Inbaseball, hope springs eternal, and I consider myself an eternal optimist.
However, as an Orioles fan in 2022, I am also, unfortunately, a realist.
And, with that, I am going to predict that the Orioles will finish this season with a 61-101 record.
Reason number one is the most glaringly obvious reason: the starting rotation.
In my estimation, John Means’ four to five innings of solid pitching before he is removed for a series of incompetent relievers; he also surrendered quite a few home runs last season (and his only real highlight was a no-hitter in May). I will say that Means will turn in an 11-9 record this year, 3.98 ERA, at best.
The rest of the staff is a hodgepodge of journeymen and unproven youngsters.
Secondly, this team doesn’t know how to hit. Sure, they can hit home runs and strikeout aplenty, but they rarely have those things called ‘rallies.’
Our best hitter, Trey Mancini, hit .255 last season.
I do not expect Cedric Mullins or Ryan Mountastle to turn in the years that they did in 2021; this will be a true test for both of them, and the only thing we can count on is 130-150 strikeouts.
I think that Adley Ruschman remains the potentially most exciting aspect of 2022 for Orioles fans, and who knows when to expect him.
And, can he pitch?
We often win on Opening Day, and I’m predicting another win on the opener this year.
But, I think there are many more reasons ‘why’ this will be a losing season, as much as I’d love to believe in ‘Why not?’
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