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While there will be plenty of competition this spring
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Hank Aaron Jersey , a few Orioles are just about guaranteed a job on Opening Day. Which players make up the Orioles current foundation?"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Commentary & AnalysisOrioles ProspectsOrioles Game RecapsOrioles News and RumorsCamdencastCommentary & AnalysisWhich Orioles are locked into a roster spot in 2019? New,16commentsWhile there will be plenty of competition this spring, a few Orioles are just about guaranteed a job on Opening Day. Which players make up the Orioles current foundation? ESTShareTweetShareShareWhich Orioles are locked into a roster spot in 2019? Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY SportsLooking ahead to the start of the 2019 season, the Orioles roster has a few holes and even more question marks. With Baltimore, and surprisingly the majority of major league teams, holding off on even small free agent acquisitions, there are several positions either up for grabs or lacking in options. As we all know, the Orioles will not be making a big splash in free agency, but they likely will not depend on in-house solutions for every single roster spot. Could they resign Orioles great Adam Jones? Our fearless leader Mark Brown makes the case for that here.But whether the Birds bring back Jones or bring in a veteran starter for the back end of the rotation, free agent signings will not make or break this roster. The guys making up a large majority of the playing time this year are either on the 25-man roster or waiting in the minors. That being said, are there any players the Orioles know with 100% certainty that they can count on this year? When you break it down by position, even guys that appear to be set in stone don’t provide a steady foundation. Who can the Orioles rely on in 2019?Three-fifths of the starting rotation is set. Barring a trade or injury, Dylan Bundy, Andrew Cashner and Alex Cobb will take the ball every fifth day. Bundy struggled mightily with the long ball last season, and he enters every year with the “will this be the year he finally puts itall together” narrative following him around. Still, he’s going to be there. And you never know, this might be the year...Cobb and Cashner are both veterans signed at least through this season. Cobb provided the Orioles reason to be optimistic with a strong second half last year, and the Birds are hopeful Cashner will demonstrate anything close to trade value. These three will anchor the rotation. Buckle up.A few bats that conducted themselves well in the second half will certainly stay in the lineup, but their position defensively isn’t quite clear. Jonathan Villar will either man second base or shortstop, depending on who else the Orioles decide they want to play up the middle. Trey Mancini will join the crew pursuing the elusive “complete season,” but it is unknown if manager Brandon Hyde or general manager Mike Elias have any interest in Mancini continuing his outfield adventures. If Mark Trumbo is healthy, he’s going to play. Whether that’s at first base or designated hitter remains to be seen. The same applies to Chris Davis , but playing time may be more of an issue if Baltimore’s most expensive “slugger” continues to hit below the Mendoza line. Cedric Mullins conducted himself well enough in an extended audition last year to be considered the Orioles starting center fielder. He could lead off, hit ninth, or anywhere in between, but the guy should be in the lineup everyday. The other two outfield sports are not as cut and dry. The bullpen holds only a few locks with a plethora of guys that will likely be there by default. Mychal Givens struggled last year with an ERA barely under four, but he’s shown enough over his time in Baltimore that he’s a lock. Several teams may be interested in a cost-controlled, proven reliever, but the Orioles shouldn’t trade the former second-rounder until he builds back up his value. Richard Bleier should be ready for Opening Day after a tremendous 2018 was cut short by injury. Bleier, who saw his season end with a grade 3 lat strain in his throwing shoulder, has finished with a sub-two ERA in each of the last two seasons. He turned quite a few heads with his 1.99 ERA in 57 games two years ago, and shocked fans when he was able to replicate the numbers in 31 games last season. Tanner Scott will look to refine his control at the big league level this year. The hard-throwing lefty is only 24, but the Orioles probably won’t bother sending him back to Triple-A. Scott flashed tremendous potential with swing-and-miss stuff, and the Orioles hope this is the year he puts it all together (I know, I know).Paul Fry and Miguel Castro will likely be back, unless Castro is considered for a starting role. Castro, Mike Wright, John Means, Jimmy Yacabonis and Yefry Ramirez could all find themselves in the starting rotation or bullpen at some point this season. After that, nothing else seems to be guaranteed. The Orioles will only carry two catchers, and Chance Sisco or Austin Wynns could spend some time at Norfolk. Any of the many young outfielders could either emerge or fall victim to a slow spring. Shortstop and third base both figure to be up for grabs. The competitions will be fun to watch, but it’s a little nerve-wracking knowing how few positions the Orioles are squared away at. Sure, winning may not be the prime focus in 2019, but the Orioles still need to field a major league team. Are there any Orioles players that you feel truly confident in entering the season? How about a guy that should not be a part of the Orioles current foundation. Put on your executive-vice-president’s hat and let us know in the comments! The Dodgers fought back multiple times Tuesday night Julio Teheran Jersey , but an Eduardo Nunez three-run homer late put the game out of reach. There would be no final comeback."Sometimes the matchups game doesn’t work out in your favor. Sometimes the eye test should determine the matchup and not the arm from which the pitcher throws. These are things Dave Roberts works through as he manages the Dodgers.In the game’s most critical point Tuesday, Roberts opted to bring in Alex Wood with two on and two out in the seventh inning. Trailing by a run, it was crucial to get out of the inning without allowing a run. Alex Cora went to Eduardo N煤帽ez off his bench instead of letting Rafael Devers hit against Wood. Nunez paid off with a three-run homer on a line into the seats on top of the Green Monster to put the game out of reach. After fighting back all night, the Dodgers had nothing left after the crushing blow, going on to lose 8-4.When Andrew Benintendi led off the inning with a bloop double off the glove of Joc Pederson, Roberts went to Pedro Baez with the middle of the order coming up.Bookending an intentional walk of J.D. Martinez, Baez blew a 97-mph heater past pinch-hitter Mitch Moreland and Xander Bogaerts to punch both out on strikes. With Devers on his way up with first and second, Roberts made the move.It took just two pitches for N煤帽ez to turnaround a breaking ball low and inside, sending it over the wall.“I really liked Alex in that spot,” Roberts told media after the game. “I did. Whether they were going to hit Devers with the lead or go to the bench and go with Nunez, I still like Alex in that spot.”Baez has made seven appearances in this year’s playoffs and has retired 22 of the 27 batters he has faced, 12 by way of the strikeout. Wood on the other hand, has allowed three home runs in 5 2鈦? innings.In the grand scheme, it’s what the Dodges have done all year and they’ve largely been successful at, taking advantage of matchups.Whatever the case, the Dodgers are now down 1-0 in the series to a good Red Sox team and will have to bounce back in Game 2 if they want to give themselves a shot.The game didn’t start the way Clayton Kershaw or the Dodgers had envisioned. But it was exactly the way things seem to happen for Kershaw in the postseason at times.Mookie Betts popped an 0-1 pitch down the first base line that would likely be caught eight or nine times out of ten. But this one would fall behind David Freese who had no help from Yasiel Puig in right or Brian Dozier at second, both being too far from the play.Instead of retiring the first hitter he faced, Betts singled to start the night for Boston.After Betts stole second on the first pitch, Benintendi smacked a single through the right side of the infield into right field. Puig came up throwing — without a chance to get Betts — and airmailed it home, allowing Benintendi to scoot over to second.Both the missed foul ball and the unnecessary throw played big in the inning, further costing the Dodgers when Martinez cashed in Benintendi two batters later with a single to left.Los Angeles would immediately strike back against Chris Sale in the top of the second, putting together some patient at-bats against the lefty. Matt Kemp was able to lay off Sale’s filthy slider to work eight pitches deep before depositing a 94-mph fastball into the first row of the Green Monster.Sale had made 51 pitches by the end of the second inning and the count would climb in the third.Back-to-back singles for Justin Turner and Freese brought Boston fan favorite Manny Machado to the plate with an opportunity. The Dodger shortstop stayed on a changeup to pull it on the ground into left , bringing Turner around to tie the game.Boston would take the lead again in the third when the Dodgers were unable to turn an inning-ending double play on a Pearce grounder to Machado at short. Martinez again came through for his club, walloping a Kershaw slider off the roll-up garage in dead center to score Pearce.Neither Kershaw or Sale would last through the fifth, both being pulled after allowing runners to start the inning. Cora went to right-hander Matt Barnes after Sale walked Dozier to start the top half of the fifth. The Dodgers would again tie the game when Machado grounded out to second in what could have been an inning-ending double play if it weren’t for a wild pitch that allowed Dozier and Turner to move up 90 feet.With Sale out of the game and Kershaw mowing through the bottom of the order with two strikeouts in a perfect fourth, the momentum was on the Dodgers side if their lefty could get through the third time through the top of the order.Kershaw lasted just two more hitters, walking Betts on nine pitches and giving up a clean single to left off the bat of Benintendi. Ryan Madson was brought on to face the heart of the dangerous Red Sox lineup.A four-pitch walk to Pearce put Madson in an impossible situation of facing Martinez with nowhere to put him. The slugger would strikeout but before the Dodgers were out of the inning, two runs would come across to give Boston a two-run advantage. Both runs charged to Kershaw, meaning since the start of 2013, 13 of the 14 runners left to the bullpen when Kershaw left the game have scored.“I don’t think he had the fastball command that he typically does, missing up in the zone,” Roberts said about his starter. “I don’t think his slider had the depth that we’re used to seeing. And those guys, to their credit, they put some good at-bats on him.”“And we didn’t play the defense that we typically do. I thought we left some outs out there. And it didn’t make Clayton’s job any easier.”Getting just 12 outs in the game, Kershaw would be charged with five runs on seven hits and three walks.Up NextHyun-Jin Ryu takes the ball for the Dodgers as they face David Price in Game 2 against the Red Sox at Fenway Park, looking to rebound from a tough loss in Game 1.Tuesday ParticularsHome Runs: Kemp (1), N煤帽ez (1)WP: Matt Barnes (1-0): 1 IP, 1 hit, 1 strikeoutLP: Clayton Kershaw (0-1): 4 IP, 7 hits, 5 runs, 3 walks, 5 strikeouts

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