Opening Day Is a 3:05 gane start at Csmden Yards.They are going to open the gates three hours before the game? Have not heard this but you may be right. Fenway which usually does an 11/2 gate opening ,is doing a 2 hour gate opening for Opening Day.
On balance I think it's fair to expect the improved rotation and regressed bullpen will even out, so pitching overall for the team will remain about the same.
Meanwhile the hitting should definitely improve!
At 76.5 I'll take the over on the O's and pass on betting their place in the standings. While I'm pretty upset with this past off season, I'm not quite ready to grab a pitchfork. Given that Westburg and Cowser and several others could all be ready to contribute soon, Elias should have a fair amount of flexibility at the trade deadline. Was that his strategy all along? Beats the heck out of me, but if that's the case and we sit and watch another failure to launch (liftoff v2.0 anyone?) then most of the goodwill I have toward him evaporates overnight.
Bottom line? The 2022 O's earned a bigger investment than they've received so far but it's not too late to fix it.
I won't lie, I'm very concerned about not having Tate in the bullpen for a month or 2. Tate was our most reliable reliever. Hyde could always count on him to get the job done. I thought Givens could fill the gap, but now Givens is injured too.
Someone is going to have to seriously step up for the bullpen.
I'm also convinced that Tyler Wells has a limited number of innings he can be effective. We've seen what happened last year once he got beyond a certain threshold. (He got injured.) I think that after a couple months, we might see either Voth, Baumann, Hall, or Rodriguez take some starts in that rotation spot. Who it is, depends on how Rodriguez and Hall are doing in Norfolk. If one of them is dominating, that's who will get the call.
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