I usually don’t write about Orioles promotions and demotions considering with their inconsistency and really overall parity (not really in a good way) with Triple-A Norfolk and Baltimore, they pretty much make some sort of move everyday. However, I thought that this was a little bit more important than usual because the guy they are bringing up today will be our starting pitcher tonight. The O’s decided to send down Zach Britton after his string of poor performances and call up Steve Johnson. Johnson has certainly earned the promotion as he has a 2.86 ERA in 19 games (14 starts). The 24-year-old allowed 66 hits and 31 walks while striking out 86 batters. Britton also deserved the demotion because even though he only made a few starts, he had an ERA of 11.48 which would have been even higher had it not been for his own error that cost him 3 runs last night.
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
Our Baltimore Orioles season finally starts tomorrow and while it doesn’t exactly promise to be a great season there is still plenty to watch and cheer for. We have a lot of young players on this team that have yet to live up to their hype and while we should probably keep our expectations and optimism tempered (after all it is the Orioles) we do have some hope this year in my opinion. In this preview I am going to give you all of the players on the opening day roster and give you Jesse’s projected stats for the hitters for this season (I am not a numbers guy) and then I will give my take on each player/position as a whole. Without any further ado, I bring to you your 2012 Baltimore Orioles:
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.
Just wanted to give a quick update on what I have heard from around the Orioles spring training camp as the Orioles begin their exhibition season tomorrow:
- Zach Britton and Jim Johnson threw off the mound yesterday which was apparently a day earlier than expected and they continues to progress well and should hopefully both be ready by opening day.
- Dennys Reyes was cut today because he didn’t show up to camp… Apparently he was having visa problems but never tried to contact the Orioles.
- The only other no-show is catcher Ronny Paulino whose car showed up without him apparently… But the Orioles are actually in contact with him still.
Some of the main points in these links were:
- “Tsuyoshi Wada, Jake Arrieta, Tommy Hunter, Dana Eveland, Matt Lindstrom and Jason Hammelwere among the pitchers who threw bullpen sessions today.Wada has a pause in his delivery that batters will need to time. He’s got some deception to it. Matt Wieters insisted on catching Wada and Hammel. He needs to learn more about them.Lindstrom was bringing the heat. He kept popping catcher John Hester’s mitt, to the point where my ears started ringing.”