Orioles Strike Out Into Free Agent Market Again, Sign Pedro Alvarez

PPedro Alvarez.jpgedro Alvarez is your newest Oriole (pending a physical). The Orioles have agreed with Alvarez on a one-year, $5.75 million deal.

Whereas the Oriole Way of yesteryear was defined as Pitching, Defense, and Three-Run Homers, the New Oriole Way appears to be Bullpen Pitching, Infield Defense, and Long Solo Homers. That’s because the starting rotation doesn’t look so hot, the outfield defense is scary aside from Adam Jones, and the team’s 0n-base percentage doesn’t appear to have improved much.

In thinking about what the 2016 season might bring for the Orioles, I find myself saying these words: If you can’t be good, at least be interesting. It’s my hope that the Orioles will indeed be good, good enough in fact to qualify for the playoffs. At the very least, however, I know they’ll be interesting. Lots of power will do that for a team.

Consider this. The Orioles team record for home runs is 257 in 1996; the team record for strikeouts is 1,331 in 2015. Both records could be in jeopardy this season. Here’s why:

2016 Projections (Per Baseball Reference)

Pedro Alvarez: 24 home runs, 129 strikeouts

Chris Davis: 37 home runs, 176 strikeouts

Mark Trumbo: 21 home runs, 126 strikeouts

Adam Jones: 25 home runs, 108 strikeouts

Jonathan Schoop: 19 home runs, 95 strikeouts

Manny Machado: 23 home runs, 98 strikeouts

Truth be told, for all the Orioles’ power, they’re still unlikely to match the 1996 Orioles, who had a 50-homer guy (Brady Anderson), a 39-homer guy (Rafael Palmeiro), and five other guys who topped 20 home runs (Bobby Bonilla, Cal Ripken, Chris Hoiles, Roberto Alomar, and B.J. Surhoff). Davis, the biggest hitter of the 2016 bunch, would finish third on the 1996 Orioles if the projections held.

Now let’s talk about strikeouts. The record-setting strikeout machine that was the 2015 Orioles had four guys strike out more than 100 times: Davis (208), Machado (111), Jimmy Paredes (111), and Adam Jones (102). That’s 532 strikeouts between the four of them. Four guys are projected to top 100 strikeouts in 2016 (Davis, Alvarez, Trumbo, Jones) for a total of 539.

The race is on.



About mptaylor11

Roar from 34, a Baltimore Orioles Blog. Humor. History. Homerism. Since 2006.
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5 Responses to Orioles Strike Out Into Free Agent Market Again, Sign Pedro Alvarez

  1. I “liked” this post only because I like you and I love your line “If you can’t be good at least be interesting.” “Likes” for DH-only signings (“sighnings”) merit only half-likes from me. Fun Fact: (which my husband knew off the top of his head this morning) … Ryan Flaherty’s batting average as a Vanderbilt freshman was higher than Vanderbilt’s Rookie of the Year Pedro Alvarez. (I double-checked … he’s right.)

    • Roar from 34 says:

      Thanks for the like and for the comments. I appreciate the feedback. It’s fair to say you and your husband are huge baseball fans. That’s some impressive recall/knowledge right there.

  2. Roar from 34 says:

    He’s a man after my own heart. My wife might prefer that I have a more practical memory at times. I’m guessing she’d be willing to make space for it by removing some of the obscure sports trivia.

  3. Pingback: On Home Runs, Strikeouts, and the Orioles’ Chance to Make History | Roar from 34

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