Baltimore Orioles Tickets
The Baltimore Orioles have put together four seasons in a row at .500 or above after 14 consecutive in the losing column. However, they missed the post season in 2015 due to regression in their pitching and a weak outfield. This season Baltimore should again be a contender if their starters can bounce back and they are successful in the free agency and trade market. Re-signing big players like first baseman Chris Davis, right-handed pitcher Darren O’Day and catcher Matt Wieters this winter is an excellent start as this trio has won a plethora of games under manager Buck Showalter for the past four seasons. The Orioles snagged pitcher Yovani Gallardo as a replacement for Wei-Yin Chen, an upgrade in the rotation. The bullpen will remain the strength of this team with the back end being the most dominant. Baltimore relievers ranked third in the AL last season with a 3.21 ERA and they will have closer Zach Britton, O’Day, right-handers Brad Brach and Mychal Givens, and left-handed specialist Brian Matusz returning to the team. Up the middle, the Orioles are solid with shortstop J.J. Hardy and second baseman Jonathan Schoop while third base is a lock with Manny Machado, a two-time Gold Glove winner. In the outfield, Hyun Soo Kim is an MLB rookie who signed a two-year $7 million contract after shining in the Korean Baseball Organization. He should fill a much needed hole at left field and add a kick to the Orioles lineup
Showalter has certainly changed the losing culture in Baltimore with two post season appearances in the past four seasons. The AL East is a tough one, but look for the Orioles to contend this season in the hopes of a playoff berth. Be sure to purchase your Baltimore Orioles tickets and enjoy an exciting season for this team on the rise.