Don’t look now, baseball fans, but the Baltimore Orioles are on a roll.
In a stunning turn of events, the O’s have come out swinging and have not only gotten to within a game of the .500 mark, but have moved to within two games of the third American League Wild Card spot, where the Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays are tied at the moment.
The Orioles have won eight games in a row and find themselves in a position where they could surprise a lot of baseball fans later in the season.
One Orioles insider tweeted about what the team has been able to accomplish lately and the history they’re making in the process.
#Orioles (43-44) are 1 game below .500 for 1st time since opening day. Swept a homestand of 7 games for 1st time since 2004. Hadn’t won 8 games in a row since 2005. Victory Tuesday vs Cubs would create 1st 9-game winning streak since they won 13 in a row in September 1999.
— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) July 10, 2022
O’s Making History
This is a team that could end up surprising a lot of people, just as they did in 2012.
But all the history they’re making is impressive.
They haven’t won eight games in a row since 2005 or swept a seven-game homestand since 2004.
They still sit in last place in the AL East division, well behind the New York Yankees, but sooner or later, we may have a division where every team is .500 or better.
The Orioles open up a brief two-game series with the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, and as the tweet says, they could end up with their first nine-game winning streak since all the way back in 1999.
This team is red hot and actually has a decent chance to reach the postseason.
It’ll be interesting to see what they do at the trade deadline.
This was not meant to be a season where they would contend, but with them close in the Wild Card race, it would make sense to make some trades to try and bolster their chances at a postseason berth.