20 Orioles Questions for 2013

October 17, 2012 | Thyrl Nelson

#7 – Is Nick Markakis really a lead off hitter?


#8 – Do the Orioles need a true ace?


#9 – Do you remember when we all thought Brad Bergesen was a legitimate pitcher? And moreover are there any potential Brad Bergesen’s in last year’s rotation?


#10 – Is Manny Machado ever going to be a shortstop or have we seen enough of him at 3rd base to know his future is there?


#11 – Can a Nate McLouth / Nolan Reimold platoon in left field work?


#12 – Is Adam Jones really a clean up hitter?


#13 – Who would you feel comfortable trading to acquire non-free agent talent?


#14 – What do you do with the onetime future of the rotation (Matusz, Arrieta, Britton)?


#15 – Is this club finally ready to spend the money necessary to be competitive?


#16 – How soon do you expect Dylan Bundy and/or Kevin Gausman to be MLB ready?


#17 – Is Dan Duquette really this good?


#18 – Is it time to extend Buck Showalter?


#19 – Are Jim Johnson and Pedro Strop a reliable back end of the bullpen combo?


#20 – Will the fans come back?


Until the Orioles figure out the answers to these questions, moving forward seems like a difficult proposition. Aside form acquiring an ace (somehow) and looking to improve 2nd base, it almost seems the Orioles are best served to stand pat and see how 2013 treats them.