Peter Schmuck's Orioles midseason report card
Yes, we know that the 2014 season is well past its mathematical halfway point.
The Orioles have played 94 games, but the All-Star break still is considered the traditional midpoint in the season, so if you want to project anyone's midseason stats over a full 162-game season, you'll just have to multiply that player's quantitative stats by a factor of 1.72.
While you try to do that in your head, here's The Baltimore Sun's 2014 Orioles midseason report card. Keep in mind that players are judged in the context of their own talent level and role on the team.
(players arranged alphabetically within each position group)
-- Peter Schmuck, The Baltimore Sun
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Steve Pearce -- A+( Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun / July 10, 2014 )
Really, how often does a guy who barely stuck on the team as a fourth or fifth outfielder end up winning American League Player of the Week honors? Pearce is the surprise success story of the season, which is only a bit more than half over. He has been a revelation offensively and a life-saver defensively, filling in for an injured Chris Davis early in the season and hitting his way into a regular -- if rotating -- role. If you grade him against what anyone had a right to expect at the outset, you know where this is going. Grade: A+