Author Box
Articles Categories
All Categories
Articles Resources

2012 Baltimore Orioles Predictions

April 06, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 150

Under new manager Buck Showalter, the Baltimore Orioles struggled, finishing last in the loaded American League East with a 69-93 record. The biggest challenge for the team has been finding the right mix of starters to keep them in contention. The Baltimore pitching staff finished last year with an AL-worst 4.89 ERA. The Orioles added Wei-Yin Chen from Taiwan, but it seems as though that won't be enough for the team to rise up the rankings in the East. Here are the projected starting lineup, starting rotation and closer situation for the Orioles in 2012.

Projected Lineup

Matt Wieters (Catcher) - A breakout campaign in 2011 had the Orioles buzzing about Wieters' future. Wieters hit.262 with 22 home runs and 68 RBI in 139 games, but it is his 15 home runs and.833 OPS in the second half that really has the organization excited.

Mark Reynolds (First Base) - Despite a poor.221 average, Reynolds had 37 home runs with 86 RBI last year. It was the third straight season in which he hit at least 32 homers with 85 RBI.

Brian Roberts (Second Base) - A serious concussion ended his season after May 16, but he has shown encouraging signs that he will be able to play this season. When healthy, Roberts is a legit leadoff hitter. He hit.283 with 16 home runs, 78 RBI and 30 stolen bases in 2009, but has totaled just 98 games the past two seasons. If he is not ready by the start of the season, Robert Andino could take his place at second.

J.J. Hardy (Shortstop) - In his first season with the Orioles, Hardy really showed what he could do by hitting.269 with a career-high 30 home runs and a career-best-tying 80 RBI. He is also a star on the defensive side of the ball.

Chris Davis (Third Base) - The Orioles are hoping Davis can provide some power for the offense this year. Much like Reynolds, Davis strikes out too much to post a strong batting average, but he is also capable of hitting 38 home runs with 114 RBI, which he totaled in 2008 and 2009.

Nolan Reimold (Left Field) - Reimold could get the first crack at the starting job in the left field this year. He was given limited playing time in each of the last three years, but he could be in line for a breakout season in 2012. He hit 13 homers and drove in 45 runs in just 267 at-bats last season. He should hit right around 24 home runs with 80 RBI if given 500 at-bats.

Adam Jones (Center Field) - Jones was the Orioles' best player last season, and his expectations for 2012 are even higher. The 26-year-old set career highs in 2011 with 25 home runs, 26 doubles and 83 RBI, while also a posting a solid.280 batting average. Jones has steadily improved over the last three seasons, which is a good indicator that the best years are still ahead of him.

Nick Markakis (Right Field) - Markakis had a down year last year, as he was unable to keep up the strong performances of years past. That's not to say that he didn't have a good season, as he did, but his string of four straight seasons with at least 43 doubles was halted when he had just 31 last year. He did hit.284 with 15 home runs and 73 RBI.

Wilson Betemit (Designated Hitter) - Betemit could be the designated hitter come Opening Day, but don't put too much value in his stock, as Reimold and Wieters also are likely to see time at DH. He hit.285 with 8 home runs and 46 RBI with the Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals last year.

Projected Rotation

Zach Britton (LHP) - Britton had an inconsistent rookie year, as he followed up a 3.18 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in his first 13 starts with a 6.22 ERA and 1.70 WHIP in his last 15. He still has plenty of time to grow into a dependable starter, but as of now, I don't expect a huge turnaround in 2012.

Jason Hammel (RHP) - The Orioles acquired Hammel in a deal that sent Jeremy Guthrie to the Colorado Rockies. He went just 7-13 with a 4.76 ERA and 1.43 WHIP in 27 starts with Colorado last season, so I wouldn't be expecting too much from him in Baltimore.

Jake Arrieta (RHP) - Arrieta was second on the team with 10 wins in just 22 starts last year, but his 5.05 ERA and 1.46 WHIP are unsettling. If he is unable to improve in those two areas, it's tough to predict if he can maintain the double-digit win plateau. He just turned 26 in March, so there is still a lot of time to grow and improve as a player.

Wei-Yin Chen (LHP) - Wei-Yin Chen is the wild card of this roster. After playing four seasons in Japan and posting a 2.48 ERA and 1.06 WHIP, he was picked up by the Orioles in the offseason. He could end up being the ace of the staff, or fail to make the rotation all together.

Tsuyoshi Wade (LHP) - Another pitcher coming over from Japan is Tsuyoshi Wade. However, he doesn't seem to have the same potential as Chen. Wade is a soft-tossing lefty with a number of different pitches, but you have to be accurate if you are going to throw a mid-80s fastball, especially in the offensive-minded AL East.

Projected Closer

Jim Johnson (RHP) - The Orioles signed Kevin Gregg last year with the intention of serving as the team's closer. But he quickly quashed those plans, pitching himself out of the ninth inning. Johnson took over the closer role with moderate success in September, so he is expected to get first crack at the job this spring.

Be sure to visit us for help beating the baseball lines this season with expert baseball picks from the top handicappers in the industry.

Source: EzineArticles
Was this Helpful ?

Rate this Article

Article Tags:

Baltimore Orioles


Wei Yin Chen


Orioles Predictions

LED boat trailer lights are designed to offer high-power output and low-power consumption for ultra-bright and reliable illumination; they are sealed to resist UV-radiation, corrosion, and water

By: Simon Liva l Recreation & Sports > Boating l December 12, 2012 lViews: 274

All these scooters are highly durable as they have been made using qualitative materials. They are ideal for extreme tricks, jumps and stunts for youngsters and are extremely light in weight. All

By: Simon Liva l Recreation & Sports > Extreme l November 24, 2012 lViews: 413

The interest in BMXing has grown massively over the past few years. With BMX hitting its peak in the 80's with freestyle riders, the sport has never looked back. Even more impressively BMX racing is

By: Alan Trotter l Recreation & Sports > Cycling l October 24, 2012 lViews: 452

Mountain biking has grown vastly over the years from simple, open entry competitions to global world cup and olympic events. There are still local enthusiasts and the sport has a dedicated following.

By: Philip Loughran l Recreation & Sports > Mountain Biking l July 10, 2012 lViews: 248

It's unfortunate but true that although summer holidays such as the 4th of July and Labor Day offer some of the best opportunities for families to get out and enjoy some quality time together, with

By: Dexter Luck l Recreation & Sports > Boating l July 10, 2012 lViews: 585

The term "Klunker" that for years became synonymous with heavy, clumsy machines, was actually the model of bike made by the Schwinn company that had something to do with the origins of freestyle

By: John D Meyers l Recreation & Sports > Mountain Biking l July 10, 2012 lViews: 270

Recently the news media seems to be filled with one tragic story after another of youngsters dying from sports and/or other physically demanding activities. What in the world is going on with our

By: Jim Bainl Recreation & Sports > Baseballl April 24, 2012 lViews: 174

On April 21, 2012, Phil Humber, pitcher for the Chicago White Sox, achieved " perfection " pitching against the Seattle Mariners in their home park, which only makes the feat that much more

By: Jim Bainl Recreation & Sports > Baseballl April 22, 2012 lViews: 182

If your kid is the catcher for their baseball team, it's right to invest in quality sets of catchers gear. Most kids like playing baseball, but they need the right gear in order to keep them safe

By: Cedric P Loisellel Recreation & Sports > Baseballl April 21, 2012 lViews: 195

The 2011 magical run to the World Series Championship by the St. Louis Baseball Cardinals, orchestrated by future Hall of Fame baseball manager, Tony La Russa, could hardly be classified as boring.

By: Jim Bainl Recreation & Sports > Baseballl April 20, 2012 lViews: 175

Curtis Granderson had one of the best games of his career, as the New York Yankees ousted the Minnesota Twins by a score of 7-6. Not everything was so grand however, as Phil Hughes had another

By: Joey R Hanfl Recreation & Sports > Baseballl April 19, 2012 lViews: 185

This article is meant to help coaches and players be more safe around pitching machines. You do not want to get your shirt or hand caught in a pitching machine.

By: Kim R Caldwelll Recreation & Sports > Baseballl April 14, 2012 lViews: 202

The Washington Redskins went out and signed Mike Shanahan as their head coach in 2010, with the hopes that he could get them back in contention in the NFC East. The first two seasons under Shanahan,

By: Jack T Jonesl Recreation & Sports > Footballl May 31, 2012 lViews: 168

The New England Patriots finished with a 13-3 record despite being pretty bad defensively last year. They rode their success on the offensive end as they once again represented the AFC in the Super

By: Jack T Jonesl Recreation & Sports > Footballl May 30, 2012 lViews: 173

The Minnesota Vikings had hoped that with the addition of Donovan McNabb last year, he could keep the team competitive while Christian Ponder learned the offense. However, McNabb quickly played

By: Jack T Jonesl Recreation & Sports > Footballl May 30, 2012 lViews: 170

The New England Patriots were established in 1959, as an original member of the American Football League. The Pats joined the NFL in 1970 after the merger. Today, the New England Patriots are one of

By: Jack T Jonesl Recreation & Sports > Footballl April 14, 2012 lViews: 153

In 1959, the New York Jets were founded, though they were then called the Titans. The franchise made the playoffs for the first time in 1968, where it went on to compete in Super Bowl III, defeating

By: Jack T Jonesl Recreation & Sports > Footballl April 14, 2012 lViews: 180

The Denver Broncos began playing in the American Football League in 1960 and joined the NFL when the AFL-NFL merger occurred in 1970. The team has won six AFC championships and two consecutive Super

By: Jack T Jonesl Recreation & Sports > Footballl April 14, 2012 lViews: 152

Discuss this Article

comments powered by Disqus