Heath Bintliff: The Orioles’ first half by the numbers

A quick look at some of the first half numbers for the Baltimore Orioles - the good, the bad and the ugly:

0 - Number of passed balls allowed by Orioles catcher Matt Wieters. Obviously, this leads all of Major League Baseball starting catchers.

1- Number of Orioles All-Stars. Matt Wieters represented the O’s in Arizona and has been one of the bright spots for the team this season.

3 - Number of homers designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero has hit since May 1.

4 - Number of quality starts Baltimore starters have had since pitching coach Mark Connor left the team June 14. They had 32 quality starts with Connor on the coaching staff.

5- The longest winning streak of the season for the team, from May 21-26.

6- The number of players on the team with more extra base hits than cleanup hitter Guerrero.

7 - How many more wins the O’s have at the All-Star break in 2011 over 2010.

8 - Number of stolen bases for right fielder Nick Markakis, his most at the break since 2007.

9 - Days that Baltimore has been in first place during the 2011 season.

11 - Number of times the Orioles have been shut out.

13 - Number of homers for center fielder Adam Jones at the break. He has hit 19 the each of the last two seasons.

16 - Number of games the team is under .500 at the break.

17 - Number of runs Orioles pitching surrendered to the Washington Nationals on May 20, the most they have given up in a single game this season (made all the more humiliating because it was against the Nats).

18 - Number of games out of first place in the American League East at the break.

19 - Markakis’ hit streak, a season high for the team.

20 - Number of homers for third baseman Mark Reynolds, which leads the team. Also the number of errors for Reynolds, which also leads the team.

25 - Average age of the principal Orioles starters in 2011.

27 - Number of games that Guerrero played for the Orioles before he drew a walk.

39 - Number of games that second baseman Brian Roberts manged to play in the first half.

82 - Number of wins PECOTA (the Baseball Prospectus forecasting system) predicted for the Orioles before the season started.

107 - Number of hits for Nick Markakis so far, leading the team.

.219 - Shortstop J.J. Hardy’s Isolated Power (ISO) score, which ranks first among all major league shortstops.

4.77 - The team ERA, dead last among AL pitching staffs.

.839 - Reynolds’ team leading OPS.

$15.25 million - Amount of money being paid to first baseman Derrek Lee and Guerrero, arguably two of the three worst hitters on the team.

Heath Bintliff blogs about the Orioles at Dempsey’s Army. His ruminations about the Birds appear as part of MASNsports.com’s season-long initiative of welcoming guest bloggers to our site. All opinions expressed are those of the guest bloggers, who are not employed by MASNsports.com but are just as passionate about their baseball as our roster of writers.


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