2019 Baltimore Orioles Season Preview and Betting Picks

by | Feb 9, 2019 | Baseball

2019 Baltimore Orioles

Owner – Peter Angelos

General Manager – Mike Elias

Manager – Brandon Hyde

Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Baltimore, Maryland

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The Baltimore Orioles had the worst record in the franchise of the ball club last year, finishing the season at 47-115.  

They were basically the laughing stock of the American League and change was needed in a bad way!  

The O’s cleaned house, parting ways with their top players midway through last year in a fire sale and now they are looking to rebuild from within.

The Orioles are in the midst of a complete rebuild so anticipation and expectations for the Orioles is very low for fans of Baltimore!

2019 Baltimore Orioles Management

In the off-season, the Orioles also cleaned house in their management and are starting fresh in 2019.  On October 3, 2018, the O’s parted ways with GM Dan Duquette and Manager Buck Showalter. Duquette had been with the O’s since 2011 but never seemed to get the O’s to where they needed to be competitive.

On November 16, 2018, the O’s hired Mike Elias as the New GM.  Elias has spent the past 6 years with the Houston Astros and is partly responsible for building the World Series powerhouse that the Astros have become.  Elias was responsible for player development and minor league operations with the Astros, which is where they brought up most of their team.

As with most new General Managers, they like to bring in their own Manager to run the team and Elias was no different.  Elias hired former Chicago Cubs Bench Coach Brandon Hyde, to come to Baltimore and become the Head Coach.

Hyde has been around baseball for many years in the Florida Marlins and Chicago Cubs organizations.  This is his first stint with the Baltimore Orioles and the organization is excited about the future. Hyde brings a sense of youth to the team and gives the Orioles fans a reason to be hopeful for the future.     

2018 Baltimore Orioles Recap

The Baltimore Orioles had their worst season in the 118 years of the franchise!  They finished in last place in the American League East and had the worst record in baseball, by 11 games over the Kansas City Royals.  

Having the worst record earned them the 1st overall selection in the MLB Draft but that record is nothing to be proud of.  The Orioles decided midway through the season that they were throwing in the towel and would begin trading off many members of the team.  The Orioles used the trades to move to a youth movement and plan for the future.

The most well-known trade that the O’s made was sending Manny Machado to the LA Dodgers.  Machado was set to become a free agent and the O’s just didn’t want to spend the money on a top franchise player like Machado at this stage in the game with rebuilding the team.

The Orioles also ended up trading Zach Britton to the New York Yankees, Jonathan Schoop to the Milwaukee Brewers, Darren O’Day to the Atlanta Braves, Kevin Gausman to the Atlanta Braves and Brad Brach to the Atlanta Braves.  Each of those teams ended up going to the postseason, while the O’s ended up the worst team in the majors.

Baltimore Orioles Offseason Signings and Departures

The Orioles really haven’t been very active in the offseason.  They have picked up a few guys here and there but for the most part, will rely heavily on their farm system for 2019.

The Orioles went out and signed Nate Karns on February 7, 2019.  Karns missed the entire 2018 season and will be looking to return to form after a year away from the game.  Karns missed last year with right elbow inflammation.

The Orioles also signed former utility player Jace Peterson. Peterson spent time with the New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, San Diego Padres and last year with the O’s.

Adam Jones has left the O’s with free agency but has not signed with another team as of the date and time of this article.  It wouldn’t surprise me to see Jones re-sign with the Orioles, as they are in the market for a veteran outfielder however the damage is probably already done here as the team told him he would not be returning.

The Orioles lost Pedro Alvarez to free agency in the offseason.  Alvarez signed with the Miami Marlins. Alvarez was mainly used as a DH with the Orioles last year and was able to be let go as they need guys that have more pop in their bats and can play the field.

The O’s also lost Shortstop Tim Beckham in free agency. Beckham became a free agent and the O’s let him go.  He has since signed with the Seattle Mariners.

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2019 Baltimore Orioles Projected Lineup

The Baltimore Orioles are entering 2019 knowing ahead of time that the chances of them making the postseason are slim to none.  They have a plethora of young talent and also have some experienced veterans in the lineup but the likelihood of it being enough to overcome their lack of pitching is extremely unlikely.  

A quick glance down their preliminary lineup and you will notice just a few household names but more youth than most other teams.  The O’s can really set their future up for success by allowing the young players to learn from the veterans on the team like Mark Trumbo and Chris Davis.

  1. Cedric Mullins OF
  2. DJ Stewart OF
  3. Jonathan Villar 2nd Base
  4. Trey Mancini 1st Base
  5. Mark Trumbo OF
  6. Chris Davis DH
  7. Renato Nunez 3rd Base
  8. Chance Sisco C
  9. Richie Martin SS

Cedric Mullins will lead off for the Orioles and play Centerfield.  He is one of the speediest players on the team and has some pop in his bat that is needed at the top of the lineup.  I’m going to go out on a limb here and say the DJ Stewart makes the roster and bats second. Stewart got called up at the end of last year and we got to see a sample size of what the kid has to offer.  I think he makes the roster and fits in nicely behind Mullins.

The O’s will put Jonathan Villar at second base and have him batting 3rd.  Trey Mancini will be the full-time 1st basemen this year and will be batting cleanup but when the season starts, we will probably see him in the Outfield.  

Mark Trumbo will bat 5th, once he is healthy and Chris Davis will be allowed to be the full-time DH and sort of focus on turning his career around.  Last year, Davis had an awful year but under Elias and Hyde, I think we will see Davis shock some people in 2019!

The bottom 3 of the order will end up being Renato Nunez, who will be playing 3rd base, Chance Sisco, who will be the Catcher and Richie Martin, who is slated to be the O’s Shortstop.  

Sisco is an Orioles homegrown talent that was a 2013 second round draft pick.  Sisco got a chance to start last year and played 63 games but his impression was anything but impressive!  Sisco hit just .181 in those 63 games and got on base at a .288 mark!

We could see the O’s go out and sign a big name free agent outfielders such as Denard Span, Brandon Guyer, Gerardo Parra or Eric Young. They need help in the outfield and signing a veteran free agent would be great for this young squad.  

2019 Baltimore Orioles Pitching Staff

The biggest weakness on the Orioles this year will without a doubt be their pitching staff or lack thereof.  The O’s are truly going to struggle on the mound this year and will be a team that we will see carrying heavy odds all season long.  

Dylan Bundy will most likely be the Ace of the squad.  Bundy was 8-16 last year with a 5.45 ERA. He pitched 171 innings and ended up with 184 K’s on the season.  Last year was the first year that Bundy had a losing season, finishing his prior 2 seasons with a 13-9 and 10-6 record.  

Alex Cobb is expected to be the #2 starter for the O’s.  Cobb came to the Orioles last year and ended up going 5-15.  He pitched in 152 innings and had 102 K’s on the season.

Andrew Cashner will take the mound as the #3 starter for the Orioles. Cashner went 4-15 last year to post his worst numbers in his career.  He pitched in 153 innings and had a 5.29 ERA on the season.

The #4 and 5 spot on the rotation will be decided in Spring Training.  Right now, it appears that David Hess would secure the 4 spot and Joshua Rogers will be the #5 starter. It will be interesting to see what they do with newly acquired Nate Karns, as he has started in the past but recent elbow injuries may force him to take a role in the bullpen.  

2019 Baltimore Orioles Outlook and Betting Preview

The fact remains that the Orioles are going to be one of the worst teams in the majors this year and the foreseeable future. They don’t have any reliability in starting pitching and their lineup is simply too young.  They don’t have any pitcher on the mound that is truly overpowering and without quality pitching, this team is not going to compete.

I expect them to finish at the bottom of the American League East Division again. They may end up a tad bit better than last year but expecting a 60 win season would be asking a lot. Our friends over at MyBookie have made the Baltimore Orioles the biggest longshot on the board at +60000 to win the World Series and +30000 to win the American League Pennant.  

I’m a pretty brazen type of guy but even I wouldn’t put a penny on the Orioles this year.  I am from Baltimore and grew up an Orioles fan but facts are facts and this team isn’t going to be able to be competitive for a few years.  Fade the Orioles this year to win anything this year!

The one time that you can look at betting on Baltimore is when they are home favorites.  It won’t happen often but in the rare spot that you see the Orioles as home favorites, it’s worth giving them a look. Over the past 10 seasons, dating back to 2009, the Baltimore Orioles are 273-177 at home, winning at a 60.7% clip at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

One area that you want to avoid the Orioles at all cost is when they are playing on 4+ days rest.  When the O’s are playing with +4 days rest, they are winning at only a 20% clip, which is one of the worst percentages among all teams in the majors.  

Be sure you check out the 2019 MLB Season Preview and Betting Guide to see more team previews and an overall outline on the 2019 MLB Season. 

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