The Baltimore Orioles are continuing their stunning start to the 2012 MLB season, having won their last 4 games and extended their season record to 18 & 9.
Despite 14-straight seasons finishing with a record below .500, the O's have started 2012 with a new-found hunger and purpose, intent on reaching the playoffs for the first time since 1997.
Their series' record thus far is as follows:
|@ Blue Jays||Win||2-1|
|@ White Sox||Win||3-1|
|vs. Blue Jays||Win||3-0|
|@ Red Sox||Win||2-0 *|
|Won 7 of 9||18-9|
* One game left to play in the current series against the Red Sox.
The key difference this season when compared to those of recent years is the depth of the roster, in particular on the mound. No less than seven pitchers have an ERA of less than 3.00, including:
|Player||ERA||W & L (S)||SO's|
|Ayala||0.00||1 & 0 (1)||7|
|Johnson||0.00||0 & 0 (8)||8|
|Lindstrom||0.00||0 & 0 (0)||11|
|O'Day||0.68||2 & 0 (0)||14|
|Strop||1.80||3 & 1 (2)||14|
|Hammel||2.09||4 & 1 (0)||38|
|Chen||2.76||2 & 0 (0)||23|
In addition to this, five of their hitters are batting over .300, including:
These numbers don't lie and it's clear that the O's mean business in 2012 – They aren't simply making up the numbers.
Their next task is to complete the sweep against the Red Sox this morning (3:10AM AEDT) before tough series' against the Rangers (4 games), Rays (3) and Yankees (2).
Image courtesy of Blecher Report