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Bang Bangs
Offense: Lineup has some name value, but far too many injuries to count on them. WsL Rank: 18th

Starting Pitching: Verlander and a cavalcade of 4th starters.WsL Rank: 19th

Relief Pitching: More name value, but they can mostly back it up.WsL Rank: 9th

2010 Synopsis
Ownership turnover overshadowed the 2010 season for the Bang Bangs, following a division win in 2009. Baltimore traded off Daniel Hudson, Chad Billingsley, Ubaldo Jimenez, Grant Balfour and others in order to put a new stamp on the franchise. Early on, Baltimore kept things interesting, but a mid-season swoon in June and July as well as a 15-21 record versus NYN and PHI sealed the BB's fate.

83-79, 2nd in NL East

Reality Check
Final Record: 83-79, 2nd in NL East
Team AVG: .260, T-12th in the WsL
Team OBP: .331, 11th in the WsL
Team SLG: .399, 15th in the WsL
Team ERA: 3.89, 11th in the WsL
Opponents AVG: .255, T-12th in the WsL
HR Allowed: 163, 12th in the WsL

Primary Lineup
C - J.P. Arencibia
1B - Justin Smoak
2B - Justin Turner
SS - Jhonny Peralta
3B - Ryan Zimmerman
LF - Josh Willingham
CF - Dexter Fowler
RF - David Dejesus
DH - N/A

Starting Rotation
#1 - Justin Verlander
#2 - Ryan Dempster
#3 - Mike Leake
#4 - Barry Enright
#5 - RA Dickey
Top Prospects

RP - Jonathan Papelbon
RP - Jonathan Broxton
RP - Kerry Wood
RP - Kyle McClellan
RP - Francisco Cordero

Best Offseason Move
Baltimore traded Ubaldo Jimenez for Jhonny Peralta straight up last year, so it was good to see the Bang Bangs extended Peralta's contract this off-season. While his production has been up and down in recent years, when Peralta is on, he's one of the best hitting SS in the league. At 6M per season, he'll add pop at a reasonable price.

Worst Offseason Move
Rule #1 of successful trades: Never overpay for a reliever. It's easy to see a dozen or more big time arms hit the free agent market each year, yet Baltimore traded their #1 and #3 picks to the Juice to acquire Jonathan Papelbon and some filler. Need more proof they got ripped off? The Juice acquired Papelbon for the low price of a #3 pick just days earlier.

PG's '11 Prediction
While Baltimore's bullpen is a clear strength, their lack of depth in the lineup and rotation will remove a lot of that impact. Factor in NYN, ATL and PHI all see themselves competing this year and things could get ugly fast.72-90 record.

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