Most of the time the Baltimore Orioles are battling the Tampa Bay Rays for last place in the American League East but something funny happened in 2008. The Tampa Bay Rays left their Oriole friends behind and went to play with the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. Poor Baltimore Orioles. Will the Orioles now be all alone, will they follow their Tampa Bay buddies to the top of the division or will some other team in the American League East come and play with the Orioles/
Major League Baseball 2009 Preview: Baltimore Orioles Strengths
The biggest strength for the Baltimore Orioles is probably their outfield. That might not be saying much for them considering two of their three outfielders are unproven. Adam Jones looks like a good Major League player though and Felix Pie will probably be given a little bit of slack and more time to develop on a team that isn’t fighting for a playoff spot. In right field Nick Markakis is one of the most underrated players in Major League Baseball.
Major League Baseball 2009 Preview: Baltimore Orioles Weaknesses
This portion of the article is what I like to call, “Where in the World is Leo Mazzone?” What happened Leo. In Atlanta there were all kinds of stud aces coming through the system. Now the Baltimore Orioles have one of the most hideous pitching staffs in Major League Baseball. In 2009 the motto for the Baltimore Orioles pitching staff will probably be, “Thank God for the Texas Rangers pitching staff!”
Major League Baseball 2009 Preview: Baltimore Orioles Key Player
Matt Wieters looks like the favorite for Rookie of the Year. I’m not sure he’s going to be Rookie of the Year but I do think he’ll have a good season and the Orioles need it. If Matt Wieters can be a legitimate run producer to go along with Markakis then some of the other players like Jones, Pie, Aubrey Huff and Melvin Mora combine for a nice little offense.
Major League Baseball 2009 Preview: Baltimore Orioles Sleeper
Can Ty Wigginton get a starting job somewhere? Ty Wigginton can play multiple positions so he bounces around here and there. Last season Ty Wigginton only played in 110 games and had 23 home runs and 58 RBI. In 2006 Wigginton had 24 home runs and 79 RBI in just 120 games. If Wigginton could actually get 160 games of action then he could be a great addition.
Major League Baseball 2009 Preview: Baltimore Orioles Prediction
Ty Wigginton should get more playing time. Matt Wieters should be a good Rookie of the Year candidate. Adam Jones will start to emerge. Veterans like Brian Roberts, Aubrey Huff and Melvin Mora can contribute. The problem is the pitching staff is so horrible there is absolutely no way for them to compete with the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays. The Baltimore Orioles are looking at a fourth place finish in the American League East.