Friday’s O’s Links: Caleb Gets Off the Schneid…Kinda

Caleb Joseph swings.
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Happy Friday, Birdland! Let’s see what’s up in the Blog O’sphere today.

O’s Roster Crunch Could Affect Mancini, Taverez, Santander

A continuing story of Spring Training is the Birds’ outfield competition. Zach Spedden, who covers the O’s minors for Baltimore Sports and Life, weighs in on three guys who – to use March-speak – are firmly on the bubble.

Caleb Joseph Hits a Spring Training Home Run

The Birds’ backup backstop launched a homer last night, picking up his first RBI since the 2015 season. Of course, it doesn’t really count, but hey, it’s a step in the right direction. Poor Caleb will have to deal with this cloud hanging over him until his second RBI of the regular season. Here’s to a two-run homer on Opening Day.

Should the Orioles Have Two Full-Time Platoons in the Outfield?

Joe Wantz of Camden Depot points out the obvious flaws in the Orioles’ outfield construction regarding the fact that they have several players who can’t hit left-handed pitching at all. Unless Joey Rickard can stay healthy and prove that his big numbers against lefties last year were no fluke, they really have nobody at all to match up well against southpaws.

Going Over Jon Heyman’s O’s Notes

Jon Heyman spent some time at O’s camp and spoke with “Orioles people,” coming out of the conversations with some interesting notes for us fans to chew on. Camden Chat’s Mark Brown tries to help us digest these tidbits, which include thoughts on Mark Trumbo’s spot in the aforementioned outfield platoon, and Dylan Bundy’s cutter.

Spring Training Divisional Outlook: AL East

FanGraphs starts up their super nerdy prediction series with the AL East. Some interesting numbers in here, including the observation that the Orioles hit the ball harder (not really a surprise) and allow weaker contact (wait, really?) than most of the league. If strikeouts and walks weren’t a thing, the O’s would be a juggernaut! But then there’s that pesky outfield defense (again!)…

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