The Baltimore Orioles missed the playoffs in 2013, just one year after taking the baseball world by surprise and clinching a Wild Card berth in 2012. Baltimore added Ubaldo Jimenez and Nelson Cruz in the offseason, and look to capture the AL East crown in 2014. Be there when Manny Machado, Chris Davis and Adam Jones take the field at Oriole Park this season, and buy your Orioles tickets today!*Receive a full refund for your tickets. Some restrictions apply. Click for details.
2014 Orioles Outlook
In 2012, the Baltimore Orioles became relevant again, shocking the baseball world en route to claiming one of the two Wild Card spots in the American League. Baltimore defeated Texas in the first-ever American League Wild Card game, but fell to the New York Yankees in the ALDS. Last season, however, the Orioles took a step back, failing to qualify for the playoffs en route to an 85-77 finish. After a few key offseason moves, the Orioles are poised to make a run at the AL East crown in 2014.
Baltimore made two signings prior to Spring Training that could have a major impact on the 2014 season. The Orioles signed starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez to a four-year contract, before signing outfielder Nelson Cruz to a one-year pact. Jimenez will be immediately inserted to the top of Baltimore's rotation, alongside Chris Tillman. Cruz, meanwhile, gives Baltimore yet another power threat in its lineup. Baltimore now boasts Chris Davis, Manny Machado, Adam Jones, Matt Wieters, J.J. Hardy and Cruz in its lineup -- one of the most powerful lineups in the entire American League.
With Jimenez, the Orioles are gambling that Jimenez is back to form. After two excellent years with the Colorado Rockies in 2009 and 2010, Jimenez was traded to the Cleveland Indians in 2011, and did not find success in the American League, pitching to the tune of a 5.10 ERA in 65 and 1/3 innings with the Indians. 2012 wasn't much better for the right hander, as Jimenez went 9-17 with a 5.40 ERA. Jimenez, however, turned it around in 2013, finishing the season with a 13-9 record and 3.30 ERA, with 194 strikeouts in 182 and 2/3 innings.
Now signed for four seasons, the Orioles believe that Jimenez can build on his 2013 success. Jimenez will be joined by Chris Tillman, Wei-Yin Chen, and Bud Norris in Baltimore's rotation. Orioles fans could get another look at top prospect Kevin Gausman, ranked by Baseball America as baseball's No. 20 prospect. Gausman struggled mightily in his debut with the Orioles last year, but could be a major part of Baltimore's 2014 rotation.
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