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Matt Wieters, CHot4/23/2014 10:37:00 PM
Description: Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters (forearm) returned to the lineup Wednesday and went 3-for-5 with a homer and two RBI.
Insight: He missed yesterday's game with a sore forearm. Wieters is off to a fantastic start with the stick, hitting .344 with four home runs, 13 RBI and a .973 OPS. The backstop hit .249 and averaged 22 home runs and 77 RBI per season from 2011-13.
Chris Davis, 1B4/23/2014 10:35:00 PM
Description: Orioles first baseman Chris Davis hit his second home run of the season Wednesday at Toronto.
Insight: Davis (.246, .771 OPS) didn't have one in his first 11 games of the season and went seven games without one between his first and second. However, if there's one thing we aren't worried about with Davis, it's his power hitting.
Nelson Cruz, LFHot4/23/2014 10:33:00 PM
Description: Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz launched a pair of home runs and drove in five Wednesday at Toronto.
Insight: Cruz has had a great month, going 22-for-73 (.301) with six homers, 21 RBI, 14 runs and a 14/10 K/BB. He hasn't gone more than one game without a hit.
Chris Tillman, SP 4/23/2014 10:24:00 PM
Description: Orioles starter Chris Tillman won his third game of the season Wednesday at Toronto despite allowing seven earned runs on nine hits (three homers) in 5 2/3 innings.
Insight: Tillman's longball issues returned Wednesday after he gave up just two homers in his first 26 1/3 this season. He allowed 33 blasts in 206 1/3 innings last season, but 23 were solo shots and none came with more than one man on base so he escaped with a 3.71 ERA. He'll take a 3.38 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP into his next start.
J.J. Hardy, SS4/23/2014 3:47:00 PM
Description: O's shortstop J.J. Hardy is back in the lineup Wednesday against Toronto. SOURCE: Brittany Ghiroli, MLB.com
Insight: He strained his hamstring over the weekend but only wound up missing two games. Hardy is hitless against the Blue Jays this season (0-for-9).
Matt Wieters, C4/23/2014 3:43:00 PM
Description: Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters is back behind the plate Wednesday against Toronto. SOURCE: Brittany Ghiroli, MLB.com
Insight: He missed yesterday's game with a sore forearm. Wieters' .321 average this season is tied for seventh-best in the American League.
Delmon Young, LF4/23/2014 1:20:00 PM
Description: Baltimore DH Delmon Young has been awful in his career against Toronto right-hander Dustin McGowan (2-for-15 with four strikeouts).
Insight: Obviously that doesn't bode well for Wednesday. Given the matchup, there's a good chance Buck Showalter sits him.
Nick Markakis, RF4/23/2014 1:16:00 PM
Description: O's right fielder Nick Markakis hasn't had much luck against Blue Jays starter Dustin McGowan in his career.
Insight: He's hitting an unimpressive .154 against the right-hander in 13 at bats. Markakis (.275, 0 HR, 5 RBI) is more valuable to his team in real life than he is to fantasy owners.
Matt Wieters, C4/22/2014 7:19:00 PM
Description: Orioles manager Buck Showalter expects to have catcher Matt Wieters (forearm soreness) back in the lineup Wednesday, according to Brittany Ghiroli of mlb.com.
Insight: Wieters felt forearm soreness on a throw to second base in Sunday's game and was not in the starting lineup for a second straight game Tuesday.
Manny Machado, 3B4/22/2014 6:16:00 PM
Description: Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado will start his rehab assignment with Single-A Frederick on Friday. SOURCE: Eduardo Encina, Baltimore Sun
Insight: Machado will probably miss all of April after undergoing offseason knee surgery but he could be back in the big leagues sometime in early May. Ryan Flaherty (.213, 0 HR, 3 RBI) and Jonathan Schoop (.259, 1 HR, 9 RBI) have been splitting third base duties in his absence.
J.J. Hardy, SS4/22/2014 5:21:00 PM
Description: Baltimore shortstop J.J. Hardy (hamstring) is not in the starting lineup Tuesday, according to Brittany Ghiroli of mlb.com.
Insight: Hardy left Sunday's game with a mild right hamstring strain. He has played just 11 games this season due to injuries.
Matt Wieters, C4/22/2014 5:20:00 PM
Description: Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters is dealing with right forearm soreness, according to Brittany Ghiroli of mlb.com.
Insight: Wieters is out of the lineup for a second straight game on Tuesday. He said he felt the soreness on a throw to second base in Sunday's game.
Matt Wieters, C4/21/2014 9:55:00 AM
Description: Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters is getting Monday morning off.
Insight: After the Orioles and Red Sox played Sunday night, this figured to be the strategy with an 11 am start time. Wieters has not had much success against Boston starter Clay Buchholz (.200, .561 OPS in 30 at-bats).
J.J. Hardy, SS4/21/2014 9:52:00 AM
Description: Baltimore shortstop J.J. Hardy left Sunday night's game against Boston after straining his hamstring and is not in Monday morning's lineup.
Insight: Hardy exited after the sixth inning. Ryan Flaherty will make the start at shortstop, but he holds little fantasy value batting .209 with a .540 OPS this season.
Nelson Cruz, LF4/21/2014 9:48:00 AM
Description: Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz is batting .400 against Boston right-hander Clay Buchholz (4-for-10).
Insight: Cruz is batting .333 with a .915 OPS over the past week. For the season he's hit three homers and knocked in 12 runs. He'll bat in the No. 2 hole on Monday, though he's hit better when lower in the lineup.
Nick Markakis, RF4/21/2014 9:46:00 AM
Description: Baltimore outfielder Nick Markakis is a cold 5-for-37 (.135) without an extra base hit against Boston starter Clay Buchholz.
Insight: Markakis' .278 batting average comes with no homers, which makes him a poor value on Monday.
J.J. Hardy, SS4/20/2014 9:27:00 PM
Description: Baltimore shortstop J.J. Hardy left Sunday night's game against Boston after straining his hamstring. SOURCE: Brittany Ghiroli, MLB.com
Insight: Hardy exited after the sixth inning. Stephen Lombardozzi is now in at second base with Ryan Flaherty at shortstop. Though Hardy led all major league shortstops in HR last season (25), he's still searching for his first long ball of 2014.
J.J. Hardy, SSCold4/20/2014 9:53:00 AM
Description: Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy has had a tough time getting anything going against Boston's Jake Peavy.
Insight: Peavy has limited Hardy to one hit in 17 at-bats, a .059 average. Hardy, who has dealt with back spasms on and off this year, is hitting .244 with zero round-trippers.
Matt Wieters, C4/19/2014 10:14:00 AM
Description: Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters is just 2-for-18 (.111) versus Boston starter Felix Doubront.
Insight: Wieters is having an excellent April, hitting .333 with three homers, 10 RBI and eight runs in 48 at-bats. The 27-year-old normally hits left-handers better than righties, but this matchup isn't favorable.
Adam Jones, CF4/19/2014 10:10:00 AM
Description: Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is just 2-for-19 (.105) with eight strikeouts against Boston left-hander Felix Doubront.
Insight: The right-handed hitting Jones has a better career batting average versus right-handed pitchers (.287) than lefties (.260) and this matchup follows that trend. Avoid him on Saturday.
Jonathan Schoop, 2BHot4/18/2014 10:36:00 PM
Description: Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop crushed four hits Friday in an 8-4 win over Boston.
Insight: The Baltimore rookie has hit .429 during his seven-game hitting streak. Schoop has seven RBI during that span. We'll see how he does Saturday against Red Sox left-hander Felix Doubront (1-2, 6.75 ERA).
J.J. Hardy, SS4/18/2014 10:14:00 AM
Description: Baltimore shortstop J.J. Hardy is just 3-for-20 (.150) against Boston right-hander John Lackey.
Insight: Hardy has averaged 25.7 HR per season over the last three years, but he's never had an extra base hit against Lackey. He's also still looking for his first homer this season. It won't likely come on Friday. Avoid this matchup.
J.J. Hardy, SS4/14/2014 10:04:00 PM
Description: Baltimore shortstop J.J. Hardy had two doubles and a single in four at-bats Monday against Tampa Bay.
Insight: Hardy has averaged 25.7 HR per season over the last three years. He missed six games due to a bad back and is still hunting for his first home run this year.
Matt Wieters, CHot4/14/2014 10:00:00 PM
Description: Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters went 3-for-4 with a double and one RBI Monday against Tampa Bay.
Insight: Wieters is having an excellent April, hitting .366 with three homers, eight RBI and eight runs in 41 at-bats. The 27-year-old is a career .256 hitter and has hit 22-23 homers in each of the last three years.
Dylan Bundy, SP4/14/2014 8:29:00 PM
Description: Orioles pitching prospect Dylan Bundy (elbow) threw a 35-pitch bullpen session Monday, according to Brittany Ghiroli of mlb.com.
Insight: Prior to Bundy's Tommy John surgery last June, he was considered one of the top prospects in all of baseball. If he avoids complications he could be ready to join the Orioles after the All-Star break.
Manny Machado, 3B4/14/2014 2:28:00 PM
Description: O's third baseman Manny Machado did some running on Monday after taking a few swings in a simulated game on Saturday.
Insight: We hope to see Machado (.283, 14 HR, 71 RBI) back on the field in May now that he seems to be making progress.
Chris Davis, 1B4/13/2014 8:11:00 PM
Description: Orioles first baseman Chris Davis crushed his first homer of the season Sunday afternoon.
Insight: Davis went 11 games without one to start the year, but we know his homers come in bunches and he could have a big week ahead.
Ubaldo Jimenez, SPCold4/13/2014 8:09:00 PM
Description: Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez gave up 10 hits and five earned runs in 5 1/3 innings Sunday against Toronto.
Insight: He's 0-3 with a 7.31 ERA and a 2.06 WHIP. Jimenez got a big contract from Baltimore but he may have left his comfort zone behind in Cleveland.
Nelson Cruz, LF4/13/2014 11:27:00 AM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz is not listed in Sunday's starting lineup. SOURCE: Eduardo Encina, Baltimore Sun
Insight: Delmon Young, who has mostly served as Baltimore's DH, will make his first start of the year in left field. Cruz (.250, 2 HR, 6 RBI) went 1-for-4 with a walk during last night's 12-inning win against Toronto.
J.J. Hardy, SS4/12/2014 7:00:00 PM
Description: Baltimore shortstop J.J. Hardy is good to go for Saturday's game against Toronto. SOURCE: Dan Connolly, Baltimore Sun
Insight: He's missed most of the last week because of back spasms. Hardy led all AL shortstops in homers last season (25) but he has yet to leave the yard in 2014 (15 at bats).
Matt Wieters, C4/12/2014 3:05:00 PM
Description: Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters will get Saturday night off, with Steve Clevenger starting behind the plate.
Insight: Wieters has a .333 batting average with a couple of homers through his first nine games. Clevenger, a career .208 hitter, has little-to-no fantasy value.
Chris Tillman, SPHot4/11/2014 9:41:00 PM
Description: Orioles starter Chris Tillman has allowed just two earned runs in 21 1/3 innings this season. He lost Friday despite allowing two unearned runs on three hits in eight innings.
Insight: Tillman has a 15/3 K/BB this season after going 16-7 with a 3.71 ERA, a 1.22 WHIP and a 179/68 K/BB in 206 1/3 innings in 2013. He'll have to keep his homers in check if he's going to keep up his hot start. He allowed 33 in 2013.
J.J. Hardy, SS4/11/2014 6:11:00 PM
Description: Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy (back) is not in the lineup Friday, according to Roch Kubatko of masnsports.com.
Insight: Hardy has played just one of the past six games due to back spasms. He expects to play Saturday.
Delmon Young, LF4/9/2014 8:18:00 PM
Description: Orioles outfielder Delmon Young had another three-hit game Wednesday against the Yankees.
Insight: Young went 6-for-11 with a double and a homer over the last two days. He may steal at-bats from David Lough, who has been out of the lineup with concussion-like symptoms but won't be placed on the DL.
David Lough, RF4/9/2014 7:57:00 PM
Description: The Orioles have reversed course and will not place David Lough (concussion-like symptoms) on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Lough passed concussion tests on Wednesday and will stay off the DL. The 28-year-old is off to a 2-for-19 (.105) start and could lose at-bats to Delmon Young.
J.J. Hardy, SS4/9/2014 5:03:00 PM
Description: Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy (back) is not in the starting lineup Wednesday night, according to Brittany Ghiroli of mlb.com.
Insight: Hardy has played just one of the past five games due to back spasms.
Delmon Young, LF4/8/2014 8:18:00 PM
Description: Orioles outfielder Delmon Young went 3-for-6 with a homer and three RBI Tuesday against the Yankees.
Insight: Roch Kubatko reported Tuesday that David Lough will be placed on the disabled list Wednesday. That could lead to an everyday spot in the lineup for Young.
Chris Davis, 1B4/8/2014 8:16:00 PM
Description: We're eight games into the season and Baltimore 1B Chris Davis is still in search of his first homer.
Insight: By the eighth game last year, Davis already had five longballs. The good news is that he has gone 9-for-23 with three doubles and five RBI over his last six games.
Adam Jones, CF4/8/2014 8:13:00 PM
Description: Orioles center fielder Adam Jones hit his first homer of the season Tuesday at New York.
Insight: Jones also had a double, scored two runs and drove home two. He has increased his homer total in each of the past three seasons and blasted a career-high 33 in 2013.
David Lough, RF4/8/2014 6:45:00 PM
Description: Baltimore outfielder David Lough is headed to the 15-day disabled list. SOURCE: Roch Kubatko, MASN
Insight: This could be related to the neck injury he suffered during spring training. Lough's vacant roster spot will be absorbed by Jemile Weeks (.111 AVG in eight games for Oakland last season).
Manny Machado, 3B4/8/2014 2:05:00 PM
Description: O's third baseman Manny Machado still has no timetable for return.
Insight: His recovery from offseason knee surgery took a setback last month and he's running on a treadmill in a pool. We hope to see Machado (.283, 14 HR, 71 RBI) back on the field in May, but until they announce a schedule we're just guessing.
Chris Davis, 1B4/8/2014 9:55:00 AM
Description: Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis is 8-for-23 (.348) with three homers and a 1.227 OPS versus Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova..
Insight: Davis is still homerless this season, but a favorable matchup and a 20 mph wind blowing out to center field may change that.
Matt Wieters, CHot4/8/2014 9:52:00 AM
Description: Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters has a .379 batting average against Yankees starter Ivan Nova with four homers and a 1.351 OPS.
Insight: Wieters had two more hits on Monday to push his batting average up to .391. Now he faces the pitcher who he has hit the most homers off of over his career and the wind blowing out to center. Make him a must start.
J.J. Hardy, SS4/7/2014 12:06:00 PM
Description: Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy's back problems flared up again on Sunday and he not in the starting lineup for Monday's game against the NY Yankees.
Insight: Hardy also missed Friday's game with the issue. Ryan Flaherty will start in his place, but he's 1-for-18 this season and should be avoided.
J.J. Hardy, SS4/7/2014 10:27:00 AM
Description: Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy's back problems flared up again on Sunday and he is questionable for Monday's game against the NY Yankees.
Insight: Hardy also missed Friday's game with the issue. Ryan Flaherty would start in his place, but he's 1-for-18 this season and should be avoided.
Nelson Cruz, OFCold4/7/2014 10:08:00 AM
Description: Baltimore outfielder/DH Nelson Cruz has just one hit in 14 at-bats against Yankees hurler Hiroki Kuroda with four strikeouts.
Insight: Cruz hit a homer in each of his first two games with the O's but has gone 2-for-14 his last four games.
Chris Tillman, SPHot4/6/2014 4:49:00 PM
Description: Right-hander Chris Tillman outpitched Justin Verlander Sunday in a 3-1 Orioles victory.
Insight: Tillman (1-0, 1.35 ERA) scattered five hits and one run over 8 1/3 innings. Sunday marked Tillman's longest outing since July 4, 2012 (8 1/3 innings against Seattle).
J.J. Hardy, SS4/6/2014 12:46:00 PM
Description: Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy's back problems flared up again on Sunday and he was scratched from the lineup, according to Brittany Ghiroli of mlb.com.
Insight: Hardy also missed Friday's game with the issue. Ryan Flaherty will start in his place again.
Nelson Cruz, OF4/6/2014 9:23:00 AM
Description: Baltimore left fielder Nelson Cruz has collected just two hits in 20 at-bats against Detroit starter Justin Verlander.
Insight: Cruz hit a homer in each of his first two games with the O's but has gone 1-for-11 his last three games. He has struck out six times against Verlander.
Adam Jones, CF4/6/2014 9:22:00 AM
Description: Orioles center fielder Adam Jones has an ugly 3-for-27 (.111) history against Justin Verlander of the Tigers.
Insight: Jones is hitting .235 in 17 at-bats this season and is still in search of his first homer. With Verlander on the hill Sunday, Jones probably won't get it.
Matt Wieters, C4/6/2014 9:21:00 AM
Description: Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters owns a .158 average in 19 at-bats against Tigers starter Justin Verlander.
Insight: Wieters has picked up three hits, all for extra bases, and struck out four times against Verlander.
Adam Jones, CF4/5/2014 9:31:00 AM
Description: O's outfielder Adam Jones has seen little success against Detroit starter Rick Porcello, 3-for-18 (.167) with no extra base hits and six strikeouts.
Insight: Jones was a fantasy stud last season, batting .285 with 33 HR, 108 RBI, 100 runs and stole 14 bases. He's still searching for his first extra base hit and should be avoided on Saturday.
Chris Davis, 1B4/5/2014 9:26:00 AM
Description: Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis is 4-for-12 (.333) with three homers and a 1.417 OPS versus Detroit hurler Rick Porcello.
Insight: Davis is homerless this season, but a favorable matchup and a strong wind blowing out at Comerica Park makes the slugger a good play on Saturday.
J.J. Hardy, SS4/4/2014 6:42:00 PM
Description: Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy is day-to-day with back spasms. SOURCE: Brittany Ghiroli, MLB.com
Insight: Hardy missed Friday's game but expects to play on Saturday. Ryan Flaherty got the start at shortstop in today's 10-4 loss to Detroit.
Matt Wieters, C4/4/2014 11:45:00 AM
Description: Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters will get Friday afternoon off with Steve Clevenger getting the start behind the plate.
Insight: Clevenger batted .472 this spring, but this will be his first regular season action.
Matt Wieters, C4/3/2014 10:01:00 AM
Description: Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters is a career .063 hitter against Boston left-hander Felix Doubront (1-for-16).
Insight: This might be a good day to give backup Steve Clevenger a few at-bats. Clevenger batted .472 this spring and has a hit in his only at-bat versus Doubront.
Adam Jones, CF4/3/2014 9:59:00 AM
Description: O's outfielder Adam Jones struggles versus Boston starter Felix Doubront going 2-for-17 with eight strikeouts in their matchups.
Insight: Jones was a fantasy stud last season, batting .285 with 33 HR, 108 RBI, 100 runs and stole 14 bases. He's managed a couple of singles through the first two games and probably won't break out the long ball on Thursday.
Nelson Cruz, OFHot4/2/2014 10:39:00 PM
Description: Baltimore left fielder Nelson Cruz has played two games with his new team and hit two home runs.
Insight: Cruz hit a two-run shot Wednesday off John Lackey of the Red Sox. The 33-year-old averaged 25 homers per season over the last five years.
Chris Davis, 1B4/2/2014 10:07:00 AM
Description: Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis is 11-for-30 (.367) with a pair of long balls against Boston right-hander John Lackey.
Insight: Davis was hitless in the opener, but has a favorable matchup on Wednesday. He bashed seven homers against Boston in 2013. That was the most he had against any team.
Nelson Cruz, OF3/31/2014 8:55:00 PM
Description: Baltimore left fielder Nelson Cruz took Jon Lester deep in the seventh inning during Monday's season opener.
Insight: The solo shot ended up being the difference in a 2-1 win for the O's. Cruz came into the game with 10 hits and two HRs in 22 at-bats against Lester and went 1-for-2 with two runs and a walk Monday. The 33-year-old Cruz averaged 126 games, 27 home runs and 81 RBI from 2009-13 with the Rangers.
Tommy Hunter, SP3/31/2014 1:20:00 PM
Description: As expected, Tommy Hunter will close for the Orioles in 2014. SOURCE: Brittany Ghiroli, MLB.com
Insight: We all expected this but manager Buck Showalter didn't make the official announcement until Monday. Hunter was used mostly as a setup man last season, recording a 6-5 record over 68 appearances. He's replacing Jim Johnson, who was traded to Oakland during the offseason.
Nick Markakis, RF3/31/2014 1:17:00 PM
Description: Baltimore outfielder Nick Markakis will start Monday's season opener against the Red Sox. SOURCE: Brittany Ghiroli, MLB.com
Insight: He had been questionable with a stiff neck. Markakis' .271 batting average last season was the lowest of his career. He'll bat leadoff this afternoon against Boston.
Chris Davis, 1B3/31/2014 12:24:00 PM
Description: Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis has struggled mightily against Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester.
Insight: He's hitting just .125 against Lester in 24 career at bats. Despite his struggles against Lester, Davis bashed seven homers against Boston in 2013. That was the most he had against any team.
Nelson Cruz, OF3/31/2014 12:15:00 PM
Description: Baltimore left fielder Nelson Cruz owns Red Sox ace Jon Lester.
Insight: In 22 at bats, Cruz has ten hits off Lester including two homers, a pair of doubles and a triple. He's hitting fifth today between Chris Davis and Matt Wieters.
Nick Markakis, RF3/30/2014 5:33:00 PM
Description: Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis (neck) is questionable for the Birds' season opener on Monday, according to Roch Kubatko of mashsports.com.
Insight: Markakis wwas scratched from Saturday's lineup due to a stiff neck. The outfielder has averaged .287, 12 home runs, 62 RBI, 75 runs and a .764 OPS over the last four seasons.
Nelson Cruz, RF3/27/2014 11:03:00 PM
Description: Orioles right fielder Nelson Cruz's CT scan came back clean, according to Roch Kubatko of masnsports.com.
Insight: Cruz took a fastball to the dome from Alex Cobb on Thursday but he's fine.
Nelson Cruz, RF3/27/2014 8:31:00 PM
Description: Orioles right fielder Nelson Cruz left Thursday's game after taking a fastball to the helmet, according to Roch Kubatko of masnsports.com.
Insight: Cruz popped up quickly and walked off the field under his own power. He's probably fine but will presumably be tested for a concussion.
Nolan Reimold, LF3/26/2014 8:19:00 PM
Description: Baltimore outfielder Nolan Reimold will begin the year on the disabled list. SOURCE: Roch Kubatko, MASN
Insight: Neck problems have plagued Reimold (.195, 5 HR, 12 RBI in 2013) for most of the last two seasons. Until he gets healthy, fantasy owners can't rely on him.
Manny Machado, 3B3/23/2014 7:56:00 PM
Description: O's third baseman Manny Machado is headed to the disabled list. SOURCE: Baltimore Sun
Insight: His recovery from offseason knee surgery is taking longer than expected. We'd expect to see Machado (.283, 14 HR, 71 RBI) back on the field sometime in mid to late April.
Manny Machado, 3B3/15/2014 4:30:00 PM
Description: Orioles third baseman Manny Machado was tentatively scheduled to see his doctor on March 18, but his inability to run will force a postponement of the appointment, according to an mlb.com report.
Insight: Machado (.283, 14 HR, 71 RBI) had offseason knee surgery to repair a torn medial patellofemoral ligament and had hoped to be ready for Opening Day, but that now appears unlikely. Fantasy owners may miss some early games, but we still expect big things from Machado in 2014.
Matt Wieters, C3/14/2014 5:39:00 PM
Description: Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters (ankle) will be out of the lineup until Monday, according to Roch Kubatko of masnsports.com.
Insight: Wieters is still dealing with swelling in his ankle from the sprain he suffered earlier this week and the team is being cautious. The O's backstop has hit 22 or 23 homers in three straight seasons but hit just .235 with a .704 OPS last season. He struggled mightily against right-handed pitchers, batting .214 with 11 home runs and a .628 OPS in 360 at-bats. He hit .282 with 11 homers and an .872 OPS in 163 at-bats against lefties.
Johan Santana, SP3/4/2014 5:40:00 PM
Description: The Orioles have signed Johan Santana to a minor league contract, according to Jon Heyman of cbssports.com.
Insight: Santana didn't pitch last season because of another serious shoulder injury and is a long way away from returning. He topped out at just 81 mph during a tryout last week.
Manny Machado, 3B2/26/2014 4:44:00 PM
Description: According to Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado is tentatively scheduled to see his doctor on March 18 and could receive full clearance then.
Insight: Machado (.283, 14 HR, 71 RBI) had offseason knee surgery to repair a torn medial patellofemoral ligament and still hopes to be ready for Opening Day, but his status is up in the air. Barring a setback he should be back within the first two weeks of April.
Nelson Cruz, RF2/22/2014 11:55:00 AM
Description: The Orioles have reportedly agreed to a deal with outfielder Nelson Cruz, according to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes.
Insight: This was one of the best possible landing spots for Cruz (.266, 27 HR, 76 RBI in 110 games). Being in a strong lineup with the likes of Chris Davis, Adam Jones, Manny Machado should afford him plenty of RBI chances.
Ubaldo Jimenez, SP2/17/2014 7:47:00 PM
Description: According to Ken Rosenthal of foxsports.com, the Orioles have agreed to terms on a deal with Ubaldo Jimenez.
Insight: Rosenthal said the numbers reported by Roch Kubatko of masnsports.com -- four years, $48 million -- are close to the actual contract value. Jimenez revived his career by going 13-9 with a 3.30 ERA and 194 strikeouts in 182 2/3 innings last season (5-2 with a 1.65 ERA and 79 K in his last 60 IP) but he's still a huge risk due to his inconsistent pitching mechanics. Jimenez will have to pass a physical and the O's are known for putting players through stringent health tests (Grant Balfour and Tyler Colvin already failed tests with Baltimore this offseason), so the deal is not yet completed.
Suk-Min Yoon, SP2/17/2014 10:46:00 AM
Description: Right-hander Suk-Min Yoon still has to work out a visa issue before he can pitch in an exhibition game.
Insight: The 27-year-old will has the ability to be a back-end starter or pitch out of the bullpen. He owns a career 15-7 record with a 3.63 ERA and 1.292 WHIP in two years of work in the KBO. He's probably worth putting on your watch list, but not selecting, on draft day.
Manny Machado, 3B2/16/2014 4:04:00 PM
Description: According to Roch Kubatko of masnsports.com, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (knee) has been cleared to perform all drills except for running the bases and sliding.
Insight: Machado (.283, 14 HR, 71 RBI) had offseason knee surgery to repair a torn medial patellofemoral ligament and still hopes to be ready for Opening Day, but his status is up in the air. Barring a setback he should be back within the first two weeks of April.
Joel Pineiro, SP2/3/2014 10:01:00 AM
Description: Right-handed starter Joel Pineiro is attempting a comeback, according to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com.
Insight: Pineiro has four double-digit win seasons on his resume, but likely won't make it back to a level where fantasy owners will be interested. He last pitched in 2011.
Chris Davis, 1B1/19/2014 10:32:00 AM
Description: O's first baseman Chris Davis got a nice raise on Friday. His new one-year deal is worth $10.35 million. SOURCE: Eduardo Encina, Baltimore Sun
Insight: Davis earned $3.3 million last season. The deal ensures that Davis and the O's won't go to arbitration. Davis (.286, 53 HR, 138 RBI) won't be a candidate for free agency until after the 2015 season.
Alfredo Aceves, SP1/15/2014 3:42:00 PM
Description: Alfredo Aceves has agreed to a minor league deal with Baltimore. SOURCE: Buster Olney, ESPN
Insight: Aceves spent most of last season with Boston's Triple-A team, the Pawtucket Red Sox. The righthander has a history of alienating teammates and coaches with his eccentric behavior. We'll see how well he meshes with tightly-wound Orioles manager Buck Showalter.
Manny Machado, 3B1/13/2014 9:51:00 PM
Description: Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado is hoping Dr. Neal ElAttrache will clear him to resume baseball activities on Thursday. SOURCE: Baltimore Sun
Insight: Machado (.283, 14 HR, 71 RBI) is almost fully recovered from offseason knee surgery. The hope is that he'll be ready for Opening Day on March 31st.
Delmon Young, LF1/13/2014 9:45:00 PM
Description: Journeyman Delmon Young has found a new home. He's headed to Baltimore on a minor league deal.
Insight: He'll attempt to make the team out of spring training. In 103 games between Philadelphia and Tampa Bay last season, Young generated 11 HR and 38 RBI while hitting .260.
Manny Machado, 3B1/10/2014 3:40:00 PM
Description: Manager Buck Showalter has a feeling Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will be ready for Opening Day after having October knee surgery, reports beat writer Roch Kubatko.
Insight: Machado was having an excellent first full season, batting .283 with a league-leading 51 doubles, 14 HR, 71 RBI a .746 OPS an All-Star appearance and a Gold Glove. That would put him ahead of the original schedule.
Grant Balfour, RP12/19/2013 8:09:00 PM
Description: Closer Grant Balfour's two-year, $15 million deal with the Orioles is in "serious jeopardy" due to issues with his physical. SOURCE: Roch Kubatko, MASN UPDATE: Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports the issue is with Balfour's right shoulder. He had surgery for a rotator cuff and labrum tear in September 2005 but hasn't had problems since.
Insight: Balfour saved a career-high 38 games with the Athletics last season and has posted a sub-2.60 ERA in four straight seasons. Baltimore signed him to close after trading Jim Johnson to Balfour's old team in Oakland.
David Lough, RF12/19/2013 11:04:00 AM
Description: Kansas City shipped outfielder David Lough to Baltimore Wednesday for infielder Danny Valencia. SOURCE: Roch Kubatko, MASN
Insight: Lough is expected to platoon with Nolan Reimold in left field. He hit .286 with five homers, 33 RBI and five steals as a rookie last season.
Grant Balfour, RP12/17/2013 7:38:00 PM
Description: Closer Grant Balfour is headed to Baltimore on a two-year, $15 million deal. SOURCE: Roch Kubatko, MASN
Insight: It's a great signing for the O's, who recently parted ways with Jim Johnson (traded to Oakland). Balfour is a fan favorite and also a consistent fantasy contributor with 20+ saves in each of his last two seasons. He's worth drafting in mixed and AL-only leagues.
Bud Norris, SP12/7/2013 9:43:00 PM
Description: Baltimore righthander Bud Norris could be asked to close next season. SOURCE: Eduardo A. Encina, Baltimore Sun
Insight: The O's traded closer Jim Johnson to Oakland earlier this week. Norris would have more fantasy value as a ninth inning man than he would as a starter but it's probably not going to happen. Tommy Hunter throws harder and has better stuff than Norris. Plus, the O's need Norris in the rotation now that Scott Feldman has signed with Houston.
Jim Johnson, RP12/2/2013 9:22:00 PM
Description: Orioles closer Jim Johnson appears to be on the Dodgers' radar. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: It's unlikely the O's will be able to keep Johnson when he hits free agency in 2015 so they're looking to trade him now. It's unknown if the Dodgers would ask Johnson to close or have him setup ahead of current closer Kenley Jansen.
Nate McLouth, LF11/16/2013 11:16:00 AM
Description: Free agent Nate McLouth is hoping to return to Baltimore in 2014. SOURCE: Dan Connolly, Baltimore Sun
Insight: He's probably looking for a raise after making only $2 million last season. McLouth doesn't hit for much power (just 12 HR last season) but he can steal bases (30-of-37 in 2013). In deeper leagues, he could be worth a late-round flyer.
Matt Wieters, C11/13/2013 10:02:00 PM
Description: Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters could be dealt this winter. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: The Orioles are also said to be shopping shortstop J.J. Hardy. Wieters (.235, 22 HR, 79 RBI) hasn't quite lived up to the hype but he's still one of the more productive catchers in fantasy baseball.
Michael Morse, RF10/16/2013 11:25:00 AM
Description: Impending free agent Michael Morse is undergoing wrist surgery on Wednesday. SOURCE: Dan Connolly, Baltimore Sun
Insight: The timetable for recovery is about 6-to-8 weeks. Morse may have trouble landing a long-term deal after floundering in the second half (.143 AVG after the All-Star break).
Manny Machado, 3B10/14/2013 7:07:00 PM
Description: MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli reports Orioles third baseman Manny Machado is unlikely to be ready for Opening Day after having knee surgery on Monday.
Insight: Machado's timetable for recovery should be about six months, though general manager Dan Duquette believes that estimate could be a bit conservative. His backup, Danny Valencia, won't be a fantasy option.
Wei-Yin Chen, SP10/10/2013 8:52:00 PM
Description: Orioles starter Wei-Yen Chen had surgery to remove bone spurs in his right knee Thursday, according to Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com.
Insight: Chen allowed 11 home runs in his final 48 2/3 innings and had a 5.92 ERA in that span to finish with a 4.07 ERA on the year. He should be ready for spring training.
Manny Machado, 3B10/10/2013 8:49:00 PM
Description: According to Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado has elected to undergo reconstructive knee surgery.
Insight: Machado initially opted for rest and rehab after tearing his medial patellofemoral ligament late in the season, but he'll have the surgery and miss 4-6 months.
Michael Morse, RF10/8/2013 5:57:00 PM
Description: Michael Morse will undergo surgery on his left wrist.
Insight: Morse's season started with so much promise after he led the majors in homers during spring training and hit six in his first nine games of the regular season. However, he dealt with numerous injuries and finished the season with a .215 average, 13 homers, 27 RBI, 34 runs and a .651 OPS in 337 combined plate appearances with Seattle and Baltimore. He went 10-for-83 (.120) with one home run over his final 27 games and 0-for-22 in his last 10.
Manny Machado, 3B9/30/2013 9:13:00 PM
Description: Dr. James Andrews confirmed that Manny Machado's injured knee won't require surgery. SOURCE: MASN
Insight: When Machado fell awkwardly on the way to first base last week against the Rays, it looked for sure like he had just torn his ACL. Instead it was a torn medial patellar ligament, which is far less serious. His recovery timetable is still 6-to-8 weeks.
Jim Johnson, RP9/29/2013 7:17:00 PM
Description: Baltimore closer Jim Johnson logged his 50th save Sunday in a win against the Red Sox.
Insight: He's the first closer to reach 50 saves in back-to-back seasons since Eric Gagne did it for the Dodgers in 2002 and 2003. It wasn't always pretty. Johnson did blow nine save chances this season. But more often than not, Johnson took care of business. Look for the big righthander to return to the Orioles in 2014.
Chris Davis, 1B9/29/2013 3:35:00 PM
Description: Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis left Sunday's game against Boston because of a sprained wrist. SOURCE: Rich Dubroff, Comcast Sportsnet Baltimore
Insight: The injury occurred when Jacoby Ellsbury ran into Davis on a play at first base. Davis will finish the year with a league-best 53 HR and 138 RBI. He's expected to be the runner-up to Miguel Cabrera in American League MVP voting.
Adam Jones, CF9/29/2013 1:09:00 PM
Description: O's center fielder Adam Jones is getting a rest Sunday versus Boston.
Insight: After going two years without missing a game, Jones has now missed two contests in the last week. Nate McLouth (.258, 12 HR, 34 RBI, 30 SB) will take over in center field.
Matt Wieters, C9/29/2013 11:38:00 AM
Description: Orioles catcher Matt Wieters will sit out the final game of the season Sunday.
Insight: Five years into his career, it looks like we know what type of hitter Wieters is going to be. In the last three seasons, he hit 22 homers twice and 23 once. He batted .235 with a .704 OPS and 79 RBI this season and has averaged .249/.315/.434 with 77 RBI per season since 2011.
Michael Morse, RF9/28/2013 7:58:00 PM
Description: Michael Morse's injured left wrist might require offseason surgery. SOURCE: Associated Press
Insight: Morse has already set up to two doctors appointments including a visit to Dr. Brian Schofield in Sarasota next week. The veteran outfielder struggled mightily during his brief tenure with Baltimore, producing just three hits in 29 at bats for the O's (.103 AVG). Morse is set to become a free agent this offseason.
Miguel Gonzalez, SPHot9/26/2013 10:25:00 PM
Description: Baltimore righthander Miguel Gonzalez held the Blue Jays to just one unearned run in seven innings Thursday at Camden Yards.
Insight: Gonzalez will finish the season on a high note. He went 3-1 with a 2.30 ERA in his final five starts of 2013. The Orioles will finish up the regular season by hosting the Red Sox for a three-game set.
Chris Davis, 1B9/26/2013 9:22:00 AM
Description: Orioles first baseman Chris Davis missed Thursday's game with a sore foot, but is expected to play on Friday.
Insight: Davis is finishing off a "career" year, batting .285 with 52 HR, 137 RBI and 102 runs scored with a 1.000 OPS.
Adam Jones, CF9/26/2013 9:15:00 AM
Description: Baltimore center fielder Adam Jones had Wednesday's game off but he'll likely be back in the lineup Thursday to face Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle, who he is 8-for-21 (.381) with two doubles and a homer against.
Insight: Jones has had another strong season, tying last season's total with 32 homers, scoring 98 runs, stealing 14 bags, hitting .285 and driving in a career-high 106 runs.
Nick Markakis, RFCold9/26/2013 9:11:00 AM
Description: Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis has gone 16-for-36 (.444) with three doubles, two homers and four walks against Toronto's Mark Buehrle.
Insight: Markakis went 2-for-4 with a walk and a run in a game Buehrle started on Sept. 15, but he has just eight hits in 37 at-bats (.216) since then and is hitting .269 with a .679 OPS on the year. Get him in the lineup against Buehrle if you own him.
Ryan Flaherty, 2B9/25/2013 10:40:00 PM
Description: Orioles infielder Ryan Flaherty blasted a pair of homers Wednesday in a victory over the Blue Jays.
Insight: It's Flaherty's second multi-home run game of the season. The Orioles, who were eliminated from the Wild Card race on Tuesday, had lost six in a row before Wednesday night's win. They'll finish up with one more game against Toronto and then three more against the Red Sox at Camden Yards.
Adam Jones, CF9/25/2013 6:22:00 PM
Description: Baltimore center fielder Adam Jones won't play Wednesday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: The Orioles were eliminated from the AL Wild Card race last night. This is a rare sight as Jones (.285, 32 HR, 106 RBI) had started 322 games in a row before tonight.
Chris Tillman, SP9/24/2013 10:44:00 PM
Description: Over his first 22 starts, Chris Tillman had a 3.89 ERA and went 14-3. In his last 10, he has posted a 3.12 ERA but went 2-4.
Insight: Tillman took a no decision Tuesday against the Blue Jays despite throwing seven innings, striking out nine and allowing one run on five hits. He's 16-7 with a 3.62 ERA this season.
Manny Machado, 3B9/24/2013 9:53:00 PM
Description: Good news for the Orioles: Manny Machado's MRI revealed no damage to his ACL or MCL. He does, however, have a medial patellofemoral ligament tear in his left knee and will need 6-8 weeks to recover. SOURCE: MLB.com
Insight: Machado, who had his knee buckle on the way to first base Monday night and was stretchered off the field, is expected to be ready for the start of spring training. He'll rest for four weeks before being reevaluated to determine if a minor surgical procedure is necessary.
Manny Machado, 3B9/23/2013 7:21:00 PM
Description: Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado suffered what looked like a serious knee injury Monday in a win against Tampa Bay. SOURCE: Associated Press
Insight: Machado, who had his knee buckle on the way to first base, was in serious pain and could be out for a very long time. He left the field on a stretcher and was replaced by Danny Valencia at third base. The 21-year-old has not missed a game this season.
Bud Norris, SP9/22/2013 12:45:00 PM
Description: According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, Bud Norris is the likely starter for the Orioles' game Wednesday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Jason Hammel is the other option being considered. Norris has been dealing with some elbow soreness and hasn't started since Sept. 8, though he was forced into action for 2 1/3 innings Friday in an 18-inning game against the Rays.
Miguel Gonzalez, SP9/21/2013 9:26:00 PM
Description: Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez (groin) returned to the mound Saturday against the Rays and allowed three runs over six innings in a loss.
Insight: Gonzalez left his last start with a Grade 1 groin strain but he didn't have to miss any time. The right-hander is 10-8 with a 3.94 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP this season.
Brian Roberts, 2B9/21/2013 11:25:00 AM
Description: Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts will have the day off on Saturday. SOURCE: Dan Connolly, Baltimore Sun
Insight: The veteran went 2-for-6 in last night's 18-inning loss to Tampa Bay. Alexi Casilla (.220, 1 HR, 10 RBI) will make the start in Roberts' absence.
Matt Wieters, C9/21/2013 11:18:00 AM
Description: O's catcher Matt Wieters won't be available for Saturday's game against the Rays. SOURCE: Roch Kubatko, MASN
Insight: Wieters (.230, 21 HR, 75 RBI) needed a day off after catching all 18 innings on Friday. Steve Clevenger will get the start behind the plate.
Zach Britton, SP9/21/2013 10:23:00 AM
Description: The Orioles have recalled lefthander Zach Britton from Single-A Aberdeen.
Insight: The O's desperately needed another bullpen arm in the wake of Friday's 18-inning, seven-hour marathon. According to Fox's Ken Rosenthal, the Orioles alerted Britton at 12:40 this morning that he would be needed for today's 1:05 start. If Miguel Gonzalez struggles early, Britton (2-3, 5.45 ERA) will likely be called upon to eat up some innings.
Bud Norris, SP9/21/2013 9:57:00 AM
Description: O's righthander Bud Norris was charged with the loss Friday against Tampa Bay.
Insight: The game ended at 2:05 in the morning. Norris (2 1/3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 K's, 2 BB) was supposed to start Saturday but now that's obviously not going to happen. With Baltimore's bullpen running on fumes after Friday's 18-inning marathon, the O's need a huge peformance from Miguel Gonzalez (10-7, 3.92 ERA) on Saturday.
Miguel Gonzalez, SP9/19/2013 4:48:00 PM
Description: Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez (groin) said he felt good during a bullpen session Thursday and is ready to start Saturday if Buck Showalter allows it. SOURCE: Roch Kubatko, MASNSports.com
Insight: Gonzalez is 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA in September but left his last start with a Grade 1 groin strain. The O's play the Rays this weekend.
Chris Davis, 1B9/19/2013 10:53:00 AM
Description: Orioles first baseman Chris Davis had the game-winning hit in the 12th inning Wednesday night at Boston and is 11-for-26 (.423) with two homers against Thursday's starter Jon Lester.
Insight: Davis has three homers, 10 RBI and a .968 OPS over his last eight games after hitting .176 with one homer the first nine games this month. He's had a monster season, batting .292 with 51 home runs, 134 RBI and a 1.020 OPS.
Manny Machado, 3BCold9/19/2013 10:50:00 AM
Description: Orioles third baseman Manny Machado has gone 6-for-11 (.545) with a double and two homers against Boston's Jon Lester, who will start Thursday.
Insight: Machado rebounded from a .196 July with a .321 average in August but he is hitting .195 in 77 at-bats this month. With Lester on the hill, perhaps things will turn around for the 21-year-old.
J.J. Hardy, SS9/18/2013 10:36:00 AM
Description: Baltimore shortstop J.J. Hardy is just a .071 hitter (1-for-14) versus Boston starter Jake Peavy.
Insight: Hardy leads all shortstops with 25 homers this season, and his 73 RBI rank fourth among shortstop-eligible players. However, he has never done much against Peavy and fantasy owners should avoid the matchup.
Darren O'Day, RP9/18/2013 9:47:00 AM
Description: Orioles Darren O'Day is dealing with soreness/numbness in his right hand and is questionable for Wednesday's game against Boston.
Insight: O'Day threw off a mound on Tuesday. He has pitched well this season, but for fantasy owners his value is his 20 holds to go along with two saves. He's posted a solid 2.28 ERA and 1.01 WHIP with 57 Ks in 59 1/3 IP, but hasn't pitched since Sept. 7.
J.J. Hardy, SS9/17/2013 11:54:00 AM
Description: It would not be surprising to see Baltimore shortstop J.J. Hardy have the day off Tuesday as he's just a .094 hitter (3-for-32) versus Boston starter Ryan Dempster.
Insight: Hardy leads all shortstops with 25 homers this season, and his 73 RBI rank fourth among shortstop-eligible players. However, he has never done much against Dempster and fantasy owners should avoid the matchup.
Wilson Betemit, DH9/16/2013 8:45:00 PM
Description: The Orioles designated DH Wilson Betemit for assignment on Monday. SOURCE: Dan Connolly, Baltimore Sun
Insight: The Orioles haven't been using him lately so this really doesn't change anything. Mostly, the move gives Henry Urrutia, who will now take Betemit's place on the active roster, a chance to play some meaningful games in September.
Nate McLouth, LF9/16/2013 11:44:00 AM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nate McLouth is questionable for Tuesday's game against Boston with a bruised right knee.
Insight: McLouth is hitting .266 with 11 HR, 33 RBI, 74 runs and 30 SB and putting together a solid September (.282) after an ugly month of August (.194).
Bud Norris, SP9/15/2013 10:51:00 AM
Description: Orioles righthander Bud Norris is hoping to return from an elbow injury on either Friday or Saturday. SOURCE: Baltimore Sun
Insight: He'd be pitching against the Rays, a team he's only faced three times in his career (1-1, 4.24 ERA). The return of Norris will likely push Jason Hammel (7-8, 5.12) back to the bullpen.
Nick Markakis, RFCold9/15/2013 10:12:00 AM
Description: Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis owns a .412 lifetime average in 34 at-bats against Toronto's Mark Buehrle.
Insight: Markakis is 14-for-34 with three doubles and two homers against Sunday's scheduled starter. The Orioles outfielder has batted just .217 with two homers over his last 31 games and has a .271 average, 10 homers and a .687 OPS this year, but Sunday should be a good day for him.
Chris Davis, 1B9/13/2013 9:55:00 PM
Description: Orioles first baseman Chris Davis went deep for the 50th time Friday against Toronto.
Insight: He's the first player to reach 50 homers since Jose Bautista did it for the Blue Jays in 2010. According to ESPN's Stats and Information, Davis is the third player in MLB history to hit 40 doubles and 50 homers in the same season (Albert Belle and Babe Ruth are the other two). Davis is now tied with Brady Anderson for the Orioles' single season home run record.
Matt Wieters, C9/13/2013 5:42:00 PM
Description: Orioles catcher Matt Wieters is getting the night off Friday against Toronto.
Insight: Steve Clevenger, who is appearing in his first game for the Orioles since April 13th, will get the start behind the plate. Wieters (.229) hasn't hit for a high average this season, but then again, he never really has (.254 lifetime average). The power is still there (21 HR, 71 RBI) and for most fantasy owners, that's good enough.
Darren O'Day, RP9/13/2013 9:40:00 AM
Description: Orioles Darren O'Day is dealing with soreness in his right hand and is going through a series of tests. He's not with the team on their trip to Toronto.
Insight: O'Day has pitched well this season, but for fantasy owners his value is his 20 holds to go along with two saves. He's posted a solid 2.28 ERA and 1.01 WHIP with 57 Ks in 59 1/3 IP.
Bud Norris, SP9/12/2013 6:21:00 PM
Description: Bud Norris, who is missing his scheduled start Friday because of elbow discomfort, is hoping to only miss one start. SOURCE: MASN
Insight: Norris has been up and down since joining Baltimore at the trade deadline (4-2, 4.67 ERA in nine appearances). For now, Jason Hammel (7-8, 5.11) is taking his place in the rotation.
Nick Markakis, RFCold9/12/2013 3:50:00 PM
Description: Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis has picked up 15 hits in 46 at-bats against Yankees starter Phil Hughes.
Insight: Of those 15 hits, three were doubles and two were home runs. The outfielder is only hitting .210 with a .521 OPS over his last 28 games and .271 with a .680 OPS this season. He's not worth owning but if you do have him start him Thursday. Update: he was benched for Wednesday's game for showing up late to the ballpark after the birth of his third child, but he's in the lineup Thursday.
Nate McLouth, LF9/12/2013 9:47:00 AM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nate McLouth will be happy the Yankees reinserted Phil Hughes in the starting rotation for Thursday's game against Baltimore. He's 8-for-12 (.667) with four doubles against the right-hander.
Insight: McLouth is hitting .296 with four extra-base hits (2 HR) in September after hitting .194 in August. Make sure he's in your lineup for this matchup.
Bud Norris, SP9/11/2013 10:53:00 PM
Description: The Orioles will skip Bud Norris in the rotation due to elbow discomfort, according to Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com.
Insight: Norris was scheduled for Friday. The team thinks skipping him in the rotation will help calm down his soreness. Jason Hammel will start in his place.
Chris Davis, 1B9/10/2013 10:28:00 PM
Description: Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis broke out of a slump with two hits, a homer, two RBI, two walks and two runs Tuesday against the Yankees.
Insight: Davis was 8-for-45 (.178) with one home run in his last 12 games. He has 49 home runs with 18 games to go, so he should become the first man since Jose Bautista in 2010 to reach 50 longballs.
Manny Machado, 3B9/10/2013 11:24:00 AM
Description: Orioles third baseman Manny Machado is just 1-for-11 against Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova.
Insight: Machado has tailed off after putting up a .310 average and 49 extra-base hits before the All-Star break. Since then he has hit .258 with 16 extra-base hits and a .695 OPS. Today's matchup isn't likely to help.
Matt Wieters, C9/10/2013 11:04:00 AM
Description: Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters "owns" Yankees starter Ivan Nova, batting .423 (11-for-26) with four homers and seven RBI.
Insight: He'll once again finish with decent home run (21) and RBI numbers (70), but a lousy batting average (.232). Today's matchup might help all three categories.
Chris Tillman, SP9/9/2013 10:23:00 PM
Description: Baltimore starter Chris Tillman picked up another win Monday against New York.
Insight: He held the Bombers to two runs on four hits over seven innings. Tillman (16-5, 3.66 ERA) tied a season-high with nine strikeouts. His next start is Saturday against the Blue Jays.
Wei-Yin Chen, SP9/7/2013 8:31:00 PM
Description: Orioles starter Wei-Yen Chen had an 8/0 K/BB and gave up two earned runs on six hits in six innings Saturday against the White Sox.
Insight: The game went to extra innings so Chen didn't receive a decision. The left-hander had walked eight batters and allowed 12 hits and 11 earned runs in 7 2/3 innings over his last two starts.
Matt Wieters, C9/7/2013 1:01:00 PM
Description: Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Wieters isn't hury, just typical day game off after a night game. He'll once again finish with decent home run (21) and RBI numbers (67), but a lousy batting average (.233).
Chris Davis, 1B9/6/2013 10:28:00 PM
Description: Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis had a big night Friday against Chicago.
Insight: Davis belted his league-leading 48th homer as part of a three-hit evening. The 27-year-old needs two more jacks to tie Brady Anderson's team record for home runs in a single season.
Scott Feldman, SPHot9/6/2013 9:46:00 PM
Description: Orioles right-hander Scott Feldman fired his first career shutout Friday in a win against the White Sox.
Insight: Feldman (12-10, 3.54 ERA) has been on a roll lately. In his last five starts, he's 3-1 with a 1.36 ERA in 33 innings. His next start is Wednesday against New York.
Jason Hammel, SP9/6/2013 6:09:00 PM
Description: Baltimore righthander Jason Hammel will be used out of the bullpen until further notice. SOURCE: Baltimore Sun
Insight: Obviously, it's a huge hit to his fantasy value. Hammel, who is 7-8 with a 5.20 ERA in 21 starts this year, hasn't made a relief appearance since 2011.
Chris Davis, 1B9/6/2013 1:19:00 PM
Description: Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is hitless in 11 at-bats against Chicago left-hander John Danks.
Insight: Davis leads the majors in homers (47) and is second in RBI with 122 while batting a career-high .294. Obviously, he's got to be in there every day, but don't expect much.
Adam Jones, CF9/6/2013 1:18:00 PM
Description: Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is an ugly 1-for-27 (.037) with six strikeouts when facing White Sox starter John Danks.
Insight: Jones is having another All-Star season, batting .295 with 30 HR, 100 RBI and an .838 OPS. He's batted .311 in August and .316 so far in September, but this is an extremely unfavorable matchup.
Miguel Gonzalez, SP9/5/2013 10:09:00 PM
Description: Baltimore righthander Miguel Gonzalez held the White Sox to just four hits and one run Thursday night at Camden Yards.
Insight: The win snaps a four-game losing streak for Gonzalez. Before tonight, his last win came July 20th against Texas. Gonzalez's next start is scheduled for Tuesday against the Yankees.
Jason Hammel, SP9/5/2013 7:02:00 PM
Description: O's righthander Jason Hammel has been activated from the disabled list.
Insight: Hammel missed a little over a month with a strained forearm. He's lost six of his last ten starts after opening the year with a 7-2 record.
Manny Machado, 3B9/4/2013 10:19:00 PM
Description: Orioles third baseman Manny Machado homered and drove in three runs Wednesday at Cleveland.
Insight: Machado tailed off after putting up a .321 average and 46 extra-base hits in his first 379 plate appearances this season. Over his last 247 plate appearances, he has hit .257 with 16 extra-base hits. However, he has hit .321 with three homers over his last 19 games.
Bud Norris, SP9/2/2013 9:15:00 PM
Description: Orioles starter Bud Norris is 4-1 with a 4.28 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP in 40 innings since coming over from Houston.
Insight: Norris had his best start as an Oriole Monday versus Cleveland, firing seven innings, striking out eight batters and allowing one run on four hits with one walk, but his high WHIP is troubling.
Nate McLouth, LF9/2/2013 9:12:00 PM
Description: Orioles manager Buck Showalter dropped Nate McLouth out of the leadoff spot to eighth Monday against the Indians. and he went 2-for-4 with a homer, three RBI and two runs.
Insight: McLouth was 1-for-16 over his last six games and 14-for-84 (.167) over his last 25. Hitting in the bottom third of the order will hurt his run total, but if it helps wake his bat up, we're on board.
Matt Wieters, C9/2/2013 9:09:00 PM
Description: Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters had a big day at the plate Monday against Cleveland. He went 4-for-5 with a homer and two RBI.
Insight: Wieters had that many hits in his previous 33 at-bats (.121). He'll once again finish with decent home run and RBI numbers but a lousy batting average.
Zach Britton, SP9/2/2013 12:44:00 PM
Description: The Orioles have recalled lefthanded starting pitcher Zach Britton from Triple-A Norfolk.
Insight: He seems destined for a mop-up/long relief role. When used in this capacity, Britton (2-3, 4.76 ERA in six major league starts this season) isn't a parcticularly appealing fantasy option.
Nick Markakis, RF9/2/2013 11:08:00 AM
Description: Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis won't be of much use to fantasy owners Monday against Cleveland.
Insight: Markakis (.272, 9 HR, 53 RBI) has always struggled against Indians hurler Justin Masterson (4-for-25). He shouldn't be in any lineups today.
Wei-Yin Chen, SPCold9/1/2013 10:49:00 AM
Description: Orioles starter Wei-Yen Chen was recalled Sunday to start against the Yankees.
Insight: The O's demoted Chen to the Gulf Coast League as a procedural move after his last start. Fantasy owners should avoid Chen Sunday after the lefty went 1-4 with a 6.00 ERA in August.
J.J. Hardy, SS9/1/2013 8:55:00 AM
Description: Baltimore shortstop J.J. Hardy will enter play Sunday with a .111 lifetime average against Yankees starter Andy Pettitte.
Insight: Hardy leads all shortstops with 23 homers this season, and his 67 RBI rank fourth among shortstop-eligible players. However, he has never done much against Pettitte, going 2-for-18 against the veteran.
Scott Feldman, SP8/31/2013 5:12:00 PM
Description: Scott Feldman had his best start with the Orioles Saturday against New York, throwing seven innings and allowing one run on six hits, but he still lost to Ivan Nova.
Insight: Nova tossed his first career shutout in the game. Feldman is 4-4 with a 4.18 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP in 10 starts since joining the O's.
Manny Machado, 3B8/31/2013 10:25:00 AM
Description: Orioles third baseman Manny Machado is hitless in seven tries against Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova.
Insight: Machado has rebounded from a poor July (.196 with a .540 OPS) by batting .324 in August. This matchup, however, isn't a good one.
Matt Wieters, C8/31/2013 10:22:00 AM
Description: Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters is 10-for-23 (.435) with four home runs and an 1.605 OPS against Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova.
Insight: Wieters is 0-for-19 over his last six games, but perhaps a favorable matchup can get him back into the hit column.
Michael Morse, RF8/30/2013 1:50:00 PM
Description: The Orioles have reportedly acquired Michael Morse from Seattle.
Insight: Morse, who will be a free agent this offseason, spent five weeks on the disabled list from June to July due to a strained quad and has hit just four home runs with a .214 average over 182 at-bats since May 3. He hasn't played much in Camden Yards, but his .283 batting average is 19 points higher than his Safeco Field average.
Chris Tillman, SP8/29/2013 10:43:00 PM
Description: O's righthander Chris Tillman became the AL's second 15-game winner by beating the Red Sox Thursday night at Fenway.
Insight: He's still miles behind Max Scherzer for the league-lead but for a guy who had never won more than nine games in a season before this year, Tillman (7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 8 K's Thursday at Boston) has done pretty well for himself. If Baltimore makes the postseason, Tillman deserves to be the Orioles' Game 1 starter.
Nick Markakis, RFCold8/29/2013 11:22:00 AM
Description: Baltimore right fielder Nick Markakis has had a lackluster August, picking up three extra-base hits and hitting .215 over 93 at-bats.
Insight: Markakis has always been overrated for fantasy purposes, and with a .274 average, nine homers and a .697 OPS, he really shouldn't be owned in mixed leagues. If you do own him, be sure to remove him from the lineup Thursday's against Boston's Jon Lester. He's 14-for-60 (.233) with 14 K against the left-hander.
Matt Wieters, CCold8/29/2013 11:18:00 AM
Description: Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters is 14-for-39 (.359) with four extra-base hits and an .892 OPS against Boston starter Jon Lester.
Insight: Wieters is 0-for-14 over his last four games and 14-for-92 (.152) over his last 27. Perhaps a matchup with Lester Thursday can wake up his bat.
Chris Davis, 1B8/28/2013 10:06:00 AM
Description: Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is 9-for-23 (.391) versus Boston right-hander John Lackey.
Insight: Davis leads the majors in homers (46) and is second in RBI with 118 while batting a career-high .302. Obviously, he's a must start.
Wei-Yin Chen, SP8/27/2013 10:34:00 PM
Description: Orioles starter Wei-Yen Chen had more trouble with the longball Tuesday at Boston, allowing two of them in an eight-run outing against the Red Sox.
Insight: Chen gave up eight hits and walked three over 3 2/3 innings. He has given up two home runs in each of his last three starts and nine over his last 44 2/3 frames (1.81 HR/9) after allowing three in his first 60 2/3 innings.
Matt Wieters, C8/27/2013 11:08:00 AM
Description: Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters is 1-for-13 (.077) versus Boston left-hander Felix Doubront.
Insight: Wieters' batting average in August is just .203, but he's already hit five homers, the most of any month this season. He's blasted 19 homers this season with 63 RBI, but Tuesday's matchup should be avoided.
J.J. Hardy, SS8/27/2013 11:05:00 AM
Description: Baltimore shortstop J.J. Hardy is hitless in 11 career at-bats versus Boston left-hander Felix Doubront.
Insight: Hardy (.258, 23 HR, 67 RBI) is one of the best power-hitting shortstops in fantasy, but doesn't get the publicity that others receive. Tuesday, however, is an unfavorable matchup.
Adam Jones, CF8/27/2013 11:02:00 AM
Description: Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is just 2-for-14 with six strikeouts when facing Boston starter Felix Doubront.
Insight: Jones is having another All-Star season, batting .299 with 27 HR, 95 RBI and an .837 OPS. he's batting .341 in August, but this is an unfavorable matchup.
Chris Tillman, SP8/24/2013 8:27:00 PM
Description: Baltimore starter Chris Tillman pitched well in a no-decision Saturday against Oakland.
Insight: In eight innings, Tillman surrendered just three hits and one earned run, walking two and striking out nine. Tillman is winless in his last four starts despite carrying a 2.57 ERA over that span. The Orioles' offense has averaged 3.25 runs per game during that stretch.
Chris Davis, 1B8/24/2013 11:43:00 AM
Description: Orioles first baseman Chris Davis has struck out five of the eight times against Oakland starter Jarrod Parker.
Insight: On the other hand, the other three at-bats resulted in a double and two home runs. Davis leads the majors in homers (46) and is second in RBI with 117.
Tommy Hunter, SP8/22/2013 9:59:00 AM
Description: Orioles reliever Tommy Hunter nabbed his fourth save of the season Wednesday against the Rays.
Insight: Hunter tossed a clean ninth inning to close out a 4-2 win. With Jim Johnson struggling, manager Buck Showalter is going with a committee at closer, but if Hunter performs well he could see most of the chances. With about five weeks remaining in the season and the O's three games out of the second Wild Card spot, Showalter can't afford to mess around.
Wei-Yin Chen, SP8/21/2013 10:25:00 PM
Description: Orioles starter Wei-Yen Chen snapped a three-game losing streak with seven strong innings Wednesday against the Rays.
Insight: Chen allowed two runs on six hits, walked three and struck out three. However, he also allowed two homers and has served up seven longballs over his last 41 innings after giving up just three over his first 60 2/3.
Chris Davis, 1BHot8/21/2013 10:20:00 PM
Description: Orioles first baseman Chris Davis slugged his 46th homer of the season Wednesday against the Rays.
Insight: He also stole his first base of the season and scored two runs. Davis leads the majors in homers and is second in RBI with 116.
Adam Jones, CFHot8/21/2013 10:18:00 PM
Description: Orioles center fielder Adam Jones homered Wednesday for the fourth time this month.
Insight: Jones is hitting .364 in August after going 2-for-4 Wednesday against the Rays.
Chris Davis, 1BHot8/21/2013 11:02:00 AM
Description: Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is a career .417 hitter (10-for-24) against Rays right-hander Jeremy Hellickson.
Insight: Davis is producing at an MVP level batting .306 with 45 homers, 115 RBI and a league-leading .685 slugging percentage.
Matt Wieters, C8/20/2013 10:52:00 PM
Description: Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters has hit five home runs in his last 14 games (11 starts).
Insight: Wieters is hitting .250 with 11 RBI and eight runs in that span. The catcher is batting .236 with a .728 OPS this season, but he should set a career high in homers eventually. He has 19 after Tuesday's game, four away from his career-high 23.
J.J. Hardy, SS8/19/2013 12:08:00 PM
Description: Baltimore shortstop J.J. Hardy is probable for Monday's game against Tampa Bays while dealing with back spasms.
Insight: Hardy (.254, 22 HR, 66 RBI) said that he's feeling much better.
Adam Jones, CF8/19/2013 9:46:00 AM
Description: Orioles center fielder Adam Jones has had an excellent season and an outstanding month of August, hitting .375 with three homers, 15 RBI and 12 runs in 15 games, but has an unfavorable Monday matchup versus Tampa Bay ace David Price.
Insight: Jones has faced Price 36 times and has yet to hit one out of the park. He's a career .200 hitter with an ugly .508 OPS and nine strikeouts in their matchups.
Adam Jones, CFHot8/18/2013 6:01:00 PM
Description: Orioles center fielder Adam Jones has had an outstanding month of August, hitting .375 with three homers, 15 RBI and 12 runs in 15 games.
Insight: The 28-year-old also had an impressive July, swatting seven homers and batting .285 with an .884 OPS. In fact, he has had an OPS of .873 or better in four of five months this season (.634 OPS in June).
Chris Davis, 1BHot8/18/2013 5:58:00 PM
Description: Orioles first baseman Chris Davis remained hot Sunday with four hits and a homer against the Rockies.
Insight: Davis scored three runs, giving him 89 this season to go with 45 homers, 115 RBI and a .306 average. The first baseman has seven home runs this month.
Scott Feldman, SP8/18/2013 5:56:00 PM
Description: Baltimore's Scott Feldman defeated the Rockies Sunday by throwing 6 2/3 innings and allowing five hits and two runs.
Insight: Feldman is 3-3 with a 4.84 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP since joining the Orioles. Prior to Sunday, he hadn't completed the sixth inning in a start since July 22.
J.J. Hardy, SS8/18/2013 11:43:00 AM
Description: Baltimore shortstop J.J. Hardy is still out with back spasms. SOURCE: Roch Kubatko, MASN
Insight: Hardy (.254, 22 HR, 66 RBI) said that he's feeling much better than he did on Saturday. It sounds like he could be back in the lineup Monday against the Rays.
Matt Wieters, CCold8/18/2013 11:40:00 AM
Description: Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters won't play Sunday against the Rockies.
Insight: Wieters has had a tough go of it in August. In 47 at bats this month, he's hitting just .170 with four extra-base hits. With Wieters getting the afternoon off, Taylor Teagarden will get the start behind the plate.
J.J. Hardy, SS8/17/2013 6:36:00 PM
Description: Back spasms will keep Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy sidelined Saturday against Colorado.
Insight: It's Hardy's first absence since August 20th of last season. Utility man Ryan Flaherty (.212, 7 HR, 18 RBI) will make the start at shortstop.
Miguel Gonzalez, SP8/17/2013 4:50:00 PM
Description: Miguel Gonzalez's next start has been moved back to Tuesday. SOURCE: Dan Connolly, Baltimore Sun
Insight: Chris Tillman will now pitch Monday versus Tampa Bay. Gonzalez (8-5, 3.84 ERA) will be available out of the bullpen if the O's need him Saturday against the Rockies.
Francisco Rodriguez, RP8/17/2013 9:19:00 AM
Description: Orioles reliever Francisco Rodriguez left Friday's game with a strained right groin.
Insight: Rodriguez has pitched decently this season going 2-1 with a 2.10 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP (10 saves with Milwaukee). He pitches in a setup role with the O's, so unless the situation changes his fantasy value is limited.
Wei-Yin Chen, SPCold8/16/2013 10:26:00 PM
Description: Orioles starter Wei-Yen Chen lost his third straight start Friday night against the Rockies.
Insight: Chen gave up three runs in each of his previous four starts and four over 6 1/3 innings Friday night. Chen is an extreme flyball pitcher, so his success is tied to the longball. He allowed just three over his first 60 2/3 innings and had a 2.67 ERA in that span, but the lefty has allowed five over his last 34 and has a 4.24 ERA during that timeframe.
Nate McLouth, LF8/16/2013 10:23:00 PM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nate McLouth went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Friday against the Rockies. He came in 6-for-34 (.176) over his last 10 games.
Insight: McLouth has just 25 RBI in 109 games this season. He's worth owning for his runs and steals, but he has been accumulating both of those at a much slower rate lately than he was earlier this season.
Jim Johnson, RPCold8/16/2013 5:28:00 PM
Description: Orioles manager Buck Showalter didn't stand by Jim Johnson as his closer when asked Friday, according to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com.
Insight: "We have a lot of options and he's one of them," Showalter said. Johnson has blown three straight save chances.
Manny Machado, 3B8/14/2013 9:00:00 PM
Description: Orioles third baseman Manny Machado went 3-for-6 with a homer and two RBI Wednesday against Arizona and is hitting .304 with two homers and six RBI in August.
Insight: Machado hit just .196 with a .540 OPS and five extra-base hits in July after batting over .300 in each of the first three months.
Chris Tillman, SP8/14/2013 7:07:00 PM
Description: Orioles starter Chris Tillman allowed two runs on five hits over six innings Wednesday at Arizona and was on pace for his 15th win, but closer Jim Johnson blew a save.
Insight: Tillman has picked up two straight no decisions after going 10-1 in his previous 11 starts. He's 14-3 with a 3.70 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.
Matt Wieters, C8/14/2013 2:10:00 PM
Description: Orioles catcher Matt Wieters is not in Wednesday's starting lineup against Arizona.
Insight: No injury, just the normal day game after a night game day off for the catcher. He's batting .233 with 16 HR and 56 RBI this season.
Jason Hammel, SP8/13/2013 8:25:00 PM
Description: Baltimore starter Jason Hammel (forearm) will resume throwing Friday, according to Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun.
Insight: Hammel (7-8, 5.20 ERA, 1.51 WHIP) had a cortisone injection last Friday and said Monday he thought it helped relieve some of the tightness in his forearm. He has no timetable for a return.
Wilson Betemit, 3B8/11/2013 4:28:00 PM
Description: Baltimore DH Wilson Betemit could be nearing a return from the disabled list. SOURCE: Eduardo Encina, Baltimore Sun
Insight: Betemit's rehab shifts to High-A Frederick on Monday. In five games with the Gulf Coast Orioles, he's 6-for-16 (.375 AVG) with three RBI. Betemit had surgery on his right knee prior to the season.
Chris Davis, 1BHot8/10/2013 7:55:00 PM
Description: Orioles first baseman Chris Davis went 1-for-5 with a solo homer Saturday. It was his 42nd of the year.
Insight: Davis has five home runs in his last 10 games and driven in seven runs over his last four. The slugger stands in the way of Miguel Cabrera producing a second straight Triple Crown -- while Cabrera leads the AL in batting average, he trails Davis by seven homers and the two are tied with 109 RBI apiece.
Matt Wieters, C8/10/2013 2:20:00 AM
Description: Orioles catcher Matt Wieters is not in Saturday's starting lineup against San Francisco.
Insight: No injury, just a day of rest. He's batting .236 with 15 HR and 54 RBI this season.
Manny Machado, 3B8/7/2013 7:20:00 PM
Description: Orioles third baseman Manny Machado has gone 9-for-25 (.360) in August after finishing up July in a 9-for-64 (.141) slump.
Insight: Machado still has just seven extra-base hits in his last 135 plate appearances (5.2 percent) after picking up 46 in his first 379 (12.1 percent).
J.J. Hardy, SS8/7/2013 7:03:00 PM
Description: Baltimore shortstop J.J. Hardy went 2-for-5 with a homer and three RBI Wednesday afternoon at San Diego.
Insight: With 19 homers, Hardy is one behind Troy Tulowitzki for the lead among shortstop eligible players. Hardy also has 63 RBI, first at the position.
Bud Norris, SPHot8/7/2013 9:38:00 AM
Description: Orioles newly-acquired starter Bud Norris is 2-0 with his new team after giving up just five hits and one run in six innings on Tuesday night (2.25 ERA, 1.083 WHIP).
Insight: It's amazing what a more relaxed pitcher can do. Knowing he has the Orioles' No. 4 offense (4.70 rpg) and great defense (34 errors - fewest in the majors) behind him, makes it much easier to pitch. He should continue to thrive in Baltimore.
Brian Roberts, 2B8/5/2013 12:01:00 PM
Description: Baltimore second baseman Brian Roberts is expected to return from paternity leave in time for Tuesday's game against San Diego
Insight: The injury-prone veteran has played in just 118 games since the start of 2010, but was a solid fantasy option at second base from 2003-09. He's again been plagued by injuries this season and has played just 30 games to date, so fantasy owners have been slow to trust him in their lineup.
Nate McLouth, LF8/4/2013 11:50:00 AM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nate McLouth is not in Sunday's lineup with Steve Pearce getting the rare start.
Insight: McLouth posted huge statistics in April, but did little in May and June. He's batting .286 over the past week, but has struggled all season against left-handers and the Mariners are sending lefty Joe Saunders to the mound.
Matt Wieters, C8/4/2013 11:45:00 AM
Description: Orioles catcher Matt Wieters is not in Sunday's starting lineup.
Insight: Wieters broke a seven-game hitless streak with a pair of hits, including a home run, on Saturday, but will get Sunday off. No injury, just a day of rest.
Adam Jones, CF8/4/2013 9:50:00 AM
Description: Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is just 3-for-17 (.176) against Seattle left-hander Joe Saunders without an extra base hit and a putrid .440 OPS.
Insight: The 28-year-old has been one of the best fantasy options in baseball for the second straight season, but is batting .211 over his last five games and faced an unfavorable matchup.
J.J. Hardy, SS8/3/2013 4:08:00 PM
Description: Baltimore shortstop J.J. Hardy will get Saturday night off, or at least he won't start the game.
Insight: Hardy is just 3-for-16 over his last five games with no extra base hits, so this could be useful.
Jason Hammel, SP8/3/2013 3:40:00 PM
Description: Baltimore starter Jason Hammel (forearm) had an MRI which revealed no structural damage.
Insight: Hammel (7-8, 5.20 ERA, 1.51 WHIP) should return when he's first eligible to come of the disabled list. Recently acquired Bud Norris took his spot in the rotation and pitched well.
Nate McLouth, LF8/2/2013 9:51:00 AM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nate McLouth is just 3-for-30 with 11 strikeouts against Seattle starter Aaron Harang.
Insight: McLouth posted huge statistics in April, but did little in May and June. He's begun to hit well again, batting .341 over the past two weeks, but this is an unfavorable matchup.
Nate McLouth, LF8/1/2013 10:10:00 PM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nate McLouth is hitting .354 with three doubles and three triples over his last 12 games.
Insight: McLouth went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run Thursday against Houston. Unfortunately, the outfielder has attempted just two steals (1-for-2) over his last 33 games.
Bud Norris, SP8/1/2013 10:03:00 PM
Description: In his first start with the Orioles Thursday, Bud Norris struck out eight and allowed two runs on four hits in six innings to pick up a victory.
Insight: Norris drew a pretty easy assignment in his first start with Baltimore: his old team, the Houston Astros. His new club scored him six runs Thursday, something Houston did just twice all season for him.
Jason Hammel, SP8/1/2013 10:00:00 AM
Description: Baltimore starter Jason Hammel has been placed on the disabled list.
Insight: He's dealing with right forearm tenderness. An MRI on Thursday should reveal more about his injury. The newly acquired Bud Norris will take his spot in the starting rotation.
Bud Norris, SP7/31/2013 3:47:00 PM
Description: The Astros have traded Bud Norris to the Orioles for L.J. Hoes, a draft pick and minor league lefthander Josh Hader, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.
Insight: Norris is 6-9 with a 3.93 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP this season and he's unlikely to gain much value by moving to the AL East, even if it helps his win total.
Adam Jones, CF7/31/2013 10:06:00 AM
Description: Orioles center fielder Adam Jones has hit .500 in his career against Houston's Erik Bedard.
Insight: Jones is 6-for-12 with two doubles against Wednesday's scheduled starter. The 28-year-old has been one of the best fantasy options in baseball for the second straight season.
Matt Wieters, CCold7/31/2013 10:03:00 AM
Description: Orioles catcher Matt Wieters is 0-for-13 over his last four games, but a matchup with Houston's Erik Bedard Wednesday could change his fortunes.
Insight: Wieters is 5-for-11 (.455) with two doubles, two homers and two walks against Bedard. Due to a 12-for-25 (.480) stretch coming out of the All-Star break, Wieters is still batting .316 with a .922 OPS in the second half.
Wei-Yin Chen, SP7/30/2013 10:30:00 PM
Description: Orioles starter Wei-Yen Chen struck out nine batters and gave up three runs over 7 1/3 innings Tuesday against the Astros.
Insight: The Astros are known to strike out quite a bit, even against non-strikeout pitchers like Chen. The lefty is 6-3 with a 2.87 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP and 46 strikeouts in 75 1/3 innings this season.
Chris Davis, 1BCold7/30/2013 10:27:00 PM
Description: Orioles first baseman Chris Davis hit .205 and struck out 20 times in 10 games since hitting his last homer on July 14, but he ended the drought with a round-tripper Tuesday against the Astros.
Insight: That just shows you how tough it is to even hit 50 homers, much less 61. Davis reached 37 homers on July 14, but he was stuck there until Tuesday.
Nate McLouth, LFCold7/30/2013 10:20:00 AM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nate McLouth is hitless in nine at-bats versus Houston starter Bud Norris.
Insight: McLouth had a huge April (.346, .964 OPS), but has returned to pedestrian status over the last three months. His stolen base production has taken a huge hit as he's swiped just one bag this month after 8, 9, 7 in the first three months.
Chris Davis, 1BCold7/28/2013 12:16:00 PM
Description: O's first baseman Chris Davis could be in for a rough day Sunday versus Jon Lester.
Insight: Davis is hitting .125 against Lester in 16 career at bats. He's 2-for-14 with nine strikeouts in his last four outings.
Chris Davis, 1BCold7/28/2013 9:49:00 AM
Description: Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis has slowed down considerably following his monster first half. In 35 post All-Star Game at bats, he's homerless with 17 strikeouts.
Insight: Davis is hitting just .213 for the month of July including .229 since the break. After Saturday's loss to Boston, the O's find themselves four and a half games out in the AL East. Their lead in the Wild Card is also slipping with Texas just a game and a half behind.
J.J. Hardy, SSCold7/27/2013 9:36:00 AM
Description: Baltimore shortstop J.J. Hardy hit his 18th homer of the season Friday but is still batting just .195 with a .591 OPS in July.
Insight: Hardy also has a terrible matchup Saturday. He is a pitiful 2-for-30 (.067) with seven strikeouts against Boston starter Ryan Dempster and should not be in any fantasy lineups.
Adam Jones, CF7/26/2013 10:14:00 PM
Description: Baltimore center fielder Adam Jones smacked two homers Friday in a victory over Boston.
Insight: It was Jones' first multi-home run game of the season. Both of his home runs went to right field, bizarre considering that Jones' first 20 homers of the season all went to left or center field. The two home runs traveled 345 and 346 feet respectively, his shortest homers of the season.
Chris Tillman, SP7/26/2013 10:12:00 PM
Description: O's righthander Chris Tillman turned in one of his best outings of the season Friday in a win over the Red Sox.
Insight: In seven innings, Tillman allowed two hits without giving up a run. Tillman has now won 10 of his last 11 decisions. Only Tampa Bay's Matt Moore and Detroit's Max Scherzer have won more games than Tillman (13) this season.
Adam Jones, CF7/26/2013 9:56:00 AM
Description: Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is a .219 career hitter against Red Sox pitcher John Lackey.
Insight: With a .292 average, 20 homers, 71 RBI, 70 runs, nine steals and an .818 OPS, Jones is a top fantasy talent, but he has never performed well against Lackey. Jones has struck out 10 times and gone just 7-for-32 against Friday's opposing starter.
Nick Markakis, RFCold7/26/2013 9:53:00 AM
Description: Baltimore right fielder Nick Markakis is 16-for-45 (.356) with three doubles, one triple, four RBI and five walks in his career against Boston's John Lackey.
Insight: Markakis is hitting just .265 with two extra-base hits and zero homers over his last 26 games, but Thursday would be a good day to start him.
Chris Davis, 1B7/25/2013 10:40:00 AM
Description: Orioles first baseman Chris Davis, one of the leading candidates for AL MVP, is just 1-for-13 against Royals right-hander Jeremy Guthrie.
Insight: Considering he's hit right-handers at a .343 batting average with a 1.217 OPS this season, the career numbers against Guthrie might not matter.
Francisco Rodriguez, RP7/23/2013 9:02:00 PM
Description: The Orioles have acquired Francisco Rodriguez from the Brewers for a minor leaguer.
Insight: Rodriguez was picked up on a minor league deal earlier this season and ended up going 1-1 with a 1.09 ERA, a 1.05 WHIP and 10 saves in 10 chances over 24 2/3 innings with the Brewers. He'll pitch in a setup role with the O's, so he loses his fantasy value. Jim Henderson will step back into the closer role.
Nick Markakis, RF7/23/2013 11:32:00 AM
Description: Baltimore right fielder Nick Markakis is 8-for-16 with a 1.454 OPS against Kansas City left-hander Bruce Chen.
Insight: The outfielder is having a solid season, batting .283 with eight homers, 44 RBI and 57 runs and is a notorius second-half hitter (.853 OPS after the break).
Nolan Reimold, LF7/19/2013 8:06:00 PM
Description: Orioles DH Nolan Reimold will miss the rest of the season due to a nerve irritation in his cervical spine, according to Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun.
Insight: Reimold missed most of last season with neck issues and has experienced recurring soreness recently. He could be headed for more surgery. Reimold's injury clears the way for Cuban outfielder Henry Urrutia to get regular at-bats at DH after hitting .365 in the minors.
Henry Urrutia, RF7/19/2013 8:02:00 PM
Description: Henry Urrutia will make his major league debut Saturday as the Orioles DH, according to Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun.
Insight: The 26-year-old Cuban defector is going to draw plenty of comparisons to Yasiel Puig after he hit .365 with seven homers in 260 minor league at-bats this season with Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk. Nolan Reimold is out for the season and Chris Dickerson was designated for assignment Friday, so Urrutia should get regular playing time at DH for Baltimore.
Adam Jones, CF7/19/2013 9:57:00 AM
Description: Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is 3-for-14 (all singles) with seven strikeouts in 14 at-bats versus Texas starter Derek Holland.
Insight: Jones is posting another solid statistical season (.296, 19 HR, 67 RBI, 67 runs, 9 SB), but has an unfavorable matchup to open the second half. Over his eight-year career, Jones is a better first-half fantasy value than second half, because his OPS is 55 points lower after the break.
Henry Urrutia, RF7/18/2013 7:47:00 PM
Description: Right fielder Henry Urrutia will join the team in Texas on Friday. SOURCE: Roch Kubatko, MASN
Insight: He's expected to make his major league debut for the Orioles sometime this weekend. The 26-year-old from Cuba hit .367 in 15 games for Triple-A Norfolk. Maybe he can be the next Yasiel Puig.
Jair Jurrjens, SP7/18/2013 7:13:00 PM
Description: Jair Jurrjens has decided to become a free agent. SOURCE: Roch Kubatko, MASN
Insight: The Orioles designated him for assignment last week but he refused his demotion to Triple-A Norfolk. Jurrjens' career has been in free-fall since his great first half in 2011 (12-3, 1.87 before, 4-7, 6.31 in 97 innings after).
Chris Davis, 1B7/18/2013 12:20:00 PM
Description: Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is probable while dealing with a blister on his right palm that burst during the Home Run Derby Monday.
Insight: Davis said he develops the blister every year and just has to switch batting gloves. He was one of the best players in all of fantasy over the first half with 37 HR, 93 RBI, 70 runs and a .315 batting average.
Chris Davis, 1B7/16/2013 4:56:00 PM
Description: Orioles first baseman Chris Davis said he is not concerned by the blister on his right palm that burst during the Home Run Derby Monday, according to Don Connolly of the Baltimore Sun.
Insight: Davis said he develops the blister every year and just has to switch batting gloves. The blister likely contributed to Davis hitting just four home runs in the second round after blasting eight in the first.
Chris Davis, 1B7/16/2013 9:10:00 AM
Description: Orioles first baseman Chris Davis has been blistering American League pitchers all season, but had a blister form on his right hand during the Home Run Derby competition, according to Baltimore Sun writer Dan Connolly.
Insight: Davis has hit 37 HR and knocked in 93 runs. He's currently on a 62 HR pace, which would be an American League record and the most we've seen in the major leagues since 2001. Davis and Miguel Cabrera are the two leading candidates for AL MVP.
Chris Davis, 1B7/14/2013 6:02:00 PM
Description: Orioles first baseman Chris Davis tied an American League record with his 37th home run of the season Sunday in a win over the Jays.
Insight: That ties him with Reggie Jackson for the most home runs ever by an American League hitter at the All-Star break. His current pace is 62, which would be an American League record and the most we've seen in the major leagues since 2001. With the way Davis is raking right now, it would be foolish to pick against him in tomorrow night's Home Run Derby.
Chris Tillman, SP7/14/2013 3:45:00 PM
Description: American League manager Jim Leyland has chosen Baltimore starter Chris Tillman as Justin Verlander's replacement for next week's All-Star Game at Citi Field.
Insight: Verlander started Sunday against Texas so he won't be available. New York's Hiroki Kuroda (2.65 ERA, 1.05 WHIP in 118 1/3 innings) would appear to be a much more deserving candidate but Leyland went with Tillman because of his record (11-3 in 19 starts). This will be Tillman's first appearance in the Midsummer Classic.
Nate McLouth, LFCold7/14/2013 10:55:00 AM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nate McLouth is only batting .179 over his last eight games and doesn't have a good matchup Sunday.
Insight: McLouth usually hits righties well, but he is 2-for-14 (.125) against Blue Jays starter Josh Johnson.
Adam Jones, CF7/13/2013 9:10:00 PM
Description: Orioles center fielder Adam Jones went 1-for-2 with a solo homer and a pair of walks Saturday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Jones has just 12 walked in 95 games this season, but he's once again putting up five-category fantasy production, hitting .293 with 18 home runs, 65 RBI, 64 runs and nine steals.
Chris Davis, 1B7/12/2013 10:50:00 PM
Description: Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis swatted his 35th home run of the season Friday night against Toronto.
Insight: Man, is he having a great season. The last time we saw a guy hit this many homers before the break was in 2001 when Barry Bonds smacked 39 out of the park en route to his record-breaking total of 73 (Arizona's Luis Gonzalez also had 35 before the break that year). The crazy thing is, Davis probably isn't even the favorite for AL MVP.
Jair Jurrjens, SP7/12/2013 8:47:00 PM
Description: The Orioles designated Jair Jurrjens for assignment on Friday.
Insight: After a shaky season with Atlanta last year, Jurrjens was hoping to resurrect his career with Baltimore. Instead, he only appeared in two games, collecting a 4.91 ERA in 7 1/3 innings. The 27-year-old seems to be running out of options.
Nick Markakis, RFHot7/12/2013 9:46:00 AM
Description: Baltimore right fielder Nick Markakis is 13-for-31 (.419) against Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle with a pair of homers and a 1.180 OPS.
Insight: The outfielder is having a solid season, batting .286 with eight homers, 43 RBI and 54 runs after rebounding from a poor June (.229) by batting .324 in July.
Chris Dickerson, LF7/12/2013 9:22:00 AM
Description: Orioles outfielder/DH Chris Dickerson missed Thursday's game after receiving a cortisone injection and could miss the weekend games as well.
Insight: He's done a nice job as a fourth outfielder this season (.253, 4 HR, 13 RBI, 4 SB in 99 at-bats), but has little value as long as Nate McLouth, Adam Jones and Nick Markakis are healthy.
Miguel Gonzalez, RPHot7/11/2013 10:46:00 PM
Description: Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez has thrown seven straight quality starts.
Insight: Gonzalez allowed one run on four hits and walked two over 6 2/3 innings in his latest start Thursday versus Texas to run his record to 7-3. He has a 3.48 ERA, a 1.19 WHIP and for the second straight season is stranding better than 79 percent of his baserunners.
Chris Davis, 1BCold7/11/2013 10:43:00 PM
Description: Orioles first baseman Chris Davis went 1-for-3 with a solo homer, his 34th of the season, Thursday night against Texas.
Insight: Davis entered the night 1-for-24 (.042) with 13 strikeouts in his previous seven games. Davis has been able to avoid lengthy slumps this season after going through several deep funks last year. We'll see if he can build off Thursday's game.
J.J. Hardy, SSCold7/11/2013 10:40:00 PM
Description: Baltimore shortstop J.J. Hardy hasn't homered in 19 straight games and is batting .152 in that span.
Insight: Hardy is one of the streakiest hitters in the league, and right now he's ice cold. Get him out of the lineup until he shows signs of breaking out of this slump.
Manny Machado, 3BHot7/10/2013 10:37:00 PM
Description: Orioles third baseman Manny Machado belted three hits Wednesday in a win against Texas.
Insight: He's had a phenomenal series so far with seven hits in 14 trips to the plate. Machado is sixth in the American League in hitting with a .318 average in 92 games.
Wei-Yin Chen, SP7/10/2013 10:28:00 PM
Description: Orioles starter Wei-Yen Chen was terrific Wednesday in his return from the disabled list.
Insight: The lefty from Taiwan only allowed one run and three hits over seven innings. He leads all O's starters this season with a 2.82 ERA in nine starts.
Manny Machado, 3B7/9/2013 10:09:00 PM
Description: Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado hit a third-inning homer Tuesday against Texas.
Insight: It was his lone hit of the game. Machado's average has dipped but he's still batting .315. He only has seven homers on the year but he also has 39 doubles, 12 more than any other player in baseball.
Manny Machado, 3B7/8/2013 10:35:00 PM
Description: Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado delivered three hits Monday night in a loss to Texas.
Insight: He's played in every game for the Orioles this season, batting .315 with 122 hits (second in the major leagues) and 53 runs scored (11th in the AL). The 21-year-old is on pace for 70 doubles this season, which would be a major league record. He'll be one of 29 first-time All-Stars making the trip to New York for next week's All-Star Game at Citi Field.
Wei-Yin Chen, SP7/8/2013 7:54:00 PM
Description: Baltimore lefthander Wei-Yin Chen will start Wednesday against Texas. SOURCE: Roch Kubatko, MASN
Insight: He's missed the last two months with an oblique injury. Chen's return will probably push Zach Britton out of the starting rotation.
Matt Wieters, C7/8/2013 9:32:00 AM
Description: Orioles catcher Matt Wieters is hitless in eight at-bats versus Texas starter Derek Holland.
Insight: Wieters homered Friday night (No.11th) and knocked out a couple of hits on Sunday, but this is an unfavorable matchup.
Adam Jones, CF7/8/2013 9:28:00 AM
Description: Orioles All-Star center fielder Adam Jones is just 1-for-10 with six strikeouts against Rangers left-hander Derek Holland.
Insight: Jones is putting up All-Star worthy numbers again this season, though until Sunday's homer against Mariano Rivera he had gone 15 games without an extra base hit. Add in this unfavorable matchup and you should consider giving him the night off.
Wei-Yin Chen, SP7/7/2013 4:17:00 PM
Description: Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen (oblique) will return to the rotation this week, according to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com.
Insight: Chen hasn't pitched since May 12 due to a strained oblique. He'll start either Tuesday or Wednesday.
Nate McLouth, LF7/7/2013 11:25:00 AM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nate McLouth has been brutal against New York starter Hiroki Kuroda throughout his career.
Insight: He's hitting a buck 60 against him in 25 previous at bats. McLouth (.284, 6 HR, 15 RBI, 24 SB) is taking a break from the outfield to DH on Sunday.
J.J. Hardy, SSCold7/7/2013 11:22:00 AM
Description: Baltimore shortstop J.J. Hardy hasn't been very productive against Yankees righthander Hiroki Kuroda.
Insight: He's hitting .176 against him in 17 at bats. Hardy was just named to his second All-Star team on Saturday but he only has one hit in his last 19 trips to the plate (.053 AVG in July).
Chris Davis, 1B7/6/2013 7:56:00 PM
Description: Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis led all players with 8,272,243 votes in this year's All-Star balloting.
Insight: He finished just ahead of Miguel Cabrera (8,013, 874 votes). Davis tied a career-high by launching his 33rd home run of the season Saturday in a loss to the Yankees. Right now, he's on pace to tie Roger Maris' American League home run record (61).
Chris Davis, 1BHot7/6/2013 1:20:00 PM
Description: Orioles first baseman Chris Davis slugged his 33rd home run in the first inning of Saturday's game against the Yankees.
Insight: You know you are in the groove when you think you just missed getting all of it and it still reaches Monument Park. That's 33 homers in 86 games plus one inning. He's played all but one game this year and extrapolating for a 162-game season (160 games played) produces a 60-HR projection.
Matt Wieters, C7/6/2013 12:08:00 PM
Description: Orioles catcher Matt Wieters is getting the afternoon off on Saturday after working the Friday night game.
Insight: No injury, just the normal rest day due to the early start. Wieters homered Friday night - his 11th round tripper of the season. We think he'll reach 20-plus homers and 85 RBI, but we would like to see the batting average raised to around .260 to make fantasy owners happy.
J.J. Hardy, SSCold7/6/2013 9:41:00 AM
Description: Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy is 1-for-15 (.067) against Yankees starter Andy Pettitte.
Insight: Hardy is hitless in his last four games and 15 at-bats. His season-long numbers are still good because of his fast start (.254, 15 HR, 46 RBI), but avoid this matchup.
Jim Johnson, RPCold7/5/2013 10:32:00 PM
Description: Orioles closer Jim Johnson blew another save on Friday night, his sixth of the season, wasting a quality start from Miguel Gonzalez.
Insight: Johnson appeared to be over the struggles he went through when he blew four saves and allowed 12 earned runs in five innings from May 14 to May 26, but has now blown a save in two of his last four outings.
Matt Wieters, C7/5/2013 10:24:00 AM
Description: Orioles catcher Matt Wieters is 9-for-21 (.429) with three home runs and a 1.500 OPS against Yankees starter Ivan Nova.
Insight: Wieters had a tough June, batting .225 with a season low .644 OPS and just seven RBI and is 0-for-9 in three July games. He's still likely to hit 20 homers and knock in 80 runs this season in the high-scoring Orioles lineup, but his production should be much better. Perhaps this favorable matchup will help.
Chris Davis, 1B7/3/2013 10:24:00 PM
Description: Orioles first baseman Chris Davis slugged his 32nd home run and drove in three Wednesday against the White Sox.
Insight: That's just one less than he had all of last season. Baltimore only has 11 games remaining until the All-Star break, but we really wouldn't be surprised if Davis reaches 40 homers by that time. He's been that good this year.
Scott Feldman, SP7/3/2013 10:18:00 PM
Description: Scott Feldman threw six innings, allowed six hits and two runs, walked none and struck out six in his Orioles debut Wednesday against the White Sox.
Insight: The O's acquired Feldman from the Chicago Cubs Tuesday. The right-hander went 7-6 with a 3.46 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP in 91 innings with the Cubbies. His ERA will likely rise pitching in the AL East, but he'll also win more games with the high-scoring Orioles.
Scott Feldman, SP7/2/2013 3:06:00 PM
Description: Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Scott Feldman has been traded to the Baltimore Orioles in a multi-player deal and is expected to start on Wednesday against the White Sox.
Insight: The former Texas Ranger had done well in his first and only season with the Cubs, contributing a 7-6 record with a 3.46 ERA in 15 starts. Given the Orioles ability to put runs on the board (410 vs. 330 for the Cubs), Feldman could accumlate a lot of wins as a starter in the Baltimore rotation.
Nolan Reimold, LF7/2/2013 3:00:00 PM
Description: Baltimore outfielder Nolan Reimold has been activated from the 15-day disabled list in time for Tuesday's game. He's been dealing with a right hamstring strain.
Insight: Reimold hasn't played since May 11 and was batting just .188 with four homers and 30 strikeouts in 101 at-bats before the injury. Chris Dickerson played well enough in Reimold's absence to earn a part-time presence in the Orioles lineup which will hurt Reimolds fantasy value.
Adam Jones, CFCold7/2/2013 10:38:00 AM
Description: Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is just 1-for-24 (.042) with five strikeouts against Chicago starter John Danks.
Insight: Jones is putting up All-Star worthy numbers again this season, though he's struggled over the past week, batting just .150. Add in this unfavorable matchup and you should seriously consider giving him the night off.
Chris Davis, 1B7/2/2013 10:34:00 AM
Description: Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is hitless in nine at-bats versus White Sox left-hander John Danks.
Insight: Davis hit .290 with 12 home runs and 30 RBI in June. He did that after batting .348 with nine home runs in April and .364 with 10 homers in May. The slugger has recorded an OPS above 1.000 in each of the first three months this season and is hitting .332 with 31 homers and 80 RBI. But he'll be severely tested in Tuesday's matchup.
Nolan Reimold, LF7/2/2013 9:33:00 AM
Description: Baltimore outfielder Nolan Reimold is expected to be activated from the 15-day disabled list in time for Tuesday's game. He's been dealing with a right hamstring strain.
Insight: Reimold hasn't played since May 11 and was batting just .188 with four homers and 30 strikeouts in 101 at-bats before the injury. Chris Dickerson played well enough in Reimold's absence to earn a part-time presence in the Orioles lineup which will hurt Reimolds fantasy value.
Chris Tillman, SPHot7/1/2013 9:35:00 AM
Description: Orioles starter Chris Tillman won all six of his starts in June and had a 2.68 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP during the month.
Insight: Tillman is now 10-2 with a 3.68 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. He still gives up a lot of home runs (1.61 HR/9), but he serves up most of them with nobody on base.
Chris Davis, 1BHot7/1/2013 9:27:00 AM
Description: Orioles first baseman Chris Davis hit .290 with 12 home runs and 30 RBI in June.
Insight: He did that after batting .348 with nine home runs and 28 RBI in April and .364 with 10 homers and 22 RBI in May. The slugger has recorded an OPS above 1.000 in each of the first three months this season and is hitting .332 with 31 homers and 80 RBI.
Nate McLouth, LF6/30/2013 10:26:00 AM
Description: Baltimore leadoff hitter Nate McLouth hasn't had much success against Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda.
Insight: McLouth has gone 3-for-22 (.136) against Kuroda. The outfielder has had an up-and-down month and is hitting .255 with a .660 OPS overall in June. If you have other outfield options, Sunday would be a good day to sit McLouth.
J.J. Hardy, SS6/30/2013 10:22:00 AM
Description: Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy is 2-for-14 (.143) against Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda.
Insight: Hardy has hit a cold streak after starting off the month red hot. Over his last eight games, he has gone 5-for-28 (.179) with five strikeouts. Avoid this matchup.
Chris Davis, 1BHot6/29/2013 10:40:00 PM
Description: Orioles first baseman Chris Davis came into Saturday's game versus New York hitless in seven at-bats against starter David Phelps, but he left with two more homers and five more RBI.
Insight: Make that 30 homers and 79 RBI for Davis, who is also batting .333. He's on pace for 60 homers and 160 RBI.
Kevin Gausman, SP6/29/2013 6:42:00 PM
Description: Though the Orioles went with Rule 5 pick T.J. McFarland over 2012 No. 4 overall pick Kevin Gausman for Friday's start against the Yankees, Gausman still earned his first major league win.
Insight: Gausman (1-3, 6.52 ERA) showed exactly why he's considered one of the top prospects in Baltimore's system, as he entered in the third inning with the O's down 3-0 and went 4 1/3 innings and allowed three hits, no walks and no runs with four strikeouts. The righty possesses a 99-mph fastball and his off-speed stuff was working well Friday. He's someone to keep an eye on.
Brian Roberts, 2B6/29/2013 12:25:00 PM
Description: Baltimore second baseman Brian Roberts (hamstring) is expected to return to the lineup on Sunday, according to a MASN.com report.
Insight: Roberts had right hamstring surgery and hasn't played since early April. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Roberts will be the everyday second baseman when he returns. The injury-prone veteran has played in just 118 games since the start of 2010, but will be an upgrade over Alexi Casilla if he can stay on the field.
Chris Davis, 1BHot6/29/2013 9:54:00 AM
Description: Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is the hottest power hitter in the game, but he's hitless in seven at-bats versus Yankees right-hander David Phelps with four strikeouts.
Insight: Davis has 28 homers already this season and leads the AL in slugging, OPS and total bases. He could threaten the 60-HR mark which hasn't been done since 2001 (Barry Bonds - 73, Sammy Sosa - 64).
Matt Wieters, C6/29/2013 9:53:00 AM
Description: Orioles catcher Matt Wieters has taken Yankees starter David Phelps deep twice in just seven at-bats. He's batting .429 with a 1.786 OPS in their matchups.
Insight: Wieters is having a tough June, batting .207 with a season low .615 OPS and just seven RBI. He's still likely to hit 20 homers and knock in 80 this season in the high-scoring Orioles lineup, but his production should be much better. Perhaps this favorable matchup will help.
Matt Wieters, C6/28/2013 9:39:00 AM
Description: Orioles catcher Matt Wieters has taken Yankees starter David Phelps deep twice in just seven at-bats. He's batting .429 with a 1.786 OPS in their matchups.
Insight: Wieters is having a tough June, batting .215 with a season low .638 OPS and just seven RBI. He's still likely to hit 20 homers and knock in 80 this season in the high-scoring Orioles lineup, but his production should be much better. Perhaps this favorable matchup will help.
Kevin Gausman, SP6/27/2013 4:48:00 PM
Description: Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman is expected to start Friday against the Yankees, according to Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com.
Insight: Gausman, who is one of Baltimore's top prospects after being selected fourth overall in the 2012 draft, throws gas but has gone 0-3 with a 7.66 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP in 24 2/3 innings this season. He hasn't pitched in the big leagues since June 13.
Brian Roberts, 2B6/27/2013 4:30:00 PM
Description: Baltimore second baseman Brian Roberts (hamstring) is expected to return to the lineup this week against the Yankees, according to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com.
Insight: Roberts had right hamstring surgery and hasn't played since early April. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Roberts will be the regular second baseman when he returns. The injury-prone veteran has played just 118 total games since the start of 2010.
Dylan Bundy, SP6/26/2013 5:02:00 PM
Description: Orioles pitching prospect Dylan Bundy (elbow) will undergo Tommy John surgery Thursday, according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun.
Insight: Bundy has been dealing with elbow issues since April and rest did not help him. The talented 20-year-old will be sidelined until mid-2014.
Nick Markakis, RF6/26/2013 9:40:00 AM
Description: Baltimore right fielder Nick Markakis is 10-for-21 (.476) against Cleveland left-hander Scott Kazmir.
Insight: The outfielder is having a solid season, batting .288 with eight homers, 40 RBI and 46 runs, though it's not really All-Star worthy despite the ballot stuffing by Orioles fans. He's worthy of a start on Wednesday.
Chris Tillman, SPHot6/25/2013 10:15:00 PM
Description: Orioles starter Chris Tillman has won five straight starts and six straight decisions.
Insight: Tillman allowed four hits and three runs with six strikeouts in seven innings Tuesday against the Indians to improve to 9-2. He has a 3.72 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP, but he has been prone to the longball in home starts. He's 3-2 with a 4.50 ERA and a 2.25 HR/9 at home, compared to 6-0 with a 2.76 ERA and a 0.85 HR/9 on the road.
Chris Davis, 1BHot6/25/2013 10:11:00 PM
Description: Orioles first baseman Chris Davis crushed his major-league leading 28th home run Tuesday versus the Indians.
Insight: Davis hadn't homered in three straight games but he now has eight in his last 13 games. If he keeps this up, he might become the first man since Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa in 2001 to hit 60 homers in a season.
Wei-Yin Chen, SP6/25/2013 8:40:00 PM
Description: Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen (oblique) will make a minor league rehab start Saturday, according to MLB.com.
Insight: Chen, who is dealing with a strained oblique, hasn't pitched since May 12. Manager Buck Showalter said it's possible Chen will make just one rehab start. "I think it's just a test," Chen said. "Get the game feeling back and that's it. Right now I'm pitching like it's Spring Training. It's step by step. But if I feel really good [after the] next outing, I'll definitely come back really soon." Showalter said the team will give Chen extra rest between his first few outings after he comes off the DL.
Nick Markakis, RF6/25/2013 9:10:00 AM
Description: Baltimore right fielder Nick Markakis is 10-for-21 (.476) against Cleveland left-hander Scott Kazmir.
Insight: The outfielder is having a solid season, batting .288 with eight homers, 40 RBI and 46 runs, though it's not really All-Star worthy despite the ballot stuffing by Orioles fans. He's worthy of a start on Wednesday.
Freddy Garcia, SPCold6/24/2013 9:43:00 PM
Description: The Orioles have demoted righthander Freddy Garcia to Triple-A Norfolk.
Insight: Garcia was rocked Sunday in a start against the Blue Jays (2 1/3 IP, 7 H, 7 ER). The Orioles will probably release Garcia if he refuses his minor league assignment.
Nate McLouth, LF6/24/2013 9:19:00 AM
Description: Baltimore leadoff hitter Nate McLouth hasn't had much success versus Cleveland starter Ubaldo Jimenez, going 3-for-22 (.136) with seven strikeouts and a .409 OPS.
Insight: Mclouth has filled the leadoff role perfectly for the high-scoring Orioles, batting .290 with 45 runs scored and 24 stolen bases, but this matchup is unfavorable.
Nate McLouth, LF6/23/2013 11:57:00 AM
Description: Nate McLouth's worst nightmare is coming true: Josh Johnson is pitching for the Blue Jays on Sunday.
Insight: Despite having horrible numbers against Johnson (1-for-11 with five strikeouts), McLouth is leading off and starting in left field. If you have other outfield options besides McLouth, we'd encourage you to use them on Sunday.
Matt Wieters, C6/22/2013 1:59:00 PM
Description: Orioles catcher Matt Wieters is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against Toronto.
Insight: Day game after a night game is always tough on catchers. Wieters is having a tough June, batting .222 with a season low .607 OPS and just five RBI.
Nick Markakis, RF6/22/2013 10:03:00 AM
Description: Baltimore right fielder Nick Markakis is 8-for-19 with four extra base hits against Blue Jays hurler Chien-Ming Wang.
Insight: The outfielder is having a solid season, batting .291 with seven homers, 38 RBI and 44 runs, though it's not really All-Star worthy despite the early ballot stuffing by Orioles fans.
Chris Davis, 1BHot6/21/2013 10:15:00 PM
Description: Orioles first baseman Chris Davis hit his seventh homer in his last nine games Friday versus Toronto and also drove in three runs.
Insight: Davis has 17 RBI in his last nine games. He could become just the second player ever to hit 50 homers and 50 doubles in a season (Albert Belle was the other).
J.J. Hardy, SSHot6/21/2013 10:14:00 PM
Description: Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy went 2-for-4 with a solo homer Friday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: It was Hardy's 15th of the season. The shortstop is hitting .380 with five homers in June after batting .273 with seven homers in May.
Brian Roberts, 2B6/21/2013 6:31:00 PM
Description: Baltimore second baseman Brian Roberts (hamstring) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with Triple-A Norfolk, according to Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun.
Insight: Roberts is on the way back from right hamstring surgery. He has played just three games this season and 118 combined over the last four years due to a litany of injuries.
Miguel Gonzalez, RP6/21/2013 4:54:00 PM
Description: Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez has been activated off the paternity leave list and will start Saturday at Toronto.
Insight: Gonzalez is 5-2 with a 3.75 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP this season. He has a 3.31 ERA and a 0.5 HR/9 on the road this season, compared to a 4.15 ERA and a 1.85 HR/9 at home.
Wei-Yin Chen, SP6/20/2013 6:14:00 PM
Description: Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen (oblique) threw a three-inning simulated game Thursday, according to Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun.
Insight: Chen, who is dealing with a strained oblique, hasn't pitched since May 12. He'll throw another simulated game Monday, and if it goes well he will make a minor league rehab start.
Jason Hammel, SP6/20/2013 6:10:00 PM
Description: Orioles right-hander Jason Hammel (illness) will start Friday against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Insight: Hammel missed his last start due to a stomach virus. He's 7-4 this season despite carrying a 5.24 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP. He has been decent on the road, posting a 3.97 ERA, compared to a 7.09 ERA at home, so Friday's matchup at Toronto isn't a terrible time to use him.
Chris Davis, 1BHot6/19/2013 8:29:00 PM
Description: Chris Davis pounded the Tigers for two homers Wednesday in a 13-3 Orioles victory.
Insight: He also drove in a pair of runs on a ground rule double in the seventh inning. The first baseman is on pace for 58 HR this season. Nobody has reached 50 homers in a season since Jose Bautista hit 54 for the Blue Jays in 2010.
Matt Wieters, C6/19/2013 11:56:00 AM
Description: Orioles catcher Matt Wieters is getting Wednesday's day game against the Tigers off.
Insight: Wieters has started six straight games, so he needs a day off. He'll be back in the lineup Friday at Toronto.
Adam Jones, CFHot6/19/2013 10:31:00 AM
Description: Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is just 3-for-15 with six strikeouts against Rick Porcello of the Tigers.
Insight: However, Jones also had poor career numbers against Tuesday's opposing starter, Justin Verlander, and he ended up hitting a homer and driving in three runs. The outfielder is too good to sit.
Nick Markakis, RF6/19/2013 10:28:00 AM
Description: Baltimore right fielder Nick Markakis has slammed Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello in their previous meetings.
Insight: Markakis is 7-for-16 (.438) with one double, one homer and two walks versus Porcello. The outfielder is having a solid season, batting .292 with seven homers, 38 RBI and 41 runs.
Adam Jones, CFHot6/18/2013 10:40:00 AM
Description: Orioles center fielder Adam Jones has gone 2-for-24 (.083) with eight K against Tuesday's opposing starter Justin Verlander.
Insight: Sitting Jones is tough since he is batting .302 with 14 homers, 48 RBI, 49 runs and nine steals, but he hasn't been able to solve the Tigers hurler.
Nick Markakis, RF6/18/2013 10:39:00 AM
Description: Baltimore right fielder Nick Markakis has been held in check by Tigers starter Justin Verlander.
Insight: Markakis has gone 10-for-41 (.244) with zero homers and 10 strikeouts against Verlander. That's a large enough sample size to suggest that Markakis should not be in fantasy lineups Tuesday.
Chris Davis, 1BHot6/17/2013 9:59:00 PM
Description: Another day, another homer for Chris Davis.
Insight: Davis (.337) launched his 24th jack of the season to lead off the second inning Monday against the Tigers. That gives him four long balls in his last six outings. He could have 30 homers before the All-Star break.
Zach Britton, SP6/17/2013 7:15:00 PM
Description: Zach Britton will start in place of Jason Hammel Tuesday against the Tigers. SOURCE: Brittany Ghiroli, MLB.com
Insight: Britton is 3-2 with a 3.28 ERA in 11 starts for Triple-A Norfolk this season. His last start in the big leagues came on April 29th against the Mariners.
Nate McLouth, OF6/17/2013 9:51:00 AM
Description: Orioles outfielder Nate McLouth zero-for-eight with five strikeouts against Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer.
Insight: McLouth has been a strong fantasy option this season, hitting .282 with four homers, 42 runs and 23 steals, but his production has fallen over the past two weeks. Avoid this matchup.
Adam Jones, CFHot6/17/2013 9:48:00 AM
Description: Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is 8-for-15 (.533) with a home run versus Detroit starter Max Scherzer.
Insight: Jones is having another All-Star season, batting .303 with 14 HR, 48 RBI, 49 runs scored, nine stolen bases and an .844 OPS. He's a must start on Monday.
Jason Hammel, SP6/17/2013 9:11:00 AM
Description: Orioles right-hander Jason Hammel will miss his scheduled start Monday against the Tigers due to illness.
Insight: Hammel has been hit hard this season and has a 5.24 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP, so avoiding the Tigers isn't the worst thing in the world.
Nick Markakis, RF6/16/2013 8:38:00 PM
Description: Baltimore right fielder Nick Markakis blew up for four hits Sunday in a win against Boston.
Insight: Markakis is quietly putting together an excellent season. Right now, he's on pace for 88 RBI, which would be his most since 2009. He's also managed to stay healthy (only two missed games), which has proven to be difficult for Markakis in the past (missed 58 games in 2012).
Chris Davis, 1B6/16/2013 7:17:00 PM
Description: Orioles first baseman Chris Davis went yard for the 23rd time Sunday against the Red Sox.
Insight: He finished the series with two homers and six RBI. With 23 blasts and 60 RBI through his first 69 games, it begs the question: why is Davis still getting pitches to hit? It's only a matter of time before American League pitchers wisen up and start giving Davis the Barry Bonds treatment. Fantasy owners can expect plenty of free passes for Davis (.335) in the coming weeks.
Jason Hammel, SP6/16/2013 11:46:00 AM
Description: Orioles right-hander Jason Hammel is doubtful to make his scheduled start Monday against the Tigers due to a stomach virus, according to Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun.
Insight: Hammel has been hit hard this season and has a 5.24 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP, so avoiding the Tigers isn't the worst thing in the world. He has rejoined the team after being away for two days, but he isn't feeling well enough to take the mound.
Chris Davis, 1B6/16/2013 10:34:00 AM
Description: Baltimore slugger Chris Davis has never had a hit in 13 career at-bats against Boston's Jon Lester.
Insight: Davis has cooled off lately, hitting .176 (6-for-34) with two homers, five RBI and 12 strikeouts over his last nine games. A meeting with Lester Sunday likely won't help him reverse course.
Nick Markakis, RFCold6/16/2013 10:33:00 AM
Description: Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis is a .200 hitter with 14 strikeouts in 55 career at-bats against Jon Lester of the Red Sox.
Insight: Markakis has a .624 OPS against left-handed pitchers this season and is batting just .184 with a .416 OPS in June. Avoid this matchup Sunday.
Adam Jones, CF6/16/2013 10:31:00 AM
Description: Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is just 11-for-42 (.262) with 16 strikeouts against Boston left-hander Jon Lester.
Insight: Jones is a right-handed hitter, but he has just a .247 average against lefties this season, compared to a .318 average against right-handers. He often has struggled against Lester.
Matt Wieters, C6/16/2013 10:29:00 AM
Description: Orioles catcher Matt Wieters has had success against Red Sox starter Jon Lester in his career, going 13-for-34 (.382) with three doubles, a triple and seven RBI against the lefty.
Insight: Wieters hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning Saturday night, his ninth of the season. The switch-hitter has a .273 average and an .823 OPS against lefties, compared to a .226 average and a .673 OPS against righties this season.
Matt Wieters, C6/15/2013 8:30:00 PM
Description: Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning off Boston closer Andrew Bailey Saturday.
Insight: The hit was meaningless to the outcome, as the Red Sox were up 5-2 at the time, but Wieters' fantasy owners will take it. The catcher has nine homers and a .239 average this season and likely will finish with numbers close to 2012's .249, 23 homers and 83 RBI.
Wei-Yin Chen, SP6/15/2013 5:38:00 PM
Description: Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen (oblique) threw off a mound Saturday, according to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com.
Insight: Chen, who is dealing with a strained oblique, hasn't pitched since May 12. Orioles manager Buck Showalter seemed optimistic that Chen will be able to make a few starts before the All-Star break.
Jason Hammel, SP6/15/2013 5:35:00 PM
Description: Orioles right-hander Jason Hammel is questionable for Monday's start against the Tigers due to an illness.
Insight: Avoiding the Tigers wouldn't be the worst thing in the world. Hammel has been hit hard this season and has a 5.24 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP.
Chris Davis, 1BHot6/15/2013 10:39:00 AM
Description: Baltimore slugger Chris Davis is a career .471 hitter (8-for-17) against Boston starter John Lackey.
Insight: It seems that everything he gets up into the air leaves the park. Add in a favorable matchup and Davis (.337, 22 HR, 57 RBI) is a must start.
Kevin Gausman, SP6/14/2013 8:47:00 PM
Description: The Orioles sent righthander Kevin Gausman down to Triple-A Norfolk on Friday.
Insight: The demotion has nothing to do with Gausman's performance. The O's just needed an extra arm in the bullpen after last night's 13-inning win against Boston. Gausman (0-3, 7.66 ERA in five starts) should be back with the big club before long.
J.J. Hardy, SS6/14/2013 10:02:00 AM
Description: Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy is just 2-for-28 (.071) over his lifetime against Red Sox starter Ryan Dempster.
Insight: Hardy has built his home run total to 13 with 39 RBI. Power hitting shortstops are a rare and wonderful breed, just don't expect much from his matchup with Dempster.
Matt Wieters, C6/13/2013 10:43:00 AM
Description: Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters has never had a hit in 10 career at-bats against Boston's Felix Doubront.
Insight: Wieters struck out seven times in those meetings. The catcher is hitting .240 with eight homers, 34 RBI and a .714 OPS, and this matchup will make it tough for him to have a good day at the plate Thursday.
Chris Davis, 1B6/12/2013 6:48:00 PM
Description: Baltimore slugger Chris Davis snapped out of his recent slump with two hits, a homer and two RBI Wednesday against the Angels.
Insight: Davis went 0-for-15 with six K from June 7-10, but he has gone 3-for-6 with two walks over his last two games. The first baseman had some lengthy slumps last season, so if this is the worst it is going to get, fantasy owners will take it.
Matt Wieters, C6/12/2013 12:01:00 PM
Description: Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters is not in Wednesday's starting lineup. Predictable day game after a night game rest.
Insight: Add in that Wieters is just 1-for-8 against Angels starter Jerome Williams and it's the perfect time for backup catcher Taylor Teagarden to get some at-bats.
Miguel Gonzalez, RP6/11/2013 9:48:00 PM
Description: Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez tossed eight impressive innings Tuesday versus the visiting Angels.
Insight: Gonzalez allowed four hits and one run, walked one and struck out five to improve to 4-2. He came in with a 5.11 ERA in four home starts this season. The right-hander has won his last two starts with a 1.29 ERA and a 12/2 K/BB.
Jairo Asencio, RP6/10/2013 1:25:00 PM
Description: Baltimore minor league prospect Jairo Asencio is putting together a very good season at Triple-A Norfolk where he is 4-0 with a 3.04 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 13 saves.
Insight: Asencio, who hasn't started a game since 2007, doesn't have anywhere to go in the Orioles organization with Jim Johnson firmly in control of the closer's role, however if he gets traded he could gain fantasy value.
J.J. Hardy, SS6/10/2013 10:38:00 AM
Description: Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy is just 1-for-15 over his lifetime against Angels starter Jered Weaver.
Insight: Hardy struggled out of the box, but has exploded over the past month, batting .340 with seven homers in his last 25 games. Power hitting shortstops are a rare and wonderful breed, just don't expect much from his matchup with Weaver.
Chris Davis, 1B6/9/2013 6:54:00 PM
Description: Baltimore slugger Chris Davis went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts Sunday.
Insight: Davis has avoided a major slump until now, but he is 0-for-12 with six K over his last three games.
Adam Jones, CF6/9/2013 6:51:00 PM
Description: Orioles outfielder Adam Jones snapped out of his recent funk Sunday against the Rays.
Insight: Jones was 4-for-28 (.143) with one RBI in his last seven games, but he went 3-for-5 with a homer and two RBI Sunday to raise his average to .306.
Wilson Betemit, 3B6/9/2013 10:22:00 AM
Description: Orioles DH Wilson Betemit expects to come off the DL sometime before the All-Star break. SOURCE: Baltimore Sun
Insight: Betemit hasn't played yet this season after suffering a knee injury in spring training. Chris Dickerson (.281, 4 HR, 11 RBI) has been filling in as the DH in Betemit's absence.
Chris Davis, 1B6/8/2013 10:41:00 AM
Description: Baltimore slugger Chris Davis is a career .455 hitter (10-for-22) against Tampa Bay Jeremy Hellickson.
Insight: Davis has gone four games without hitting a home run and has just one in his last seven contests, but still leads the majors in homers with 20. This matchup might get him going again.
Nick Markakis, RF6/7/2013 12:14:00 PM
Description: Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis missed two days due to his grandmother's funeral, but is expected back in time for Friday's contest.
Insight: Like most of the Orioles hitter, Markakis is having a solid season, batting .300 with seven homers, 33 RBI and 34 runs scored.
J.J. Hardy, SSHot6/6/2013 9:25:00 PM
Description: Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy is batting .579 in June after going 4-for-4 Thursday against Houston.
Insight: Hardy was hitting .188 on May 2, but since then has batted .339 with 10 homers and 22 RBI in 31 games.
Jim Johnson, RP6/6/2013 9:21:00 PM
Description: Orioles closer Jim Johnson has gone 5-for-5 in save chances and allowed just two men to reach base over his last five appearances.
Insight: Johnson appears to be over the struggles he went through when he blew four saves and allowed 12 earned runs in five innings from May 14 to May 26. In his other 24 innings this season, he has allowed two earned runs.
Chris Tillman, SP6/4/2013 11:01:00 PM
Description: Orioles starter Chris Tillman went seven strong innings in a 4-1 win Tuesday against the Astros.
Insight: Tillman is 5-2 with a 3.97 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP, but he's still a risky play because he gives up so many homers (1.92 HR/9).
Nick Markakis, RF6/4/2013 7:16:00 PM
Description: Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis will miss the next two days due to his grandmother's funeral, according to Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com.
Insight: Markakis is in the lineup Tuesday at Houston, but he won't play Wednesday or Thursday. The bereavement list requires a player to miss a minimum of three days, so Markakis won't be placed on it.
Dylan Bundy, SP6/3/2013 3:25:00 PM
Description: Orioles pitching prospect Dylan Bundy (elbow) had a follow-up exam with Dr. James Andrews and will be allowed to start throwing on June 10, according to Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com.
Insight: Bundy probably won't be of much value for the 2013 season, but he still has a huge upside in dynasty leagues.
Chris Davis, 1BHot6/2/2013 7:20:00 PM
Description: Chris Davis won the race to 20 homers. He reached that number Sunday in a win against Detroit.
Insight: It's only June but Davis is already separating himself from the rest of the field in the American League MVP race. He's first or second in the league in just about every major offensive category including home runs (20, first), RBI (52, second) and batting average (.357, second).
Wei-Yin Chen, SP6/2/2013 12:41:00 PM
Description: Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen (oblique) is still without a timetable, according to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com.
Insight: Chen strained his right oblique exactly three weeks ago, but he is yet to throw at all. The best case scenario is mid-June.
Nick Markakis, RFHot6/2/2013 10:11:00 AM
Description: Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis has a .462 average against Detroit starter Rick Porcello.
Insight: Markakis has gone 6-for-13 with one homer and two walks against Porcello, who will be on the hill Sunday against the Orioles. He's hitting .306 with seven homers, 33 RBI and 34 runs this season.
J.J. Hardy, SS6/1/2013 9:40:00 PM
Description: Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy went 2-for-3 with two homers Saturday against the Tigers.
Insight: Hardy has 12 homers, tied with Troy Tulowitzki for tops among shortstops. The veteran is prone to slumps -- he came into Saturday's game with zero hits in his last 10 at-bats -- which is why he is batting .244.
Jason Hammel, SP6/1/2013 5:29:00 PM
Description: Orioles right-hander Jason Hammel gave up five runs in three innings Saturday against the Tigers and was ejected after hitting a batter following back-to-back-to-back homers.
Insight: Victor Martinez, Jhonny Peralta and Alex Avila took him deep in the fourth inning, and hit Matt Tuiasosopo near his head. However, the pitch was an 82-mph slider and likely wasn't intentional.
Adam Jones, CF6/1/2013 9:28:00 AM
Description: Orioles outfielder Adam Jones is 1-for-21 (.048) against Detroit ace Justin Verlander.
Insight: The center fielder is playing as well as anyone - batting .319 with 11 HR, 37 RBI, 42 runs and eight stolen bases. Be aware, he hasn't attempted a steal since a leg injury forced him to DH for a couple of days. This matchup, however, isn't favorable.
Chris Dickerson, LF5/31/2013 10:38:00 PM
Description: Chris Dickerson saved the best for last. The Orioles outfielder/DH crushed a two-out walkoff homer Friday against Detroit.
Insight: It was Jose Valverde's second blown save of the season. Dickerson had been hitless in his previous three at bats. He's done a nice job as a platoon player this season (.313, 4 HR, 11 RBI in 20 games).
Adam Jones, CF5/31/2013 10:02:00 AM
Description: Orioles outfielder Adam Jones is 6-for-12 against Detroit starter Max Scherzer with a 1.167 OPS.
Insight: The center fielder is again playing at an extremely high level - batting .313 with 10 HR, 35 RBI, 39 runs and eight stolen bases. Be aware, he hasn't attempted a steal since a leg injury forced him to DH for a couple of days.
Freddy Garcia, SPHot5/30/2013 10:35:00 PM
Description: Baltimore righthander Freddy Garcia hurled eight scoreless innings Thursday in a win over Washington.
Insight: By doing so, Garcia evened his record to 2-2. He's pitched much better lately, recording a miniscule 1.89 ERA over his last three starts. Garcia's next start is scheduled for Wednesday against Houston.
Nate McLouth, OF5/30/2013 11:01:00 AM
Description: Orioles outfielder Nate McLouth is batting .375 with a .932 OPS over his last 10 games and will face Dan Haren Thursday.
Insight: McLouth has been a strong fantasy option this season, hitting .293 with four homers, 35 runs and 17 steals. He has four hits, including two doubles and a homer, in nine at-bats against Haren.
J.J. Hardy, SS5/30/2013 10:59:00 AM
Description: Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy is hitting .417 (5-for-12) with three doubles and four RBI in his career against Dan Haren.
Insight: Hardy is hitting .245 with 10 homers and 32 RBI this season, and Thursday's game against the Nationals presents a favorable matchup.
Nick Markakis, RF5/29/2013 10:19:00 PM
Description: Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis is batting .330 with three homers and 18 RBI in May.
Insight: He went deep and drove in two runs Wednesday against the Nationals, giving him six homers and 31 RBI this season.
Chris Davis, 1BHot5/29/2013 10:16:00 PM
Description: Orioles first baseman Chris Davis came, saw and conquered Wednesday against the Nationals. He went 4-for-4 with a pair of homers, three RBI and three runs.
Insight: We knew Davis would make it difficult for Miguel Cabrera to earn the Triple Crown again by keeping pace in homers and RBI, but he's also hitting .359. He's leading the majors with 19 homers and is second only to Cabrera in all of baseball with 50 RBI.
Dylan Bundy, SP5/29/2013 5:09:00 PM
Description: Orioles pitching prospect Dylan Bundy (elbow) will have a follow-up exam with Dr. James Andrews on June 3, according to Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun.
Insight: Bundy, who has been bothered by forearm and elbow stiffness since spring training, had a platelet-rich plasma injection four weeks ago and is in the midst of a six-week rest period. The target date for Bundy to resume throwing is June 10.
Kevin Gausman, SP5/29/2013 4:32:00 PM
Description: Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman has an 11.00 ERA and a 2.00 WHIP after two major league starts, but manager Buck Showalter said he remains in line to start Sunday against the Tigers, according to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com.
Insight: The 22-year-old was the fourth overall pick in the 2012 MLB Draft. He went five innings and allowed four runs in his first start, but gave up seven earned on eight hits Tuesday night against Washington. He has allowed four homers in nine innings. Fantasy owners should steer clear of the 22-year-old Sunday.
Matt Wieters, C5/29/2013 10:44:00 AM
Description: Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters is just 1-for-9 against Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann.
Insight: Wieters is on a hot week, batting .350 over the past five games (7-for-20), but this is an unfavorable matchup against a pitcher throwing as well as he ever has (8-2, 1.71 ERA, 0.869 WHIP). Avoid this matchup.
Tommy Hunter, SP5/28/2013 10:20:00 AM
Description: Baltimore righthanded reliever Tommy Hunter is expected to be available for Tuesday's game against Washington after dealing with a bruised right hand.
Insight: Hunter (0-1, 1.86 ERA and .966 WHIP) has pitched well out of the pen this season, but as long as Jim Johnson is the closer, Hunter will only have value in leagues who use the hold category.
Nate McLouth, OF5/27/2013 12:45:00 PM
Description: Orioles outfielder Nate McLouth is not in the starting lineup for Monday's game against Washington.
Insight: McLouth began the season with a hot bat, but is hitting just .235 in May. The outfielder is still leading the league is steals with 15 despite not getting on base much of late.
Chris Davis, 1B5/27/2013 9:59:00 AM
Description: Hot-hitting Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis has only faced Nationals lefty Gio Gonzalez four times, but he's yet to produce a hit and has struck out three times.
Insight: The slugger has an AL-leading 16 homers and is batting .337 with a 1.153 OPS, but is much less a threat against left-handers (.271, .878 OPS). Beware of this matchup.
Adam Jones, CF5/27/2013 9:57:00 AM
Description: Orioles outfielder Adam Jones is just 3-for-16 without an extra base hit against Washington ace Gio Gonzalez.
Insight: Jones' four-game home run streak will be tested in this excellent matchup of two All-Stars. The center fielder is playing at an extremely high level - batting .322 with 10 HR, 34 RBI, 38 runs and eight stolen bases.
Matt Wieters, C5/27/2013 9:55:00 AM
Description: Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters is 7-for-13 against Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez, including a home run and a 1.446 OPS.
Insight: We're still waiting for Wieters to produce as he has the past couple of seasons with 20-plus home runs and around a .749 OPS. Sunday he posted four hits, including three doubles, and this favorable matchup could help him too.
Matt Wieters, C5/26/2013 6:28:00 PM
Description: Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters came back from his day off with a hot bat, knocking out four hits including three doubles on Sunday against Toronto.
Insight: We're still waiting for Wieters to produce as he has the past couple of seasons with 20-plus home runs and around a .749 OPS. This might be the start.
Adam Jones, CFHot5/26/2013 4:36:00 PM
Description: Orioles outfielder Adam Jones homered on Sunday - his fourth consecutive game with a home run.
Insight: Jones has not let a sore leg effect his swing. He's now batting .322 with 10 HR and 34 RBI and eight stolen bases. He's playing at an All-Star level.
Jim Johnson, RPCold5/26/2013 4:30:00 PM
Description: Orioles closer Jim Johnson continues to struggle giving up four runs in the ninth inning on Sunday in a 6-5 loss to the Blue Jays.
Insight: Johnson has blown four saves in his last six appearances after a break out season in 2012 when he registered with a major-league leading 51 saves. If the Orioles had another good option, they would probably let Johnson sit for a couple games, but we don't see one on their current roster.
Matt Wieters, C5/25/2013 11:42:00 AM
Description: Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against Toronto
Insight: Simply a day game after a night game situation. Wieters (.219, 7 HR, 26 RBI) is isn't hitting for much of an average.
Adam Jones, CF5/25/2013 10:29:00 AM
Description: Orioles outfielder Adam Jones is 1-for-9 with three strikeouts against Toronto knuckleballer R.A, Dickey.
Insight: Jones (sore leg) returned to center field after starting three straight games at DH and went 2-for-5 with a solo homer. The leg injury didn't slow down his bat as he's hitting .308 over the past week. Just don't expect him to steal bases.
Adam Jones, CF5/24/2013 10:34:00 PM
Description: Orioles outfielder Adam Jones returned to center field after starting three straight games at DH and went 2-for-5 with a solo homer.
Insight: Jones has been dealing with soreness in his legs, so the team started him at DH to give him a rest while still having his bat in the lineup. The injury hasn't affected his bat at all, as he has homered in two straight games and four of the last 11.
Chris Davis, 1BHot5/24/2013 10:31:00 PM
Description: Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis has crushed seven homers over his last 14 games.
Insight: He went 3-for-4 with a solo shot Friday, the third straight game he has homered. The slugger has an AL-leading 16 homers and is hitting .337. His power might be the sole thing standing between Miguel Cabrera and a second straight Triple Crown.
J.J. Hardy, SS5/24/2013 10:28:00 PM
Description: Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy went 1-for-5 Friday, but he made his one hit count with a three-run homer.
Insight: Hardy has nine homers this year and has trimmed his strikeout rate from 14.9 percent to 11.1 percent. He's hitting .238, but has been unlucky with a .222 BABIP.
Adam Jones, CF5/24/2013 11:06:00 AM
Description: Orioles outfielder Adam Jones has been starting at DH the past three games because of a sore right leg.
Insight: It isn't affecting his bat, but don't expect him to help in the stolen base category for a while.
Nick Markakis, RF5/23/2013 10:15:00 PM
Description: Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis slammed his fifth home run of the season Thursday against Toronto.
Insight: Markakis has homered in two straight games and is hitting .313 with eight doubles and two homers in May.
Adam Jones, CF5/23/2013 10:13:00 PM
Description: Orioles outfielder Adam Jones went 1-for-4 with his seventh homer of the season Thursday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Jones has been serving as Baltimore's DH over the last few games due to leg soreness, but it isn't affecting his bat.
Kevin Gausman, SP5/23/2013 10:10:00 PM
Description: Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman allowed seven hits and four earned over five innings Thursday against the Blue Jays in his big league debut.
Insight: The 22-year-old was the fourth overall pick in the 2012 MLB Draft. Despite the mixed results Thursday, Gausman, who can get his fastball into the high 90s, should be owned in most leagues.
Matt Wieters, C5/23/2013 11:42:00 AM
Description: Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters has been thoroughly unimpressive in 18 lifetime at bats against Toronto starter Brandon Morrow.
Insight: Wieters (.230, 7 HR, 26 RBI) is hitting just .111 versus Morrow with five strikeouts. If you have another catcher at your disposal, today would be the day to use him.
Chris Davis, 1B5/23/2013 11:37:00 AM
Description: Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis hasn't had much success against Blue Jays righthander Brandon Morrow. In 14 at bats, he's only managed two hits while striking out eight times.
Insight: That computes to a .143 average. We wouldn't expect Davis (.329, 14 HR, 43 RBI) to add to his league-leading home run total on Thursday night.
Kevin Gausman, SP5/22/2013 10:29:00 PM
Description: 2012 first round pick Kevin Gausman will make his major league debut for the Orioles Thursday against Toronto.
Insight: It didn't take the 22-year-old long to make it to the big leagues. Gausman went 2-4 with a 3.11 ERA in eight starts for Double-A Bowie before his promotion.
Jason Hammel, SP5/22/2013 10:27:00 PM
Description: Orioles right-hander Jason Hammel limited the Yankees to two runs on six hits in 6 2/3 innings Wednesday to win his sixth game of the year.
Insight: Despite what his record suggests, Hammel has not been good this season. He has a 5.37 ERA, a 1.53 WHIP and a 42/22 K/BB in 57 innings, and his groundball rate is down from 53.2 percent last year to 42.2 percent in 2013.
Chris Davis, 1BHot5/22/2013 10:24:00 PM
Description: Orioles first baseman Chris Davis went 4-for-4 with a homer and two RBI Wednesday against the Yankees.
Insight: Davis is now hitting .303 with five homers and 15 RBI in May after batting .348 with nine homers and 28 RBI last month. He still is striking out a lot, but his K rate is down from 30.1 percent last year to 24.5 percent and his walk rate is up from 6.6 percent to 12.8 percent.
Adam Jones, CFHot5/21/2013 6:37:00 PM
Description: Orioles outfielder Adam Jones is dealing with right leg soreness and will DH Tuesday, according to Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com.
Insight: Jones began feeling sore at the end of Monday's game, and manager Buck Showalter said he didn't like the look of it. He'll keep Jones out of the field Tuesday to keep him fresh.
Miguel Gonzalez, RP5/21/2013 4:22:00 PM
Description: Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez (blister) has been activated from the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Gonzalez left his start on May 3 with a blister on his right thumb and was placed on the DL a week later. He'll start Tuesday against the Yankees, a team he has a career 2.75 ERA against in 19 2/3 career innings. Jair Jurrjens has been demoted.
Nate McLouth, OF5/21/2013 9:31:00 AM
Description: Orioles outfielder Nate McLouth is 7-for-9 (.778) with four doubles against Yankees starter Phil Hughes.
Insight: McLouth began the season with a hot bat, but is hitting just .184 over the past two weeks. The outfielder is batting .277 with three homers, 32 runs, 13 steals and an 18/19 K/BB this season and should be owned in all leagues. This is a very favorable matchup.
Nate McLouth, OF5/21/2013 9:31:00 AM
Description: Orioles outfielder Nate McLouth end Tuesday's game against the Yankees with a walk-off homer in the bottom of the 10th inning.
Insight: It was McLouth's fourth blast of the season but his first since May 2. The outfielder has had a multi-hit game in each of his last three starts.
Matt Wieters, CCold5/20/2013 10:10:00 AM
Description: Orioles catcher Matt Wieters is 5-for-27 (.185) with nine strikeouts against Yankees ace C.C. Sabathia.
Insight: Wieters is batting .230 with six homers, 23 RBI and a .714 OPS this year, but has just two hits in his last 18 at-bats. This unfavorable matchup isn't likely to help those numbers.
J.J. Hardy, SS5/20/2013 10:08:00 AM
Description: Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy is a career .412 hitter (7-for-17) against Yankees left-hander C.C. Sabathia with three extra base hits and a 1.118 OPS.
Insight: Hardy was 4-for-12 in the most recent series against Tampa Bay, but batting just .235 on the season with a .684 OPS. This could be a good matchup for the shortstop.
Adam Jones, CFHot5/19/2013 9:42:00 AM
Description: Orioles outfielder Adam Jones is hitting .318 with six homers, 29 RBI, 31 runs and five steals this season, and he has performed well against Sunday's starter Matt Moore of the Rays.
Insight: Jones has struggled against lefties, hitting .227 in 44 at-bats, but he has handled Moore well in his career.
Matt Wieters, C5/19/2013 9:39:00 AM
Description: Orioles catcher Matt Wieters is 6-for-11 with a pair of homers and three walks against Rays left-hander Matt Moore.
Insight: Moore (7-0, 2.44 ERA) is a tough customer, but Wieters seems to have him figured out. Wieters is batting .230 with six homers, 23 RBI and a .714 OPS this year.
Jair Jurrjens, SP5/18/2013 9:13:00 PM
Description: Orioles right-hander Jair Jurrjens gave up four runs on six hits in five innings in his 2013 debut. He struck out five and walked one.
Insight: Jurrjens made the NL All-Star team in 2011, when he went 13-6 with a 2.96 ERA, but he collapsed and had a 6.89 ERA and a 1.86 WHIP in 48 1/3 innings last year with the Braves. He shouldn't be owned in most fantasy leagues.
Nate McLouth, OF5/18/2013 9:08:00 PM
Description: Orioles outfielder Nate McLouth is 4-for-9 with four runs and two steals over his last two games.
Insight: McLouth has put a stop to a recent slide during which he batted .143 (7-for-49) with seven strikeouts. The resurgent outfielder is hitting .279 with three homers, 32 runs, 13 steals and an 18/19 K/BB this season and should be owned in all leagues.
Adam Jones, CFHot5/18/2013 9:00:00 PM
Description: Orioles outfielder Adam Jones drove in three runs as part of a 2-for-4 game Saturday against the Rays.
Insight: One of his hits was a homer, his sixth of the year. Jones is batting .318 with 31 runs and 29 RBI in 42 games. He had a similar start last year before fading in the middle months of the season. We'll see if he can sustain it this time around.
Nolan Reimold, LF5/18/2013 4:32:00 PM
Description: Baltimore outfielder Nolan Reimold has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain.
Insight: Reimold is batting just .188 with four homers and 30 strikeouts in 101 at-bats this season. Steve Pearce and Chris Dickerson will get most of the at-bats at DH.
Adam Jones, CFHot5/18/2013 9:50:00 AM
Description: Orioles outfielder Adam Jones is a career .500 hitter against Tampa Bay right-hander Roberto Hernandez.
Insight: Jones is off to another blazing start this year, batting .314, with 30 runs scored and 26 RBI in the first 41 games. He's a must start.
Chris Davis, 1BHot5/17/2013 9:38:00 AM
Description: Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis is a career .444 hitter (8-for-18) versus Tampa Bay right-hander Jeremy Hellickson with a home run and a 1.167 OPS.
Insight: Davis leads the American League with 11 HRs, a .659 slugging percentage and a 1.067 OPS and this favorable matchup should add to those totals. He's a must start.
J.J. Hardy, SS5/15/2013 7:06:00 PM
Description: Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a solo homer Wednesday against San Diego.
Insight: Hardy has one hit in eight of the 11 games of this streak, so his average is still pretty low at .227.
Matt Wieters, C5/15/2013 7:03:00 PM
Description: Orioles catcher Matt Wieters walked twice and went 1-for-2 with a solo homer Wednesday against the Padres.
Insight: Wieters has never taken the next step offensively and his numbers are actually down from last year's level.
Manny Machado, 3BHot5/15/2013 6:54:00 PM
Description: Orioles third baseman Manny Machado continued his assault on major league pitching with a 4-for-5 game Wednesday against the Padres.
Insight: The 20-year-old doubled three times, tying him with Mike Napoli for the MLB lead in two-base hits. Machado has hit safely in 20 of the last 22 games and batted .417 with 12 doubles and three homers in that span.
Miguel Gonzalez, RP5/15/2013 5:53:00 PM
Description: Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez (blister) will throw a simulated game Friday, according to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com. He'll return to the rotation next week if all goes well.
Insight: Gonzalez left his start on May 3 with a blister on his right thumb and was placed on the DL a week later. He'll throw 25 pitches in the bullpen and then 25-30 in the simulated game Friday.
Nate McLouth, OFCold5/15/2013 11:05:00 AM
Description: Orioles outfielder Nate McLouth is just 5-for-29 (.172) against San Diego starter Jason Marquis.
Insight: McLouth is hitless in his last three games to drop his average to .276. He was a fantasy stud in April (.346, 22 runs in 23 games), but has struggled in 11 May games and this matchup isn't likely to help.
Chris Tillman, SPHot5/14/2013 10:27:00 PM
Description: Orioles starter Chris Tillman has thrown five straight quality starts.
Insight: Tillman had a 7.07 ERA through three starts after returning from an abdominal strain, but he is 3-0 with a 1.87 ERA over his last five turns. The right-hander broke through with a 9-3 record and a 2.93 ERA in 86 innings last year. His FIP was an unencouraging 4.25 is 2012 and is 4.42 this year, but he should be owned in all leagues until his ERA regresses to that level.
Miguel Gonzalez, RP5/14/2013 4:48:00 PM
Description: Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez is looking to make a rehab start this week, according to Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com.
Insight: Gonzalez left his start on May 3 with a blister on his right thumb and was placed on the DL a week later. He'll have to make a rehab start Saturday if the team is going to slot him in the next time it needs a fifth starter.
Wei-Yin Chen, SP5/14/2013 4:35:00 PM
Description: The Orioles have placed left-hander Wei-Yin Chen on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique.
Insight: Chen left Sunday's start with the injury. Jair Jurrjens will be recalled to take his spot in the rotation but should be left on the waiver wire.
Chris Davis, 1B5/12/2013 8:31:00 PM
Description: O's first baseman Chris Davis bopped his 11th homer Sunday in a win over Minnesota.
Insight: That extends his hit streak to four games. During the streak, Davis has racked up five extra base hits and seven RBI. His .313 batting average this season is a career high.
Wei-Yin Chen, SP5/12/2013 5:47:00 PM
Description: Baltimore lefty Wei-Yin Chen exited with a strained oblique Sunday against Minnesota. SOURCE: MASN
Insight: Oblique injuries almost always require time on the DL. Steve Johnson and Jake Arrieta are both candidates to fill Chen's soon to be vacant spot in the starting rotation.
Miguel Gonzalez, RP5/9/2013 8:05:00 PM
Description: Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 4, due to a blister on his right thumb.
Insight: Gonzalez left Friday's start after six innings after the blister opened up on his throwing hand. He's eligible to return next weekend.
J.J. Hardy, SS5/8/2013 9:32:00 PM
Description: Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy has homered in three of the last four games.
Insight: Hardy has six homers and 20 RBI, but is batting just .215. Use him at your own risk.
Brian Roberts, 2B5/8/2013 7:39:00 PM
Description: Baltimore second baseman Brian Roberts is set to have surgery on his injured hamstring. SOURCE: Roch Kubatko, MASN
Insight: The procedure will take place on Thursday. He could be out until the All-Star break.
Nick Markakis, RF5/8/2013 10:45:00 AM
Description: Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis is hitless in seven at-bats versus Royals starter Luis Mendoza.
Insight: Markakis (.270, 3 HR, 15 RBI) has struggled over the past five games (.190) and you should avoid this matchup.
Jim Johnson, RP5/7/2013 10:36:00 PM
Description: Orioles closer Jim Johnson is 12-for-12 in save chances and has allowed two earned runs in 17 innings this season.
Insight: Johnson broke out with a major-league leading 51 saves and a 2.49 ERA last year and there hasn't been any regression. He's one of the top closers you can own.
Matt Wieters, C5/7/2013 10:31:00 PM
Description: Orioles catcher Matt Wieters had a pair of doubles and three RBI Tuesday against the Royals.
Insight: Wieters has four homers and 18 RBI but is batting just .234. He's not a starting-caliber catcher in mixed leagues right now.
Miguel Gonzalez, RP5/7/2013 6:30:00 PM
Description: Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez (thumb) will have his next start pushed back to Friday or Saturday, according to beat writer Roch Kubatko.
Insight: Gonzalez left Friday's start after six innings due to a blister on his right thumb. He was a surprise last season with a 3.25 ERA in 105 1/3 innings, but he has come back to Earth this year with a 4.58 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP.
Brian Roberts, 2B5/7/2013 5:50:00 PM
Description: Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts (knee) will have his injured knee examined on Wednesday in Dallas, according to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com.
Insight: Roberts ruptured a tendon in his right knee on April 4 and it is not progressing as he hoped.
Matt Wieters, CCold5/7/2013 9:30:00 AM
Description: Orioles catcher Matt Wieters is just 1-for-11 (.091) when facing Royals veteran hurler Ervin Santana.
Insight: He's batting just .223 with a .672 OPS through 30 games. With all the catching talent throughout the league these days, Wieters is not currently playing at a starting fantasy catcher level. He's averaged 22.5 HR per season over the past two years and his career statistics are better after the All-Star break, so no need to panic just yet. Just avoid today's matchup.
Chris Davis, 1B5/5/2013 1:58:00 PM
Description: Orioles first baseman Chris Davis (knee) is back in the lineup Sunday, according to Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com.
Insight: Davis was hoping to be back Tuesday after Baltimore's scheduled off day Monday, but apparently he feels good enough to go Sunday. He only ended up missing one game after leaving Friday with knee soreness.
Freddy Garcia, SP5/4/2013 9:44:00 PM
Description: Orioles right-hander Freddy Garcia took a no-hitter into the seventh inning in his first start of the season and finished with 6 2/3 innings and two earned runs on three hits.
Insight: Garcia served up a two-run homer to Mark Trumbo and Darren O'Day allowed the Angels to tie the game in the eighth, so Garcia took a no decision. Garcia went 12-8 with a 3.62 ERA in 2011, but put up a 5.20 ERA in 107 2/3 innings last season and is unlikely to have much fantasy value at this point in his career.
Chris Davis, 1B5/4/2013 9:06:00 PM
Description: Orioles first baseman Chris Davis (knee) is dealing with tendinitis in his right knee, but there is nothing structurally wrong, according to Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com. Davis hopes to play Tuesday.
Insight: Davis was feeling better Saturday after suffering a right knee injury while trying to beat out a groundout in the fifth inning Friday. The Orioles have a scheduled off day Monday, so Davis may only have to miss two games with the injury.
Manny Machado, 3BHot5/4/2013 8:52:00 PM
Description: Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado is batting .311 with four homers, 19 RBI and three steals this season.
Insight: The 20-year-old Machado went 2-for-5 with a homer Saturday against the Angels and has 12 extra-base hits and a .385 batting average over his last 65 at-bats.
Chris Davis, 1B5/4/2013 4:48:00 PM
Description: Orioles first baseman Chris Davis (knee) is expected to avoid the disabled list, according to Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com.
Insight: Davis was feeling better Saturday after suffering a right knee injury while trying to beat out a groundout in the fifth inning Friday. He's considered day-to-day, and it's likely he'll be out of the lineup Sunday as well with an off day scheduled Monday.
Matt Wieters, C5/4/2013 2:33:00 PM
Description: Orioles catcher Matt Wieters is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Angels. Chris Snyder will get his first start of the season.
Insight: Wieters is not off to a flying start, other than a game-winning grand slam, on April 18. He's batting just .224 with a .685 OPS through 28 games.
Chris Davis, 1B5/4/2013 11:07:00 AM
Description: Orioles' first baseman Chris Davis is expected to miss Saturday's game against the LA Angels with a sore right knee.
Insight: Davis is off to a flying start, batting .330 with a league-leading nine homers, 29 RBI and a 1.121 OPS, but left Friday's game in the fifth inning due to the injury and will get an MRI on Saturday. We should know a lot more after that examination, but this would be a huge loss to the Orioles and fantasy owners if he's out for a long period of time.
Nick Markakis, RF5/3/2013 9:33:00 AM
Description: Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis is 3-for-18 (.167) with one homer and five strikeouts against Angels starter Jason Vargas.
Insight: Markakis (.281, 3 HR, 15 RBI) has struggled against left-handers this season, going 10-for-44 (.227), and he hasn't hit Vargas well in his career.
Nick Markakis, RF5/2/2013 12:06:00 PM
Description: O's right fielder Nick Markakis has been a beast against Joe Blanton (.500 AVG, 1 HR, 4 RBI in 12 at bats).
Insight: Markakis is hitting .284 this season, which isn't far off from his .295 lifetime clip. Expect both of those numbers to rise Thursday with Blanton (0-4, 7.09 ERA) taking the hill for Los Angeles.
Nate McLouth, OF5/1/2013 10:57:00 AM
Description: Orioles outfielder Nate McLouth is just 3-for-27 (.111) with 11 strikeouts against Seattle starter Aaron Harang.
Insight: McLouth is batting .346 with 22 runs scored and a .964 OPS as the Orioles leadoff man, but this matchup isn't a favorable one.
Dylan Bundy, SP4/29/2013 8:01:00 PM
Description: Orioles pitching prospect Dylan Bundy (elbow) had a platelet-rich plasma injection and will rest for six weeks. SOURCE: Roch Kubatko, MASNSports.com
Insight: Bundy, who has been bothered by forearm and elbow stiffness since spring training, met with Dr. James Andrews on Monday. If he makes it to the big leagues this season, it won't be until after the All-Star break.
Miguel Gonzalez, RP4/28/2013 9:12:00 PM
Description: Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez' ERA and WHIP are up to 4.60 and 1.50, respectively, after Sunday's start against Oakland (5 1/3 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K)
Insight: Gonzalez was a surprise last season as a rookie, going 9-4 with a 3.25 ERA and 1.21 WHIP over 18 games, but he needed a .260 BABIP and 82.6 percent strand rate to get that done. He's coming back to reality now.
Manny Machado, 3BHot4/28/2013 9:07:00 PM
Description: Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado has gone 16-for-39 (.410) with five doubles, a triple, a homer, nine RBIs and seven runs in his last nine games.
Insight: The 20-year-old Machado displayed promise last year as a rookie but wasn't a strong fantasy option. He's aiming to change that in 2013. A 4-for-5 Sunday against Oakland raises his batting average to .302.
Nate McLouth, OFHot4/28/2013 9:04:00 PM
Description: Orioles outfielder Nate McLouth picked up four hits, stole a base and scored four runs Sunday versus Oakland.
Insight: The veteran revived his career in 55 games with Baltimore last year and has continued his resurgence in 2013. McLouth is 15-for-24 (.625) with one homer, six RBIs, five steals and 13 runs over his last eight games.
J.J. Hardy, SSCold4/28/2013 9:37:00 AM
Description: Sunday would be a good day to give Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy the day off as he's 2-for-17 (.118) against Oakland's starter Bartolo Colon.
Insight: Hardy has a modest four-game hitting streak, but his average is still below the Mendoza Line. He does have three home runs and has averaged 26 HR over the past two seasons, but it's unlikely this matchup will add to his total.
Taylor Teagarden, C4/27/2013 8:50:00 PM
Description: Baltimore catcher Taylor Teagarden dislocated his left thumb Saturday in a win over Oakland. SOURCE: Dan Connolly, Baltimore Sun
Insight: The injury occurred after Teagarden was hit by a foul tip behind the plate. It looks like he's going to miss about 3-or-4 weeks.
Zach Britton, SP4/25/2013 3:50:00 PM
Description: Orioles starter Zach Britton will be called up from Triple-A and is expected to join the starting rotation.
Insight: Britton is a talented young lefty who was 5-2 with a 2.35 in his first 10 big league starts in 2011, but he finished up 6-9 with a 6.25 ERA in his final 18 and then had his 2012 season delayed by a shoulder impingement. He went 5-3 with a 5.07 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP in 60 1/3 innings last year and can be monitored from a distance.
Nate McLouth, OF4/24/2013 8:08:00 PM
Description: Baltimore left fielder Nate McLouth had two hits, walked twice and scored three runs Wednesday against Toronto.
Insight: McLouth has scored 14 runs in 18 games and is batting .293 with five steals. That should keep fantasy owners satisfied while they wait for his first home run.
Matt Wieters, CCold4/24/2013 11:10:00 AM
Description: Orioles catcher Matt Wieters is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against Toronto. He has struggled against Toronto starter Brandon Morrow, going 2-for-18 with five strikeouts, in their matchups. It's simply a rest day.
Insight: Wieters is not off to a flying start, other than a game-winning grand slam, on April 18. He's batting just .215 with a .695 OPS through 19 games and shouldn't be started on Wednesday afternoon.
Matt Wieters, CCold4/24/2013 9:36:00 AM
Description: Orioles catcher Matt Wieters has struggled against Toronto starter Brandon Morrow, going 2-for-18 with five strikeouts, in their matchups.
Insight: Wieters is not off to a flying start, other than a game-winning grand slam, on April 18. He's batting just .215 with a .695 OPS through 19 games and shouldn't be started on Wednesday afternoon.
Adam Jones, CFHot4/24/2013 9:34:00 AM
Description: Orioles outfielder Adam Jones is a career .393 hitter against Blue Jays hurler Brandon Morrow with three homers and a 1.183 OPS in 28 at-bats.
Insight: Jones is off to another blazing start this year, batting .354, with 18 runs scored and 15 RBI in the first 20 games. A year ago he batted .333 in April with a .980 OPS. We're beginning to see a pattern. He's a must start on Wednesday versus Morrow and the Blue Jays.


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