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So, from 2010:

Offense:

Red Sox 652 games (Youkilis 56, Pedroia 85, Cameron 83, Ellsbury 143, Varitek 59, Lowrie 93, Hermida 35, Lowell 34)

Orioles 281 games (Roberts 91, Pie 72, Montanez 93)

Yankees 220 games (Johnson 134)

Rays 210 games (Joyce 77, Shoppach 49, Kapler 46)

Blue Jays 161 games (Snider 65, Encarnacion 45, Lewis 25)

Starting pitchers:

Blue Jays 257 games (Litsch 120, Rcepczynski 84, Tallett 42)

Red Sox 91 games (Beckett 57, Buchholz 19, Matususaka 15)

Yankees 57 games (Pettitte 57)

Rays 37 games (Davis 17, Niemann 20)

Orioles 12 games (Millwood 12)

Relievers:

Orioles 358 games (Johnson 106, Gonzalez 90, Uehara 62, Berken 47, Hernandez 33)

Yankees 298 games (Aceves 133, Martes 78, Mitre 56, Park 31)

Blue Jays 77 games (Purcey 77)

Rays 53 games (Balfour 34)

Red Sox 33 games

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So, from 2010:

Offense:

Red Sox 652 games (Youkilis 56, Pedroia 85, Cameron 83, Ellsbury 143, Varitek 59, Lowrie 93, Hermida 35, Lowell 34)

Orioles 281 games (Roberts 91, Pie 72, Montanez 93)

Yankees 220 games (Johnson 134)

Rays 210 games (Joyce 77, Shoppach 49, Kapler 46)

Blue Jays 161 games (Snider 65, Encarnacion 45, Lewis 25)

Starting pitchers:

Blue Jays 257 games (Litsch 120, Rcepczynski 84, Tallett 42)

Red Sox 91 games (Beckett 57, Buchholz 19, Matususaka 15)

Yankees 57 games (Pettitte 57)

Rays 37 games (Davis 17, Niemann 20)

Orioles 12 games (Millwood 12)

Relievers:

Orioles 358 games (Johnson 106, Gonzalez 90, Uehara 62, Berken 47, Hernandez 33)

Yankees 298 games (Aceves 133, Martes 78, Mitre 56, Park 31)

Blue Jays 77 games (Purcey 77)

Rays 53 games (Balfour 34)

Red Sox 33 games

My overall take is that the Red Sox should easily surpass the Yankees as the top scoring team in the AL this year. Baltimore should narrow the gap with the other AL east teams considerably, but whether it will pass any remains to be seen.

2010

NYY 859

BOS 818

TAM 802

TOR 755

BAL 613

On the pitching side, the Orioles' bullpen should be much better if the injuries are reduced. They figure to have their starters miss more games due to injury than in 2010, so improvement will have to come from experience, not better health.

TAM 649

NYY 693

TOR 728

BOS 744

BAL 785

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As we prepare for the 2011 season, we need to remember that injuries happen. Here's a litany of Oriole injuries over the last 5 years. I probably forgot a couple, but if so, they should be minor players.

2009

Izturis 31 games

Reimold 16 games

Jones 29 games

Scott 14 games

Pie 9 games

Montanez 107 games

Hill 100 games

Uehara 109 games

Total: 206 games offense, 209 games starting pitchers, 0 relief pitchers

You forgot to mention Bergensen. Off the top of my head I would say he probably missed about 70 games or so.

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You forgot to mention Bergensen. Off the top of my head I would say he probably missed about 70 games or so.

Ooh, good point. He missed 61 games. I will add that.

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This is why it is important to keep aquiring depth.

Adding a DH like Guerrero, allows OF Depth by moving Scott to LF. Remember Reimold and Pie had injuries last year.

Adding a SP like Francis allows more pitching depth in case of injuries, or setbacks.It also makes it easier to prevent injuries by having more options and being able to control innings picthed.

Finally, our infield is much improved, but adding someone like Cantu allows more depth in the IF. He can play 1st 2nd or 3rd.

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Just a reminder that injuries are a normal part of baseball. So far this year, in 45 games, the Orioles have had players on the DL a cumulative 101 games:

Matusz 45

Hardy 25

Jakubaskas 12

Izturis 9

Roberts 5

Lee 5

That projects to 364 games missed on the DL over a 162 game season. Go back through this thread and you'll see that that's not bad at all. The O's missed 658 games last year, and they have exceeded 364 in each of the last 4 years. 4 of the 5 AL East teams exceeded 364 games lost to injury last year. Granted, Matusz and Hardy are important players for us, but losing some important players is normal.

Red Sox -- Albers, Jencks, Wheeler, Scutaro, Lackey and Matsusaka have all been on the DL.

Yankees -- Ayala, Hughes, Cervelli, and Soriano have all been on the DL.

Rays -- Longoria, Niemann, and Howell have all been on the DL.

Blue Jays -- Nix, Davis, Hill, Lind and Litsch have all been on the DL.

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I wonder if there is anywhere to see projected WAR lost due to injury time each year. While Hardy and Matusz have been very big losses, Jaku and Izzy are minimal at worst. We might have actually slightly benefited by having the players who replaced them.

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Nitpicking but does Jakubauskas really count? Weren't we about to send him down when he said he was hurt?

(I agree with the overall message of the thread)

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Nitpicking but does Jakubauskas really count? Weren't we about to send him down when he said he was hurt?

(I agree with the overall message of the thread)

When I compiled the lists that appeared earlier in the thread, I decided I couldn't judge how many of the DL stints were, perhaps, strategic rather than substantive. So, for this list, if you went on the DL, you went on the DL.

One rule I did follow before was I only counted players who actually played sometime during the season. So, I haven't included Duchscherer, though if he played on the team later this summer, I would add in all the games he missed before he was recalled.

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2011 for the Orioles:

Izturis 123 games

Roberts 122

Scott 80

Hardy 25

Davis 21

Lee 15

Guerrero 10

Arrieta 57

Matusz 53

Britton 16

Berken 20

Simon 15

Jakubauskas 12

Total: Offense 396 games, starting pitchers 126 games, relievers 47 games = 569 games (does not include Duchscherer).

That's the most games our offense has lost to injuries in the six years I've tracked, though the 123 games Izturis was on the DL were no great loss.

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For SP's "games injured", shouldn't you divide that by 5, as to give a more accurate reading of how many games they would have actually played in but didn't?

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This is why adding depth to the roster is so important. Buck has said the O's need 10 starters. Depth at 3B and catcher are also needs for the off season.

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All teams have injuries, as you've pointed out. Good teams overcome them. Teams with little talent and no depth do not.

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Red Sox 2011

Drew 63

Lowrie 45

Youkilis 27

Scutaro 26

Crawford 24

McDonald 17

Matsusaka 121

Buchholz 94

Lackey 16

Lester 14

Jenks 121

Hill 106

Tazawa 77

Morales 25

Albers 14

Wheeler 14

Totals - Offense 202, Starting Pitchers 245, Relievers 357

Maybe a bit misleading on the relievers, as I don't know that Tazawa and Hill were really in the picture.

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