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  1. “The Orioles have plenty of problems, but right now missing Brian Roberts isn’t one of them.”

    Gotta disagree with that. If Roberts were healthy, Wigginton could easily be playing at 3rd or 1st.

    Comment by DavidCEisen — May 7, 2010 @ 1:14 pm

  2. Wigginton played a big role in the Orioles sweep of the Red Sox last weekend. If the Red Sox miss the WC by 2 or 3 games, that series will be the reason, and Ty Wiggington will be damned by Red Sox Nation.

    I also agree the Orioles do indeed miss Roberts. Garry Atkins has been brutal offensively at 1B where Wiggington could play. Tejeda has done ok at 3B, at least offensively . Also, Wiggington is no 2Bman, playing him out of position has to hurt over the course of the season. Lugo has obviously failed to impress as he should be at 2B and Wiggington at 1B. Of course, Phil Hughes is now being given a chance at 1B due to the Atkins failure, and he looks like he could be a pretty good player, and had some key hits against the Red Sox.

    Comment by pft — May 7, 2010 @ 7:14 pm

  3. Wigginton’s best defensive position is 2B. I’m not sure what his UZR is so far, but he looks pretty comfortable at 2B, and much better than anywhere else I’ve seen him. Also, it’s Garret Atkins and Rhyne Hughes.

    Nice info on the article. He is certainly seeing the ball well, and no O’s fan believes this will be sustainable. However, I disagree with your assessment that he is making Roberts’ injury bearable. If Roberts is playing, Wiggy plays 1B, and we don’t have to suffer through Atkins in the lineup. Also, Jones can go further down in the lineup where he belongs, and we would have a real leadoff hitter to get on base for Markakis. Probably not a huge swing in wins, but maybe 1 or 2.

    Comment by waroriole — May 7, 2010 @ 8:34 pm

  4. He has a terrible UZR this year but it’s a tiny sample size. For his career he’s at -1.8 UZR/150, pretty close to league average. I’d guess his true talent level at this point is around -5, Dan Uggla-ish (although Uggla has made more circus catches this year!). I’m not sure Lugo (or Roberts for that matter – he was slightly below average last year) would be much better, statistically.

    Comment by David — May 8, 2010 @ 7:37 pm

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