Whether it’s one game or all the way to the World Series, no team has as many question marks about their 25 man post season roster as the Orioles do. While that sounds like an issue, it is actually one of those good problems to have, because the Orioles have had so many different people contribute throughout the year.
We are going to breakdown the projected roster in sections. The no-brainers, the itweeners who make it but will not be in the everyday post season line up, and players who will most likely not be on the active roster.
JJ “Ballso” Hardy
Tommy Hunter – He has been a completely different pitcher since being moved to the bullpen.
Steve Johnson – Always good to have a guy who can give you 3 or 4 to keep the game close if the situation comes up.
Brian Matusz – As odd as it is to say, he is the Orioles lefty specialist right now.
Joe Saunders – Veteran guy who has been up and down since coming to Baltimore, but the only starter with any post season experience.
Taylor Teagarden – He is only going to be on the roster in case the unthinkable happens. Which is a situation I will not allow myself to think about.
Robert Andino – Someone has to play second base when a lefty pitches.
Ryan Flaherty – Someone has to play second base when a righty pitches.
Endy Chavez – He played in the World Series last year and someone has to go get Chris Davis out of right field at the end of close games.
Jim Thome – He’s Jim Thome.
Not Making The Cut
Jake Arrieta – He really has done nothing since literally opening day to deserve it.
Zach Britton – O’s already have 2 lefty starters and 2 lefty relievers, so there is really no use for him.
Wilson Betemit – He is banged up and even if he wasn’t I really do not see what use he could be since he is awful hitting right-handed and Jim Thome will DH against rightys.
Lew Ford – Great story for the 2012 season with his climb back to the majors but the story ends here.
Omar Quintanilla – Orioles already have 2 second basemen and do not need a 3rd. Plus he hasn’t hit since his first 2 weeks with the club.
These Rosters can change from series to series, but I think this is a pretty solid group that wouldn’t change much. The only exception would be an injury or in Nick Markakis’s case, a return from injury.