Wieters likes Orioles as is

Wieters likes Orioles as is
January 26, 2013, 4:45 pm
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Orioles catcher Matt Wieters has seen other American League East teams shake up their rosters in the off-season while the O’s did very little. Color him not worried.

"Every team that we played in the AL East last year had a good team, and we went out there and played the games," Wieters said in an interview last week with MASN’s Roch Kubatko. "We feel confident that we can win every game we go out and play. You look at teams that bolster their lineups every year, that doesn't mean you're automatically in the postseason. You've still got to play the games and you've got to compete."

Some other highlights of Kubatko's interview with Wieters (.249, 23 homers, 83 RBIs in 2012):

*He would catch every game. "I plan on catching 162 , but I don't think Buck [Showalter] will let me do that. … I feel great going into this year."

*He’s fine heading into the season with basically the same team as last year (Wieters spoke with Kubatko before the Orioles added Jair Jurrjens). "It's something where you don't want to add a guy just to add a guy. You've got to add a guy who's going to be the right fit, because the big thing was we loved our clubhouse and you don't want to add a guy who might not help that out. … The chemistry we had last year, we feel like we can keep it going in 2013.”

*Wieters is glad the Orioles face the heightened expectations of trying to follow up a successful season. "Nobody wants to be expected to finish at the bottom of their division. You want the high expectations. We had high expectations for ourselves last year, too. That's the thing as a team we tried to live up to. It's not what everybody else thought, but what we knew we could do in our clubhouse.”

*The Orioles built a sense of toughness in 2012. "There are a lot of things about a baseball season over 162 games where not everything is going to go right for you. The thing is, we probably played the toughest games out of any team in baseball last year, and I feel like that's mental toughness we can continue to improve on and take our experience from last year and help us this year a lot."