Although the winter has just begun and there still is plenty of time left for the Baltimore Orioles to make a couple of key trades before pitchers arrive to camp in mid-February, it’s time to begin predicting their starting lineup for next season.
Last season, although the Birds were expected to finish at the cellar of the American League East and another losing season, they surprised everyone and finished with a 93-69 record.
Not to mention, they advanced to the ALDS and forced a fifth game, which was a feat in itself; no one expected them to even make the ALDS after having to play the Rangers in a one-game Wild Card playoff.
Brian Roberts is healthy and will most likely be back in the starting lineup for the first time since 2010, but will not be at the top of the order as he was accustomed over the last decade or so.
Next season’s lineup will look very similar to the 2012 lineup with a couple of exceptions.
Check out my prediction for the 2013 Baltimore Orioles batting order.