by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (6/16/2013) The Orioles gave a rest to outfielder Nate McLouth Sunday in the series finale against Boston. McLouth has been caught stealing twice in his last four games after getting caught just once over his first 55 contests.
McLouth has gone 4 for 27 (.148) at the plate over his last eight games with seven walks, two steals and two caught stealings. He has 23 stolen bases on the year to go with a .282 average and 42 runs scored.
Nate McLouth has rare misstep on bases
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (6/12/2013) Orioles outfielder Nate McLouth had a two-hit game Wednesday, but it wasn't all good for him against the Angels. McLouth was caught stealing in the third inning, just the second time he has been caught all season.
McLouth had stolen 19 bases successfully before being caught. He finished the game 2 for 5 with one run scored in a 9-5 loss.
McLouth ranks second in the American League with 22 stolen bases. He had not been caught since April 20.
Nate McLouth on the bench
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (6/11/2013) Orioles outfielder Nate McLouth is on the bench Tuesday.
The team will take on lefty Jason Vargas, which may have led to McLouth sitting. He has not been playing against lefthanders lately. In 206 at-bats, McLouth is hitting .286/.365/.413.
Nate McLouth sitting against lefty
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (6/9/2013) Orioles outfielder Nate McLouth did not get the start Sunday against Matt Moore and the Tampa Bay Rays with Nick Markakis leading off and Steve Pearce in left field.
McLouth, who usually sits against left-handed starters like Moore, has gone 0 for 9 with three walks over his last three games. That said, if you look over his last 19 games, McLouth has gone 24 for 75 (.320) with three doubles, a triple, a homer, three RBI, seven walks, 10 runs scored and 10 stolen bases.
Nate McLouth steals two bases
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (6/5/2013) Orioles outfielder Nate McLouth stole two bases in Tuesday's win over Houston.
McLouth also went 1 for 4 with a run scored. The performance pushed him to a tie at the top of the American League's stolen base leaderboard with 21, along with Jacoby Ellsbury. San Diego's Everth Cabrera leads the major leagues at 24.
Nate McLouth gets three hits in win
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (5/30/2013) Orioles left fielder Nate McLouth went 3 for 4 with two doubles and scored a run in a 2-0 win over the Nationals Thursday night. The three-hit game gives McLouth an eight-game hitting streak and puts his average above .300 for the first time since May 10.
Nate McLouth not in lineup Monday
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/27/2013) Orioles outfielder Nate McLouth was left out of the lineup Monday against Washington due to the Nationals starting Gio Gonzalez. Nick Markakis started atop the order.
McLouth, batting .289 on the year, has hit in five straight games. He's gone 8 for 22 (.364) over that span with a homer and an RBI. He's scored two runs over that stretch with two stolen bases.
McLouth currently is tied for the American League lead with 15 stolen bases. He's also in the top 10 in runs scored for Baltimore.
Nate McLouth hits walk-off homer in 10th
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/21/2013) Orioles outfielder Nate McLouth was the hero Tuesday night as Baltimore snapped a six-game losing streak with his walk-off homer in the bottom of the 10th inning against the Yankees.
McLouth's fourth HR of the season ended the game off Vidal Nuno. He went 2 for 5 as the leadoff hitter and is batting .282 on the year. McLouth has recorded two hits in three of his last four games. He's also stolen 13 bases this season.
Nate McLouth getting Sunday off
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/19/2013) The Orioles gave outfielder Nate McLouth a game off Sunday in the series finale against the Rays at Camden Yards. With Matt Moore on the mound, McLouth was given some rest.
The speedy left fielder saw his average drop from .346 to begin May to just .268 after a game May 15 against the Padres. He's up to .279 again after going 4 for 9 (.444) in his last two with a triple, walk and two stolen bases. He's scored four runs in the last two games.
The 31-year-old McLouth has three homers, 10 RBI and is second in the American League with 32 runs scored. He's tied for the lead in the AL with 13 steals with Boston's Jacoby Ellsbury.
Nate McLouth settling in
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/15/2013) As hot as Orioles outfielder Nate McLouth was in the month of April, he has been even colder since the calendar hit May. After going 0 for 4 Wednesday, McLouth is batting just .143 in 12 games this month.
McLouth emerged as a useful Fantasy option in April, but given his history, it always seemed like the bottom might fall out. McLouth was aided by a .373 batting average on balls in play in April, a number that is down to .146 in May.
His BABIP has leveled off at .287 for the season, which is actually an improvement over his career rate of .278. Rather than rely on an analysis based on his best or worst moments, we should begin to assess McLouth's season as a whole. Splitting the difference between his April and May performances seems like the way to go.
McLouth's season triple-slash line is .268/.359/.409, and that seems like a reasonable place for him to land, assuming the team continues to hide him against left-handed starters. That makes him a useful Fantasy option with his 11 stolen bases, but certainly not the high-end one he appeared to be during the season's first month.
Nate McLouth beginning to slump
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/15/2013) Orioles leadoff hitter Nate McLouth has begun to slump somewhat after going 0 for 4 Wednesday afternoon at home against the Padres. He's hitting .268.
McLouth, who hit .346 in April over 78 at-bats, has gone 0 for 14 over his last four games. He's walked just once over that span as his average has fallen from .301. He's also striking out a bit more often.
McLouth, 31, is still sixth in the American League in runs scored with 28 and second in steals with 11. He has three homers and 10 RBI as well.
Nate McLouth steals ninth base
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (5/5/2013) Orioles outfielder Nate McLouth stole his ninth base of the year in Sunday's series finale against the Angels. He swiped second base after walking in the fifth inning.
McLouth went 1 for 4 with a pair of runs scored in the 8-4 win.
The 31-year-old has gone 11 for 32 (.344) in his last seven games with three homers, five RBI and nine runs scored.
Nate McLouth given day off vs. lefty
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (5/3/2013) Orioles outfielder Nate McLouth received the day off Friday night against left-hander Jason Vargas. McLouth should return Saturday against the Angels.
McLouth has reached base in 26 of his last 50 plate appearances and has three home runs in his last five games. He is hitting .333/.431/.517 with three home runs and 10 RBI in 87 at-bats.
Nate McLouth continues surge
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (5/3/2013) Orioles outfielder Nate McLouth continued to surge as he unleashed his third homer in his last five games Thursday night against the Angels.
McLouth took reliever Ryan Brasier deep for a two-run home run in the ninth. He added a single in the third and finished 2 for 5 with a run scored and two RBI in a 5-1 victory.
McLouth is hitting .473 with 15 runs scored, three home runs and nine RBI in his last 10 games played (nine starts). He is hitting .333/.431/.517 with three home runs and 10 RBI in 87 at-bats.
Nate McLouth's popularity not built to last
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst (5/1/2013) Thanks to a .485 batting average and five steals over his last nine games, Nate McLouth has become all the rage in Fantasy circles. The Orioles' outfielder has helped himself by striking out just three times over that stretch, and he's been more productive overall since late last season, but there are still reasons for healthy skepticism.
It's true that, going back to August 10 last season, McLouth has hit .292 with nine home runs and 19 stolen bases. However, prior to his current hot streak, that average stood at just .266. His recent surge has been largely fueled by an outrageously inflated .500 BABIP. Few hitters can pull off even a .350 BABIP over an extended period, and nothing in McLouth's profile going back to late 2012 -- or earlier -- suggests that he can sustain a BABIP much over .300 over the long term.
Once McLouth cools off, it's reasonable to expect that he could net 25 to 30 steals for the season, but even now he is sitting against lefties, so his run-scoring opportunities could be limited. He can help in on-base percentage leagues, but with a mediocre batting average and middling power numbers, some of McLouth's current owners will be looking for better options down the road.
Nate McLouth continues ridiculous run
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/1/2013) Orioles outfielder Nate McLouth led off Tuesday's game against the Mariners with his second home run. McLouth continues to stay hot at the plate, batting .485 (16 for 33) with two home runs, three doubles, five stolen bases, seven RBI, seven walks and 14 runs in his last nine games.
"Sometimes you hit them, sometimes you don't. I was lucky to get us off to a good start tonight," McLouth said. "It was nice to tack on those insurance runs because they have some guys who can do damage in their lineup if you let them hang around."
Nate McLouth deserves fresh perspective
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (4/30/2013) Taking a note from this week's Reality Check, I'm not sure I'm ready to dismiss Orioles outfielder Nate McLouth's slow start as an early season aberration. Yeah, his BABIP is high at .385, but I don't need BABIP to tell me he's not really a .351 hitter. Of greater interest to me is, even during his best years, his BABIP was typically in the lower-than-average .270-.280 range.
So is that who he is, or is that who he was? Isn't it possible that this hot streak, which dates to the last six weeks or so of last season, is a product of McLouth fundamentally changing himself as a hitter? Isn't it possible that an unexpected power surge early in his career caused him to start selling out for the home run, and isn't it possible that he's realized it? He's hitting a much higher percentage of line drives now. Plus, he recently had this to say to the Balitmore Sun:
"I feel like that's my job, to get on base as many times as I can," he said. "I think that I see the ball better when I just [swing] nice and easy and not try and do more than I'm capable of, so I think that's a big part of it."
Seems possible to me.
Nate McLouth batting .571 over last eight games
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/28/2013) Orioles outfielder Nate McLouth continued his recent hot hitting in Sunday's series finale against the A's. He went 4 for 5 with four runs scored and a stolen base in the 9-8 loss.
The 31-year-old was retired in his first at-bat before hitting three consecutive singles. He doubled in the ninth inning to cap off the four-hit performance.
McLouth is batting .517 (15 for 29) in the previous eight contests with one homer, six RBI and 13 runs scored. He also has five stolen bases during that span.
Nate McLouth productive for O's
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/27/2013) Orioles outfielder Nate McLouth had his third multi-hit performance in the last seven games Saturday against the A's. He went 3 for 5 with a home run and two RBI in the 7-3 win.
The 31-year-old singled to lead off the fifth inning then hit a solo homer off Jerry Blevins in the eighth. He added an RBI single in the ninth.
McLouth has hit safely in six of the last seven games and is batting .458 (11 for 24) with seven RBI and four stolen bases during that stretch.
Rooting for Nate McLouth to get more at-bats
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (4/26/2013) Right now, the only thing keeping me from adding Nate McLouth in mixed leagues is the fact he's been sitting against left-handed pitchers. But boy, if that changes, I'm excited about what he brings to the table.
No one can say for sure why he flopped with the Braves, but since inheriting full-time at-bats for the Orioles about midway through last season, he's been the player who broke through with an All-Star season for the Pirates back in 2008.
True, he has yet to hit a home run this year, but he has about twice as many walks as strikeouts and has made the most of his time on base with seven steals. Dating back to last year, he's batting .283 with seven homers and 16 steals in his last 229 at-bats.
Keep an eye on McLouth's playing time. Clearly, he still has something left at age 31.
Nate McLouth steals two more bases
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (4/26/2013) Orioles outfielder Nate McLouth stole two bases in Thursday's victory over Oakland. He has seven steals and trails only Jacoby Ellsbury for the league lead.
He also had two runs and two RBI Thursday. A .429 on-base clip is helping him. McLouth has a career .338 on-base percentage and has never been above .400 over a full season.
Nate McLouth a solid option for Orioles
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/25/2013) Orioles manager Buck Showalter made it a priority this offseason to re-sign outfielder Nate McLouth and it's becoming evident why, according to MASNsports.com. McLouth provides another leadoff option, threat on the bases and plus-defender in left field.
"I think Nate just tries to bring what you need," Showalter said. "Nate's been solid. He's a baseball player. He brings it every day."
McLouth has a .423 on-base percentage through 18 games. After Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays, McLouth has eight walks in his last eight games and is batting .350 (7 for 20) in that span.
Nate McLouth is on-base machine
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/24/2013) Orioles outfielder Nate McLouth led off and set the table for Baltimore on Wednesday during an extra-inning loss to Toronto. McLouth reached base four times in the game.
The left fielder kept working counts into his own favor as he walked twice. He went 2 for 3 with a double and RBI single and scored three times in the 6-5 loss. McLouth added his fifth stolen base of the season.
McLouth, who leads off against right-handed starters, only has two RBI on the season. That said, he's picked up five steals, five doubles and has scored 14 runs in 18 games. He's also walked 13 times for an on-base percentage of .423.
Nate McLouth gets fourth stolen base
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/21/2013) Orioles outfielder Nate McLouth swiped his fourth base of 2013 in Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Dodgers. He stole second after walking in the fifth inning and finished 2 for 3 with two runs scored in the 6-1 win.
McLouth is batting .271 (13 for 48) through 14 games with one homer, seven RBI and 10 runs scored.
Nate McLouth, Nick Markakis sharing leadoff spot
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/16/2013) It seems pretty obvious that the Orioles have a clear split among the team's leadoff hitters. Nate McLouth bats first against right-handed starters and Nick Markakis against lefties.
McLouth got the nod Tuesday at home against Tampa Bay right-hander Roberto Hernandez. He's led off in three-straight games for the Orioles but has faced three-straight righties.
Markakis led off April 12 in New York against left-handed CC Sabathia. The reason McLouth has seen far more at-bats at the No. 1 spot than Markakis is the Orioles have seen more righties than lefties.
McLouth, who likely will sit if he's not leading off with Nolan Reimold playing left field, is batting .263 after 38 at-bats with an RBI and two stolen bases.
"I feel good about it. I'm happy with my at-bats. Maybe don't have a ton to show for it yet, but feel like I've been pretty decent so far this season and yeah, I feel good," said McLouth to MASNSports.com.
Markakis has seen 51 at-bats and is hitting .294 with two homers and four RBI.
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/13/2013) Orioles outfielder Nate McLouth had a productive day in the leadoff spot on Saturday against the Yankees. He went 3 for 5 with a run scored in a 5-3 win.
The 31-year-old led off the game with a double and came around to score when Adam Jones reaches on a fielder's choice. He added another double and a single for his first three-hit performance.
Nate McLouth comfortable leading off
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/3/2013) Orioles outfielder Nate McLouth will get his first start in Baltimore's second game Wednesday against Tampa Bay. He is starting in left field and is leading off with Nolan Reimold the designated hitter and Nick Markakis, Tuesday's leadoff hitter, batting third.
"There's multiple guys capable of doing that, of leading off," McLouth said to MASNSports.com. "[Markakis is] good at it, but he's also a good run producer. He's good in either position. And I'm happy to hit wherever, too."
McLouth, who didn't play in the opener against David Price and may sit against the game's tougher lefties, hit leadoff in 24 games last year. In those games he hit .263/.342/.455.
"Maybe it's for a day, maybe it's not. Maybe it's for a while. But I'm comfortable leading off, I'm comfortable hitting second, eighth, wherever," McLouth said.
Nate McLouth tees off from leadoff spot
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/30/2013) Orioles outfielder Nate McLouth went 2 for 3 with a pair of solo homers during a 7-1 rout of the Mets in the spring finale for both teams on Saturday. McLouth served as the leadoff hitter in his first appearance since Wednesday and collected multiple hits for the third straight game to boost his batting average to .320 for the spring.
Nate McLouth homers as part of two-hit day
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (3/27/2013) Orioles left fielder Nate McLouth singled and hit his second home run of the spring Wednesday against the Yankees, collecting two runs and two RBI. McLouth is likely to get more playing time with Wilson Betemit on the shelf. He is hitting .298/.353/.553 in 47 at-bats this spring.
Wilson Betemit to miss at least 6-8 weeks
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/26/2013) Orioles designated hitter Wilson Betemit, who suffered a Grade 2/3 PCL tear in a Grapefruit League game Monday, will be sidelined for 6-8 weeks before even being reevaluated, reports MLB.com Tuesday. The injury is not expected to require surgery at this time, though Betemit figures to miss at least the first two months of the season.
Baltimore could use Nolan Reimold as the everyday designated hitter and Nate McLouth the everyday left fielder in Betemit's absence. This injury definitely means a little more playing time available to each of those players.
Nate McLouth struggling with bat this spring
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/23/2013) Orioles outfielder Nate McLouth went 0 for 3 as the leadoff hitter Saturday against the Phillies and is batting .216 in the Grapefruit League.
McLouth, who re-signed with the Orioles in the offseason, is fighting to win the starting left field job. He seems destined to platoon with Nolan Reimold as long as Reimold is healthy and swinging well. Reimold is batting .243 this spring but has shown power.
McLouth was important to the Orioles when Nick Markakis was hurt down the stretch last year. He was a big contributor in the playoffs, but there is no guarantee of consistent at-bats entering the 2013 season.
McLouth, Orioles agree to deal
by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer (12/5/2012) Outfielder Nate McLouth agreed to a one-year deal with the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday. The deal is reportedly worth $2 million with $500,000 in bonuses, according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun.