Baltimore Orioles’ Brian Roberts Off to Hot Start in Spring Training
These last three seasons have been tumultuous for Baltimore Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts. On May 16 of 2011 Roberts slid into second base during a game versus the Boston Red Sox and suffered a concussion. The side effects from the collision would affect Roberts ability to take the field for the next year and a half. Roberts attempted to return last season, but was limited to 16 games after deciding to have surgery on an injured hip.
The former all-star has been with the O’s longer than anyone currently on the Orioles active roster. It was no surprise that Roberts was bitter sweet towards the Orioles long awaited success as he had to sit on the sidelines. Coming into the 2013 season the second baseman has shown signs of his former glory.
In the first four games this Spring, Roberts has torn the cover off the baseball to the tune of .545 batting average. Of his six base hits, three of them have been extra base hits consisting of two double and one home run. Most likely, Roberts won’t be anywhere near the threat he once was to steal bases. If his able to rack up doubles like has in the past then that won’t be much of an issue. Roberts is actually ranked 29th among active players in career doubles with 339 2B’s over his 12 seasons in the league.
There are two positions that the Orioles are in need of some assistance in, first base and second base. Last season Robert Andino primarily filled the role of playing second. Now that Roberts is healthy and with the Orioles signing Alexi Casilla, they shipped Andino to the Seattle Mariners.
The Orioles did not make a lot of big changes this off-season, but when you win 93 games sometimes its best to tweak here and there and not mess with a good thing. There are a lot of key pieces healed up and ready to contribute.