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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Orioles Activate Zach Britton

Britton will make his long-awaited season debut as soon as this evening. The southpaw reliever was sidelined to open the year after suffering an Achilles tear in offseason workouts. He’s playing on a $12MM salary in his final season of arbitration eligibility.

With the O’s limping out to the worst record in baseball to this point of the season, the hope will be that Britton can pitch his way into a useful trade chip this summer. Certainly, he has established a ceiling that few others have ever touched out of the pen.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 12, 2018 at 02:59 AM | 24 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Random Transaction Generator Posted: June 12, 2018 at 11:35 AM (#5690333)
Certainly, he has established a ceiling that few others have ever touched out of the pen.

When they decide to use him, of course.

/Blue Jays fan
   2. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: June 12, 2018 at 11:48 AM (#5690354)
Britton will make his long-awaited season debut as soon as this evening.
Just as soon as Ubaldo Jimenez gets tired.
   3. SoSH U at work Posted: June 12, 2018 at 12:15 PM (#5690393)
This item was posted yesterday. He didn't pitch in the O's 12-inning loss.
   4. The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 12, 2018 at 12:18 PM (#5690399)
This item was posted yesterday. He didn't pitch in the O's 12-inning loss.

Duh, it wasn't a save situation!
   5. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: June 12, 2018 at 12:19 PM (#5690401)
I suspect that Showalter is looking to get him into a lower leverage situation for his first appearance. This being the Orioles one would assume that should not take long.
   6. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: June 12, 2018 at 12:24 PM (#5690409)
THE FINAL PIECE!!!
   7. Nasty Nate Posted: June 12, 2018 at 12:45 PM (#5690424)
Chris Davis had a woeful 0-5 last night. His last extra base hit was on May 18. His last multi-hit game was on May 11. His last homerun was on May 9.
   8. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: June 12, 2018 at 12:54 PM (#5690440)
Chris Davis had a woeful 0-5 last night. His last extra base hit was on May 18. His last multi-hit game was on May 11. His last homerun was on May 9.

Why don't they disable him? Is there anyone who can prove he's healthy? Because his batting line screams serious injury.
   9. The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 12, 2018 at 01:50 PM (#5690507)
Chris Davis had a woeful 0-5 last night. His last extra base hit was on May 18. His last multi-hit game was on May 11. His last homerun was on May 9.

2018 Chris Davis: .159/.227/.227
1939 Lou Gehrig: .143/.273/.143

At least Lou had an excuse.
   10. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: June 12, 2018 at 02:04 PM (#5690517)
What about it screams serious injury rather than "he's done"? his last four years OPS+ are 147, 110, 95, and now 30. That's incredibly poor but he's 32 years old, has always been a feast or famine player and that's the kind of guy that seems to lose it suddenly. His K rate has always bordered on the untenable and it's gone up the last couple of years and his walk rate has dropped from very good to average. He's also not elevating the ball, his ground ball rate is way up which suggests a guy who just isn't getting the bat around like he used to.
   11. David Nieporent (now, with children) Posted: June 12, 2018 at 02:34 PM (#5690535)
What about it screams serious injury rather than "he's done"? his last four years OPS+ are 147, 110, 95, and now 30. That's incredibly poor but he's 32 years old, has always been a feast or famine player and that's the kind of guy that seems to lose it suddenly. His K rate has always bordered on the untenable and it's gone up the last couple of years and his walk rate has dropped from very good to average. He's also not elevating the ball, his ground ball rate is way up which suggests a guy who just isn't getting the bat around like he used to.
If they moved the fences in to just past the infield dirt... he'd hit a lot of fly balls to the warning track.
   12. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: June 12, 2018 at 03:22 PM (#5690570)
What about it screams serious injury rather than "he's done"?

The 30 OPS+. Even the toastiest of toasty players generally beats that by a mile.

Eye problems would make a ton of sense.
   13. Ziggy's screen name Posted: June 12, 2018 at 03:37 PM (#5690587)
Once Britton is traded they should move Davis to the pen. He's got a 0.00 career ERA and he already hits like a pitcher!
   14. The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 12, 2018 at 10:11 PM (#5690923)
1 inning, 1 K, 3 BB, but 0 hits & 0 runs for Britton. Make an offer.
   15. Cooper Nielson Posted: June 12, 2018 at 10:44 PM (#5690942)
Because his batting line screams serious injury.

Eye problems would make a ton of sense.

I was going to make a joke about his serious injury being "blindness," but it actually could be something with his eyes.

He was never much of a contact hitter even in the best of times, but I've seen him in the last couple of years swinging nowhere near the ball -- like he's just decided he's going to swing, and if the pitch happens to cross his swing zone maybe he'll get lucky and hit it somewhere. Maybe he really CAN'T see it.
   16. David Nieporent (now, with children) Posted: June 13, 2018 at 08:23 AM (#5691021)
He was never much of a contact hitter even in the best of times, but I've seen him in the last couple of years swinging nowhere near the ball -- like he's just decided he's going to swing, and if the pitch happens to cross his swing zone maybe he'll get lucky and hit it somewhere. Maybe he really CAN'T see it.
It's not just that; it's that he also takes a ton of strike threes that are pretty much down the middle.

I've commented numerous times this year that (a) I would suspect he needs glasses or something, except that (b) the Orioles couldn't be so incompetent that they hadn't considered that, could they?
   17. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: June 13, 2018 at 08:32 AM (#5691026)
The 30 OPS+. Even the toastiest of toasty players generally beats that by a mile.


Kole Calhoun has an OPS+ of 6.

But I agree on the vision thing. You'd hope the Orioles have checked that out and if they haven't they are dumber than I think they are. But plenty of guys manage an OPS+ of less than 30. The difference is they don't have a nine figure contract that means their teams keep rolling them out there.
   18. Spahn Insane Posted: June 13, 2018 at 08:36 AM (#5691028)
Just as soon as Ubaldo Jimenez gets tired.

**golf clap**
   19. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: June 13, 2018 at 08:37 AM (#5691029)
1 inning, 1 K, 3 BB, but 0 hits & 0 runs for Britton. Make an offer.


He looked like a guy coming off the DL. He'd throw something nasty right on the corner then miss his spot by a foot. The velocity looked OK. He was hitting 94 pretty consistently according to the Sox broadcast. That's a bit less than I remember but not dramatically so. First appearance of the year, low leverage situation, that didn't look unreasonable.
   20. Rally Posted: June 13, 2018 at 08:43 AM (#5691030)
He was never much of a contact hitter even in the best of times, but I've seen him in the last couple of years swinging nowhere near the ball -- like he's just decided he's going to swing, and if the pitch happens to cross his swing zone maybe he'll get lucky and hit it somewhere. Maybe he really CAN'T see it.


That description sounds like Josh Hamilton from the 2nd half of 2012 and on. Hamilton's numbers never got as bad as what Davis is putting up right now, but his swing looked totally clueless.

In 2012 the final numbers look great for Hamilton, but there was such a stark dividing line between a great player and a guy who is marginally useful. Through the end of May he looked like he had upped his game to a near Bondsian level. He was hitting 368/420/764, 21 homers, and a strikeout rate that was unremarkable. From June on he still hit for power (22 HR) but was striking out nearly 1/3 of his AB, and hitting 245/322/487.
   21. Nasty Nate Posted: June 13, 2018 at 09:07 AM (#5691049)
Kole Calhoun has an OPS+ of 6.
Holy crap this is not an exaggeration!
   22. Nasty Nate Posted: June 13, 2018 at 09:14 AM (#5691052)
Davis sat last night and will sit again today, according to the tweetz.
   23. David Nieporent (now, with children) Posted: June 13, 2018 at 11:24 AM (#5691180)

The sad thing is, benching Davis doesn't even do much for the lineup. Okay, so you sit him. Mancini (88 OPS+) can play 1B then, which opens up LF for such luminaries as Jace Peterson (55 OPS+), Craig Gentry (72 -- though at least he can field, unlike most of their roster), Joey Rickard (89). Or maybe it opens up more playing time at 1B for Mark Trumbo (90) or Pedro Alvarez (96).
   24. JimMusComp likes Billy Eppler.... Posted: June 13, 2018 at 01:29 PM (#5691297)
Kole Calhoun has an OPS+ of 6.
Holy crap this is not an exaggeration!


No. It is not. He has been horrible and is on the DL now. He started a downward trend last year that was troubling, but not THIS troubling. I can't believe how quickly he became an anchor offensively. Dude can still play defense, but he has to hit better to warrant running him out there. Hopefully, he goes on a 30-day rehab assignment and gets it figured out.

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