I have soured on Brandon Fahey

Seeing Brandon Fahey getting start after start in Left is getting old to me. Yes, he’s scrappy and can play multiple positions….but do you really want him to? It was nice early when he was having a decent stretch, but now as his production has dropped completely and after finally being removed for the 2 hole two weeks ago…it’s clear that he is not an everyday player. Maybe that’s too strong, perhaps one day he may be a solid player. Maybe…maybe not.

I’m not a big stats guy, but let’s check some out.
For the season

SEASON TEAM G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS OBP SLG AVG
2006     Baltimore Orioles 77 228 32 57 8 2 2 22 75 22 45 3 3 .321 .329 .250

Here’s his numbers for August.

Aug TEAM G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS OBP SLG AVG
vs Left-handed Pitcher     Baltimore Orioles 4 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 0 0 .286 .000 .000
vs Right-handed Pitcher     Baltimore Orioles 13 41 4 7 2 0 0 2 9 3 12 0 0 .227 .220 .171
Home     Baltimore Orioles 7 18 1 2 1 0 0 1 3 2 6 0 0 .200 .167 .111
Away     Baltimore Orioles 7 28 4 5 1 0 0 1 6 3 10 0 0 .258 .214 .179
Grass     Baltimore Orioles 12 38 3 4 2 0 0 1 6 4 15 0 0 .190 .158 .105
Turf     Baltimore Orioles 2 8 2 3 0 0 0 1 3 1 1 0 0 .444 .375 .375
Day     Baltimore Orioles 8 27 4 5 1 0 0 2 6 3 11 0 0 .267 .222 .185
Night     Baltimore Orioles 6 19 1 2 1 0 0 0 3 2 5 0 0 .190 .158 .105
Aug     Baltimore Orioles 14 46 5 7 2 0 0 2 9 5 16 0 0 .235 .196 .152
After All-Star     Baltimore Orioles 14 46 5 7 2 0 0 2 9 5 16 0 0 .235 .196 .152

He batted .152 last month, which at least he batted more than his weight.

To be fair, in May he batted .254. June, he batted .245. In July, he batted a robust .315 and had us all thinking he had a shot at the Triple Crown. Then reality came in the form of August and slammed him to .152. Now September is here and he’s 1 for 4 and on the bench.

As for defense

SEASON TEAM POS G GS INN TC PO A E DP PB SB CS RF FPCT
2006     Baltimore Orioles 2B 13 12 106.0 63 29 34 0 11 5.35 1.000
2006     Baltimore Orioles 3B 1 0 5.2 2 1 1 0 0 3.18 1.000
2006     Baltimore Orioles SS 12 9 85.1 43 9 31 3 10 4.22 .930
2006     Baltimore Orioles OF 47 38 328.0 89 82 2 5 1 2.30 .944
Career Totals 73 59 525.0 197 121 68 8 22 3.24 .959

He never played outfield until this season, so my hat is off to him for learning a new postion and being the one to play four positions this season.  That’ll serve him well in the years to come, whether with the O’s or in free agency. I think he’s basically a young Chris Gomez. Which isn’t bad, but There’s a role for him on this team, but it should be primarily on the bench. Since he’s not a solution that sinkhole that is the Orioles leftfield position, the front office HAS to address this position. Whether it’s signing a Soriano or Carlos Lee (which if they do, they better address all the holes…not just that one) or trading for top OF prospect…something has to be done.

I just know the answer isn’t a 120 lb kid who looks like he enjoys a good science fair and swings a weak bat.

Hayden Penn got destroyed by the A’s Sunday. The game wasn’t available on Extra Innings and I’m thankful it wasn’t. 2/3 of an inning and he now sports a robust 108 ERA. Let’s look at this way, that ERA can only go down. I’m not worried though. Remember Loewen’s debut in relief against the Mariners? The kid gets a mulligan from me. That’s what September is for you’re now in the postseason picture. Obviously, the O’s aren’t, so Penn gets 5 or 6 more starts and let’s hope there’s no more games like that in his forseeable future.

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