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Alexi Casilla—Utility Infielder
Casilla is having the kind of year where his stats look cruddy but he's really contributing to his team. He's playing plus defense when he gets on the field, and I can recall at least three key go-ahead hits the switch-hitter has delivered throughout the season. Over the second half of the season, don't expect much from Casilla in terms of offense, but do expect him to be used as a pinch-hitter, occasional second-baseman, in against lefties should Roberts go down again, and Sabathia killer.
Dickerson has contributed just as much as Casilla has, maybe even a bit more, from his bench role. He'll get the occasional start to give an outfielder a rest of at the DH spot, and seems to have a knack for key home runs. The lefty has four homers thus far, and don't expect him to double that total, though adding one or two more certainly is a realistic goal. However, I'll go out on a limb and predict that the Orioles approach Dickerson about signing on for next year to remain the team's fourth outfielder before season's end.
Brian Roberts—Second Baseman
The longest-tenured player on the Orioles, Roberts (pictured) has been on the DL since the third game of the season. Yep, unfortunately it's been the same thing as the last three years for the former All-Star. Slated to return to the lineup on Sunday night against the New York Yankees, Roberts will look to finish the season healthy in hopes of lining up a new deal with the O's or another club. Roberts won't be able to reach that goal, though, as he'll likely get injured once more and miss some time, but return for the end of the season and the playoffs should the O's make it into October.
Teagarden has been exactly what's expected of a backup catcher: all glove, no bat. He has supplied two homers, but is batting just .097 through 31 at-bats. Teagarden will be able to bring his average up to just above the .200 mark over the course of the rest of the season.
Travis Ishikawa—First Baseman
The O's called up Ishikawa just as he was ready to opt out of his minor league deal when they put Steve Pearce on the DL. Should they try to send him back down when Pearce is ready to return, he'll surely refuse, so look to see Ishikawa dealt within the next week or two in order to keep him out of the AL East.
Steve Pearce—First Baseman/Corner Outfielder
Pearce was having a solid season with the bat off the bench before he needed to spend some time on the 15-day DL, and when he returns, look for him to do much of the same over the second half of the season. His average won't be too low or too high, and he'll provide a little bit of pop getting starts against left-handed pitchers. He'll be a solid force off the bench for his team.
Wei-Yin Chen—Starting Pitcher
The lefty Chen is due to come off the DL this week, and for the O's, he can't come back soon enough. He was their most reliable starter before he injured himself, and his return will ease the bullpen a little while giving manager Buck Showalter an easier time planning his rotation on a day-to-day basis. Chen, along with Miguel Gonzalez and Chris Tillman, should help solidify a struggling O's pitching staff.