No matter how often we remind ourselves it is early in the season, sometimes keeping that perspective is difficult. To that end, here are 15 Orioles-related events that have or haven't occurred, that will either not continue all season or definitely occur by the end of the season.
From Masnsports.com Roch Kubatko:
"We wanted Brian to get the feel for his changeup back and start," Showalter said. "If we had an injury or some trade had happened or something, Brian... Because nobody had a better spring than him with the exception of maybe Zach (Britton). So, with Troy being out, we wanted to make sure that we had a feel for the left-handed part of that, especially with four right-handed starters. And making sure you have length."
Obviously the changeup was a huge point of emphasis over the winter.
Some random thoughts after a very satisfying 2-1 Opening Day victory in Baltimore . . .
Recapping our first trip down to Sarasota for Spring Training...
In the starting pitching entry of this series, we go with a bit different format in assessing what the Orioles will need from their starters in order to succeed this season. This is a group lacking a true star but with quality in spots #1 all the way through #6. As other teams - notably the 2013 Cleveland Indians - have show, sometimes that is enough for a postseason berth.
Unlike some of the other positions on the infield – most notably first base and third base – the Orioles have a bit more depth behind their all-star caliber starter at short.
Zach Britton has pitched well so far in the Grapefruit League while Bud Norris has been more inconsistent. Is it plausible that the Orioles could look to bump Norris from the rotation to the bullpen in favor of Britton?
The acquisition of Nelson Cruz – when/if it becomes official today – will impact the chances some other players have t fmake the club out of spring training. The players this signing impacts and the nature of that impact might be a little different than it would appear at first glance.