I'll start with the Rotation (The easy part):
-I expect this to be the obvious rotation for next season (barring any veterans signed before the season starts) Apparently there was a rumor we were interested in Freddy Garcia, which was hopefully not true.
-It should be an improved rotation solely on the fact that pitchers 2-5 should have improved from last season with the experience they gained. The O's are really depending on the young pitchers to succeed. This is the route that McPhail has chosen to take, and our success will rely on how they turn their prospect status into major league talent. I understand some people may think Zachary Britton should get a shot at the rotation, but I believe he will start in AAA. He should not be rushed this season when there is no need for it. He could easily be an early call-up though.
Now onto the Bullpen...
-As of now, this is what the bullpen looks like. Gonzo, Koji, and Berken are locks to start the season. Accardo and Simon will have to work for their spots, but as of now they can be penciled in. Vandenhurk will most likely be the long reliever, as he is capable of starting in a pitch as well as being a formidable lefty out of the pen. I suspect that Koji has the closers role as of now, but that could change if they signed someone like Kevin Gregg.
-The Orioles are still in the mix for a few free agent relievers, like Kevin Gregg. I would expect they sign at least one more, thus making one of Simon and Accardo expendable. They could be sent to the minors.
-I would still like the Orioles to sign another lefty for the bullpen. Will Ohman reunion anyone?
-The loss of David Hernandez does indeed hurt the bullpen, but it was necessary to improve our offense.
-I think the bullpen will be about the same as last year in all honesty. There should be more consistency from it however, if Koji and Gonzo can stay healthy, and Berken can come back healthy from the season ending injury he experience last year.