Baltimore Orioles Analysis Before 2020 Season Start

Baltimore Orioles Analysis Before 2020 Season Start

Written by on March 18, 2020

After finishing the 2019 campaign with the worst record in all of baseball, the Baltimore Orioles will be looking to make some major improvements as they get set for the upcoming 2020 regular season. While the O’s, along with every other MLB ballclub are currently in a holding pattern with the start of the new season delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic, there are still a bunch of insightful things you need to know about Baltimore as they get set for the new campaign. Let’s find out everything there is to know about the Orioles right now. After finishing the 2019 campaign with the worst record in all of baseball, the Baltimore Orioles will be looking to make some major improvements as they get set for the upcoming 2020. Let’s check the MLB Odds and World Series Odds for the Baltimore Orioles 2020 Season.

MLB Baltimore Orioles Analysis Before 2020 Season Start

Baltimore Orioles 2020 MLB Season Odds

Baltimore Orioles Offensive Analysis

The Orioles finished with the worst record in all of baseball, in large part because of their ineffective offense which finished 22nd in runs scored (4.50), 21st in team batting average (.246), 25th in OPS (.725) and 23rd in home runs (213). Still, Baltimore has some solid players to build around in the future. 28-year-old left-fielder Trey Mancini hit .291 with 35 home runs and 97 RBI while 26-year-old third baseman Renato Nunez hit 31 home runs while driving in 90 runs, though he hit just .244. Last season, the pair combined to become the eighth pair of Orioles teammates with at least 30 home runs and 90 RBIs in the same season. Baltimore also added veteran shortstop Trevor Story after he hit .294 with 35 home runs and 85 RBI for Colorado last season after smacking 37 homers and driving in 108 runs in 2018. Mancini and  Story were the only players in the majors last season with at least 35 home runs and 38 doubles.

Baltimore Orioles Defensive Analysis

When it comes to defense, Baltimore was even worse than they were offensively. The Orioles finished 30th in team ERA (5.61), 26th in WHIP (1.46) and 26th in quality starts (41). Still, there is some raw talent on the roster, starting with all-star southpaw John Means who went 12-11 with a solid 3.60 ERA in 27 starts spanning 155.0 innings while striking out 121 in his first season in the bigs. The O’s will need some better performances from schedule starting right-handers, Alex Cobb, Asher Wojciechowski, Kohl Stewart and Brandon Bailey and they definitely need to upgrade a bullpen that left a lot to be desired last season.

Baltimore Orioles Offseason Movements

Claimed RHP Travis Lakins off waivers from the Chicago Cubs. Claimed INF Pat Valaika off waivers from Arizona

Claimed INF Richard Urea off waivers from Toronto. Agreed to terms with INF Hanser Alberto; RHP Miguel Castro; RHP Mychal Givens; and INF/OF Trey Mancini on one-year contracts. Agreed to terms with RHP Miguel Castro on a one-year contract. Agreed to terms with INF Jose Iglesias on a one-year contract.

Baltimore Orioles Prediction

Baltimore is in the middle of a complete rebuild that will clearly take years for them to become competitive against the likes of the perennially powerful Yankees and red Sox in the AL East. The Orioles used a whopping 58 players in 2019 one year after suiting up 56 players in 2018. The O’s also had to use a mind-boggling 38 pitchers to set a new mark after using 30 in 2018.

Baltimore also parted ways with pitcher Dylan Bundy and infielder Jonathan Villar, arguably their best overall player last season. The Orioles look like they’re going to lose 100 games or more in 2019, no matter how you look at it.

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