What they're saying about the Orioles

Media roundup

April 05, 2010|By Baltimore Sun staff

Here's a look at recent national media coverage of the Orioles:

• ESPN.com's panel of experts predict a fourth-place AL East finish for the Orioles, while Matthew Berry thinks Nolan Reimold is a fantasy sleeper.

"His power is legit, as [sic] evidence by his 25 home runs in Double-A in 2008. Plus, the Orioles' offense is going to be better than folks think. I think you're looking at a 25-homer, 90-RBI guy with double-digit steals and a .275 batting average."

• Chris Bahr of SportingNews.com predicts the O's to finish fourth in the AL East.

"In his first two full seasons in Baltimore, [Dave] Trembley is 132-191 (.409 winning percentage). However, he hasn't had much with which to work -- until now. He has a nice mix of veterans and emerging youngsters, and improvement will be expected ... unfortunately, it won't translate to more than a fourth-place finish in MLB's toughest division."

• CBSSports.com senior writer Scott Miller identifies 23-year-old left-hander Brian Matusz as a player to watch for the O's.

Matusz, a 23-year-old lefty and the first pitcher taken in the 2008 draft, was 5-2 with a 4.63 ERA in eight starts during his second-half major league baptism last season. What does he take from that into 2010? "I learned so much," he says. "From struggling at times to going seven innings in each of my last three outings. ... It's all about experience."

• The Orioles open the season at No. 23 on AOL Fanhouse's MLB power rankings.

Slowly headed in the right direction, with a strong foundation of youth (Adam Jones, Nick Markakis, Nolan Reimold, Matt Wieters, Brad Bergesen, Brian Matusz, Chris Tillman), but they are still totally outclassed by a trio of baseball's best teams in their beast of a division.

• Yahoo! Sports' Orioles team report notes that the club has a legitimate chance at finishing above .500 for the first time in 12 years.

The Orioles will have three starters in the rotation with less than a year's experience in the major leagues. Everyday catcher Matt Wieters has been labeled one of the best prospects in the sport, but has only a half-season of big league experience. Tejada has never played third base in the majors after 14 years as a shortstop. Trembley would have an uphill battle as-is, but he'll be going into battle with American League East rivals in New York, Boston and Tampa Bay with more talented rosters. If nothing else 2010 will be far more exciting in Baltimore than any season in recent memory.

• MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli thinks the O's young pitchers will be the key to breaking into the upper echelon of the AL East.

"With a trio of starting pitchers under 25 -- Brad Bergesen, Brian Matusz and Chris Tillman -- who spent 2009 getting their feet wet, along with heralded catcher Matt Wieters, Baltimore is out of what president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail calls Phase 1 and eagerly on track to start Phase 2 ... but can the Orioles youth-infused roster -- sprinkled with what figures to be several key veteran acquisitions -- make a case alongside the behemoths of the American League East?"

[Compiled by Justin Cherot]

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