I picked Loyola-Illinois and Kansas to both reach the Elite Eight.
That's as far as it goes for me. None of my other picks (including those 2 teams) can go any further.
And now that I think about it,, I believe that the organization owes it to Chris Tillman to acquire Cobb more than anything.
Tillman has been a solid starter in the rotation more often than not between 2012 and 2017. In fact, he has been the one constant in the starting rotation since that magical 2012 season ........ Wei-Yin Chen, Tommy Hunter, Jason Hammil, Jake Arrieta, Miguel Gonzalez, Bud Norris, Scott Feldman, Ubaldo Jimenez, Yovani Gallardo, and Wade Miley have all come and gone, while Tillman has withstood the ups and downs in the 6 seasons that have been played in that time frame. I think that the Orioles owe it to him to put the least amount of pressure on him in his latest effort to resurrect his career after last season's disaster.
Yes, Peter and Dan gave him $3 Million for the upcoming season, which is probably two and-a-half Million dollars more than any one of the other 29 Major League teams would have been willing to give him. Now do him one more favor, and sign Alex Cobb to allow him to toe the rubber in this upcoming season with the knowledge that there are at least 4 solid starters ahead of him in the rotation.
If my logic on the matter sounds rather twisted, remember that I am an Oriole fan from New York, which in and of itself is rather strange in the first place.