A month of the Oriole season has come and gone without much talk at all of any of these four young arms for different reasons. For Jason Berken and Steve Johnson, they have flown under the radar simply because the current Oriole rotation has performed so well, that no talk of a call up has been necessary. For Chris Tillman and Brad Bergesen call ups have not been discussed for a much bleaker reason…regression. The early successes of most of the young Orioles with the big league club this season (Andino, Wieters, Jones, Arrieta, Reimold, etc.) have cast a shadow over the organization’s long standing problem with player development that TIllman and Bergeson still seem to be entrenched in today. But ill start with the positives…
I know I am a little late with this but considering almost every team still has 160 games left I still think it’s worth writing. I’m going to go through division by division, give my projected standings including win/loss records and give a short analysis on why I think that’s how they’ll end up. After that I’ll go through the playoff match-ups and give out my picks to win all the big regular season individual honors. Brace yourselves before reading O’s fans…
New York Yankees 99 – 63
Tampa Bay Rays 88 – 74
Unfortunately for the Orioles the injury bug has already bitten us as one of our young starting pitchers is going to miss the first month of the season most likely. Zach Britton, our 24 year old starting pitcher has been having problems with his left shoulder for a while and finally went to the renown surgeon Dr. Andrews to get it checked out. Orioles Insider Roch Kubatcho said this “Pitcher Zach Britton received two Platelet Rich Plasma injections today in his left shoulder, and Dr. James Andrews told him it could be a six-week process before he’s cleared to pitch. The hope, of course, is that Britton returns much sooner.” With him being a young arm I would expect the Orioles to take things very slowly with him and not bring him back untill he is fully healthy. While this is certainly a bummer, it is not the end of the world because while he is rehabbing, another pitcher will get the opportunity to prove himself on this roster and who knows it could be Chris Tillman.
For those who don’t know, the Orioles season is set to start in a couple of weeks. I am not here to tell you that the O’s are going to win the world series or even have a very realistic shot to make the playoffs. I just believe that the Orioles have at least some reason for optimism and some things to look forward to this year.