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  • "I Like Our Guys": A Baltimore Oriole Franchise

    Your Favorite Baltimore Oriole Franchise is back for another great year of Baltimore Oriole baseball. In the few spring training games I have played, I am really going to enjoy this lineup when things are going good and not so much when they strike out 15 times in a game which will probably happen a lot.

    I am using Millennium's OSFM V 1.5 40 man roster for this franchise and for right now I am not changing any sliders as I want to see how everything goes with them on default before I start changing them around.

    I hope everyone enjoys the franchise. Lets Go O's!!

  • #2
    Offseason Review

    Raise your hand if you predicted that the Orioles would sign none or maybe of their four free agents. Now raise your hand if you predicted that the Orioles would spend nearly 245 million dollars on signing free agents this offseason. If you said, you predicted that the Orioles would spend nearly 245 million dollars on free agents this offseason, you are liar and put your hand down. However, in this new wild and wacky world we live in the Baltimore Orioles who just as of 2012 never had a payroll over 100 million dollars, did indeed spend nearly 245 million dollars on resigning their own free agents, and other players.

    After going a disappointing 81-81 in 2015 the Orioles went into the offseason with five major free agents from the team which just one year ago won the AL East crown and lost in the ALCS to the Royals. Wei-Yin Chen, arguably the team's best pitcher, Matt Wieters, the team's starting catcher, Chris Davis who has lead the league in total homeruns since 2012 and twice lead the majors in hoemruns in 2013 and 2015, Darren O'Day one of the game's best setup men, and Steve Pearce while he may not be the major free agent like the other four but was still a key contributor to the team that went to the ALCS just one year ago. If the Orioles were able to keep one, maybe two of their own free agents most fans would of called this a good offseason but instead the Orioles were able to keep three of the four major free agents, while Steve Pearce signed a deal with the Tampa Bay Rays. Wei-Yin Chen would also leave Baltimore as the Miami Marlins gave him a 5 year, 80 million dollar deal.

    Matt Wieters was the first one to resign when he shocked the baseball world by becoming one of the first players to accept the Qualifying Offer of 15.8 million for one year. Darren O'Day would be the next piece to fall as he would resign with the Orioles on a 4 year, 31 million dollar deal after the Orioles were the only team willing to give O'Day the 4th year he wanted in a deal. Then finally in late January the major domino would finally fall in Chris Davis as he would sign the richest deal in Oriole history when he inked a 7 year, 161 million deal. However, the O's were not done as they also inked Korean Outfielder Hyung-Soon Kim to a 2 year, 7 million dollar deal, Yovani Gallardo to a 2 year, 21 million dollar deal, and finally Pedro Alvarez to a 1 year 5.75 million dollar deal. The Orioles also added Mark Trumbo from the Mariners in a trade for C Steve Clevenger who was the odd man out with Caleb Joseph being the backup catcher now with Wieters accepting the QO. Finally, as usual the Orioles also added rule 5 guy OF Joey Rickard from the Rays.

    The resigning of Wieters, Davis, and O'Day keep the core of Oriole player which also includes Manny Machado, and Adam Jones together, however losing Wei-Yin Chen may hurt the most as he was the team best pitcher in 2015 and most consistent since 2012 when they signed him. The signing of Gallardo will hopefully ease the pain of losing Chen but is it enough to help this rotation which desperately needed to be upgraded this offseason. We shall see, but one thing is for certain this lineup potentially could hit 300 homeruns this year.


    • #3
      Spring Training Position Battles to Watch:

      With Spring Training just days away, here are the position battles to watch:

      Corner Outfielders:

      Who will be joining Adam Jones in the outfielder come April 4th when the Orioles open the year up against the Twins at home? Will Hyung-Soon Kim .450 OBP in Korea translate to the MLB? Will Nolan Reimold finally stay healthy and step up finally take one of the corner outfield jobs? Will Mark Trumbo's bat be enough overcome his shakey at best defense in the outfield? Will the Rule 5 draft pick, Joey Rickard step up and become an everyday ball player?

      5th Starter:

      Who will be the Oriole 5th starter? Chris Tillman, Kevin Gausman, Yovani Gallardo, and Ubaldo Jimenez are all locks to be in the rotation this year but will join them? Will one of Mike Wright or Tyler Wilson step up and take control of the 5th spot. Will Vance Worely who was picked up off waivers pitch well enough to earn the spot? Or is the Oriole 5th starter not even in the organization yet?

      Stay tune to see who steps up and takes control of the position battles.


      • #4
        well it is about time you got off your duff and came back to the fold... you have been missed... welcome back buddy... may you and your franchise do well... just not as well as my franchise does... looking forward to seeing your settings etc and your first update... always a good read..


        • #5
          Originally posted by mlblover View Post
          well it is about time you got off your duff and came back to the fold... you have been missed... welcome back buddy... may you and your franchise do well... just not as well as my franchise does... looking forward to seeing your settings etc and your first update... always a good read..
          Oh man, I forgot about settings. I knew I was forgetting something when I posted the initial post.

          Anyway for now I am playing on veteran for both hitting and pitching. I will eventually move up to all star for at least pitching. I am a simple man and just use button hitting, and button pitching.


          • #6
            Spring Training Position Battle Update:

            Through 12 games here is how the position battles for Corner Outfield spots and 5th starter spot are going;

            Corner Outfielder:

            Mark Trumbo: .320/.370/.560 4 HR, 9 RBIs. Trumbo appears to have locked up the right field spot with the addition of Pedro Alvarez who will be the full time DH against the right handed pitchers
            Hyun-Soon Kim: .120/.160/.190 0 HR, 1 RBI. Kim is struggling to adjust to major league pitching after starting the spring off on a 0-25 slump, has picked things up a bit over the last 5 games by going 6 for 16.
            Joey Rickard: .420/.460/.510 1 HR, 4 RBI, 5 SB. Rickard has been the biggest surprise of the spring so far, as he is batting well over .400. The rule 5 pick is forcing Buck's hand and he has started to take on a starting role this spring. Will his hot start continue and lead to a starting left field spot on Opening Day?
            Nolan Reimold: 0 for 1. Has missed the last 11 games with a shoulder injury but is in the lineup today.

            5th Spot in the Rotation:

            Mike Wright: 0-1, 4.50 ERA, 1.45 WHIP. Mike Wright in his first appearance got shelled by giving up 5 runs in 1.2 IP. His last two outings have been better by going 3 IP 1 ER, and 3 IP, 0 R.
            Tyler Wilson: 1-0 1.20 ERA, 0.90 WHIP. Tyler Wilson has pitched great so far this spring and has only allowed 1 earned run in 8 innings of work. Right now Tyler has the edge for the 5th spot in the rotation.
            Vance Worely: 0-0, 3.00 ERA, 1.10 WHIP. Vance Worely has appeared in 4 games, and has given up 3 runs in 10 innings of work.


            • #7
              Spring Training Position Battle Update:

              With one week left in Spring Training, Oriole manager Buck Showalter has announced that Mark Trumbo and Joey Rickard will be starting on opposite sides of Adam Jones on Opening Day. Trumbo was a shoein once it became clear Alvarez would be the full time DH against righties. Rickard has had an amazing spring as he is currently batting .390 with 2 HR, and 14 RBIs and 10 stolen bases. Rickard brings something to this Oriole lineup it has been missing for years, Speed!

              Buck was mum on who will be the team's 5th starts only stating that we really won't need the 5th starter right away. The Orioles must have their final 25 man roster set before Sunday, April 2nd so we will see then.


              • #8
                Trade News:

                Well this may explain why Buck was mum on who will be the team's 5th starter as General Manager Dan Duquette today announced the team has traded RP Brian Matusz to the Astros in exchange for two young pitchers in SP Asher Wojciehowski (63 ovr, C Pot) and RP Chris Devenski (59 ovr, C Pot). After disappointing spring in which Matusz pitched to an ERA of nearly 10, Duquette said it was time to move for both parties and we found a trade match with the Astros who were willing to take on all of Matusz's 4.75 million dollar contract and send a couple a solid young pitchers in exchange in Wojcihowski and Devenski. Both of them will report to AAA Norfolk to begin the year there.


                • #9
                  Opening Day Roster & Lineups

                  Lineup Vs RH

                  LF Joey Rickard
                  3B Manny Machado
                  1B Chris Davis
                  RF Mark Trumbo
                  CF Adam Jones
                  DH Pedro Alvarez
                  C Matt Wieters
                  2B Jonathan Schoop
                  SS JJ Hardy

                  Lineup Vs LH

                  LF Joey Rickard
                  3B Manny Machado
                  1B Chris Davis
                  CF Adam Jones
                  DH Mark Trumbo
                  C Matt Wieters
                  2B Jonathan Schoop
                  RF Nolan Reimold

                  Bench: OF Nolan Reimold vs RH, LF Hyung-Soon Kim, UT Ryan Flaherty, C Caleb Joseph

                  Starting Rotation:

                  SP Kevin Gausman
                  SP Chris Tillman
                  SP Yovani Gallardo
                  SP Ubaldo Jimenez
                  SP Tyler Wilson


                  LRP Tj McFarland
                  LRP Vance Worely
                  RP Brad Brach
                  RP Mychal Givens
                  RP Dylan Bundy
                  SU Darren O'Day
                  CP Zach Britton

                  After the roster, lineups, rotations were released Buck said Mike Wright was sent down to AAA to be a starter and will probably be back up with the league team sometime this year.


                  • #10
                    Series Preview:

                    The Baltimore Orioles will open the 2016 season at home against the Minnesota Twins. The Twins have won 8 in a row against the Orioles including sweeping the season series last year 7-0. Will the Orioles get some revenge and start off the year on the right foot. Here is the pitching matchups for the opening series:

                    Game 1: Kevin Guasman vs Phil Hughes
                    Game 2: Chris Tillman vs Kyle Gibson
                    Game 3: Yovani Gallardo vs Ervin Santana


                    • #11
                      Looking forward to following this! Good luck this season.


                      • #12
                        April 4th: MIN @ BAL

                        The Twins get Trumbombed as Mark Trumbo launches two homeruns in his Oriole debut. O's win 4-3.

                        Baltimore, MD-

                        Mark Trumbo (2-3, 2 HR (2), 2 RBI (2)) launches two homeruns in his Orioles debut but it is Chris Davis’s (1-3, HR (1), 2 RBI (2)) opposite field homerun in bottom of the 6th that serves as the difference in the Orioles opening Day 4-3 victory over the Twins. The Orioles would get the scoring going quickly after spring training darling Joey Rickard (1-4, 2B) lead off the game with his first career major hit, a double off of Phil Hughes. He would then score of Chris Davis sac Fly to give the O’s the 1-0 lead. Mark Trumbo would then blast his 1st homerun of the game to give the O’s a quick 2-0 lead. In the bottom of the 4th with the O’s up 2-1, Mark Trumbo would hit his 198th homerun of his career to straight away center field to give the O’s the 3-1 lead. In top of the 5th, Kevin Gausman (1-0, 2.57 ERA) who pitched a solid 7 innings giving up two runs on five hits and striking out four who give up a RBI double to Edruado Nunez to cut the Oriole lead to one again at 3-2. Chris Davis would then give the Orioles what would be the game winning homerun in the bottom of the 6th when he took a Phil Hughes 1-2 pitch over the left center fence for a solo homerun and a 4-2 lead at the time.

                        Zach Britton (1) came on the in the 9th for the save situation with a two run lead and then proceeded to give a solo shot to Miguel Sano (2-4, HR (1), RBI (1)) on a 0-2 fastball. Britton would then retire the next three batters in order including striking out the last two batters to pick up his first save of the year.

                        The teams have an off day tomorrow then Chris Tillman will oppose Kyle Gibson in game 2 of this opening series.


                        • #13
                          April 6th MIN (0-1) @ BAL (1-0)

                          Pedro Alvarez walks it off in the bottom of the 9th with an RBI single to give the O's the 4-3 come from behind victory.

                          Baltimore, MD-

                          After falling behind 3-1, the Orioles (2-0) would rally to score three runs over the last three innings including a Pedro Alvarez walk off RBI single in the bottom of the 9th to give the Orioles the 4-3 victory over the Twins (0-2). The hit was Pedro's first as an Oriole. Through five innings this was a scoreless game as Chris Tillman and Kyle Gibson matched each other pitch for pitch. Then in the bottom of the 6th Chris Davis (1-4 HR (2), RBI (3)) would blast a solo homerun off of the warehouse on Euraw street to break the scoreless tie. However, in top of the 7th the Twins would strike for three runs on a Brian Dozier (1-4, RBI (1))RBI single and two run double from Kurt Suzuki (1-3, 2B, 2 RBI. (2)). Chris Tillman would finish the inning off to go 7 innings giving up 3 runs on 5 hits but did strike out eight to earn the no decision.

                          In the bottom of the 7th the Orioles would strike right back as they would tie the game on Matt Wieters (1-3, HR (1), RBI (1)) solo homerun which stayed just fair as it traveled by the right field foul pole. The homerun was proceeded by a Jonathan Schoop (0-2 Sac FLY RBI (1)) Sac Fly RBI which cut the lead to 3-2 at that time.

                          The Orioles will be looking to sweep the Twins as Yovani Gallardo will make his Oriole debut as he will oppose Ervin Santana.


                          • #14
                            Very solid updates,very solid wins.. i give it... a 9.5 out of 10... just one small thing.. when putting words in between your pics (always preview before posting... )... just remember to make sure you have a space at least between them... just looks better... other than that flawless... as always... keep up the great work..


                            • #15
                              Glad to see TSN's favorite Oriole fan has come back to the nest.

                              Good luck on the battle for the East. Make sure to scramble those damn Yankees' brains.