Thu. Jan 16th, 2020

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Orioles Surge to 11 & 7

Early season promise is one thing… Extending that promise to a 11 & 7 start in arguably the MLB’s most difficult division is another.

It seems apparent that following their 3-0 win over the Blue Jays Wednesday night, the Baltimore Orioles no longer want to roll over and be Toronto’s patsies.. Or that of any other MLB team for that matter.

For years, the AL East division has been viewed as the division with the Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Jays and that other team. However now, it seems, the O’s are intent on losing their other team status and are intent on joining in on the fun under manager Buck Showalter.

After 14 straight losing seasons (fewer wins than loses)….

1998 – 79/83
1999 – 78/84
2000 – 74/88
2001 – 63/98
2002 – 67/95
2003 – 71/91
2004 – 78/84
2005 – 74/88
2006 – 70/92
2007 – 69/93
2008 – 68/93
2009 – 64/98
2010 – 66/96
2011 – 69/93

… and having not reached the playoffs since 1997, the early season form of the O’s suggests things are a changin’!

A big factor behind this improvement is recruit Josh Hammel, who today improved his record to 3 & 0, whilst his ERA has dropped to 1.73. He's allowed just five earned runs in 26 innings through his first four starts. The right-hander also has 25 strikeouts and has allowed just 8 walks.

In addition to this, the O’s offence has improved significantly this season with numerous players having strong starts to the season and batting better than .299:

.381 – Ronny Paulino
.370 – Nolan Reimond
.306 – Adam Jones
.300 – Robert Andino

Of course, in a 162 game season a lot can change after just 18 games, however for now, O’s fans are excited and well they should be!

DJC

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