August 20, 2016
Friend Requests - Baltimore Orioles Analysis
The Orioles are 22-17 in this 1984 Statis Pro season, one year removed from their real life World Series victory over the Phillies. The team doesn't look that different than the champs, though some of their performances have varied. They have a good record but are actually tied for fourth place with the Boston Red Sox, stuck behind the Yankees, Tigers, and Blue Jays. The AL East is very tough, especially compared to the weak teams over in the West.
Let's take a look at the offense:
C Rick Dempsey 7HR 15RBI .223/.296/.476
1B Eddie Murray 8HR 35RBI .348/.454/.582
2B Rich Dauer 9 2B 10RBI .256/.278/.372
3B Wayne Gross 13HR 27RBI .223/.321/.638
SS Cal Ripken Jr. 8HR 28RBI .331/.402/.600
OF Mike Young 6HR 28RBI .402/.491/.636
OF Al Bumbry 5 2B 5RBI .385/.446/.431
OF Gary Roenicke 5HR 17RBI .278/.393/.500
OF John Lowenstein 2HR 11RBI .364/.414/.494
OF John Shelby 2 3B 8RBI .225/.252/.297
DH Ken Singleton 2HR 5RBI .268/.324/.340
As you can see, a lot of these guys are hitting way outside of their weight class. Mike Young is the prime example of this. He's the best hitter in the league right now not named Joe Morgan. He and Morgan continue to be the luckiest players on the FAC's. Wayne Gross hits homers, walks, or strikes out. At some point the offense has to come back down to earth...right?
Here are the pitchers:
Mike Boddicker 7-2 1.78 ERA 33K
Mike Flanagan 3-2 3.28 ERA 27K
Storm Davis 4-3 3.17 ERA 32K
Scott McGregor 3-1 5.66 ERA 24K
Sammy Stewart 1-1 8.31 ERA 5 saves
Tippy Martinez 1-0 8.31 ERA 1 save
Dennis Martinez 0-2 8.40 ERA
Jim Palmer is already done for the season, his last as a professional. The starters have been strong, though McGregor has suffered from some bad luck. The bullpen is an obvious eye sore. They've had bad luck too, though Dennis Martinez was not good in the real 1984. He just got bumped into the rotation to fill the Jim Palmer void.
I predict these guys will finish third by the end of the year. I think the Tigers and Blue Jays will continue to battle for first while the Yankees and Red Sox fade at some point. This is a plus .500 team for sure, but they can't keep hitting like they are now. Sadly.