h2h Corner ~ Orioles Shuffling Batting Order, #5 Starter?

Apparently, your friendly neighborhood newspaper has some good information. Most notably, the Baltimore Sun has two important fantasy nuggets.

1. Opening Day to be Pie Giveaway for Fans?

According to Jeff Zrebeic at the Sun, Orioles Manager Dave Trembley “sent out a lineup Monday night against the Yankees that is expected to be very similar to the one he uses Opening Day.” That line-up included Felix Pie starting in left over Nolan Reimold.

Reimold has long been a sleeper for 20+ HRs; however he has been hampered by an Achilles injury. Meanwhile, Pie killed the ball down the stretch in 2009 (spreading seven HRs over August, September and October). Pie is only 25, meaning he is the right age to be a post-hype sleeper.

Still, Trembley is not giving anything away. “Trembley stopped short of saying that officially Monday, and Reimold said he expects to be the Opening Day left fielder. However, the Orioles manager gave off plenty of hints that might not be the case.”

At the least, this should move Reimold down your draft board pretty far. It should also move Pie up (this is mostly for deep leagues/AL-only talk). The likeliest scenario is that Garrett Atkins ends up not hitting, which frees up a slot in the batting order for both Reimold and Pie later in the year.

2. David Hernandez, Orioles #5 Starter

This is somewhat surprising as David Hernandez has beaten out Orioles pitching prospect Chris Tillman.

As number five starters go, Hernandez is not someone to sleep on. He is 24, and in a brief major league stint (101 IPs) posted a 5.42 ERA and 1.62 WHIP – not great numbers, true. However, he has a pretty impressive minor league track record: 534 IPs, 3.85 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 10.4 Ks/9 IPs.

While this is probably only important to keeper/dynasty and AL-only leagues, clearly there is big time K potential with Hernandez.

FB101’s 411: In deep leagues, grab the upside of Pie and Hernandez. In all leagues, lower the value of Reimold.

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6 responses to this post.

  1. Where’s Matusz gonna be in the Orioles rotation?

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  2. Posted by Albert Lang on March 30, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    He has an assured spot. It looks like he’ll get the spot after Millwood and Guthrie. In the grand scheme of things, the only thing that matters is that he’ll get to start. The only Orioles starting pitcher i’m drafting in a mixed league is Brian Matusz.

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  3. Posted by dan on March 30, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    unless he’s already been locked up

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  4. Posted by Albert Lang on March 30, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    You mean if someone stole him from me in a long-term keeper league’s expansion draft just to spite me?

    Yeah….that might have happened….

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  5. […] http://www.fantasybaseball101.com/2010/03/30/h2h-corner-orioles-shuffling-batting-order-5-starter/ Meanwhile, Pie killed the ball down the stretch in 2009 (spreading seven HRs over August, September and October). […]

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  6. […] http://www.fantasybaseball101.com/2010/03/30/h2h-corner-orioles-shuffling-batting-order-5-starter/ Meanwhile, Pie killed the ball down the stretch in 2009 (spreading seven HRs over August, September and October). FrameType: Death-PersonKilled Sentence: Meanwhile, Pie killed the ball down the stretch in 2009 (spreading seven HRs over August, September and October). Trigger : CiceroFrameTrigger: “killed” — mod:[] trailing: null isNominal: false (KILLER) : Pie – (Pie) (DECEASED) : the ball – (ball) (WHEN) : in 2009 – (2009) […]

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