4. Baltimore Orioles
The Baltimore Orioles’ primary concern already is Chris Tillman’s shoulder. It caused him to miss time last year, and he is yet to pitch in a Grapefruit League game, and won’t be ready to start the season.
However, the team anticipates him being ready to go by May, so he will only miss a few starts.
The Baltimore Orioles’ success depends on the pitching they get from their rotation. The bullpen should be customarily stellar, and the offense will be excellent.
Gausman showed signs at the end of 2016 that he is ready to become a top-of-the-rotation ace, and the Orioles anticipate that happening from their Opening Day roster. Bundy is bringing his cutter/slider back in 2017, a dominant pitch but also one that caused his arm issues. Jimenez and Miley both are in contract years, and the O’s are hoping it will motivate them to be successful. However, they both have much better track records that the bottom rotation starters for New York.