You’ve got to read the interview that Keith Law did with MASN’s Steve Melewski. I agree with a lot of what Law has to say – that is, unless the pitching and the young guys step forward and have solid seasons, they will just be a good fourth-or-fifth place team.
I’m going to be more optimistic and hope for the best as a fan this year. It’s crazy to point at the .500 benchmark as a barometer for a successful season; sadly, after 13 years of losing, you’ve got to start somewhere.
I like some of the names on the team and potential lineup. However, while things may be improved with the Orioles from 2010, a commenter last week brought up this point.
The Orioles may have too many guys on one-year deals and may be headed back to the drawing board again next off-season. It’s rather frustrating to think about and while it’s nice to put more wins on the board, you have to focus on the big picture.
As it is, the team needs to keep drafting, building from within, look on the international front and hope some of the players on short-term deals in 2011 can be flipped for prospects.
To add to what was said above, Andy MacPhail spoke today at the University of Baltimore as part of sports discussion panel. He spoke about the business, building a team and what not.
After reading it, improving the Orioles will be easier said than done.