Before we leave 2011 completely behind, I wanted to share a few items from the Orioles’ season summary that I brought home from the Winter Meetings.
Nick Markakis fell out of the 40-doubles club, but he became only the eighth player in baseball to record 30 or more doubles in each of the last five seasons. He’s recorded 180 or more hits in five seasons, the most in club history.
Jeremy Guthrie became the 11th pitcher in Orioles history to start 30 or more games in four seasons. Unfortunately, he tied his career high with 17 losses and became the first pitcher since Kip Wells (2005 and 2007) to lose 17 or more games twice in his career.
Guthrie’s 48 losses since the start of the 2009 season lead the majors and put him seven ahead of Fausto Carmona.
The Orioles have scored three runs or fewer in 32 of Guthrie’s last 64 starts.
J.J. Hardy’s 30 home runs were the most by an American League East shortstop since Miguel Tejada hit 34 for the Orioles in 2004.
Jim Johnson allowed a run in three of his last 20 outings, posting a 1.71 ERA in 26 1/3 innings and recording a save in seven of his last 11 appearances.
Johnson surrendered three home runs in his first 11 appearances, and none in his next 46.
The Orioles were successful in 32 of their last 38 stolen base attempts since Aug. 26.
Matt Angle went 11-for-12 in stole base attempts after being recalled on July 17. The Orioles were 20-11 in games that he played.
Pedro Strop (2-for-19), Zach Phillips (2-for-20) and Clay Rapada (5-for-48) combined to hold left-handed batters to a .103 average.
Over the last two seasons, left-handed batters are 6-for-67 (.090) against Rapada, That’s the lowest average in baseball (minimum of 60 at-bats.)
Troy Patton posted a 2.42 ERA in his last 17 appearances, walking three and striking out 17 in 26 innings. Right-handed hitters batted .186 (11-for-59) against Patton. He didn’t allow an extra-base hit to a left-handed batter.
Jeremy Accardo became the first Orioles pitcher to allow two inside-the-park home runs in the same season since Pat Hentgen in 2003.
Orioles pinch-hitters led the majors with a .298 average.
Orioles starting pitchers led the majors by allowing five runs or more in 56 games - five more than Houston and Minnesota. The Orioles had 60 quality starts, the fewest in the majors and 11 fewer than Boston and Colorado.
There were 214 home runs hit at Camden Yards, the second-most in the majors behind the 228 hit at Rangers Ballpark in Texas. The 214 homers were the second-most hit at Camden Yards behind the 229 in 1996.
Jake Arrieta was 5-0 with a 3.09 ERA in six starts against the AL Central.
Arrieta allowed 1.58 homers per nine innings, the third-highest average in the majors behind Cincinnati’s Bronson Arroyo (2.08) and Toronto’s Brett Cecil (1.60).
Jason Berken posted a 1.42 ERA against the AL Central, a 1.93 ERA against the AL West and a 6.95 ERA against the AL East.
Left-handed batters hit .391 against Berken. AL East opponents batted .358 against him. Opponents batted .377 against him at Camden Yards.
Rookie Zach Britton went 11-11, making him the first Orioles starter with 20 or more decisions to post a .500 record or better since Erik Bedard in 2006.
Britton went 5-for-8 with a double, homer, two RBIs and three runs scored in interleague games. The five hits were the most in one season by an AL pitcher since the creation of the designated hitter in 1974.
Kevin Gregg posted a 2.16 ERA in 8 1/3 innings against the Yankees, holding them to a .200 average.
Gregg held opponents to a .185 average (5-for-27) with runners in scoring position and two outs.
Gregg posted a 7.36 ERA in his last 17 outings.
Brian Matusz went 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA in his first two starts, and 0-9 with a 13.03 ERA in his last 10.
Nolan Reimold hit two walk-off home runs. Only three other Orioles have hit multiple walk-off home runs since 2000 (Cal Ripken, Tony Batista and Brian Roberts.)
Reimold batted .303/.393/.648 in 38 wins, and .200/.269/.290 in 49 losses.
Mark Reynolds’ .176 home batting average was the worst in the AL.
Luke Scott batted .350/.409/.550 in six games against the Royals.
Matt Wieters batted .435/.552/1.043 in seven games against the Twins.