Reimold at DH....
McLouth in LF...
lots of question marks here....Can Reimold stay healthy ? I think DHing him would help with the injury problem.
Can McLouth hit lefties on a regular basis ? He is clearly the better outfielder.
Speed and a great glove.
I think Buck will do some mix and matching them at times but McLouth will be the regular left fielder.
Just my take
The O's upgraded at 2b.
They will have a full season of several players who should make a strong impact, such as Machado, Reimold, and McLouth, Markakis, Tillman, and Gonzalez.
They have also cut back potential strike outs on the team, while adding potential OBP.
Most of their stars are young and/or coming into their prime.
What is your point?
2) Reimold and Roberts are both healthy
3) Wada, Bundy and Gausman are all projected to push for rotation spots by late summer.
4) The core of the team is reaching it's peak statistical year (age 27, Wieters, Jones, Davis,etc.)
5) The rotation has double digit starter candidates and lots of depth!!!!
6) Machado has stabilized the hot corner and is poised to play 155+ games there this year.
7) The defense with McLouth, Machado and possibly Roberts back is as good as any in the league....just like the bullpen is.
I could go on and on about the positives but I know many of the woe is me folks will dismiss each without much thought.
In recent years spring training has started more than once with a completely overhauled rotation or infield. For the first time in many years, the team is filling in rather than starting from scratch.
Bottomline is we all wish a big hitter was obtained to anchor the RBI role but there are still plenty more good things to look forward to in '13 beyond my initial six but why bother with that when the caustic crowd would rather self flagellate
As I've been saying for years, most sports pundits are unimaginative lemmings utterly incapable or unwilling to offer an original thought. They are essentially trained monkeys like most sports pundits and front office types. Their conventional ignorance is always good for a laugh.
Fellow and Lady posters - don't waste your time listening to them. The O's go 84-78 and miss the playoffs in 2013, but there's no way they finish last.
They will change their minds 5 times before he start of the season and act like the other predictions never happened.
If they do admit, they will poo poo reality and claim everything to be a fluke.
All the while, they will never admit that Buck is just smarter than them.
I never understood how these predictions could be made so early in the year. For example, Granderson goes down for 10 weeks. that seems like it would affect NY's offensive production. if he was lost for the whole year, that woul have even more of an impact.
what if Price has an injury and doesn't pitch this year. that would seriously change TB's season.
Stark wrote a good, optimistic article about the Orioles. It was either him or someone else at ESPN who picked the O's to finish second behind the BJ's.
So it's not all doom and gloom from ESPN, but overall I expect them to think it will still be the Red Sox and Yankees. At least that's what they hope happened.
Not last, but not first. Doubt they will go 16-2 in extra inning games in 2013.
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