01 March 2012

2012 Fantasy Baseball Preview: Baltimore Orioles

Over the next month, we will be previewing all 30 MLB teams for the upcoming fantasy season.  We'll go over everything from which players are new to the team, to which ones have left. Who should you draft, who should you avoid, who should you heckle, who should you stalk and send a lock of your hair to, who should you want to throw a baggie full of your own urine at.  You know.  All the important shit to prepare you for your draft.


So what about last year? More of exactly the same. They weren't any good and all of their pitchers were terrible. Remember when they used to be able to go into every season and say "Man, at least we're not Tampa Bay"?

So who's playing where? Projected lineup courtesy of Rotochamp.com. Stats are from 2011.  RNK is the player's ranking at that position from our fantasy rankings.

1Brian Roberts2BBAL163183196.221.273.33129th
2J.J. HardySSBAL5277630800.269.310.49112th
3Nick MarkakisOFBAL64172157312.284.351.40631st
4Adam JonesOFBAL56768258312.280.319.46623rd
5Matt WietersCBAL5007222681.262.328.4508th
6Mark ReynoldsDH/3BBAL5348437866.221.323.48314th
7Wilson Betemit3BKC/DET323408464.285.343.45237th
8Chris Davis1BTEX/BAL199255191.266.305.402NR
9Endy ChavezOFTEX2563752710.301.323.426NR

Who do I draft? The top of the Baltimore lineup is actually pretty good. Adam Jones looks like 25/10 is his floor, although he sucks in OBP leagues. That said, Mark Reynolds is actually incredibly good in OBP leagues, so they have something for everyone.

Who do I avoid? JJ Hardy will be lucky to get to 25 homers this year, and I say he only hits 20. Brian Roberts has more back problems than someone born with no spine (I'd like to say that sounded better in my head, but it didn't. I just don't have an ending to that particular setup.).

Who do I keep an eye on? Everyone thinks Wieters is the breakout guy this season, so I'm going to go out on a limb here and say Chris Davis finally has a breakout. And by "breakout" I mean 20 homers and an OBP no higher than .310.

So who's in the rotation? Projected lineup courtesy of Rotochamp.com. Stats are from 2011.  RNK is the player's ranking at that position from our fantasy rankings.

1Zach BrittonSPBAL154.111114.611.459762NR
2Jason HammelSPCOL170.17134.761.439468NR
3Wei Ying ChenSPJapan164.28102.681.039431106th
4Jake ArrietaSPBAL119.11085.051.469359NR
5Tsuyoshi WadaSPJapan184.21651.511.0016840NR

Who do I draft? If you have any intentions of winning, no one.

Who do I avoid? All of them. Seriously, they're terrible. And Brian Matusz is even worse!

Who do I keep an eye on? Maybe Chris Tillman? But even he laid a giant deuce on the pitcher's mound when he got a shot last season. Pass.

Who the hell is closing?
Jim JohnsonRPBAL91.06592.671.1158211st
Kevin GreggRPBAL59.203224.371.6453401st

What if that asshole gets hurt or starts to suck? If Jim Johnson gets hurt, I wouldn't touch Gregg with a 3 foot pole. Unless that 3 foot pole was a bat, in which case I would clobber everything Gregg threw near the plate. Just like everyone else in baseball does.


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