For the next four days, we will be looking at the competition that the Red Sox will be facing in the 2021 season in the division. We’ll take a look at their projected record by averaging projections from Baseball Prospectus and FanGraphs, and then we’ll look at their top players before diving into their overall offense, rotation and bullpen outlooks. We’ll be going in reverse order of last year’s standings, meaning today we start off with the Orioles.
In an era of teams stripping everything down to the studs in massive rebuilds, perhaps no one has gone as far as the Orioles, who have not won even 42 percent of their games since 2017, and haven’t had a winning season since 2016. Last season say them get off to a surprisingly good start, but they faltered soon enough and were among the worst teams in baseball yet again. This winter, they haven’t really added much, as one would expect, and let two of their better players go in José Iglesias and Hanser Alberto. All in all, the expectation is certainly that this will be another year in the basement as the long rebuild continues for the foreseeable future.