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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