Baseball season is upon us, and that means getting ready to watch your favorite team and your favorite players go out and play ball. But, it also should include watching player you've never really considered before, whether it's on T.V. or out at the park.
The Orioles are nearing a deal with free agent pitcher, Johan Santana. Santana is recovering from shoulder surgery last April that caused him to miss the entire 2013 season. Roch Kubato of MASN has sent out a few tweets about the signing being more than likely.
Alright, so now that you have had time to mull over my choices for the Orioles' lineup versus RHP, let's delve in to part 2 of this article and take a closer look at a potential Orioles' lineup versus LHP. (Spoiler alert: not much changes, but I do give some pretty neat slash line statistics and the bottom 4 get shifted, so just hang on!)
Here's my list for facing an LHP:
With Spring Training beginning and the Orioles off to a 2-0 start, preparing to face the Red Sox in Fort Myers this afternoon, I figured now would be as good of a time as any to look at possible lineups for the Orioles this season.
I’ve decided 2014 would be the season that I would become actively involved with the Baltimore Orioles. I’m a diehard Ravens fan and I can easily go on and on about pretty much all things Ravens. But the Orioles, well that’s a different story. I haven’t put too much effort into following the team over the past few (okay 10) seasons. Other than my spirited O!!!
We've covered how the Orioles needed to find a solid number five and how they needed a solution at DH. Nelson Cruz is undeniably that answer. The Orioles are set with their position players but the next few weeks will decide what the pitching staff looks like.
Matt Wieters is a strange anomaly in the “What have you done for me lately?” world of sports stardom. Hyped since the time he was drafted as “Mauer with Power”, he's never come close to living up to the excitement. While he's flashed a degree of power, he's struggled to put together consistent offensive production in a league where the old trope of the “All glove/no bat” catcher has been increasingly pushed to the wayside.
According to reports, the Orioles have signed Nelson Cruz to a one year, $8 million deal. The Mariners were reportedly also in on Cruz to be their DH, and even had the endorsement of newly acquired Robinson Cano, but the former Rangers slugger chooses Baltimore.
We've all heard the old axiom "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." Sports in general has taken this approach more than I thought was logically possible and it doesn't look to be changing any time soon because...you know...it ain't broke.