Here is the collection of Camden Depot contributions written for MASNsports.com in August:
What's gone wrong for Travis Snider? I was more than fine with the Travis Snider trade, but it clearly did not work out. Snider was given plenty of opportunities to perform this season, but his offensive numbers steadily dipped. Like many of the Orioles' other corner outfielders, he was eventually designated for assignment.
O's likely forced to hold steady during Miguel Gonzalez's rough stretch: An underperforming starting rotation has been one of the O's major downfalls. Gonzalez was fine in the first half, but he was terrible in the second portion of the season before landing on the disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis. For the time being, he seems to have avoided a serious injury, which is great considering he's likely penciled in for an O's rotation spot next year. But Gonzalez has been a much-discussed topic on Camden Depot lately, and it's perfectly fine to worry about him next season and beyond.
Schoop is giving O's a bat they sorely need: Jonathan Schoop has been one of the O's few bright spots this season. If he sticks at second base, plays adequate defense, and continues to hit for power, he should be a pretty valuable player.
Investigating Caleb Joseph's offensive improvement: Since this post, Caleb Joseph has taken a bit of a step back offensively (from a 105 wRC+ to 95 wRC+), but that's still fine for a good defensive catcher who has a low salary. Joseph figures to be the O's main catching option next season. The main question figures to be whether Steve Clevenger will be his backup or not.
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