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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Rodrigo Lopez, 2003 Donruss Diamond Kings #10

I came home after a dinner with my family last night and flicked on the Cubs-Cardinals game on the MLB Network. I was treated to a rare double-sighting of Rodrigo Lopez and Lou Montanez, both of whom were recently added to the Cubs roster. Two months into the season, it seems like a fine time to do a roundup of former Orioles across the major leagues. I'll break it up into two parts, with the National Leaguers kicking things off today. All stats are through Friday's games.

-Danys Baez, RP, Phillies: 1-3, 4.33 ERA, 1.48 WHIP. He's made 22 appearances out of the Phils' bullpen and given up 32 hits in 27 innings. That sounds about right.

-George Sherrill, RP, Braves: 1-1, 2.57 ERA, 1.21 WHIP. "Flat Breezy" seems to be back on track after a rough year in L.A. in 2010. He's struck out 19 batters in 14 innings with only 5 walks.

-Justin Turner, IF, Mets: .312 AVG/.353 OBP/.450 SLG, 2 HR, 22 RBI. He had a few cups of coffee in Baltimore after coming over in the Ramon Hernandez trade, but has been an unexpected contributor for the scuffling Mets.

-Willie Harris, UT, Mets: .214/.300/.296, 1 HR, 8 RBI. Yuck.

-Tim Byrdak, RP, Mets: 1-0, 5.27 ERA, 1.54 WHIP (24 G, 13.2 IP). Yes, he's left-handed. Why do you ask?

-Jerry Hairston, 3B, Nationals: .243/.303/.342, 2 HR, 14 RBI. The Nats have seen more of Jerry than they had probably hoped, thanks to Ryan Zimmerman's injury troubles.

-LaTroy Hawkins, Brewers, RP: 0-0, 0.68 ERA, 1.35 WHIP. The 38-year-old has been a little lucky runs-wise, giving up a single earned run in 13.1 innings despite allowing 18 base runners.

-Ramon Hernandez, C, Reds: .308/.357/.538, 7 HR, 17 RBI. Razor Ramon is essentially platooning with Ryan Hanigan, but has the better numbers by far. He's already matched his home run total from last year; I'm a little gobsmacked that he's doing so well. Of course, this doesn't take his defense into account.

-Garrett Olson, RP, Pirates: 1-1, 2.08 ERA, 1.15 WHIP. Made the Bucs' Opening Day roster, gave up one run in four relief appearances, but was sent down to AAA Indianapolis in early April anyway. He's continued pitching well enough there.

-Lou Montanez, OF, Cubs: .308/.357/.462, 0 HR, 2 RBI. Good ol' Lou was promoted to Chicago recently due to a rash of Cubbie injuries, and has 4 hits (including 2 doubles) in his first 13 trips to the plate.

-Rodrigo Lopez, SP/RP, Cubs: 0-0, 9.53 ERA, 1.94 WHIP. The Mexican-born righty began the year with a strong showing for Atlanta's AAA Gwinnett club, which prompted the Cubs to trade for him when injuries and ineffectiveness left some holes in their rotation. He was clobbered in his season debut, allowing 6 runs on 10 hits in 4.2 innings against the Astros, but escaping with a no-decision. He tossed a scoreless inning of relief last night.

-Aubrey Huff, 1B, Giants: .229/.286/.395, 8 HR, 30 RBI. Eesh. He also began the year with some brutal defense in right field before the Giants moved him back to the infield. Imagine how bad his stats would look if he hadn't gone deep three times in one game at St. Louis this week.

-Miguel Tejada, SS, Giants: .211/.237/.271, 1 HR, 16 RBI. A batting line reminiscent of Cesar Izturis, with none of the glove. Miggi looks D-U-N.

-Eli Whiteside, C, Giants: .176/.271/.275, 1 HR, 2 RBI. He figures to get more playing time with Buster Posey out for the season. In other words, San Francisco should probably find a Plan B.

-Melvin Mora, 3B, Diamondbacks: .257/.271/.307, 0 HR, 15 RBI. Here's one more stat for you: 2 BB, 19 K. It's probably time for MelMo to come back home and raise all of those kids.

-David Hernandez, RP, Diamondbacks: 2-1, 1 SV, 1.71 ERA, 1.29 WHIP. Looks a damn sight better than the guys who are pulling down millions in the O's 'pen.

-Kam Mickolio, RP, Diamondbacks: 0-0, 6.75 ERA, 1.95 WHIP. Only six games in the bigs so far for the 6'9" reliever, but it looks like he still hasn't figured anything out.

-Ty Wigginton, 3B, Rockies: .254/.308/.459, 5 HR, 16 RBI. Wiggy has claimed Colorado's third base job by default, kind of like his experience in Baltimore in 2010. I saw Melvin Mora hit a ball through his wickets in a recent game to score a two-out run. The Rockies' left fielder then gunned down Mora trying to advance to second base. It made me laugh, because I'm a bad person.

-Casey Blake, 3B, Dodgers: .299/.400/.494, 3 HR, 11 RBI. The bearded veteran missed a chunk of time with a really gruesome elbow infection.

-Jay Gibbons, OF, Dodgers: .255/.323/.345, 1 HR, 5 RBI. Yep, one homer in 62 trips to the plate.

-Juan Castro, IF, Dodgers: .231/.286/.231, 0 HR, 1 RBI. That's a six-game stat line. Remember that time Castro hit a home run against the Yankees? I sure do.

-Lance Cormier, RP, Dodgers: 0-1, 9.88 ERA, 1.98 WHIP. 13.2 ugly innings for the 2008 Oriole. You know things are going badly in L.A. when they've used four ex-O's.

So there you have it. If I don't get distracted by something shining, I'll run down the American League tomorrow. Here's a preview: Jose Bautista is the destroyer of worlds.


night owl said...

Cormier was let go by the Dodgers for obvious reasons.

I had no idea Casey Blake was a former O.

Ryan H said...

Turner's batting line looks really nice vs Andino's: notably 22 rbi vs. 3 rbi.

OriolePhan said...

Why Couldn't Hernandez pitch in baltimore

Kevin said...

Greg - I actually blinked and missed Casey Blake's time in Baltimore. In Sept. 2001, they grabbed him off waivers from the Twins, and he went 2-for-15 with a homer and a walk in six games. A few weeks later, they waived him and the Twins took him back.

Ryan - Yeah, no kidding. At least Andino's hitting lefties.

OriolePhan - He started pitching better when the O's moved him to the bullpen early last year, but then he hurt his ankle and that messed things up a bit I think.