2012 Baltimore Orioles

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  1. ryalaman

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    Pitching:

    Starting pitching: The rotation leaves a bit to be desired. The Orioles have a nice collection of 4 and 5 starters, but they have very little in terms of top level starting pitching. Jake Arrieta will likely be the opening day starter, and he has some ability, but he will need to cut down on his league worst 4.5 BB/9 in order to be effective in the AL East. Brian Matusz will be another one to watch, as the former uber-prospect will look to regain the velocity that he lost with an arm injury last year. If he can, Matusz has the ability to be an ace, even in the AL East. Jason Hammel (over in the Guthrie deal), Tommy Hunter, Zach Britton (when he returns from the DL) and the 2 Asian imports (Wei-Yin Chen and Tsuyoshi Wada) will compete for the other 3 rotation spots.

    Bullpen: The O's have a couple of flamethrowers out of the pen in Jim Johnson and Matt Lindstrom who will take the 9th and 8th inning roles, respectively. Its likely that whichever Asian import fails to make the rotation (which should be Wada, but I'm not sure on the OOTP ratings) will take over as the long man/swing man in the pen. The rest of the pen is not as strong as you might like. Pedro Strop and Luis Ayala will be the middle relievers and Kevin Gregg will (hopefully) eat shit and die.

    On the farm: Dylan Bundy is a GODGODGODGODGOD and he will inevitably win all the Cy Young awards in both leagues when he's finally ready. Other than that there isn't a whole lot here. Dylan's older brother Bobby is also in the system, but he's criminally underrated in OOTP. Past that, there is a promising reliever in 2011 3rd round pick Dan Klein but not much else. If Chris Tillman is still considered a prospect, then he could also be considered a potential contributor.

    Offense:

    Catcher: Matt Wieters is the best defensive catcher in the game and he is developing nicely at the plate. Matt Wieters is universally considered to be the single greatest baseball player in MLB history and Bud Selig has already made plans to rename the MVP award the Matt Wieters award. He will get most starts and will DH when he gets days off. Ronny Paulino is the backup (until Teagarden gets back) and he will get platoon starts at DH and 1B against LHP in addition to his work behind the plate.

    First Base: Chris Davis will start most games and he will swing. Hard. He whiffs a lot but also hits for good power. Nick Johnson will also get time at 1B and DH when he isn't on the DL (so, for probably like 5 games).

    Second Base: Robert Andino and all of his swag will be at second base until Brian Roberts tries to come back from his concussion (before ultimately giving up and going back on the DL after 3 games). He's good in the field, but don't expect him to put up silly offensive numbers.

    Shortstop: JJ Hardy is the entrenched starter here, and he is an all-star candidate. He's smooth in the field and he put up 30 HR last year. His problem has always been injuries, but if he stays healthy, he is the best SS in the AL East.

    Third Base: Mark Reynolds is an absolute butcher in the field, and he's always a threat to strike out 4 or 5 times in a game, but damn can he hit the ball hard. He could easily put up 40 HRs this year.

    Left Field: Nolan Reimold is the starter, and he is crazy overrated in OOTP. With his inflated rating, he could easily be the most productive Orioles hitter this year.

    Center Field: Adam Jones is the answer here, and the Orioles will be working on buying out his last year of arbitration and a few years of free agency during this season. If he could ever learn to take a pitch, he could legitimately develop into an MVP caliber player.

    Right Field: Nick Markakis has been the guy here for awhile. He's regressed since the 4 and 6 WAR seasons that he put up before his extension, but he's settled into being a solid 2.5 WAR type player who can certainly be a starter in the league.

    On the farm: There are only a few guys to really take note of here. Manny Machado has drawn numerous comparisons to another Miami HS shortstop in Alex Rodriguez, and this youngster could be ready soon. The Orioles are starting this 19 year old bawce in AA Bowie. Johnathan Schoop is another guy to keep an eye on. He is a SS by trade, but the Os are planning on making him a 2b or 3b to pair with Machado. He is also young (20) but will start with Machado in Bowie.

    Outlook:
    Short of some natural disaster that kills everyone in Tampa Bay, New York, Boston, and Toronto, this team will finish 5th in the AL East. While they have 2 future superstars in Machado and Bundy, those 2 won't be enough in the rough AL East going forward. The Orioles will need to embrace Dan Duquette's new commitment to foriegn scouting in order to find the young talent needed to compete in this division. Making the playoffs in the next 5 years will be a major accomplishment.
     
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  2. PAgamer07

    PAgamer07 We're the ship without a storm

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    Trade me Jones
     
  3. ryalaman

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    Jones for McCutcheon seems fair, no?:D
     
  4. ryalaman

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    Eventful first week in Bmore

    • Traded Mark Reynolds to the As for top 50 overall pitching prospect Sonny Gray and a C+ type prospect in Miles Head.
    • Acquired 90 year old Arthur Rhodes to be the lefty in the pen
    • Acquired SP Joel Pineiro (although he got a ML deal rather than the minor league deal the Os got him for in real life)
    • Finished the 1st week of the season at 3-2 with Jim Johnson getting the save in all 3 Os wins
    Could be eventful going forward in Bmore too. There are a few rumored deals still percolating and the Os may pull the trigger on a few soon.
     
  5. ty5oke

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    I think Rhodes might need a double background check, 90 years seems a little young.
     

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