When Matt Wieters hit free agency at the end of the 2016 season, many within Baltimore had hoped that the four time All-Star would ink a new deal with the Orioles – seeing him return to duties behind the dish at Camden Yards in 2017 and beyond.
After a 2016 season which can only be described as disastrous, Caleb Joseph has silenced his critics throughout the Orioles’ first six weeks of the season, culminating with one of the hottest stretches of his career these past few weeks.
The six-game winning streak was always going to end soon enough, however the fashion in which it did last night has caused reason for concern.
In Sunday’s piece, I wrote about how resilient this 2017 Orioles team has been – overcoming setback after setback to keep pace with the Yankees who last week sat atop the American League East division.
Momentum can be a cruel son of a bitch, and when things aren’t rolling in your direction, the absurd often finds its way of occurring to further set you back.
Be it on a baseball field or walking down a suburban street, there’s absolutely no excuse for racism in 2017.
With a 14-6 record and a 9-1 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth against New York on Friday night, the mood within the Orioles fan base was understandably jovial as the O’s surged towards their division-leading 15th win of the young season.
At 13-6, there’s certainly no need to worry about how the Orioles are travelling in the early stages of the 2017 season, however, the way in which they are winning does have a few fans slightly nervous.
Every year, MLB’s so-called experts discount Buck Showalter’s team, predicting them to finish near the bottom of the AL East standings with a win total less than 80 (sometimes, even less than 70). However every year, for the last six anyway, the Orioles have proven their doubters wrong.
Playing on a team full of undeniable young talent in the likes of Manny Machado (24), Jonathan Schoop (25), Kevin Gausman (26), and Dylan Bundy (24), it’s pretty hard for any young player to enter the scene and create an immediate sense of hype amongst the fan base.
The Washington Capitals last night secured their second consecutive Presidents’ Trophy after accounting for New York Rangers 2-0 at Verizon Center. The win sees the Caps improve their record to 54-18-8 on the season, holding an insurmountable seven point division lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins with just two games remaining.
Powered by a Mark Trumbo home run in the 11th inning, the Orioles continued their run of Opening Day success, accounting for the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2. The win sees the Opening Day streak progress to seven, and makes it 14 of the last 17 – pretty impressive.