Since the Baltimore Orioles put together a very impressive and unexpected 2012 season, now they must work even harder to improve for 2013 to prove that this past year was not a fluke and they deserve to be atop the American League East.
Their overall pitching statistics were much better than the previous couple of years. As a team, they ranked 14th in the majors with a 93-69 record and a 3.90 ERA. In 1,483 innings, they allowed 1,433 base hits, surrendered 642 earned runs, served up 184 home runs, issued 481 walks, a 1.29 WHIP and a .252 opponent average.
So, their overall numbers were strong as a whole, but their starting pitching is what needs to be improved upon.
Their starters ranked 21st in the majors with a 61-58 record and a 4.42 ERA. In 937.2 innings pitched, they allowed 946 base hits, 460 earned runs, 136 home runs, 307 walks, 1.34 WHIP and a .261 opponent average. Hits surrendered needs to be lowered and the opponent batting average is a bit too high.
As for their relievers, they were one of the best bullpens around the majors. They ranked fifth in the majors and third in the AL with a 32-11 and a 3.00 ERA. In 545.1 innings, they served up 182 earned runs on 482 base hits, including just 48 home runs, 174 walks, 1.21 WHIP and a very impressive 2.38 opponent average.
Offensively, the Orioles ranked 20th in the majors with a .247 collective batting average and they compiled just a .311 on base percentage. Both of those statistics are low and need improvement. If the Orioles want to be contenders in 2013, they need to get on base at a higher rate so they have more chances to score runs.
Over 5,560 at-bats, the Birds collected 1,375 base hits, they scored 712 runs, smashed 214 home runs, which was the second most in the majors to the Yankees 245, and they struck out 1,315 times.
I’ve compiled a list of the five Orioles, two offensively and three pitchers, who must improve in order for them to be contenders in 2013.