It has been an extraordinarily good week for the Baltimore Orioles as they have shined in interleague play, taking two out of three games from the Philadelphia Phillies and taking the first two in their series against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Orioles had struggled until the middle last week during a brutal stretch, but found a way to turn it on against Boston. As of now, they are 36-26 and trail the New York Yankees by a game in the American League East standings.
The Orioles are off to their best start in many years, and at this point, fans are still optimistic; however, they are not making plans for October – yet.
Baltimore’s impressive run this season ponders a question: can this all be sustained?
Honestly, I have no idea. In a season where there have been many surprises and disappointments through mid-June, I believe anything can happen right now.
Think of it, they just have to play .500 ball from here on out and finish 86-76. Is that enough to win the division?
However, it is a whole lot better than what we fans have had to endure for the last decade-plus.
A lot of people at the start of the season figured the Orioles would be a mediocre to horrible team; however, they have shocked the establishment. Thanks to the long ball, timely clutch hitting, an excellent bullpen, plus an improved starting rotation, Baltimore could see its first winning season since 1997 and an outside chance at a playoff spot.
The Orioles are far and away a lot better than they were last year; however, much like every team in the playoff hunt, their success will be determined based on their pitching, mitigating injuries and consistency.