The O's kick off Spring Training with two games tomorrow, and I can't wait to see how this team shapes up over the next 30 pre-season games.
If you haven't been following the club over the off-season, the 2012 Orioles will look a bit different than last year. The Birds traded Jeremy Guthrie, their Opening Day starter the past few seasons. The starting rotation is up in the air at this point, with a dozen pitchers vying for one of five starting spots.
Pitching is the one area that the O's have consistently struggled with, but the Birds are hoping that there is strength in numbers and that a few of these pitchers step up and secure a role on this young staff.
The bullpen also looks to have improved, at least on paper. Buck Showalter will have his hands full over the next four weeks trying to determine the Opening Day roster, but all of the competition should be a good thing. No one is guaranteed a spot this year, which should make for an interesting pre-season. If the starting and relief pitching hold up this year, the Orioles should be able to at least contend in the AL East.