The Baltimore Orioles are slowly but surely taking steps back towards respectability.
Since reaching the postseason in 2012, 2014, and 2016, the Orioles have not been the same and have fallen on hard times, finishing at the bottom of the American League East in every season since then, save for the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.
But last night, they picked up win No. 40, which is their fifth consecutive win.
Their 4-1 win over the slumping Los Angeles Angels put them to within four games of the .500 mark and netted them their first five-game winning streak since August of 2020.
StatMuse on Twitter posted about the Orioles’ recent accomplishment and how they’ve made a little incremental progress.
The Orioles have won their 5th straight game tonight after defeating the Angels.
— StatMuse (@statmuse) July 8, 2022
O’s Making Progress
Baltimore still sits at the bottom of the AL East division, 20.5 games back of the surging New York Yankees, but they’ve come to within five games of the final AL Wild Card spot, which is currently held by the Toronto Blue Jays.
Slowly, but surely, the Orioles are making a little progress and coming closer to becoming a contender again.
Anytime you can win five games in a row, it’s a big step forward, especially for the Orioles, given that they had yet to do that since 2020.
It’s been a while since the Orioles were close in the playoff race.
Even in 2020, when they had their most recent five-game win streak, they weren’t ever close in the postseason race.
But now, they’ve inched ever so closer to a Wild Card spot.
Perhaps that will be enough for them to ultimately decide to go out and pick up some pieces at the trade deadline to either prepare for a stretch run or add some stars for 2023 and beyond.