Fantasy Baseball: Baltimore Orioles 2014 Starting Rotation Preview

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Feb 17, 2014; Sarasota, FL, USA; Baltimore Orioles pitcher Josh Stinson (60) fields a ball at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

This article is part of a series previewing the starting rotations of all the teams in the Major Leagues. Click here, for other articles in this preview series which will continue through the next couple of weeks.   At Fansided’s Fantasy Baseball page, you can find a number of great resources to help you succeed in your league this season.

 2013 was another solid season for the Orioles although they weren’t able to make the playoffs after earning a Wild Card in 2012.  Baltimore finished tied for third in the AL East with the Yankees 6 1/2 games out of the Wild Card spot.

Their rotation continued to be an area of concern for the O’s as they finished in the bottom third of the league in starters’ ERA, opponents batting average, strikeouts and innings pitched.  Baltimore’s lineup is solid, so quality starts can earn wins for Baltimore starters.  If the O’s are going to challenge for a playoff spot in the brutal AL East, they’ll need a big year from their starting pitching.

Baltimore has made some intriguing additions to their starting pitching this offseason adding Ubaldo Jiminez and Johan Santana via free agency.  They also have Bud Norris who will start his first full season with the team after being acquired from the Astros midseason last year.  Another interesting player to watch headed into the year is prospect Kevin Gausman who is still battling for a rotation spot in Spring Training.

Let’s take a look at each of their projected starters for 2014, their numbers from last season, and what to expect from them from a fantasy perspective this season:

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