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Old 02-09-2013, 11:46 PM  
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****Official 2013 Baltimore Orioles Thread****

2013 Baltimore Orioles

The Oís earned an American League wildcard berth last season thanks to a 29-9 record in one-run games. That kind of luck - er, performance - tends to even out, so theyíll need to improve in other areas if they want to contend again. But since we care only about fantasy implications Ö

Offseason moves:

Re-signed OF Nate McLouth

McLouth provided plenty of second-half help for fantasy owners, with seven home runs and 12 steals in 89 games. But look more closely, and youíll see an underwhelming .694 OPS, along with a probable playing-time threat in Nolan Reimold. Mixed leaguers shouldnít bother with McLouth.

Signed SP Jair Jurrjens

Remember when Jurrjens made the NL All-Star team in 2011, and posted a 2.60 ERA in 2009? For this injury-prone, soft-tossing righty with a subpar strikeout rate, those days are probably gone. Stay away, even if he makes the rotation.

Claimed 2B/SS Alexi Casilla

The somewhat speedy Casilla (21 SB in 106 games last season) will serve as insurance against Brian Robertsí injuries.

Lost 1B Mark Reynolds to free agency

The emergence of Manny Machado made Reynolds and his sky-high strikeout rate expendable. Reynolds will start at first base for the Indians, where heíll try to bat higher than .221 for the first time since 2009.

Projected Lineup

1. Nick Markakis RF
2. Nolan Reimold/Nate McLouth LF
3. Adam Jones CF
4. Matt Wieters C
5. Chris Davis 1B
6. J.J. Hardy SS
7. Manny Machado 3B
8. Wilson Betemit DH
9. Brian Roberts 2B

The leadoff spot is uncertain, with Markakis, Roberts and Reimold/McLouth as possibilities. Markakis was having a solid season before going down with a thumb injury in early September, and could be a .300, 20-homer guy. Jones should come close to another 30-homer, 15-steal season, while Davisí 33 homers were a pleasant surprise for the vast majority of people who thought he could only hit in the minors. Wieters and Hardy are likely to repeat as solid if unspectacular fantasy performers at premium positions.

Rotation

1. Jason Hammel
2. Wei-Yin Chen
3. Chris Tillman
4. Miguel Gonzalez
5. Steve Johnson
CL: Jim Johnson


Hammel threw harder, struck out more batters and induced more ground balls than he ever had before. We donít know if heíll do it again, but heíll have more upside than other SP5 types in mixed leagues. Chen could be a solid AL-only option, while Tillmanís sub-3.00 ERA was helped by some fortunate BABIP luck (.221); donít reach for him, even if he might be improving. The final spot figures to be up for grabs between Johnson, Jurrjens, Brian Matusz and Jake Arrieta, and you should avoid all of them. One or all will be replaced soon enough by a certain stud prospect mentioned later in this article.

Raise your hand if you had Jim Johnson pegged for 50-plus saves last season! Yeah, same here. Johnson throws plenty of strikes and gets tons of ground balls, but his inability to miss bats will make him a bit riskier than the top-tier closers (who are all inherently risky, anyway). If Johnson turns into a pumpkin, Pedro Strop seems likely to step in, though his shaky control might drive Buck Showalter crazy.





Big questions:

Will Roberts finally be healthy?

He hasnít played more than 60 games since 2009, so the guess here is a big, fat NO. If you want to draft Roberts late in a shallow league with the idea of replacing him quickly if things donít work out, fine. Otherwise, stay away.

Will Machado improve in his first full major-league season?

The 20-year-old Machado made an earlier-than-expected debut for the Oís last summer, shifting to third base in a move that filled a real-life need while disappointing fantasy owners. He hit 18 homers and stole 15 bases between the minors and majors, and could offer similar power/speed production for you in 2013. However, as talented as Machado is, heís still very young, and probably a couple of years away from making a big impact. Note that Hardy is signed through 2014, so Machado isnít likely to move from the hot corner soon.




Sleeper

Again, McLouth isnít very good. Reimold missed most of 2012 due to a neck injury, but hit 19 homers and stole nine bases between the minors and majors in 2011. He might fly below the radar in AL-only leagues.

How soon will Dylan Bundy join the rotation?

Itís possible that the 20-year-old Bundy Ė universally regarded as one of baseballís top three prospects Ė will break camp with the Oís. Itís far more likely that heíll start in Double A, spend most of the season in the minors, and be limited to about 150 innings. Keeper league owners should be all over Bundy if heís still available, but he wonít pitch enough to help in redraft leagues this season.

Top prospects

Dylan Bundy, SP Ė Stud. Blue chipper. Great attitude, according to most. Future ace.

Kevin Gausman, SP Ė Gausman is a big, talented righty who was drafted by the Oís last year, but at 22 with only 15 professional innings under his belt, heís still at least a year away from helping the big club. If you want to draft a starter in your dynasty league, Gausman is a solid candidate.

Jonathan Schoop, 2B/SS Ė Schoop batted .245 with 14 homers at Double A last season, and might start 2014 at the keystone in Baltimore.







Let's hope we see this again!
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Old 02-26-2013, 09:54 AM   #16
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Old 02-26-2013, 09:54 AM   #17
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Aren't there any fan forums in Baltimore? We don't really need an "official" 2013 Baltimore Orioles thread on Chiefsplanet.

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Old 02-26-2013, 10:04 AM   #18
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Aren't there any fan forums in Baltimore? We don't really need an "official" 2013 Baltimore Orioles thread on Chiefsplanet.

If I were a mod, I would lock delete this thread.
Where were you all last year for the 2012 Orioles thread?
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Old 04-02-2013, 04:11 PM   #19
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Old 04-02-2013, 05:17 PM   #22
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Old 04-02-2013, 08:57 PM   #25
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:04 PM   #26
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OK.

Couple things before this game's over. Helluva good time BTW, three lead changes so far with at least one more to come (7-7 9th).

Chris Davis might hit 40 bombs this year.

The Rays have had three O's runners dead meat at the plate, and ****ed up the throw each time.

Pedro Strop needs to get away from me.

EDIT: ****.

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