2012 Baltimore Orioles had a very nice season and over
achieved by most baseball analysts pre-season predictions.
Winning 93 games took some players developing and stepping
up to there big league potential. Adam
Jones lead that charge in a major way. Jones belted
32 HR and hit .287 and played all 162 games to be the
rock this team needed to lean on for a playoff run. Jim
Johnson was a elite closer and maybe even the best closer
in baseball in 2012 with 51 saves. Other players the Orioles
will continue to need to repeat as a contender in the
AL East include Wei-Yin Chen, Chris Davis, Nick Markakis,
Pedro Strop, Matt Wieters and others.
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Season - Baltimore Orioles Record:
vs AL East: 43-29
2012 REGULAR SEASON TEAM LEADERS
BA Adam Jones .287
HR C. Davis 33
RBI C. Davis 85
R A. Jones 103
OPS A. Jones .839
ERA W. Chen 4.02
W W. Chen 12
SO W. Chen 154
SV J. Johnson 51
WHIP W. Chen 1.26
After ending 14 straight seasons of discontent, Orioles
seek to embark on a more positive streak
Manager Buck Showalter and general manager Dan Duquette
have done a masterful job of turning around an organization
that had 14 consecutive losing seasons until winning an
American League wild card last season. Young stars Adam
Jones and Matt Wieters took steps forward as did a pair
of your pitchers in left hander Brian Matusz and right
hander Chris Tillman.
The Orioles don't have a No. 1 starter or a true cleanup
hitter. Though right hander Jason Hammel went 8-6 with
a 3.43 ERA in 20 starts last season, he isn't ace material.
Jones hit 32 home runs last year but had just 82 RBI and
was 2 for 27 in the postseason.
Showalter got a lot of mileage in 2012 from such unexpected
sources as outfielder Nate McClouth, first baseman/outfielder
Chris Davis, infielder Wilson Betemit and right hander
Miguel Gonzalez. Can they be as productive this season?
The Big Move
Slugger Mark Reynolds, who moved from third base to first
base midway through last season, left for Cleveland as
a free agent after the Orioles declined his $11 million
club option for 2013. He hit .221 in both of his seasons
with the Orioles and his home run output dropped from
37 in 2011 to 23 last year and Davis is a more affordable
alternative at first base.
Best Pitcher - Dylan Bundy
Best Hitter - Jonathan Schoop
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