At Yanks Go Yard, we continue our look inside the AL East by previewing the Baltimore Orioles. Last season, the Orioles finished with the same record (85-77) as the New York Yankees. It was a small disappointment to Baltimore considering they had made the playoffs and pushed the Yankees to a Game 5 in the ALDS the season prior. That being said, there were still some bright spots in the likes of Manny Machado and Chris Davis.
Davis hit a league leading 53 home runs and has turned into one of the best power players at his position. He was just part of an Orioles’ team that led the majors in home runs with 212. The future of the team is with 21-year-old Manny Machado. Machado had 51 doubles last season, but is currently recovering from offseason knee injury. He also has one of the best gloves at his position.
This offseason was quiet and filled with physical snafus for the Orioles until about a month ago. That is when Baltimore gave up their first and second round draft picks in order to acquire starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez on a 4-year deal and outfielder Nelson Cruz on a 1-year pact. In a competitive AL East, could those be the moves that lead the O’s closer to a wild card spot?
On this episode of the Yanks Go Yard Show, I talked with the editor of Birds Watcher, Domenic Vadala to discuss the Orioles’ offseason and get his thoughts on some of the players to watch in 2014. He also gave me his take on what Yankees’ fans should expect from Brian Roberts in 2014. Here are the topics that we discussed:
- Reaction to the signings of Jimenez and Cruz
- State of the O’s rotation
- Failed Physicals with Grant Balfour and Tyler Colvin
- Player to Watch: David Lough
- Why Chris Davis needs another breakout season?
- Update on Machado’s status
- Spring Training Battle: Second Base
- Tommy Hunter as the new closer
- What to expect from Brian Roberts?
- Over/Under 80 wins for the Orioles?