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Using‘s 2012 WAR (wins above replacement) projections, Matthew Futterman at the Wall Street Journal ranked the Orioles as the tenth most improved team this offseason in all of Major League Baseball.

In fact, Futterman actually projects the Orioles as an improved team in 2012.

The O’s ranked behind the Angels, Marlins, Tigers, Nationals, Mariners, Twins, Pirates, Indians and Phillies in WAR improvement.

I was surprised to see that the Orioles ranked ahead of teams like the Rockies, Reds and Rays.  But happy to see the Boston Red Sox (-6.4) down at number 28.

Here’s what Futterman had to say about their offseason.

10. ORIOLES (3.2) Key Acquisitions: SP Armando Galarraga (1.3), SP Jason Hammel (2.1) Key Loss: SP Jeremy Guthrie (1.5) Outlook: The team signed two young pitchers from South Korea and is building for the future.

That’s certainly a “glass half full” response.  The consensus on Jeremy Guthrie has always been that he’s underrated around the league, but overrated in Baltimore.

I’d be curious to get a stat guy‘s thoughts on Guthrie and O’s offseason as a whole.

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Zach Wilt is the Founding Editor of and host of the BSR Podcast. He's a loyal Orioles, Ravens and Capitals fan who is obsessed with baseball, loves traveling, In-N-Out Burger and Walt Disney World.


  1. Can’t help but wonder if Matthew feels so confident as to put down One Large in Vegas on the O’s winning more than 71 games in 2012?

  2. I am confident enough to put a Jimmy John’s on th line…

    • Niner…You are on! I’ll take a Number 9, Everything, Extra Hots…Can’t wait for late-September to get here!

      Question for the Stat Crew: What is the lowest OBP for the Leadoff Spot in a Batting Order for One Team since 1970? Gotta believe the 2012 O’s threaten that dubious record…

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