Back in 2018, the Baltimore Orioles were still in the beginning of their rebuilding phase.
They had reached the postseason in 2012, 2014, and 2016, but had experienced a fall from grace.
They ended up finishing that season with a record of 47-115 while also trading away Manny Machado.
Five years later, the Orioles are back to where they were in the mid-2010s.
They now own the third-best record in all of baseball and are just four games back of the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League East.
Baltimore owns a record of 48-29.
The team has already won more games than they did during that dreadful 2018 season.
On Twitter, baseball writer Dan Clark commented on this recent accomplishment by the Orioles.
After just 77 games, the 𝗕𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗢𝗿𝗶𝗼𝗹𝗲𝘀 have already won more games this season than they did in 2018.
— Dan Clark (@DanClarkSports) June 27, 2023
The 2018-21 seasons were not glory days in Baltimore by any stretch of the imagination.
They were a subpar team that was consistently losing.
In 2021, they even lost 110 games.
Last year, however, things changed.
The Orioles emerged as a surprise contender and won 83 games during the regular season, barely falling short of the postseason.
This year, the O’s are back to full strength with a young squad that features Rookie of the Year finalist Adley Rutschman, Gunnar Henderson, Anthony Santander, Jordan Westburg, Cedric Mullins, and Austin Hays.
The future looks bright in the Beltway area as the Orioles now find themselves right in the thick of the postseason chase.
The All-Star break is fast approaching, but it’s looking like Baltimore will be a team to look out for down the stretch.
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