All Crap Decade Team: Baltimore Orioles

Monday, May 05, 2008

The Orioles last playoff appearance came in 1997. The reason? Throughout the past decade they have had some very bad pitchers.

Lineup (min. 100 games)

C:Geronimo Gil 2002: Hit .232 with an On Base % of .270 in 422 at bats.

1B:Kevin Millar 2007: Hit .254 but really didn't suck that bad. The Orioles have had a lot of decent play at 1st in the last decade surprisingly.

2B:Jerry Hairston 2001: Hit .233 with an OPS of .649 and even got caught stealing over 25% of the time.

3B:Tony Batista 2003:The sloppy swinging 3B who is somehow still bouncing around MLB hit .235 with a .270 OBP in 2003.

SS:Mike Bordick 1997: Cal may longer have been able to play SS but Bordick certainly sucked when he replaced him hitting .236 with a .283 OBP and .318 Slugging.

OF:Tony Tarasco 1997: 100 games played spread around the Outfield positions with .205 batting average. He mostly didn't start, but he mostly did suck.

OF:Brady Anderson 2001: Apparently the steroids might have worn off by 2001 as Anderson hit .202 with an on base % of .311 and a miserable slugging % of .300. 8 Home Runs in 436 at bats makes you question that 50 spot a little more.

OF:Sammy Sosa 2005: What looked like a potentially good idea turned out to be a miserable one after Sosa hit only .221 in 102 games played in his lone season in Baltimore.

DH:Chris Richard 2001: Hit .265 and played about a 1/5 of his games at DH. Basically it was tough to find a bad DH for the Orioles who played over 100 games.

BN:Deivi Cruz 2003: 152 games and only 13 walks, which helped boost his on base percentage to .269 only .019 better than his crap average of .250.

BN:Melvin Mora 2001: Hit only .250 with 7 home runs in 436 while mostly patrolling the Outfield.

BN:Jay Payton 2007: 7 Home Runs with an average of .256 and an OBP of .292 in 434 at bats.

BN:Cal Ripken 2001: Sacrilege? No, Ripken really did suck in 2001. He hit .239 with an OPS of .637 in 477 at bats.

Starting Pitching (min. 18 starts)

SP:Sir Sydney Ponson 2005:7-11 with 6.21 ERA over 23 very very fat man starts. How this man was ever knighted by any country is completely unexplainable.

SP:Doug Drabek 1998: Very past his prime as a 35 year old Drabek finished with a 7.29 ERA over 21 starts and a record of 6-11.

SP:Pat Rapp 2000: 9-12 with a 5.90 ERA over 30 starts.

SP:Jose Mercedes 2001:8-17 with an ERA of 5.82 over 31 starts giving up 219 hits and 63 walks over 184 innings.

SP:Rodrigo Lopez 2006: Daniel Cabrera (07) and Rodrigo (06) had very similar seasons but I'll give the edge to Rodrigo and his 5.90 ERA and 9-18 record instead of Cabrera's slightly reduced ERA and 9-18 record.

Relief Pitching (min. 25 appearances)

RP:Danys Baez 2007: Remember when Baez was a dominant closer? Well with his 6.44 ERA in 07 Orioles fans probably erased that imagery from their heads.

RP:Steve Reed 2005: Reed was 40 during the 05 season and apparently should not have been pitching anymore after he finished with a 6.61 ERA over 30 appearances.

RP:Ryan Kohlmeier 2001: I'd imagine this is a name only Orioles fans remember as he played two MLB seasons both with the Orioles and was done with the MLB after his 7.30 ERA in 01.

RP:Norm Charlton 1998: The lefty reliever finished with a 6.94 ERA in 36 appearances.

RP:Mike DeJean 2004:Honey Dijon finished 0-5 with an ERA of 6.13 in 37 appearances.

RP:Jorge Julio 2005: He also had one ridiculous year as a closer before becoming terrible including the worst of the bunch in 05 when he had a 5.90 ERA in 67 appearances.

RP: Bruce Chen 2006: Started 12 games and came out of the pen in 28 more. Finished with a 6.93 ERA and an 0-7 record.

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