2016 Baltimore Orioles Preview, Lineup, Win Total, Odds, Prediction
2016 Baltimore Orioles
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The Baltimore Orioles have been good on even years recently, as they made the playoffs in 2012 and 2014. The Orioles hope to return to the postseason after finishing 2015 with a .500 record.
Here’s your 2016 Baltimore Orioles preview.
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Key Additions: Mark Trumbo and Hyun-soo Kim
Key Losses: Steve Pearce and Wei-Yin Chen
The good news for the Baltimore Orioles is that they didn’t lose much from last season. The bad news for the Baltimore Orioles is that they didn’t add much to a team that limped to an average 81-81 record.
The Orioles will once again be carried by an offense that’s led by Manny Machado, Chris Davis and Adam Jones. Last season, that trio combined for 478 hits and 109 homers. Machado will be in the running for a possible MVP award and Davis has topped 40 home runs in two of his last three seasons.
The Orioles finished ninth last season in runs scored and were third with 217 homers. With that big three and under the radar guys such as Jimmy Paredes and Jonathan Schoop in the mix, Baltimore will once again have one of the better offenses in all of baseball.
The concern for the Orioles this season will be the pitching staff, especially with Chen now in a Miami Marlins uniform. Chris Tillman is a solid veteran but is coming off a season in which he had a 4.99 ERA. Miguel Gonzalez has a 3.82 ERA in four seasons, and Ubaldo Jimenez has bounced around the league due to his inconsistencies.
The Orioles finished last season with an ERA of 4.05, which was a tad bit below league average of 3.95. It’s hard seeing that number improve with a group of inconsistent veterans and no ace. The bright spot to Baltimore’s pitching staff is closer Zach Britton, who has just eight blown saves in 183 career games played.
Still, the Orioles will go as far as their offense takes them once again this season.
Over/Under Win Total: 80.5
You’re going to make money on the Baltimore Orioles this season, but the downside is that they didn’t do anything during the offseason to make their team better. In fact, one could argue the Orioles are worse off with their top pitcher leaving for South Florida. In a tough AL East, I don’t see how the Orioles can get to a .500 record.