The Baltimore Orioles finished with just 47 wins in 2018, and their roster only got worse during the offseason. While it’s a stretch to say they are expected to win even fewer games this year, it is equally hard to see them improving by that much. Yet, as of today, they are 5-6, which is tied for second in the AL East with the Yankees. Not only that, but the Red Sox have 2 fewer wins than Baltimore. Yes, it is early, but the Orioles have played real competition, with the majority of their games against 2 playoff contenders in the Athletics and Yankees. So what has been a part of this relatively good stretch for the O’s?
For starters, Trey Mancini has been scorching hot. He has hit 5 homers, driven in 11 runs, and is hitting .372. Mancini is a very underrated player. His rookie season was overshadowed by the rookie season of Aaron Judge, but Mancini finished 3rd in the AL Rookie of the Year voting in 2017, by hitting 24 home runs, driving in 78 runs, and hitting .293. Mancini has been a part of the O’s mediocre offense. Their pitching has been mediocre as well, with the O’s getting satisfactory starts from Nate Karns, Andrew Cashner, David Hess, and Dylan Bundy.
The Orioles, however, keep reminding us that they won 47 games last year. In a start against the Toronto Blue Jays, David Hess was pulled from a game in which he hadn’t allowed a hit in 6 1/3 innings, struck out 8, and had only thrown 82 pitches. Pedro Araujo came in for relief, and immediately walked a batter and then gave up a 2-run bomb. Orioles gonna Oriole. Oh, and there’s also Chris Davis, who is getting paid $162 million to go 0-47. Even so, for Orioles fans, hopefully, they can keep up this level of play and avoid losing 100 games. Maybe Trey Mancini can transfer some of his magic to Davis.
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