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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Baltimore Sports Report: Zach Wilt: Brian Roberts Key to the Orioles

Baltimore Sports Report: Zach Wilt: Brian Roberts Sees Himself as Best 2B Option For Orioles 

Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts whose played in a total of a hundred games combine in the last three seasons, battling concussions and migraine headaches in each of those seasons, so for him to claim he's the best option at second base for the 2013 season, takes guts for a guy whose hasn't played that much in each of those seasons. But if he's healthy now and stays healthy for 2013, the headaches are gone and he's able to play the whole season or most of it and get back to where he was in 2009 and in that time period, or even close to that, we are talking about probably the best leadoff hitter in the AL East. 

A healthy Brian Roberts is also one of the best leadoff hitters in the American League, as well as Major League Baseball. As far as getting on base consistently, who hits for average, works the strike zone, a threat to steal. And with the Orioles lineup always a threat to score when he gets on. As well as providing power himself someone who can get you 15-20 home runs, drive in 60-70, score a hundred himself. And whose also a very good 2B. This is all a big if and if this were to happen, the Orioles would've hit the jackpot in 2013. 

Not just as far as who plays second base because Brian Roberts would clearly have that slot. But a natural everyday leadoff hitter that you can put in that spot every game as your regular. This also means Nick Markakis can move back down to second or third in the lineup and hit for more power and drive in more runs. With Adam Jones and Chris Davis right behind him and once again we are talking about. And Orioles lineup that has power up and down the lineup with a real leadoff hitter whose consistently getting on base. 

Brian Roberts also steals bases and we would also see the Orioles strike outs go down with a real leadoff hitter at the top of the lineup. And an opportunity for Ryan Flaherty who hasn't shown he can hit Major League pitching consistently yet and opportunity to be a very good number one utility player for the Orioles. These are all ifs and don't happen unless Brian Roberts is not only healthy by the start of the regular season. 

Brian Roberts has a solid spring training and then stays healthy for the whole or most of the 2013 season, but if this does happen, you are talking about a team thats already pretty good team offensively. With a lot of depth up and down the lineup, that has one of the best lineups in the American League. With a leadoff and number two hitter who are consistently getting on base. So that would be the vision with a healthy Brian Roberts for the 2013 Orioles.