By Brian Devine on March 19, 2014
After the Baltimore Orioles' second consecutive winning season, they are primed to contend in 2014. They have a solid core of players, and they have made several impact signings. The Orioles should have a very exciting season, and they should contend in the AL East.
1. Chris Davis
2. Adam Jones
3. Nelson Cruz
4. Manny Machado
5. J.J Hardy
With Chris Davis and Adam Jones, the Orioles have one of the most powerful lineups in the majors. Both Davis and Jones are locks for 30 home runs, and the Orioles are stacked with other dangerous bats, such as Nelson Cruz and J.J Hardy.
1. Chris Tillman
2. Ubaldo Jimenez
3. Wei-Yin Chin
4. Bud Norris
5. Miguel Gonzalez
While the Orioles' rotation is not overpowering, it is strong enough to keep them in contention. Chris Tillman should continue to build off his strong 2013 season, and the addition of Jimenez solidifies the staff.
While the Orioles forfeited two draft picks to acquire Nelson Cruz and Ubaldo Jimenez, they filled two of their largest needs. Cruz gives them great power from the DH spot, and Jimenez gives them a potential top of the rotation starter. These two moves might hurt them in the long run, but they are great additions for this season.
While the Orioles' rotation is not strength in 2014, it should be in the near future. Gausman and Bundy’s stuff is dominating, and they are two of best pitching prospects in all of baseball. Harvey and Rodriguez are also excellent prospects, and are highly regarded pitchers.
The Orioles' lineup is one of the strongest in the league, and they are also an excellent defensive team. Even though their pitching could hold them back, their power and defense can carry them into the postseason
Final Standing: 2nd in AL East and Wild Card Berth
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