Mark Reynolds Now with the Indians, Reynolds held down first base for the majority of the 2012 season, starting a career-high 105 games at the position. Despite being strikeout prone -- Reynolds led the majors in Ks from 2008-11 and fanned 159 times in 135 games last season -- he added pop to the lineup and had only five errors at first base.
I can't think of two Orioles fans who were bigger supporters of Mark Reynolds throughout his entire tenure in Baltimore. But claiming his defense at first as a big loss is not a factor at all.
What they do worst:
Rely too much on the bullpen If not for its relievers, Baltimore wouldn't have appeared in the playoffs last season. They threw more innings (545 1/3) than all but two other bullpens (the Twins and Royals) yet still managed the third best ERA (3.00) and fourth best WHIP (1.21) in the American League. Closer Jim Johnson led the majors with 51 saves in 54 opportunities. The starting rotation finished with a 4.42 ERA and 1.34 WHIP, ranking ninth in the AL in both categories.
The starting pitching depth answers that issue, at least until the on field results prove one way or the other.
Too many positive predictions (Buster Olney, Jason Stark) felt too weird this year. I'm glad we are still being overlooked by the majority.