#17 - Baltimore
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
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.
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
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.