This article is part of our Mound Musings series.
Last week we looked at the NL East and for the next five weeks, I'll continue to throw some names out there for your consideration, covering one division each week. When the dust settles, we should be looking at Opening Day and hopefully have a value-laden pitching staff heading into the 2020 season. Let's get to it and look at the:
American League East
Baltimore Orioles – The O's are probably the best bet to lose 100-plus games this season – they won just 54 last year – and I'll admit, I am struggling to find positives to mention. Arguably their pitcher with the most potential, Dylan Bundy, is gone, leaving an already bare cupboard virtually empty. Their "ace" heading into 2020 is probably lefty John Means who surprised everyone with a modestly successful run last year. But, I wouldn't count on an encore. His stuff just isn't that good. If I was forced to own a Baltimore starter, it would probably be Alex Cobb. At least he has shown some upside in the past, but health issues have made him unreliable (he threw just 12 innings last year), and given the weak team that plays behind him, he's not recommended. The rest of the rotation likely will be filled with long relievers like Wade LeBlanc, and pitchers who are better suited to Triple-A competition like Asher Wojciechowski, David Hess and Kohl Stewart to name a few. The O's did add Brandon Bailey in the Rule