Mychal Givens has been nearly as good this year as last, but his ERA and win total hide the fact that he’s gotten worse in an important way. I dig into the data and posit that an adjustment he made may need more adjusting.
Despite recent success as a reliever, Brian Matusz was doing terribly this year and never made it as a starter, so the news he was traded and then DFA’d didn’t come as a huge surprise. At Camden Depot I explore his struggles.
I think he’ll be back in the major leagues at some point.
At Camden Chat I examine how the Orioles have become far more patient at the plate. By chasing fewer pitches out of the zone, their on-base percentage has soared, placing them among the top offenses in the game. This approach contrasts wildly with their 2014-2015 selves.
Over at Camden Depot I participated in a roundtable with the other writers about the 2016 season. Site editor Jon and I discussed the infield defense, JJ Hardy’s shoulder, the increasing number of ground balls by the starting rotation, the power and strikeout tendencies of the offense, and more! We open the podcast; after us, other writers discuss other aspects of the team.
The outspoken righty had the worst season of his career last year, most of it with the Orioles. He ultimately was cut from the team and landed with the Braves on a low-salary, one-year deal. He made comments in the media blaming himself for the poor performance, but most of his struggles were beyond his control.