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Orioles reporters offer 10 random predictions for 2013 season

Two years ago, when the Orioles opened at Tropicana Field, Peter Schmuck, Jeff Zrebiec and I went to an Italian restaurant in Tampa the night before the opener.

And while waiting for our food we decided to make random predictions about the Orioles. We ended up sharing it in a blog, and for some reason, it was well received.

Zrebiec is now anchoring our coverage of that World Champion football team in Baltimore and Ed Encina joined our crew last year.

And we decided to keep a tradition alive — or at least make it two times in three years — with Ed on board.

We'll separate this in two parts. The second comes tomorrow. But here are 10 predictions today for the Orioles' season:

Home run leader

DanEdPeteMatt Wieters, 30Matt Wieters, 29Chris Davis, 29

RBI leader

DanEdPeteAdam Jones, 102Wieters, 97Wieters, 93

Average leader

DanEdPeteNick Markakis, .308Markakis, .305Manny Machado, .299

Wins leader

DanEdPeteWei-Yin Chen, 14Jason Hammel, 15Miguel Gonzalez, 16

Saves

DanEdPeteJim Johnson, 39Johnson, 42Johnson, 38

Orioles wins

DanEdPete879188

ERA Leader

DanEdPeteChen, 3.46Chen, 3.27Chris Tillman, 3.71

Stolen base leader

DanEdPeteNate McLouth, 22McLouth, 27Jones 22

Pitchers' strikeouts

DanEdPeteJake Arrieta, 146Hammel, 130Tillman, 127

Hitters' strikeouts

DanEdPeteDavis, 142Davis, 150Davis 137

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