This will be another long year for the Orioles. I predict they will go 65-97. The team is not trying to win at the major league level. If a veteran player does well, the Orioles will trade him for prospects.
The Orioles will allow 11,000 fans into the stadium but attendance won’t be an issue. Published game attendance is based on ticket sales but I went to several games in 2019 and think the actual number of people there was in the 5,000-6,000 range. The only games that would draw well would be opening day, Yankees and Red Sox games, and games with good promo giveaways or events. This year, I expect fewer fans to come from Boston and New York because of the pandemic.
The biggest problem is the starting rotation. Number one starter John Means pitched extremely well in the opener yesterday in Boston but the Red Sox stink, too.
It’s not all bad news. There are some good young position players and the minor leagues have much more talent than in the past. The Orioles have expanded their presence in foreign player development and caught up with the times on analytics.
Still, this is going to be bad. At least I am old enough to have been to two World Series in Baltimore (1979 and 1983) and will always have great memories of the era when the Orioles were among the best teams in baseball.