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Strengths: Manager Buck Showalter joined the team late in the season last year and turned the Orioles into a respectable team. The additions of 1B Derrek Lee and 3B Mark Reynolds will add some much needed run producers to a team that had zero players with at least 80 RBIs.
Weaknesses: There are plenty to choose from, but the Orioles are very young. The pitching staff gave up runs in bunches last year and will need to improve if they hope to penetrate the .500 mark this season. If 2B Brian Roberts returns to form after an injury-plagued 2010, things will be looking good. If he struggles, a suitable replacement is nowhere in site.
Analysis: The AL East is arguably the best division in baseball; jumping over the Rays, Yankees and Red Sox is a monumental task. The leadership of Showalter will help, but the Orioles are a young team with few genuine stars. Look for them to improve over 2010 but struggle due to their weak pitching staff.
Prediction: 5th in AL East
More 2011 AL East Predictions after the jump >>
This is our first (annual?) Hot Chicks look at the upcoming baseball season. In it, we’ll feature a small, best case/worst case blurb for each team, followed by the very eye candy that drives the sports blogosphere. As you can see, we’ll be starting with the league no one ever, ever talks about, the AL East. Is this the year the Yankees (and their payroll) return from being merely “good” to dominant World Series team, or will the Red Sox, et al, be able to overtake them.
Oh, one more thing: we’re doing this in alphabetical order, so don’t think this is the predicted order of finish, because it’s not.
The AL East Hot Chick preview after the jump >>
Baltimore Orioles one season wonder Brady Anderson apparently finds the comfort and anonymity of the Internet to be preferable to actually meeting people in person and since he was in the public eye for a number of years, this is completely understandable… or not.
According the crack staff at TMZ, apparently, a friend of a girl who Brady picked up has decided to dish on their relationship (not the girl Anderson picked up, mind you; it was her friend), complete with text messages and pictures to “prove” her story. Unfortunately, TMZ doesn’t allow video embedding, so if you REALLY want to know more, you are going to have to watch the video for yourselves.
Although, I’m curious to see if I’m the only one calling BS here. As it stands, I think I prefer to remember Brady like this. Apparently, I’m not the only one that’s feeling kinda skeptical about this whole thing…