Orioles Grades for Every Player in August
Surprisingly enough, the O's actually outscored their opponents 129-115. However, that means absolutely nothing.
As with any month, some players were hot in August, some were cold, while some were average. That said, here are the grades for every player on the Orioles' roster for the month of August.
All stats in the following slideshow can be found by clicking here (via ESPN.com).
Matt Wieters, C: C-
While Wieters only averaged .179 in August, he did hit five homers and drove in 14 runs. His average was actually on the rise until he went hitless in six straight games near the end of the month.
Chris Davis, 1B: A-
Davis added nine homers, eight doubles and 23 RBI to his season total in August. He also added 30 strikeouts, which is the only reason his grade is as low as it is.
Brian Roberts, 2B: C+
Other than a grand slam against Oakland on August 23, Roberts was pretty average last month, averaging .254 with only four extra base hits. However, that grand slam was an important one, and B-Rob also drove in 15 runs in the month.
Manny Machado, 3B: A-
After a rough July in which he only hit one double and averaged .196, Machado recovered nicely in August. In 109 at-bats, the 21-year-old hit .321, with seven doubles, three home runs and 15 RBI. Oh, and he's pretty good in the field, to say the least.
J.J. Hardy, SS: C+
The Orioles' shortstop was having a very good month until he went 0-for-13 in the last four games of the month. Hardy only managed to drive in eight runs, but he still hit five homers and averaged .276.
Nate McLouth, LF: D+
Although McLouth did hit three homes and drive in 10 RBI in August, both of which were season highs for a month for Nate, his batting line only read .194/.272/.333, all of which were season lows. As a leadoff man, the 31-year-old's job is to get on base, something he wasn't very successful at in August.
Adam Jones, CF: B+
Jones started the month on fire, getting at least one hit in each of the first nine games, including a 4-for-4 on August 6 in his hometown of San Diego. However, he cooled off considerably after that. Still, Jones did average .311, hit 5 home runs and collected 21 RBI in August.
Nick Markakis, RF: D
August was a rough month for Markakis. His batting line read .221/.284/.269 and he only managed three extra base hits, two of which came in the same game on August 25.
Bench and Designated Hitters
Ryan Flaherty, IF: B-
Flaherty was actually good in the limited action he saw in August. While the .250 average isn't fantastic, the two doubles and two homers in 36 ABs, which led him to a .797 OPS on the month, is good production from the utility man.
Steve Pearce, LF/DH: D+
Pearce had a pretty forgettable August before getting placed on the disabled list with wrist tendinitis. He went 5-for-24 with four runs and a double.
Henry Urrutia, DH/OF: D
Hitting five singles in 23 ABs is all the 26-year-old Cuban could muster in limited action before being demoted to Triple-A.
Taylor Teagarden, C: D
The Orioles' backup catcher was designated for assignment at the end of August. He did have a three hit day on August 14, but he still only went 4-for-18 on the month.
Danny Valencia, DH: A+
Danny Valencia was extremely impressive in limited August ABs. His August batting line reads .611/.632/1.167, which was greatly influenced by his four doubles and two homers in 18 at-bats. Despite this, the Orioles acquired Michael Morse prior to the Waiver-Trade Deadline.
Alexi Casilla, IF: C
Casilla only went 2-for-15 in August, but he isn't with the team because of his offense. He drove in a run, stole two bases and played fine in the field. He's done his job.
Wilson Betemit, DH: F
Yes, I realize the "F" grade is a little harsh, especially for a guy who has been on the DL the whole season, but 0-for-8 is 0-for-8.
Chris Tillman, SP: A-
Tillman started off the month with a rough start, which hurt his 3.57 August ERA, but he got the win in that game anyway and pitched well the rest of the month. The 25-year-old went 2-1 in the month, but his best two starts resulted in no-decisions. In both of the NDs, Tillman went eight innings strong, allowing only one run.
Bud Norris, SP: B-
Although Norris' 4.97 ERA isn't anything special, he pitched to a 3-1 record and the O's only lost in one of his six starts. His lone loss actually came in a relief appearance in a 14 inning game in Arizona.
Wei-Yin Chen, SP: D+
A 6.00 ERA and 1-4 record is just ugly. But in reality, Chen's August was solid until his final outing of the month in Boston where he gave up eight runs in 3.2 innings. Other than that, untimely home runs were Chen's downfall.
Scott Feldman, SP: B
After he struggled in July, Scott Feldman actually pitched rather good in August. He finished the month with a 3.14 ERA and a 2-2 record. His best outing came in a losing performance on the last day of the month where he went seven innings and allowed only one earned run.
Miguel Gonzalez, SP: C-
Miguel Gonzalez's performance in August wasn't anything special. His starts really weren't that terrible, but his last start of the month was disheartening. In that start against the Yankees on August 30, Gonzo only went four innings and allowed seven runs.
Jim Johnson, RHP: D-
Three blown saves in a row is hard to swallow, but on paper, Jim Johnson didn't pitch horrendous, which keeps his grade above failing. He did pick up five saves and his ERA in August was 3.72; still, those three blown saves bring his season total to nine and are looming big as the playoffs near.
Tommy Hunter, RHP: B+
Tommy Hunter had two bad outings last month: one in Arizona on August 12 and one in Boston on August 28. Other than those two outings, Hunter pitched extremely well in the rest of his 14 appearances and finished the month with six holds, two saves and a 2.45 ERA.
Francisco Rodriguez, RHP: C+
K-Rod's August was rather average. He did pick up two wins and his 3.75 ERA wasn't awful, but he struggled at times and had a notably bad outing in Boston on August 28.
Darren O'Day, RHP: C+
O'Day is in the same boat as K-Rod: He didn't pitch awful, as he pitched to a 3.38 ERA, but a couple of bad outings left a black mark on his August. The submariner picked up two loses in August, both of which came via a solo homer.
Troy Patton, LHP: B
Other than allowing three runs in mop-up duty in Boston, Troy Patton was solid in August, only allowing two runs in his other 8.1 innings of work over 10 appearances.
T.J. McFarland, RHP: D+
The Orioles' mop-up/long reliever gave up at least one run in each of his five August appearances and finished the month with a 8.10 ERA. On a positive note, he did eat up some innings when he was asked to.
Brian Matusz, LHP: C+
Just like fellow lefty Troy Patton, Matusz pitched well besides allowing a couple of runs in mop-up duty in Boston. Matusz seems to be the pure "left-handed specialist" in the Orioles' bullpen, as he only pitched 6.1 innings in August.
Josh Stinson, Steve Johnson, Kevin Gausman, RHPs: A
All three of these young pitchers saw very limited time in the majors in August (Stinson 2.1 IP, Johnson 1.0 IP, Gausman 1.0 IP), but all kept their opponents off the scoreboard.