With the start of spring training competition and Opening Day steadily approaching, fans and teams are setting predictions and goals for their players to accomplish in the 2014 season.
Starters, role players and bench players alike will come up with their own realistic goals for themselves, giving them something to aim for while navigating through the strenuous campaign of a 162-game season.
While the team as a whole is being projected as middle-of-the-pack or below in the AL East division, several O's players should be able to put up above-average numbers for their respective positions. Team leaders such as Adam Jones, Nick Markakis, Chris Davis, Matt Wieters and J.J. Hardy are expected to either reproduce or improve upon their 2013 stats.
The optimism surrounding the acquisitions of new players such as Ubaldo Jimenez, Nelson Cruz and David Lough is also a factor in the bold predictions that fans and experts are making regarding the Oriole ballclub.
With that being said, here are five bold predictions for the Baltimore Orioles in 2014.
All statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com and fangraphs.com or obtained through writer's own research and calculations.