Baltimore Orioles

Baltimore Orioles

AL East

Manny Machado will be shifting over to shortstop in Baltimore for the 2018 season according to manager Buck Showalter. (Source: Roch Kubatko on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The move means that Tim Beckham will play third base. Machado has wanted to get back to shortstop for a while and now he finally gets his wish. It's certainly a slight bump for his fantasy value this season as he will qualify at both short and third. Machado played 45 games at shortstop in 2016 but zero in 2017.

Zach Britton and the Orioles agreed to a $12M, one-year contract to avoid arbitration. (Source: Dan Connolly on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Britton was one of the more disappointing fantasy relief pitchers in 2017 as his season was mostly derailed due to injury. He then ruptured his Achilles in late December during a workout. He'll be out for approximately six months and Brad Brach will close in his place.

Category: Transactions

According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Baltimore Orioles are discussing a contract extension with second baseman Jonathan Schoop. (Source: Jon Morosi on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Schoop was one of the most valuable fantasy assets at his position last year, hitting a career-high 32 homers. Morosi adds that Schoop's camp is looking for a contract higher than what Jean Segura recently received, which was five years and $70 million. Schoop just turned 26 and is set up for another big year in Baltimore come 2018.

Welington Castillo declined his $7 million player option with the Orioles on Monday. (Source: Roch Kubatko on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Castillo is coming off a fantastic year, during which he slugged 20 homers and finished with a .282/.323/.490 slash line. Wherever he goes, Castillo is likely to move to a worse park for hitters, which will hurt his value somewhat next year. As for the Orioles, they will likely go with a split between Caleb Joseph and Chance Sisco behind the dish.

Category: Transactions

Kevin Gausman flashed his brilliance on Sunday, firing seven innings and striking out nine. Unfortunately, the Orioles bullpen melted down and the Orioles lost to the Rays 6-0.

Fantasy Impact: Gausman had an extremely inconsistent season, and his numbers reflect that. He had a 4.68 ERA, 1.49 WHIP, and 179 Ks in 186 2/3 innings. If he can be more consistent next year, he could be drafted in the middle rounds.

Category: Game Recaps

Chris Davis went 0-for-3 but did reach base on a walk during the O's shutout loss on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Davis' three hitless at bats produced three strikeouts, a statistical category he always finds himself amongst the league leaders in. That gives him 191 on the year. Hopefully Davis can get back on track this offseason after a terrible 2017, but I wouldn't bet on it.

Category: Game Recaps

Mark Trumbo is not in the Orioles' lineup Friday against the Rays. (Source: Eduardo A. Encina on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Trumbo has been limited to pinch-hitting duties the last few days, though no injury has been reported. The Orioles may just be looking to get younger players playing time over the last week. Anthony Santander is playing RF and batting ninth in his place.

Adam Jones in not in the Orioles' lineup Friday against the Rays. (Source: Eduardo A. Encina on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jones has been out of the lineup since Monday with the injury, and it's likely that his season is over. He has a .285 AVG and 26 home runs over 635 PAs.

J.J. Hardy went hitless but managed to drive in a run during the O's loss Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Hardy has been filling in for the injured Tim Beckham. These may be the veteran shortstop's last several games with the Orioles. It's nice to see him get the recognition he deserves after giving so much to the franchise for many years. Hardy has no fantasy value at this point in his career.

Category: Game Recaps

Tim Beckham has been out with a hamstring injury for several days, but hopes to play against Tampa Bay. (Source: Eduardo A. Encino)

Fantasy Impact: It makes sense that Beckham would want to get out there against the team that traded him earlier this season. Since Beckham has joined the O's he's been extremely successful at the dish. With the Orioles out of playoff contention, it doesn't make sense to rush Beckham back. J.J. Hardy is getting the starts while he recovers.

Category: Injury Updates

Trey Mancini logs two hits

Thu, Sep 28th 8:25am EDT
By Matthew Marino


Trey Mancini went 2-for-4 and scored a run in a nice performance Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Unfortunately Mancini's contributions were not enough to get the O's a win, but it was another solid showing for the rookie. His 2017 has been impressive (.296/.339/.507) and Mancini should be on fantasy players' radar going into 2018.

Category: Game Recaps

Caleb Joseph got the start at catcher for the O's, but failed to produce a hit in three at bats and stranded three base runners.

Fantasy Impact: There has just been absolutely anemic production coming from the catcher position in the Orioles' offense over the last month. Joseph has had a great opportunity during his last several starts to make an impact, but Caleb and none of the O's catchers have been able to. His September line is a putrid .143/.172/.214.

Category: Game Recaps

Brad Brach notched his 18th save on Thursday, as the Orioles beat the Rays 3-1. Brach walked one and struck out one.

Fantasy Impact: Brach has been thrusted back into closing duties with Zach Britton getting a stem cell injection on his knee. Look for Brach to garner a few more saves down the stretch as the Orioles play out the season. He now has a 2.57 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and 67 Ks in 66 2/3 innings.

Category: Game Recaps

Dylan Bundy didn't make it through five innings Monday, surrendering six runs on seven hits and a walk against the Red Sox. He only struck out two. Both teams had their offenses going, but the Orioles lost 10-8 in extras.

Fantasy Impact: The Orioles playoff hopes are falling fast, and Bundy did not help matters. He's been entirely too inconsistent this year, but his seasonal numbers are playable in a down year for pitchers. He has a 4.24 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 152 Ks in 169 2/3 innings. The 13 wins are a nice bonus as well.

Category: Game Recaps

Ubaldo Jimenez spun five innings Sunday, allowing only one run on one hit and a walk. He struck out ten, reminding everyone of the pitcher he used to be. Unfortunately, the strikeouts led to a high pitch count, and he was taken out early.

Fantasy Impact: Talk about a surprise. Even with this nice start, Jimenez's numbers are still awful: 6.57 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP. If you desperately need Ks at the end of the week, look to stream him against the Rays Saturday.

Category: Game Recaps

Chance Sisco went 2-for-2 with a double and solo home run, after coming in as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: The 22 year old catcher should, at some point in the future, be a consistent part of the Orioles lineup. It was nice to see him get off to a great start. Chance, the second round pick of the 2013 draft, was batting .267 with seven home runs and 47 RBIs in 97 games for Triple-A Norfolk.

Category: Game Recaps

Jeremy Hellickson pitched decently against the Indians Sunday, but he took his fourth loss in the AL. He surrendered only three runs on four hits and no walk, striking out one. The Orioles lost to the Indians 3-2.

Fantasy Impact: Hellickson got back on track in this start, but fantasy owners can find better options on the wire, given his 8.49 ERA in the past month. He only has 12 Ks in 29 2/3 innings in that same span.

Category: Game Recaps

Wade Miley allowed four runs on six hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings against the Indians Friday. He struck out four in the outing, and his record dropped to 8-12 as the Orioles lost 5-0.

Fantasy Impact: While he had no help from his typically potent offense, Miley did not do himself any favors by giving up a three-run homer to Edwin Encarnacion in the first inning. He has pitched quite well over the past month, garnering a 3.15 ERA over 34 1/3 innings. However, his full year ERA is still 4.96 and 1.66, just showing how dreadful he was earlier in the year. He is probably not worth streaming against the Blue Jays next week.

Category: Game Recaps

Chris Tillman fell to 1-7 on Thursday night versus the Tigers, allowing seven runs (five earned) on six hits in just two innings.

Fantasy Impact: Tillman also walked two and struck out one as the Orioles lost 7-5. Tillman basically pitched the team out of the game though, surrendering homers to two of the first three batters of the night. The right-hander now owns an extremely ugly 8.10 ERA for the year.

Category: Game Recaps

Seth Smith came up big for the Orioles Tuesday, as he went 2-3 with two runs scored and three RBIs. One of those hits was a two-run double, and the Orioles would win 7-2.

Fantasy Impact: Smith has lost his spot at the top of the order and is not playing regularly, so he's not rosterable at the moment. He is now hitting .269 with 11 homers, 26 RBIs, and 40 runs scored over 242 at-bats.

Category: Game Recaps