The Baltimore Orioles keep winning games.
Some people keep criticizing their pitching staff over the lack of a true, established ace, but they keep taking the field and dominating the opposition.
In fact, after defeating the Washington Nationals on Wednesday, they reached uncharted territory.
Well, not exactly uncharted, but they reached a point they haven’t been at in 44 years.
“The @Orioles are 40 games over .500 (99-59) for the first time since the final day of the 1979 regular season. That season they finished 102-57 and reached the World Series,” ESPN Stats & Info tweeted.
The @Orioles are 4⃣0⃣ games over .500 (99-59) for the first time since the final day of the 1979 regular season.
That season they finished 102-57 and reached the World Series. pic.twitter.com/N1ea8TkLTJ
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 28, 2023
The last time, chronologically, that Baltimore was 40 games over .500 was 44 years ago, in 1979.
That year, they advanced to the World Series, which they lost to the “We Are Family” Pittsburgh Pirates.
Earl Weaver was the manager of those excellent Orioles, a team that had stars such as Eddie Murray, Jim Palmer, Ken Singleton, Mike Flanagan, and many more.
Those were the days for the Orioles as a franchise, since they won the Fall Classic four years later, in 1983, and were routinely over 90 wins from 1973 to 1983.
The current Orioles have the potential to go on a similar run: they have extremely talented young stars in Adley Rutschman, Cedric Mullins, Anthony Santander, Kyle Bradish, Grayson Rodriguez, Yennier Cano, Felix Bautista, and many more.
They might be a star pitcher or two from starting a dynasty in the AL East: not in the sense of World Series wins, but in establishing a team that can consistently win 90 games or more over a sustained period of time.
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