Good morning, Camden Chatters.
Three weeks from today, the Orioles will be finished with their Grapefruit League schedule, breaking camp in Sarasota and heading to Boston for their first series of the 2021 season. Between now and then, the O’s still have 20 more spring training games to play, which hopefully will give them enough time to tighten up the so-far dreadful pitching and defense we’ve seen in early exhibition play. After an off day yesterday, the O’s pick back up this afternoon at 1 p.m. against the Twins in Fort Myers. The game will be televised on MLB Network, giving O’s fans the rare opportunity to watch their team this spring.
We can only guess what the Orioles’ season-opening roster will look like come April 1. MLB.com’s Joe Trezza did just that, offering his prediction for the Opening Day 26-man squad. For the most part, it looks like a pretty accurate projection to me, based on the players currently in camp. I would differ with just two or three of the selections; I think the O’s will find a way to start Chris Davis on the injured list due to the back strain that has kept him sidelined for a week so far. That would give them room to keep DJ Stewart, who isn’t included in Trezza’s projected roster. I’m also not sold on both Felix Hernandez and Matt Harvey making the rotation — I think the former is more likely than the latter. I could see Harvey’s spot instead going to Wade LeBlanc or Bruce Zimmermann.
What say you, Camden Chatters? What’s your best guess at the Orioles’ Opening Day 26-man roster right now?
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