It's Opening Day for the O's and Kevin Milwood will hopefully put the spring behind him and take on the Rays and James Shields. I have a few predictions to make regarding the first month of the season:
- Garrett Atkins will be pitiful. I'm thinking an average around .200-.220 with almost no power. The O's may just stick with him or try Ty Wigginton or Luke Scott at first base, but I predict that Brandon Snyder will get off to a hot start in AAA and be on the verge of promotion by the end of the month.
-Koji Uehara will be on the DL. He will either not have recovered by then or have come back only to reinjure himself.
-Miguel Tejada will not be the cleanup hitter. Look for someone else to emerge, maybe Nolan Reimold or even Adam Jones.
-Kam Mickolio will be on the roster. There are too many iffy pitchers on this team for all of them to survive the first month of the season. That list includes Jason Berken, Matt Albers, and Will Ohman.
-Matt Wieters will be leading the team in home runs and Brian Matusz in wins.