Each Wednesday, blogger Matt Vensel will highlight five statistics that really mean something for the
Gausman had an underwhelming performance in his final spring start with the big league club, allowing three earned runs in 3 2/3 innings Tuesday. But other than that, it was mostly an impressive spring for the 2012 first-round draft pick. The 22-year-old righty held opposing hitters to a .239 batting average before Tuesday’s start. He will likely start the season in Double-A Bowie, but we could see him at
Betemit will miss six-to-eight weeks after suffering a right knee injury in a game Monday. That will rob Orioles manager
six -- home runs hit by
Pearce leads all Orioles hitters this spring with six homers on 38 at-bats -- one every 6.3 at-bats. Only four players around the league have hit more this spring. He is also batting .368 with a .419 slugging percentage. But even with the injury to Betemit, Pearce might not be able to stick with the team when camp breaks this weekend. Fellow utilitymen
75.0 -- relief innings pitched by
My colleague Dan Connolly reported earlier this week that the Orioles are calling teams to gauge their interest in veteran right-handed reliever Luis Ayala. The Orioles appear to have a surplus of arms in their bullpen, but Ayala was a valuable contributor in 2012, leading all Orioles full-time relievers with 75 innings pitched in 66 appearances. He went 5-5 with one save and 11 holds and finished with a 2.64 ERA.
four -- errors for Manny Machado at third base this spring.
Machado, who was a shortstop until the Orioles moved him to third base when they called him up last August, played well defensively at his new position in 2012. With