Each Wednesday, blogger Matt Vensel will highlight five statistics that really mean something for the
178 -- Roster moves made by
Perhaps the most impressive thing about last season’s magical run to the playoffs was that the Orioles did it with a revolving door to their clubhouse. According to
Oft-injured second baseman Brian Roberts has been one of the pleasant surprises of the spring so far. In 13 at-bats in five Grapefruit League games, Roberts has four singles, two doubles, a home run and a walk. He is batting .538 with an on-base percentage of .571. If Roberts is healthy and winning at-bats like this when the season starts, it will be a boost for an Orioles club that struggled to get on base last season.
4.5 -- Manny Machado's Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR) at third base.
Wunderkind Manny Machado spent most of his amateur and minor-league career at shortstop, but he was a plus defender at third base when the Orioles recalled him in the second half of the 2012 season. According to FanGraphs, Machado had an Ultimate Zone Rating, a statistic that essentially quantifies how many runs a player saved or gave up in the field, of 4.5 in 51 games, which was the team's second-highest UZR behind shortstop
15 -- Number of the Orioles' first 40 games that are at
We will learn at least a little bit about the Orioles in the first six weeks of the season. Three of their first four series are on the road against
After winning a career-high 10 games in 2011, Jake Arrieta took a step back in 2012. He went 3-9 with a 6.20 earned run average, spent some time in the minor leagues and finished the season in the Orioles bullpen. His 3.11 strikeout-per-walk rate was easily the best of his career, but he allowed an average of 1.26 home runs per nine innings pitched. But based on Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP), a stat that projects how a pitcher should perform by eliminating fielding and the randomness of where balls are hit, Arrieta ranked better than