Since the Orioles 25 man roster is, for the most part, set, this is typically when people start predicting the lineup for the season. When you have a manager like Buck Showalter, such is not the case. Buck loves to have options (which he definitely has with this team), and he has shown in his career that he will change the lineup whenever he sees fit (which has been quite often at times). First off, let’s predict the 25 man roster, by position (I will not include pitchers at this point, that is still up in the air):
Jake Fox (who will also serve as our all purpose utility man)
Jake Fox will also spend time here. Luke Scott might see a few days here too.
Brendan Harris/Robert Andino/Cesar Izturis. Orioles will probably carry one of the three. Theoretically, they could carry two. My guess is Andino or Harris because the Orioles need a backup for Roberts.
Jake Fox and Robert Andino might see time here too.
Felix Pie and Reimold will compete for the fourth OF spot. Theoretically, the Orioles could easily carry both thanks to Fox’s versatility. Vlad will not be allowed within 100 yards of a baseball glove.
Felix Pie will serve as Adam’s backup. There’s also Matt Angle, but he is a huge longshot to make the team, even if Reimold or Pie get traded.
Luke, Lee, Fox, and others will find time here too. Don’t be shocked if Roberts DHs a few days too.
Now that we have that out of the way, I think this will be the primary lineup (the lineup that Orioles fans will see most often this year barring injuries):
I don’t see a hole in that lineup anywhere. Everybody in this lineup is at the very least an above average hitter for their position. Jones and Lee could easily be switched, but Jones seems to be more comfortable batting in the middle of the order. I think he’ll do a terrific job batting seventh.
Here’s what Buck will trot out on Sundays, when he typically gives certain players a day of rest:
This is why I think it would make a great deal of sense for the Orioles to carry two of Harris/Andino/Izturis. Both Hardy and Roberts are injury prone, and therefore, should be rested at least once per week.
Now, Vlad’s going to need a rest once in a while. He’s an old man now. Buck probably won’t kill our lineup by giving him off the same day as everyone else, so this is what I think the Orioles lineup will look like once a week:
That lineup would allow the Orioles to give Luke an extra day of rest from the field and rest Vlad without sacrificing too much offense.
Barring injuries or other unforeseen circumstances, those should be the lineups Orioles fans should see over the course of the season.
I’m not going to lie, when I first heard Pettitte was retiring, I was actually happy. It’s like the bully who beats you up every day for 15 years has moved away and you know he’ll never beat you up again. Pettitte has dominated the Orioles since pretty much the day that he came into the majors. Sitting here hearing the press conference and reading people’s reactions on Twitter though, I’ve come to realize something:
I HAVE A TON OF RESPECT FOR ANDY PETTITTE
I can’t believe it took me 15 years to realize that fact. Andy never talked trash, he never ran his mouth. Looking back, all he’s ever did was respect the game and respect the players. Looking back, he’s always been a classy guy. Yes, he did make a HUGE mistake by getting involved with HGH/steroids and Roger Clemens, but looking back, Andy has handled that whole situation like a true professional. Looking back, Andy’s one of the fiercest competitors I can remember in my 24 years of life. All Andy has ever focused on in his career is winning. And when it mattered, though it was painful to watch, 70% of the time, Andy came through every time. I can’t help but respect a guy like that. It’s taken me 15 years to admit this but you know what?
I WILL MISS ANDY PETTITTE.
I will save the Hall of Fame debate for another day, right now, can we all just please appreciate and respect a special pitcher. Regardless of whether or not you think he’s a Hall of Famer, no one can deny he’s a special pitcher, and a special guy. I’ll miss him. Except when the Yankees play the Orioles.
1) if you have never cried when your team lost a huge game 2) never got so angry that you could not be approached for hours after a game because of a loss or used some piece of your body as a weapon in anger 3) can’t recite the highest and lowest points of your franchise on command without having to go to google 4) know the name of every player on the team by position on command and 90% of minor league staff 5) Will stand up for your team regardless of having people make fun of you or being out numbered by **** talking ***** ******* 6) YOU ARE NOT A BANDWAGONER that never wore your colors until they did well 7) have at least 10 items of clothing reflecting your team 8) name a pet after something associated with your team
1) if you have never cried when your team lost a huge game
2) never got so angry that you could not be approached for hours after a game because of a loss or used some piece of your body as a weapon in anger
3) can’t recite the highest and lowest points of your franchise on command without having to go to google
4) know the name of every player on the team by position on command and 90% of minor league staff
5) Will stand up for your team regardless of having people make fun of you or being out numbered by **** talking ***** *******
6) YOU ARE NOT A BANDWAGONER that never wore your colors until they did well
7) have at least 10 items of clothing reflecting your team
8) name a pet after something associated with your team
10) you hate your rival and would never ever let your child wear their uniform in teeball
11) all day you are waiting for the game and if you can’t catch it you can’t wait to see the box score
12) Whenever you see somebody repping your team you become automatic friends and can go on for hours about your team
13) Your team is YOU, no exceptions..bar none biggest rule…You live and die for your team and they become your life style not a hobby, or something you can attach yourself to. not some group, but a family, not a during the season thing, but a year round commitment to the love of one cause
14) you can’t have a 2nd favorite team because in the life of a die hard it is your team or nobody at all
Let’s imagine a hypothetical world where I am the GM. I can put together a dream team of current major leaguers. If I could design a baseball team, this is exactly what it would look like. Performance is not always my #1 concern, as some of these players are just simply guys I like.
It’s taken me almost two months to feel the depression needed to write this… but here it is! “Orioles Tragic”, a parody of the Orioles fight song “Orioles Magic”!
The Orioles have quite a history, which as I’ve mentioned before, is quite hard to remember when you have 13 straight losing seasons. The Orioles, while we are typically known more for our pitching than hitting, have had some DARN good lineups over the years. In this entry, I’ll evaluate what I believe to be the best lineups the Orioles have ever assembled.
WARNING: If you like Mike Gonzalez, this post is NOT FOR YOU.
OK, now that it is officially about 30 hours before the first pitch of the season is thrown and spring training is over, now I will make my predictions for the season. Call me crazy, but I have this idea that you can’t really judge how a team’s going to do before spring training even begins. I’ll start off with my favorite division (though I am biased), the AL East.