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The 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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2012 Season - Baltimore Orioles Record:
Overall: 93-69
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


The Good
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 Bad
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.

The Unknown
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.

Top Prospects
Best Pitcher - Dylan Bundy
Best Hitter - Jonathan Schoop
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