Baltimore Orioles 2011 Season Preview
The Baltimore Orioles come into the 2011 season with some momentum based off of a strong finish last year and a number of key offseason acquisitions.
Baltimore went 34-23 over the final two months under Buck Showalter, their third manager of the season, to keep them from finishing with the worst record in baseball.
The team quickly went to work in the offseason, trading for third baseman Mark Reynolds and third baseman J.J. Hardy. They then signed first baseman Derrek Lee and closer Kevin Gregg before finally agreeing to a deal with slugger Vladamir Guerrero.
The acquisitions have inspired hope among several of the team's younger, more talented players who have grown tired of losing.
The lineup could potentially have budding stars like Adam Jones and Matt Wieters hitting at the bottom of the order. Seeing Jones and Wieters so far down the lineup will certainly put fear in the minds of a lot of opposing pitchers.
While the Orioles still might not be able to run with the big dogs of the American League East, they believe they can compete and at least hang around in the division and wild card races for much of the season.