Found July 11, 2012 on The Outside Corner:
Baltimore Orioles What Went Right: Most everything? Adam Jones had a first half worthy of MVP votes, Matt Wieters has been one of the better backstops in baseball (as usual). Jason Hammel has been a huge surprise after being brought over from the Rockies this winter. Wei-Yin Chen has been remarkably good since coming over from Japan in the offseason. The bullpen has been phenomenal. What Went Wrong: The rest of the offense has been the pits, led by the iron-gloved Mark Reynolds (whose few bright points are diminishing this season). Jake Arrieta has an ERA over 6.00 despite a 4.01 FIP, thanks to a sub-60% strand rate. Brian Matusz and Tommy Hunter have been awful. Nick Markakis has only played in 50 games. JJ Hardy has been a disappointment. Brian Roberts has played on 17 games, and been awful. Best Case Scenario: Despite being five games over .500, this team is on the downswing. Finishing above .500 would be a success, but for that to happen, Jones and Wieters need to continue to ...
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