.98 with a .240 opponents batting average and a 1.35 WHIP.
- Tommy Hunter – The closer to begin the season, he quickly became known as cardiac Tommy due to his inability to shut the door quietly in the ninth inning and was replaced as closer by Britton. Hunter is not giving up the long ball like he has in years past, but owns a 5.91 ERA with a .322 opponents average and a 1.69 WHIP. Over his career as both a starter and a reliever, he has a career ERA of 4.52 with a .274 opponents batting average and a 1.31 WHIP.
As you can see, the Orioles pitching staff has been inconsistent all season, just like the offense, and that is evident by the few amount of pitchers in the average category. As a whole, the pitching staff has been much better in the month of June and the starting rotation is flourishing, which is promising for the rest of the season.
If you missed part 1 of our 2014 vs career averages which focused on the position players, you can check that out by clicking here.
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