It’s here folks; Opening Day for the Baltimore Orioles. Obviously the team begins today on the road, however hope springs eternal on Opening Day. Anything can happen.
The question is, what WILL happen for the Birds this year? The outlook isn’t exactly brilliant if you listen to various outlets. However the hope is that the entire team looks at things in the manner of second starter, Matt Harvey. On numerous occasions during the spring, he said that he didn’t buy into the idea of a rebuild. His goal is to win everyday.
The biggest weakness this team has is going to be starting pitching. Now that’s an awful spot to have your biggest weakness. However first off, we just don’t know how the rotation will turn as time goes on. Maybe guys out-perform themselves. But one strength might well be the bullpen.
And we’ve seen in the past how manager Brandon Hyde has been willing to use the bullpen in non-traditional ways. That goes from pulling starters after just three or four innings, to using an “opener.” It’s not cut and dry. And that’s what bothers traditionalists such as myself. But if it helps the team to win more games, maybe it’s worth it.
Austin Hays, Cedric Mullins, and others all had great springs. The Oriole outfield also looks to be a strength this year. The infield is a bit more undefined, although getting Trey Mancini back will be a big plus. Maikel Franco will also be an upgrade at the hot corner.
However it always boils down to pitching. Matt Harvey was a decent addition. The success or failure however of the likes of Bruce Zimmerman and Dean Kremer may well have a lot to do with the success or failure of this season. And unfortunately, the competition is tough. But that’s always the case in the AL East.
I can’t give you a won/loss prediction. There are too many intangibles, and too much can happen. We don’t know what happens to this team regarding injuries. Or to other teams in the division for that matter. But I’ll say the same thing I said last season, which is that they won’t finish in last place.
And it starts today, on Opening Day against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. John Means gets the call for the Birds, and he’ll be opposed by Boston’s Nathan Eovaldi. Game time is set for just after 2 PM.
Update: Due to inclement weather in the Boston area today, Opening Day has been postponed until tomorrow. The O’s will open the season tomorrow at 2 PM against Boston at Fenway Park.
Dom i agree with your bald prediction on the orioles not finishing in the cellar you always look past the tip of your nose for facts in baseball
Thanks Matt. I try my best – my mother taught me right! Thanks for reading!
Oh dom here we go again matt and his nose jokes i got two words for you dom PLAY BALL!!!!!
Sweetest two words in the English language!
Roy is creeping me out he has to troll my every move although orioles fans should be excited about a new era for the orioles its hard for me to imagine my orioles without gary thorne, dave johnson, and the one and only tom davis i already miss them
Happy opening day dom i dont know whats longer me waiting for opening day or the size of my nose PLAY BALL!!!
Happy Opening Day. Honestly, I’m sure I’ve seen noses longer than yours. In fact someone I know has one that resembles a Seminole spear. Thanks for reading!
Matt can you make one simple comment without the nose jokes your snaaz is killing me LETS GO ORIOLES keep up the great work dom as always
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