Season Outlook: Baltimore Orioles

Projected 2017 Starting Lineup:

  1. Adam Jones – Center fielder
  2. Seth Smith – Right Fielder
  3. Manny Machado – 3rd baseman
  4. Chris Davis – 1st baseman
  5. Mark Trumbo – Designated Hitter
  6. Jonathan Schoop – 2nd baseman
  7. Welington Castillo – Catcher
  8. J.J. Hardy – Shortstop
  9. Hyun Soo Kim – Left Fielder

Projected 2017 Pitching Rotation:

  1. Chris Tillman
  2. Kevin Gausman
  3. Dylan Bundy
  4. Ubaldo Jimenez
  5. Wade Miley

Season Outlook:

There is no doubt that the Baltimore Orioles have one of the most dangerous lineups in all of the MLB as the only weakness in their lineup is Hyun Soo Kim. Manny Machado, Chris Davis, and Mark Trumbo in the middle of their lineup makes opposing pitchers shiver with fear. Trumbo hit 47 home runs, Davis hit 38 home runs, and Machado hit 37 home runs. Pretty much anybody in Baltimore’s lineup has the ability to make a major impact and the offense is certainly what will carry the Orioles in 2017. However, the Orioles pitching staff is what continues to hold the Orioles back. Chris Tillman is the team’s best starting pitcher as he went 16-6 with a 3.77 ERA last season. However, Tillman is injured right now and the issue is that there isn’t much consistency besides him. Gausman and Bundy have lots of potential, but they have yet to prove themselves for Baltimore. Also, Wade Miley and Ubaldo Jimenez have been productive pitchers a few years ago, but they have both been terrible lately. The Orioles have an outstanding bullpen with Zach Britton, Brad Brach, and Darren O’Day in the late innings. However, the starting pitching for the Orioles hasn’t been good enough to give their bullpen a chance to close out games. The Orioles have the offense to be playoff contenders in the highly competitive AL East, but it is hard to see basically the same pitching rotation improving much in 2017.

Prediction: 3rd place in the AL East

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