It's been quite an unconventional start to the season for the Baltimore Orioles through about a month-and-a-half's worth of games played, but they can't complain while they continue to reside in first place in the AL East.
Sure, the starting pitching is performing not so well, just as most of the fanbase believed would happen even after the addition of starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez to the staff, but the team's offense is not doing so hot either, currently residing in the bottom third in the majors in runs scored.
The decline in offensive production certainly can be tied to the Orioles having yet to have what they believe to be their best lineup. Manny Machado missing the first month of the season as he continued his rehab from offseason knee surgery, Chris Davis' DL stint from earlier this month due to a strained left oblique and Matt Wieters being put on the DL for right forearm soreness earlier this week have all deterred the offense from reaching its full potential.
The Orioles defense has been the main reason for their success so far this season. Ranked second in the entire league, the O's have only committed 19 errors on the year.
Despite struggles from some of the team's units, there have been some players that are off to great starts to their campaigns, some that are just starting to turn their fortunes around and some that have just now made their season debuts. Of course there are those that are off to not-so-great starts so far, and it's not so outlandish to suggest they might not turn things around this year.
Here are five bold predictions on some of the club's personnel that includes a starting pitcher trending upward, a young, stud infielder and a relief pitcher that could soon be the new closer in town.