The Orioles were not only the worst team in MLB last season, they were one of the worst of all time. Baltimore finished dead last in collective ERA (5.67) and allowed a league-record 305 homers during their last-place campaign. The O’s cycled through 31 relievers last year and found very little success, yet rather than bringing in any proven veterans, they’re rolling with young Hunter Harvey as their closer for now.
The theme of rebuilding consists throughout the Orioles roster, as the front office let several key contributors walk in order to concentrate on the long-term development of younger players. With only defensive specialist Jose Iglesias brought on and two relatively consistent starters, Dylan Bundy and Tommy Milone, shipped out – the Orioles could continue to plummet in a shortened season.
The Orioles are tied with the Tigers for the longest odds at DraftKings Sportsbook to win the 2020 World Series. The O’s are also tied with Detroit for the longest odds to win the AL and have enormous +25000 odds at DK to win the AL East.
If you want to bet on the O’s, the best option might be to take the Over on their projected 20.5 regular season win total. Baltimore is being given -114 odds to win at least 21 games at DK, so a $20 bet on the O’s to top that total would pay out $37.54 if successful.
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2019 Record: 54-108
Key Losses: RP Dylan Bundy, LP Tommy Milone, DH Mark Trumbo, 2B Jonathan Villar, RP Jimmy Yacobonis
Key Additions: SS Jose Iglesias
1. 2B Hanser Alberto (R)
2. LF Anthony Santander (S)
3. DH Renato Nunez (R)
4. CF Austin Hays (R)
5. 3B Rio Ruiz (L)
6. 1B Chris Davis (L)
7. RF Dwight Smith (L)
8. SS Jose Iglesias (R)
9. C Chance Sisco (L) / C Pedro Severino (R)
Projected Rotation: LP John Means, RP Alex Cobb, RP Asher Wojciechowski, LP Wade LeBlanc, RP Kohl Stewart
Projected Closer: RP Hunter Harvey
Bullpen Strengths: Tanner Scott and Miguel Castro could lead a crowded bullpen situation. Scott appeared in 28 games last season and posted a 4.78 ERA in 26.1 IP with 37 SO, 19 BB, 4 HR allowed. Castro posted similar numbers with a 4.66 ERA in 73.1 IP with 71 SO, 41 BB, 10 HR allowed and 2 saves.
Bullpen Weaknesses: The Orioles used 31 relievers last season, and was just another part of the unstable Orioles’ season. Hunter Harvey is the likely closer despite only appearing in one game last season. Harvey posted a 3.86 ERA in 4.2 IP in Spring Training. Multiple arm injuries plagued Harvey during his time in the minors and his health will be the biggest question for the Baltimore bullpen in 2020.
Key Stats from 2019
- The Orioles used 58 players and 38 pitchers last season.
- The Orioles allowed more than 600 runs in 2019.
- “Troy Mancini and Renato Nunez became the eight pair of Orioles teammates with at least 30 home runs and 90 RBIs in the same season and the first since Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop in 2017” (Athlon Sports).
- The Orioles were 12-12 in July, which was their first non-losing month since August 2017 (Athlon Sports).