Roster Takes Shape for Opening Day (OOTP sim)

John Means Photo by Craig Landefeld

(Note: We will be simming the 2020 Orioles season using Out of the Park 21 simulation game software. We’ll make the moves that Mike Elias and Brandon Hyde would make, but will try to do what we think they would do in order to make it as realistic as possible. With that, here we go!)

The day before opening day, the Orioles made several moves in order to set the 26-man roster. Not surprisingly, both left-handed starters Wade LeBlanc and Tommy Milone were added to the 40-man roster. The Orioles also purchased the contract of outfielder Mason Williams and utility infielder Pat Valaika.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Orioles placed 1st baseman Trey Mancini and reliever Evan Phillips on the 60-day disabled list and waived catcher Austin Wynns and designated him for assignment if he passes through waivers.

Starting Rotation

LeBlanc and Milone will join last year’s Orioles All-Star representative John Means, Alex Cobb, and Asher Wojciechowski in the rotation with Means getting the ball on opening day.

Opening Day Lineup

The Orioles opening day lineup against the Yankees Garrit Cole (RHP)

  1. Austin Hays – CF
  2. Hanser Alberto – 2B
  3. Anthony Santander – RF
  4. Renato Nunez – DH
  5. Chris Davis – 1B
  6. Pedro Severino – C
  7. Dwight Smith Jr. – LF
  8. Jose Iglesius – SS
  9. Rio Ruiz – 3B

The bench includes, backup catcher Chance Sisco, outfielder Mason Williams, utility men Andrew Velazquez and Pat Valaika.


Closer/high leverage: Mychal Givens
8th inning setup: Hunter Harvey
7th inning setup: Richard Bleier
Middle relief: Miguel Castro
Middle relief: Tanner Scott
Middle relief: Paul Fry
Long relief: Shawn Armstrong
Long relief: Hector Velázquez

Tomorrow’s weather is looking pretty good at Camden Yards so we’ll see you for opening day.

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