Baltimore Orioles: Three players who can help in the second half

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 19: Welington Castillo
BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 19: Welington Castillo /
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MIAMI, FL – JULY 11: Jonathan Schoop
MIAMI, FL – JULY 11: Jonathan Schoop /

The first thing that needs to happen for the Orioles to add wins to the record is for Jonathan Schoop to keep up his All-Star pace. He made it to the Midsummer Classic for a few reasons. His slash of .295/.347/.536 and his OPS of .883. Those 18 home runs helped and so did the 23 doubles.

Even his fielding has been stellar. And he just proved that he has what it takes to play shortstop after a few years away from the position. He has been involved in 66 doubles plays. With the number of outstanding second basemen in the league, his invitation to the All-Star game was a nod at his greatness.

Schoop has had 10 errors to date at second, so that could be one area to focus on in the second half. Schoop played one game prior at shortstop prior to the All-Star Game and it looks like Buck Showalter liked what he saw. He put Schoop there against the Chicago Cubs in the July 16 game. Even though the team lost 8-0, Schoop, again, performed well.

Unfortunately, Schoop can’t get wins on his own. But, if everyone played with his intensity, the Orioles might have a few more wins.