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Getting a handle on O's and defense stats

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Getting a handle on O's and defense stats

So as Im listening to the Orioles on the radio Monday night, Fred Manfra mentions how the Mariners are the best-fielding team in the majors, with a .990 fielding percentage, and the Orioles, at .980, are the worst.

Now, given how the Orioles are hanging in there for wild-card contention and how only two other American League teams have worse records than the Mariners, my first thought is: Huh, defense in baseball is overrated.

But rather than commit that thought to my head and decide to bring it up the next time Im discussing baseball with someone who may actually know what he or she is talking about, I looked at the stats.

Among baseballs six division leaders, five rank among the top 11 in fielding in the majors. Only in the National League West, where the Dodgers or Giants are within a half-game of each other, does this not hold true. The Dodgers rank 21st and Giants just above the Orioles at 29th.

In regard to the Orioles, this adds another element to what an anomaly they are. Theyre the worst fielding team in the majors, they have been outscored overall this season by 55 runs, their team ERA of 4.10 ranks ninth in the American League

Yet, yet the Orioles sit a half-game out of the last wild-card spot with 53 games left to play. Which really is the only stat that matters.

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Orioles Roundup: Bullpen blows early five run lead

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Orioles Roundup: Bullpen blows early five run lead

The Orioles had a five-run lead, but the bullpen was unable to hold it. The Yankees scored nine runs in the final four innings, leading their way to a 10-7 victory.

Here is your latest news on Baltimore and New York:

Player Notes:

ORIOLES:

Hanser Alberto had a career night in the loss. He had a career-best four hits and finished a triple short of the cycle.

Mark Trumbo could return to the field sooner than expected. He's expected to start some extended spring training games soon, with rehab starts to soon follow after that.

YANKEES:

Gleyber Torres hit his eighth home run of the season against Baltimore. It's still May.

Gary Sanchez completed the comeback for the Yankees, putting them ahead for good with a three-run home run in the ninth. He finished with four RBIs.

Miguel Andujar underwent successful surgery on his labrum on Monday. While he won't play again this season, he should be ready for spring training next season.

For the first time in his career, Troy Tulowitzki could play a position other than shortstop. He recently approached the Yankees brass and told them he'd be open to playing another position when he returns from injury, as Didi Gregorius is expected to return soon.

Injuries: 

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 10-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 10-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up:

Monday 5/20: Orioles @ Yankees, 7:05 p.m., Yankee Stadium 

Tuesday 5/21: Orioles @ Yankees, 7:05 p.m., Yankee Stadium 

Wednesday 5/22: Orioles @ Yankees, 7:05 p.m., Yankee Stadium  

Thursday 5/23: Orioles @ Yankees, 12:35 p.m., Yankee Stadium  

Source: Rotoworld

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Orioles Roundup: Yefry Ramirez struggles in Sunday matinee vs. Indians

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Orioles Roundup: Yefry Ramirez struggles in Sunday matinee vs. Indians

The Orioles got blanked in Cleveland on Sunday afternoon in the final game of the series against the Indians.

Here is your latest news on Baltimore and Cleveland:

Player Notes: 

ORIOLES:

Yefry Ramirez gave up five runs on six hits in just 3 innings against Cleveland and was promptly returned to Triple-A Norfolk

Chris Davis was neutralized against the Indians, going 0-for-4 Sunday afternoon, while dropping his batting average to .179.

INDIANS:

Shane Bieber struck out 15 while firing off a complete game shutout in Sunday's 10-0 win over the Orioles.

Francisco Lindor went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, a stolen base, a walk and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Orioles.

Injuries: 

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 10-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 10-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up:

Monday 5/20: Orioles @ Yankees, 7:05 p.m., Yankee Stadium 

Tuesday 5/21: Orioles @ Yankees, 7:05 p.m., Yankee Stadium 

Wednesday 5/22: Orioles @ Yankees, 7:05 p.m., Yankee Stadium  

Source: Rotoworld

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