Wei-Yin Chen

The State of the Orioles

The State of the Orioles

For the Baltimore Orioles, many of the questions heading into the 2015 season lead to bigger questions about the overall direction of the franchise. How will catcher Matt Wieters recover from Tommy John surgery on his elbow? Will first baseman Chris Davis bounce back from an oblique injury and an abysmal .196 batting average in 2014? Can third baseman Manny Machado continue his meteoric rise on two surgically repaired knees?

The answers will most likely determine if the Orioles can make another deep October run or face the prospect of blowing up and starting all over again.

If it’s the former, these three players are the key. The club lost 40 home runs and 108 RBIs of...